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2009 GT-1 Championship Edition Corvette

Tom Hill, Quality Engineering Manager at the Corvette Assembly Plant announced to NCRS members attending the Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida last weekend that a new limited edition package called the GT-1 Edition would be produced this Spring. Like the Competition Sport Package, the GT-1 Edition centers around the Corvette Racing theme with team mascot “Jake” prominently displayed.

The package will reportedly be available on Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models. They will include your choice of either 45U Velocity Yellow with Black Stripes or 41U Black with Yellow Stripes. Both colors feature the now familiar “Jake” mascot as well as other graphics inspired by the Corvette Racing C6.Rs like the distinctive yellow windshield banner.

Another unique feature will include graphics that will have the driver’s names on the roof just like the C6.R. The championships that the Corvette Racing C6.R team has won will be displayed on a lower door script graphic. Other features include black headlamps on the Velocity Yellow models and Genuine Corvette Accessories (GCA) body colored door handles and carbon fiber patterned engine covers.

All GT-1 Championship models include the ZR1′s full width spoiler in body color and Q9V Forged Chrome Wheels. The Coupe and Convertible models will come equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance Exhaust.

Each of the GT-1 Edition interiors will receive exclusive GT-1 embroidery on the seats and console lid. Ebony 4LT (Coupe and Convertible) and 3LZ (Z06) interiors and shifter will be accentuated with yellow stitching. Included will be a Special Console Trim Plate with specific VIN sequencing and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Pricing and availability are expected sometime in February.

With 2009 being the end of Corvette Racing’s reign of the GT-1 class in the ALMS and Le Mans, collectors and Corvette Racing fans alike will have the opportunity to show their support when driving this unique tribute to the C6.R team to a Corvette corral later this year and beyond.


Source:
Corvette Forum

Related:
2009 Corvette Competition Sport Package Pricing Revealed
Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Japan’s Special Edition Corvette: The Corvette S-Limited
The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Racer

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2009

1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible

This 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible made its presence known like no other car during last weekend’s Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. When it fired up the race-prepped 427 cubic inch big block and rolled into the auction ring, the packed house was paying close attention. Here was a documented authentic factory L88 race car and Proteam Corvette wanted it sold!

Included in the documentation of this vintage racer was the tank sticker, early photos of the Corvette and its racing log books, trophies and awards. The tank sticker documents the L88 engine and special COPO request for this Corvette NOT to be equipped with the Big Brake options like all other L88 Corvettes, making it a one of one car.

The Corvette saw combat in SCCA events regularly from 1972-1976 and raced in such storied venues as Daytona and Sebring. It’s listed in the roster of cars that raced in the 24th Annual 12 hours of Sebring in 1976. The car is currently certified for SVRA vintage races.

Towards the end of the auction the race car seemed to stall at $300,000 but it only took another $5,000 to drop the reserve and sell the Corvette at $305,000. Tom Abrams of Reliable Transports was the buyer and is shown getting the Mecum treatment there at the end.


Source:
Mecum Auction

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: The Last C5 Corvette Convertible Sells for $32,500

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2009 Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.

The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.

2009 World Performance Car finalists:

  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI

The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.


Source:
Jalopnik

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2009 Corvette Competition Sport Package Pricing Revealed

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2009

2009 Competition Sport Corvette

While still waiting for an official announcement from GM regarding pricing for the 2009 Corvette’s Competition Sport package, sources told Jalopnik that the Z51-Equipped 1LT Coupe version will run $55,655 while the Z06 1LZ model will set you back $77,500 including charges.

Chevy is aiming this limited edition Corvette for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. Available in Z06 or Z51 configurations, the CSC package is ready for some serious performance driving. With the focus on keeping the Corvette lightweight for performance driving, you’ll see some serious track-influenced design features:

2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC)

Chevrolet introduces a new Corvette package available for a limited time. The Competition Sport package is for the Corvette purist and driving enthusiast. Perfect Corvette for the enthusiast who attends driving schools and track events. Focus on lightweight and performance driving. Serious track influenced design features. Excellent value pricing – Limited build scheduled for Spring ’09 only.

Included in the package:

  • Competition Gray Exterior Stripes, Wheels, and Headlamps
  • Corvette Racing ‘Jake’ and CSR logos on b-pillar, headrest, and center armrest
  • Ebony Interior with titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing Pedals from GCA
  • Special engine cover
  • Racing style numbers with number based on build sequence to be installed by customer

The Competition Sport Corvette is available in either a 1LT Coupe with 436 horsepower or as the 1LZ Z06 with 505 horsepower. The Z06 version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 41U Black. The Coupe version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 10U Arctic White.

Also included in the coupe version is the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust, Differential Cooler, Head-Up Display, Red Painted Brake Calipers and a Z06 tall spoiler.


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Japan’s Special Edition Corvette: The Corvette S-Limited
The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe

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Pictures From The NCRS Winter Regional Corvette Show

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2009

A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional

The 31st annual National Corvette Restorer Society’s Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida appears to have been successful based on our read of the crowd and some of the attendees and vendors we spoke with. Frost greeted the visitors early Friday morning, but by mid afternoon, temperatures reached the low ’70s. If you haven’t been to one of these larger Corvette shows, you are really missing out. Here some of what you would have seen.

A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional
A 1966 Corvette Small Block on the judging field A 1966 Corvette Big Block on the judging field Advanced NCRS Judging Seminar
The very first Corvette Fuelie Mad Maxx Code Red Interceptor C2 Corvette with unique hardtop. Notice the radio delete?
1988 Corvette ZR-1 Prototype 1988 Corvette ZR-1 Prototype Note on a car at mecum illustrates final point of the blog post

For those of you wondering, I found a vintage 1966 Florida license plate that I am thinking about registering for my car. I’ll bolt in on in the couple of days just to see how it looks. It was in very good condition and I got it for $25. I did strike out though on the replacement spinner logo inset for my wheel covers, so my hunt continues.

I also hate pass along bad news, but there is more than one report of people stealing valuable parts like original oil and gas caps from Corvettes parked on the grounds, as well as a few vendors who found that people walked off with some parts without paying. Too bad that this happens in our great hobby that a guy has to worry about getting parts stolen off his Corvette when he is out for some fun and camaraderie.

Sources:
NCRS Florida

Related:
Weekend Plans: NCRS Corvette Show and Mecum Auction

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[VIDEO] Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Sells for $1.05 Million

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2009

Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist” dominated SCCA racing in 1963 with this factory-backed 1963 Corvette Z06 race car. On Saturday afternoon at the Mecum High Performance Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, the “Gulf Oil” Corvette dominated the field once again with an auction-high gavel price of $1,050,000!

Dr. Thompson was on hand to sign autographs and introduce his old Corvette. He joked that the Corvette looked better today than it did when he was driving it. Noted Z06 historian Eric Gill was also on the stage and showed the original starting lineup for the 1963 24 hours of LeMans that had “Gulf One” in the #1 position followed by Mickey Thompson’s Z06 in position #2. Unfortunately, GM pulled out and “Gulf One” never made it to France to compete on the world stage.

Bidding on the “Gulf One” Corvette Z06 opened at $400,000 and quickly climbed to $900,000. When the bid topped $1 million the crowed cheered and that seemed to elicit one more bid of $1,050,000 which removed the reserve. No other bids came in and the hammer dropped on this historic race car.

Although the $1.05 million selling price of “Gulf One” is significant, it was still less than the $1.485 million paid for the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette that sold in August of 2008 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. That Corvette was also driven by Dr. Dick Thompson who finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 SCCA-A production championship.

Sources:
Mecum

Related:
[VIDEO] Auction Preview: Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car
Breaking News: Corvette Grand Sport #002 Fails to Reach Reserve
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2004 Corvette Convertible - The Last C5 Convertible

Chevrolet dealer and noted collector Bob McDorman has brought nearly a dozen of his Corvettes to the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida this weekend to sell. Unlike many of McDorman’s Corvettes that feature low VIN’s, lot #F266, a 2004 Corvette Convertible, has a high VIN at 31,945, but it is unique as it holds the distinction of being the last C5 convertible produced.

The last C5 Convertible is a 2004 Commemorative Edition Corvette, painted in LeMans Blue and outfitted with Shale interior, special embroidery and badges. Following production, the Corvette was sent over to the Museum where it was used as a “Give-Away” car. We are unsure of exactly how the Corvette came into possession of Bob McDorman, but like many Corvettes in his collection, the mileage is low with just 2,600 miles reading on the odometer.

This Corvette hit the Mecum auction block a little after 9pm on Friday night and was sold for $32,500. We thought it was a good deal for both buyer and seller as the price was in-line for a low mileage, condition 1 2004 Corvette convertible. The fact that it’s the last C5 Convertible and a former Bob McDorman Corvette will undoubtedly make it more valuable as time goes by.


Source:
Mecum Auction

Related:
[VIDEO] Auction Preview: Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

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Weekend Plans: NCRS Corvette Show and Mecum Auction

by Keith Cornett on January 23, 2009

NCRS Winter Regional

Our bags are packed and reservations have been confirmed. We’ll be spending some quality time in Orlando, Florida this weekend as two of our favorite Corvette events have hit the Sunshine state: The NCRS Winter Regional and Mecum’s High Performance Auction.

At the Winter Regional, our favorite pastime is to walk the vendor and swap meet area. I’m on the hunt this year for the logo inset that is housed in the middle of the spinner on a 1966 Corvette hub cap. I’ve also been toying with the idea to go retro with my license plate. Florida DMV allows classic car owners to use actual license plates from years past so I am going to look for a clean 1966 Florida plate.

At the Mecum Auction, we of course will be there on Saturday afternoon for the sale of Gulf One, the 1963 Corvette Z06 race car. The Flying Dentist, Dr. Dick Thompson will there to watch his old car get sold. Bob McDorman will also be selling a few cars from his collection of celebrity-owned and low mileage Corvettes.

So if you see this guy walking around either event, make sure you come up and say hi. We’ll have photos and videos early next week when we return.

Sources:
NCRS Florida
Mecum

Related:
[VIDEO] Auction Preview: Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

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Corvette Ad Watch: Vintage 1960 Corvette Poster

by Keith Cornett on January 22, 2009

Vintage 1960 Corvette Poster

This vintage poster features five 1960 Corvette Roadsters driving in formation and poses the question: “For ten seconds try to imagine what owning a Corvette would be like…” As Corvette owners, we can agree with the answer: “You’re close, but it’s better than that!”

Click here for a larger version of the ad.


Source:
Fun House @ Flickr

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Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Mecum Auctions calls “Gulf One” the most desirable 1963 Corvette Z06 of them all! Delivered from Yenko Chevrolet to Gulf Oil’s Grady Davis in October 1962, this Corvette Z06 was race prepared and rushed down to the Puerto Rico Grand Prix where it scored its first class win. With the “Flying Dentist” Dr. Dick Thompson at the wheel, the Gulf Oil sponsored Z06 became the most successful factory-backed production racing Corvette of the C2 era.

In addition to the Z06′s historical racing achievements, the Corvette itself is significant as it represented at the time the most dramatic advance in production Corvette performance. Of the 21,513 Corvettes produced in 1963, Gulf One was 1 of only 14 regular production Corvette Serial Numbers assigned specifically for competition and it was the first of 2 Serial Numbers assigned to Yenko Chevrolet specifically for competition.

After the win at Puerto Rico, Gulf One took the A-Production class win at Marlboro, Maryland in January 1963 and then was prepped for FIA competition for races at Daytona and Sebring. Thompson and Gulf one placed third overall and first in GT3 class at Daytona in February behind two Ferrari GTO’s, but a disappointing gearbox failure at Sebring marred the car’s impressive qualifying performance.

Thompson barnstormed Gulf One across the country, winning 1st place overall at the SCCA President’s Cup at Marlboro, Maryland and the A/Production class at Danville, Virginia and Road America. In all, Gulf One saw more racing combat in more venues than any of the other “Specially Assigned” factory Z-06’s and was always at the front of the pack.

Today, the Gulf One Corvette Z06 has been restored and appears as it did on the starting grid of the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours. Mecum will auction the Corvette this Saturday around 2:30pm at the annual Mecum Kissimmee auction in Central Florida. On hand to witness the sale as well as meet and greet fans is the “Flying Dentist” himself, Dr. Dick Thompson.

CorvetteBlogger will be spending some quality time in Orlando with both the NCRS Winter Regional Meet and the Mecum auction featuring 750+ cars. I’ll have results and auction videos early next week.

Sources:
Mecum

Related:
Breaking News: Corvette Grand Sport #002 Fails to Reach Reserve
1962 Gulf Oil Corvette Sells for $1.485 Million at Pebble Beach

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