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2008 Corvette Chassis

The rolling 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis that was scheduled to be sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has been pulled from the docket and the auction cancelled according to a Barrett-Jackson media representative. The auction was lot # 82.1 and was scheduled to cross the block on Tuesday evening.

After the ZR1 Chassis failed to appear in its assigned slot, a review of the Barrett-Jackson website showed that it had been pulled from the 2009 run list completely. We emailed Barrett-Jackson and was told that the auction had been cancelled and no other information about the chassis is available.

The Corvette ZR1 Chassis is one of the 200 GM Heritage Collection vehicles that were scheduled to be sold at the famous collector car auction. Perhaps the car has been rescheduled to appear with other Heritage vehicles at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction later this Spring. The only other possible outcomes is that GM sold or donated the car prior to auction or GM decided to keep it for the time being.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson

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Auction Guide: Corvettes Abound in Scottsdale

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2009

1990 Corvette ZR-1

The gavels will be raining down on nearly 200 Corvettes as no less than five different auctions will be offering American’s Sports Car to the highest bidder this week in Scottsdale, Arizona. While Barrett-Jackson is undoubtedly the 800 pound gorilla in the collector car auction arena, We thought we should fill you in on what else is going on in Scottsdale this week.

The Corvette generating the most buzz this auction season will be sold on Friday, January 16th. If you thought Barrett-Jackson was the only game in town then you would miss RM Auctions sell the #002 Grand Sport Corvette for an expected $7 million – $10 million. RM Auctions will also be selling a 1957 Vintage Corvette Racer as well as a 1954 Corvette Roadster. Click here to view the RM Auctions run list.

Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction kicks off on Thursday, January 15th and runs through Sunday, January 18th. The current run list includes 46 Corvettes making this the second largest Corvette auction in Scottsdale. With Corvettes ranging from a 1954 Roadster through a 1990 ZR-1, there is something for everyone at Russo and Steele. Click here to view the Russo and Steele run list.

Silver Auction’s Fort McDowell Arizona Auction has nine Corvettes available for sale during their four day auction which starts on Friday, January 16th. Four of the nine Corvettes are from the C5/C6 generation and three C2 Midyears will be offered as well. Click here to view the Silver Auction’s run list.

Gooding and Company’s Scottsdale auction takes place in Saturday, Janury 17th and currently five Corvettes are part of the auction festivities: Two C1 cars, two 1967 L71 427′s and a 1998 Corvette Callaway C12 Coupe. Click here to view the Gooding & Company’s run list.


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2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview
Corvette Grand Sport #002 to be Auctioned By RM in January ’09

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2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2009

1963 Corvette Fuelie

A much anticipated diversion from reality comes next week in the form of the world’s greatest collector car auction. The 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, AZ kicks off on Tuesday for six full days of buying and selling classic and unique Corvettes. Over 125 Corvettes are expected to cross the no-reserve auction block with models ranging from a 1954 Roadster to the 2009 Corvette ZR1.

The auction line-up appears to be very solid. The Corvettes coming from the GM Heritage Collection are simply unbelievable. We see several unique C4 ZR-1 models that should see plenty of action from collectors as well as the 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis. We also noticed a bevy of C1 and C2 fuelies which have a history of doing well here in Scottsdale.

Headlining the group is a 1967 Corvette convertible (Lot #1327) that features a 427/435 engine and the Lyndale Blue over Black color combination. Fully restored in 2008, the roadster captured two NCRS Top Flight Awards with a high score of 97.7.

Another highlight will be a 1963 Corvette coupe (Lot #1263.1) with a list of options. Honors for this 327 ci 360 horsepower split-window Fuelie include Bloomington Gold, 2-time NCRS Top Flight Award and a Duntov Mark of Excellence Award.

With so many Corvettes crossing the block that claim a NCRS pedigree, it’s reassuring to hear that the NCRS worked with the Barrett-Jackson consignment team to verify the awards and scores. The 16 Corvettes in this year’s auction have been vetted so to speak by the NCRS with the consignment team acquiring the NCRS Award Confirmation Document for each car.

Click here for the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Schedule. We’ve broken it down so you can see which day the Corvette will be sold. Each of the GM Heritage Collection Corvettes are marked with an asterick (*) as they are spread out across all six days. As always, check back throughout the week as we’ll have coverage and videos of selected Corvettes that were sold.

SPEED TV will be providing 39 hours of live gavel coverage beginning Tuesday, January 13th. Here is the broadcast schedule:

Tuesday, January 13th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Wednesday, January 14th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Thursday, January 15th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Friday, January 16th: 2pm – 12 Midnight
Saturday, January 17th: 2pm – 12 Midnight
Sunday, January 18th: 2pm – 6pm

All Times are Eastern (EST).


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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2008 Corvette Chassis

As part of GM’s housecleaning of the famous Heritage Collection, several rolling chassis are being made available for public sale including this unique 2008 Corvette ZR1. The chassis appears to be complete but there is no mention on whether or not its functional. The chassis will appear on the block at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction which kicks off next week.

During January 2008′s Detroit Auto Show, GM displayed a Corvette ZR1 chassis with a display that pointed to various elements that went into the design and construction of the supercharged 6.2L Corvette ZR1. While the auction description doesn’t mention it, I’m speculating that this could be the same chassis.

The auction description states the chassis cannot be titled or licensed and may not be driven on public streets. No certificate of title is provided and only a bill of sale will accompany the vehicle.

Two other chassis are also being made available at Barrett-Jackson including a 2004 GM Kappa chassis which is the basis of the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky and a 1931 Oldsmobile chassis which was the backbone of six different Oldsmobile models that year.

As stated, the 2009 Barrett-Jackson kicks of next week with autos hitting the block on Tuesday, a day earlier than previous years. Check back with CorvetteBlogger as we are preparing the schedule for all Corvettes currently listed on the Scottsdale docket.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson via Car Domain Blog

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Barn Fresh Auction: 1964 Ermine White Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2009

1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find

Our friends at Valley Auto in Bedford, Pennsylvania continue to amaze us with barn fresh Corvettes to feast our eyes upon this winter. This two-owner 1964 Corvette Coupe appears to be a prime candidate for restoration as the numbers match up to some decent options including the L75 327/300 hp V8. Did someone just say Survivor?

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This 1964 Corvette Coupe is nicely optioned with the popular 327 cubic inch L75 V8 engine rated at 300 horsepower, power brakes, power steering and a 4-speed manual gearbox. The Ermine White original paint is still on the car and the inside sports the original red interior. The engine compartment looks to be complete as well. The Corvette is numbers matching on the engine, transmission and rear end.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t know the back story as to why the Corvette was parked for so long. The photos show that by the looks of things, this Sting Ray has been sitting for some time. Check out the trailer photo with the mat or carpet stuck to the right front tire.

The 1964 Corvette was placed on eBay December 29th with an opening bid of $500 and a buy-it-now button at $31,995. The auction runs through December 8th and already there have been 14 bidders and 27 bids. The current bid stands at $26,660 with the reserve not yet met.


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

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Corvette Museum Selling 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

by Keith Cornett on December 30, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

The National Corvette Museum has posted a new fundraiser auction on eBay – the sale of the very first Corvette produced in 2008. The Corvette – VIN #000001 – is a 2008 Coupe painted in Velocity Yellow and features the highly anticipated 4LT custom leather wrapped interior. The Corvette was part of GM’s Show Car Division where it was used primarily at Corvette Racing displays and at the Bloomington Gold show.

The 2008 model year saw Corvette get a number of significant mid-cycle upgrades and this Corvette Coupe appears to have been built with that in mind. VIN #000001 was the first Corvette fitted with the new LS3 6.2L engine producing 430 hp and coupled with the NPP dual mode performance exhaust, horsepower stands at 436.

The VIN #000001 Corvette also features F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Polished Aluminum Wheels, OnStar, Heated Seats, AM/FM Stereo with 6-Disc In Dash CD Changer with MP3 playback and premium 7 speaker Bose sound system, XM Satellite Radio, Power Telescoping Steering Wheel, Head Up Display and Garage Door Opener.

The Corvette has just 977 miles on the odometer and comes with the remaining 5-Year 100,000 mile warranty. We are told the key fobs have all GM internal tags in place.

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General Motors donated the Corvette to the Museum, and proceeds from the sale will benefit the non-profit organization.

The auction kicked off today and runs through January 5th. The Corvette Museum will also provide the winner with a copy of the Build Sheet which shows approximated date of production, options, VIN and Order numbers.

Click here to visit the eBay auction for the 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001.


Source:
eBay via National Corvette Museum

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Corvette Buying & Selling: Gauging Originality

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2008

1964 Corvette Dash Cluster

I was browsing the C1-C2 section on the Corvette Forum today when I came across an interesting post about an original 1964 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Classic Corvettes are full of visual clues that alone or combined with others can help us identify the model year. They can be obvious like the five side fender vents on the 1967 model or a split rear window on the 1963 coupe. They can be less obvious like the differences in emblems and grills on the 1965 and 1966 Corvettes. Climb inside one of the Sting Ray models and visual clues abound as well. In the case of the eBay ad, a red flag goes up when a crucial part’s originality is questioned.

The 1964 Corvette Coupe that was listed for sale had the following description:

1964 Corvette Coupe
VIN # 40837S104407
Miles- 37,431 Original
327/300 HP with matching numbers

This Corvette is part of a family collection and has been in our family since the mid 1970s. This Corvette is completely original (never restored) and has been garage kept with less than 1,000 miles of drive time since our ownership. It is in excellent condition and runs beautifully. The car comes with 4-speed manual transmission and a 327/300 HP engine. The exterior is Ermine White. I believe the car was repainted before our ownership in the late 60s or early 70s. The paint is in very good condition, with only minor chips and flaws. All the chrome is in good condition with only minor pitting. The underside is very rust-free, and in excellent non restored shape. The interior is red leather with red carpeting. The floor board pieces of carpeting need replacing. All gauges are in working order, with the exception of the tachometer, which needs to be reconditioned. The clock and radio both work sporadically, and both need reconditioning. Both headlamp motors work very well. Other than that, this Corvette is in very solid, original condition and provides an excellent investment opportunity.

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The member on Corvette Forum who posted the ebay link, “Pilot5970″ pointed out that this original 37,431 mile 1964 Corvette has a speedometer that didn’t show up in Corvettes until 1965. The differences between the 1963-64 speedometer and tachometers and those of the 1965-67 are subtle, but once you see the difference, it will be very obvious when you notice an incorrect pairing like on this 1964 Coupe.

The 1963-64 speedometer and tachometer have a recessed center with tapered rings around the needle. The 1965-67′s are flat faced with two screws holding in the assembly. The “pins” that hold the needles are silver on the early midyear gauges but the later gauges have a recessed indentation that is black with silver trim. See the photos for a comparison:

1963-64 Corvette Dash Cluster 1965-67 Corvette Dash Cluster
1963-64 Corvette Gauge 1965-67 Corvette Gauge

There are a variety of explanations on how a 1965 (or later) speedometer and tachometer could have made it into this 1964 Coupe. We first looked at the VIN which shows the sequence number to be 4407 of 22,229. Our thinking was that perhaps the new speedo and tach made it into production earlier than 1965, but this Corvette was assembled in November 1963, the third month into production, so I ruled out new equipment making an early appearance. Another legitimate reason could be a warranty replacement. Finally, while the seller does state they owned the Corvette since the mid-seventies, there is no mention of how many previous owners this car has had. These cars weren’t exactly collected for monetary value back in the mid-seventies and it could be that a previous owner swapped out the original pair for those from 1965-67. The point is we’ll probably will never know.

So what lessons are learned from the sale of this 1964 Corvette Coupe? Our first lesson is always first for a reason. Knowledge is power. The more you can know about a particular generation and specifically a particular year of Corvette can save you from making a thousand dollar mistake. Secondly, have the Corvette looked over by an expert. Hire an NCRS judge. If there are no NCRS types in your neck of the woods, find an owner of the same year. How did “Pilot5970″ know about the incorrect speedometer? He owns a 1964 Corvette. Third, documentation and owner history could go along way in clearing the air in this type of situation. Don’t consider buying an “investment” quality Corvette without them. Finally, weigh the consequences of buying a Corvette like this with its questionable mileage. One day you may be selling it and may have to explain the replacement to a more knowledgeable buyer than you were.

FYI, this Corvette was sold on Monday, December 21st for $33,600. The auction had 9 bidders and 22 individual increases in price.


Source:
eBay via CorvetteForum.com

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Corvette Auction: GM to Sell Part of Heritage Collection

by Keith Cornett on December 22, 2008

Corvettes at GM's Heritage Center Museum

Looking to make some quick cash, GM announced a corporate garage sale where they’ll be selling off approximately 250 of the slightly less important and more recent collectibles from the Heritage Collection – the automaker’s corporate museum. The collection will be offered over several auctions starting with Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-January. A non-official list of cars is circulating with 30+ Corvettes on it including several 1989 Corvette ZR-1s and a bevy of Pace Cars.

GM hasn’t finalized the list of vehicles to be sold, and Tom Freiman, manager of the Heritage Center calls the list of vehicles that is circulating the internet as “in-accurate”. GM is not expected to sell any car that is one of a kind or is a milestone, so a couple of the early ZR-1s might not be included. Here is the non-official list of Corvettes:

  • 1989 Corvette DR-1
  • 1989 Corvette Snake Skinner
  • 1989 Corvette Splash
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-1
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-1 (Dark Red)
  • 1989 Corvette ZR-2 Big Doggie
  • 1990 Corvette Right Hand Steer
  • 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Active
  • 1991 Corvette Convertible
  • 1992 Corvette ZR-1 First Built (Red)
  • 1993 Corvette LT-1 Spyder
  • 1994 Corvette (Teal)
  • 1994 Corvette HO
  • 1997 Corvette Alpha Build
  • 1997 Corvette Beta Build
  • 1997 Corvette Tiger Shark
  • 1998 Corvette First Built
  • 1998 Corvette X-plorers
  • 1999 Corvette C5R Show Car
  • 1999 Corvette Shark
  • 2000 Corvette Z06 Race
  • 2003 Corvette Lemans Pace #3
  • 2004 Corvette Indy Pace
  • 2005 Corvette Atlantic
  • 2005 Corvette Pacific
  • 2007 Corvette Z06 First Built (Red)
  • 2007 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Copper)
  • 2008 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Black)
  • Corvette C5 Display Chassis
  • Corvette Purple Smash
  • Corvette Racing Boat
  • Corvette Trailer
  • Corvette ZR1 Rolling Chassis
  • Corvette ZR 1 Snake Skinner

GM has been thinning out its Heritage Collection over the last few years and most recently we watched the sale of several Corvette Pace Cars at October’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. In additon to January’s Scottsdale auction, some of the GM collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in April 2009.


Source:
jalopnik via HRFBody
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Barn Fresh and Restoration Ready: 1962 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2008

1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find

There’s just something special about a barn car seeing the light of day after years of storage. Despite the thick coat of dust and the surface rust that cloaks the engine compartment, beyond the dirty interior and ripped seats, there’s the overwhelming feeling that this Corvette is about to get a fresh start. A new owner somewhere is about to embark on a journey of restoration – whether by himself or through the service of a restoration shop – with the end reward being that this Corvette will once again hit the open road.

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The original owner of this 1962 Corvette roadster parked her in a barn one day in 1973 and there she sat for the next 35 years. The owner recently sold the Corvette to Valley Auto in Bedford, PA who promptly listed the beige convertible on eBay where is sold last week for $26,000.

The description states that this is a non-matching car as the original engine was stolen years ago but was replaced with a correct 870 block heads and intake. The VIN tag reads 20867S111262 which puts the assembly of the Corvette in May 1962, about 4 months before last 62 Corvette would be completed and the C1 Solid Axle era would come to an end.

The new owner has many choices ahead to make for the future of this fresh barn car. Whether a historically accurate restoration or a resto-mod build awaits this Corvette is anybody’s guess. But that’s part of the fun of owning one of these special cars, isn’t it?


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

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Corvette Values: 1970 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 9, 2008

1970 Corvette Roadster

JK in Kansas submitted his 1970 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1970 Corvette Roadster, VIN 194670S404XXX. Original 350 ci 350 hp engine, manual 4-Speed transmission, Red with Red interior. Power steering, Power Brakes, Factory AC, Luggage Rack. Body-On restored in 1998 where Corvette received new paint and interior. The Corvette was repainted a non-original exterior color. 91,876 original miles. The car is matching numbers. Same owner for 30 years with history of previous two owners, but no other documentation is with the Corvette. Corvette is in good condition with paint and fiberglass termed as “good”. The interior’s vinyl seating is also in good condition.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates This Corvette Convertible was built late in the first month of production in January, 1970. This is good news for today’s owner as the 1970 model can be termed as somewhat rare based on the production numbers. A work stoppage during the 1969 production year lead to an extended production timeframe for the 1969 Corvette models beyond the normal time frames. This action also impacted the 1970 production year with a build of only 17,316 units of the 1970 models during a seven-month time frame. This was the lowest number of Corvettes built since the 1962 model year.

The Corvette is powered by the correct 350-350 optional motor coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter. This was a popular selection by buyers of the 1970 Corvette. The mileage of 91,876 has been stated as original and correct.

A body-on restoration was performed in 1998 when the paint and interior were restored. It is Red in color, but this is not the original color, and it has a matching Red vinyl interior. The seats, door panels and carpeting are in good condition as is the current paint. It is equipped with popular options that include the AM/FM Radio, power steering and brakes as well as air-conditioning. Also this Vette has a chrome luggage rack, a dealer option with the 1970 model.

Tires, wheels and wheel trim are correct for the 1970 model year and are in good condition. The only notable flaw is the window rubber seals that could be replaced. This Corvette with its Red/Red combination presents excellent curb appeal.

We place the value of this 1970 Corvette Convertible at $29,500 which shows a one-year appreciation factor of 7%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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