I didn’t believe it either when I saw it. 39,000 original miles on a Z06 Corvette that is unrestored, even down to the paint and trim, and with its entire history documented from day one? Bloomington Benchmark, Gold & Survivor awards? And the fact that it is likely the very last 1963 Z06 produced? Whoooo, boy, what a car! No, I suppose it technically isn’t a barn find, but you folks love survivor cars, and they don’t come much nicer than this! It’s going to be auctioned off here by Mecum in Kissimmee, Florida, and I suspect the hammer price will be darned high!
This car is absolutely stunning from every angle. There’s a great story along with it as well; it seems this is the second 1963 Z06 that the original purchaser, Tom Atchison bought; he totaled the first one and was disappointed to find that Chevrolet had discontinued the model after less than 200 were made. After a letter explaining his situation to Chevrolet fell on the right desk, one more Z06 was manufactured, six months after the last one, especially for Mr. Atchison. He proceded to record and document everything that happened to the car during his 43 years of ownership. You should note at this point that the Z06 was a regular production option that essentially was an SCCA-ready racer!
It doesn’t hurt that the photography is gorgeous as well. Wow! There are many detail shots in the auction listing; I highly recommend a scan through them, although you may want to wear a bib to catch the drool. Note that this is coming from a Ford Mustang lover!
Needless to say given the accolades, the interior is just as nice as the exterior. Could this be your ultimate Corvette? At least your ultimate C2?
Not only was this car featured in Chevrolet’s 2001 Z06 promo materials, it was also displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, through 2000 and 2001. The car is well-known, so I suspect you won’t be able to sneak a bid in and pick it up for a song in Florida. That being said, if any Barn Finds reader ends up with this car, please let us know!