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Jim Osterman Corvette collection on Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas docket


Eleven Chevrolet Corvettes from the Jim Osterman Collection will be offered at no reserve October 3-5 during Barrett-Jackson’s 12th annual collector car auction at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas.

The cars, matching numbers examples with NCRS Top Flight recognition, range from the 1953 to the 1963 model years.

Jim Osterman
No-reserve Corvette list includes this first-year example with custom hardtop

“The Jim Osterman Collection includes some of today’s finest examples of classic Corvettes we’ve seen in one collection,” Barrett-Jackson chairman Craig Jackson was quoted in the company’s announcement. “It’s rare for a collection of this caliber to be sold in its entirety, and we’re proud to have it as part of this year’s Las Vegas Auction. 

“It’s especially exciting to see this collection consigned following the announcement of the new mid-engine C8 Corvette, when enthusiasm for America’s Sports Car is running high.”

Two of the cars are original 1953 Corvettes, Barrett-Jackson noted. Chassis 105 has a custom-fabricated removable hardtop and in 2018 underwent a frame-off restoration, including rebuilds of the engine, transmission and drivetrain. Since its restoration, it has won a NCRS Top Flight Award.

Chassis 254 also was restored in 2018 and retains its original side curtains and spare tire. It has been driven less than 50 miles since the restoration, the auction house added.

Jim Osterman
1963 Corvette split-window coupe was restored by Boyd Coddington

Also being offered are:

•  A 1955 265/195 convertible in Pennant Blue that was restored in 2017.

•  A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window fuelie restored by Boyd Coddington. The car is powered by a fuel-injected 327/360 V8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

•  A 1961 283/315 fuelie convertible in Honduras Maroon with white coves.

•  A 1957 283/270 convertible in Cascade Green with Shoreline Beige interior, a 4-speed manual and dual-quad carburetors.

•  A 1959 283/230 convertible driven only 65,000 miles since new.

•  A 1958 327/350 convertible in a Panama Yellow exterior and a Charcoal interior.

•  A 1954 235/150 convertible that won the Arkus-Duntov Award.

•  A 1962 327/250 convertible in Ermine White with 4-speed manual.

•  A 1956 265/225 convertible in Polo White with red interior and an upgraded 3-speed manual.

“The Jim Osterman Collection represents countless years of research and hard work, resulting in one of the finest collections of C1 and C2 Corvettes on the market,” said Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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