I often preach the importance of documentation when purchasing a classic Corvette because those documents (invoices, tank stickers, build sheets and protect-o-plates) play a key role in determining the value of your car. Unfortunately, that documentation is not available for every Corvette out there and so the only option owners had in tracing the lineage of their Corvette was through previous owners. This fall, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) announced that through a partnership with the General Motors Heritage Center, it can offer members a new service that confirms the original delivery dealer as well as validate any GM documents you do have.
The Shipping Data Report Service consists of the dealer code, dealer name, dealer address and the date the car was produced. The good news is this should allow you to find the original dealer where your Corvette was sold and possibly open the door to finding more information about your Corvette. The model years available for this service start in 1962 after sequence # 6000 through 1975. The cost of the report is only $40.
Mid America founder and Corvette collector Mike Yager recently used this service to find the originating dealer for his 1963 Z06 Corvette. Turns out the big tank and brakes Corvette was delivered to Yenko Chevrolet in Cannonsburg, PA. For Mike, finding out his Corvette was sold through one of the legendary dealers was more than worth the $40 and now he has a starting point to start looking for the original owners.
Another service offered by the NCRS is the Document Validation Service. The NCRS will compare any of your GM documents to the GM records contained in the Shipping Report and if verification can be achieved, will establish the authenticity of your factory documents. Unfortunately, the shipping report does not contain the vehicle options. The cost for this service will be $40.00 as well.
In order to utilize the Shipping Data Report or Document Validation Services, you must be a member of the NCRS. I’ve been a member for nearly 10 years now and if you own or are looking to own a classic Corvette, the information and help you get from other members is worth the price of admission.
Finally, one other service we’ve written about before is the NCRS Car Award Confirmation Service. Is a seller telling you that the Corvette you are interested in purchasing won a top flight award in the 1990′s? The NCRS Award Confirmation Service provides a complete listing from the NCRS database of the available award statistics for a specific Corvette. The cost for the confirmation service is $300 and requests are not limited to only NCRS members.
Check out the National Corvette Restorer’s Society at www.ncrs.org