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25 Years Later, The Peter Max/VH1 Corvette Collection Goes Up For Sale

All 36 Corvettes will be restored to running condition and resold

In 1989, VH1 decided to do something unimaginable: accumulate 36 Corvettes, one for each year America's sports car had been manufactured, and give them away to one lucky viewer via a 900 phone number contest. And the best part of this story is it only gets more outrageous.

Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Long Island, won the prize and was awarded the cars in a highly publicized media blitz concocted by VH1. However, he didn't hold on to the cars for long.

Artist Peter Max, who doesn't drive, wanted to turn the collection into a psychedelic art exhibition. He contacted Amodeo to meet in NYC where the pair hammered out a deal for the cars: $250,000 in cash, $250,000 worth of Peter Max art, and an agreement that stated should Max ever sell the collection, Amodeo would receive part of the proceeds up to $1 million.

Since then, the lot of Corvettes has been sitting dormant in New York City garages, only seeing daylight when the cars needed to be moved to a new storage location. Max at one point entertained the idea of adding newer Corvettes to the collection, but that never materialized.

This past summer, Max and a man tasked to find a new location for the cars named Peter Heller struck a deal taking the Corvettes off the hands of Max. Heller and his partners will restore the collection to drivable condition and resell them, hopefully as a full lot with their pop culture lore intact.

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