I often preach the importance of documentation when purchasing a classic Corvette because those documents (invoices, tank stickers, build sheets and protect-o-plates) play a key role in determining the value of your car. Unfortunately, that documentation is not available for every Corvette out there and so the only option owners had in tracing the lineage of their Corvette was through previous owners. This fall, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) announced that through a partnership with the General Motors Heritage Center, it can offer members a new service that confirms the original delivery dealer as well as validate any GM documents you do have.
The 6th Annual Street Car Super Nationals was held in Las Vegas last weekend featuring an all star line-up of Pro Street racers. The cold and rainy weather was a factor as winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour caused the event finals to be shortened to 1/8 mile for safety. This 1958 Corvette sponsored by Spec-Rite Torque Converters won Sunday evening’s $20,000 Pro Street finale on a 1/8 mile track with a run of 4.039/186.72 mph against a 5.882 ET by Giuseppe Gentile’s 2008 Mustang.
RM Auctions descended on Gainesville, Georgia last week to sell one of the largest muscle car collections in the country. Milton Robson’s style was to collect the highest performance vehicle in the model year and series. In his 55-car collection, two Corvettes met his criteria: a 1967 427/435 hp Corvette and the very rare 1957 Corvette with Ramjet airbox fuel injection. There were just 43 factory airbox Corvettes built in 1957 and less than half that amount are believed to be still in existence.
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The white text near the bottom of the front cover of Mecum Auctions’ lot catalog reads simply: “The World Greatest Chevrolet Collector”. After flipping through just a few pages of the paper or online catalog versions, it would be very difficult to disagree with that statement. Bob McDorman has been in the Chevrolet sales business for nearly 50 years. In that time he’s accumulated countless classic and modern Chevy’s in his immense collection. On Saturday, November 6th, Bob will sell the final portion of his collection all at no reserve in a sale hosted by Mecum Auctions at McDorman’s dealership in Canal Winchester, OH. In addition the numerous other models of Chevrolet’s being sold, there are nearly 90 highly desirable Corvettes up for grabs as well. With model years ranging from 1953 to 2009 there’s sure to be something for everyone. Celebrity owned, GM styling cars, early VIN’s, and one off’s fill the docket. Even neon signs, go-karts, and posters are for sale.
From Michael Enery via La Carrera Panamericana blog, the replica 1954 Von Esser Corvette piloted by Peter Bill and John Schantz of Wisconsin crashed on the Section 5 route of Queretaro to Morelia. Both drivers are okay but the Corvette suffered damage and will not be fixed. Pictures after the jump.
Beginning on October 22nd, the 60th Anniversary of La Carrera Panamericana will commence with 100 vintage racecars lining up on a grid in the Southern Mexico for a seven day sprint covering nearly 2000 miles. In previous years we’ve covered the Corvette entries and earlier this week we learned that one of the entrants in this 1954 Corvette.
Here is a fairly original 1959 Corvette that was stored away in a barn somewhere in Wisconsin since the mid-sixties. The Corvette was recently willed to a nephew following the death of the owner and the nephew’s friend shared these pictures on the Corvette Forum. Many times, we’ll see barn cars only after they’ve been pulled out of their cocoon so it’s great to see the new owner documenting the classic C1 straight-axle in its surroundings where its been stored for 40+ years.
RM Auctions sold a small contingent of seven classic Corvettes at their Monterey sale held August 12-14th at the Portola Hotel and Spa. The seven Corvettes ranging from 1953-1963 brought in $789,250 in total Corvette sales.
DD in CA submitted this 1958 Corvette to Corvette Values:
1958 Corvette, VIN J58S102XXX. Non-original 327 ci V8 dual carb with estimated 245-270 hp, 4-speed transmission and 75,000 original miles. Red/White with Red vinyl interior. Options include factory seatbelts, wheels and hubcaps, AM Wonderbar radio and auxiliary hard top. Fiberglass crack in front fender, scratches on trunk hood. No documentation but owner history is available.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.