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Opportunity Rumbles Like a 427: Proteam Corvette Is For Sale

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2008

Proteam Corvette Collection

I received the monthly email from Proteam Corvettes and had to read the first paragraph three times to make sure it was saying what I thought it was. I still didn’t quite believe it so I fired off an email to Terry Michaelis and he confirmed what I read: Terry and his brother Fred are putting the world-renowned dealership and its collection of 200 classic Corvettes up for sale.

Terry says they’ve been kicking around the idea for several years and now they’ve made it official. That first paragraph stated the following:

And speaking of opportunity… why not consider buying all ProTeam’s Corvettes at cost and the engine (company) that has driven impressive cash flow and profits for over 20 years. Yep! That’s right! Fred and I have been banging the sell idea around for several years and we feel confident that capable, informed and interested parties are right here in our database… well poised to acquire the ProTeam business and take it to the next level.

Proteam’s collection of classic Corvettes, many with NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Crown designations, is truly second to none. Terry is a well known fixture at all the classic Corvette and muscle car auctions and only bids on and buys the best cars. He also doesn’t let emotions get in the way and will pass on a Corvette if he feels the bid went higher than his target. Not seeing him working the paddock or sitting front row at a Mecum auction with that detached look on his face will take some time to get used to.

Let’s take a look at exactly is included in opportunity:

  • Inventory – The world’s largest collection of over 200 classic Corvettes, with many being beautifully restored to like-new condition and carrying prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, the coveted NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation.
  • People – A highly competent management team and operating personnel secured by employment contracts with key personnel.
  • Customer Base – A customer list spans all 50 states and 38 countries around the globe.
  • Contact Lists – A conventional mailing list that includes 350,000 contacts and an e-mail list that includes 40,000.
  • Marketing Foundation – Ownership of the ProTeam brand and its extensive bank of marketing concepts and strategies, as well as the ProTeam website (operative since 1995) and more than 60 domain names/URLs.
  • Facilities & Equipment – Approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of storage buildings to house the inventory as well as the facilities, transportation and capital equipment required to restore, repair, service, maintain and display purchased Corvettes as they arrive.
  • Processes & Systems – Proprietary sales, service, and accounting systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Cash Flow – The ongoing annual cash flow generated from the business due to effective application of people, processes, and assets.

It took all of a nanosecond to realize that my pockets are a little light to take advantage of this opportunity. The price needed to buy this world renowned Corvette dealership is undisclosed but if you’re interested in finding our more, here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  1. Indication of Interest – Email David Rupp with your indication of interest at rupp@mccannrupp.com
  2. Pre-Qualification – To pre-qualify, you must provide your credit references, your basic plan for funding a purchase of this magnitude, and your permission to discuss your funding capability with your banker or similar folks at the appropriate time.
  3. Confidentiality Agreement – Once you’re pre-qualified, you will be sent a confidentiality agreement.
  4. Information Packet & Bid Instructions – Subsequent to receiving your signed CA, Proteam will send you a detailed information packet on the company as well as further instructions regarding the bid submission process.

We’ll be following this story closely and will see if we can get any updates when we see Terry at Mecum’s Kissimmee Florida auction in January, assuming that the dealership hasn’t changed hands at that time.


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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The 1979 Corvette Project: Seatbelt Solutions Delivers

by Keith Cornett on November 13, 2008

Our 1979 Corvette's Seatbelts

This is a quick note of thanks to Jeff and his staff at Seatbelt Solutions. I called Jeff a week ago to get a quote on rewebbing the seatbelts for our 1979 Corvette project car. He gave me a good ballpark price so I boxed them up and sent them to his shop in Jupiter, Florida. After he received the belts, he called and we discuss our options and what I was looking for. After agreeing on a price, Jeff went to work and one week later they were returned to us and I couldn’t be happier with the work.

I always like to tell other Corvette people when I get surprised by a vendor that offers good prices and more importantly, great service. After Jeff received our belts, he called and we spent 20 minutes on the telephone where we discussed exactly what I wanted. He took us through the process of what his staff would do in terms of rewebbing and changing the color over from beige to black. I very much appreciated his attention to detail and our concerns regarding price. As this was a driver quality resto, price was an important factor.

One week later, we got a call saying the belts were completed and after paying the exact amount quoted, they were shipped out the same day. Jeff and his staff did a fantastic job on the project and I can’t thank them enough.

If you have a C1-C4 Corvette whose seatbelts need to be rewebbed, repaired or rechromed, call Jeff of Seatbelt Solutions toll free at 866-904-2358.


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Custom 4-Door Corvette is Fun for the Whole Family

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

One of the curses, or blessings depending on your outlook is the fact that the Corvette is a 2-seat sports car. Room enough for you and a buddy or your significant other, but no more. Gene Swatek thought the Corvette should be a car that could be enjoyed by the whole family, so he custom built what I am sure is the world’s only 1987 four-door Corvette.

The father of four girls got the idea for the custom 4-seater after going to Corvette shows and wishing he could take more of his family. To create his 4-door sports car, Gene took a driver quality stock 1987 corvette and it in half. He made his own steel extension frame members to stretch the Corvette an additional 38 inches. The rear suicide doors were added as well as the rear leather seats and custom ground effects.

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1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors 1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors 1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

Gene says the Corvette took about 18 months to build and while he had plans to custom build a convertible top that could stretch over the extended passenger area, time got away from him and he never got around to doing it. According to Gene, the convertible is so much fun, who needs a top or windows anyways!

The FamilyVette II as its called is the second of Gene’s elongated Corvette creations, hence the II. His first FamilyVette was a red 1984 limo-styled Corvette made from 2/3′s of the front of one Corvette and 2/3′s of the rear from another. You can see more of his work at www.familyvettes.com.

The white 1987 Corvette is currently for sale with a listing on eBay but no bids have yet to have been laid on the custom car yet. The auction ends on November 18th and the starting bid is $12,000.


Source:
FamilyVettes.com via TopSpeed.com

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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray
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C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

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Ultimate Tribute: SEMA 2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2008

2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

This Corvette Z06 turned C6R replica looks to be the real deal until you get up close and view the interior. Making its debut at last year’s SEMA show, this ultimate tribute Corvette has returned to Las Vegas for SEMA 2008 and features the updated 2008 “Jake Scrape” livery which includes the new Compuware logo and black wheels. While we believe the best livery ever was the B-Pillar Jake on the 2007 Monterey Corvette C6Rs, we know this Corvette would be a hit at any of the ALMS Corvette corrals.

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2008 Corvette C6.R Replica 2008 Corvette C6.R Replica 2008 Corvette C6.R Replica
Photos copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

See more photos at Autoblog


Source:
Autoblog

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1981 Custom Corvette

There are a lot of ways a Corvette can be modified to suit the tastes of the owner, but sometimes just one look can make you shudder, wondering WTF was the owner thinking. In celebration of today being Halloween, we bring you these Corvettes for sale we found on ebay that we think have crossed that line from tasteful to being just downright scary.

1985 Ferrari style Corvette For Sale
1985 Ferrari style Corvette

Bid: $4,000
1978 Greenwood Corvette For Sale
1978 Greenwood Corvette

Buy It Now: $29,900
1972 Corvette For Sale
1972 LS-5 Corvette

Bid: $7,600
1977 Corvette For Sale
1977 L82 Corvette

Bid: $610
1981 Corvette For Sale
1981 Super Rare Batman Edt

Bid: $5,900
1967 Corvette For Sale
1967 327 Corvette

Bid: $16,700

Although its not a custom modified Corvette, I threw that last C2 into the mix because A) its been living in a box for 30 years and B) if you saw the engine compartment you would run away as fast as you could, clutching your wallet in fear.


Source:
eBay.com

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Warp Speed in a Box: Corvette ZR1 638-hp LS9 Crate Engine

by Keith Cornett on October 29, 2008

The 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8

Listen up resto-mod and performance car builders! Beginning next fall you’ll be able to buy the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9, the new engine built by GM to power the 2009 Corvette ZR1. The engine comes fully dressed and needs only an external oil and coolant tanks, an ECU and wiring harness. The engine features roughly the same dimensions as the 6.2L LS3 so its installation possibilities are plenty.

The LS9 features a mind-blowing 638 horsepower and 604 lb.-ft of torque, more than enough power for winning bragging rights at the track or car show. The heart of the Corvette ZR1 is expected to be made available during the third quarter of 2009. There is no pricing available yet for the LS9, but a quick search of crate engines shows that the Z06′s LS7 is being sold for around $14,000 so expect to pay a bit more.

Here is the press release from GM Performance Parts:

GM PERFORMANCE PARTS SET TO UNLEASH THE SUPERCHARGED LS9 CRATE ENGINE

LAS VEGAS – The LS9 6.2L supercharged V-8 is the power behind the most powerful and fastest production car in GM’s history – the 2009 Corvette ZR1. In the third quarter of 2009, it will be available as a complete crate engine package from GM Performance Parts. It delivers a stunning 638 horsepower (476 kW) and 604 lb.-ft. of torque (819 Nm).

The LS9 crate engine will be the ideal all-in package for enthusiasts and racers who want the ultimate LS power plant for their project cars, from resto-modified vintage Corvettes, muscle cars and street rods to late model F-bodies and “shoebox” Chevys. The supercharger and charge cooler are integrated in the engine’s valley for a lower profile, allowing creative builders to fit the engine in a variety of applications with plenty of hood clearance.

The engine’s 6.2L displacement is shared with the LS3, but the LS9 is built for high-revving power with a supercharger. It uses stronger cylinder head castings and steel cylinder liners that are honed with a deck plate installed to maximize performance and cylinder sealing.

High-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, including titanium intake valves, are used, along with high-flow cylinder heads that draw the charge forced on them by a sixth-generation supercharger. A new, four-lobe rotor design delivers greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power, whether off-idle or at speed. A dual-brick charge cooler is integrated on a unique manifold system that mounts the “blower” in the engine’s valley, with charge cooler on top.

GMPP’s LS9 crate engine assembly comes fully dressed, including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and more. It also includes the production dry-sump oil pan and provisions for the charge cooler’s liquid cooling system. Builders will need an external oil tank, external coolant tank (for the charge cooler) and an ECU/wire harness.


Source:
Motive Magazine via Autoblog

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Bruce Willis' 1957 Corvette Roadster

The 1957 Corvette roadster owned by Bruce Willis was sold at the Bonhams & Butterfields’ California Classic auction on Saturday. The White/White convertible was hammered for a sale at $79,560 which included the undisclosed buyer’s commission. Bruce’s second Corvette in the auction was a 1967 Marlboro Maroon 427/435 Convertible that didn’t reach reserve and was unsold.

The 1957 Corvette was a gift to Bruce Willis from his ex-wife actress Demi Moore. Bruce had the non-standard Blue/White Corvette repainted to Polo White and upgraded the mechanicals by installing front disc brakes with a power booster and adding power steering. The Corvette came with the base 283 ci 220 hp V8 engine and it apparently is an original Radio Delete car.

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Bruce Willis' 1957 Corvette Roadster Bruce Willis' 1957 Corvette Roadster

Here is the description of the Bruce Willis 1957 Corvette from Bonhams & Butterfields:

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Chassis no. E57S104949

The early Corvettes advanced steadily from the near-prototype hand built construction of the first 300 Corvettes in 1953, through their 3,640 successors in 1954, both with Blue Flame six-cylinder engines and Powerglide, through the first V-8 powered 1955 Roadsters of which only 700 were built.

1956 saw Corvette make a major evolution, becoming a true convertible with rollup windows. For the first time its distinctive fender side coves appeared. 1956 also brought Corvette’s first optional high performance engine. Described as “for racing purposes only”, its dual 4-barrel carburetors could be combined with RPO 449 high lift camshaft to deliver something like 240 brake horsepower from the little 265 cubic inch Chevy V-8. It was a harbinger of things to come.

Corvette fully matured in 1957 with a laundry list of 283 cubic inch engines and other performance options. There were five available engines, starting with the 220hp V-8 and ending, of course, with the famous 283/283 Fuelie engine. On April 9, 1957, just over half way through the year’s production, Corvette closed the last gap in its stature as a true sports car with the addition of the Borg-Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission to its options list.

Attesting to the success of the evolved Corvette concept and its execution was the year’s production, 6,339 cars, nearly double the 1956 total of only 3,467.

One of them was this base model Corvette which Demi Moore gave to Bruce Willis. It has had a thorough restoration and is still in sharp, near-showroom condition. A base 283 cubic inch, 220 horsepower car with Powerglide transmission, it was finished in Light Blue with White coves and White upholstery. Although it has a heater it is apparently an original radio delete car, as it has the factory blanking plate in the instrument panel cutout and no RF suppression shielding on the secondary ignition wires.

Bruce Willis then set out to give it some personalization, including installing disc front brakes with a power booster, power steering and radial tires (reproduction BFG Silvertown wide whitewalls) for better handling on 15” wheels with spinner wheel covers. The color combination was non-standard so Bruce entrusted it to the acknowledged experts at Performance Paint in Torrance, California to repaint it in a gorgeous nearly pure bone white color. It comes with both hard and soft tops, both in white to give it a consistent all-white presentation that is outstanding.

It is described as a sweet running Corvette in excellent overall running and driving condition and is ideal for cruising or weekend jaunts in the country. Its all-white presentation is dynamically different and will stand alone among any Corvette display.

If purists ask why it’s presented this way the response, “Because this is the way Bruce Willis wanted it,” is virtually guaranteed to start a conversation.


Source:
Bonhams & Butterfields

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Elfi Arkus-Duntov: 1915-2008

by Keith Cornett on October 25, 2008

Elfi and Zora Arkus-Duntov

If Zora Arkus-Duntov is considered the “Father of the Corvette”, then his wife Elfi was most certainly Corvette’s First Lady. The National Corvette Museum announced that Elfi Arkus-Duntov passed away on October 23, 2008 at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. She had been hospitalized there for several weeks with a severe leg infection.

The former dancer from the Folies Bergere in Paris was 93 going on 19. Together, she and Zora personified the performance and allure of the early Corvettes. Even well into their years, the pair had an energy and spark that infected everyone around them. Now they can be together again.

Funeral arrangements are pending and additional information will be made available via the Museum. Elfi will be cremated and her ashes will be joined with Zora’s as part of the current tribute inside the Museum.


Source:
National Corvette Museum
Photo Credit: Corvette Owners Club

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Split Window 1961 Corvette Headed for SEMA

by Keith Cornett on October 20, 2008

Custom 1961 Corvette Split Window

Macon, Illinois based Street Rods Only specializes in building custom C1 Corvette resto-mods. This 1961 Corvette they are currently working on may be one of the most original trans-generational Corvette designs we’ve seen. Utilizing a 1961 Corvette body which features essentially the same duck-tail rear end of the C2 Corvette, the guys have customized a 1963 style split-window removable hard top to give the car a look that’s truly one of a kind.

The SEMA show is coming up in early November so this Custom Corvette should be nearing completion. We’ll check back to see if we can lay our hands on any completed photos once the car is finished.

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Source:
Street Rods Only via CarDomain.com

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