Rick Springfield was arrested in Malibu on May 1st for alledgely driving his modified 1963 Corvette Coupe while intoxicated. He blew a .10 which is over the legal limit. When the deputy told him that his $200,000 Corvette would be towed away, he apparently yelled at the deputy “if you tow my car I’ll f**king kill you and your family.”
Fifty years ago this month, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space. When he returned to Earth, GM presented him with a brand new 1962 Corvette and the connection of Corvettes and Astronauts became the stuff of legends.
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Get those DVR’s programmed to catch this week’s episode of My Classic Car featuring Dennis Gage. This week the certified car nut travels to McKinney, Texas to check out (and of course drive) a cool C3 and a fantastic C2 Restomod.
For the last 23 years, the Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Southern Indiana has offered a classic Corvette raffle to raise funds for the Parish. The annual raffle has become an important funraiser for the church who uses the proceeds to help fund the school and daycare programs at their Rockport, Indiana location. This year’s raffle is a red 1965 Corvette Convertible and tickets are on sale now for $30 each or 4 for $100 with only 10,000 tickets offered.
When Fast Five opens in theaters later this month, fans of the Fast & Furious franchise will be treated to another round of beautiful cars doing some of the most outrageous stunts conceived. One of the hero cars used in the opening sequence is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that we first caught a glimpse of in the trailer that aired during this year’s Super Bowl. Edmunds get’s their hands on the very car driven by Vin Diesel and brings us a cool video showcasing the car and how it was used in the filming of Fast Five.
GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn was asked to put together his list of the top 10 Chevrolet’s ever produced as the company celebrates the 100 years since the founding of the brand. As head of the General Motors design studios, Welburn follows in the footsteps of legendary Chevy designers Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell. As such, Welburn picks are tightly focused on the heritage of style and innovation that resulted in some of the most iconic cars and trucks produced by the automaker. In his list of top 10 Chevys, two of Welburn’s picks are Corvettes.
When one spends $1.25 million on a vintage Corvette that has won Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and most recently the Triple Diamond award, the last thing any sane person would do is turn it into a race car and take it to the race track. But that’s exactly what Pro Team Corvette president Terry Michaelis and collector Chuck Ungurean have planned to do with the Corvette they purchased last August at Mecum’s Monterey auction. And who better to drive the race-prepped Hanley Dawson Chevrolet Corvette in vintage ’67 livery than the original driver and Corvette Hall of Famer Tony DeLorenzo.
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The Barrett-Jackson 40th anniversary tour rolls into sunny West Palm Beach, Florida this weekend for their 9th annual Palm Beach sale. The vehicle sale portion of the event will run Thursday April 7th through Saturday April 9th at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Various other support events fill the remaining days of the week. As usual Speed will be provided live coverage of event on all four days.
Mecum’s Kansas City Auction was held a couple of weekends ago and it was definitely the place to be for buying and selling Corvettes. 59 Corvettes crossed the block and 42 of those found new homes. That’s a 71% sales success rate for the Corvettes in the auction. All together, Mecum sold $1.2 million in Corvettes during the two-day sale.
Autoedit’s Jason Lewis profiles a 1965 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe that has nearly 500,000 miles on the odometer. The silver Corvette has served as the daily driver for the owner of the car for the last 46 years. Although it has been maintained and freshened up over the years, the Sting Ray still sports its original 327 Cubic Inch V8. The 300 horse car is mated to a 4-speed, but other than that, there are very little other options – no power brakes, steering or air conditioning.