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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1961 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2009

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1961 Corvette Convertible

As we moved we deeper into the docket of Corvettes available at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Las Vegas, we’re starting to see more classic Corvettes on the auction block. This 1961 Tuxedo Black Corvette appeared late on Friday night’s auction and was the first C1 Corvette to be featured this weekend.

The 1961 Corvette featured a restyled front grill without the “heavy teeth” and on the rear there are now 4 taillights instead of 2, a Corvette tradition to this day. This 1961 Corvette features the 283/230 hp V8 and a 3-speed manual transmission – all included on the base model that sold for $3,934 when new. Tuxedo black was the 5th most popular color (out of 7) and was chosen by 12% of buyers.

This 1961 Corvette was purchased by a woman who the SPEED commentators said had one of the busiest pens all day. Sort of breaks from the stereotype of Corvettes owners are all balding middle-aged men suffering through a mid-life crisis. The Corvette was hammered at $52,000 and with the buyers commission, total price was $57,200. Even though the Corvette comes equipped with just the basics, the price is spot-on for a base 1961 Corvette with major curb appeal.

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1993 Corvette Sells for $23,100

Regular production C4 Corvettes aren’t really known for their collectability yet, but sometimes one comes along that piques our interest and this 1993 Arctic White Corvette Coupe did just that as it crossed the auction block on Thursday evening at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Collector Car auction. Apparently I wasn’t alone in my thoughts as Lot #93 was hammered for a strong price of $21,000. With the buyer’s premium, the total selling price was $23,100.

The C4 Corvettes marked an interesting time period for the Corvettes and some will argue that Corvette’s return to premium sports cars status started with the iconic 1984 Corvette. However, the differences between the first Corvettes of the C4 generation compare greatly to those cars after 1992 when the C4 received the LT1 350 cubic inch 300 horsepower V8 engine.

SPEED’s announcers particularly liked this Corvette and called it the perfect compliment for the guy who also owned a 1953 Corvette. While we believe there are only about 150-170 of “those guys” out there with a first year Corvette in the garage, we agree that a White with Red interior Corvette does make the perfect the anniversary model even when though the true 40th anniversary models were Ruby Red.

Only 15,898 Corvette coupes were produced in 1993 so the model year doesn’t suffer from over-production which keeps prices down. Arctic white was the third most popular color (3,031) coming in behind the Rub Red anniversary color (6749) and Torch Red (3,172).

This Corvette features the Corvette Preferred Equipment Group #1 option which provides electronic air conditioning, Delco/Bose music system, electronically tuned AM/FM stereo, radio with Seek-Scan, digital clock stereo cassette tape, compact disc player, blue removable roof panel, leather sport bucket seats, 6-way power driver’s seat and 6-way passenger power seat.

Being in mint condition with just 26,072 miles on the odometer and documentation also helped push this Corvette’s value higher.

Our Corvette Price Guide shows a high price of $15,000 for standard 1993 Corvette coupes while the high price on a Corvette convertible of the same year was more than double that at $34,500. So while the buyer paid a premium for that particular model, the price was still consistent with other models from the same year. Of further note is that we still show the standard 1993 coupes depreciation at just 6% last year which is the lowest percentage of Corvettes from 1993. The convertible models from 1993 show double-digit depreciation of 12% last year.

Based on the condition of the Corvette, we believe both buyer and seller should be happy with the outcome of this sale.

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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: Corvette Auction Schedule

by Keith Cornett on October 7, 2009

1960 Corvette offered at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009

The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas kicks off tomorrow afternoon. To make sure you don’t miss any of the action, we went through the car list and pulled out the 29 Corvettes that are scheduled to appear over the the three day event.

There are 29 Corvettes on the docket ranging from 1958 to a 2009 Corvette ZR1. Here are several interesting Corvettes we’ll be watching: The 1990 Callaway Aerobody, a 1960 Corvette convertible powered by a 283/290 fuelie V8, the Bruce Willis 1967 Corvette convertible, and the aforementioned 2009 Corvette ZR1 which is paired with a 1990 Corvette ZR-1. Like all Barrett-Jackson auctions, these Corvettes are all offered at No Reserve.

New for this auction is how we plan to cover it. CorvetteBlogger has teamed up with SPEED to offer analysis and insight into the Corvettes auctioned at Barrett-Jackson. You can follow that coverage here or join the the Barrett-Jackson group on My SPEED. Here is the Corvette Schedule for the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction:

14.1 1989 Corvette Coupe Oct 8
42 1978 Corvette Coupe Oct 8
45.2 1972 Corvette Coupe Oct 8
50.2 1991 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe Oct 8
70 1990 Corvette Callaway Aerobody Oct 8
93 1993 Corvette Coupe Oct 8
314 1985 Corvette Coupe Oct 9
318 1978 Corvette 25th Anniversary Coupe Oct 9
326 1978 Corvette 25th Anniversary Coupe Oct 9
329 1991 Corvette Coupe Oct 9
354 1964 Corvette 327/350 hp Convertible Oct 9
363.2 1965 Corvette 327 ci Convertible Oct 9
396 1965 Corvette 396/425 hp Convertible Oct 9
402.1 1966 Corvette 427/425 hp Convertible Oct 9
411 1961 Corvette 283/230 hp Convertible Oct 9
639.1 1969 Corvette 427/390 hp Coupe Oct 10
659 1964 Corvette 327/250 hp Coupe Oct 10
659.3 1967 Corvette Bruce Willis Convertible Oct 10
664 1967 Corvette 427/390 hp Coupe Oct 10
677.1 2003 Corvette Avelate Convertible Oct 10
678 1968 Corvette Custom Roadster Oct 10
680 1960 Corvette 283/290 FI Convertible Oct 10
685.1 1959 Corvette 283/270 hp Convertible Oct 10
688.1 1962 Corvette Custom Convertible Oct 10
705 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe Oct 10
705.1 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe Oct 10
717 1958 Corvette LS6 Resto-Mod Convertible Oct 10
718 1961 Corvette LS1 Resto-Mod Convertible Oct 10
719.2 1966 Corvette 427/425 hp Convertible Oct 10

SPEED TV will be providing live gavel coverage beginning Thursday, October 8th. Here is the broadcast schedule:

Thursday, Oct 8 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday, Oct 9 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 10 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

All Times are Eastern (EST).


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Corvettes on eBay: #1 of 5 1993 Lister Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 6, 2009

Corvettes on eBay: #1 of 5 1993 Lister Corvette

Say hello to a 1993 Lister Corvette. Created by Lister North America back in the early nineties, this custom-bodied C4 Corvette was treated to upgrades both inside and out. Under the hood, the Chevy LT1 V8 was stroked to 383 cubic inches and a Vortech supercharger provides plenty of power. On the outside, custom body panels, Fikse wheels and an upgraded interior add to the package.

Back in the mid to late 1950′s, British-based Lister produced lightweight tubular framed sports cars that competed with Jaguar and Aston Martin. While earlier cars were powered by a D-Jag inline 6, in 1959 the Lister’s got themselves a redesigned aerodynamic aluminum bodies powered by Chevrolet V8 engines. These new Lister’s attempted to cash in on that the heritage, but the concept never took off and only 5 cars were produced.

This Lister offered has an interesting past as it was the first Corvette of the Lister series. Following the car’s debut at the 1993 Los Angeles International Auto Show, it then served as a development mule for Vortech superchargers where it graced the covers of several Corvette magazines.

The next owner took the Lister’s performance to the edge. The 5.7 liter LT-1 was stroked to 383 cubic inches and outfitted with Air Flow Research aluminum heads, Lunati forged steel reciprocating parts, Crane roller cam, Wiesco pistons, 58mm throttle body and on and on and on. Complementing the upgrades under the hood is a bevy of yellow and chrome trim. No-so complimentary is the faux side exhaust which in our opinion detracts from the appearance.

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Images courtesy of Viva Las Vegas Autos – Reproduced with permission

The Corvette has just over 7,000 miles on the clock and comes with a ton of documentation. Back in 2003, the car was featured at Barrett-Jackson where it traded hands for $54,000. Yesterday, the Corvette’s auction on eBay ended with a no-sale at $17,700. If you’re interested in this unique conversion, contact Viva Las Vegas Autos.
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Corvette Values: 1974 Corvette T-Top Coupe

by Keith Cornett on October 5, 2009

1974 Corvette T-Top Coupe

AD in Illinois submitted this 1974 Corvette Convertible to Corvette Values:

1974 Corvette T-Top Coupe. VIN: 1Z37J4S414XXX. Silver with Silver interior, Original 350/195 hp V8. Automatic transmission, 127,377 miles. Power brakes, power steering, power windows, tilt-tele steering column, factory air, cloth interior, new tires. The Corvette is termed to be in “good” condition. Owner history and receipts.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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1974 Corvette T-Top, VIN #1Z37J4S414XXX. The VIN # indicates this Corvette was built in January 1974, relatively early in the production year.

It is reported to have 127,377 original miles, not an inordinate amount of miles considering it has been on the street for 35 years.

This Corvette is Corvette Grey in color with a matching Grey cloth interior. The paint is considered to be good, but it has the traditional road chips in the front bumper area. Also the interior has the usual wear on the door panels, again not unusual for a Corvette with 100K+ miles.

It is powered by the standard 350-195 engine that is coupled with an automatic transmission. This combination was popular for the 1974 Corvette production with approximately 68% of the buyers selecting this motor and transmission combination.

This 1974 Corvette is nicely equipped with comfort and convenience driving options that include power steering, brakes, windows, A/C and a tilt-telescopic steering column. There is some question as to the working status of the A/C since the belts have been disconnected. In addition, the original radio equipment has been replaced with an after-market model.

This Corvette also has a rear chrome luggage carrier. This was a dealer installed option for the 1974 model year. The Corvette also has the original wheel trim and center caps; the tires appear to be in new condition.

Adding to the value of a Corvette is owner history which is included with this Corvette as well as numerous receipts.

This Corvette is in original condition with no modifications.

We place a value of $10,000 on this 1974 Corvette T-Top. Also of interest is the fact that the 1974 Corvette T-Top is showing an annual increase in the average price value of 3%.

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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on October 2, 2009

1986 Corvette Pace Car Convertible for Sale at

Check out these six great Corvettes we are featuring today from, the Internet’s original Corvette classifieds website. Each day thousands of buyers turn to our sister website to find the Corvette of their dreams as we have one of the best selections of both classic, preowned and new Corvettes available anywhere.

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1962 Convertible
1964 Convertible
1968 Convertible
1986 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2000 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2010 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1986 Pace Car
2000 Hardtop
2010 ZR1

Thinking of selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads start at only $25 and your Corvette will run until its sells. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.


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September 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 2, 2009

Good news regarding Corvette sales! GM reports that 1,585 Corvettes were sold in the month of September which was an increase of 88% from August 2009′s 746 sales. We attribute both the end of the automotive buying frenzy created by the Cash for Clunkers program and the availability of the 2010 Corvette as major contributors to the sales increase.


Bruce Willis' 1967 Corvette Convertible to be offered at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction

Action movie hero Bruce Willis is taking three cars to Las Vegas next weekend where they will be sold at no reserve at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at Mandalay Bay. Included in the collection is a 1967 Corvette Convertible equipped with a 427/435 Tri-Power L71 V8.

The Corvette was purchased by Bruce in El Paso, Texas during the filming of the 1996 movie “Last Man Standing”. Following the production, he shipped the corvette to Sun Valley, Idaho where it served as his summer driver.

The Corvette has seen some customization as celebrities are wont to do with their rides. This 67 midyear was repainted in the original Marlboro Maroon color by Performance Paint in Torrance, Ca. Polished Cragar S/S wheels, Michelin blackwall tires and an Alpine 5-CD changer in the glove box complete with infrared remote round out the options.

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The Corvette last saw the auction block in October 2008 where it was offered by Bonhams at the California Classic auction held at the Petersen Automotive Museum. While the estimate on the Sting Ray was $110,000-$150,000, the car failed to meet the reserve and went unsold. The high bid for the Corvette was undisclosed.

In addition to the ’67 Corvette, Willis is also offering a black 1968 Pontiac Firebird and a dark blue 1988 Lincoln Limousine that was used during the filming of his breakout movie, “Die Hard”.

“Bruce Willis has owned some great American iron,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman/CEO, Craig Jackson. “Cars like his 1967 Corvette and ’68 Firebird helped define an era of motoring in this country that was built around power. The Lincoln Limo also tells a story as it was used during Bruce’s most iconic film.”

“These cars are special in that they correspond with important moments in Bruce’s life, both personally and professionally,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Like most collectors today, Bruce enjoys his cars. I imagine he has his eye on one or more street-ready muscle cars to replace the three vehicles he’s selling at Barrett-Jackson.”

The Corvette is scheduled to be sold on Saturday, October 10th. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction will be televised by SPEED TV.


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NCRS Announces Award Confirmation Service

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2009

NCRS Announces Award Confirmation Service

Corvette collector’s rejoice! The National Corvette Restorers Society is now offering a service to confirm the NCRS awards given to a Corvette. This will be a great resource for buyers or owners who want confirmation on a specific Corvette’s NCRS award history as well as perhaps provide the missing link to a Corvette’s history. The service doesn’t come cheap though. Expect to shell out $300 for the document.

The NCRS awards database has over 20,000 records and some date back to as early as the mid 1980′s. The award confirmation document includes:

  • Owner’s Names
  • Net and Final Scores
  • NCRS Awards Received
  • Location and Type of Event: National, Regional or Chapter
Where available the record will also contain:
  • Color
  • Trim
  • Engine Horsepower

For the $300 fee, you receive the records printed on official NCRS stationary and signed by Roy Sinor, NCRS National Judging Chairman. To place an order for the service, contact Roy Sinor at 918-834-0259 or via email at:

Note: The NCRS TOp Flight certificate show above was awarded to Terry Michaelis and Proteam Corvette for their 1967 Corvette Coupe dubbed The “Last”â„¢ Corvette.


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August 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2009

Corvette sales have sunk to their lowest point since the beginning of the automotive recession which started the second half of 2008. In August, GM delivered 746 Corvettes, down from 966 in July and -82% off the 4,242 Corvettes delivered in the same time period a year ago. For the calendar year (Jan-Aug) there have been 9,210 Corvettes delivered, a decline of -56.3% from 2008 sales of 21,066.


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