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Win The $100,000 Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2008

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
We’re pretty psyched about the live action Speed Racer movie coming out next month and what a better way promote the May 9th premiere than with a movie-inspired contest. Just know your stuff about Speed Racer and be pretty quick at sending a text message and maybe you’ll have a shot. The prize? How about a Speed Racer inspired Mach 5 Corvette? This over-the-top resto-mod was built on a C5 platform complete with the LS1 350 ci 350 hp engine and skinned with a custom C2 Corvette body.What I find really unique about this design is the front and rear chrome C2 bumpers have been integrated into the fiberglass as opposed to just being bolted on like an original 1963-1967 Corvette. We also notice the styling cues from a 1967 Corvette with the stinger hood, rear backup lights and of course the distinctive front quarter panel vents. Despite having the fuel tank door on the drivers side of the Corvette, the rear original (if you want to call it that) fuel filler door remains. The Corvette’s creators put the value of this one-of-kind custom at $100,000.

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
 
Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette
To enter the contest, you must visit RaceForSpeedRacer.com and enter your cell phone number or you can also enter by texting “fast” to 90736. On April 18th you’ll receive a Speed Racer trivia question and will have 2 minutes to reply with the correct answer. 10 people with the correct answer will be flown to the premiere and will have to race mini cars to determine the winner of the Mach 5 Corvette. Check out the trailer for Speed Racer on YouTube.com


Source:
RaceForSpeedRacer.com via AutoBlog.com

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[VIDEO] Mecum Auction Results: 1963 Corvette Z06 Tanker

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2008

1963 Corvette Z06 Split Window Coupe Tanker

The 1963 Split Window Z06 Coupe is one of the most coveted and therefore collected midyear Corvettes. Only 199 of these special performance optioned Vettes were produced. Then factor in the N03 36 gallon “tanker” option of which only 63 were made and you’ve got a very special Corvette indeed.

This spectacular Sebring Silver split window coupe with Black interior is an original Z06 car, and features the massive 36 gallon fuel tank for endurance racing. The $1,818.45 Z06 Special Performance Equipment option package also includes the 360-horsepower, fuel injected 327 with 11.25:1 compression, 4-speed transmission, 4.11 positraction differential, power brakes with metallic linings, heavy duty stabilizer bars, as well as heavy duty springs and shocks. Other optional equipment includes 6.70 x 15 4-ply, whitewall tires, tinted windshield, power windows and signal seek radio.

We’ve seen the 1963 Corvette Z06 Tankers sell for upwards of $370K but according to Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Database it appears this Corvette, which sold for $222,500 was priced well within the normal selling range of $200,000-$300,000. Both the buyer and seller should have walked away from this auction very happy.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater


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Mecum Collector Car Auction

Last Saturday evening was the first of six consecutive Mecum collector car auctions that are being broadcast live on the HD Theater channel. Some get the channel, but many of us don’t so we’re relying on Mecum’s website to both inform us of what’s coming up each week as well as what the final results are from the previous week’s auction. Yesterday’s mass email to Mecum’s Infonet subscribers gave us several reasons to smile while at the same time cursing the gods of television programming for being shut out from this weekend’s broadcast. But if you do get HD Theater, tune in this Saturday night, 8pm eastern time to see the following Corvettes:


Lot B34 1963 Corvette Z06/Tanker

1963 Corvette Z06/TankerThis spectacular Sebring Silver split window coupe with Black interior is an original Z06 car, and features the massive 36 gallon fuel tank for endurance racing. The $1,818.45 Z06 Special Performance Equipment option package also includes the 360-horsepower, fuel injected 327 with 11.25:1 compression, 4-speed transmission, 4.11 positraction differential, power brakes with metallic linings, heavy duty stabilizer bars, as well as heavy duty springs and shocks. Other optional equipment includes 6.70 x 15 4-ply, whitewall tires, tinted windshield, power windows and signal seek radio. Only 199 Z06 Corvettes were produced and only 66 had the N03 Option 36 gallon fuel tank. A very rare Corvette indeed.


Lot B37 1961 Corvette Convertible RPO 687

1961 Corvette ConvertibleThis rare and highly documented Corvette features the fuel injected, solid lifter, 315 horsepower 283 V-8, 4-speed transmission and 4.11 positraction. The Corvette is 1 of 233 equipped with RPO 687 – Heavy Duty Brakes and Suspension package. Other optional equipment includes deluxe heater, 2 tops and Wonderbar radio. Finished in Honduras Maroon with a Fawn Beige interior. It was awarded a Bloomington Gold Survivor Certification and an NCRS Top Flight Award in 1994 and was also featured in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1996. Additionally, it has won the Chevy/Vettefest Nationals Gold Spinner Award and the prestigious Corvette Triple Crown Award.


Lot B1 1966 Corvette Coupe L36 427/390

1963 Corvette Z06/TankerThis is the Corvette that will be kicking off the evening. Lot B1 is a Sunfire Yellow Corvette Coupe with Black interior. The Corvette is powered by the L36 427 ci 390 hp V8 engine. It has a 4-speed manual transmission, side exhaust, power brakes and power windows. The Corvette underwent a frame-off restorationa and features just 50,000 original miles. And while this is just a personal preference, I love the factory original hubcaps in liu of knock-offs on this Corvette. A very nice Corvette with fantastic curb appeal.

Mecum’s auctions allow sellers to place a reserve price on their cars so it will be interesting to see how well these vintage Corvettes do. We’ll follow up with the results as soon as their available.

Sources:
Mecum Collector Car Auctions

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1964 RightHand Drive Corvette

Vette Magazine has a great feature about this 1964 Corvette barn car. What’s unique about the story is that the barn (and car) was located in Australia. Peter Bowen, a finance broker in Toowoomba, Queensland went to buy a ’67 Camaro, but it was full of rust. Then he saw the distinctive shape of the 1964 Corvette and negotiated the sale over the course of several weeks.

Bowen had the Corvette converted to righthand drive by Corvette Queensland, a company that specializes in LHD to RHD conversions. With the interior flipped to RHD as well, it almost gives you the sensation of looking into a mirror. The Corvette underwent a body-off restoration that took some six years to complete, but as you can tell from the photo it was worth the wait.

Visit Vette Magazine to read the entire article and view the photos.


Source:
Vette Magazine

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Corvette Values: 1966 Convertible Project Car

by Keith Cornett on February 12, 2008

1966 Corvette Convertible Project Car

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is about the pricing of project Corvettes. These are cars defined as non-running and in many cases they may contain damage and rust to the body and frame. Placing a valuation on a project car is done for the most part just as you would do a running Corvette: determining the condition, options and documentation. However, emphasis should be placed on the condition of the Corvette as well as surveying the car’s current components and determining what, if any parts may be missing. And of course the question you should always ask whether the Corvette is a project or NCRS Top Flight is about documentation, because a project car with documentation will always be more valuable than one without.

Having said that, we were contacted by KR in Kansas who inquired about the value of his 1966 Corvette Convertible that hasn’t run in over 15 years.

1966 Corvette Convertible, VIN 194676S113XXX. Nassau Blue with black vinyl interior. 4-speed transmission. The Corvette has a replacement, non matching numbers 327-300 hp block with the original engines heads, intake and carburetor. 61,553 miles are shown on the car. The engine hasn’t run since 1993. The body has several problem areas. Clock is missing but most other parts are either still on the car or stored with it. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

The VIN # indicates it was built in February 1966, midway through the production year. The mileage of 61,553 is stated as correct by the owner of the vehicle.

This 1966 Roadster is Nassau Blue in color and the paint can be considered as being “marginal.” The fiberglass body panels need minor repair in several areas, however, they have not been modified.

The frame of the Corvette has surface rust partially due to not being driven and sitting in a non-heated storage facility since 1979.

The bumpers and wheel covers are original, but not on the vehicle. The tires definitely need replacing.

This Corvette Roadster is powered by a non-original 327-300 motor. The original motor threw a rod through the side of the block. The replacement motor has the original heads, intake manifold and carburetor from the original motor. The original radiator was removed but is available. The engine has not been run since 1993. It is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter.

The interior of this 1966 Roadster is the standard Black vinyl. The instrument panel is missing the clock and will require minor repairs. The door panels and seats can be considered in acceptable condition.

This 1966 Corvette Roadster has the optional removable hardtop that is in place.

Bottom Line: The Corvette will take a considerable amount of work to become roadworthy. In addition to the motor not running and the radiator not being in place, the brakes will need to be completely redone as well as the electricals.

As this 1966 Corvette Roadster sits today, we place a value of $20,000 on it. In today’s market, one in average condition will command a price in the mid-forty’s.


Source:
VetteFinders.com Corvette Appraisals

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Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] A Tale of Two 1963 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2008

Two 1963 Corvettes crossed the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Thursday evening, and while they were both made in 1963 they were anything but alike.

Lot #709 is a Tuxedo Black convertible with a ’67 stinger hood and 20″ Foose rims. It has the 327 ci 340 hp L76 engine and is coupled to a 4-speed transmission. It’s bling was showing for a reason as it was recently used in the making of a music video by the rapper T.I.

The second 1963 Corvette in this highlight, Lot # 743 is a split window coupe, all original with a matching numbers base 327 ci 250 hp engine and a 4-Speed. It had some nice convenience options including power steering, power brakes and power windows. Finished in Riverside Red, the coupe is just stunning.

The reason I combined these two auctions into one video is not so much to compare the two as it is to contrast them: With different body styles, engine options and restoration goals, these two Corvettes are completely different cars.

So let me ask you a question. If you could have your choice between a very solid semi-celebrity (video ho!) Corvette roadster with nearly 100 horsepower more than a matching numbers base engine Split Window Coupe, which one would you choose? Leave a comment below and remember there is no wrong answer.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

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Yes, Barrett-Jackson is finally here and we’re celebrating by watching wall to wall coverage of the super bowl of classic car auctions. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually considered the bargain nights, but here is a 1966 Corvette convertible that we believe was well sold.

This Corvette (Lot # 464) features a 327 ci 300 hp base engine with several rare options. Just 8.7% of 1966 Corvettes were equipped with the two-speed powerglide automatic transmission and only 12.7% came with factory air conditioning. The Corvette was finished with the most popular color in 1966, Nassau Blue (6,100) and features a black interior. The matching numbers Corvette is said to have undergone an extensive frame-off restoration.

I feel for the commentators though as it’s tough enough to talk on live television without occasionally getting something wrong. So for today’s trivia question, take a listen and leave a comment with what you think was incorrectly described during this auction.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

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Decoding a Corvette’s V8 Casting Numbers and Engine Stamps

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2007

Back in September I wrote about how documentation was the must-have option when buying a classic Corvette. That article focused on mostly the paper trail: dealer invoices, build sheets and tank stickers. Today the focus is on the engine and the clues available for verifying authenticity. While the term “Matching Numbers” in its simplist form is various serial numbers and codes located on key parts and their relationship to a particular year of Corvette, it’s the engine block that is the most important part of the matching numbers equation. Unfortunately, as Corvette values rise, so do your chances of buying a Corvette with altered numbers being passed off as an original. As my favorite mantra goes when purchasing a Corvette, knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about documenting a Corvette prior to purchase, the less likely you will get burned with buying a Corvette of questionable lineage.

A series of codes and stamps are located on the engine block that will allow you to identify it as being manufactured specifically for a Corvette. There are dates of manufacture and the engine’s original application if you just know where to look. As the year’s progressed and engine options increased, the numbering and casting system obviously changed and became more specific. For the examples provided, I will be referring to the 327 ci 300 hp small block V8 in my 1966 Corvette.

Chevrolet Smallblock V8 Casting number and engine stamping locations 1966 Corvette 327 ci V8 Engine Casting Number 1966 Corvette 327 ci V8 Engine Stamp

Casting Numbers
The casting number is a sequence consisting of raised numbers that was cast into the engine block when it was made. What’s a bit tricky here is that casting numbers on Corvette blocks can also be found on other engine blocks made by GM. Casting Numbers are important to the engine documentation process because certain numbers were used for Corvettes and some were not. Also, the numbers are specific to the size of engine in the Corvette. 283′s, 327′s and 427′s all had their own casting numbers specific to individual years, so for the process of documenting a Corvette engine, the casting number will be used to confirm that that block was used in a Corvette and that it was available during the same year the Corvette was manufactured, and finally, it was unique to a specific engine size. The casting number on Chevy V8′s is located on the drivers side of the engine where the block is connected to the bellhousing. It can be a bit hard to see with the ignition shielding in place but the numbers are fairly large. The casting number on my 1966 is 3858174 which is identified as a 327 ci V8 block. That block casting number was also used in 1964-67 passenger cars including the Chevelle and Camaro as well as Chevrolet trucks.

Casting Dates
The cast date symbolizes the date of manufacture of the block. Dates are coded beginning with a letter representing the month. Letters began with “A” for January through “L” for December. The next section of digits represents the day of the month and is either 1 or 2 digits in length. The final single digit represents the year. Corvette casting dates only show the single digit for the year. If the block contains two digits for the year, then it was a block manufactured at the Tonawanda engine plant and therefore is not a Corvette block (Corvette engines were almost exclusively built in Flint, Michigan). Cast dates on small block V8′s can be found on the passenger side of flange where the block is connected to the bellhousing. I found this number difficult to locate. On 1965-67 big blocks, the cast date is located on the passenger side of the block where the starter is attached. The cast date on the block in my 1966 is “E 5 6″, which decoded stands for May 5, 1966. If you are trying to document an engine, the casting number would confirm the size of the engine and its intended recipient, and the date code would confirm that the block was used in Corvettes.

Engine Stamping
Engine stampings evolved in the early years of the Chevrolet V8 engine. In 1955-56, it was simply a continuous serial number, but one that didn’t match the serial number of the Corvette. It was then followed with F for Flint, where the Corvette engine was manufactured and then the year (F55 or F56). The final two letters indicated the original application of the engine. Application Codes usually indicated engine size, type of fuel delivery (Injection or carburetion) and transmission. As engine options grew, so did the number of application suffix codes. In 1957, the serial number was dropped and instead the stamp contained the letter F for Flint, a three to four number sequence for month and day of assembly and then the two letter engine suffix code. Beginning in 1960 the stamp included the serial number of the car it was installed in. The 327 engine in my Corvette contains the following number sequences: 6122891 F0518HE. Decoded, the first sequence is 6 for the year (66) and then the VIN sequence of 122891. The second stamp decodes F for the Flint Plant, May 18 is the engine assembly date and the HE suffix code stands for a 327 ci 300 hp with a manual transmission.

So there you have the basics of decoding engine numbers for the purpose of documentation. Please note that there are some exceptions to the information contained above. In 1965 it is said that there was a shortage of 327 blocks from the Flint plant, so Chevrolet used some engine blocks from Tonawanda. Those engines would have a T instead of F on the stamp, as well as the full year in the cast date. There are several publications that contain a breakdown of engine codes and sequences. The NCRS also provides a publication that details how engines were stamped and therefore, may help you identify restamped engines.

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In 1965, as in previous years, General Motors and Chevrolet were touring the country showing off their latest products to the masses at car shows and the company-sponsored motoramas.

Marketing was concerned that the Corvette, in its third year of the fabled midyear body style, might be looking a bit aged and so they set out to create a display that became a mechanical marvel.

Selecting a 1965 Corvette Coupe from the assembly line, the car was shipped to a specialty display making company where it was fully disassembled and then operated on to create the one-of-a-kind Corvette display we see in the video.

Mounting the body to elevator arms, the coupe would rise off its chassis, exposing the car’s running gear. The frame was painted in bright yellow while the engine, transmission and other mechanical parts were finished in red. Cutouts were created to display the inner workings of the car. A series of motors would operate moving components of the car allowing visitors to see exactly how the 375 horsepower fuel injected 327ci was powered.

After its life on the show circuit, whereabouts of the car were unknown. It was found in South Africa in the mid ’90′s and returned to the United States where is was purchased a short time later by Al Wiseman.

This 1965 Corvette is unique in many regards, especially considering the fact that it contained the last of the fuel injected engines. With only 4 miles showing on the odometer, it truly is a time capsule.

Back at the auction, bidding was steady and deliberate and finally the last bid of $640,000 was called. With the addition of the 10% buyers commission, total price of the 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Cutaway Autorama Display was $704,000. The buyer of this unique Corvette was Detroit’s Showdown Muscle Cars.


Source:
RM Auctions

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Holiday Traffic Brings Corvette Fans Together

by Keith Cornett on November 26, 2007

Charlie's 1965 Nassau blue ConvertibleThe Thanksgiving holiday found me driving a rented GMC Acadia from Tampa to Southeastern Kentucky for our annual family reunion. Friday kicked off the second leg of our trip as the family and I journeyed down I26 in South Carolina, picking up I95 on our way to Savannah Georgia. The round trip is about 1,800 miles and offers a lot of time for reflection. Seeing a couple of old cars including a first gen Mustang and a cool candy apple red Oldsmobile 442, I lamented the fact that you don’t see many C2 Corvettes on the highway anymore. Then I came across Charlie and his 1965 Corvette Convertible. Settling in behind the Nassau Blue 1965 Convertible, I set the cruise to 75 and kept a respectful distance. It was in the mid 50′s on Friday, a bit chilly for top-down driving as you can see. And because of the chill in the air and my six year old sleeping in the back seat, I decided against putting down the windows to hear the sound emanating from the side exhaust of the blue Convertible. The feeling of driving a midyear Corvette down a highway is something that can’t easily be explained. It’s just one of those things that has to be experienced for yourself. Seeing Charlie made me wish I was on a road trip in my 1966 Corvette, driving down the highway on my way home from what must have been a cool adventure. I snapped a couple photos of the 1965 Convertible and then made my Savannah exit, leaving Charlie to continue on by himself, never knowing a Corvette brother-in-arms was in that white GMC that tailed him for those few miles. Monday morning came and I was reviewing the photos from the long weekend. Seeing that the 1965 Corvette had a Florida vanity plate, I decided to see if I could track down the driver. Looking first to see if he was a member of any of the forums, I struck gold on my first attempt with the Corvette Forum and sent Charlie the following message:

Charlie: Very nice 1965 Corvette. I was lucky enough to fall in behind you for about 20 miles on I95 in South Carolina just before the Georgia border. I was driving a white GMC SUV. Send me your email and I will forward you a couple of photos I took. Keith
aka keith@vettefinders on the forum…
Charlie responded back within the hour:
Keith: I remember a white SUV that stayed with me for a while. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good. I was headed home from Thanksgiving with my family in Charlotte. I spent the night in St. Augustine and the next morning I stopped at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona. Too many cars to see in one day. I had to be home in Ft. Lauderdale by Saturday night.
I sent Charlie the two photos I took of him in his Corvette, both from the rear as he headed down the highway. Turns out he was on the final leg of an extended road trip which took him and other members of the Sting Rays Corvette Club up to Deals Gap North Carolina for a run on the Tail of the Dragon. Charlie’s Corvette is ideal for highway driving as he dropped a Tremec 5-Speed into it during the second restoration. You can see the former barn car for yourself on page 80 of December 2007′s Corvette Fever Magazine. We passed a couple of more emails during the day and I suggested the two of us meeting up in January at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida to say hello. Charlie, I was tired and bored from the long ride and then I saw you and your beautiful Corvette driving down the road. Thanks for allowing me to tag along! Related:
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