Mecum’s Kansas City auction was held Friday and Saturday at the Kansas City Convention Center and the results were very favorable. Of the 46 Corvettes on the sales docket, 37 were sold which is a 80.4% success ratio. For a reserve-based auction, this is very good. Total Corvette sales for the auction was $1,096,750.
Chevrolet’s Corvette has once again made the Consumer Report’s Owner Satisfaction survey. Although specifics weren’t discussed, Corvette ranked third overall behind the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Rounding out the top 6 was the Porsche 911, Toyota Prius and the all-wheel drive Acura TL.
Chance Mayfield walked out of the Broadway Barn honky-tonk in Nashville on a night in November 1970 and found that his Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette Convertible had been stolen. The Corvette was worth about $2,200 at the time of the theft. With no insurance, Mayfield thought the Corvette was gone forever. Fast forward to this summer when a Detective from the Scottsdale Arizona police department called Mayfield to tell him they located the classic sting ray after a routine inspection revealed the stolen car.
Episode 2 continues with Pradt Race Engineering.
German-based tuner Loma Performance takes the term “wide body” to a whole new realm with its “BlackforceOne” Corvette package. The only thing that falls flat here is the press releases comparison that this Corvette is somehow “reminiscent” of Boeing’s Air Force One. Clearly the Corvette is more of stealth fighter than passenger jet with its 783 hp bi-turbo V8 engine and copious carbon fiber body parts.
Mecum’s final auction of the year will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center. Forty-four Corvettes are on the auction dockett and along with a host of classics and near classics you find at any auction, Mecum has included these two Karl Kustom C6 Corvettes.
Looking for something cool to do for New Years? Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving has opened up registration for their popular New Year’s Eve Rapid Precision Maneuvers (RPM) event on Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 8 am to 12 noon. The New Year’s RPM program is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross even, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn, 1.6-mile Bondurant track.
If you’ve been around the Corvette hobby long, I’m sure you’ll recognize the artwork from the very talented Scott Teeters whose work appears in Vette Magazine as well as online at the IllustratedCorvetteSeries.com. Scott and his wife Karen have recently launched a new Corvette blog called the Corvette Report and to help promote the site, they are offering a free copy of the Illustrated Corvette Engine Spotter’s Guide.
GM released the figures yesterday for November 2009: 952 Corvettes were delivered in the month, a decline of over 200 units from October 2009′s 1,154. Year to year, Corvette sales are down 12% from the 1,093 deliveries in November 2008. For the calendar year (Jan-Nov 09) 12,901 Corvettes were sold compared with 25,647 sold over the same time period in 2008. That’s a decline of 49.7%.
The Corvette Racing team was at Road Atlanta for three days last week for tire testing. Oliver updates us on who was there and the process of picking tires for next year’s GT2 campaign. We also learn from the video that Jan Magnussen broke his tailbone in the accident with Jorg Bergmeister’s Porsche at Laguna Seca. The team is trying out a new seat to prevent that type of injury from occuring in the future.
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