A Car Lover’s Dream: Rare 1963 Chevrolet Corvette ‘fuelie’ Sells for a Massive Price

by Chris Haney

Over the weekend, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette “fuelie” with 70,000 miles on its odometer went to auction and sold for a massive price.

The car was owned by Larry Menard, the brother of John Menard who founded Menards home improvement company based in Wisconsin. Larry passed away in 2019 at 74 years old, but had built an impressive collection of classic cars, trucks, and memorabilia through the years. Recently, Menard’s estate put the collection up for auction, and the rare Chevrolet Corvette fetched an eye-catching amount for a car with thousands of miles on it.

On Friday, Oct. 1, VanDerBrink Auctions handled the sale of the classic Chevy. Menard kept the car in perfect condition in a private museum in his home. As the auction came to a close, the Corvette sold to the highest bidder who paid an astounding $285,000 for the car.

The rare car is a split-window coupe, and one of only 2,610 of its kind. The specific 1963 Corvettes come equipped with a special fuel-injected 327 V8 engine. The tuxedo black car also had a numbers-matching original engine, which is important for high-end collectors.

Car valuation experts at Hagerty revealed that the Corvette sold at auction for 10.7% more than their own estimate. Menard’s classic car collection focused mainly on vintage American cars ranging from the 1930s through the 1960s. Numerous vintage models sold at the auction on Friday. Some of the highlights included a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible that went for $136,000. Additionally, a fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible sold for $103,000 at auction.

Vintage ‘English Corvette’ Uncovered After 40 Years in Garage

Last month, a man in North London, England uncovered a rare “English Corvette” that had only 73 miles on it. The car was found sitting in a homeowner’s garage and had sat untouched for years.

Classic car collector Anthony Godin found the car after its original owner passed away. The owner had another classic car that he drove often, and therefore never took the Corvette out of the garage. The engine has rust damage and its exterior needs attention. The car’s eight-cylinder engine and two-seat layout makes it an “English Corvette.”

In addition, Fox News said that the “V8-powered model has the chassis number of a four-cylinder TR7.” But they added that the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust authenticated it as a ‘method build’ pre-production TR8.

Godin bought the Chevy at auction and is now selling it himself. He’s putting it up for auction at the Historics Auctioneers event at Ascot Racecourse on Sept. 25. It’s unclear what the Corvette will go for at auction considering its condition.