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Motor Trend Posts Photos of Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

According to the Motor Trend Blog, the much talked about hype of the new supervette visiting Monterey is already a memory. The Velocity Yellow Corvette ZR1 did two hot laps around the track before heading back to the pits, where it was loaded back into its transport. The photos show the familiar black camouflage replaced by a painted hood with a black/yellow checkerboard design that seems to throw of the perspectives of the hood. But the bulge is there, as well as the carbon fiber top and a black rear spoiler. Also new are the wheels which, according to various reports, are being made by CCW. Motor Trend’s man on the ground says the car was loaded in its trailer following the laps and is now on its way back to Detroit. I do believe that to probably be the case as GM generated the hype they were looking for, did their laps, and then got out before the crowds arrive for tomorrow’s race. I did sent out a message to my friend at BBV to find out what he is hearing. Knowing BBV and their knack for getting GM to bend to their will, that’s probably them (Dan and Eddie) driving the damn car.

Motor Trend captures the ZR1 at Laguna Seca Motor Trend captures the ZR1 at Laguna Seca
Photo Credit: MotorTrend.com

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This was posted on the CorvetteForum.com by BAD 99. The driver is Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell. Click for larger photo! Just In: Click here for Video
Corvette ZR1 at Laguna Seca

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Jalopnik Puts $1K Bounty on Corvette ZR1 Photos

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

Los Jalops have offered a $1,000 bounty to the first person that can bag and send 8 high quality digital photos of the Corvette ZR1 that’s been found hiding in Monterey, California. The bounty has strings attached, so the chances of actually winning the cash are somewhat slim. The good news is that Jalopnik will hopefully be inundated with photos which they will then share for the rest of us. Details can be found at Jalopnik.com The Corvette ZR1 is expected to take some hot laps at Laguna Seca this weekend, site of the final ALMS race for 2007. GM, perhaps realizing that the genie is out of the bottle, has progressed from hiding the car at all cost, to allowing controlled promotional views at 200 mph. For those of us 3000 miles away, hopefully SPEED TV has been made aware and we’ll get to see some footage during the race. Way to go GM! And thanks to BadBoyVettes.com for their efforts as well.
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ZR1 Corvette Found Bound and Gagged in a Trailer

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

Browsing the BBV site a bit after midnight, I was shocked to see a new photo on the home page with a caption that reads Is This What We Think It Is? Having seen how the BadBoy Vettes guys like to dish out tidbits of info slowly, mostly related to our favorite racing team, its not surprising that there are no other words other than that title considering they just posted what appears to be the Corvette Blue Devil/ZR1.

Details of the most sought sports car on the planet is generally not something you dish out slowly, unless of course BBV is still setting up their Google AdSense account or booking that flight out of the country. So until we can find out any more details about this photograph, we are left to draw our own conclusions as well as make plans to refresh the BBV site oh, say 100 times in the next 12-24 hours to see if there is any update. Update:
The word on the street is this ZR1 is in Monterey and will lap the track at Laguna Seca sometime over the weekend!!
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on October 19, 2007

It’s Friday, so it must be time to feature some Corvettes that are currently listed for sale at VetteFinders.com, our Corvette classified ads website. The six Corvettes represent one from each generation, and they are just a sampling of the 500+ Corvettes available.

1960 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1975 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1960 Convertible
$99,000
1966 Coupe
$99,500
1975 T-Top
$19,900
 
1996 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2001 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2005 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1996 CE Conv
$18,990
2001 Convertible
$31,000
2005 Convertible
$42,900

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BadBoyVettes Unveil the Rebranded Corvette Racing C6.Rs

by Keith Cornett on October 18, 2007

At the Mucky Duck bar in Monterey, California, the rebranded Corvette C6.R racecars were unveiled to the attendees of the BadBoy Vettes Laguna Seca kickoff party. Not being able to attend personally, Dan from BBV sent us the following pictures and gave us permission to rebrand CorvetteBlogger.com with one of the photos. Thanks, Dan! Earlier in the week we inquired whether both C6.R Corvettes were being rebranded or just the #4 Corvette. Due to the damage of the #3 C6.R at Petit Le Mans, we heard that the #33 C6.R that Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim drove in August at Mosport was being pressed into service. Today, with the release of the BadBoy Vettes C6.R photos, we were pleasantly surprised to find the #3 C6.R Corvette was rebranded as well, with the graphics and colors inverted from the #4 Corvette.

The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs
 
The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs The BBV-branded Corvette C6.Rs
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The final race of the 2007 ALMS season is the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca on Saturday, October 20th. SPEED channel will televise the race live beginning at 5:30 pm EST.
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Video: 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Quick Drive

by Keith Cornett on October 16, 2007

Cars.com’s Dave Thomas reviews the new 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Nothing ground breaking here, but this is a very nice video review of the Corvette Z06:


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Mecum’s High Performance Auctions are different than the usual predominately-Corvette affairs we see at Bloomington or down in Kissimmee, Florida at the NCRS Winter Regional. At the St. Charles, Illinois auction during the October 5-7th weekend, just 80 of the 550+ unique muscle and collector cars were Corvettes. Yes, that mix seems to guarantee a wider audience as the larger auction field brings in the special cars and with the special cars comes the guys with the checkbooks that can afford them. Included in the group of Corvettes at the St. Charles auction was a 1953 Corvette, a 1969 L88 and a very unique 1967 Black ‘N Blue L71 427/435 coupe. We detailed the top two Corvette sales from this auction earlier this week, the 1969 L88 Coupe selling for $446,250 and the 1967 L71 Coupe selling for $393,750. unfortunately, the ’53 Corvette was a no-sale with a high bid at $225,000. Total Corvette sales reached $2.8 million and the selling percentage was a solid 61%. Mecum’s slogan is “Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum” and while were not about to enter the debate of whether a Corvette is a muscle car or not, their slogan could in all reality by modified to “Nobody Sells More Fiberglass…” Here is the full list of Corvettes and their sales price or high bids:

Lot Year Model Color High Bid Sell Price
U80 1953 Corvette White $225,000.00  
S35 1957 Corvette Red $71,000.00  
S87 1957 Corvette Silver $145,000.00  
S159 1957 Corvette Fuelie Turquoise   $103,950.00
U78 1957 Corvette Black   $107,625.00
S242 1959 Corvette Red   $59,063.00
F258 1960 Corvette White/Silver   $62,475.00
S147 1960 Corvettte Turquoise $95,000.00  
S163 1961 Corvette White   $82,950.00
F164 1963 Corvette Red   $78,750.00
F229 1963 Corvette Blue   $56,175.00
S85 1963 Corvette Maroon $155,000.00  
S168 1963 Corvette Red   $210,000.00
U79 1964 Corvette Blue   $110,000.00
F13 1965 Corvette Red   $29,000.00
F119 1965 Corvette Red   $40,425.00
S157 1965 Corvette Black $65,000.00  
U72 1965 Corvette Black $37,000.00  
F177 1966 Corvette White   $94,500.00
F197 1966 Corvette Yellow/Black   $50,400.00
F224 1966 Corvette White $45,000.00  
F251 1966 Corvette Yellow $46,000.00  
S23 1966 Corvette Maroon $50,000.00  
S70 1966 Corvette Blue $53,000.00  
S76 1966 Corvette Maroon $65,000.00  
S273 1966 Corvette Blue   $51,725.00
F249 1967 Corvette Green   $89,250.00
F309 1967 Corvette Maroon/White $41,000.00  
S99 1967 Corvette Black   $393,750.00
S158 1967 Corvette 427/435 Silver $170,000.00  
S200 1967 Corvette Blue   $70,875.00
U57 1967 Corvette White   $54,075.00
F27 1968 Corvette Bronze $28,000.00  
S86 1968 Corvette Blue/White   $17,000.00
S171 1968 Corvette L89 Maroon $90,000.00  
S245 1968 Corvette Blue   $71,400.00
F121 1969 Corvette White   $25,000.00
F181 1969 Corvette Black $35,000.00  
S88 1969 Corvette L88 Red   $446,250.00
S143 1969 Corvette Red $37,500.00  
S216 1969 Corvette White $35,000.00  
S244 1969 Corvette Red   $70,875.00
U101 1969 Corvette Gold $26,000.00  
F89 1971 Corvette Blue   $22,050.00
U84 1971 Corvette Blue $21,000.00  
F60 1972 Corvette Red $17,500.00  
F72 1972 Corvette Gold   $12,863.00
F74 1972 Corvette Black/Silver $9,000.00  
S68 1972 Corvette Red $29,000.00  
F2.1 1973 Corvette Red   $11,000.00
S62 1974 Corvette Red   $20,475.00
F38 1975 Corvette Orange   $12,600.00
F86 1975 Corvette Red   $16,800.00
S67 1975 Corvette Yellow   $20,475.00
F33 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $18,375.00
F65 1978 Corvette Red   $25,463.00
F81 1978 Corvette Gray   $7,900.00
F122 1978 Corvette Silver $23,000.00  
F173 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $25,988.00
S260 1978 Corvette White   $7,400.00
F7 1982 Corvette White   $9,000.00
F10 1982 Corvette Red   $14,700.00
F118 1982 Corvette Silver   $10,500.00
F11 1986 Corvette Yellow   $16,275.00
F313 1986 Corvette Yellow   $11,550.00
U160 1986 Corvette White   $13,125.00
S257 1987 Corvette Silver/Grey $15,000.00  
U30 1987 Corvette Gold   $15,750.00
F266 1988 Corvette Bronze   $9,500.00
F165 1989 Corvette White   $11,550.00
F255 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Red $31,000.00  
U124 1992 Corvette ZR-1 Blue   $12,600.00
F93 1993 Corvette Red $15,000.00  
F290 1993 Corvette Red   $28,000.00
F302 1993 Corvette Turquoise   $8,500.00
F291 1996 Corvette Silver $20,000.00  
F186 1997 Corvette ZR-1 Black $16,500.00  
S266 2001 Corvette Yellow $32,000.00  
S254 2007 Corvette Z06 Black   $65,000.00
           
        Total Sales: $2,802,952.00
The final High Performance auction for 2007 will be held in Kansas City November 30th through December 2nd. Details and car list can be found at the Mecum website.
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Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend was definitely the place to find some rare Corvettes. We already detailed the auction’s top Corvette seller, a low-mileage one owner 1969 L88 Corvette which sold for $446,250. The second highest sale from the October 5-7th auction went to a very special 435 hp ’67 Coupe which sold for $393,750. You know a Corvette is special when it’s known throughout Vettedom by a nickname. The Black ‘N Blue 1967 Corvette earned the name due to its Tuxedo Black exterior with the Bright Blue Stinger hood. What? You haven’t seen this color combo before? That’s because only four documented ’67 Sting Rays are known to share this very rare exterior color combination. This particular Corvette was restored by Houston’s famous Nabers Brothers, who also restored ProTeam’s Last Sting Ray. Featured options include the L71 427 ci/435 hp Tri-Power engine, factory side mounted exhaust, a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-Speed and 3:55 gears. Although not original on 1967 Corvettes, this Corvette has “Blue Line” Goodyears mounted to the factory original bolt-on wheels.

The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette
The Corvette’s original color was changed early in its life. Luckily, fate would lead to an inspection of the original trim tag by Corvette Hall of Fame member Dan Gale, which revealed the rare factory code 900 Tuxedo Black and Bright Blue stripe combination. Today the Corvette, with its Code 415 Bright Blue Leather interior is correct and outstanding in every detail, earning a Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight and the Chevy Vette Fest Triple Crown Award. A check of prices for 1967 Corvettes sold at auction against Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Results Database shows we have a top 10 Corvette based on the selling price of $393,750. Truly a beautiful and unique 1967 Corvette Coupe.
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An L88 Corvette is used to shaking the world around it, but at the Mecum High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend, an extremely low mile one owner 1969 Corvette L88 shook the auction world by selling for $446,250. Previous high of a 1969 L88 sold at an auction was set back in January 2006 at Barrett-Jackson for $334,800. The L88 engine was rated at 430 hp and featured an aluminum intake and heads, an 850 cfm dual feed Holley carb and mandatory options like an aluminum radiator, heavy duty brakes and the Muncie M-22 transmission. Power windows, power steering and radios were not included to discourage street use. The L88 added over $1,000 to the base price of a 1969 Corvette, which was $4,781. Only 116 L88 Corvettes were built in 1969. The Corvette that sold at St. Charles is one of the most highly documented, low mileage Corvettes in existence. Rare for any 1969 Corvette, much less an L88. The Corvette retains its original matching numbers engine, transmission, carburetor and interior. Only 2,248 miles are on the one-owner car.

1969 Corvette L88 1969 Corvette L88 1969 Corvette L88
Like many L88 Corvettes, this car was destined for the track. Purchased by Dennis Ahrens from Dick Wickstrom Chevrolet in Roselle, Illinois on December 12, 1969, the Corvette was prepped to be a drag racer, achieving a best time of 10.82 seconds in the quarter mile. Many of the Corvette’s original parts were set aside and saved during her racing days, only to be reunited later when the owner restored her back to factory specifications in 2005-06. Since restoration, the Corvette has received Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS National Top Flight, Gold Spinner Award and the Triple Crown Award with all scores at 97, 98 or 99. The Corvette today sits on three of four original wheels and has the original spare tire. It is believed to be one of the last three L88′s ever produced and is the only known L88 with red exterior and tan interior. It is also one of only 25 delivered with a 4.56 positraction rear end. The Corvette is fully documented with the original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, dealer sales invoice and order form, tax and license receipt and the owner’s manual. Topping of the impressive list of docs is the Illinois Title in the original owner’s name. We’ll have more results from the Mecum St. Charles auction over the coming days.
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Corvette Racing: Bad Boy Vette’s C6.R Repaint is a Wrap

by Keith Cornett on October 12, 2007

Dan from Bad Boy Vettes gives us an update on the new graphics package for the C6.R Corvettes race next week at Laguna Seca. While their initial photo showed a couple cans of Krylon spray paint, apparently this method of rebranding one of the most successful cars in racing history is frowned up by the higher-ups at GM. So the experts from Competition Graphics were called in and now we get the first look at just how good “Jake” looks on the #4 Corvette.

Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic
 
Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic
The #4 badboyvettes C6.R will be making its official debut at the Mucky Duck in Monterey on Wednesday evening, October 17th during the Bad Boy Vettes bash. In celebration of Corvette Racing’s last race of the season, another GT1 Class championship, and one hell of a new paint job, CorvetteBlogger.com will be pulling a bit of a “Bad Boy” rebranding ourselves. Stay tuned!
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