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Yes, Barrett-Jackson is finally here and we’re celebrating by watching wall to wall coverage of the super bowl of classic car auctions. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually considered the bargain nights, but here is a 1966 Corvette convertible that we believe was well sold.

This Corvette (Lot # 464) features a 327 ci 300 hp base engine with several rare options. Just 8.7% of 1966 Corvettes were equipped with the two-speed powerglide automatic transmission and only 12.7% came with factory air conditioning. The Corvette was finished with the most popular color in 1966, Nassau Blue (6,100) and features a black interior. The matching numbers Corvette is said to have undergone an extensive frame-off restoration.

I feel for the commentators though as it’s tough enough to talk on live television without occasionally getting something wrong. So for today’s trivia question, take a listen and leave a comment with what you think was incorrectly described during this auction.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

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2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2008

1971 Corvette ZR2 Coupe

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! No, I’m not still singing Christmas carols, but when the Barrett-Jackson auction rolls around every year, I do get a bit giddy like a kid around Christmas time. Yes, it’s that time of year where chrome, corporate jets, unlimited checkbooks, and gavel to gavel television coverage converge on Scottsdale Arizona for what has become the Super Bowl of automotive auctions. The 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction gets under way next week with the first car hitting the block on Tuesday.

Barrett-Jackson announced last year that they would be bringing down the total number of cars in the 2008 Auction from 1,200 to around 1,000. Corvettes are still well represented with 106 currently on the docket, but this is a significant decline from last year’s total of 142 Corvettes that were sold in Scottsdale. What’s also interesting about this list is that the venerable auction favorite, the 1967 Corvette will only be making 7 appearances whereas last year there was over 20 1967 Corvettes that sold.

We’ll be watching a number of cars including the 1963 Rondine Corvette concept, a 1 of 12 1971 ZR2 Corvette Coupe and of course the 2009 Corvette ZR1. We’ll also be watching lot number 1327 closely as there is a whisper campaign underway that this Corvette is not what it seems. We’ll have more on that later.

The full list of Corvettes currently planned for Barrett-Jackson is after the jump. We’ve broken it down so you can see which day the Corvette will be sold. As always, check back throughout the week as we’ll have coverage and videos of selected Corvettes that were sold.

LOT # YEAR MAKE/MODEL STYLE AUCTION DAY
20 1982 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 15
27 1977 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 15
51 1978 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR JAN 15
85 1978 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR COUPE JAN 15
90 1995 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR CONVERTIBLE JAN 15
304 1989 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
314 1984 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
327 1984 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
338 1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR COUPE JAN 16
340 1985 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
345.1 1986 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
355 1991 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
385 1978 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
398 1990 CORVETTE ZR1 JAN 16
413 1973 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
416 1976 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 16
417 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
442 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
447 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
464 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 16
632 1995 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
646.1 1986 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
654 1971 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
677.1 1969 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
689 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
690 1969 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
695.1 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
709 1963 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
716 1967 CORVETTE COUPE GRAND SPORT RE-CREATION JAN 17
716.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
725.1 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 17
728 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
742 1962 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
743 1963 CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE JAN 17
755 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 17
932 1964 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
956 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
960.1 1956 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
961.1 1990 CORVETTE MARLBORO/PENSKE RM1 JAN 18
971 1961 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
975.1 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
980.1 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
988.1 1955 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RESTO-ROD JAN 18
990.1 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
991 1959 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
992 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
992.1 1961 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1004.1 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1009 1959 CORVETTE CUSTOM WIDEBODY CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1013 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1016.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1023 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1034 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1037 1963 CORVETTE SPLIT WINDOW COUPE JAN 18
1045 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1047 1967 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
1048 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1056 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 18
1058 1968 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1070 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 18
1228 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1231.1 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1232.1 2002 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1237 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1238 1959 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1242 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1244.1 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1258 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1258.1 2008 CORVETTE Z06 COUPE JAN 19
1259 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1263.1 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1265.1 1973 CORVETTE "MUD BOGGER" JAN 19
1266 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1267 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1272 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1273 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1275.1 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RE-CREATION JAN 19
1276 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1277 1965 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1290 1971 CORVETTE COUPE ZR2 JAN 19
1304 1963 CORVETTE COUPE "RONDINE" CONCEPT CAR JAN 19
1316 2009 CORVETTE ZR1 COUPE JAN 19
1317 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1327 1967 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1327.1 1957 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1335 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE RE-CREATION JAN 19
1338.1 1966 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE JAN 19
1339 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1346 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1351 1966 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 19
1353 1963 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 19
1507 1987 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 20
1518 1982 CORVETTE COUPE COLLECTOR EDITION JAN 20
1523 1995 CORVETTE PACE CAR CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
1530.1 1969 CORVETTE L88 RE-CREATION JAN 20
1538 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
1566 1998 CORVETTE GTR ROADSTER JAN 20
1567 1998 CORVETTE INDIANAPOLIS 500 SHOW PACE CAR JAN 20
1571 2007 CORVETTE DAYTONA 500 PACE CAR RE-CREATION JAN 20
1573 2003 CORVETTE AVELATE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9003 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE CUSTOM RE-CREATION JAN 20
9011 1982 CORVETTE COUPE COLLECTORS EDITION JAN 20
9015 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9019 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9020 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE JAN 20
9021 1965 CORVETTE COUPE JAN 20


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

Related:
Rare Pininfarina Corvette Heading for Barrett-Jackson
First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson
2007 Barrett-Jackson: $14.1 Million in Corvette Sales

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Corvette Market’s C3 Find, Buy & Drive Adventure

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2008

1969 Corvette ConvertibleKeith Martin and his staff at Corvette Market/Sports Car Market are putting out a call for a C3 Corvette and they need our help. Here is the deal: You find them a decent C3 Corvette to buy and if they decide that’s the one, they’ll wire the funds to the seller. They are looking for delivery as well so you’ll need to be able to drive the Corvette all the way or at least partially the way to their offices in Portland, Oregon.

The staff at Sports Car Market likes to keep half a dozen classic and collector cars on hand at any one time, driving them to shows and weekend cruises. They believe the C3 Corvette Market (1968-1982) represents some of the best Corvette values and adding a chrome-bumper C3 to the stable makes a lot of sense. However, not just any C3 Corvette will do as they are being specific in what they are looking for:

  • 1968-1972 Convertible
  • Matching numbers small block
  • 4-Speed manual transmission
  • Air conditioning
  • Quality condition

And to make things even more interesting, they have budgeted just $20,000 for you to make the deal, although they are willing to pay less. If you find and deliver the Corvette, they’ll put you up in a hotel for a couple of nights, show you the sights and even provide some cool swag like a Corvette Market hat and bag! But the biggest thrill may be seeing your C3 Corvette buying adventure immortalized in print for all the Collector car world to see.

So if you’ve got an early C3 in the garage or know where one can be had on the cheap, because they are looking for quality, then send an email to Keith Martin @ Corvette Market with the details. Click here for more specifics on Corvette Market’s C3 Find, Buy & Drive Adventure.


Source:
SportsCarMarket.com

Related:
Appreciating Corvettes: Top 12 Price Gainers of 2006
Corvette Values: 1969 Corvette Convertible

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Corvette Market’s Smart Auction Buys of 2007

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2008

Editors from Keith Martin’s Corvette Market have analyzed and posted in a slideshow format what they consider to be the Top 10 Smart Corvette buys from various auctions held in 2007. We took a look at the list and agreed. It just goes to show you that if you are a buying a Corvette and you have knowledge and patience, you too can get a great deal on the Corvette of your dreams.

Corvette Market’s Top 10 Smart Corvette Buys:

1. 1960 Corvette Convertible – 283/230 – $55,000
2. 1957 Corvette Convertible – 283/283 – $76,650
3. 1963 Corvette Convertible – 327/365 FI – $67,100
4. 1966 Corvette Convertible – 327/350 – $50,400
5. 1968 Corvette Coupe – 427/390 – $25,998
6. 1957 Corvette Convertible – 283 fi – $99,000
7. 1969 Corvette Convertible – 427/390 – $38,850
8. 1961 Corvette Convertible – 283/270 – $110,000
9. 2001 Corvette Z06 – 13K Miles – $26,513
10. 1964 Corvette Coupe – 327/300 – $45,000

All of these Corvettes profiled on Corvette Market have both a description of the car as well as expert analysis on why it was selected for the Smart Buys list. If you’re into Corvettes for not only the fun and excitement they bring, but the financial rewards as well, consider subscribing to Keith Martin’s Corvette Market. We’re anxiously awaiting the next issue!


Source:
VetteMarket.com

Related:
Introducing Keith Martin’s Corvette Market Magazine

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1998 Corvette Pace CarOur auction results roundup closes for the year with the final results from Mecum’s Kansas City High Performance Auction. The event was held the weekend of November 30th through December 2nd and 22 Corvettes were represented. While the classic Corvette sales were slow with the gavel falling for only two Corvettes, a 1964 and 1969, the majority of the Corvettes sold came from the years of 1975-1982. 12 of the 22 Corvettes were sold for a sales rate of 55%.

Lot Year Model Color High Bid Sell Price
           
S205 1962 Corvette Black $81,000  
S18 1964 Corvette Blue   $29,138
S40 1965 Corvette Maroon $45,000  
S65 1966 Corvette L-72 Black $77,500  
S49.1 1967 Corvette White $61,000  
S152 1968 Corvette Bronze $52,500  
S183 1969 Corvette Red   $19,163
U60 1971 Corvette Green $15,000  
F111 1973 Corvette Yellow $18,750  
S26 1975 Corvette Red $19,000  
S127 1975 Corvette Green   $20,213
U31.1 1976 Corvette Yellow   $11,813
F60 1977 Corvette Red   $10,200
S117 1977 Corvette Ice Blue   $12,600
S109.1 1981 Corvette Red   $9,750
U48 1981 Corvette Silver   $10,250
F127 1982 Corvette Copper   $10,000
F123 1984 Corvette Brown $4,500  
S2 1988 Corvette White   $9,500
F50 1996 Corvette White $17,000  
S114 1998 Corvette Pace Car Purple   $22,838
F122 2001 Corvette Yellow   $26,250

Mecum’s next event is the Kissimmee High Performance Auction held in central Florida January 24-26th. Click here for the current list of consigned cars.


Source:
Mecum Auctions

Related:
Mecum’s St. Charles Auction Produces $2.8 Million in Corvette Sales

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First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2007

2009 Corvette ZR1In what could only be described (and is being marketed) as the opening salvo in the new muscle car wars, the first 2009 Corvette ZR1 will be offered up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction held mid-January in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new King of the Hill will join the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the Ford Shelby GT500KR on the block as the big three auction off the cars for various charities. The proceeds from the sale of the Corvette ZR1 will go to The United Way while the Challenger and Ford Shelby proceeds go to Not My Kid, Inc. and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chevrolet says the auction is for the “first retailable” 2009 Corvette ZR1. We are not quite clear if they mean they are sending the Corvette ZR1 that will make its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show the week prior to the auction, or if the buyer gets the first Corvette ZR1 to roll off the production line later next year.

The auction for the ZR1 Corvette will be held on Saturday, January 19th and will be broadcast by SPEED. The Shelby GT500KR will hit the block first at lot number 1300. The Corvette ZR1 will follow as lot number 1316 and the Challenger will wrap up the shootout at lot number 1331.


Source:

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

Related:
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery

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Dealers Take Corvette Buyers on a Virtual Test Drive

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2007

Corvette dealerships are utilizing the advantages of broadband connections and video sharing websites to allow customers to not only see a Corvette they may be interested in purchasing, but to actually take the car on a virtual test drive. The American Sportscar Center in Atlanta, Georgia has been busy cranking out these virtual test drive videos for a select number of their Corvettes like this one for a 1959 Corvette Convertible. Not only do these videos allow the customer to see the Corvette from all angles, but the ability to actually hear the car running as well as riding shotgun on a run down the highway at 60 mph creates a memorable experience that I am sure will lead to an increase in sales.

The virtual test drive videos also serve a dual purpose as advertising for the dealership on the social video websites like YouTube.com and StreetFire.net, I am certain that we will be seeing more dealers move towards producing these video test drives in the near future.
Source: BuyaVette.net Related:
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When a Matching Numbers Corvette is Anything But…

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2007

1963 Split Window Coupe CorvettePart of my motivation in writing this blog is to help buyers, particularly first time Corvette buyers, learn more about the specifics of buying Corvettes before making the plunge. I do that through posts like this week’s very appropriate Decoding a Corvette’s V8 Casting Numbers and Engine Stamps as well as trying to constantly reinforce the mantra of “Knowledge is Power When Purchasing Corvettes”. Too many times buyers make the plunge first, only to find out they have been taken for a ride. To illustrate this point, I bring you this Corvette that was advertised earlier this week on a well-known classified ads website. Here are the details:

Rare 1963 split window Corvette rebuilt 327 10 over, 202 dart camel back heads, 292 cam solid lifers, rebuilt 2 speed power glide w/2800 stall converter, rebuilt 348 rear balanced drive shafts, knock off rims new red line tires, new brakes, renewed dash, original paint riverside red, black interior . many extra parts to many to list Extremely Nice, Show Ready. Matching Numbers with original colors. Original AM-FM Wonder Bar Radio. California car , Automatic Trans, Power Brakes, Power Steering. At this time it has a 1966 engine in it I have the 1964 engine ready to rebuild to make # matching car and the true knock off rims and red line tires for more info or pics Call or E-mail or $55,000.00 or make offer must see great car.
I sent the seller an email as I was confused if he meant he had the 1963 engine instead of a 1964:
Just a quick question about your 1963 Corvette for sale. You say you have a 1964 engine ready to be rebuilt to make it a matching numbers car. Did you mean it is a 1963 engine? If so, was it the original engine? Any history or documentation with the Corvette?
The seller responded back with the following:
It has a 66 engine in it now I have the block heads and casting # right not built yet never got around to it so you could get it done any way you would like or I could have my guys do it for you I just put the 66 in to drive it and to sell it easer if the buyer can drive it also here it run. call me on my cell if you want any more info but if you want a 63 you really got to see this one.
1963 Split Window Corvettes can be an excellent investment and this one is obviously well taken care of. In fact, this Corvette has awesome curb appeal that is ready for show or go. Advertised as a California car, it features comfort options like an automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and an AM/FM Radio. The wheels are beautiful and who can resist the rebuilt drive train. But throwing around terminology like matching numbers is exactly why buyers need to be educated. When you set out to buy a house, what is the one thing you always have done before purchase? You have it inspected. Buying a classic Corvette should be no different. I do not think the seller is out to purposely misrepresent this car as he’s obviously stated in both the ad and the email that it has a 1966 engine. But stating that a 1964 engine can turn this 1963 into a matching numbers car because the casting and head numbers match is just incorrect. What often happens is that while this seller is being honest in telling us that the Corvette has a non-original motor (NOM), future owners selling this Corvette may not be so forthcoming, and that leads to the second point of the question I asked: “Any history or documentation with the Corvette?” Since there was no response to that question, I have to assume that there isn’t any. At $55,000, the car is priced appropriately for a NOM ’63 Coupe. Unless you don’t care about owning a non-documented Corvette with an NOM, then you should immediately walk away from a Corvette like this. Despite its NOM status, this Corvette is a stunner and will be sold to someone. However, it will never appreciate in value like a documented split window coupe and it will be harder to sell when that day comes. Knowledge is power… Related:
Decoding a Corvette’s V8 Casting Numbers and Engine Stamps
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes For Sale

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2007

If you are looking to make a deal on a new or classic Corvette before the holidays. this is probably the last week to do it. Below we are featuring six of the over 500 Corvettes available at our classified ads website, www.VetteFinders.com.

1960 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1967 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1974 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1960 Convertible
$55,900
1967 Coupe
Email for Price
1974 T-Top
$13,500
 
1996 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2003 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2007 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1996 Coupe
$15,990
2003 Z06
$34,000
2007 Convertible
$49,995
Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
Source:
VetteFinders.com Related:
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Decoding a Corvette’s V8 Casting Numbers and Engine Stamps

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2007

Back in September I wrote about how documentation was the must-have option when buying a classic Corvette. That article focused on mostly the paper trail: dealer invoices, build sheets and tank stickers. Today the focus is on the engine and the clues available for verifying authenticity. While the term “Matching Numbers” in its simplist form is various serial numbers and codes located on key parts and their relationship to a particular year of Corvette, it’s the engine block that is the most important part of the matching numbers equation. Unfortunately, as Corvette values rise, so do your chances of buying a Corvette with altered numbers being passed off as an original. As my favorite mantra goes when purchasing a Corvette, knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about documenting a Corvette prior to purchase, the less likely you will get burned with buying a Corvette of questionable lineage.

A series of codes and stamps are located on the engine block that will allow you to identify it as being manufactured specifically for a Corvette. There are dates of manufacture and the engine’s original application if you just know where to look. As the year’s progressed and engine options increased, the numbering and casting system obviously changed and became more specific. For the examples provided, I will be referring to the 327 ci 300 hp small block V8 in my 1966 Corvette.

Chevrolet Smallblock V8 Casting number and engine stamping locations 1966 Corvette 327 ci V8 Engine Casting Number 1966 Corvette 327 ci V8 Engine Stamp

Casting Numbers
The casting number is a sequence consisting of raised numbers that was cast into the engine block when it was made. What’s a bit tricky here is that casting numbers on Corvette blocks can also be found on other engine blocks made by GM. Casting Numbers are important to the engine documentation process because certain numbers were used for Corvettes and some were not. Also, the numbers are specific to the size of engine in the Corvette. 283′s, 327′s and 427′s all had their own casting numbers specific to individual years, so for the process of documenting a Corvette engine, the casting number will be used to confirm that that block was used in a Corvette and that it was available during the same year the Corvette was manufactured, and finally, it was unique to a specific engine size. The casting number on Chevy V8′s is located on the drivers side of the engine where the block is connected to the bellhousing. It can be a bit hard to see with the ignition shielding in place but the numbers are fairly large. The casting number on my 1966 is 3858174 which is identified as a 327 ci V8 block. That block casting number was also used in 1964-67 passenger cars including the Chevelle and Camaro as well as Chevrolet trucks.

Casting Dates
The cast date symbolizes the date of manufacture of the block. Dates are coded beginning with a letter representing the month. Letters began with “A” for January through “L” for December. The next section of digits represents the day of the month and is either 1 or 2 digits in length. The final single digit represents the year. Corvette casting dates only show the single digit for the year. If the block contains two digits for the year, then it was a block manufactured at the Tonawanda engine plant and therefore is not a Corvette block (Corvette engines were almost exclusively built in Flint, Michigan). Cast dates on small block V8′s can be found on the passenger side of flange where the block is connected to the bellhousing. I found this number difficult to locate. On 1965-67 big blocks, the cast date is located on the passenger side of the block where the starter is attached. The cast date on the block in my 1966 is “E 5 6″, which decoded stands for May 5, 1966. If you are trying to document an engine, the casting number would confirm the size of the engine and its intended recipient, and the date code would confirm that the block was used in Corvettes.

Engine Stamping
Engine stampings evolved in the early years of the Chevrolet V8 engine. In 1955-56, it was simply a continuous serial number, but one that didn’t match the serial number of the Corvette. It was then followed with F for Flint, where the Corvette engine was manufactured and then the year (F55 or F56). The final two letters indicated the original application of the engine. Application Codes usually indicated engine size, type of fuel delivery (Injection or carburetion) and transmission. As engine options grew, so did the number of application suffix codes. In 1957, the serial number was dropped and instead the stamp contained the letter F for Flint, a three to four number sequence for month and day of assembly and then the two letter engine suffix code. Beginning in 1960 the stamp included the serial number of the car it was installed in. The 327 engine in my Corvette contains the following number sequences: 6122891 F0518HE. Decoded, the first sequence is 6 for the year (66) and then the VIN sequence of 122891. The second stamp decodes F for the Flint Plant, May 18 is the engine assembly date and the HE suffix code stands for a 327 ci 300 hp with a manual transmission.

So there you have the basics of decoding engine numbers for the purpose of documentation. Please note that there are some exceptions to the information contained above. In 1965 it is said that there was a shortage of 327 blocks from the Flint plant, so Chevrolet used some engine blocks from Tonawanda. Those engines would have a T instead of F on the stamp, as well as the full year in the cast date. There are several publications that contain a breakdown of engine codes and sequences. The NCRS also provides a publication that details how engines were stamped and therefore, may help you identify restamped engines.

Related:
The Must-Have Option When Buying A Classic Corvette
Five Factors That Drive Corvette Values – Options

 

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