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Corvettes

St.Louis/Bowling Green Factory 1981 Corvettes Bookends

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Each January marks the annual festival known as the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. This year’s sale is significant as its Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary event. Support events kicked off January 9th and hit full speed on January 15th. Included among the 1,000+ cars selling at no reserve are roughly 130 corvettes. Over the next few days we’ll take a look and some of the more significant Vettes crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson.

First up we’ll take a look at a couple of 1981 Corvette Coupes – Lots 441 and 441.1. Right now you’re probably wondering why we’re featuring a pair of 1981 Corvettes – especially 2 beige colored ones. If you caught B-J’s 2010 Las Vegas event, you’ll probably recall seeing this duo as they sold for charity for $300,000. The winning bidder promptly donated the cars back and here they are again for Scottsdale 2011.

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[PIC] Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2011

[PIC] '07 Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

I was perusing some Corvette salvage classifieds when I came across this ad for a 2007 Corvette Z06. It was listed as a theft recovery but obviously only part of the Corvette was recovered! This made for some interesting reading when describing the vehicle’s condition: Won’t Start, Missing Key. Dang! I was hoping to test drive it too.

Check out more salvage Corvettes at Insurance Auto Auctions.

 

Corvettes on eBay: 2003 Sebring Winning Corvette C5R

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2011

Corvettes on eBay: Chassis #005 2001 Corvette C5R

Well, you just don’t see these early Corvette Racing C5Rs available for purchase all that often. Offered on eBay is the Pratt & Miller 2001 Corvette C5R chassis #005. The Corvette was first raced at Infineon Raceway in May 2002 by Ron Fellows and Kelly Collins, capturing a win at this first event. Chassis #005 would add wins at Mid-Ohio, Washington DC, Mosport and Petit Le Mans to close out the 2002 ALMS season. In 2003, Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Franck Fréon would pilot this C5R to a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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2012 Chevy Sonic Selling Point: Suspension Tuned by Corvette Engineers

General Motors rolled out the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The sedan and hatchback models are powered by either a 1.8 liter four-cylinder or the Ecotec 1.4L turbo rated at 138 horsepower. But it was the suspensions we found interesting. Chevy says Corvette engineers provided their expertise in the ride and handling of the sub-compact.

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2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 to be Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

At the Corvette Museum’s 2010 C5/C6 Bash, GM unveiled a special 2011 Corvette Z06 that was a tribute to Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Painted white with blue racing stripes, the Z06 Corvette matches the livery of the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won its class and finished 8th overall. The NCM announced today that the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 will be auctioned next week at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the proceeds will go to the NCM’s planned 500-acre motorsports park.

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2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition

Serial #003 of Chevrolet’s new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition will be raffled tomorrow by the National Corvette Museum at 2pm Central. Tickets are $300 each and the raffle is limited to just 1,000 tickets. As of Tuesday, only 324 tickets have been sold.

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Custom 2008 Caravaggio Convertible Corvette Z06 for Sale

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2011

Custom 2008 Caravaggio Convertible Corvette Z06 for Sale

Check out this custom 2008 convertible Corvette Z06 for sale by Canadian tuner John Caravaggio of Caravaggio Corvettes. This Z06 is John’s personal Corvette and he just posted it for sale on Corvette Forum. With only 15,000 miles on the clock, the Corvette features a variety of upgrades – the most obvious was taking the Z06 topless. You don’t see one of these everyday!

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[PIC] Tornado Destroys C4 Corvette In St.Louis Suburb

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2011

[PIC] Tornado Destroys C4 Corvette In St.Louis Suburb
Photo Credit: J.B. Forbes jforbes@post-dispatch.com

This C4 Corvette belonging to Laverne Nolting of Sunset Hills, MO was crushed in her parents garage when a tornado struck a week ago. The house and car appear to be a total loss. The irony is that Nolting had put the car in the garage to protect it from the weather.

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All New Corvette Buyers Get Free 2 Day Driving School

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2011

New Corvette Buyers Get Free 2 Day Driving School

A very cool new incentive to help boost Corvette sales was being by touted by several dealers over the weekend. With a purchase of any new 2010 or 2011 Corvette (coupe, convertible, Grand Sport or Z06), you will receive the complimentary two-day ZR1 Driving School at either Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving or the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain. Buyers of the ZR1 already get the two-day driving class so if you buy a new ZR1 during this incentive period, you’ll receive a complimentary third day. You must purchase a new Corvette between Jan 4 – February 28, 2011. More details of this great incentive are after the jump.

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[VIDEO] C6 Corvette Bursts Into Flames at Road Atlanta

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2011

Check out this dash cam video capturing a C6 Corvette bursting into flames at Road Atlanta. It looks like the Corvette just rounded Turn 7 and was moving very fast down the backstretch when incident occurred.

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