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Corvette Buying & Selling: Gauging Originality

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2008

1964 Corvette Dash Cluster

I was browsing the C1-C2 section on the Corvette Forum today when I came across an interesting post about an original 1964 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Classic Corvettes are full of visual clues that alone or combined with others can help us identify the model year. They can be obvious like the five side fender vents on the 1967 model or a split rear window on the 1963 coupe. They can be less obvious like the differences in emblems and grills on the 1965 and 1966 Corvettes. Climb inside one of the Sting Ray models and visual clues abound as well. In the case of the eBay ad, a red flag goes up when a crucial part’s originality is questioned.

The 1964 Corvette Coupe that was listed for sale had the following description:

1964 Corvette Coupe
VIN # 40837S104407
Miles- 37,431 Original
327/300 HP with matching numbers

This Corvette is part of a family collection and has been in our family since the mid 1970s. This Corvette is completely original (never restored) and has been garage kept with less than 1,000 miles of drive time since our ownership. It is in excellent condition and runs beautifully. The car comes with 4-speed manual transmission and a 327/300 HP engine. The exterior is Ermine White. I believe the car was repainted before our ownership in the late 60s or early 70s. The paint is in very good condition, with only minor chips and flaws. All the chrome is in good condition with only minor pitting. The underside is very rust-free, and in excellent non restored shape. The interior is red leather with red carpeting. The floor board pieces of carpeting need replacing. All gauges are in working order, with the exception of the tachometer, which needs to be reconditioned. The clock and radio both work sporadically, and both need reconditioning. Both headlamp motors work very well. Other than that, this Corvette is in very solid, original condition and provides an excellent investment opportunity.

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The member on Corvette Forum who posted the ebay link, “Pilot5970″ pointed out that this original 37,431 mile 1964 Corvette has a speedometer that didn’t show up in Corvettes until 1965. The differences between the 1963-64 speedometer and tachometers and those of the 1965-67 are subtle, but once you see the difference, it will be very obvious when you notice an incorrect pairing like on this 1964 Coupe.

The 1963-64 speedometer and tachometer have a recessed center with tapered rings around the needle. The 1965-67′s are flat faced with two screws holding in the assembly. The “pins” that hold the needles are silver on the early midyear gauges but the later gauges have a recessed indentation that is black with silver trim. See the photos for a comparison:

1963-64 Corvette Dash Cluster 1965-67 Corvette Dash Cluster
1963-64 Corvette Gauge 1965-67 Corvette Gauge

There are a variety of explanations on how a 1965 (or later) speedometer and tachometer could have made it into this 1964 Coupe. We first looked at the VIN which shows the sequence number to be 4407 of 22,229. Our thinking was that perhaps the new speedo and tach made it into production earlier than 1965, but this Corvette was assembled in November 1963, the third month into production, so I ruled out new equipment making an early appearance. Another legitimate reason could be a warranty replacement. Finally, while the seller does state they owned the Corvette since the mid-seventies, there is no mention of how many previous owners this car has had. These cars weren’t exactly collected for monetary value back in the mid-seventies and it could be that a previous owner swapped out the original pair for those from 1965-67. The point is we’ll probably will never know.

So what lessons are learned from the sale of this 1964 Corvette Coupe? Our first lesson is always first for a reason. Knowledge is power. The more you can know about a particular generation and specifically a particular year of Corvette can save you from making a thousand dollar mistake. Secondly, have the Corvette looked over by an expert. Hire an NCRS judge. If there are no NCRS types in your neck of the woods, find an owner of the same year. How did “Pilot5970″ know about the incorrect speedometer? He owns a 1964 Corvette. Third, documentation and owner history could go along way in clearing the air in this type of situation. Don’t consider buying an “investment” quality Corvette without them. Finally, weigh the consequences of buying a Corvette like this with its questionable mileage. One day you may be selling it and may have to explain the replacement to a more knowledgeable buyer than you were.

FYI, this Corvette was sold on Monday, December 21st for $33,600. The auction had 9 bidders and 22 individual increases in price.


Source:
eBay via CorvetteForum.com

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[VIDEO] SUV Crash Lands Jeep on a 1962 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 15, 2008

SUV Lands on 1962 Corvette

Here’s a call you don’t want get from your Corvette restoration shop: “About your 1962 Corvette Roadster. There’s been an accident down here at the shop and well, you should probably get down here right away while the cops are still around.” That scenario probably came true for one unlucky owner after an SUV owner lost control of his Jeep and crashed through the wall of a St. Augustine restoration shop.


Source:
DigTriad.com

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Barn Fresh and Restoration Ready: 1962 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2008

1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find

There’s just something special about a barn car seeing the light of day after years of storage. Despite the thick coat of dust and the surface rust that cloaks the engine compartment, beyond the dirty interior and ripped seats, there’s the overwhelming feeling that this Corvette is about to get a fresh start. A new owner somewhere is about to embark on a journey of restoration – whether by himself or through the service of a restoration shop – with the end reward being that this Corvette will once again hit the open road.

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1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find 1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find 1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find

The original owner of this 1962 Corvette roadster parked her in a barn one day in 1973 and there she sat for the next 35 years. The owner recently sold the Corvette to Valley Auto in Bedford, PA who promptly listed the beige convertible on eBay where is sold last week for $26,000.

The description states that this is a non-matching car as the original engine was stolen years ago but was replaced with a correct 870 block heads and intake. The VIN tag reads 20867S111262 which puts the assembly of the Corvette in May 1962, about 4 months before last 62 Corvette would be completed and the C1 Solid Axle era would come to an end.

The new owner has many choices ahead to make for the future of this fresh barn car. Whether a historically accurate restoration or a resto-mod build awaits this Corvette is anybody’s guess. But that’s part of the fun of owning one of these special cars, isn’t it?


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

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[VIDEO] In Jay Leno’s Garage: The Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on December 10, 2008

In Jay Leno's Garage: The Corvette ZR1

“This is what the founding fathers wanted us to be driving” says Jay Leno as he pulls up to a stoplight in his new 2009 Corvette ZR1. The new 638-hp supercharged Corvette is the latest edition to Jay Leno’s Garage and we have the privilege of riding shotgun with late night’s funny man as he puts the Corvette through its paces and points out the unique features in a style that only Leno can.

Jay gives us a walk-around the new Corvette while he discusses some of the finer points of the new Corvette like the 20-spoke 19″/20″ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, standard carbon ceramic drilled disc brakes, magnetic selective ride control as well as pointing out the flares, vents and spoilers that are unique to the ZR1. He also touches on the story about the special clear coat that protects the carbon fiber – yes, Virginia it does cost $60,000/gallon.

One of the surprising aspects of the video is that Jay shows us that he owns VIN 001 – most thought that honor went to Chevy dealer Dave Ressler who paid $1 Million at Barrett-Jackson for the honor of owning VIN #001. Turns out there are three sets of Corvette ZR1 VINs – Ressler ownes one – and the one one of that unique set. The demo and dealer test Corvette ZR1 were produced under a separate VIN and then the production customer cars have their own VIN. Very interesting!

I love to listen to Jay talk about the Corvette while he’s driving it. Just seeing him behind the wheel while talking about the amazing torque of the ZR1 then watching him floor it puts it all into perspective. Jay is a Corvette guy and listening to him talk about Corvettes, while driving the most it shows. This was a fun ride!


Source
Jay Leno’s Garage

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Corvette Values: 1970 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 9, 2008

1970 Corvette Roadster

JK in Kansas submitted his 1970 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1970 Corvette Roadster, VIN 194670S404XXX. Original 350 ci 350 hp engine, manual 4-Speed transmission, Red with Red interior. Power steering, Power Brakes, Factory AC, Luggage Rack. Body-On restored in 1998 where Corvette received new paint and interior. The Corvette was repainted a non-original exterior color. 91,876 original miles. The car is matching numbers. Same owner for 30 years with history of previous two owners, but no other documentation is with the Corvette. Corvette is in good condition with paint and fiberglass termed as “good”. The interior’s vinyl seating is also in good condition.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates This Corvette Convertible was built late in the first month of production in January, 1970. This is good news for today’s owner as the 1970 model can be termed as somewhat rare based on the production numbers. A work stoppage during the 1969 production year lead to an extended production timeframe for the 1969 Corvette models beyond the normal time frames. This action also impacted the 1970 production year with a build of only 17,316 units of the 1970 models during a seven-month time frame. This was the lowest number of Corvettes built since the 1962 model year.

The Corvette is powered by the correct 350-350 optional motor coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter. This was a popular selection by buyers of the 1970 Corvette. The mileage of 91,876 has been stated as original and correct.

A body-on restoration was performed in 1998 when the paint and interior were restored. It is Red in color, but this is not the original color, and it has a matching Red vinyl interior. The seats, door panels and carpeting are in good condition as is the current paint. It is equipped with popular options that include the AM/FM Radio, power steering and brakes as well as air-conditioning. Also this Vette has a chrome luggage rack, a dealer option with the 1970 model.

Tires, wheels and wheel trim are correct for the 1970 model year and are in good condition. The only notable flaw is the window rubber seals that could be replaced. This Corvette with its Red/Red combination presents excellent curb appeal.

We place the value of this 1970 Corvette Convertible at $29,500 which shows a one-year appreciation factor of 7%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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[VIDEO] Corvette Ad Watch: STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer

by Keith Cornett on December 8, 2008

STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer

As many of you have winterizing on the mind as temperatures drop and snowy weather looms, along comes a commercial from STA-BIL reminding you to add the fuel stabilizer product to keep fuel from breaking down and gumming up the engine. The ad features all the elements of a typical commercial: an obsessive owner Corvette owner Jack, the know-it-all neighbor Ned, and of course, a stunning C1-era Red Corvette roadster.

If you’ve seen the previous STA-BIL ads, you’ll know the vehicle owner never listens to the advice to add the fuel stabilizer. And like previous commercials, we’re left with the image of the Corvette not starting because ol’ Jack was such a hard head. When you store, start with STA-BIL!

As a side note, I checked my books to ascertain the correct year of the Corvette, but because of the angle and the reflection on the coves, I can’t tell if they are painted or not. So a little trivia question: If the coves were painted, what is the model year of this Corvette?


Source
SPEED

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Top Gear's Clarkson Outruns Murderous Black Corvette in a Fiesta

This is the kind of stunt that only Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson would design. The concept is “What if I go to a shopping center and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?” What the title doesn’t tell you is that the chase scene takes place inside a shopping mall. While our previous video of inside hoonage featuring a guy parking his C5 into his living room seemed like good fun at the time, that video doesn’t hold a candle to watching this black C6 Corvette leaving skid marks on marble floors and crashing into birthday card stores.

As with all new Top Gear episodes, they get pulled down from YouTube sometimes faster than they go up. We’ll watch this post and try to replace the segment should this version come down. You can also search for the show using the episode guide: Top Gear S12 E06.

I’ve been critical in the past about Clarkson’s tendency to disrespect America and especially the Corvette, but I’ve got to hand it to him that he does showcase some great driving skills in this video. And let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to drive like crazy in the a shopping mall. The only thing missing from this video is the zombies…


Source:
Top Gear

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1975 Corvette Greenwood SportWagon

The story behind the SportWagon Corvette goes that a drummer commissioned the first wagon concept because he needed the cargo room to haul his drums to various gigs. Looking to make a good design better, the Greenwoods greatly improved upon the concept and an earlier kit designed by Chuck Miller by making the SportWagon much more aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing, as well as giving the SportWagon the much needed rear hatch to allow access to the rear of the Corvette. After a mockup was sent to SEMA where it became an instant hit, John Greenwood then farmed out actual production through kits from American Custom Industries and Ecklers.

It’s estimated that between 15 and 24 SportsWagons were produced from the kits sold by ACI and Ecklers, and those kits contained several cues that show it was an official Greenwood SportWagon kit. The Greenwood logo was etched into the rear glass and an emblem was tastefully added to the B-pillar located behind driver and passenger windows.

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This 1975 Corvette SportWagon is being offered from Coffee’s Corvette and Classics in Old Forge, PA. Painted in Classic White with a Black interior and Black Spoiler, this SportWagon features those Greenwood design cues mentioned above. This Corvette is powered with a stock L48 350 cubic inch V8 coupled to an automatic transmission and is listed for $29,900. A head turner anywhere, this SportWagon is ready for the weekend car show or a trip to Home Depot. Additional details and Contact information can be found at VetteFinders.com


Sources:
VetteFinders.com and Greenwood Corvettes

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[VIDEO] Guy Parks Corvette in his House

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2008

Guy Parks Corvette in his House

I briefly considered the thought about attempting this at my house some years ago but it would have required too much renovation, loss of the dining room and severe disapproval from the wife. Still, if the opportunity ever arose, I’d do what this guy did – park his Corvette in the freaking living room!

This reminds me of a joke: “You know you are a gear head if…”


Source:
Youtube.com

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eBay Find of the Day: The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2008

The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled ’86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and you’ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J “Sucker Vette” is the result of over 3,000 hours of hard work and advanced engineering skills and now it can be yours as the Corvette is being offered on eBay with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

A group of engineers at Proctor & Gamble got together and built this one of kind of custom Corvette to compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The Challenge pits competitors in a number of events in a car that must cost less than $2,007.

The Cheaparral team found their 1986 Corvette parked in a nearby barn and purchased the wreck for $1,400. They then had to put their creative talents to work in keeping the costs to under the $2,007 spending limit. After the Corvette was made rode worthy and twin turbochargers were added for power, the engineers decided they needed a little something extra to give them more of an edge in the autocross competition.

The solution came in the form of an M1 Abrams tank cooling fan that was mounted in the passenger seat and powered by a snowmobile engine. The fan evacuates 10,000 cfm of air from underneath car which generates 1,000 lbs of downforce and allows the Corvette to pull 1.3g on a skidpad. The concept is similar to racing legend Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J vaccum enhanced “sucker” car from the 1970 Can Am Racing series which served as inspiration for the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette”.

The Cheaparral team competed against 50 others at the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge in Gainsville, FL and won every category including the autocross, concourse, best-engineered award, top finishing team and the 2007 Challenge Overall Champion award.

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Following the Challenge, the Sucker Vette has been featured in a number of magazines and at car shows including the Corvette Homecoming event in Bowling Green. The Cheaparral recently made a trip out to the west coast to Jay Leno’s garage where the noted auto enthusiast proclaimed the Corvette “cool”.

The ebay auction of the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette” will benefit the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Corvette features the signitures of Jay Leno and Jim Hall who both had the opportunity to give the “sucker Vette” a drive. Bidding started at the team’s investment of $2,007 and the auction runs through December 11th.

For more information on the Sucker Vette including a ton of videos, check out the Cheaparral.com


Sources:
Cheaparral.com via KYPost.com
ebay.com

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