Back in October, we brought you news that a Corvette dealer in the Northeast has just acquired a 13-mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car that had been stored in a barn since the day the original purchaser bought the car. With 33 years of dust and dirt on the black and silver paint, pictures of the car went viral and news of the find spread around the world. Now we got word that the Corvette has been washed and sold.
Russo and Steele Collector Car Auctions has announced that this 1953 Corvette owned by Corvette restoration guru Noland Adams will cross the auction block next month at their Scottsdale event which runs from January 18th – 22nd. Noland purchased the C1 in 1955 and in 2005 the car was featured on the popular Corvette stamp.
I was perusing the web late last week when I came upon this beautifully customized Corvette Grand Sport from The Corvette Guys at Purifoy Chevrolet in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Each year, Purifoy takes 3 or 4 Corvettes out of their general dealer stock and transforms them into unique, custom creations. This 2012 Grand Sport was dressed up and put on display at the Greybeard Creme de la Chrome car show at the Denver Convention Center.
New Corvette sales continue to slide according to the latest General Motors delivery report. Deliveries for November 2011 fell to 910 for the month. Its the third consecutive drop in sales and three out of the last four months have failed to break the 1,000 unit mark. It looks a little better on paper as in November 2010 only had 836 deliveries so the month saw an increase of 8.9%. For the calendar year to date, Chevy has sold 12,126 Corvettes, an 4.1% increase over 2010.
BD in Florida submitted this 1996 Corvette Grand Sport to Corvette Values:
1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, VIN #1G1YY3251T56007XX. Admiral Blue with Red/Black leather interior. All original with no modifications. 20,000 Miles, LT4 350/330 HP. Options include F45 suspension, U1F Delco Bose Stereo, UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Warning System, Run Flat Tires. Documentation includes window sticker and shipping documents.
Find out how we valued this Corvette Grand Sport Convertible after the jump.
Our friends at Corvette Market magazine have announced that their quarterly publication will morph into American Car Collector magazine. The new magazine will be published 6 times per year (a 50% increase) and current CM subscribers will automatically receive American Car Collector throughout the duration of their subscriptions.
Leake Auction Company will be offering over 30 Corvettes for sale at their upcoming Dallas event. The three day sale will take place Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th at Market Hall in Dallas, Texas. Among the Corvette offerings are two very rare cars: a 1961 big tank racecar and a 1971 LS6 Coupe. You can read more about each lot after the break.
The monthly sales report came out last week while we were at the SEMA show so we’re just now getting around to taking a look at it. The news isn’t great as sales of Corvettes in October slipped to 946 for the month. That is a -6.4% decline from sales in October 2010. For the calendar year-to-date sales, Corvettes sales are still pacing at 3.8% more than 2010 with 11,216 Corvettes sold January-October.
The title on the Dallas Craigslist ad simply reads “1999 Chevrolet Corvette Yellow 8 Cylinder Automatic Coupe – $104,900”. Savvy internet searchers will immediately notice the $105k price tag and wonder what kind of C5 can merit such a lofty sum. Well, this one can as it’s one of the 19 Callaway C12’s built in 1999. Click past the jump for more on this rare bird.