A ton of excitement was generated on Saturday afternoon at Mecum’s inaugural auction in Dallas. Of the 116 L88 Corvettes that were built in 1969, the black coupe that hit the auction block this past Saturday may be one of the finest examples of them all. An all original Corvette, the Black L88 coupe dominated the attention of bidders and its stong selling price at $562,500 set the high sale of the entire auction.
West Coast Customs kicked off season two of their show on the new Velocity network with a project built around a custom 1958 Corvette for the Black Eye Peas’ Will.I.Am. If you missed it, you’re not alone, but the good news is that after consulting my TV guide, it looks like the final episode of this project will be shown on Sunday at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll want to set your DVRs now because this looks like a really cool project.
When the 1984 Corvette was introduced, it was the pinnacle of Chevy performance at that time. But unfortunately, time hasn’t been all that good to the first models of the C4 generation. Some blame the 205 hp cross-fire engine that powered the early C4 Vettes while over-production pushed the number of them available to over 51,000. Regardless, as far as Corvettes go, there are a number of these cars out there and so sellers will sometimes get creative on how to best present them for sale.
In the final episode of Corvette Racing’s 2011 Tech Transfer segments which air during the ALMS race telecasts, Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan talks about enhancements to the 2012 Corvette ZR1. From the performance package featuring the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and lightweight cup wheels to Performance Traction Management Control, the Corvette ZR1 is the tip of the technological spear that represents the partnership between racing and production.
At the SEMA show in 2006, Art Morrison’s project 3G Corvette won the “Gran Turismo Award” which also meant that it would be featured in the Playstation video game “Gran Turismo”. While many fans may have driven the custom 538 horsepower Corvette in the game, Matt Farah headed out to Spring Mountain motorsports park outside of Las Vegas to drive the real thing.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
If you’re in the market for a toy that’s not a Corvette then have we got a boat for you! This 48 foot monster assembled by Marine Technology, Inc. is currently up for sale. The all-black vessel has ZR1 design cues throughout including the dash, steering wheel, and even a shifter. Outside there are ZR1 style front fender vents, tailights, and headlights. Oh, and don’t forget the 2 Mercury 1,350hp twin turbo racing motors that provide motiviation. Yep, that’s a total of 2,700hp or 4.2 real ZR1′s. Click past the jump to see more of this beast and find out how much it costs to take it home.
The team at Mecum Auctions heads to Texas this weekend for their inaugural Dallas sale. The auction runs Thursday, October 6th, through Saturday the 8th at the Dallas Convention Center. Velocity (formerly HD Theater) will have 14 hours of live coverage of the action. As is tradition, check out our favorite Corvettes up for grabs this weekend in Dallas after the break.
We got the new monthly sales figures for September this week and Corvette sales have rebounded from the 936 deliveries made in August to 1,147 Corvettes delivered in September. Corvette sales saw a 3.4% increase over September 2010′s sales which totaled 1,109. For the year to date calendar, Corvette sales are pacing at 4.8% higher than 2010 as well.