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As mentioned in our analysis of the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event, the top Corvette at the auction was this black/silver 1959 convertible. The fuel injected Corvette convertible was billed on the BJ website as “probably the only documented Real Triple Black 59 fuel car to exist.” The fact that it is a multiple NCRS Top Flight award winner, as well as receiving a Bloomington Gold certificate and the coveted Duntov Award makes this Corvette a must-have for a serious Corvette collector.

Click here for the description and photos of the 1959 Fuelie on the Barrett-Jackson website.
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The first day of bidding at a Barrett-Jackson auction is often the best time to find a deal, or at the very least, buy a car without the infamous BJ markup that we’ll see later this weekend. But who would of thought that after the first day, a 1990 ZR1 Corvette would be in the list of top 10 cars? Sold for $47,500, with buyer’s commission the total sales price was $52,250. This 1990 ZR1 Corvette is a museum piece with only 800 miles, full documentation and as the case with most cars in its stored condition, has the obligatory “Never Seen Rain” statement. It’s number 727 out of 3049 ZR1′s produced in 1990.

As you watch the clip, the Speed announcers make a couple of generalizations and misstatements about this “King of the Hill” Corvette, including a comment about how the owner could have done better with the “early 80′s Pace Cars”. But we’ll forgive them as they were still on a high from the ’67 GTO that rolled just prior to the red Corvette.
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1958 Dual Quad Corvette ConvertibleBarrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Collector Car Auction begins tonight and Speed TV will be broadcast three hours of coverage beginning at 9pm eastern time. Tonight and Friday night’s 6 hours of coverage will be tape-delayed, but on Saturday, Speed TV will be broadcasting the auction live from 12 noon to 8 pm. Time to set the TIVO! Looking through the list of available Corvettes, this 1958 Convertible really caught my eye and will be one to watch when it crosses the auction block. Lot number 674 is a 283 ci/245 hp dual quad Corvette in Panama Yellow with White Coves and a charcoal interior. The engine is coupled to a 4-speed transmission and it has the rare power top option. Less than 12% of the Corvettes in 1958 had the RPO 473 Power Folding Top option. The Corvette was recently treated to a no expenses spared restoration to NCRS specifications. Check out the awards this Corvette has won over the last couple of years: Multiple NCRS Regional and National Top Flight Awards 2004-2006
NCRS Performance Verification Award 2006
Bloomington Gold Certification 2004
Gold Spinner Concourse Award 2004
NCRS Duntov Award 2006 The 1958 Corvette model year has seen its values skyrocket over the last five years, appreciating at a whopping 76%. Our average price is $46,200 but if this Corvette is well documented and with the awards it has won, it should be close to, if not surpass, our high price of $145,000.
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1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 Big BlockOver 80 Corvettes are scheduled to cross the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event next weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. As usual, a large contingent of 1967 Corvette Big Blocks, making up a remarkable 13% of all Corvettes for sale at the Palm Beach event, will be available for collectors. The 11 big blocks include Corvettes with engines ranging from the 427/390 to the tri-power 427/435:

“These Big Block Corvettes headed to South Florida demonstrate our ability to continually consign the most desirable, highly sought after collector cars,” said Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “Nothing represents pure American power and speed like a Big Block Corvette.”

“The bar was raised for Big Block Corvettes when ‘The Last Corvette’ sold for $660,000 at our Scottsdale 2007 auction,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “That winning bid created quite a stir and helped fuel the awareness and demand for these iconic Corvettes.”
The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event will be held March 28th – April 1st at the South Florida Expo Center. Speed TV will provide televised coverage of the event.
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Rick Conti with a Velocity Yellow Z06 CorvetteFinally the cat is out of the bag. Last week Corvette Conti announced that his site would be down over the weekend for an overhaul. Soon rumors began to swirl that the Corvette sales specialist was leaving Ohio for greener pastures. Tuesday morning, finally ending the “irresponsible speculation” that Corvette owners are apparently famous for, Rick confirmed that he has left Spitzer Chevrolet in Cleveland to join one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in the Midwest, EVS Chevrolet in Random Lake, Wisconsin. The fact that this story has fueled a thread at Digital Corvettes that is nine pages long with people offering well wishes and promises for future Corvette purchases only confirms something I have believed in for some time now. Rick Conti is a Rock Star! You know you’re doing something right when you generate that kind of positive response when your day job is that of a car salesman. But Rick doesn’t just sell cars. He’s sells the dream. He cures the fever by leading the customer on a journey into the Corvette experience. Doubt me? Just take a look at his previous office. EVS Chevrolet is currently a sponsor on the Corvette Forum. It will be interesting to see if EVS tries to maintain a presence on both forums or just concentrate on one. A quick check of their inventory shows 33 Corvettes available so they definitely have the volume. Conti is already making waves in Wisconsin with last night’s announcement that EVS will be offering a change to win a Velocity Yellow Z06 Corvette. So congratulations Rick on the new home. I’m looking forward to reading the new!
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Despite the fact the this year’s Mecum Winter Classic was held a week after the NCRS Winter Regional Show in Kissimmee Florida, Mecum’s Winter Classic was a rounding success with over $5.5 million dollars in Corvette sales and a 68% sales rate. Of the 154 Corvettes that crossed the auction block, 105 found new homes. 1966 427/425 Corvette CoupeA 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Race car with a storied past posted the highest sales figure at $362,250. The car was raced by Bob Johnson of the famous Johnson & Johnson racing team. This Corvette won many races in 1967 alone and was notorious for tearing up the SCCA Central Division’s A Production Class in 1966-68. It features a 427/425 hp engine with side exhaust, a teak steering wheel and telescopic steering column. Second on this year’s top sales chart is a 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This well-documented Marina Blue convertible has complete owners history, tank sticker, Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight with judging sheets. The Corvette sold for $204,750. Rounding out the top 3 was another 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This Corvette was White with a Black Stinger and black interior. The options include 4-Speed, Off-Road Exhaust, AM/FM Radio and the Auxiliary Hard top. The Corvette is a Bloomington Gold Survivor with just 39,000 original miles. The Corvette sold for $180,600. Some interesting notes about the Corvettes that rolled through the Mecum Winter Classic. Of the top 10 Corvettes in sales prices, eight were from the C2 1963-1967 Midyear generation while the other two are C1′s. Three Corvettes sold under $10,000. They include a 1976, 1980 and a 1982. And finally, 31 of the 105 Corvettes that sold were Red, accounting for 30% of all sold Corvettes. List of Sold Corvettes at the Mecum Winter Classic in Kissimmee, Florida:

Lot # Year Description Sales Price
S1751954Corvette Red$89,250
S1601956Corvette Red$61,950
F1971957Corvette Green$105,000
S1331958Corvette Red$65,100
S262.11960Corvette Red$86,100
T39.11961Corvette Red$41,475
T301961Corvette White$45,150
F2231961Corvette White$92,400
S2871962Corvette Red$47,250
S1951962Corvette Red$62,475
F147.11962Corvette Black$84,000
T321963Corvette Red$39,900
F1921963Corvette Red$76,125
F2191964Corvette Blue$35,700
F1041964Corvette Red$42,000
F1261964Corvette Red$43,757
S2321964Corvette White$72,450
S1781965Corvette Red$42,000
S161965Corvette White$45,150
S1381965Corvette Blue$53,025
S1761965Corvette White$70,350
S2241965Corvette Red$72,500
F2221965Corvette Maroon$76,125
S941965Corvette Red$150,150
T391966Corvette Maroon$29,400
S2731966Corvette Red$43,050
S191966Corvette Blue$43,575
F1341966Corvette Red$46,725
S2861966Corvette Red$47,250
F1031966Corvette Silver$54,075
S841966Corvette Yellow$56,700
T381966Corvette Yellow$62,475
F2051966Corvette Wht/Blue$69,300
S171966Corvette Black$69,300
S150.11966Corvette Yellow$70,875
T331966Corvette Red$73,500
S1351966Corvette Yellow$73,500
F2321966Corvette Red$126,000
S831966Corvette Black$362,250
F1551967Corvette Black$44,625
T361967Corvette Yellow$52,500
F1621967Corvette Maroon$60,375
S1141967Corvette Yellow$63,000
S2841967Corvette Red$65,625
S2851967Corvette Blue$65,625
S1061967Corvette Yellow$68,250
S2831967Corvette Maroon$73,500
S1031967Corvette White$74,550
S861967Corvette Red$157,500
S1271967Corvette Blue$162,750
S1811967Corvette White$180,600
S1491967Corvette Blue$204,750
F511968Corvette N/A$29,925
S1711968Corvette White$61,950
S205.11969Corvette Yellow$18,900
F2761969Corvette Green$21,525
S1411969Corvette Yellow$40,425
F1521969Corvette Red$58,800
S1131969Corvette Dark Green$59,325
S1071969Corvette Orange$64,575
S1281969Corvette Red$106,050
S101970Corvette Maroon$27,300
F1101970Corvette Grey$43,575
S1551970Corvette Silver$57,750
F2421971Corvette Green$18,375
F801971Corvette LT-1 Blue$23,888
F1741971Corvette Red$30,450
S1961971Corvette Red$33,600
S1621971Corvette Red$34,650
S91972Corvette Orange$24,150
S1471972Corvette Yellow$27,825
T341972Corvette Orange$40,950
F188.11973Corvette Blue$19,425
T51.11973Corvette Orange$21,525
F2171973Corvette Gold$34,650
F2971974Corvette Red$14,175
F1941974Corvette Red$20,213
F2531974Corvette White$25,752
F631975Corvette Blue$33,075
T361976Corvette Red$7,600
T351976Corvette Yellow$14,700
F211978Corvette Silver$10,500
F401978Corvette Silver$15,488
F1511978Corvette Black/Slvr$18,638
F192.11978Corvette Silver$21,000
F2031978Corvette Charcoal$26,250
F20.11979Corvette Yellow$22,838
T39.11980Corvette Silver$9,700
T221982Corvette Crossfile$9,800
F231982Corvette Red$14,175
F311982Corvette Gold$14,438
F461982Corvette Pewter$17,325
S29.11982Corvette Red$18,900
S141982Corvette Silver$19,688
F291986Corvette Black$13,125
S2621988Corvette Grand Sport Red$38,325
F821990Corvette Dark Red$14,175
F921991Corvette Red$14,963
F2331996Corvette LT-1 Purple$17,588
F1021996Corvette Silver$18,900
F2681996Corvette Green$22,575
S2151996Corvette CE Silver$35,963
F2501999Corvette Black$21,263
F452001Corvette Yellow$25,200
T252003Corvette Dark Red$32,188
    Total Sales: $5,589,115

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Corvette Values: 1989 Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on March 6, 2007

DS of Florida submitted this 1989 Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values:

1989 Corvette Coupe 1989 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1G1YY2187K5118XXX. 1,790 original one-owner miles. Red with red leather interior, L98 5.7 liter 245 hp engine. 6-Speed manual transmission and performance handling package. Leather sport seats, Blue tint removable top, power driver and passenger seats, and Delco Bose stereo system. Excellent condition inside and out. Docs include original bill of sale, temporary tag and installment contract.
This red Corvette coupe has only 1,790 miles and is in excellent condition. Few, if any, 1989 Corvettes are in existence today with this low, low mileage. The VIN # indicates it was built early in the second quarter of the 1989 production year. The curb appeal is excellent with the Red paint. The Corvette is powered by the standard 5.7 liter L98 350 ci/240 hp engine coupled with a rare 6-speed manual transmission. Only 16% of 1989 Corvettes had the manual transmission. It has nearly all of popular options including Leather Sport Seats, Blue-Tint Removable Top, and Power Driver and Passenger Seats. It also has the rare Z51 Performance Handling Package, an option found in only 8% of 1989 Corvettes. Important ingredients in establishing the value of a Corvette are mileage, condition, originality and original delivery documents. This Corvette meets all of these criteria including the original purchase document. We place a value of $25,000 on the described 1989 Sport Coupe. In addition, the average price of a 1989 Corvette Coupe today is showing a one year appreciation factor of 5%. Corvette Appraisals:
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February 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on March 5, 2007

GM Sold 2,784 Corvettes in the month of February, 550 more than were sold the month prior. However, sales were -9% off the February 2006 mark of 3,058. For the 2007 calendar year to date, Corvette sales remain -11% off of the 2006 pace. 5,018 Corvettes have been delivered in 2007 compared with 5,637 Corvettes for 2006. Monthly Corvette Sales Report:

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%

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2007 Corvette Pace Car Allocation Info

by Keith Cornett on February 23, 2007

2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car has posted some preliminary information about how Chevrolet will allocated the Pace Car Replica Corvette to its dealers. We do know that GM will begin producing the Pace Car replica’s for consumer purchase in May and June. A street date for availability has yet to be released but we do know that it won’t happen prior to the annual Memorial Day 500 race. If you are interested in obtaining a 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica, then here are some guidelines outlining how the Corvettes will be allocated:

“The intention is to provide a minimum of one Pace Car replica to each dealer who sold 24 or more Corvettes (including Z06) from 4/1/06 – 3/31/07. (Two Corvettes per month) It is anticipated that approximately 345 dealers will receive at least one Pace Car replica allocation. The balance of the available allocations will be distributed based on each Dealer’s percentage of total Corvette sales for the subject period so that the largest Corvette dealers will then receive multiple allocations. Pace Car allocation will be included within May 2007 estimated shipments and will be communicated as a constraint during the DOSP cycles for TPWs 6/4/07 ~ 6/18/07. Constraints will not be protected and any constraints not utilized by the originally assigned dealer will be made available to other dealers having May Corvette allocation. Using code CCR will help secure allocation. Final determination of individual dealer allocation cannot yet be communicated since a few dealers on the fringe may change between now and the end of March. However, it should be safe to use the 24 Corvette sales cutoff when providing generalized guidance as to whether or not a dealership will have allocation ”
So there you have it. Find yourself a dealer who has a larger allocation of Corvettes, and make sure you bring your checkbook.
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Dealer Attempts Sale of Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette On eBay

by Keith Cornett on February 20, 2007

The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette Z06Plans are being firmed up for how the roughly 300 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 Corvettes will be allocated in the US. But that didn’t stop Hare Chevrolet of Noblesville, Indiana for a chance to cash in on the hype surrounding the Artic White Signature Corvette. On February 12, just 5 days following the debut of the car at the Chicago Auto Show, Hare Chevrolet created an ebay auction to sell their allocation of the Z33 Ron Fellows Corvette Z06. If you want it, just bid the amount OVER MSRP that you want to pay for it. The bidding reached $16,700 but failed to make reserve and the auction ended yesterday, February 19th. From the eBay auction:

Bowling Green are only making 300 of these rare Z06′s for sale in the United States!! Hare Chevrolet will be getting ONE of these!! To put it in perspective for all bidders, there are over 4300 Chevrolet dealerships in the country, and once these collectibles are gone, they’re gone. Here is your chance to truely own a Rare Z06… The bid that you are bidding is for the price over MSRP you are willing to pay. Example; winning bidder of $25000.00 will be responsible for MSRP plus $25000.00 plus $125 documentation fee. That’s it.
I’m not against a dealer trying to make a buck or two, and perhaps the auction format is the best way to allow the market to decide who wants the Corvette the most. I am wary of those selling cars that haven’t even been built yet. What if the dealer doesn’t get the allocation? What if the dealer’s owner suddenly decides he wants the car. Too many factors this far out can only lead to dissatisfaction with the dealer and the sales process, thereby reinforcing the axiom of “car dealers are out to screw the customer”.
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