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1963 Corvette Grand Sport Chassis #002

Despite all the anticipation and excitement surrounding the sale of the Grand Sport Corvette chassis #002 at RM Auction’s Automobiles of Arizona, the Corvette failed to reach reserve and went unsold. The legendary race car was expected to sell anywhere from $7-$10 million based on early estimates but unfortunately the bidding stalled at $5 million, short of the undisclosed reserve price. We’ll be watching on the chance that the Corvette is sold outside the ring.

Grand Sport Corvette #002 became the first of the legendary five Corvettes secretly built by Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Corvette engineering team to be offered at a public auction. No future sales plans for the Grand Sport are known at this time.

Stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger as we track the all important Corvette auctions.


Source:
RM Auctions

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2009 Competition Sport Corvette

New for Corvette enthusiasts and racers alike is the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette. This limited edition Corvette is aimed for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. Available in Z06 or Z51 configurations, the CSC package is ready for some serious performance driving. Are you?

With the focus on keeping the Corvette lightweight for performance driving, you’ll see some serious track influenced design features. Included in the package:

  • Competition Gray Exterior Stripes, Wheels, and Headlamps
  • Corvette Racing ‘Jake’ and CSR logos on b-pillar, headrest, and center armrest
  • Ebony Interior with titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing Pedals from GCA
  • Special engine cover
  • Racing style numbers with number based on build sequence to be installed by customer

The Competition Sport Corvette is available in either a 1LT Coupe with 436 horsepower or as the 1LZ Z06 with 505 horsepower. The Z06 version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 41U Black. The Coupe version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 10U Arctic White.

Also included in the coupe version is the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust, Differential Cooler, Head-Up Display, Red Painted Brake Calipers and a Z06 tall spoiler.

Pricing and dates of availability are expected to be released shortly.

Put a number on the doors and Jake embroidered on the seats and this Corvette does indeed look ready for the track. If you’re interested in the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, please call our friends at Kerbeck Corvette at 877-537-2325 and tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!

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1989 Corvette ZR-1 Snake Skinner

This 1989 Corvette ZR-1 was the personal driver for GM’s John Heinricy who worked extensively to make the car lighter. The “Snake Skinner” Corvette was powered by a special Black version of the LT-5 Mercury Marine V8 and featured a host of performance upgrades. Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame was on the stage during the bidding and purchased the GM Heritage car for $160,000.

From the catalog:

One of 83 production 1989 ZR-1s built in Bowling Green. Led by Corvette Executive John Heinricy, this experimental light weight was aimed directly at maintaining Corvette’s performance supremacy. With a 475hp LT5 V8 and less weight, this vehicle became a legend at GM Performance. Includes Mercury Marine special built black motor.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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[VIDEO] 1989 Corvette ZR-2 Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2009

1989 Corvette ZR-2 Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

This 1989 Corvette ZR-2 was a factory engineering concept that answered that age old question: What would happen if we dropped a 454 in a C4 Corvette? In additional to the high horsepower engine, the concept was treated with a special orange exterior, ZR-2 badges and has been signed by GM development engineer/driver John Heinricy. This GM Heritage Collection Corvette sold at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $65,000.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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1989 Corvette ZR-2 Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

This 1990 Corvette “Active” ZR-1 comes from GM’s Heritage Collection and features a unique Active Suspension designed to keep the Corvette level. One of the cooler tricks this C4 can do is the ability to lift one wheel off the ground using the hydraulics in the other three wheels. Painted in Black and sports ZR-1 badges. Sold at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $137,000.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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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

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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