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Barrett-Jackson 2011: The Corvette Auction Schedule

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2011

Barrett-Jackson 2011: The Corvette Auction Schedule

The 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is finally here and the first of 130+ Corvettes will be sold at no reserve beginning tonight. If you’re like me in that you prefer to focus mainly on the Corvettes that go through the auction, then click through after the jump and download our 2011 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Schedule. It gives you the hotlinked Lot # and a description of the car including engine options if available.

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Stolen C5 Corvette Sent to Watery Grave

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2011

Stolen C6 Corvette Sent to Watery Grave

A stolen C6 C5 Corvette sent to Davey Jones Locker in the Choke Canyon Reservoir in McMullen County Texas was recently recovered by the Texas Rangers. Earlier this month a dive team from the Texas Rangers found the submerged Corvette while searching for a missing 57-year-old woman who was reported missing along with her car. Fortunately, the woman and her car were found safe in Larado, so the dive team went ahead and pulled the Corvette to dry land.

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[PICS] 2011 Corvettes at the Detroit Auto Show

by Guest Contributor on January 17, 2011

[PICS] 2011 Corvettes at the Detroit Auto Show

Article and Photos Contributed by Steve Burns

Each year in early January the auto industry descends upon snowy Detroit to kick off the annual car show season. Automakers from around the world debut new models, special editions, and future technologies. This year’s show featured roughly 40 new vehicle introductions as the auto industry continues to recover from the events of the last couple of years. Over 700,000 people will visit Detroit’s Cobo Center over the course of the 9 public show days.

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Barrett-Jackson 2011: 1973 Corvette to be Auctioned for Chip Miller Charitable Foundation

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Next up in our preview of Barrett-Jackson Corvettes is Lot # 413, a red 1973 Coupe being sold for charity. This L48 powered Vette will cross the block on Wednesday, January 19th about 30 cars prior to the 1981 Corvettes we previewed a couple days back. All proceeds will go to the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.

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Corvette Debuts at GM Motorama 58 Years Ago Today

by Keith Cornett on January 17, 2011

Corvette Debuts at GM's 1953 Motorama 58 Years Ago Today

They say that every legend has a beginning and that is certainly true of the Chevrolet Corvette. The first mass-produced fiberglass car made its public debut at the GM Motorama held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on January 17, 1953. A crowd of 45,000 attendee’s saw Harley Earl’s Corvette dream car on opening day alone. The next day, Chevrolet announced the Corvette would enter production with 200-300 units of the 2-seater being made available to the public later that year.

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CorvetteBlogger.com Advertiser Drive-By

by Keith Cornett on January 15, 2011

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St.Louis/Bowling Green Factory 1981 Corvettes Bookends

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Each January marks the annual festival known as the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. This year’s sale is significant as its Barrett-Jackson’s 40th anniversary event. Support events kicked off January 9th and hit full speed on January 15th. Included among the 1,000+ cars selling at no reserve are roughly 130 corvettes. Over the next few days we’ll take a look and some of the more significant Vettes crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson.

First up we’ll take a look at a couple of 1981 Corvette Coupes – Lots 441 and 441.1. Right now you’re probably wondering why we’re featuring a pair of 1981 Corvettes – especially 2 beige colored ones. If you caught B-J’s 2010 Las Vegas event, you’ll probably recall seeing this duo as they sold for charity for $300,000. The winning bidder promptly donated the cars back and here they are again for Scottsdale 2011.

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[PIC] Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2011

[PIC] '07 Corvette Z06 Theft Recovery Is Missing A Few Items

I was perusing some Corvette salvage classifieds when I came across this ad for a 2007 Corvette Z06. It was listed as a theft recovery but obviously only part of the Corvette was recovered! This made for some interesting reading when describing the vehicle’s condition: Won’t Start, Missing Key. Dang! I was hoping to test drive it too.

Check out more salvage Corvettes at Insurance Auto Auctions.

 

Corvettes on eBay: 2003 Sebring Winning Corvette C5R

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2011

Corvettes on eBay: Chassis #005 2001 Corvette C5R

Well, you just don’t see these early Corvette Racing C5Rs available for purchase all that often. Offered on eBay is the Pratt & Miller 2001 Corvette C5R chassis #005. The Corvette was first raced at Infineon Raceway in May 2002 by Ron Fellows and Kelly Collins, capturing a win at this first event. Chassis #005 would add wins at Mid-Ohio, Washington DC, Mosport and Petit Le Mans to close out the 2002 ALMS season. In 2003, Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Franck Fréon would pilot this C5R to a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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2012 Chevy Sonic Selling Point: Suspension Tuned by Corvette Engineers

General Motors rolled out the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The sedan and hatchback models are powered by either a 1.8 liter four-cylinder or the Ecotec 1.4L turbo rated at 138 horsepower. But it was the suspensions we found interesting. Chevy says Corvette engineers provided their expertise in the ride and handling of the sub-compact.

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