December 4, 2021

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The John Justo Collection Heads to Mecum Kissimmee

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The New Year is just around the corner and coming with it is Mecum’s massive Kissimmee 2022 auction. As it is year after year, the auction, running from January 6 to 16, will feature over 3,500 cars.

Of course, no Kissimmee sale is complete without some notable collections on offer. One of the most high-profile collections included here, especially if Corvettes are your cup of tea, is the John Justo Collection.

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The assemblage consists of ten vehicles, seven of which are Corvettes. The star of the collection however, is no ordinary example. It is a 1963 Corvette Z06 known as “Gulf One.” This is the most successful factory-backed example of the C2 generation. One of 14 regular production serial numbered ‘Vettes designated especially for competition in 1962, the Split-Window is further distinguished as the first of two assigned to Yenko Chevrolet. The two competition cars were delivered to executive vice president of Gulf Oil Research and Development Grady Davis, who referred to this car as “Gulf One.” Dick “The Flying Dentist” Thompson drove the Corvette to victory at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix and later finished third in the GT3 class at Daytona behind two Ferraris, among a number of other races during Gulf One’s career.

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Some other notable examples include “Race Rat,” a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Tanker that finished first in class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960, and a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big Brake Tanker. The Roman Red factory-produced race car is just one of 60 and being sold at no reserve.

If Corvettes are not your taste, the collection also comprises a 1931 Packard Custom Eight roadster, 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 2-dr hard top. The Shelby and Pontiac to be sold without reserve.

Check out all the cars comprising the John Justo Collection here and the full list of Kissimmee 2022 consignments here