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Celebrity Sighting: Rush Hour Corvette For Sale on eBay

by Keith Cornett on October 11, 2006

The 1972 Corvette Convertible driven by Chris Tucker in the movie Rush Hour is up for grabs on eBay. The current bid is at $17,990 and there is just a little over one day left for bidding. The Corvette has a reserve price which has not yet been met, and the Buy It Now price is listed at $49,998. The seller claims that this Corvette is one of the most famous Corvettes in existence due to the movies. I don’t think I would go that far, but the 72 Corvette Stingray is a beauty, despite the fact that Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan signed the dash. Oh wait, that should only add to the collectibility, right? Here are some photos of the Rush Hour Corvette:

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September 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on October 5, 2006

GM’s September 2006 Sales Report has been released and Corvette sales still remain strong. Calendar Year-to-Date sales are up 20.9% with 27,903 Corvettes delivered in 2006 vs 23,080 in 2005. Year to Year monthly sales are up 23.9% with 3,056 Corvettes sold in September 2006 vs 2,372 Corvettes in September 2005. There were 26 selling days for the September 2006 period vs 25 selling days in September 2005. Source: GM
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The Last Corvette to be Sold at Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2006

The Last Corvette This announcement is really no big news since the Last Corvette’s restoration was completed in January of this year. As anyone that knows anything about this car knows that the final stop is Scottsdale, Arizona. But for those that don’t know what the Last Corvette is, let me do a quick recap. The Last Corvette is a 1967 Corvette Coupe with a 427-390 hp engine and a 4-Speed transmission. The VIN, #22940 was the last Corvette produced of the 1967 model year production run and therefore the last of the 1963-1967 “Midyear” Corvettes produced at the St. Louis Corvette Assembly Plant on July 12, 1967. The Corvette has been on Pro Team’s radar since the mid 90′s, but it wasn’t until 2005 that a deal was reached to purchase the unrestored car for 10x’s the VIN: $229,240.00 Is the last of the 1967 Corvettes that big of a deal? Some say yes. Terry Michaelis of Pro Team Corvettes, who owns the Last Corvette is fond of saying “Sure they made Corvettes after 1967, but who cares” when promoting this Corvette. And according to Craig Jackson, President of the Barrett-Jackson Auction, “Being the absolute final car of a world-famous model makes this one of the most collectible cars in the world.” Well okay. I’ve never subscribed much to the theory that the end of a model run is worth more because it was the last. I can understand being first, but not last. Comparing apples to apples, is a 67 Coupe with a 427/390 worth more than a 1967 L88 or L89? And something else is bothering me about this Corvette. The whole process seems to me to be a slick marketing event put together by some very smart people for only one reason…to make money. A lot of money. I guess if you are putting $229,420 into a Corvette that needs a frame-off restoration, you need a plan to make that money back. I don’t hold that against Pro Team or anyone else associated with this Corvette. It will sure be interesting to see what this Corvette can do when compared to some real highly collectible Corvettes that should be available this year at Scottsdale. In defense of the Last Corvette’s publicity-hungry run-up to the auction at Barrett-Jackson, Pro Team has teamed up with two charities. The Ronald McDonald House and the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation will both benefit from the sale of the Last Corvette from matched donations, and in the case of the Ronald McDonald House, a Name the Final Bid contest. And finally, not to appear totally negative about the marketing machine that is the Last Corvette, there is one element to this unprecedented sales campaign that I am really interested in. Premiering on December 7, 2006 is a six part documentary which chronicles the Corvette’s history and restoration. That series will air on SPEED and is titled American Muscle Car: The Last Stingray. This is will be a real joy to watch as the production quality should be extremely high and the companies that donated time and service are the tops of the Corvette industry including Naber’s Motors in Texas where the frame-off restoration was completed. More information about the Last Corvette can be found at TheLastCorvette.com
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Know Your Corvettes Before Buying

by Keith Cornett on September 21, 2006

1970 Corvette ConvertibleSo you want to buy a Corvette and you have a general idea of the Corvette generation you are interested in. Now it is time to narrow your choice. By narrowing your choices to one, two or a span of three model years, you can gain the knowledge you need prior to purchasing the Corvette of your dreams. Focusing in on that one to three year model span will allow you to make an informed buying decision. You don’t want to be blinded by the first Corvette you see. You’ll want to look beyond the style and paint to insure that you’re buying the right corvette with the right options that is right for you. Corvettes, like most cars, are always changing year to year. Sometimes those changes are design based, sometimes regulatory based. I had a customer who was once looking for a 1970 to 1972 LT1 engine car. He had heard that the LT1′s are more of a performance engine and liked the idea of having a Corvette that would appreciate faster if it had that optional engine. What he didn’t know was that the 1970 LT1 engine was very different than the 1972 LT1. In 1970, the LT1 350 ci engine produced 370 horsepower. In 1972, Chevrolet had lowered the compression and changed their formula for rating horsepower so the LT1 350 that year was reduced to 255 hp. In many respects, these two engines are similar, yet very different. Learning these subtle differences can assure you that you are buying the Corvette you want and not making a mistake that could end up costing you money later on. A great resource that every Corvette buyer needs is the Corvette Black Book by Michael Antonick. The Black Book breaks out each model year with options available, colors and a Fact Sheet which gives the major bullets of changes and enhancements over the previous model year. Here are some other resources for learning about the model year you have selected: Corvette Shows
Go to a Corvette show and talk to owners. Corvette owners love to talk about their cars and usually are very forthcoming about what they like and don’t like about their model year. They can also fill you in on any hidden problems or service issues that may have affected their model over the years. Most of the major shows also have auctions or a “Corvette Corral” where sellers display their Corvettes. It’s a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience of looking over models you are interested in. To find out where a Corvette show is in your area, keep reading. Go Online
Websites like the CorvetteForum.com and DigitalCorvettes.com are made up of thousands of Corvette Enthusiasts. These sites contain message boards and membership to join is quick and free. After registering, go to the generation “thread” (conversation) you are interested in to post questions you may have about your selected model year. Depending on your questions, you can generally have feedback within hours of your post. You can also learn a great deal just by lurking in the forum, reading all the different questions or comments from other owners. These forum sites are a great way to learn more about the Corvette lifestyle, restoring and modifying your selected year as well as finding out when a Corvette show may be in your area. NCRS
The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) is an organization that is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Corvettes made from 1953-1989. NCRS hosts a number of local and regional events around the country. Classic Corvette owners bring their Corvettes to these shows to be judged for the organization’s Top Flight Award, given to Corvettes that appear as they did when they rolled off the assembly line and dealer showroom floors. Seeing these Corvettes up close as well as having the ability to talk to current owners is a great way to learn more about specific Corvette models. The NCRS also has for sale on their website a number of restoration, technical and judging manuals which will help you in identifying the components of classic Corvettes. Corvette Magazines
Most of the major Corvette magazines have a service for ordering back issues, Using their index of issues, you will be able to find features and technical articles on the model year of your choice. After immersing yourself in Corvette Hobby, you’ll find yourself being able to spot the differences in the Corvettes you see on the road. Once you learned more about the model year(s) you would be interested in owning, then you can really start your search for your dream Corvette.
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Corvette Values: 1976 Corvette T-Top

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2006

MT in Colorado recently submitted this 1976 Corvette for an Online Appraisal at VetteFinders.com: 1976 T-Top Corvette, VIN #1237L6S437xxx. Red with Red vinyl interior, original 350 ci with 4-speed, 135K miles. Power steering, brakes, windows. Factory air, tilt-tele steering column. Original luggage rack. All original and non modified. Never restored. Corvette is in average, street driven condition. No documentation.

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The VIN on this 1976 Corvette, #1237L6S437xxx indicates that this Corvette was built in early June 1976, which was towards the end of the production run for 1976 model year. The VIN also tells us that the Corvette is equipped with the L48 350 ci 195 hp engine as the sixth digit of the VIN is L. The Corvette is Red with matching Red vinyl interior. Both the paint and interior are considered to be in average street driven condition. The Red on Red combination does present an attractive profile and a Red Corvette, always a popular color choice, can help with the resale value. The engine is an original L-48 350 ci/180 hp power plant coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and the original shifter. The manual transmission can be considered somewhat rare with only 21% of 1976 Corvettes built with the optional 4-speed. From an options perspective, this Corvette is equipped with many of the comfort and convenience features available including power steering, brakes and windows. Other conveniences include air conditioning and a tilt-tele steering column. This Corvette also has the dealer-installed chrome luggage rack. The tires are in like-new condition and are mounted on the standard Corvette wheels with the correct center caps and trim rings. The body is stock with no modifications. This is important in establishing the value of a Corvette. The appraised value of this Corvette is $8,900. This model year continues to appreciate with a 3% appreciation factor in average price during the past year. Corvette Appraisals:
With Corvette values rising yearly, make sure your insurance coverage keeps up with your Corvettes value by having it appraised online at VetteFinders.com. Our online appraisals are only $69.95 and are usually completed within three business days. Click here to start your Corvette appraisal now.
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle High Bid List

by Keith Cornett on September 12, 2006

The following is a list of Corvettes that were featured in the Corvettes at Carlisle auction that did not reach the reserve selling price. There are two Corvettes on the list that I’d be interested in knowing more about. The first is a 1967 Maroon Corvette that received a high bid of $220,000. Not out the the range for an L71 427/435 Tri-Power, but I am betting it’s something else. The second is a 1971 Orange Corvette that reached $95,000 and was still a no sale. As that high bid was nearly $40,000 more than our High Price for 1971 Corvettes in this year’s edition of the Vette-N-Vestments Corvette Price Guide, I am betting it was either a ZR1 (8 produced) or the ZR2 (12 produced). Because of their limited production, several years can pass between the time we see these rare Corvettes for sale. If anyone has any information on these two Corvettes, please let me know. Corvettes at Carlisle – The High Bid List:

Lot # Year Description Color High Bid
S32.11955CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S221958CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$45,000
S47.11958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$96,000
S571958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$45,000
S601958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$53,000
S801958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,000
F361960CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$55,000
S5131960CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$75,000
S281961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,000
S507.11961CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$46,000
S411962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$42,000
S731962CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$47,000
S5031962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$74,000
S681963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$36,000
F391964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$33,000
S851964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$38,000
S861964CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,500
S1131964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$40,000
S641965CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$72,500
S5151965CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S511966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$49,000
S561966CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$50,000
S811966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$80,000
S5101966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$81,000
F411967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
S201967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$95,000
S271967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$46,500
S291967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$115,000
S451967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$62,000
S841967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$59,000
S1021967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$120,000
S1081967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$135,000
S5041967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$220,000
S5111967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
F401968CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$20,500
S5211968CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$75,000
S71969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$33,000
S421969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$26,000
S441969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S621969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S1091969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$60,000
F311970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$17,000
F701970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBRONZE$31,000
S791970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$35,000
S1011970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$11,000
S1071970CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,500
S91971CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$21,000
S5191971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$95,000
F291972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$24,000
S301972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,000
S401972CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
S9.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$17,000
S501973CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$30,000
S1001973CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$8,500
S1161973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
S81976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$10,500
S671978CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$23,000
S1031979CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,000
S951980CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,800
S831982CHEVROLET CORVETTEBEIGE$26,500
S781987CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$27,000
S1151987CHEVROLET CORVETTEDARK RED$22,000
S1061988CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$22,000
S1051990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$6,500
S1121990CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGUNDY$23,000
S761993CHEVROLET CORVETTETURQ$7,900
F551994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$29,000
F521996CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,000
S691996CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$39,000
S191999CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$25,000
F372002CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$30,000
S982003CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on September 11, 2006

Pennsylvania was the place to be in late August as Corvettes converged on the fairgrounds at Carlisle for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show. Mecum handled the auction duties and once again the show proved to be one of the top Corvette auctions in the United States. Over 150 Corvettes crossed the auction block and the show had a 53% sales rate raking in over $3 million in Corvettes sales. Looking at the list of Corvettes that sold, it is nice to see the values of these sales weren’t astronomical and based on pricing only, it appears that there were some pretty decent deals. Of notable cars, three 1954′s were auctioned off for $46K, $69K and $70K. A couple other C1′s sold for under $40,000 including a Black 59 that sold for $35,963 and a maroon 1962 which sold for $38,325. Other good buys include a 1964 Corvette at $29,400, a Yellow 1966 which sold for $28,350 and 1969 Corvette that went for $9,500. Here is the complete list of Corvettes that sold during the Corvettes at Carlisle auction:

Lot # Year Description Color Sales Price
S541954CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$69,300
S871954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,875
S5201954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$46,725
S551956CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$48,400
S5091956CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$78,225
S331957CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$118,125
S1111957CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,800
S321958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$60,900
F471959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,963
S161959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$63,000
S261959CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$48,300
S701961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$55,650
S721961CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$65,100
S241962CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$38,325
F211963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$34,650
F301963CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,463
S5161963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$70,875
S521964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,400
S5181964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$52,500
S311965CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$56,700
S381965CHEVROLET CORVETTENASSAU BLUE$40,688
F251966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$70,350
F261966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$28,350
F491966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$41,475
S41966CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S36.11966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$73,500
S481966CHEVROLET CORVETTERALLY RED$46,725
S651966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S5011966CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,500
S5051966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$76,650
S5141966CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$76,125
F681967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$53,550
S171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S431967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$54,600
S611967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$81,900
S5071967CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$122,325
S5171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$110,000
S991968CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$18,113
F581969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$15,750
F601969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$9,500
S141969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$15,225
S181969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$34,650
S251969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,650
S391969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,200
S741969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$31,500
S211970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGRAY$18,900
S231970CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$27,825
S751970CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 BRONZE$43,050
S5021970CHEVROLET CORVETTEMONZA RED$55,125
S341971CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$36,225
S361971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$17,063
F561972CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,325
S461972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S531972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$17,850
F141973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$10,710
F321973CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$21,000
F431973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,900
S40.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$15,750
F51974CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$7,000
F81974CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
F591974CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$10,868
S1101974CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$4,700
F271975CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$12,338
S771976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,500
F501977CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,550
S31978CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$6,500
S111982CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$18,375
S50.11984CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$11,025
S891985CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,700
S941986CHEVROLET CORVETTEGOLD$4,800
F671990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,100
S661990CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$28,875
S821990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 BLACK$24,675
S961990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$16,800
S1041990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 RED$19,950
F571992CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$12,810
F331993CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,063
F531993CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$11,025
F481994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$8,750
S972000CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$24,200
F352002CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$31,930
S1142004CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$38,063
Tomorrow, we will post the list of the Corvettes which did not sell. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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August 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2006

GM’s August sales report hit yesterday and the news regarding Corvettes was good. GM reported that calendar year Corvette sales are up 20% with 24,847 delivers through August 2006 vs 20,708 through August 2005. Year to year monthly sales were up nearly 31% with 2,990 delivers in Augutst 2006 vs 2,202 in August 2005. There were twenty-seven selling days for the August period this year and twenty-six for last year. Source: GM
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When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2006

One of the timeless debates about classic Corvettes revolves around modding/customization versus the pursuit of Matching Numbers restoration. We see these conversations all the time on some of the forums and people are usually quite passionate on both sides of the debate.

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Corvettes at Carlisle Show This Weekend

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2006

One of the largest gatherings of Corvettes in the US takes place this weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show in Carlisle, PA. The three day show at the 82 acre fairgrounds in Carlisle brings together more than 5,000 Corvettes, including over 2,500 Corvettes in the show field alone. The show was founded by the late Chip Miller, a Corvette Hall of Famer, 25 years ago. At noon, Corvette owners will rev their Corvettes for 20 seconds, followed by a moment of silence in tribute of Chip. Highlights of the show will include a gathering of the 1996 Grand Sport Corvettes, celebrating their 10th year reunion, a 50th reunion for 1956 Corvettes and a special area designated to Z06 Corvettes. Tom Wallace and his team of Corvette engineers will be on hand. This is Tom’s first visit to Carlisle. Thousands of Corvettes also participate in the parade that leaves from the fairgrounds and makes it way through downtown Carlisle. If you are anywhere near Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, this Corvette show is a must. Admission is $12 for adults and parking for Corvettes is $10. CorvetteBlogger.com will bring you the results from the Mecum Auction when they are available. Source: Corvettes at Carlisle
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