Here is a very nice original 1968 Corvette Convertible that crossed the auction block on Friday’s broadcast of the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Orange County, California. Is it worth the $35,200 selling price? Watch the video and see our analysis after the jump.
Mecum’s auction at Bloomington Gold sold 63 of 123 Corvettes today bringing in $1.19 million in sales. That’s a 51% success rate. The top seller was a 1957 Cascade Green Roadster which sold for $80,500 while $3,500 purchased a rather tired looking 1984 Coupe. Six of the top ten sales leaders were midyear Corvettes. See the full list of sales after the jump.
Earlier this month, the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and driver John Fitch returned to Le Mans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the car’s win in the GT class and 8th place finish overall. Our friend Jan Hyde from The Registry of Corvette Racecars was there along with car owner Lance Miller, restorer Kevin Mackay and John Fitch and he provided this recap from the week of events.
Most Corvette enthusiasts are familiar with the legendary L88 package which was essentially a collection of limited edition racing parts installed on the L71 427/435 hp engine. I would also say that most are not that familiar with the 1970-72 ZR1 package which essentially did the same with the LT-1 350 ci small block. Much rarer than the 216 L88s made the three years prior, only 53 ZR1 Corvettes were produced during the three year span making them the rarest of all Chevy small blocks. So its a pretty big deal when one shows up for sale like this 1972 Corvette ZR1 which was recently listed for sale on eBay.
Some people have really cool jobs. Just ask Edmunds Inside Line Road Test Editor Chris Walton who found an excuse to play with three special Corvettes at Willow Springs Raceway. Billed as the Corvettemegeddon Comparison, Chris drove a prototype of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon edition, a 2010 Grand Sport Coupe and a 2002 Z06 and put the three sports cars through a series of high performance tests. Check out the video after the jump.
We got word this evening that 1996 Corvette Grand Sport #947 was stolen out of the driveway of the owner’s house in North Miami Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 10th. Margie Love, the owner of the Corvette since new, had pulled into her driveway in her other car around 10pm and interrupted a burglary of her home. The robber(s) had found the keys to the Grand Sport and used it as a getaway car, causing a massive amount of damage in the process.
Check out this scary moment for a convertible C5 Corvette driver who was participating at the NASA TT event at Hallet Raceway in Jennings, Oklahoma last weekend. One of the curves at Hallet is know as “The Bitch” and the Corvette driver found out the hard way just what a bitch that corner can be.
Almost two years ago the world was introduced to the Rossi SixtySix, a C6 Corvette refitted with custom panels that borrow some of the best design features of the 1963-67 Sting Rays while updating the mid-year look for the 21 century. No longer just a dream, the Rossi SixtySix project is tooled up and well underway with the first car, a Pearl White Split Window Coupe making its public debut this Sunday at Detroit’s EyesOn Design benefit.
Production of the 2010 Corvette model has wrapped up and GM has released the final production statistics for the 2010 Corvette model year. The final count of Corvettes produced for MY 2010 is 12,194. That’s a decrease of 28.1% from 2009′s 16,956 production and a whopping 65.5% off the 35,310 Corvettes produced in 2008.
Car and Driver got their hands on a Lotus Evora, a mid-engine 2+2 sports car that lists for $85,270 as tested. Naturally, they wanted to put this car up against others in its class, so they roped in a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport and Porsche Cayman S and took all three sports cars to Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Video after the jump.