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In 1965, as in previous years, General Motors and Chevrolet were touring the country showing off their latest products to the masses at car shows and the company-sponsored motoramas.

Marketing was concerned that the Corvette, in its third year of the fabled midyear body style, might be looking a bit aged and so they set out to create a display that became a mechanical marvel.

Selecting a 1965 Corvette Coupe from the assembly line, the car was shipped to a specialty display making company where it was fully disassembled and then operated on to create the one-of-a-kind Corvette display we see in the video.

Mounting the body to elevator arms, the coupe would rise off its chassis, exposing the car’s running gear. The frame was painted in bright yellow while the engine, transmission and other mechanical parts were finished in red. Cutouts were created to display the inner workings of the car. A series of motors would operate moving components of the car allowing visitors to see exactly how the 375 horsepower fuel injected 327ci was powered.

After its life on the show circuit, whereabouts of the car were unknown. It was found in South Africa in the mid ’90′s and returned to the United States where is was purchased a short time later by Al Wiseman.

This 1965 Corvette is unique in many regards, especially considering the fact that it contained the last of the fuel injected engines. With only 4 miles showing on the odometer, it truly is a time capsule.

Back at the auction, bidding was steady and deliberate and finally the last bid of $640,000 was called. With the addition of the 10% buyers commission, total price of the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Cutaway Autorama Display was $704,000. The buyer of this unique Corvette was Detroit’s Showdown Muscle Cars.


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RM Auctions

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Here is something that you don’t see everyday and in the words of the auctioneer, it’s probably something that will never be duplicated! We’re talking of course about the matched set of Corvettes that was sold at Saturday’s RM Auctions Al Wiseman Collection in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Al had a 1953 Corvette with the serial number of #39. When the 50th Anniversary Corvettes were produced in 2003, Al lobbied GM quite hard for about a year and was successful in buying serial number #39, which was doing duty as a test mule. Topping off the collection was a commemorative 1953 Corvette pedal car from Pedal Cars USA produced to celebrate the Corvette’s golden anniversary. This unique Corvette pedal car also is number #39 in its series.

The 1953 Corvette has been in Al’s collection for around 5 years and has just completed a full concours quality restoration. Al was no stranger to 1953 Corvettes. Back in 2002 he teamed up with Chip Miller of Carlisle Productions to restore serial #158. That Corvette, dubbed “Restoration Celebration”, was restored to better than perfect condition and the proceeds from the sale of that car were donated to charity.

Interestingly, the sale of both of these 1953 Corvettes ended up in the hands of the same buyer…Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvettes.

And while the buyer and seller of both 1953 Corvettes remained the same, what has changed in the last five years is the prices commanded for the first year of America’s Sports Cars. #158 was purchased for $170,000 in 2002 while 1953 Corvette #39 brought in $390,500 just five years later.

Yes, this auction of the 1953 Corvette had the bonus of a serial numbers-matching 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette Roadster, as well as the kids commemorative pedal car, but it was the 1953 Corvette that drove this sale home.


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RM Auctions was in the Tampa Bay area this weekend to auction off the collection of antique and classic cars belonging to noted automotive collector Al Wiseman. Included in the auction was this very significant 1955 Corvette Roadster that belonged to Zora Arkus-Duntov, Corvette’s first Chief Engineer.

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#3 Corvette C6.R For Sale. One Owner, Low Miles…

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2007

The #3 Corvette C6.RAs our primary focus is bringing you unique information about Corvettes that are for sale, here’s an ad that appeared on the American LeMans website: Pratt and Miller Corvette C6.R #3 Race Car
Driven by Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows
Price: $650,000.00 SKU: #***CORV5504

Corvette Details: No bling but much zing. Special everything, including things we can’t tell you about. 1 owner, 1 seat. Low miles, but driven very fast. Always garaged. Never driven on public roads. Cared for by loving owners, cursed by the competition. One of only a few. Available only in Velocity Yellow. Championships and Drivers not included. Only for sale because Ms. Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage. Yes this is really for sale. For more information please call or email. Specifications: Chassis 005 that raced in LeMans (finished 2nd in class) and in the 2007 American LeMans series.
575 Horsepower, 6000-rpm redline
7-liter small block V8
2425 lbs hydoformed steel chassis with composite body
Longitudinal front engine, rear wheel drive
Tunable to the low drag demands of LeMans or the high downforce requirements of Mosport.
I don’t know what’s funnier, the verbage of the ad which includes “Ms.Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage.” or the fact that the ad is in a shopping cart format, which allows you to add the car to the shopping cart basket (only after selecting yellow in the drop-down box) and then checkout. The only follow up questions I would have as a buyer is if I can get a CarFax report and a Bad Boy Vettes repaint
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The 1953 Corvette Convertible1953 Corvettes continue to fetch big money at collector car auctions around the country. Over the weekend, a 1953 Corvette hit the auction block at Hilton Head’s Concours d’Elegance and sold for $440,000, a figure that ties the high price set earlier this year for the first year mark at the McMullen auction in Detroit. The selling price includes the 10% Buyers Premium. The Hilton Head auction was gaveled by the Worldwide Group. With 1953 Corvette prices up sharply compared to 2005 and 2006, collectors are striking while the iron is hot. Only two 1953 Corvettes were sold at auction in 2006, including the #003 Corvette which changed hands for $1,080,000 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. So far this year, seven 1953 Corvettes have hit the market, with six resulting in sales. Here are the sales results for 1953 Corvettes for 2007:

Auction Model Price Result
       
Hilton Head 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
Mecum St. Charles 1953 Corvette $225,000 High Bid
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $283,500 Sold
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $296,625 Sold
McMullen 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
WW – Seabrook, Tx 1953 Corvette $396,000 Sold
Barrett-Jackson (Scottsdale) 1953 Corvette $298,350 Sold
       
  Total Sales: $2,154,475  
This year alone, over $2 million dollars has been generated on the sale of six of these first year Corvettes. The strong results has pushed the Corvette investment market into a new era where being the first Corvette is now on average more valuable than fuelies or big blocks. This trend all but guarantees that we will see more 1953 Corvettes come out of the shadows and into the auction paddocks in 2008.
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

There is a change in the air as Fall seems to have finally arrived. If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of your favorite sportscar, now is the time and VetteFinders.com is place. With over 500 Corvettes for sale, from C1s to C6s, you’re sure to find the Corvete of your dreams. Below is just a sampling from our bi-weekly “Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com” email newsletter, representing a Corvette from each generation:

1960 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1964 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1980 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1960 Convertible
$79,999
1964 Coupe
$54,990
1980 Coupe
$8,900
 
1991 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2000 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2008 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1991 Convertible
$17,900
2000 Coupe
$27,900
2008 Coupe
$41,500
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.
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ProTeam Corvette to Host NCRS Technical Seminar

by Keith Cornett on October 30, 2007

The Protect-O-Plate from my 1966 CorvetteThis coming Saturday, November 3rd, ProTeam Corvette will host NCRS members from four states for a day-long seminar on trim tags, Protect-O-Plates, documentation and the decoding of these items. As documentation plays an important role in pricing and valuations, the morning seminars will focus on what ProTeam calls Chevrolet’s predictable measure of each car and the missteps and omissions that occurred along the way. An afternoon seminar is also planned that will address the cylinder case and its perceived importance on originality. The hands-on session will center on the every day exceptions, aberrations, corrections, errors, do-overs, misapplications, and general conundrums associated with factory production. NCRS Master Judge Al Grenning will be the instructor for the day-long event. Grenning is a Senior Bloomington Gold Restoration Workshop Instructor, Division Director for Numbers and Tags – Bloomington Gold Certification as well as being a member of the National Corvette Certification Board & National Corvette Survivor Board. His research includes: the “Master Pad Library” containing many thousands of Corvette engine pad photographs and co-authorship of the “NCRS Authentication Library, Vol. 1″, the result of extensive research on 1963 to 1967 midyear trim tags. Additional research includes midyear Protect-O-Plates, trim tags and a large comprehensive photocopy library of St. Louis Corvette production documents. The seminar will serve to spread the Corvette gospel through education about the cryptic history and factory anomalies of America ‘s true sports car. Any questions about this and future seminars, contact Terry Michaelis at ProTeam Corvette.
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

It’s Friday, so it must be time to feature some Corvettes that are currently listed for sale at VetteFinders.com, our Corvette classified ads website. The six Corvettes represent one from each generation, and they are just a sampling of the 500+ Corvettes available.

1960 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1975 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1960 Convertible
$99,000
1966 Coupe
$99,500
1975 T-Top
$19,900
 
1996 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2001 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2005 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1996 CE Conv
$18,990
2001 Convertible
$31,000
2005 Convertible
$42,900

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Mecum’s High Performance Auctions are different than the usual predominately-Corvette affairs we see at Bloomington or down in Kissimmee, Florida at the NCRS Winter Regional. At the St. Charles, Illinois auction during the October 5-7th weekend, just 80 of the 550+ unique muscle and collector cars were Corvettes. Yes, that mix seems to guarantee a wider audience as the larger auction field brings in the special cars and with the special cars comes the guys with the checkbooks that can afford them. Included in the group of Corvettes at the St. Charles auction was a 1953 Corvette, a 1969 L88 and a very unique 1967 Black ‘N Blue L71 427/435 coupe. We detailed the top two Corvette sales from this auction earlier this week, the 1969 L88 Coupe selling for $446,250 and the 1967 L71 Coupe selling for $393,750. unfortunately, the ’53 Corvette was a no-sale with a high bid at $225,000. Total Corvette sales reached $2.8 million and the selling percentage was a solid 61%. Mecum’s slogan is “Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum” and while were not about to enter the debate of whether a Corvette is a muscle car or not, their slogan could in all reality by modified to “Nobody Sells More Fiberglass…” Here is the full list of Corvettes and their sales price or high bids:

Lot Year Model Color High Bid Sell Price
U80 1953 Corvette White $225,000.00  
S35 1957 Corvette Red $71,000.00  
S87 1957 Corvette Silver $145,000.00  
S159 1957 Corvette Fuelie Turquoise   $103,950.00
U78 1957 Corvette Black   $107,625.00
S242 1959 Corvette Red   $59,063.00
F258 1960 Corvette White/Silver   $62,475.00
S147 1960 Corvettte Turquoise $95,000.00  
S163 1961 Corvette White   $82,950.00
F164 1963 Corvette Red   $78,750.00
F229 1963 Corvette Blue   $56,175.00
S85 1963 Corvette Maroon $155,000.00  
S168 1963 Corvette Red   $210,000.00
U79 1964 Corvette Blue   $110,000.00
F13 1965 Corvette Red   $29,000.00
F119 1965 Corvette Red   $40,425.00
S157 1965 Corvette Black $65,000.00  
U72 1965 Corvette Black $37,000.00  
F177 1966 Corvette White   $94,500.00
F197 1966 Corvette Yellow/Black   $50,400.00
F224 1966 Corvette White $45,000.00  
F251 1966 Corvette Yellow $46,000.00  
S23 1966 Corvette Maroon $50,000.00  
S70 1966 Corvette Blue $53,000.00  
S76 1966 Corvette Maroon $65,000.00  
S273 1966 Corvette Blue   $51,725.00
F249 1967 Corvette Green   $89,250.00
F309 1967 Corvette Maroon/White $41,000.00  
S99 1967 Corvette Black   $393,750.00
S158 1967 Corvette 427/435 Silver $170,000.00  
S200 1967 Corvette Blue   $70,875.00
U57 1967 Corvette White   $54,075.00
F27 1968 Corvette Bronze $28,000.00  
S86 1968 Corvette Blue/White   $17,000.00
S171 1968 Corvette L89 Maroon $90,000.00  
S245 1968 Corvette Blue   $71,400.00
F121 1969 Corvette White   $25,000.00
F181 1969 Corvette Black $35,000.00  
S88 1969 Corvette L88 Red   $446,250.00
S143 1969 Corvette Red $37,500.00  
S216 1969 Corvette White $35,000.00  
S244 1969 Corvette Red   $70,875.00
U101 1969 Corvette Gold $26,000.00  
F89 1971 Corvette Blue   $22,050.00
U84 1971 Corvette Blue $21,000.00  
F60 1972 Corvette Red $17,500.00  
F72 1972 Corvette Gold   $12,863.00
F74 1972 Corvette Black/Silver $9,000.00  
S68 1972 Corvette Red $29,000.00  
F2.1 1973 Corvette Red   $11,000.00
S62 1974 Corvette Red   $20,475.00
F38 1975 Corvette Orange   $12,600.00
F86 1975 Corvette Red   $16,800.00
S67 1975 Corvette Yellow   $20,475.00
F33 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $18,375.00
F65 1978 Corvette Red   $25,463.00
F81 1978 Corvette Gray   $7,900.00
F122 1978 Corvette Silver $23,000.00  
F173 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $25,988.00
S260 1978 Corvette White   $7,400.00
F7 1982 Corvette White   $9,000.00
F10 1982 Corvette Red   $14,700.00
F118 1982 Corvette Silver   $10,500.00
F11 1986 Corvette Yellow   $16,275.00
F313 1986 Corvette Yellow   $11,550.00
U160 1986 Corvette White   $13,125.00
S257 1987 Corvette Silver/Grey $15,000.00  
U30 1987 Corvette Gold   $15,750.00
F266 1988 Corvette Bronze   $9,500.00
F165 1989 Corvette White   $11,550.00
F255 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Red $31,000.00  
U124 1992 Corvette ZR-1 Blue   $12,600.00
F93 1993 Corvette Red $15,000.00  
F290 1993 Corvette Red   $28,000.00
F302 1993 Corvette Turquoise   $8,500.00
F291 1996 Corvette Silver $20,000.00  
F186 1997 Corvette ZR-1 Black $16,500.00  
S266 2001 Corvette Yellow $32,000.00  
S254 2007 Corvette Z06 Black   $65,000.00
           
        Total Sales: $2,802,952.00
The final High Performance auction for 2007 will be held in Kansas City November 30th through December 2nd. Details and car list can be found at the Mecum website.
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Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend was definitely the place to find some rare Corvettes. We already detailed the auction’s top Corvette seller, a low-mileage one owner 1969 L88 Corvette which sold for $446,250. The second highest sale from the October 5-7th auction went to a very special 435 hp ’67 Coupe which sold for $393,750. You know a Corvette is special when it’s known throughout Vettedom by a nickname. The Black ‘N Blue 1967 Corvette earned the name due to its Tuxedo Black exterior with the Bright Blue Stinger hood. What? You haven’t seen this color combo before? That’s because only four documented ’67 Sting Rays are known to share this very rare exterior color combination. This particular Corvette was restored by Houston’s famous Nabers Brothers, who also restored ProTeam’s Last Sting Ray. Featured options include the L71 427 ci/435 hp Tri-Power engine, factory side mounted exhaust, a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-Speed and 3:55 gears. Although not original on 1967 Corvettes, this Corvette has “Blue Line” Goodyears mounted to the factory original bolt-on wheels.

The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette
The Corvette’s original color was changed early in its life. Luckily, fate would lead to an inspection of the original trim tag by Corvette Hall of Fame member Dan Gale, which revealed the rare factory code 900 Tuxedo Black and Bright Blue stripe combination. Today the Corvette, with its Code 415 Bright Blue Leather interior is correct and outstanding in every detail, earning a Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight and the Chevy Vette Fest Triple Crown Award. A check of prices for 1967 Corvettes sold at auction against Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Results Database shows we have a top 10 Corvette based on the selling price of $393,750. Truly a beautiful and unique 1967 Corvette Coupe.
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