The 1954 Corvette was never known for its performance. After all, it was originally equipped with a 155-hp straight six blue flame engine and a 2-speed powerglide transmission. But that didn’t stop Timeless Kustoms of Camarillo, California for rewriting history as they resurrected a 1954 parts car into this LS9 powered custom show stopping roadster.
It was fifty-seven years ago today that the first Corvettes rolled off a temporary assembly line in Flint, Michigan and into the hearts and dreams of Americans. By the end of the year, 300 of the Polo White with Sportsman Red interior Corvettes were produced making Corvette the first mass-production car to use body panels made from fiberglass.
Two Corvettes were destroyed by a tornado that swept through countryside outside Sibley, Iowa on June 25th. The owners, Henry and Twyla Bents survived the store by taking shelter in their basement.
Mecum’s auction at Bloomington Gold sold 63 of 123 Corvettes today bringing in $1.19 million in sales. That’s a 51% success rate. The top seller was a 1957 Cascade Green Roadster which sold for $80,500 while $3,500 purchased a rather tired looking 1984 Coupe. Six of the top ten sales leaders were midyear Corvettes. See the full list of sales after the jump.
Earlier this month, the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and driver John Fitch returned to Le Mans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the car’s win in the GT class and 8th place finish overall. Our friend Jan Hyde from The Registry of Corvette Racecars was there along with car owner Lance Miller, restorer Kevin Mackay and John Fitch and he provided this recap from the week of events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.