RM Auctions is holding their Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction this weekend. Over 30 Corvettes are scheduled for the auction with some of the featured lots coming from the estate of automobile collector John O’Quinn. One of these is Lot #740, a 1955 Corvette roadster featuring one of the most unique aftermarket accessories ever made for the early C1 Corvettes: A removable “bubble top” hard top.
In our final installment of our analysis of the 2009 Corvette market, we present an overview of the Corvette values by generation as documented by our Corvette pricing guru Bob Kroupa of VETTE-N-VESTMENTS.
So what does the Chevrolet Corvette and movie star Marilyn Monroe have in common? Seductive, voluptuous, hot, fast and sexy is how Paul Niedermeyer from The Truth About Cars describes both of these American icons. There are other comparisons as well including how both started from humble beginnings and then went on to capture the hearts of Americans and world. You owe it to yourself to check out this great read, however, keep in mind that some of the images are Not Safe For Work (NSFW)!
From the comments section comes one of the best quotes about Corvettes I have read in along time:
Every man should own a ‘Vette during his lifetime, however briefly. It will then become the benchmark for comparison for every other car he drives for the rest of his life…
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Tanner Faust, host of SPEED’s Supercars Exposed, heads to Pepple Beach where he has the unique opportunity to drive both the very first Porsche and the very first Corvette ever built. The Motorama Corvette, dubbed EX-122 by GM Engineering, features an upgraded 283 V8 which the car received when it was being used as a test mule.
In 1989 VH1 held a contest where they gave a way 36 Corvettes – one for every year beginning in 1953 through 1989 – to a single winner. Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Long Island won the collection, but before taking delivery he sold all 36 Corvettes to Pop artist Peter Max who planned to use the cars for an art project. The project never got off the ground and the Corvettes ended up parked in a Brooklyn building where they were essentially forgotten.
It was fifty-seven years ago today that thousands of Americans gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to catch a glimpse of Chevrolet’s new two-seater sports car. The EX-122 concept was such an instant hit with the public that GM rushed into production the revolutionary fiberglass-bodied car. Six months later, the first Corvette was completed at a makeshift assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. Just 300 Corvettes were produced in 1953 with a sticker price of about $3,500.
Looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for your junior Corvette enthusiast this year? Look no further than Hammacher Schlemmer’s 35 MPH Junior C1 Corvette. The 2/3 scale gasoline powered replica of a 1956 Corvette is an impressive recreation of the first Corvette to race at Sebring.
La Carrera Panamericana is a 7 day/2,000 mile road rally run in stages along Mexico’s Panamerican Highway. Here are two Corvettes that recently competed in the classic south-of-the-border race.
As we moved we deeper into the docket of Corvettes available at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Las Vegas, we’re starting to see more classic Corvettes on the auction block. This 1961 Tuxedo Black Corvette appeared late on Friday night’s auction and was the first C1 Corvette to be featured this weekend.
The 1961 Corvette featured a restyled front grill without the “heavy teeth” and on the rear there are now 4 taillights instead of 2, a Corvette tradition to this day. This 1961 Corvette features the 283/230 hp V8 and a 3-speed manual transmission – all included on the base model that sold for $3,934 when new. Tuxedo black was the 5th most popular color (out of 7) and was chosen by 12% of buyers.
This 1961 Corvette was purchased by a woman who the SPEED commentators said had one of the busiest pens all day. Sort of breaks from the stereotype of Corvettes owners are all balding middle-aged men suffering through a mid-life crisis. The Corvette was hammered at $52,000 and with the buyers commission, total price was $57,200. Even though the Corvette comes equipped with just the basics, the price is spot-on for a base 1961 Corvette with major curb appeal.
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