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Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette

Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines is offering his 1963 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Keith is very well known in the collector car market and several of his publications feature photos of him with this Corvette, including his book “Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting“. The Corvette was part of the ever rotating stable of collectibles that are used by Sports Car Market staff and to make room for some new additions, the Sebring Silver split window has to go.

Martin has owned the 1963 Split Window Coupe for nearly three years and like all cars in the SCM collection, has kept the Corvette in driver ready condition. Any classic Corvette owner will tell you they need to be driven regularly and according to Martin, this one is ready for show or go. “We wouldn’t hesitate to get in it and hit Route 66 tomorrow.” says the eBay description.

Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette

The cosmetics are very presentable with decent paint, chrome and panel gaps. The interior’s carpet, door panels and dash show very well. Heck, even the clock works!

It’s interesting to note that the 1963 Corvette Coupe features a non-matching engine that was cobbled together from various sources. Interchangeability is one of the hallmarks of Chevy’s smallblock V8s and the builder of this engine apparently took full advantage of that fact. The block (3892657) is from a 1967 car or truck, but was not offered in a Corvette. The heads come from a 1970-80 350 passenger car. Build date code on them shows September 30, 1974 and the intake is from a 1966-67 327/350 Nova/Chevy II/Corvette. What’s remarkable about this Frankenstein is how good it looks with the finned Corvette valve covers and chrome air cleaner.

The Corvette was subject of a detailed analysis by Colin Comer, a regular contributor to Corvette Market and author of the book “Million Dollar Muscle Cars”. You can read his walkthrough of the engine and drive train at Sports Car Market. As there is no original documentation to go on, the clues lead Comer to believe that the Corvette was originally equipped with a 327 ci 340 hp engine.

Although today was the first day the Corvette was available on eBay, it already broke through the reserve price and is currently listed at $40,100 with 17 bids place. The auction ends on May 12th.


Source:
eBay
Corvette Market

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1955 Pennant Blue Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 5, 2008

A Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette Roadster

1955 was the turning point for Corvette with two significant changes that kept the 2 seat roadster from becoming extinct. The first was the introduction of the V8 engine – a 265 ci 195 hp small block that ushered the beginning of continual performance upgrades in the Corvette. The second was the introduction of Ford’s Thunderbird. Ford sold just over 16,000 Thunderbirds in its inaugural year compared to the Corvettes 4,600 during its first three years of production. Some say GM execs were too embarrassed to quit in light of Ford’s success. Let’s be glad they persevered and built Corvette into the iconic symbol it is today.

The 1955 Corvette was the second lowest year of Corvette production with just 700 built. The new 265 cubic inch V8 was mated to a powerglide automatic, although the straight six Blue Flame was offered in seven cars. To signify the V8 change, an enlarged gold “V” was added to the Chevrolet script of those Corvettes offered with the new V8.

Five exterior colors were offered with Pennant Blue being the second least produced color with just 45 examples. Polo White remained the most popular of color choices at 325 while the rarest of all colors were the 15 painted in Corvette Copper.

This Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette was auction by Mecum during their Muscle Cars & More event televised on HD Theater. It features the V8 engine with a powerglide transmission. Other options include the Wonderbar radio, side windows, window bag, shielding and coil cover. It is sequence number 30 out of 700 produced and is just 1 of 45 Pennant Blues produced. In 2002 it was awarded the prestigious Bloomington Gold certificate.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary Coupe

I present this video from Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More April 26th auction for two reasons. The first is that the commentators are absolutely correct in saying Corvettes like this 1993 40th Anniversary Edition are a great way for get started in the Corvette hobby. They represent value and performance and should be nearing the end of declining prices. That being said, I wish I was in Indy with a bidder’s card when this Corvette stalled and then was hammered for $11,000.

The 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Coupes was a popular choice in 1993 with 6,749 out of 21,590 produced. This Corvette Coupe appears to be in regular driver condition and features the very reliable LT1 350 ci 300 hp V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average value of the 1993 Anniversary Coupe at $17,900 and while we show this model still depreciating at 4% per year, $11,000 for this Corvette is a great buy.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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1971 Corvette LT-1 Coupe

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Mecum Auctions announced their 6-week run of “Muscle Cars & More” at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds with television coverage provided by Discovery Channel’s HD Theater. We saw the main challenge as being two-fold. Could Mecum keep a sustainable pipeline of quality cars coming in over the course of the 6-week auction run AND could they keep the interest of buyers who are used to the weekend auction fly-in (or drive-in)? We’re here to report a solid yes regarding the Corvettes and a definite maybe on the buyers.

After three weeks of auctions, Mecum has sold $1,774,000 of Corvettes. So far, 43 Corvettes have been offered and 29 have sold for a 67% success rate. Only 14 were unsold, but with Mecum’s “The Bid Goes On” program, its possible that several more of these Corvettes may move over to the sold column.

The quality of Corvettes at a Mecum auction is always strong and the Corvettes appearing at Mecum’s Muscle Cars & More on HD Theater is about what we’ve expected. Collectible Corvettes of various years have been made available each of the first three weeks, but it was week 2 that was the night for showcasing Corvettes. We saw a 1963 Corvette Coupe Z06 Tanker sell for $225,500 and a 1967 Corvette Convertible with a 427/435 hp L71 go for $160,000. Week 2 also featured a bevy of fuel injected Corvettes as well as several RPO 687 Big Brake C1 Corvettes. So the quality and variety of Corvettes available are there.

Which leads us to the quality of buyers. We got a friend to Tivo and copy to DVD the Week 2 auction that was heavy with Corvettes. We saw several familiar faces including Terry Michaelis of Proteam, David Burroughs of Bloomington Gold fame and Terry Malone from Corvettes of Dallas. The Week 2 auction also appeared to have a steady stream of telephone and internet bidders, which we think would be a popular method of buyer participation in a multi-week auction format. With Corvettes selling successfully at a rate of 67%, our verdict on the quality of buyers week-in and week-out is a definite maybe and will be reevaluated at the close of the final auction next month.

So after three weeks of the six week run, here are the Corvette auction results from Mecum’s “Muscle Cars & More” TV Auction on HD Theater. Lot numbers starting A and J1 are from Week 1. B and J2 are Week 2 and C and J3 were sold on Week 3:

LOT YEAR MODEL SOLD HIGH BID
A2 1972 Corvette $18,000  
A3 1978 Corvette Pace Car – L82 4-Speed   $20,000
A6 1972 Corvette $16,000  
A19 2004 Corvette Convertible Comm Edt $29,000  
A40 1995 Corvette Convertible $13,250  
A45 1975 Corvette $16,000  
A46 1967 Corvette   $45,000
A53 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/435 $66,000  
J119 1986 Corvette   $24,000
J121 1986 Corvette Pace Car $8,500  
J125 1987 Corvette $6,500  
B1 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 $63,500  
B2 1995 Corvette Coupe Lingenfelter   $19,000
B3 1993 Corvette $10,750  
B4 1974 Corvette $19,000  
B9 1965 Corvette   $34,000
B12 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 $96,000  
B16 1977 Corvette T-Top $8,500  
B24 1962 Corvette Convertible $55,000  
B31 1956 Corvette Convertible 265/225   $74,000
B33 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/290 FI $125,000  
B34 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker $222,500  
B35 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 $160,000  
B36 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 $135,000  
B37 1961 Corvette Convertible RPO 687 $132,500  
B39 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/360 FI   $86,000
B40 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/270 $94,000  
B41 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/290 FI $137,500  
B42 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 FI   $82,000
B44 1956 Corvette Convertible 265/225 $94,000  
B45 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/360   $67,500
J202 1964 Corvette Coupe 327/300 $35,750  
J204 1995 Corvette   $10,500
J210 1967 Corvette   $50,000
C21 1971 Corvette $13,000  
C24 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/300 $51,500  
C32 1971 Corvette T-Top LT-1 $46,000  
C37 1970 Corvette T-Top 454/390 $39,500  
C52 1967 Corvette Coupe 427/400 $51,000  
J315 1988 Corvette Coupe   $7,500
J316 1990 Corvette Coupe ZR-1 350/385   $20,000
J326 1995 Corvette Coupe LT1 350 $10,750  
J334 1970 Corvette Coupe 350/350   $14,500
         
    Total Corvette Sales (Week 1-3): $1,774,000  

Mecum’s live auction continues this weekend at 8pm Est on HD Theater.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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eBay: Charlton Heston’s 1999 Corvette For Sale

by Keith Cornett on April 15, 2008

Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe

I think I’ve mentioned my affinity for guns, whisky and Corvettes in a previous post and although I can’t really claim the “all American guy” trifecta with this story, Meatloaf would say “two out of three ain’t bad”.

Charlton Heston, actor extraordinaire and 2nd Amendment rights champion was also a Corvette owner. His 1999 Black Corvette Coupe is currently listed for sale on eBay as the current owner looks to cash in on the death of the movie icon. The Corvette is a mostly stock automatic with just 18,500 miles. The current owner claims the only changes were new LED halo taillights, C6 style chrome wheels and a Borla Stinger exhaust system. The original factory rims and taillights also come with the car.

Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe Charlton Heston's 1999 Corvette Coupe

If you’re contemplating the purchase of the Corvette previously owned by Moses himself, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got more documentation than just a pencil with bite marks. Luckily for you, this Corvette comes with the actual registration and insurance card with “Chuck” Heston’s name and Wilshire Blvd address.

The auction runs through April 17th and the current bid of $20,800 has yet to break the reserve. “Cold Dead Hands” jokes aside, with the provenance of celebrity, this Corvette would give bragging rights to any owner.

Source:
eBay via AutoBlog.com

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1955 Corvette - Serial #1

Mecum Auctions has announced they will be selling a collection of three serial number one Corvettes at June’s Bloomington Gold High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois. The Collection of early C1 Corvettes includes VINs 0001 from 1955, 1956 and 1957. It’s a rare sale when any serial number one Corvette is sold, but a collection of three in sequential model years is simply unheard of. The auction for this troika of 0001′s is sure to the highlight of the High Performance Auction held June 27-28th.

The 1955 Corvette is the last of the early C1 body style and the first to offer a high performance 265 ci 195 hp V8 engine. In 1956, Corvette received its first redesign with the cove body style that has become one of the most famous designs in American automotive history. Finally, 1957 Corvettes marked the last year for the single headlights and are known for their performance.

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The collection was amassed in Rockford, Illinois in the late 1970′s by Tom Harmer, a collector who recognized the significance of owning serial number one Corvettes. In the early 1980′s the collection was sold to Gene Morton who moved them to Alaska where they were stored and protected. The three Corvettes resurfaced in Prescott, Arizona around the year 2000 where they were purchased by renowned collectors Al Wiseman and George Swartz.

Al Wiseman is well known for his restoration work, having restored and sold several 1953 Corvettes over the last few years. Back in December, Al auctioned his collection of serial number #39 Corvettes which included a 1953 Corvette and its 2003 50th anniversary counterpart. A commemorative 1953 Corvette pedal car rounded out the collection.

Dana Mecum, President and Founder of Mecum Auctions said “This is the only collection of three sequential serial one Corvettes known to exist in the world. Al and George have restored these three Corvettes to the highest Bloomington Gold standards and to the magnificent state they are in today.”

The cars have never been entered or shown at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show or any other event since restoration. The three sequential serial number one Corvettes will be offered for sale as a collection.

Sources:
Mecum Auctions

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[VIDEO] Mecum Auction Results: 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2008

1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe Tanker

The 1963 Split Window Z06 Coupe is one of the most coveted and therefore collected midyear Corvettes. Only 199 of these special performance optioned Vettes were produced. Then factor in the N03 36 gallon “tanker” option of which only 63 were made and you’ve got a very special Corvette indeed.

This spectacular Sebring Silver split window coupe with Black interior is an original Z06 car, and features the massive 36 gallon fuel tank for endurance racing. The $1,818.45 Z06 Special Performance Equipment option package also includes the 360-horsepower, fuel injected 327 with 11.25:1 compression, 4-speed transmission, 4.11 positraction differential, power brakes with metallic linings, heavy duty stabilizer bars, as well as heavy duty springs and shocks. Other optional equipment includes 6.70 x 15 4-ply, whitewall tires, tinted windshield, power windows and signal seek radio.

We’ve seen the 1963 Corvette Z06 Tankers sell for upwards of $370K but according to Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Database it appears this Corvette, which sold for $222,500 was priced well within the normal selling range of $200,000-$300,000. Both the buyer and seller should have walked away from this auction very happy.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater


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Mecum Collector Car Auction

Last Saturday evening was the first of six consecutive Mecum collector car auctions that are being broadcast live on the HD Theater channel. Some get the channel, but many of us don’t so we’re relying on Mecum’s website to both inform us of what’s coming up each week as well as what the final results are from the previous week’s auction. Yesterday’s mass email to Mecum’s Infonet subscribers gave us several reasons to smile while at the same time cursing the gods of television programming for being shut out from this weekend’s broadcast. But if you do get HD Theater, tune in this Saturday night, 8pm eastern time to see the following Corvettes:


Lot B34 1963 Corvette Z06/Tanker

1963 Corvette Z06/TankerThis spectacular Sebring Silver split window coupe with Black interior is an original Z06 car, and features the massive 36 gallon fuel tank for endurance racing. The $1,818.45 Z06 Special Performance Equipment option package also includes the 360-horsepower, fuel injected 327 with 11.25:1 compression, 4-speed transmission, 4.11 positraction differential, power brakes with metallic linings, heavy duty stabilizer bars, as well as heavy duty springs and shocks. Other optional equipment includes 6.70 x 15 4-ply, whitewall tires, tinted windshield, power windows and signal seek radio. Only 199 Z06 Corvettes were produced and only 66 had the N03 Option 36 gallon fuel tank. A very rare Corvette indeed.


Lot B37 1961 Corvette Convertible RPO 687

1961 Corvette ConvertibleThis rare and highly documented Corvette features the fuel injected, solid lifter, 315 horsepower 283 V-8, 4-speed transmission and 4.11 positraction. The Corvette is 1 of 233 equipped with RPO 687 – Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension package. Other optional equipment includes deluxe heater, 2 tops and Wonderbar radio. Finished in Honduras Maroon with a Fawn Beige interior. It was awarded a Bloomington Gold Survivor Certification and an NCRS Top Flight Award in 1994 and was also featured in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1996. Additionally, it has won the Chevy/Vettefest Nationals Gold Spinner Award and the prestigious Corvette Triple Crown Award.


Lot B1 1966 Corvette Coupe L36 427/390

1963 Corvette Z06/TankerThis is the Corvette that will be kicking off the evening. Lot B1 is a Sunfire Yellow Corvette Coupe with Black interior. The Corvette is powered by the L36 427 ci 390 hp V8 engine. It has a 4-speed manual transmission, side exhaust, power brakes and power windows. The Corvette underwent a frame-off restorationa and features just 50,000 original miles. And while this is just a personal preference, I love the factory original hubcaps in liu of knock-offs on this Corvette. A very nice Corvette with fantastic curb appeal.

Mecum’s auctions allow sellers to place a reserve price on their cars so it will be interesting to see how well these vintage Corvettes do. We’ll follow up with the results as soon as their available.

Sources:
Mecum Collector Car Auctions

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1961 Jewel Blue Corvette

I love 1961 Jewel Blue Corvettes. This shade of blue is a perfect contrast with the white coves and I think its the first year GM got a blue color right. The one year only color option produced just 855 examples. The rarity and beauty of Lot# 678.1 instantly became one of my favorite Corvettes from the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach last weekend.

This 1961 Corvette is the result of a recently completed frame-off restoration in 2008. Features include a 270 hp dual quad 283 ci V8 coupled to a 4-speed transmission, white wall tires, wonderbar radio and a white soft convertible top.

The Corvette was bidded on for nearly 5 minutes before hammering at $118,000. The full auction video is after the jump.

One of the better parts of the video begins at 3:15 and shows the bidder who at $110,000 is reminded that he purchased the previous lot, a 1965 Nassau Blue Convertible, at $112,000 so why not raise this bid $2,000 so it will be the same price as the previous Corvette. He drops out at $112,000 and then leans over to the guy next to him and mutters $113,000 as a joke and for a moment I thought the ring man was going to call it out as a bid.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

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Mid-engine Corvette Sketch from GM Styling

Freelance Journalist Frank Washington was out for a morning walk in his hometown of Detroit when he was viciously attacked. Beaten and stabbed, Frank spent over 11 hours in the operating room as his attackers broke nearly every bone in his face. Frank is well known in the automotive writing circles and news of his attack prompted spy photographer Brenda Priddy and other journalists to set up several benefit auctions on eBay to help Frank financially while he recovers.

One of the items offered is two sketches drawn in the GM Styling Corvette Studio circa 1973 by then GM designer Ron Will. The sketches were part of the advance design program to create a mid-engined Corvette. The program was spearheaded by the head of Chevrolet, John De Lorean and Corvette’s Cheif Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and resulted in several prototypes including the Chevrolet Aerovette show car. Unfortunately, due to spiraling production costs the project for the on-again off-again mid-engined Corvette was eventually killed in favor of continuing the front engine layout.

Mid-engine Corvette Sketch from GM Styling

The framed sketches measure 22×24 inches and are signed by designer Ron Will.

The auction runs until April 5th at 18:33 PDT and the current bid as of Wednesday is $455. Check out this auction and the other eBay auctions that Brenda and her colleagues have pulled together to benefit Frank Washington.

Thanks for the tip PC!


Source:
eBay.com

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