Corvette fans, if you can get yourself to Monterey in mid-August will you get the treat of a lifetime. It’s where the world’s greatest collection of low-mile Corvettes is about to hit the auction block and even if you can’t buy one of them, seeing them in person would have to rank up there as one of the best times ever. The pictures alone are worth drooling over because they are indeed beauties to behold.
The collection belongs to Ed Foss, an Indiana businessman who’s built one of the most impressive Corvette collections in the world over the years. In August, Foss will say goodbye to 26 of his super-low mile gems when he puts them on the auction block at Mecum Monterey. How he can bear to part with them we have no idea.
The Ed Foss Low-Mileage Corvette Collection constitutes some of the most original examples of America’s sports car in existence and most cars in this collection boasting 95-percent factory-original condition . From the 27th 1953 Roadster produced with less than 4,000 miles on its odometer, to a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition with just 135 miles, the Foss Collection is surprisingly diverse for a model-specific assemblage.
One thing the ‘vettes have in common, save for the two race cars in the group, is that not a single one breaks the 10,000-mile mark, and most are well below that number with 19 sporting less than 5,000 miles and seven with less than 200 miles. The originality of the cars is also astounding, even taking their sparing use into account.
Among the most notable in the collection is an extensively documented and multiple award-winning three-owner 1969 L88 convertible with 6,453 miles. As one of just 116 ’69 L88s produced, the car has participated in both Bloomington Gold L88 Special Collections and was previously owned by Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller for 24 years. An unrestored 1965 four-speed fuelie convertible is another highlight with just 1,652 original miles and Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold certifications all achieved in 2001. As the first truly ‘expensive’ collector Corvette—selling for $42,000 in 1976—the excellently preserved ’65 was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Great Hall in 2010 in addition to earning numerous other awards and recognitions. Others in the Foss lineup include an original and unrestored 1963 Split Window coupe with 4,526 miles, a 1972 convertible with just four miles.
“The Foss Collection is a library of ‘3-D Books’ that can be read to tell the stories of how these cars were actually built. There may be larger collections. There may be more cosmetically perfect collections, however, I know of no other Corvette collections containing more factory-production knowledge than most Corvette judges across the United States combined,” says David Burroughs, founder of Bloomington Gold, Survivor and Benchmark. “These Corvettes are highly reliable sources capable of settling many questions about historic accuracy. The next owners will not only be purchasing wonderful vehicles, they will also be purchasing potential sources of education unavailable through any Corvette magazines or books published to date.”
The Mecum Monterey auction takes place August 13-15th.