Mecum’s High Performance Auction came to Kissimmee in January and put on a great auction despite an occasional shower or two on Saturday. The three day auction racked up $15 million in total car sales with Corvettes bringing in just under $4.5 million. Of the 162 Corvettes offered, 102 changed hands giving the Kissimmee auction a 63.3% sales percentage for Corvette.
The top selling Corvette was the #112 1953 Corvette I documented in this auction video. The first-year Corvette was sold to Proteam for $249,900. A Silver/Black 1967 Corvette Convertible with a L71 427 ci 435 hp engine was second on the Corvette sales list with a selling price of $188,000. This Corvette featured Silver Pearl paint with black interior and a black stinger hood. The Corvette is documented with its original tank sticker, Corvette Owner’s Manual, Owner Protection Plan booklet and has a Bloomington Gold Certificate and two Top Flights Awards from the NCRS.
One of my favorite Corvettes that made the sold column (and is pictured above) was a 1970 LT1 Convertible with just 9,174 original miles. The Corvette was purchased new in 1970 by Jose Ramirez. Jose seldom drove it and stopped driving the Corvette altogether in 1979 because it wasn’t running properly. In 2006 it was discovered that the plug wires had been installed incorrectly. The Corvette sat in his driveway from 1979 until 1992. At some point, a tree limb fell on the nose damaging both headlight doors. The city of Galesburg, IL requested Jose move the car due to their derelict auto ordinance. When he did not, the city had the Corvette towed (the tow trick driver had to use a chainsaw to free the Vette from the tree limb). Jose then chose to pay $200 per month for the next 14 years to have it stored indoors. It was untouched there until he passed away in 2006. The car was sold to Proteam Corvette for $72,450.
The complete Corvette sales results from Mecum’s Kissimmee auction are after the jump.
Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
Auction Results: [VIDEO] 1953 Corvette Sold for $261,800
The National Corvette Museum’s eBay auctions are a great way to donate well-needed funds to the museum while getting the parts you need for your Corvette, but occasionally they throw a neat collectible up there as is the case this week. For those of you into collecting die-casts and miniature Corvettes, the NCM is offering a Hot Wheels Hall of Fame Legends Corvette that was created as part of the commemorative 35th anniversary series. The Hot Wheels 1:64 model appears to be a 1956 SR-2 with its signature fin. The packaging shows Corvette’s first chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and is autographed by his wife Elfi Arkus-Duntov.
At the writing of this post, the current bid is $53.50. The auction closes on February 13th and the proceeds go to support the National Corvette Museum.
Click here for auction details.
National Corvette Museum
Corvette Museum Auctions Parts on eBay
Hot Wheels |
It’s awards season again and no I’m not talking about the Oscars. Intellichoice crunched the numbers once again and Chevrolet scored three out of eight categories. Winning the category of Best Car Value over $24,000 was the 2008 Corvette Convertible. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab 4WD won Best Truck Value over $27,000 and the Chevrolet Express 1500 won the Best Van Value over $25,000. The Toyota Prius won the Best Car Value under $24,000.
The Best Overall Value of the Year awards are given to those vehicles that deliver outstanding value and lower than expected costs. Intellichoice evaluates what it costs to own and operate a vehicle over time and category winners are recognized for their lower cost of ownership compared to other competitive models in the same class.
The 2008 Corvette Convertible was also named as Best Overall Value in the Sport class. Check out the full list at Intellichoice.com
Corvette Makes Car & Driver’s 2008 10 Best Cars List
CorvetteConti.com is telling us a new limited edition “427″ Corvette Z06 will be unveiled Thursday by General Motors at the Chicago Auto Show. The 427 Corvette Z06 is a trim package with the following options:
- Crystal Red Metallic (89U) Tintcoat
- Special Dark Titanium custom leather wrapped interior trim
- 427 logo embroidered on seat backs and floor mats
- Hydrographic patterned center trim plate
- Unique chrome wheels
- Special graphics package
- Individually signed and numbered covered armrest
- Certificate of Authenticity
The 427 Corvette Z06 is another “signature” edition, this time featuring the penmanship of outgoing Corvette assembly plant manager Will Cooksey who retires on March 1st. GM is already set to produce 500 30th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas with Emerson Fittipaldi’s signature.
A second source claims the special chrome wheels on the 427 Corvette Z06 will be one of the wheel options on 2009 Corvettes. We’ll have more details once GM makes the announcement.
Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500
I’m debating on filing this post under “Corvette Accidents” because something went terribly wrong during the restoration of this C3 Corvette. It looks like the beginnings of a Corvette Summer replica car, especially with the nose and the Chevy Bow-tie rearend. But for whatever reason, the customization was stopped and this Corvette was trailered to the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida last month where it sat with a for sale sign: $2,500.00 OBO – With motor and trans”.
I took these photos around mid-morning and later that day I happened by and noticed the trailer was empty. I wonder if the buyer was a member of Jay Leno’s More money than brains club
Corvette Summer Promo Car Sells on eBay
Video: In the CorvetteBlogger.com Garage – V1.2
January in not typically one of the bigger months for sales of new Corvettes. Having said that, analysis of GM’s delivery stats from January 2008 show sales down from the previous January 2007 at nearly 10% with only 2,015 Corvettes delivered. In fact, there hasn’t been a lower number of deliveries in a month since the introduction of the C6 Corvette began in July 2005 when 1,872 Corvettes were delivered.
|2008 Corvette Delivery
|2007 Corvette Delivery
Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 5,480 2008 Corvettes on the ground in the following model configurations:
- 3,145 Corvette Coupes
- 1,163 Corvette Convertibles
- 1,172 Corvette Z06
There are still 1,433 new 2007 Corvettes available. Sure, they don’t have the new LS3 and some of the other refinements found in the 2008 Corvette, but these 2007 models are being heavily discounted.
December 2007 Corvette Sales
Dave McLellan had some pretty big shoes to fill as Corvette’s 2nd Chief Engineer. After the retirement of living legend Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1975, Dave took over the program during what is considered by many to be the low point of Corvette’s history. By the end of his tenure however, not only had a he turned around the Corvette with the successful launch of the new C4 Corvette in 1984, he may have single handedly reignited the horsepower wars with the development and introduction of the 375 hp Corvette ZR-1 in 1990. Dave’s tenure as Corvette Chief ended in 1992 when he stepped down after 33 years at GM and the baton was passed to Dave Hill.
Dave McLellan’s latest venture is the launch of a new website and podcast series called CorvetteChief.com. I met Dave McLellan at the NCRS show in Kissimmee in January and listened to a discussion he was having with enthusiasts on the development of the C4 Corvette ZR-1. With his impact felt in three separate Corvette generations – the C3, C4 and C5, Dave’s experience within GM and his current contacts should provide valuable insight – not only into Corvettes of the past – but future Corvettes as well.
The first podcast on his new site focuses on one of the more persistant rumors surrounding a future Corvette design – the midengine Corvette. Taking us through the previous midengine designs, the Cerv-1, Cerv-2 and the New York Show Car, we learn that GM has had an eye on that type of design configuration for quite some time. But other than John Delorean, there has been little support at the top of GM to push the program further – let alone a call from the Corvette enthusiast community to make it happen. Lastly, one of the insights I found most interesting is that Dave doesn’t accept the premise that a midengined Corvette would cost too much – something we keep hearing as the primary obsticle that would be needed to be overcome for production to happen.
You can hear Dave McLellan’s first podcast at CorvetteChief.com
Video: In the CorvetteBlogger.com Garage – V1.2
Former Corvette Engineering Chief to Launch Podcast
Dave McLellan |
Sure it might be cold out there. It’s winter after all and depending on where you live you might even be faced with the prospect of snow on the ground. But did you know sometimes the best deals happen during the off-season? If you’re thinking of adding a new Corvette to the garage this year, there is isn’t a better place to look than the Corvettes available from our classified ads web site VetteFinders.com. With over 500 Corvettes for sale, from C1s to C6s, you’re sure to find the Corvette of your dreams. Below is just a sampling from our bi-monthly “Featured Corvettes for Sale” newsletter representing a Corvette for sale from each generation.
Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
Maybe All Corvettes Should Be Red
For Sale |
It’s the news Corvette Racing fans been waiting to hear. An Aston Martin DBR9 will be launching an American LeMans Series GT1 effort in 2008. The team will be funded by Jim Bell and will race under the Bell Motorsports banner. Jim is a 30 year veteran of sports car racing and an engineer by trade. He will be joined by new partner Michael Fux. Bell has played an integral part of various teams raging from prototype to most recently the Team Transport Porsche 911 GT3 car in last yearâ€™s ALMS season. His last GT1 experience came back in 2005 with ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R.
Bell Motorsports’ Aston Martin DBR9 turned up the fourth annual Winter Test at Sebring on Monday wearing the trademark British Green exterior with neon green lipstick and red wheels. The car is listed as #08 and features a GT1 class designation on her sides. According to those who watched the Aston during Monday’s testing sessions, the team is displaying some caution as they warm to the feeling of the car and the track. This particular DBR9 was built in 2005 and sold to a private collector but has never officially raced.
The #08 Aston Martin DBR9 will be going up against the two C6.R’s fielded by Corvette Racing in the GT1 class on March 15th at the 56th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the first of twelve ALMS races. Corvette Racing finished 1-2 at Sebring last year despite competition from another Aston Martin DBR9 fielded by Team Modena.
“Aston Martin always has made a premium race car and automobile,” said Bell, team principal, “and there is no better place to showcase a premium brand than in the American Le Mans Series. Having been involved with the Series since its inception, I know it will be an extraordinary challenge but itâ€™s one we all relish and look forward to. We enjoyed competing in the American Le Mans Series with the ACEMCO Saleen S7R against Corvette Racing in 2005 and at Le Mans in 2006. I think we have developed a mutual, competitive respect for one another, and having the chance to rekindle that in 2008 makes me proud and eager with anticipation.”
Competition breeds success and this announcement puts Corvette Racing on notice that if they wish to win their eighth consecutive championship, they’ll have to beat a top notch team with a proven winning ride, the Aston Martin DBR9. And something tells me Corvette Racing’s Manager Doug Fehan couldn’t be happier right now.
Photo Credit: dreycraft
Corvette Racing Moves to E85 for 2008 ALMS Season
Corvette Racing Will Return To ALMS GT1 in 2008
Aston Martin |