We got the February 2011 sales figures from General Motors and its been a rare moment when we can say Corvette sales are up over the previous month as well as up in the year to date figure. Last month, 955 Corvettes were delivered to new homes, a 53% increase from the mere 624 Corvettes sold in the same month in 2010. For the calendar year, 1,676 Corvettes have been delivered which is a 13.4% increase over the first two months of 2010.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash isn’t the only hard rocking musician to have a classic Corvette for sale. A 1978 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car that was purchased new and owned by the former lead guitarist of KISS, Ace Frehley is currently listed on eBay. The Corvette is being sold by Ace’s brother-in-law, who was presented the car in 1980 as a high school graduation gift.
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has teamed up with Beverly Hills auction house Juliens Auctions to sell a wide range of his personal property to fans and collectors. In addition to 15 guitars, furniture and other memorabilia, the lot that is sure to generate buzz is a Tuxedo Black 1966 Corvette Coupe that the musician calls a “Monster of a Car”. The auction takes place on March 26th with a sizable share of the proceeds going to charity.
One of the things I love about Corvettes is that you can learn something new every day about them as well as how they fit it to all different niches of America’s car culture in general. For me, today’s lesson comes from the term “Murdered Out” which the Urban Dictionary describes as a vehicle that is black with black wheels and looks very intimidating. So I think you’ll agree this 2004 Matte-Black Corvette Z06 easily fits that description.
File photo from CorvetteImages.com
A man from the village of Greendale in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin (it’s a village, not a town) is looking for three tickets to this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Instead of hitting the usual venues like Stub Hub or eBay, he turned to Craigslist with this unique offer: “Trade 1979 Corvette for Super Bowl tickets”.
As a 1966 Corvette owner, I have a special affinity for other ’66 Vettes. So when I was walking the auction staging area at the 2011 Mecum Kissimmee auction last week I came to dead stop when my eyes fell upon this beautiful 1966 L36 427/390 hp Corvette Convertible painted in Laguna Blue.
This ermine white and blue stripe 1961 Corvette was built for one reason – racing. A radio/heater delete car, this Corvette came from the factory equipped with a solid-lifter 315 horsepower fuel injected 283 ci engine and is one of 233 Corvettes with RPO 687 – the special heavy duty brakes and suspension package. Last weekend, this vintage 1961 Competition-spec Corvette Race car was sold at Mecum’s 2011 Kissimmee auction for $55,000.
GM released their first sales figures for 2011 and it shows 721 Corvettes were delivered to new owners in January. This is 15.6% off the 854 Corvettes sold last year in January 2010. In fact, the 721 Corvettes delivered in January is 2nd worst month for Corvettes sales since we began tracking the monthly sales figures in January 2006.
This Riverside Gold 1969 Corvette equipped with a 427/435 hp L89 aluminum-head optioned Corvette was sold with no reserve at Saturday’s Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida for $62,000. A low mileage Corvette, this big-block is documented with the tank sticker as well as owner history and appraisals.