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Autoblog First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

With the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, GM was able to introduce a new Corvette model with a storied nameplate into the Corvette lineup. Fitting between the base Coupe and Convertible models and the track-ready Z06, the Grand Sport offers the best of both upgraded looks and performance without the premium price.

Autoblog got an opportunity to drive the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport around GM’s Milford Road Course, commonly know as the “Lutz Ring”. Click here to read their First Drive review.


Corvette Guy’s Smoking Hot Deals on Corvette Wheels

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2009

Corvette Guy's Smoking Hot Deals on Wheels
Your Corvette already comes with plenty of power so most new owners turn to customizing their Corvette’s appearance. Wheels are the most important part of a car’s appearance whether you are at a Corvette show, or just cruising the streets. Check out our friends at Corvette Guys for a smoking wheel sale you will not want to miss.

These are just a sample of the many styles and sizes of Corvette Wheels available from Corvette Guys. And while you’re saving money with these prices and Corvette Guy’s signature free shipping, check out these Corvette accessories and suspension deals guaranteed to take your Corvette to the next level of looks and performance.

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1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2009

1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

For the second straight year, a classic midyear Corvette was stolen while its owner enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan. It was just last year that an $80,000 dark blue 1966 Convertible was stolen following the famous cruise. This year, Birmingham Police are investigating the theft of a Riverside Red 1964 Corvette Convertible stolen Saturday morning.

According to police, the owner had parked the Corvette around 10:30 am on Ruffner Avenue off Woodward Avenue between 14 and 15 Mile Roads and walked away, leaving the convertible top down. The Corvette was missing when he returned about 20 minutes later.

The Corvette was registered in Ontario and had a license plate that read 6T4VET. Although Police report multiple sightings of the red Convertible Corvette on the expressway, no credible leads have turned up.

Oakland Press

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Vintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2009

CVintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)

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Corvette Auction Results: Mecum at Monterey

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2009

Corvette Auction Results: Mecum at Monterey

The Mecum in Monterey auction was held on Saturday and over 200 cars were featured including 25 Corvettes. Despite the nice mix of unique and important cars in Corvette history, most failed to reach the reserve price and went unsold. Just 8 of the 25 Corvettes did sell for a total take of $651,000 and a 32% sales success rate. Two Corvettes topped the $100,000 mark with the top seller being the 1967 “Ed Cole” L89 Corvette Coupe which we’ve named our Deal of the Year. Second on the list was a 1969 L88 Corvette Coupe that sold for $150,000.

Two historic former Corvette racers driven by the Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan race team generated the most interest of the 25 Corvettes although both failed to sell. The 1963 Corvette Z06 race car had a high bid of $700,000 while a 1962 Corvette was bidded up to $600,000.

In addition to the 1967 Ed Cole Corvette, another C2 we believe to be well bought was a matching number’s 1966 Corvette Coupe equipped with a 427/390 hp V8 that sold for $51,000.

Here is the full Corvette results list from the Mecum at Monterey auction:

S6 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 HP Fuelie $52,000  
S13 1971 Corvette Convertible 454 CI, 4-Speed   $26,500
S39 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP Fuel Injected, 3-Speed $76,000  
S48 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed   $51,000
S49 1960 Corvette Convertible 283/315 HP FI, 4-Speed $70,000  
S55 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP, 4-Speed   $60,000
S62 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-Speed   $65,000
S78 1963 Corvette Z06 Coupe Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan Race Car $700,000  
S82 1962 Corvette Coupe Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan Sebring Racer $600,000  
S83 1961 Corvette Coupe SVRA, HSR Vintage Racer N/A  
S84 1968 Corvette L88 Convertible 430 HP, 4-Speed $200,000  
S85 1967 Corvette Convertible Bill Mitchell, 427/400 HP, Automatic $300,000  
S86 1967 Corvette Coupe The Ed Cole Car, 427/435 HP, 4-Speed   $205,000
S93 1953 Corvette Convertible Bloomington Gold Certified $170,000  
S102 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe The Donington Speedway Pace Car, 427/430 HP $246,000  
S103 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/450 HP, 4-Speed, Bloomington, NCRS Awards $94,000  
S105 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible 1 of 2 ZR2 Convertibles Built, LS6 454/425 HP $345,000  
S141 1965 Corvette Convertible Original and Unrestored, 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $165,000  
S166 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, 4-Speed $90,000  
S167 1967 Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP, 3-Speed   $50,000
S168 1969 Corvette L89 Convertible Julia’s Jewel, 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $67,500  
S169 1969 Corvette L89 Coupe 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $62,500  
S173 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/375 HP, 4-Speed $92,500  
S208 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe 427/430 HP, 4-Speed   $150,000
S231 1966 Corvette 327/350 HP, 4-Speed   $43,500
S234 1966 Corvette 427 CI $50,000  
    Total Sales $651,000


Deal of the Year? The “Ed Cole” 1967 Corvette Coupe L89 sells for $205,000
Corvette Auction Results: Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More at Des Moines, IA
Bloomington 2009: Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000 Bloomington 2009: Mecum Sells $5.2 Million in Corvettes at Gold Auction

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Corvette Racing Takes Third in GT2 at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 16, 2009


In just their second race in GT2 this year, the Corvette Racing team shows their C6.Rs are for real in GT2. With just two minutes remaining in the race at Road America, Johnny O’Connell in the #3 car passes Patrick Long in the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 to finish in third position. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta had their mirror clipped in traffic and the extended pit stop for the replacement put the #4 Corvette two laps down to finish in 6th place.

The race was pretty much over within 20 minutes of the start as the class leading BMWs effectively picked up a lap during a caution period. At that point, it was pretty much a race for third between Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Panoz, Ford and Viper.

With 20 minutes remaining, O’Connell was running in fifth when he passed Pierre Kaffer’s Ferrari 430 GT to move to fourth position. Then with two minutes remaining the Porsche got a little wobbly in turn 5 and O’Connell was able to squeeze by him with minimal contact.

“It’s fun to have Corvettes racing again!” O’Connell exclaimed. “Kaffer was doing a great job, but I could see that he was struggling on used tires. He had a wiggle exiting Turn 1 and that allowed me to get by him. Then I had to chase down Patrick in the Porsche. There were a couple areas where we were faster, so I was thinking about setting him up there. Then going into Turn 5, he carried a little too much speed and missed the apex, so I had to throw it in there. There was some contact, but it only happened because he opened the door. We had a great race.”

Oliver Gavin was behind the wheel of the #4 Corvette C6.R when at around 1:26 into the race he had his right side mirror clipped by the #16 Dyson Lola prototype. The contact was enough to allow O’Connell to get by Gavin for fourth position. The #4 car was required to pit and received a new mirror with a door change, losing a lap in the process.

“On the second restart there were some slower cars at the front of the pack and we all bunched up behind them,” Gavin said. “I managed to work my way through and into fourth place behind the Ferrari. Then coming down through Canada Corner, a prototype clipped the mirror off my right door. At that point Johnny got by me and I was told I had to pit because the rules require a right-side mirror. That kind of ruined our race. We were going to be able to run all the way to the finish, but then there were two more full-course cautions and we were a sitting duck. It really just wasn’t our day.”

Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan was pleased with the results and the new car’s progress.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about racing for third,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We look at this as a victory for Corvette Racing. The unfortunate part is that we were beaten by three cars – two BMWs and the pace car. Nonetheless it was a great show, a tremendous duel to the finish, and a fantastic effort by the Corvette Racing team to bring both cars home.”

The GT2 Corvettes will next see action at the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario on August 28-30th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 30. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.

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Mecum is still the middle of their Monterey auction but once we saw the 1967 Corvette Coupe equipped with the 1 of 16 L89 aluminum heads on the 427/435 hp V8 sell for $205,000, we’re proclaiming that the deal of the year. Known as the “Ed Cole” Corvette, the car was ordered in 1967 by the neighbor of GM’s General Manager Ed Cole who recommended the rare L89 option.

Ed Cole took care of his neighbor by outfitting the Corvette for the ultimate driving experience. In addition to the L71 427/435 V8 with the L89 heads, the Corvette was also optioned with finned wheels, F41 suspension and a 3.55 positraction rear end. The result was a final price of nearly $6,500.

When the car was delivered to Frank Driver Chevrolet in Wilmington Delaware, employees recall that it was accompanied by more special handling instructions than anyone had seen previously, all of them directly from Ed Cole.

The Cole Corvette most recently appeared at the Bloomington Gold auction just two months ago where it was bid up to $550,000 but failed to sell as the reserve was reportedly $1 million. At the end of the Corvette’s auction at Monterey, the ring announcer called the reserve was off and mentioned that it was also set at $1 million.

Because of the huge difference in the numbers and especially the difference between Bloomington’s high bid and the sale price at Monterey, we have to guess that this was a distress sale. We have no word yet who the buyer was.

The Corvette has been restored to Concours condition and comes with a ton of documentation including copies of the paperwork and the Protect-O-Plate. Also included is a letter from 1982 from the original owner answering a questionnaire about the Corvette.

Read the entire auction catalog entry about the history of the 1967 L89 Coupe known as the Ed Cole Corvette.

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Corvette Auction Results: Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More at Des Moines, IA
Bloomington 2009: Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000 Bloomington 2009: Mecum Sells $5.2 Million in Corvettes at Gold Auction

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Saturday Morning Corvette News Roundup

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2009

1963 Corvette for sale at Mecum Auction in Monterey

Check out our Saturday morning round-up of several Corvette-related events happening today including auctions, racing and cruises.

Mecum’s Live Webcast from Monterey
Mecum will be broadcasting their Mecum at Monterey auction today beginning at 1pm EST (10am PST). The list of Corvettes for sale includes a 1953 Roadster and some quality C2s and early C3s with a several being L88s and L89s. Several Corvettes that appeared at Bloomington but were no sales are also on the docket including the Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell and Ed Cole cars. For details and to watch the auction, visit Mecum.

Corvette Racing Qualifying at Road America
The GT2 Corvettes are back in action this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The teams take to the track at 3:10 for qualifying and you can see the session streamed live on SPEED or listen on Radio Le Mans. Friday’s test session has the Corvettes running third behind BWM and Porsche with only 0.7 seconds separating the top three.

Also check out SPEED’s John Dagys ALMS Friday Notebook which shows the C6.Rs getting larger fender flares.

Corvette Grand Sports at the Woodward Dream Cruise
Today’s the big day for the Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit Michigan area and the Grand Sport Registry has put together a large gathering of the 1996 C4 Admiral Blue Corvettes. Although registration is closed, you can check them out parked near 11 Mile & Woodward in Royal Oak sometime after 12:00 noon. Check out this pic from Jalopnik.

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Corvette Racing’s GT2 C6.Rs Head to High-Speed Road America

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I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if 350 cubic inches suddenly
cried out in terror and then were silenced…

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