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St.Louis/Bowling Green Factory 1981 Corvettes Bookends

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Each January marks the annual festival known as the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. This year’s sale is significant as its Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary event. Support events kicked off January 9th and hit full speed on January 15th. Included among the 1,000+ cars selling at no reserve are roughly 130 corvettes. Over the next few days we’ll take a look and some of the more significant Vettes crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson.

First up we’ll take a look at a couple of 1981 Corvette Coupes – Lots 441 and 441.1. Right now you’re probably wondering why we’re featuring a pair of 1981 Corvettes – especially 2 beige colored ones. If you caught B-J’s 2010 Las Vegas event, you’ll probably recall seeing this duo as they sold for charity for $300,000. The winning bidder promptly donated the cars back and here they are again for Scottsdale 2011.

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[PIC] Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2011

[PIC] '07 Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

I was perusing some Corvette salvage classifieds when I came across this ad for a 2007 Corvette Z06. It was listed as a theft recovery but obviously only part of the Corvette was recovered! This made for some interesting reading when describing the vehicle’s condition: Won’t Start, Missing Key. Dang! I was hoping to test drive it too.

Check out more salvage Corvettes at Insurance Auto Auctions.

 

Corvettes on eBay: 2003 Sebring Winning Corvette C5R

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2011

Corvettes on eBay: Chassis #005 2001 Corvette C5R

Well, you just don’t see these early Corvette Racing C5Rs available for purchase all that often. Offered on eBay is the Pratt & Miller 2001 Corvette C5R chassis #005. The Corvette was first raced at Infineon Raceway in May 2002 by Ron Fellows and Kelly Collins, capturing a win at this first event. Chassis #005 would add wins at Mid-Ohio, Washington DC, Mosport and Petit Le Mans to close out the 2002 ALMS season. In 2003, Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Franck Fréon would pilot this C5R to a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 to be Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

At the Corvette Museum’s 2010 C5/C6 Bash, GM unveiled a special 2011 Corvette Z06 that was a tribute to Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Painted white with blue racing stripes, the Z06 Corvette matches the livery of the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won its class and finished 8th overall. The NCM announced today that the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 will be auctioned next week at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the proceeds will go to the NCM’s planned 500-acre motorsports park.

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Custom 2008 Caravaggio Convertible Corvette Z06 for Sale

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2011

Custom 2008 Caravaggio Convertible Corvette Z06 for Sale

Check out this custom 2008 convertible Corvette Z06 for sale by Canadian tuner John Caravaggio of Caravaggio Corvettes. This Z06 is John’s personal Corvette and he just posted it for sale on Corvette Forum. With only 15,000 miles on the clock, the Corvette features a variety of upgrades – the most obvious was taking the Z06 topless. You don’t see one of these everyday!

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December 2010 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2011

December 2010 Corvette Sales

December brought a ton of snow across the country as well as 974 Corvettes for new owners. And with these final sales numbers for 2010 which arrived from General Motors this week, we can officially report total Corvette sales down -9.4% for the 2010 calendar year. The total number of Corvettes delivered in 2010 was 12,624 vs sales of 13,934 Corvettes in CY 2009.

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January 2011 Corvette Auction Schedule

by Guest Contributor on January 6, 2011

January 2011 Corvette Auction Schedule

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

A couple weeks back we previewed the Corvettes being offered at RM’s Arizona sale later this month: Part 1 and Part 2. We thought we’d build on that preview and include all of the Corvettes crossing the auction block this month. RM’s event is just one of 8 significant collector car auctions taking place in the annual January sales frenzy. Over 300 Corvettes will cross the block in search of new homes.

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Corvette ZR1 Named one of the Top 5 Most Collectible Cars of the Future

Hagerty Insurance CEO McKeel Hagerty was asked which current crop of new cars will be the future’s most collectible. His list names the Corvette ZR1 as #2 behind the Dodge Viper. Rounding out the top 5 is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT.

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Corvettes on eBay: 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

by Keith Cornett on January 2, 2011

Corvettes on eBay: 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

One of our favorite models of the C4 era is the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Just 1,000 Grand Sports were built and only 190 were convertibles. Combine the historical connotations of the 1963 Grand Sports with the 1996′s Admiral Blue and White exterior, unique VIN and a one-year-only optional V8 engine and you’ve got something that is a collector’s dream.

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Corvette Auction Preview: RM’s Arizona Auction Part 2

by Guest Contributor on December 22, 2010

Corvette Auction Preview: RM's Arizona Auction Part 2

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Today we wrap up our preview of RM Auctions 12th annual Arizona sale which will be held January 20th and 21st, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. In case you missed it, here is part 1 of our RM Arizona Auction Preview.

Our selection this time features a trio of 1967 convertibles and a matching set of C1’s. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson will be offering 2 of the 1967 convertibles. One is a gorgeous black 435hp car and the other is a maroon 400hp, factory air car. GM sold just 840 Cascade Green Corvettes between 1956 and 1957. RM’s Arizona sale will feature 1 very nice example from each of those years.

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