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VetteFinders.com Releases Annual Corvette Price Guide

by Keith Cornett on February 24, 2006

Our Corvette classifieds website VetteFinders.com has released the annual Corvette Pricing Guide and we have posted an analysis of the Corvette Pricing Trends from 2005 on the site. The 2006 Corvette Price Guide contains over 5,800 Corvette prices from 2005 to give us the High, Low, and Average prices of all Corvette model years and body styles. The guide also contains appreciation and depreciation figures for One, Two and Five years, as well as pricing for options including motors, wheels and A/C. The online version features the average prices of over 110 different Corvette models spanning 1953-2006. The printed version, which contains High/Low and Average prices as well as appreciation/depreciation percentages is available for $15 and can be purchased through the VetteFinders.com online store. The top appreciation gainers include the 1955 Corvette, which grew in value over 2004’s prices by 27% and the 1969 Corvette, whose prices averaged 14% over the previous year. The 1955 model is special in the fact that production was limited to only 700 and it was the first year the V8 engine was offered in the Corvette. The 1969 model year is showing a lot of movement due to many highly-optioned Corvettes still available at reasonable prices. And let’s not forget the fourth generation Corvettes, 1984-1996. Many of these have turned the corner and are showing positive results in average price. Prime examples include the 1990 ZR-1 and 1993 Ruby Red Anniversary Roadster, both showing a 7% appreciation factor in average price during the past year. Data from the price guide comes from analyzing the selling prices of over 5,800 Corvettes during 2005 and then comparing the sales figures to years prior. That method has proven to be a statistically accurate measure of the Corvette Market. Bob Kroupa of Vette-N-Vestments, is the data provider for the annual guide and publisher of the Corvette Market Letter. In his analysis of last year’s market, Bob said “Most of the 1953-1982 models outperformed the S&P 500 Stock Market Index. In fact, all models through 1982 showed positive appreciation results with only one showing a ‘no change’ designation.”

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