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Corvettes on eBay: The 274th 1953 Corvette Ever Made

by Keith Cornett on June 9, 2010

Corvettes on eBay: The 274th 1953 Corvette Ever Made

Here’s a chance to own a piece of Corvette history – a first year 1953 Corvette and the #274 Corvette ever built. This first year Corvette was built towards the end of the ’53 production run so many of the enhancements made during the year would have made it on this car. Freshly restored by Brett Henderson, the Corvette has less than 1 mile since restoration and is ready for NCRS judging.

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Corvette Racing Series Episode 5: A Salute to the Le Mans 50th Anniversary

In the 5th episode of Track to Street: Corvette Racing Series, we’re given a history lesson on the story of Corvette Racing at Le Mans, and how it all began 50 years ago at the 24 hour race. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes footage, which includes a chronicle of the Corvette’s evolution as well as some interviews with key team-members of the past and present and what the 24 hours of Le Mans means to them. Among those interviewed were famed drivers Dick Guldstrand and Dick Thompson, as well as current team Ambassador, Ron Fellows.

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Team Pictures with the Corvette C6.Rs and the 1960 Le Mans Corvette

Following Monday’s Scrutineering, the Corvette Racing team posed for the traditional team photos at Place des Jacobins, adjacent to La Cathedrale Saint-Julien in downtown Le Mans. The Corvettes were then loaded up and returned to Circuit de la Sarthe where the team was joined on the track in front of the world famous grand stands with the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette.

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Corvette C6.Rs Undergo Scrutineering

On Monday before noon local time, Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs were picked up in the paddock and taken to downtown Le Mans where they officially underwent scrutineering. Thousands of fans gathered in Jacobin square and looked on as the Corvettes were studied, tested and then deemed good to go for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After pictures in front of the historic Le Mans Cathedral, team members headed back to the track for a photo shoot with the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won at Le Mans 50 years ago.

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GM's Corvette Studio Artwork Become Framed Objects of Desire

As an automotive buff and especially as a Corvette enthusiast, I love to look at the drawings made by members of the GM design studio as they sketched out new designs and ideas for America’s sports car. Before you could buy a Corvette, GM’s studio artists first had to sketch it. And now thanks to Route 427′s “Art in Motion”, you can own some of the most iconic automotive artwork ever produced during the heyday of automotive design.

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The #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette Arrives in France for 50th Anniversary Celebration at Le Mans

We just got word through Lance Miller that his 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette has made it safely to the port of Le Havre in France. The Corvette was placed in a large cargo container last month and made its trans-Atlantic voyage by ship. By now the Corvette should be resting comfortably at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.

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Alice Cooper's Three Fender '61 Corvette Sells for $78,000 AUD

This 1961 Ermine White Corvette once owned by Rock legend Alice Cooper was sold this weekend for $78,000 Australian Dollars ($65,481 USD) at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction. The Corvette comes with a signed Fender Squier Guitar, hence the “three fender” nickname. Equipped with a 283 ci V8 and a three speed automatic powerglide, the Corvette has recently been overhauled with new shocks, brakes, tires and other parts. Because the Corvette is older than 15 years, it is not subject to RHD-conversion rules as long as the car is used for personal transportation. Rock on!

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Rare 1960 GM Film Documents Corvette's First Visit to Le Mans

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, GM has opened up the media archives and is showing this 1960 documentary which captures Corvette’s first class win at the historic sports car race. Narrated by Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist”, the 35-minute film follows the three Briggs Cunningham Corvettes and the #4 Camoradi Corvette from arrival in France to the post-race celebration.

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1960 #3 Le Mans Corvette Prepares for Historic Return to France

Chip Miller of Corvettes at Carlisle had a dream to return the #3 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and its driver John Fitch back to Le Mans for the 50 anniversary of Corvette’s first class win and 8th place finish overall in the world’s most prestigest road race. Sadly, Chip passed away in 2003 and now his son Lance is working to fulfill his father’s dream. This is a neat video that will introduce you to the #3 Corvette and the people who have played a role in restoring it to it’s former racing configuration.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Legends of Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on May 26, 2010

Corvette Racing's Legends of Le Mans

At last weekend’s American Le Mans Series at Monterey, Chevy and Corvette Racing took the time to honor the men and their Corvettes who were the trailblazers for today’s Corvette racing program. On hand for the celebration was Dr. Dick Thompson (aka The Flying Dentist) who drove the #2 Corvette at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dick Guldstrand who raced with Bob Bondurant in 1967. These two legends told some incredible stories of their exploits and you can watch the videos after the jump.

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