Mickey Thompson became famous mainly as a car designer, but at the same time he was the first in the United States to exceed 400 miles per hour (643.76 km / h), but also turned around in IndyCar. He died in 1988 when he and his wife were shot dead by an assassin on behalf of a former business partner – yet he still shows up from his grandiose car collection.
A with at auction, a 1963 Corvette Stingray Z06 was hammered. The type is quite rare, only 199 copies have been made of it. The Corvette, once announced at a starting price of $ 4,000, also comes with a power package of more than $ 1,800 that includes a fuel-injected L84 engine, upgraded suspension, a dual-circuit master cylinder and other technical goodies.
This special unit also got a 36-gallon, or 136.25-liter fuel tank, and of course Thompson’s own-designed Rader Tri-Ribb wheels were fitted on it.
However, Thompson also had four other such Z06s parked in his garage: four of his five copies were used for racing purposes and one was kept for personal use. However, there are obscure spots in its history, for decades it was thought that the car in this article also took part in the time trial in Daytona and Bonneville. However, this was questioned when the man’s credit card, which had expired in November 1964, came out of the door.
To trace the history of the Corvette, a complete team of experts was involved in the investigations. As part of a thorough research, old photos and journal articles were studied and witnesses were interviewed. Eventually, it turned out that the 58-year-old was Thompson’s personal Corvette, as evidenced by a 24-page report.
Normally, this already rare Corvette would be worth $ 150,000 in this condition, but due to its past, the Mecum was priced at $ 400-500,000. In comparison, the historical piece was taken away on Friday for 506 thousand dollars, or almost 151 million forints.
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