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C2 Corvette

Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Mecum Auctions calls “Gulf One” the most desirable 1963 Corvette Z06 of them all! Delivered from Yenko Chevrolet to Gulf Oil’s Grady Davis in October 1962, this Corvette Z06 was race prepared and rushed down to the Puerto Rico Grand Prix where it scored its first class win. With the “Flying Dentist” Dr. Dick Thompson at the wheel, the Gulf Oil sponsored Z06 became the most successful factory-backed production racing Corvette of the C2 era.

In addition to the Z06′s historical racing achievements, the Corvette itself is significant as it represented at the time the most dramatic advance in production Corvette performance. Of the 21,513 Corvettes produced in 1963, Gulf One was 1 of only 14 regular production Corvette Serial Numbers assigned specifically for competition and it was the first of 2 Serial Numbers assigned to Yenko Chevrolet specifically for competition.

After the win at Puerto Rico, Gulf One took the A-Production class win at Marlboro, Maryland in January 1963 and then was prepped for FIA competition for races at Daytona and Sebring. Thompson and Gulf one placed third overall and first in GT3 class at Daytona in February behind two Ferrari GTO’s, but a disappointing gearbox failure at Sebring marred the car’s impressive qualifying performance.

Thompson barnstormed Gulf One across the country, winning 1st place overall at the SCCA President’s Cup at Marlboro, Maryland and the A/Production class at Danville, Virginia and Road America. In all, Gulf One saw more racing combat in more venues than any of the other “Specially Assigned” factory Z-06’s and was always at the front of the pack.

Today, the Gulf One Corvette Z06 has been restored and appears as it did on the starting grid of the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours. Mecum will auction the Corvette this Saturday around 2:30pm at the annual Mecum Kissimmee auction in Central Florida. On hand to witness the sale as well as meet and greet fans is the “Flying Dentist” himself, Dr. Dick Thompson.

CorvetteBlogger will be spending some quality time in Orlando with both the NCRS Winter Regional Meet and the Mecum auction featuring 750+ cars. I’ll have results and auction videos early next week.

Sources:
Mecum

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[VIDEO] 1967 Corvette Coupe Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2009

1967 Corvette Coupe Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

Here is a 1967 Corvette Coupe in Sunfire Yellow with Black interior that gaveled for $132,000 Saturday night at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. Powered by the L68 427 ci/400 hp V8, the coupe came equipped with air conditioning and 13 other options as documented by the original tank sticker. The Corvette Coupe received two NCRS Top Flight awards in 2008 and a Bowtie award in 1997.

From the Barrett-Jackson Catalog:

A Sunfire yellow car with black interior. Equipped with the following options: 427/400hp engine, 4-speed transmission, posi-traction, transistor ignition, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, power windows, head rest, shoulder harness, power brakes, side dual exhaust, telescopic steering wheel, power steering and “Four Seasons” air conditioning. This unique Corvette has earned the very rare and prestigious Five Star Bowtie Award in 1997. A complete and comprehensive rotisserie restoration was completed early 2008. The original motor was totally rebuilt with all new parts and without needing to use oversized pistons. Since completion, the car has been judged two times in 2008 by NCRS earning two Top Flights with scores of 97.7 and 96.2. Scoring sheets will be available. Documentation is presented with the original Tank Sticker. The original title will be presented to the new owner. This perfect example was painted in the original Sunfire Yellow in lacquer paint. I have owned many ’67 Corvettes and I will say this has been my favorite. If you are looking for the real deal, look no further. You will not be disappointed.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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Some Corvettes are famous and some are infamous. Two years after Corvette enthusiasts rose up and cried foul which resulted in a botched eBay auction, the Shriner L88 Corvette makes an appearance at Barrett-Jackson and sells for $176,000.

In December 2005, this Corvette was being sold on eBay as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette. Unfortunately for the seller of the car, the son of the Corvette’s original owner had an extensive history on the car as the 1967 roadster was 1 of 13 Shriner Parade Cars that were all originally equipped with small blocks. Click here to read our original post: Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community

Fast forward to 2009 where the L88 Corvette resurfaces, only this time the Shriner history was embraced. Here is the description from the Barrett-Jackson catalog:

Originally a base motor 300 and upgraded to a 427cid/430hp engine although it is now equipped with an L88 package. Documented as 1 of 13 Shriner COPO cars with a correct L88 driveline. Also features radio delete, correct carb, distributor, etc.

So the same Corvette advertised two years ago as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette was today offered as a documented 1 of 13 Shriner COPO Corvette with a correct L88 driveline. Diligent research of the Corvette’s history would have undoubtedly revealed her checkered past. Read what enthusiasts are saying about the car on CorvetteForum.com

During the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction, SPEEDTV took a commercial break and came back to coverage with the Shriner COPO Corvette already on the block and bidding at $140,000. The Corvette gaveled for $160,000 and with commission, total price was $176,000.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED
CorvetteForum.com

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1963 Corvette Grand Sport Chassis #002

Despite all the anticipation and excitement surrounding the sale of the Grand Sport Corvette chassis #002 at RM Auction’s Automobiles of Arizona, the Corvette failed to reach reserve and went unsold. The legendary race car was expected to sell anywhere from $7-$10 million based on early estimates but unfortunately the bidding stalled at $5 million, short of the undisclosed reserve price. We’ll be watching on the chance that the Corvette is sold outside the ring.

Grand Sport Corvette #002 became the first of the legendary five Corvettes secretly built by Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Corvette engineering team to be offered at a public auction. No future sales plans for the Grand Sport are known at this time.

Stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger as we track the all important Corvette auctions.


Source:
RM Auctions

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All Corvettes are Blacks

A new Corvette DVD called VetteCollections will be heading our way in 2009 and the show features an in-depth look at some of the coolest Corvette collections in the country. One of those collections highlighted is the Bill Mullis collection of Ashville, North Carolina. Featuring more than two dozen Corvettes spanning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations and a sampling from the C5 and C6 generations, you will see all have one thing in common – they’re all black.

The Corvette collection starts with a Black 1954 and covers every succeeding year through 1968. Multiple body styles and powertrains make up the collection and Bill says only a Black 1965 Fuelie Coupe has eluded him to date.

If this segment is representative of all the segments on the forthcoming VetteCollections DVD then count me in for a copy. We’ll be watching the VetteCollections website for news of the release date and perhaps another promo will be released in the meantime.


Source:
VetteCollections

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Barn Fresh Auction: 1964 Ermine White Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2009

1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find

Our friends at Valley Auto in Bedford, Pennsylvania continue to amaze us with barn fresh Corvettes to feast our eyes upon this winter. This two-owner 1964 Corvette Coupe appears to be a prime candidate for restoration as the numbers match up to some decent options including the L75 327/300 hp V8. Did someone just say Survivor?

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1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find 1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find 1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find

This 1964 Corvette Coupe is nicely optioned with the popular 327 cubic inch L75 V8 engine rated at 300 horsepower, power brakes, power steering and a 4-speed manual gearbox. The Ermine White original paint is still on the car and the inside sports the original red interior. The engine compartment looks to be complete as well. The Corvette is numbers matching on the engine, transmission and rear end.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t know the back story as to why the Corvette was parked for so long. The photos show that by the looks of things, this Sting Ray has been sitting for some time. Check out the trailer photo with the mat or carpet stuck to the right front tire.

The 1964 Corvette was placed on eBay December 29th with an opening bid of $500 and a buy-it-now button at $31,995. The auction runs through December 8th and already there have been 14 bidders and 27 bids. The current bid stands at $26,660 with the reserve not yet met.


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

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Corvette Buying & Selling: Gauging Originality

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2008

1964 Corvette Dash Cluster

I was browsing the C1-C2 section on the Corvette Forum today when I came across an interesting post about an original 1964 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Classic Corvettes are full of visual clues that alone or combined with others can help us identify the model year. They can be obvious like the five side fender vents on the 1967 model or a split rear window on the 1963 coupe. They can be less obvious like the differences in emblems and grills on the 1965 and 1966 Corvettes. Climb inside one of the Sting Ray models and visual clues abound as well. In the case of the eBay ad, a red flag goes up when a crucial part’s originality is questioned.

The 1964 Corvette Coupe that was listed for sale had the following description:

1964 Corvette Coupe
VIN # 40837S104407
Miles- 37,431 Original
327/300 HP with matching numbers

This Corvette is part of a family collection and has been in our family since the mid 1970s. This Corvette is completely original (never restored) and has been garage kept with less than 1,000 miles of drive time since our ownership. It is in excellent condition and runs beautifully. The car comes with 4-speed manual transmission and a 327/300 HP engine. The exterior is Ermine White. I believe the car was repainted before our ownership in the late 60s or early 70s. The paint is in very good condition, with only minor chips and flaws. All the chrome is in good condition with only minor pitting. The underside is very rust-free, and in excellent non restored shape. The interior is red leather with red carpeting. The floor board pieces of carpeting need replacing. All gauges are in working order, with the exception of the tachometer, which needs to be reconditioned. The clock and radio both work sporadically, and both need reconditioning. Both headlamp motors work very well. Other than that, this Corvette is in very solid, original condition and provides an excellent investment opportunity.

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The member on Corvette Forum who posted the ebay link, “Pilot5970″ pointed out that this original 37,431 mile 1964 Corvette has a speedometer that didn’t show up in Corvettes until 1965. The differences between the 1963-64 speedometer and tachometers and those of the 1965-67 are subtle, but once you see the difference, it will be very obvious when you notice an incorrect pairing like on this 1964 Coupe.

The 1963-64 speedometer and tachometer have a recessed center with tapered rings around the needle. The 1965-67′s are flat faced with two screws holding in the assembly. The “pins” that hold the needles are silver on the early midyear gauges but the later gauges have a recessed indentation that is black with silver trim. See the photos for a comparison:

1963-64 Corvette Dash Cluster 1965-67 Corvette Dash Cluster
1963-64 Corvette Gauge 1965-67 Corvette Gauge

There are a variety of explanations on how a 1965 (or later) speedometer and tachometer could have made it into this 1964 Coupe. We first looked at the VIN which shows the sequence number to be 4407 of 22,229. Our thinking was that perhaps the new speedo and tach made it into production earlier than 1965, but this Corvette was assembled in November 1963, the third month into production, so I ruled out new equipment making an early appearance. Another legitimate reason could be a warranty replacement. Finally, while the seller does state they owned the Corvette since the mid-seventies, there is no mention of how many previous owners this car has had. These cars weren’t exactly collected for monetary value back in the mid-seventies and it could be that a previous owner swapped out the original pair for those from 1965-67. The point is we’ll probably will never know.

So what lessons are learned from the sale of this 1964 Corvette Coupe? Our first lesson is always first for a reason. Knowledge is power. The more you can know about a particular generation and specifically a particular year of Corvette can save you from making a thousand dollar mistake. Secondly, have the Corvette looked over by an expert. Hire an NCRS judge. If there are no NCRS types in your neck of the woods, find an owner of the same year. How did “Pilot5970″ know about the incorrect speedometer? He owns a 1964 Corvette. Third, documentation and owner history could go along way in clearing the air in this type of situation. Don’t consider buying an “investment” quality Corvette without them. Finally, weigh the consequences of buying a Corvette like this with its questionable mileage. One day you may be selling it and may have to explain the replacement to a more knowledgeable buyer than you were.

FYI, this Corvette was sold on Monday, December 21st for $33,600. The auction had 9 bidders and 22 individual increases in price.


Source:
eBay via CorvetteForum.com

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[VIDEO] Midyear Corvette Boldly Goes in New Star Trek Movie

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2008

Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie

Back in April we learned that J.J Abram’s reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise would feature a 1965 Corvette convertible. The new movie trailer for Star Trek XI was released today and it opens with a young James Tiberius Kirk being pursued by the police and bailing out of the Sting Ray just before it careens off a cliff.

Luckily computer graphics have progressed to the point where a movie director doesn’t necessarily have to throw a Corvette off a cliff just to get a desired shot. Still, driving at 70 mph on a gravel road is a sure way to guarantee a few rock chips and a whole lot of dust.

The new movie with Kirk and Spock is due in theaters May 8, 2009. Check out the official Star Trek site here where you can view the trailers in HD.

And speaking of HD, check out these stills I grabbed from the 1080i HD trailer. To view them best, scroll down until the YouTube video is off the screen as the flash player will lay on top of the images.

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Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie

Sources:
Official Star Trek Website via TrekToday.com

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Proteam Corvette Hosting NCRS Authentication Seminar

by Keith Cornett on October 30, 2008

Proteam Corvette to host NCRS Seminar

Proteam Corvette will be hosting classic Corvette expert and NCRS Master Judge Al Grenning and the Heart of Ohio NCRS Chapter on Saturday, November 7th for a day of seminars covering midyear Corvette authentication topics. In addition to Grenning, other well-known figures in the hobby will be attending as well as several rare M-22 Corvettes.

Grenning is just finishing up on his NCRS Authentication Manual Vol.2 which covers 1965-1967 Protect-O-Plates. The manual provides general descriptions of the evolving warranty program, charts identifying where and how information was applied to the plates in each production year and a detailed photographic analysis for the fool-proof identification of St. Louis issued examples.

Grenning’s advance research includes the “Master Pad Library” containing many thousands of Corvette engine pad photographs and co-authorship of the “NCRS Authentication Library, Vol. 1″, the result of extensive research on 1963 to 1967 midyear trim tags. Both manuals have become the defacto standards to use for thwarting engine restampers and tag counterfeiters.

Other well-known Corvette experts attending the seminar include NCRS notables Bill Calorico, Bill Skinner and NCRS national team leader Nick Culkowski; Corvette restorers Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair and Naber’s Brothers’ Gary Nabers; Bloomington Gold’s David Burroughs and Mecum Auction’s Tom Christman; retired GM engineers Jim Wallace, John Hinkley and Werner Meier. Mike Antonick, writer/publisher of the Corvette Black Book will also be in attendance.

The one day seminar will also focus on the M-22 equipped Corvette and confirmed for the event include the “Best Photo Convertible”, the “Ice Cream Coupe”, the “Penske 1966 L88″, the “Cornelius/Boo Daytona Coupe”, the “Skinner M-22 Convertible” as well as several other 1968 to 1972 M-22 cars.

There is no doubt that this seminar covers fairly advanced topics. Here is a preview of what you can expect:

A close net group of enthusiasts has been quietly collecting 1965 and 1966 M22 Corvettes for more than 10 years. These are elite midyear examples being among the most sought after and valuable production Corvettes ever produced. Some call them “Cobra Killers.” — Most enthusiasts are astonished to discover that more than twice as many big block, M22 competition cars were built in the combined years of 1965 and 1966 as were L88s built in 1967. Beyond that, factory production records for the initiative have been collected, organized and prepared for presentation. In total this information causes fundamental rethinking of Corvette competition, production and engineering during the last three years of the midyear build. This is truly interesting, advanced Corvette research and history – that leaves you amazed.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please call Proteam Corvette’s Beth Waisner at 888-592-5086 to RSVP. Admission to the seminar is $10 and proceeds will go to the NCRS Heart of Ohio Chapter for donation to charity. For directions, visit Proteam Corvette


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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1963 Corvette Grand Sport Chassis #002

Grand Sport Corvette Chassis #002 – one of the legendary five Corvettes secretly built by Zora Arkus-Duntov and the Corvette engineering team explicitly for racing will be offered for sale at RM Auction’s Automobiles of Arizona in January 2009. The 1963 Corvette Grand Sports are considered to be some of the rarest and most valuable Corvettes ever made, and this will be the first time one is being made available in a public sale.

Built to challenge Carrol Shelby’s Cobras in SCCA and FIA endurance races, the Grand Sport program originally called for 125 of these lightweight Corvette race cars to be built, which would allow the cars to run in the GT class at Sebring and Le Mans. The Grand Sports weighed in at about 1,900 pounds, or 1,300 pounds less than a stock Corvette coupe. They were originally powered by an all aluminum 377 ci V8 with 58 mm side draft Weber carbs. The engine was capable of 550 horsepower and coupled to a 4-speed transmission.

Failing to meet the 125 minimum build, the Corvettes raced in the prototype class in 1963 at Sebring. Although they ran against advanced purpose-built race cars, the Corvettes proved to be superior in speed and handling to the Cobras that raced in the GT class.

The Grand Sports finally got the chance to go head-to-head with the Cobras at the 1963 Nassau Speed Week race. The Corvettes finished third and fourth behind two prototypes and completely bested the Cobras.

Unfortunately the program was cancelled by GM in early 1964. The Grand Sport prototypes, two roadsters and three coupes, survived destruction and fell into the hands of private racers like Roger Penske and George Wintersteen who preserved their heritage for future generations.

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1963 Corvette Grand Sport #002 at Watkins Glen 1963 Corvette Grand Sport #002 at Mosport  

Some have estimated that a Grand Sport Corvette could sell for as much as $5 million dollars and with that kind of estimate, it’s totally plausible that this Corvette could be the most expensive Corvette ever purchased at an auction.

The #002 Corvette Grand Sport is scheduled for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona event on Friday, January 16th. The following is excerpted from the press release:


Preeminent international auction house, RM Auctions, will open the 2009 collector car season in grand style as they offer one of the rarest and most valuable Corvettes in history – the legendary 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – at their famed ‘Automobiles of Arizona’ event. The January 16th event will mark RM’s 10th anniversary sale in Phoenix, Arizona.

PHOENIX, Arizona (October 21, 2008) – Preeminent international auction house, RM Auctions will mark their 10th anniversary Automobiles of Arizona auction event in Phoenix, Arizona with the sale of one the rarest and most valuable Corvettes in history – an all mighty 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (chassis no. 002).

Often referred to as one of the most fascinating enigmas in motor racing annals and certainly one of the most valuable, the Grand Sport was General Motor’s contender to Ford’s venerable Shelby Cobra. Envisioned by the legendary ‘father of the Corvette’, Zora Arkus-Duntov, these top secret, hand-built race cars were designed to win at FIA endurance races and ultimately the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only five were built out of an expected 120 car run before General Motors cancelled its competition activities in early 1964. Miraculously, each of the prototypes escaped destruction orders, falling into the hands of private racers who preserved their heritage for future generations.

From this elite fraternity, the multi-million dollar 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (Chassis no. 002) with its original un-restored race body is being offered for the first time ever at RM’s Biltmore auction in January. Previously owned by Roger Penske and George Wintersteen, 002 is one of just two roadsters produced out of the original five prototypes.

“The Corvette Grand Sport is one of the greatest American racing cars and quite possibly, one of the most historically significant American built race bred automobiles ever produced,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Auctions. “Additionally, for Corvette enthusiasts, this car is singularly the most important and significant Corvette to ever come to market, making its offering in Arizona a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire such an important piece of American motoring history.”

Keith Martin, Publisher of Corvette Market Magazine adds: “The Grand Sport is clearly one of the most desirable Corvettes ever built. With its significant racing history, featuring a strong showing in the 1966 U.S. Road Racing Championship, it is the most important Corvette to ever be offered for sale publicly.”

This legendary Corvette will be presented along with over 100 exceptional vintage automobiles and motorcycles.


Source:
RM Auctions
Corvette Legends
Photo credits – Studio: RM Auctions-Troy Wood Vintage: Dave Friedman

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