Time and time again we see custom supercars built around the C6 Corvette. The Rossi 66 and Bertone’s Mantide are two that have successfully made the jump from vaporware to production. And last week we learned German-based Endora cars is planning on using the C6 Corvette as the basis for their supercar, the Endora SC-1.
We’ve noted several good Corvette buys this weekend at Dana Mecum’s Spring Auction in Indianapolis but I don’t think anyone was prepared to see a 2009 Corvette ZR1 sell for $70,000. But that’s what happened when the VIN #0006 crossed the auction block Saturday afternoon.
Here’s a 1965 Corvette that’s number 1 in our book. Actually, it’s the very first 1965 Corvette, VIN 194375S100001 and it crossed the auction block Wednesday evening at Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis. The Silver Pearl Coupe with the 327/365 hp engine was sold for $66,000 to Bidder #1 – Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette.
Here is a comparison video from Japan’s Best Motoring TV show that puts the Lexus LFA against the Nissan GT-R, Corvette ZR1, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Ferrari F430 GT3 for a 3-lap attack at Fuji Speedway.
The comparison is epic proof of why we don’t put too much stock into comparisons as this was all about the drivers and their lack of familiarity with any car that wasn’t Japanese. The Corvette driver seemed particularly tentative in the corners and really failed to utilize one of the ZR1′s core strengths: brakes. Despite that minor observation, it’s always fun to see these epic sports cars battling on a track. You have to watch the video to find out how it ends.
You’ll be thinking about this Corvette all day and wondering why…
A set of headers on your classic C2 or C3 Corvette can increase horsepower and give your car a more powerful sounding exhaust note. Doug’s Headers of East LA has been one of the most respected names in headers since the 60′s and they have recently teamed up with Corvette Central and CorvetteCentralExhaust.com to introduce the Doug’s Headers line of exhaust components for C2 and C3 Corvettes.
Rick Springfield was arrested in Malibu on May 1st for alledgely driving his modified 1963 Corvette Coupe while intoxicated. He blew a .10 which is over the legal limit. When the deputy told him that his $200,000 Corvette would be towed away, he apparently yelled at the deputy “if you tow my car I’ll f**king kill you and your family.”
Fifty years ago this month, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel into outer space. When he returned to Earth, GM presented him with a brand new 1962 Corvette and the connection of Corvettes and Astronauts became the stuff of legends.
I’m not sure if there is something in the water or if the moon is out of alignment, but there seems to be a recent rash of people getting trapped in Corvettes whose battery has died. We already told you of the one of guy who called 911 after getting locked in his Corvette ZR1, but here is another frustrated gentleman whose calls for help to his friends result in this hilarious video being posted on youtube.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
Get those DVR’s programmed to catch this week’s episode of My Classic Car featuring Dennis Gage. This week the certified car nut travels to McKinney, Texas to check out (and of course drive) a cool C3 and a fantastic C2 Restomod.