DISCOVERY CHANNEL TO FEATURE LIVE AUCTION OF HISTORIC CORVETTE
AT MECUM 2010 ORIGINAL SPRING CLASSIC, SATURDAY MAY 22 AT 2PM ET/PT
— MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS & MORE Airs Live on HD Theater 5/19-22;
One Hour Live Special on Discovery Channel Flagship 5/22 —
(Silver Spring, Md.) — Discovery Channel and HD Theater are bringing the excitement of the world’s largest car collector auction, the Mecum 2010 Original Spring Classic Auction, to viewers from Wednesday, May 19 through Saturday, May 22, 2010. Held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, the auction will feature more than 1,750 collector cars, including high-end muscle cars, timeless classics, rare exotics — and one of the most historically significant Corvettes ever built.
Discovery Communications’ HD Theater will cover all the high-octane action live throughout the event, in MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE. And on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3PM ET/PT, the flagship Discovery Channel will air a one hour special, MECUM AUCTION LIVE. This hour will feature some of the most sought-after collector cars at the auction, including Harley J. Earl’s 1963 Corvette, which is considered by many experts to be one of the most valuable and historically significant Corvettes ever built.
The one-of-a-kind Corvette was presented to Earl as a gift from his colleagues at General Motors as an acknowledgement for the leadership and influence the styling mastermind brought to GM between 1927 and 1958. Earl established himself as the dean of Detroit stylists during his career at GM, where he unveiled his concept for the Corvette in 1953 and cemented its image as America’s sports car. A friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., Earl designed the prestigious Daytona 500 winner’s trophy and had it sculpted inside his Michigan design studio during an illustrious time in American automotive history. After two years of owning the car, Earl sold it to a retired Maryland Army veteran. The vehicle resurfaced a decade later, eventually showing up at the Corvettes at Carlisle meet. In 1981, middle school teacher and Corvette enthusiast Joe Clark bought the car from the group of amateur racers who owned it and began researching its history.
The Harley J. Earl Corvette features a 327 cubic inch engine, 4-speed manual transmission, distinct dual instrument panels and stainless steel side-exit exhausts that sprout from behind the front wheel wells; and chrome trim, exterior emblems, interior control knobs and four-wheel disc brakes that are all pre-production 1965 parts. Today, the Corvette has been restored to its original medium Blue custom leather interiors with White seat trim and Metallic Blue exterior with White trim.
Other historically significant cars being auctioned off during Discovery Channel’s special presentation include one of eight 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III convertibles (Lot S120) and a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot S106).
Currently in its third season, HD Theater’s MECUM AUTO AUCTION: MUSCLE CARS AND MORE highlights collectible vehicles and memorabilia up for bid at six select Mecum Auctions throughout the year. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 23 years, now offering an industry-leading 5,000 collector cars per year. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online at www.Mecum.com or by calling 815.568.8888.