|Bunkie Knudsen's Styling Roadster to be auctioned at Mecums in Houston (Photo: Mecum)|
|The McNamara Patriotic Corvette survivor with less than 3K miles to be sold in Houston (Photo: Mecum)|
|Passenger seat never sat in (Photo: Mecum)|
|Don McNamara added his personal touch of additional Corvette insignias to the air cleaner (Photo: Mecum)|
|Former Chevrolet GM Bunkie Knudsen's personal Corvette 1 of 4 built with this custom exhaust (Photo: Mecum)|
|Knudsen's favorite Firefrost Metallic also used on the interior (Photo: Mecum)|
|GM stylists used Chrome and black paint on the engine (Photo: Mecum)|
After Knudsen finished with the car it was returned to stock appearance and passed through several owners who allowed it to fall into disrepair before being rediscovered by Corvette collector Wally Abela in a garage being used as part of a scaffold. After buying the car Abela consulted Corvette expert and restorer Werner Meir who was able to trace its ownership and confirm its important heritage. In 1984 Abela turned his Corvette over to Meier for a full restoration. The unusually complex restoration took four years to complete and required eight different machine and fabrication facilities to complete the complicated exhaust system. But when Meier finished the exquisite Corvette was invited to the Meadowbrook and Hilton Head concours events and has been shown numerous times in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection. From its opening in 1994 until 2001 the National Corvette Museum had the car on permanent display. In 2003 the car was sold and has resided in several collections until finding its way to Mecum’s Houston event. Knudsen’s personal, unique Corvette, Lot S119, will also cross the block on Saturday, April 12th.