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The 1979 Corvette Project: Seatbelt Solutions Delivers

by Keith Cornett on November 13, 2008

Our 1979 Corvette's Seatbelts

This is a quick note of thanks to Jeff and his staff at Seatbelt Solutions. I called Jeff a week ago to get a quote on rewebbing the seatbelts for our 1979 Corvette project car. He gave me a good ballpark price so I boxed them up and sent them to his shop in Jupiter, Florida. After he received the belts, he called and we discuss our options and what I was looking for. After agreeing on a price, Jeff went to work and one week later they were returned to us and I couldn’t be happier with the work.

I always like to tell other Corvette people when I get surprised by a vendor that offers good prices and more importantly, great service. After Jeff received our belts, he called and we spent 20 minutes on the telephone where we discussed exactly what I wanted. He took us through the process of what his staff would do in terms of rewebbing and changing the color over from beige to black. I very much appreciated his attention to detail and our concerns regarding price. As this was a driver quality resto, price was an important factor.

One week later, we got a call saying the belts were completed and after paying the exact amount quoted, they were shipped out the same day. Jeff and his staff did a fantastic job on the project and I can’t thank them enough.

If you have a C1-C4 Corvette whose seatbelts need to be rewebbed, repaired or rechromed, call Jeff of Seatbelt Solutions toll free at 866-904-2358.


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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

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1968 Corvette Auctioned by Barrett-Jackson

We really liked this 1968 Corvette that crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Collector Car Auction Thursday evening. The Corvette roadster offers drop-top cruising, a very fun 327/350 L79 V8, and maybe its biggest selling point: Originality. SPEED’s commentators made the comment during this auction that cars are only original once, and this 1968 Corvette seems to fit the bill.

This 1968 Corvette turned 40 this year and wears its years very well. In addition to original lacquer paint, interior and chrome, this Corvette is also unmolested under the hood and still retains all its original numbers matching components included the desirable L79 327/350 V8, S-Speed Muncie transmission and the original Rochester 7028219 Quadrajet carb. Only 54,000 show on the odometer. The first year C3 also comes with an original owner’s manual and warranty book. The car spent almost its entire life in California and Arizona and is solid and rust free.

The final gavel price of $31,000 amazed SPEED’s Matt Stone, who immediately added the Corvette to his “Well Bought” list.

We agree with Matt. The new owner should consider running this Corvette through Bloomington to see if it could earn the coveted Survivor award. That certificate alone would add to the value of the car. It’s only original once…


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

Related:
Corvette Auction: Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Las Vegas Event

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Barn Find: 1968 L-88 Corvette Convertible Racer

by Keith Cornett on October 1, 2008

1968 L-88 Corvette Convertible

One of the approximately 80 L-88 Corvettes produced in 1968 was recently unearthed in North Florida by the guys at Proteam Corvettes. Unrestored and most definitely molested, this L-88 street racer is unique as only one or two known L-88 Convertibles were produced with a Rally Red exterior and red interior.

This Corvette was a one-owner car since new until September 24, 2008 and features all the goodies you can expect on an L-88 racer: The M22 4-Speed close ratio heavy duty transmission, J56 special heavy duty brakes, F41 heavy duty suspension, a heavy duty rear end and the sure sign of an original street racer: radio delete! The big block that came with this race-bred convertible is a GM warranty engine.

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Proteam is considering invitations for displaying the Corvette before it heads into the shop for a complete restoration. Terry believes these original Corvettes in their “as-found” condition can be an invaluable tool for senior judging seminars. Sure it’s not a Survivor® but it is still a really neat find.

Visit Proteam Corvettes to see over 100 photos of this very cool L-88 Corvette street racer.


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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Rarest Corvette Small Block: The 1970-72 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2008

The 1970 Corvette ZR1

Obviously we’re big on Corvette ZR1′s here at CorvetteBlogger because the car has pushed the boundaries of performance compared to the regular Corvette. But we also love classic small block Corvettes as well. So with the help of Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis, we thought we’d combine our interests and travel back in time to take a look at the very first Corvette ZR1, the 1970-72 Street Legal Racer.

Although it would be another 20 years before the Corvette ZR1 would earn the title of King of the Hill, its predecessor set the bar high in terms of performance. In 1970 Chevrolet introduced this limited production radio delete car to the racing world. Dubbed the ZR1 based on the name of its RPO package, this successor to the L88 Corvette came equipped with the potent LT1 350 ci 370 hp small block and all the specialty options that were found on the L88s that were retired the previous year.

In addition to the LT1, the ZR1 package included an M22 rockcrusher 4-speed heavy duty transmission, J56 Heavy duty power brakes, transistorized ignition, special aluminum radiator and a suspension that included special springs, shocks and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Production of the ZR1 was limited to 1970-1972, the same three year time span of the LT1 engine. During that three year run, only 53 cars were ordered with RPO ZR1: 25 in 1970, 8 in 1971 and 20 in 1972. The ZR1′s of the 1970′s are the rarest small block Corvette ever produced.

Identification features of the 1970-72 Corvette ZR1 include:

  • LT-1 engine, suffix CTV-1970, CGY-1971, or CKY-1972,
  • J-56 heavy duty brake package with dual pin front brake calipers (power),
  • F-41 heavy duty suspension package, 7 leaf rear spring, heavy duty shock absorbers, heavy duty 5/8 front sway bar and heavy duty rear spindle struts,
  • M-22 (rockcrusher) transmission,
  • large aluminum radiator with expansion tank (no other LT-1 equipped car has an expansion tank),
  • steel fan shroud, other than 1972’s (most),
  • radio delete (no fenders drilled for antenna). The ZR-1 package could not be ordered with any creature comforts, ie: air conditioning, power windows, power steering, radio, alarm system, rear window defroster, or special trim items like P02 wheel covers.

As an investment, the C3 Corvette ZR-1 is poised for growth, especially those from the first year (1970) where horsepower was at its highest mark. For the cost of a 1967 L71 Big Block, you can own a performance Corvette with a production limited to just 25!

This Corvette ZR1 has been marked down from $149,000 to $130,000 as part of Proteam Corvette’s 911 Emergency Sale. But if you’re interested, you better move fast because the sale ends on September 30th.

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Interested? Contact Protream Corvettes and tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Source:
tMichaelis Corvette Perspective
Proteam Corvette

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Stolen 1970 Red Corvette VIN 194670S401895

Ron’s 1970 Corvette was stolen from Brisbane, California on Sunday, July 20th. Stories of Corvettes stolen from their owners are always bad, but this one struck a nerve as the owner is a disabled veteran who owned the car for 32 years and had plans to leave it to his daughter when he can no longer drive.

The Corvette is 1970 Convertible with a 454 ci engine. The VIN is 194670S401895 and the California license plate reads CALIF70. The Corvette is painted a custom Candy Apple Red. Other distinguishing features include side exhaust, custom wheels with BF Goodrich T/A tires and a crossed-flags front license plate.

If you have any information about this Corvette, please call San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, 650-222-5034.

We feel for you Ron and hope that this helps.


Source:
VetteTube

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Fire Chief Selects a 1978 Corvette for Command Car

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2008

Corvette Documentation

Dennis, Massachusetts Fire Chief Mark Dellner has added a new vehicle his fleet – a “fire engine red” 1978 Corvette outfitted with a light bar, graphics and a siren that can be heard two miles away. Chief Dellner says the use of the Corvette as his personal command and control vehicle makes perfect sense: “when I have to get to a fire, I have to get there fast.”

According to Chief Dellner, the Corvette will also be a public relations boon. “Actually, no, it’s just keeping up with the times,” said Dellner. “Young people like to see that public officials are ‘with it,’ and the Corvette projects the image they expect.”

“We had a little trouble mounting the light bar just behind the T-top, but it fits beautifully. Also that massive chrome siren can be heard two miles away. This little baby will get me through town at 80 miles an hour. This car was the official pace car for the 1978 Indianapolis 500. Tell me, what better car is there in which to race to a fire?”

The town’s police chief Mike Whalen has received calls from concerned citizens about the prospect of the Fire Chief’s Corvettes racing through town at 80 mph. His only comment was “Does it come in blue?”

Check out the full tongue and cheek post of the Fire Chief’s new Corvette at capecodtoday.com
Source:
capecodtoday.com Related:
Hot Pursuit! Bob Lutz’s Corvette ZR1 Police Interceptor
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[VIDEO] God Bless America: L88 Corvettes on Parade

by Keith Cornett on July 4, 2008

L88 Corvettes on Parade at Bloomington

Last weekend’s Bloomington Gold Corvette show featured a reunion of the “Earthquake 88′s”, Corvettes from 1967-69 that were optioned with the rare 427 ci L88 V8 engine. Only 216 examples of the 560 hp L88′s were built during the three year run and only at Bloomington Gold would you be lucky to see as many as 50 gathered in one weekend.

The parade of earth-shaking L88 Corvettes is being led by the new King of the Hill, a red 2009 Corvette ZR1 Corvette. Many of these Corvettes were originally destined for the track including the #9 Corvette race car from 1967 driven at the 24 Hour of LeMans in the 5.0+ Litre category by Bob Bondurant and Dick Guldstrand. You can see more of that 1967 L88 Corvette at YouTube.com.


Source:
Blacknblue67 via YouTube.com
Photo Credit: Bill Lacy

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1970 ZR-1 LT-1 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

We came into this auction delayed by one of SPEED’s copius commercial breaks so we didn’t get the usual analysis one would expect for a Corvette of this rarity. The 1970 ZR-1 Corvette package was the small block replacement for 1969′s L-88. Two other specially equipped big blocks were planned and then scrapped, leaving the ZR-1 to carry the high performance mantle for the model year. The ZR-1 option was described as a Special Purpose Engine Package and came equipped with a 350 ci 370 hp LT-1 engine, M22 4-speed heavy duty transmission, heavy duty power brakes and a special aluminum radiator. Only 25 of 1970′s 17,316 Corvettes were built with the ZR-1 option.

On this particular 1970 ZR-1 Corvette, the commentators question the exterior paint and quality of body preparation and one mentions that what Corvette collectors are most likely looking for was the “combination of equipment and provenance”. That’s exactly what was missing from this sale. It’s our opinion that the seller didn’t do a good job on selling the rarity of the Corvette through the use of documentation, and it’s the lack of documentation that makes claims of rarity suspect. The description of the Corvette on the Barrett-Jackson website also makes no claims to originality or numbers matching and the only document mentioned is a photo of the tank sticker.

A little more than a week ago, Proteam’s Terry Michaelis ranked his A-List of Corvettes and the 53 Corvette ZR-1′s produced from 1970-1972 made the Top 10 with a price point between $150,000-$250,000. If the Corvette is indeed original, the buyer should attempt to add “paper” to the Corvette through NCRS and Bloomington judging.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com
tMichaelis Corvette Perspective

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1969 L71 427/435 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

In what could very well be the all time high price, this 38,000 mile 1969 Corvette Coupe equipped with the potent L71 427 ci 435 hp engine sold for $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction in March 2008. Our search for a previous high led us to Keith Martin’s VetteMarket.com Corvette database where an L71 Corvette Coupe sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2006 Scottsdale auction for $116,100 while the overall high for 1961 L71 Corvettes goes to a convertible model that sold at the same auction for $128,200.

This Cortez Silver example (Lot #646)is highly documented and fully authenticated. The Corvette features the L71 427 ci 435 hp engine, M21 close ratio 4-speed manual transmission and F-41 suspension. Options include factory side mount exhaust, power disc brakes, power steering, power windows, Redline tires, headrest and shoulder belts.

This kind of money for early C3 big blocks has mostly been reserved for the 200-odd L88 Corvettes. It will be interesting to see if the market follows or if this was just a case of Barrett-Jacksonitis.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

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