Did Chevy ever really seriously consider developing a turbine-powered Corvette? The short answer is “No!”. They may have talked about it over lunch, but Chevy never got into the turbine craze of the late sixties. But just because Chevy was never on-board doesn’t mean others haven’t looked to build their own turbine powered Corvette.
Back in the late sixties, Joel Rosen and his Motion Performance speed shop was the go to place on the East Coast for serious automotive performance. Joel had partnered with Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island to build turn-key street racers out of new Camaros, Novas Chevelles and Corvettes. During the years of 1967-74, hundreds of Motion-branded cars were built including this ultra-rare 1 of 1 1972 Moray GT Corvette which is now being offered on eBay.
This Black 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe was stolen in Bellevue, Washington on October 7th. The Corvette was at Bellevue Chevrolet on 430 116th Avenue NE when it taken around 8:00 am. The Corvette is all original and has rims that looks like flames. The VIN is 1Z8789S440548. When the Corvette was taken, it was wearing Arizona plates reading 523 DMM. A set of Washington license plates were also in the car and they are 982MLF.
If you are out and about in the Seattle/Bellevue area and you come across such a Corvette, please call authorities or email the details to us and we’ll pass them along to the owner.
Remember that custom 1968 Corvette we featured on our Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Results post? Turns out the telephone bidder who paid $198,000 for the 510/660 hp roadster was none other than Sylvester Stallone. He apparently has already taken possession of the vette and was seen cruising Santa Monica in Beverly Hills.
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: Corvette Sales Top $2.14 Million
AD in Illinois submitted this 1974 Corvette Convertible to Corvette Values:
1974 Corvette T-Top Coupe. VIN: 1Z37J4S414XXX. Silver with Silver interior, Original 350/195 hp V8. Automatic transmission, 127,377 miles. Power brakes, power steering, power windows, tilt-tele steering column, factory air, cloth interior, new tires. The Corvette is termed to be in “good” condition. Owner history and receipts.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
1974 Corvette T-Top, VIN #1Z37J4S414XXX. The VIN # indicates this Corvette was built in January 1974, relatively early in the production year.
It is reported to have 127,377 original miles, not an inordinate amount of miles considering it has been on the street for 35 years.
This Corvette is Corvette Grey in color with a matching Grey cloth interior. The paint is considered to be good, but it has the traditional road chips in the front bumper area. Also the interior has the usual wear on the door panels, again not unusual for a Corvette with 100K+ miles.
It is powered by the standard 350-195 engine that is coupled with an automatic transmission. This combination was popular for the 1974 Corvette production with approximately 68% of the buyers selecting this motor and transmission combination.
This 1974 Corvette is nicely equipped with comfort and convenience driving options that include power steering, brakes, windows, A/C and a tilt-telescopic steering column. There is some question as to the working status of the A/C since the belts have been disconnected. In addition, the original radio equipment has been replaced with an after-market model.
This Corvette also has a rear chrome luggage carrier. This was a dealer installed option for the 1974 model year. The Corvette also has the original wheel trim and center caps; the tires appear to be in new condition.
Adding to the value of a Corvette is owner history which is included with this Corvette as well as numerous receipts.
This Corvette is in original condition with no modifications.
We place a value of $10,000 on this 1974 Corvette T-Top. Also of interest is the fact that the 1974 Corvette T-Top is showing an annual increase in the average price value of 3%.
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I got these pictures in today from Bjarne Pedersen, system admin for the Danish website CorvetteWorld.dk. I’m hoping to receive additional info about the cause of the fire, but in the meantime, check out these photos. The Red 68/69 Corvette is totally engulfed in flames! Judging from the photos, the C3 Corvette was a complete loss. Our heart goes out to the owner.
Thanks for the photos, Bjarne!
Prolific Corvette buyer and seller Terry Michaelis of Proteam recently listed these three highly collectible Corvettes on his blog tMichaelis Corvette Perspective. The three cars, a 1963 Corvette Coupe, a 1968 T-Top Corvette and a 1970 Converitible, would be coveted by any collector, yet Terry’s cars always seem to have that extra bit of provenance that pushes them to the top.
1963 Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe
1053A..1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, 327-360 hp, (fuelie), 4 speed, numbers match (appears to be the real deal) and has the factory original body/trim tag. Sebring Silver paint with Black interior. Body-off restored in show condition with a GM OEM body. NCRS certified in June 2009. Motor, transmission, and rear end numbers are all matching, sequential, and appear to be the real deal. This is as good as I have seen for quite some time (TM). Optioned with T-10 transmission, 3.36 posi, Wonderbar radio, fuel injection, aluminized exhaust, hubcaps, and white stripe radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, seat belts, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, alternator, idler pulley, F.I. unit, F.I. fuel filter, exhaust heat shields, roller gas door assembly, long base mirror, glove box door, cookie tin hood, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the NCRS certificate, ribbon, judging sheets, restoration photos, and owner history. From past owner of 29 years. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $169,000.00
1968 Corvette T-Top Pilot Line Car (#15)
203X..1968 Corvette T-Top Pilot Line Car (#15), 327-300 hp, automatic, numbers match, (appears to be “The Real Deal”), 58,480 actual miles. Lemans Blue paint with Bright Blue interior. Body-off restored with newer paint, interior, exhaust, brakes, and tires. This preproduction/Pilot “escapee” car was built in 1967 with many early (April/May 1967) major components as the launch of the coupe was delayed until February 1968 (around VIN #10,000). This car is full of handmade parts and probably spent the first six months of its life at the Milford proving grounds doing body development duty. (author: John Hinckley) – - – WOW!!!??? Optioned with factory side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, telescopic, shoulder harness, posi, SS brakes, AM/FM radio, tinted windshield, rallys, and raised white lettered radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, and air cleaner. Documented with restoration photos. From past owner of 24 years. This super rare early preproduction pilot line car is the fifteenth (15th) C-3 (1968 to 1982) ever built!!!! This is an important part of Corvette history as the 1968 launch was the ugliest of them all and is why Zora was brought back to Corvette for 1969 to steer the ship. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:+2 $50,000.00 This is serial # fifteen (15)
1970 Corvette Convertible with LT-1 V8
1049A..1970 Corvette Convertible, two tops, LT-1 (350-370 hp), 4 speed, numbers match, (appears to be the real deal), 57,644 actual miles. Monza Red paint with Black interior and Black soft top. Body-on restored with show paint, newer interior, top, chrome, exhaust, brakes, and tires. Also has recent rebuilt motor and extensive receipt file to back-up a most complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Optioned with power brakes, tilt-n-telescopic, transistorized ignition, black vinyl auxiliary hardtop, M-21, 3.55 posi, SS brakes, AM/FM radio, audio alarm, tinted glass, rallys, and raised white lettered radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, floor mats, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, owners manual, and sales brochure. Documented with the dealer invoice, warranty pamphlet/P.O.P., tank sticker ( build sheet – still on tank), payment receipts, and restoration receipts. Great colors, great options, great condition, and great paperwork. Also has 2008 state safety inspection. How many real red 1970 LT-1′s with documentation have you ever seen? Very rare especially since only 1,287 LT-1′s were produced in 1970 with about one-third being convertibles. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $80,000.00
The 1963 Split Window and the 1970 LT1 Convertible have been included in Proteam’s Host August Special sale which runs through the end of the month. You can check out the eight high-end collectible Corvettes included in the sale and their discounted prices at Proteam Corvette.
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August is a busy month for most of the preeminent automotive auction houses and RM Auctions is no exception. This weekend they host their highly anticipated Sports & Classics of Monterey event in Monterey, California. One of the Corvettes that will be offered for sale is the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 “Scuderia Filipinetti” Le Mans race car which is expected to fetch in the neighborhood of $500,000 â€“ $700,000.
The Corvette L88 Scuderia Filipinetti Le Mans Racer holds a significant place in Corvette’s racing history. With a coil spring front suspension and an L88 engine prepped by Zora Arkus-Duntov and smuggled out the back door to circumvent GM’s ban on racing, the L88 was driven at the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans by Henri Greder and Umberto Maglioli. The car dominated the Porsches and led the GT class until the 6th hour when a carburetion problem melted a piston.
The Corvette returned to Le Mans in 1969 where it again dominated the competition and led the GT class for 16 hours before it retired due to another mechanical failure. Greder then drove the L88 Corvette that September in the Tour de France, a 5,000 km marathon over nine days including 11 events at 9 different tracks. Despite a constant engine misfire, Greder and co-driver Vigneron captured seven of the eleven events. This account of the race at Clermont is awe-inspiring:
Despite encountering a constant engine misfire which replacing the carburetor, plugs, wires and even the gas tank didnâ€™t cure, Greder and his co-driver Vigneron captured seven of the eleven events (NÃ¼rburgring, Rouen, Le Mans, Cap FrÃ©hel, Charade, Albi and le Tourmalet).
At Clermont they finally swapped the distributor for one from a Camaro and the L88â€™s power returned. Starting the race at Clermont Ferrand (then known as Charade) from the back of the field, Greder (â€œI was very tired, and so happy to have the power back,â€ he recalled) passed every car on the straight after the start, went straight across the next two corners, spun and backed into a utility pole. Restarting, again at the back of the field, the rejuvenated Corvette (its driver’s enthusiasm unconstrained by the tachometer, which didnâ€™t work after the distributor swap) charged through the field, catching Gerard Larrousse’s leading Porsche 911R at the start-finish line at the end of the first lap.
“Larrousse said he thought I was out for good and was so startled when he saw me in his mirrors he almost went off,” Greder remembered. But it was too late to catch Larrousse in the overall standings. Greder and the Corvette finished second and won the GT category earning the description â€œLa phÃ©nomÃ©nale Chevrolet Corvetteâ€ in Maurice Loucheâ€™s history of the Tour de France Automobile.
The L88 Corvette was then sold to Jean-Claude Aubriet who campaigned it four more times at Le Mans from 1970-73, finishing as high as 18th overall and 2nd in class. The L88 Scuderia Filipinetti Le Mans Racer holds the record at Le Mans for single chassis starts (six).
Today the Corvette has been restored and now sports a 70′s vintage 454 made to look like the classic L88. It retains the coil spring front suspension developed by Zora as well as its M22 “Rock Crusher” close ratio gearbox and J56 heavy duty brakes. Documentation includes copies of the original A.C.O. entry forms from its six appearances at Le Mans.
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The full auction catalog description is a must-read for any Corvette racing enthusiast. The 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe will be auctioned on Saturday, August 15, 2009.