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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on July 13, 2007

We’re kicking off a new feature for Friday’s here at CorvetteBlogger.com. We spend endless hours each week on the internet and we look at hundreds of different Corvettes for sale, both at VetteFinders.com, our classified ads site as well as Corvette dealers and other car websites. In that search we come up with some really interesting Corvettes that are available for purchase. Our Friday Features will be Corvettes for sale that are both unique, rare and collectible, as well as those that are common, affordable drivers. So buckle up and get your checkbooks ready because these featured Corvettes won’t be available for long… 1979 Corvette AKA Project Shark Attack
1979 Corvette AKA Project Shark AttackThis 1979 Corvette was built for and featured in 20 issues of Corvette Fever Magazine as their “Project Shark Attack” Corvette. Built by Corvette Fever contributing Technical Editor Chris Petris, the 1979 Corvette was documented from start to finish. The Corvette features a 383 ci engine with just about every dream component from top manufacturers including Crane Cams, Hooker, Holley, Edelbrock and more. The Corvette was appraised at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2006 for $62,000. The seller will consider a best offer over $55,000. Click here for more on the 1979 Corvette Project Shark Attack. 2007 Corvette – Indy 500 Festival Cars
2007 Corvette - Indy 500 Festival CarsIn addition to the 500 Corvette Pace Car Replicas manufactured by GM this summer, which by the way have mostly been snapped up, were the pre-public production of the 2007 Corvette Replicas used at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 for drivers and race officials. Rick Conti at EVS Chevrolet got a shipment this week of six of these barely used Festival Corvettes. Each Corvette features an Indy 500 Festival sticker. The six Corvettes range in pricing from $61,995 to $64,995, well under the MSRP of a new 2007 Indy 500 Replica Corvette. Visit CorvetteConti.com for details. 1965 Corvette – Bloomington Gold Benchmark®
1965 Corvette - Bloomington Gold Benchmark®The most elusive of Bloomington’s awards is the Benchmark, and this 1965 Corvette Coupe became only 1 of 12 1965 Corvettes to achieve Benchmark® status. To achieve Benchmark status, a Corvette must first earn the Survivor® award and then be Bloomington Gold® certified. This 1965 Coupe features the very first Corvette big block engine, the 396 ci 425 hp L78 and has just 21,000 actual miles. The Coupe has a very desirable color combination of Rally Red with a Black interior. Offers over $200,000 are being accepted by ProTeamCorvette.com 1969 Corvette Coupe – SCCA Tribute Car
1969 Corvette Coupe - SCCA Tribute CarThis very unique 1969 “SCCA Vintage Racing Tribute” Corvette Coupe has only 19,900 original miles. It is not set up for racing and that is why it’s called a “tribute Corvette.” It still has its original L46 engine coupled to an M20 four speed and a positraction 3:55.1 rear end. Options include factory air (not installed), PB, PW, T&T, AM/FM, and headrests. Several boxes full of original and NOS parts and manuals are included with the sale. Available for $32,990. Click here for more details and photos at VetteFinders.com Do you have a Corvette for sale that you think would be worthy of being featured? Drop me an email and let me know where we can find out more about it. And stay tuned for next week’s Friday’s Featured Corvettes.
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Corvette Values: 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on July 3, 2007

GH from Washington submitted the following car to Corvette Values:

1985 Corvette Coupe1985 Corvette Coupe, red with graphite leather interior. VIN is 1G1YY0784F5121XXX. 59,000 Miles, 383 Lingenfelter conversion with the original motor crated and stored. Manual transmission. Power steering, brakes, windows, A/C. Borla mufflers. Paint is in good condition and interior is excellent. No documentation available.
The VIN #1G1YY0784FS121XXX indicates it was built midway through the 1985 production year at which time a total of 39,729 Coupes were built. This Corvette is Bright Red in color with a Graphite leather interior. The Bright Red paint was selected by the majority of buyers in the 1985 production year. The paint can be considered good, however, a few ‘road chips’ in the paint were noted. It is powered by a modified 383 Lingenfelter built motor. A Lingenfelter conversion has been a growing modification for late model Corvettes especially the C5 Corvette (1997-2004). This one can be termed an early conversion. The original motor was retained and has been crated for future use should this Corvette be returned to factory original condition. The existing motor is coupled with a manual transmission. This Corvette is equipped with the expected power steering, brakes and windows and also has air conditioning. From a price perspective, few 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette conversions are found and offered for sale today. On a comparative basis, a Callaway Twin Turbo motor was offered in 1987-91 at an option price of $20-30,000 depending on the model year. In today’s market, the Callaway option will add $10,000 to the average resale price of a Corvette. We place a value of $19,000 on this 1985 described Corvette Coupe based on the Callaway Turbo price rationale above. Corvette Appraisals:
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The Roby Price 1967 Corvette ConvertibleWith the release of the Bloomington Gold Auction Results from Mecum Auctioneers, we getting some interesting insight into what may be happening with the Corvette Market. 295 Corvettes crossed the auction block during the three day auction weekend, with 145 being sold for a total of $8.2 million in Corvette Sales. That is a 49% sales success rate for the 2007 Gold Auction. Comparing this year’s Gold auction to the 2006 Auction, we see declines in total cars available (295 vs 344), Sales totals ($8.2 million vs $10.4 million) and percentage sold (49% vs 56%). Okay, Keith. So what does that mean? It means that we may finally be moving back to an enthusiast-driven market, where Corvettes are being bought to be driven, instead of the Collector Market, where Corvettes are bought to be stored. Drivers almost always sell for less than trailer queens, which brings down the prices you see at auctions. A higher percentage of cars that don’t reach reserves and therefore don’t sell tell you that sellers were holding out for prices that didn’t materialize. So this may be a slightly simplistic view of what’s happening to the overall Corvette market, but it does fit with some of the indicators we’ve seen and heard. I am a believer in trends so we’ll have to see if this continues with auctions that deal primarily with Corvettes. But this auction did have Corvettes for the collectors. The top selling Corvette was lot #S67, a 1967 Corvette Convertible called “The Roby Price Car”. The Big Block 427 ci/435 hp Corvette carries a Bloomington Gold certificate and was part of the Special Collection back in 1991. It is one of the best documented 1967 Corvettes in existence, with Top Flight Awards in 1989, 2002 and 2003. The Corvette sold for $467,250 with commission. The second highest-selling Corvette at the auction was a Riverside Red 1963 Corvette Coupe Z06 which sold for $367,500. This Corvette is 1 of 199 Z06 Coupes made in 1963 and has the rare (1 in 63) Big Tank option. There was another 1963 Corvette Z06 that sold for only $139,650. However, there was no write-up available on the Mecum site for this Corvette, and chances are it wasn’t a tanker like the other Z06. The two 1953 Corvettes also did very well, maintaining the pricing trend we’ve seen over the last year. Lot #S91, Chassis #107, has a Bloomington Gold certificate and has just 120 on it since restoration. It sold for $296,625. Lot #S53, which sold for $283,500 is Chassis #210 and has been housed in a climate controlled garage with the same owner for the last 13 years. Here are the SOLD results from the 2007 Bloomington Gold Auction:

Lot # Year Description Color Sales Price
S531953Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$283,500
S911953Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$296,625
S541954Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$87,675
S551955Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$178,500
F751956Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,163
S321957Chevrolet CorvetteRed$152,250
S1171957Chevrolet CorvetteRed$76,650
S1251957Chevrolet Corvette FuelieRed$157,500
S1421957Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$110,250
U561957Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$53,550
F711959Chevrolet CorvetteSapphire$68,250
S431959Chevrolet CorvetteRed/White$82,950
S1391959Chevrolet CorvetteRed$30,975
S351960Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$102,375
S971960Chevrolet CorvetteBlue/White$57,750
F201961Chevrolet CorvetteRed/White$45,150
F691961Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$46,725
S611961Chevrolet CorvetteBlack/Silver$84,000
F1131962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$47,250
S4.11962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,950
S221962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$35,700
S371962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$49,350
S621962Chevrolet CorvetteBeige$91,875
S711962Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$85,050
S861962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$56,700
F791963Chevrolet CorvetteTan$56,175
F921963Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$45,675
S201963Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$92,925
S471963Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$50,925
S631963Chevrolet Corvette Z06Red$367,500
S1021963Chevrolet CorvetteRed$54,338
S1221963Chevrolet Corvette Z06Red$139,650
F651964Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$43,050
U451964Chevrolet CorvetteRed$39,375
F351965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$64,050
F1451965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,950
F1511965Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$60,900
S231965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$48,825
S61.11965Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$60,375
S651965Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$59,850
F451966Chevrolet CorvetteMaroon$46,200
F661966Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$46,200
F911966Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$48,300
F1251966Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$57,225
F1281966Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$53,550
S251966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$92,400
S881966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$48,038
S1321966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$47,250
F71967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$42,000
F1221967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$44,625
S71967Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$96,600
S271967Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$131,775
S401967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver/White$111,300
S461967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$136,500
S481967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$90,300
S671967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$467,250
S991967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$105,000
S1101967Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$61,425
S1121967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$131,250
S1141967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$136,500
U121967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$52,500
F1021968Chevrolet CorvetteRed$21,000
S18.11968Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$73,500
S601968Chevrolet Corvette L-89Maroon$89,250
S681968Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$73,500
S1161968Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$25,200
S1461968Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$40,425
F81969Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$24,150
F91969Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$30,975
F311969Chevrolet CorvetteRed$43,050
F571969Chevrolet CorvetteGold$38,850
F601969Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$24,413
F771969Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$26,250
S24.11969Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$31,500
S391969Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$43,050
S691969Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$85,050
S731969Chevrolet CorvetteBurgandy$97,125
S1251969Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$27,300
S1481969Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,425
F551970Chevrolet CorvetteRed$32,813
F55.11970Chevrolet CorvetteRed$37,800
S301970Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$27,300
F491971Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$21,000
S191971Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$42,000
S1111971Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$48,300
F441972Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$28,875
F1341973Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$15,225
S1.11973Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,325
S871973Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$28,875
U421973Chevrolet CorvetteBurgundy$12,495
F511974Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$16,013
F741974Chevrolet CorvetteRed$8,750
F64.11975Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$20,738
F851975Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$8,750
S841975Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$18,638
U461975Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$7,000
U261976Chevrolet CorvetteRed$16,800
F411978Chevrolet CorvetteBlack/Silver$18,900
F541978Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$11,025
F881978Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$8,500
F951978Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$11,288
F1001978Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$28,875
F1111978Chevrolet CorvetteNA$8,700
F371979Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$13,125
F931979Chevrolet CorvettePlatinum$10,763
U151979Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$7,500
U171979Chevrolet CorvetteBeige$8,500
F1521980Chevrolet CorvetteRed$10,763
U191980Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$8,750
F171982Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,850
F811982Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$30,713
F1331982Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$25,463
U331982Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,640
F111984Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$5,500
F221984Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$24,150
U161984Chevrolet CorvetteRed$2,050
U181988Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$9,000
U551988Chevrolet CorvetteGrey$9,250
F891989Chevrolet CorvetteNA$11,550
F1051989Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$14,175
F1361989Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$14,700
F761990Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$25,463
S91990Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Black$60,375
F101991Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$14,175
F231991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1White$19,950
F821991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Red$25,988
S101991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Blue$60,375
S211991Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$20,475
S111992Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1White$60,375
F361993Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Ruby Red$44,625
F1071993Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$18,638
S121993Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Red$60,375
F251994Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$40,950
F631994Chevrolet CorvetteCopper$17,063
S131994Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Green$60,375
U591994Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$11,655
S141995Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Yellow$60,375
F161996Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$12,600
S161996Chevrolet CorvetteNA$34,125
S931996Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$80,850
S1001996Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$68,775
F1371999Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$18,900
U272000Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$111,300
F862007Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$55,620
S41.12007Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$$66,950
         
Total Sales: $8,255,306

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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on June 22, 2007

Wow, I can’t believe we are nearing the end of June already. If you are wanting to get behind the wheel of a new or classic Corvette and have a little fun during summer, now is the time. The following six cars were highlighted in June’s Featured Corvettes Newsletter from VetteFinders.com. They are just a sampling of the 500+ Corvettes for sale on the internet’s first dedicated site for selling Corvettes.

1958 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Corvette For Sale 1972 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1958 Convertible
$89,999
1966 Corvette
$46,900
1972 Convertible
$27,995
 
1996 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2004 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2006 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1996 Coupe
$14,900
2004 Hardtop
$40,000
2006 Coupe
$42,995
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The sponsoring dealer of my Corvette Club (Tampa Bay Vettes) received their allocation of the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car this week and offered club members a preview of the limited edition convertible Friday Afternoon. Ferman Chevrolet is offering the Corvette on a first come – first serve basis. MSRP is listed at $67,420 plus the $825 delivery charge. The replica Pace Car is everything I thought it would be. The graphics are well done but not overpowering like the case in some previous years (remember 1998 anyone?). I especially liked the embroidered logos on the seats, the matching fuel rail covers and of course the “winged tire” Indianapolis 500 badge on the quarter panel. Someone told me when I was taking photos that I should just download them off the internet, because they would be better. I laughed and said “Yes, but these are mine!” So while this is old news, photos and all, the experience of seeing the car up close and personal makes it all new again. Car people would understand that.

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2007 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car 2007 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car 2007 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
So after the preview and some free pizza, the ride home turned out to be an event all unto itself. As it was a club event, I wore my uniform, the 1966 Corvette Convertible pictured below. And while the ride home normally takes about 25 minutes, I got caught in the middle of Florida afternoon rain shower. This is only the second time since 1993 that I’ve been caught in the rain and the first time since having the car painted. Needless to say, the cockpit leaked horrendously so I pulled under the Crosstown overpass until the worst pass. The joke about Florida is true…if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. Soon, the heavy rain slowed to light sprinkles and I was able to finish my drive home.
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Official 2008 Corvette Pricing Announced

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2007

Corvette Dealer Ken Fichtner posted the official pricing for the 2008 Corvette on the Corvette Forum. Prices listed include the three Corvette models: Coupe, Convertible and Z06 as well as the available options. Also listed is the new 4LT packages for coupes and convertibles which will set you back $8,005 and $8,600 respectively. The three Corvette models base prices were increased $920 for coupes and convertibles and $1,000 for the Z06. Considering the Coupes and Convertibles come with the new LS3 which adds 30 horsepower, I would say that is a bargain.

MODELS  
1YY07 Coupe $45,170.00
1YY67 Convertible $53,510.00
1YY86 Z06 $70,175.00
Destination Charge $825.00
   
PACKAGES  
2LT Package – Coupe $1,495.00
3LT Package – Coupe $4,505.00
4LT Package – Coupe $8,005.00
3LT Package – Convertible $5,100.00
4LT Package – Convertible $8,600.00
2LZ Package – Z06 Coupe $3,045.00
3LZ Package – Z06 Coupe $6,545.00
   
OPTIONS  
CC3 Transparent Roof Package $750.00
C2L Dual Roof Package $1,400.00
D30 Custom Color and Trim Combination $590.00
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control $1,995.00
GU2 2.73 Rear Axle Ratio $395.00
MX0 6 Speed Automatic with Paddle Shift $1,250.00
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust System $1,195.00
R8C Museum Delivery $490.00
U3U AM/FM CD with Navigation $1,750.00
Z51 Performance Handling Package $1,695.00
**6 Two Tone Seats with Embroidery $695.00
   
WHEELS  
QX1 Competition Gray Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $395.00
QX3 Chrome Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $1,850.00
QG7 Polished Wheels – Coupe/Convertible $1,295.00
Q44 Competition Gray Wheels – Z06 $395.00
Q76 Chrome Wheels – Z06 $1,995.00
QL9 Polished Wheels – Z06 $1,495.00
   
PREMIUM EXTERIOR COLORS  
45U Velocity Yellow Paint $750.00
83U Atomic Orange Metallic Paint $300.00
85U Jetstream Blue Metallic Paint $750.00
89U Crystal Red Metallic Paint $750.00

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Why do we like the Bloomington Gold High Performance Auction so much? It’s a pure Corvette event featuring over 500 Corvettes for sale, surrounded by the faithful who make the annual pilgrimage every year. Where other auctions are higher profile and attract the crazy money like Barrett-Jackson’s two events, the Corvette auction at Bloomington is a real harbinger of where the Corvette Market is. And that’s why we are very interested in the two 1953 Corvette Roadsters that will be hitting the auction block. 1953 Corvettes are special because they were the first. For the most part these Corvettes were hand assembled and had their issues. It was more of a touring car than sports car with its 6 cylinder Blue Flame engine. The 300 Corvettes produced during the first year of the Corvette is the lowest production number for any year since and that is part of its mystique. While performance junkies have driven up the pricing of midyears and fuelies over the last five years, the 1953 Corvette has for the most part sat quietly by and waited for its turn. So is 2007 the year the 1953 Corvette Roadster finally makes its move in the Collector Car market? These Corvettes don’t come up for sale very often, but already this year we’ve seen three 1953 Corvettes sell and with each sale, the bar is raised. And because of the low production, three Corvettes are significant as they represent 1% of the entire production quantity, and that’s making the assumption that all 300 are still around. In reality, the number is probably in the 250 range at best. The trend started in January at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. There, an NCRS Top Flight 1953 Corvette Roadster sold for $298,350. At the Houston Classic in May 2007, a 1953 Corvette Roadster was sold for $396,000. And then, just last weekend, the 1953 Corvette with a 12 year old Bloomington Gold certificate was sold for $440,000. All three sales prices include the auction commission. Here are the two 1953 Corvettes being offered this weekend by Mecum at the Bloomington Gold Auction:

1953 CorvetteLot S53 is expected to hit the block around 5:00pm on Saturday. It is Chassis #210 and has been housed in a climate controlled garage with the same owner for the last 13 years. The side curtains are included and stored in the trunk.
1953 CorvetteLot S91 is expected on the block at 6:45pm on Saturday. The Roadster is Chassis #107 and has a Bloomington Gold certificate. The Corvette is matching numbers and has just 120 on it since restoration. It’s a complete Corvette with the Convertible top, Side Curtains, Jack and Handle. This will be the one to watch on Saturday.
Will the trend continue at Bloomington or are we in for a reality check? Will we see these Corvettes get bid up but not reach the reserve price, thereby guaranteeing one or both will be trailered to Scottsdale in 2008? We’ll find out on Saturday and bring you the results next week.
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A Very Busy Week for Corvette Fans

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2007

This week in June is unique as there are two major events that are going on that will appeal to different parts of the Corvette Enthusiast spectrum. The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show kicks of on June 14th and runs through the 17th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. Judging for the Survivor class begins at 1:00pm. On Friday, the show will be in full swing with Gold and Benchmark judging underway and of course our favorite event, the Gold Auction begins at 3:00pm. We will have our usual preview of significant or unique Corvettes that we feel are that will be the ones to watch as the week progresses. To follow the events online, visit the Bloomington Gold website. The second major event we are following this week is Corvette Racings defense of their 24 hours of LeMans crown. As you know, the first half of the ALMS season hasn’t been all that exciting due to the lack of a competitor in the GT1 class. But all that changes in France as 15 cars are entered in the GT1 class. The team has one five LeMans championships in the last six years and this week the team may be facing their greatest challenge. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of LeMans is Wednesday and Thursday. The Race kicks off for us in the United States on Saturday morning. As always, we will have updates following the progress of Team Corvette throughout the week. I’d like to also thank Richard Prince of Richard Prince Photography for supplying us with several new photographs that will serve as our header this week. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rprincephoto.com.
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Auction Results: 1953 Corvette Sells for $440,000

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2007

1953 Corvette Roadster, Chassis number 157Our brothers at the Corvette Blog informed us last week about the McMullen Collection and a 1953 Corvette that was being auctioned on Saturday. We got the news today that the Corvette, chassis number 157, sold for an astounding $440,000 which includes the 10% buyers commission. The car was owned by John McMullen, a car dealer who owns a Pontiac GMC dealership in Troy, Michigan. McMullen, who is 79, had amassed a collection of 140 rare and valuable cars and decided that 73 of them must go. RM Auctions handled the gavel duty. Also included in the auction was a 1931 Duesenberg which sold for $1.35 million, a 1953 Buick Skylark and a 1953 Cadillac El Dorado which both sold for $450,000. The 1953 Corvette Roadster was acquired 12 years ago following a fresh restoration and a Gold certificate from Bloomington. The selling price shatters the $125,000 – $175,000 estimate listed on the RM Auction’s website and was much higher than the 1953 Corvette Roadster which sold at Barrett-Jackson in January for $298,350. It will be interesting to see if these prices will have any effect on the sales of two 1953 Corvette Roadsters at this weekend’s Bloomington Gold Auction.
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Grand Haven Tribune
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eBay Find of the Day: Mystery Men 1979 Corvette Limo

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2007

Probably the best part of this little remembered (or easily forgotten) B-list movie from 1999 that starred Ben Stiller was the custom stretch 1979 Corvette Limo that was the preferred ride for the movie’s arch-villain Cassanova Frankenstein, played by Geoffrey Rush. The Corvette was purpose-built for the movie by Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood, California. According to the eBay listing, the Corvette’s frame was extended to over 23 feet in total length, and the limo interior was added to include 2 more opposing seats, bar, lights and rear t-tops. Capping off the build was a black and silver custom paint job which makes the car appear to be that of a 1978 Corvette Pace Car. Fans of the movie (there’s got to be one or two of you guys out there that remember the Shoveler or that fork-throwing guy) remember that the Mystery Men beat the hell out of the car with their tools. But that was actually a second car that would split open for the interior shots as well as take the abuse of the Mystery Men.

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The auction ends on June 10th and the current bid of $10,000 hasn’t yet reached the reserve. A buy-it-now is also available for $25,000. The Corvette looks a bit on the tired side though so additional dollars would be necessary to bring this unique and semi-famous celebrity car to life. Click here to read the entire eBay listing and view additional photos.
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