May 2010 Corvette sales report was released today by General Motors and the good news is that deliveries are at their highest level since September 2009. 1,428 Corvettes were delivered in May compared to April 2010′s 1,089 Corvettes the month prior. Corvettes haven’t sold this well since the 1,585 Corvettes sold in September 2009. Compared to a year ago, sales are off -13.1% with 1,643 Corvettes sold in May 2009 and calendar year to date sales are down -18.9%.
Is the economy so bad that even SpeedRacer has to part with his famous Mach 5 race car? Actually, we were tipped to this unique Corvette-based Mach 5 from a twitter user who passed by it on Ventura Boulevard where the car was on the lot of Woodland Hills Quality Motors in LA. The body style is similar to one of Mark Towle’s The Real Mach 5 replicas down to the wheels, but I couldn’t tell you if this is one of his or not. You can be SpeedRacer for just $27,995 although we are pretty sure that it doesn’t come with a monkey.
This 1961 Ermine White Corvette once owned by Rock legend Alice Cooper was sold this weekend for $78,000 Australian Dollars ($65,481 USD) at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction. The Corvette comes with a signed Fender Squier Guitar, hence the “three fender” nickname. Equipped with a 283 ci V8 and a three speed automatic powerglide, the Corvette has recently been overhauled with new shocks, brakes, tires and other parts. Because the Corvette is older than 15 years, it is not subject to RHD-conversion rules as long as the car is used for personal transportation. Rock on!
JF in Florida submitted this Saddle Tan 1963 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:
1963 Corvette convertible, VIN 30867S105XXX, matching numbers 327ci/360hp fuel-injected motor. FI unit replaced with traditional carburetor and original FI unit put on shelf, non-original radiator. 4-Speed transmission, 59,406 original miles. Saddle Tan exterior with saddle vinyl interior. Interior, carpet and chrome are all in excellent condition. Options include AM/FM radio and removable hard top. Owner history, maintenance receipts. Restored in 1982. This Corvette has also received awards from the local Corvette club shows.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.
Mecum’s Collector Car Auction wrapped up their 23rd Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis on Sunday. Over the five day sale, we witnessed 194 Corvettes crossing the auction block with 128 of those cars selling. Sales for Corvettes totaled $6,720,550 and the sales success rate was 66%.
At Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis, a capacity crowd witnessed Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette convertible sell for $925,000. Bidding was strong throughout the auction but slowed at $900,000. In the end it was Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette who registered the final bid to win the unique Corvette that was given to Earl following his retirement from General Motors. Video of the sale is after the jump.
The Discovery Channel will air a one-hour special of the Mecum Auction Live from Indianapolis on Saturday, May 22 from 2-3PM ET/PT. This hour will feature some of the most sought-after collector cars at the auction, including Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette, which is considered by many experts to be one of the most valuable and historically significant Corvettes ever built.
Alice Cooper, the rocker whose career has gone on for fifty years is selling his 1961 Corvette. The Corvette will be offered for sale at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction in Australia on May 31st. To sweeten the offer, Cooper autographed a white Fender Squier guitar and tossed it into the deal.
RM Auctions is set to offer two distinctly different 1969 L88 Corvettes at their “Classic Muscle & Modern Performance” auction in San Diego, California on June 19th. Rarely do these high performance Corvette surface for sale and when they do, they tend to be snapped up rather quickly. And because this is a no-reserve auction, you can guarantee they will both be sold.