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43 Years Ago Today a Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette

Today is the 43rd anniversary of my father’s purchase of a Tuxedo Black 1966 Corvette from Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey. If you are a new reader of CorvetteBlogger, my original post on this topic from June 2007 will tell you a lot about me and my love of Corvettes. It also gives me a chance to pay tribute to my day who I lost in 1982.

Read the original post: 41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

 

Bloomington 2009:  Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000

The personal car belonging to legendary General Motor’s automotive designer Harley Earl was a no sale at Mecum’s 2009 Bloomington Gold auction. The Corvette convertible was the main attraction on Saturday where it was introduced with great fanfare. Bidding started at $400,000 for the custom Sting Ray and quickly climbed to the high bid of $985,000 before stalling. The auctioneer proclaimed a no sale (Mecum’s the bid goes on) as the seller set the reserve at $1.3 million.

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Bloomington 2009:  1968 L88 Corvette Sets Auction High Selling Price at $300K

Sales were very few and far between on the second day of Mecum’s High Performance Auction at Bloomington Gold. We’ll discuss this later when we tabulate the sales results. So when this 1968 L88 Corvette Coupe crossed the auction block, we weren’t getting our hopes up that the big block would sell. But the checkbooks came out for an original Bloomington Gold Survivor L88 and the $300,000 selling price was the highest price paid for a Corvette all weekend.

Here is the description of the L88 from Mecum’s catalog:

The dominant force of its time in SCCA and FIA competition, the L88 Corvette is still one of the wildest of any generation. With over 560 horsepower on tap at 5600rpm, the L88’s thumping powerplant far exceeded its factory-rated 430. Add its requisite F41 suspension, heavy duty disc brakes and indestructible Positraction rear end and the L88 was without peer.

Formerly a prominent piece of the Steve Hendrickson collection, this fabulous 1968 coupe embodies all the qualities dedicated collectors are searching for in their quest for the Holy Grail of Corvettes. In 1991 it collected an amazing NCRS judging score of 95.5 out of 100, and today it counts Bloomington Gold Silver and Survivor Certification awards in its well-documented history.

The car’s all-conquering L88 427 engine is complemented with the best from the 1968 equipment list, incorporating transistorized ignition, an M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed, J50/J56 heavy-duty power disc brakes, N36 telescopic steering and N11 off-road exhaust. It all comes together wrapped in sparkling International Blue with a Dark Blue interior, both in extraordinary condition, and completed with Rally wheels with correct Red Stripe tires.

Climb into the Dark Blue cockpit, depress the clutch pedal and turn the key, and the L88 barks instantly to life, idling crisply and rewarding the driver with instantaneous throttle response. When everything is up to the right operating temperature, the car answers every command with immediacy only possible in a big block Corvette built specifically for competition.

Documentation includes the Bloomington Gold Survivor Certificate, NCRS judging sheet, chain of ownership, window sticker and Protect-O-Plate.

The L88 legend is still very much alive, and it absolutely thrives in this shining example of the King of Corvettes.

Highlights:

  • Rare 1968 L88 427 4-speed
  • International Blue with Dark Blue vinyl interior
  • All correct original codes and numbers
  • M22 “Rock Crusher” manual transmission
  • F41 suspension
  • J56 heavy duty brakes
  • N11 off-road exhaust
  • A01 Soft Ray tinted glass
  • Telescopic steering column
  • Red Stripe tires


Source:
Mecum High Performance Auctions

Related:
Bloomington 2009: Twin-Turbo 1991 Corvette Callaway Speedster Sells for $115,000
Bloomington 2009: 1966 Corvette Convertible Sells for $83,500
Mecum’s Two-Day Corvette Auction at Bloomington Gold Show
Auction Preview: Mecum Selling Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette Roadster

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Bloomington 2009:  Twin-Turbo 1991 Corvette Callaway Speedster Sells for $115,000

One of more interesting time periods for Corvette came midway through the C4 production run when you could order a twin-turbo for your Corvette. In 1991, the B2K twin-turbo RPO was the only non-GM performance option that could be ordered on a Corvette. This limited edition 1991 Series 1 Corvette Callaway Speedster is #8 of 10 made and used to be part of the Otis Chandler collection before being acquired by Chevrolet dealer and Corvette collector Bob McDorman.

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Bloomington 2009:  1966 Corvette Convertible Sells for $83,500

This Ermine White 1966 Corvette Convertible was one of the high points on the first day of Mecum’s Corvette auction at the annual Bloomington Gold show in St. Charles, Illinois. The L72 427/425 hp V8 powered Corvette crossed the block early Friday and was sold for $83,500. Video of the sale is after the jump.

In 1966 the very first 427 engines found their way into Corvettes. Legend has it that the horsepower rating was over 450 but GM artificially deflated the numbers to please the insurance industry. The new power plant boosted the sting Ray’s street-cred immediately: 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a 14-sec quarter mile.

This Ermine White Corvette is a numbers matching original example featuring the L72 427/425 hp engine. The V8 is mated to a 4-speed transmission with aggressive 4.11 gears while the exhaust exits through its distinct shrouded side pipes. Original Kelsey Hayes knock-off wheels, two tops and a teak wood steering wheel complete the classic package.

Both buyer and sellers should be pleased with this sale. The $83,500 paid puts this car in the top 20 of 1966 Corvette 427/425 prices according to Corvette Market’s Database and our Corvette Price Guide has the 1966 Corvette appreciating at 7% per year. Not too shabby in this economy!


Source:
Mecum

Related:
Mecum’s Two-Day Corvette Auction at Bloomington Gold Show
Auction Preview: Mecum Selling Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette Roadster

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Mecum's Two-Day Corvette Auction at Bloomington Gold Show

The live internet feed of Mecum’s Corvette auction at the Bloomington Gold show in St. Charles, Illinois just kicked off a few minutes ago and the HD Theater coverage will start at 6pm EST. Over 300 Corvettes are expected to cross the selling block today and tomorrow. You can watch the internet feed via ustream.tv.

For a complete list of Corvettes for sale, click here to download the car list.

 

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2009

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on 

Fire!

In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Boris Said’s fire in the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette at Long Beach, this SCCA racer was recently tearing up the track at Road America when his C6 T-1 race car caught on fire.

Apparently oblivious to the fire raging underneath his Corvette, the racer lost control and swung around as the intense flames had melted the tires. Here’s how it all unfolded

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!    


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
[VIDEO] LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Catches Fire at Long Beach
[PICS] C6 Corvette CharGrilled in the Ukraine

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Ninth Annual

I hope all of you are aware that Friday is the 9th annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day. On this day, Corvette enthusiasts are urged to take to their Corvette to the road as a way to say happy birthday to the Corvette, which first rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30th, 1953.

The idea for the “Drive Your Corvette to Work” comes from Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks, who launched the event in 2001. The yearly event is held on the Friday closest to June 30th. This year, Mid America Motorworks wants to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible to show support for General Motors. Many believe (us included) that the Chevrolet Corvette is GM’s greatest contribution to the automotive world.

“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Yager. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. Wave to other Corvette owners: it’s a perfect chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”

If you participate in “Drive your Corvette to Work”, take some pictures and submit them to Mid America Motorsports via clubs@mamotorworks.com and they will be posted at www.mamotorworks.com/corvette

Check out the video of us driving our Corvette to work from 2007′s “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day.
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Mid America Motorworks Related:
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Motor Trend Video: Corvette Blue Devil vs Blue Angel

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2009

Corvette Blue Devil vs Blue Angel
Motor Trend answers the age old question: Why race a 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1 against a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet? Well, after defeating a Ferrari 599 GTB, the Porsche 911 GT2 and the Nissan GT-R in various head-to-head Motor Trend tests, the Blue Angel is about the only competition up to the challenge. This is the third such time MT has put a Vette against a Jet the video is fun to watch. I won’t give away the results, so sit back and enjoy this 19-minute video of Blue Devil vs Blue Angel.

 

Corvette Assembly Plant Moving to 4-Day Work Week

by Keith Cornett on June 22, 2009

Inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant

We got a bit of news this morning regarding changes to the Corvette plant’s operations schedule. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be moving to a new work schedule effective the week of July 20th. Assembly workers will be on the job for 10 hours per day, 4 days per week instead of an 8 hour/5 day workweek. We also got word that the planed operational schedule (ie shutdowns) has been revised.

The New Work Week Schedule:

The new schedule starts the week beginning July 20th and calls for the plant to be in operation Monday through Thursday for 10 hours per day. Assembly plant workers will start their shifts at 6:12 am and the end at 4:42 pm.

Revised Work Schedule.

  • The Plant will work the week of June 22nd.
  • The Plant will be closed for three weeks: the weeks of June 29th, July 6th and July 13th.
  • The Plant will work for two weeks: the weeks of July 20th and July 27th
  • The Plant will be closed for three weeks: the weeks of August 3rd, August 10th and August 17th.
  • The Plant will return to work the week beginning August 24th.

Plant Tours

The morning tour times should remain the same (9 am and 11:30 am). The afternoon tour time will be changed and the plant will let us know in the near future what the new time will be.


Source:
Corvette Museum
Photograph by Michelle Rindels

Related:
GM Bankruptcy: Corvette Plant Safe (for now)
More Corvette Comments from GM CEO Henderson

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