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Auction Preview: 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2009

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

Vintage race Corvettes with provenance are selling at record numbers and we now have word of another significant Corvette racecar set to hit the auction block in May. The 1965 Corvette roadster nicknamed the “8-Ball Cobra Killer” was one of the most dominating Corvette race cars of its day. The Corvette will be a winner once again as its offered for sale at the 5th Annual Houston Classic Auction hosted by Worldwide Auctioneers.

The 1965 Corvette was owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Gulstand. One of the most dominating cars at the time, the 8-Ball Corvette saw most of its action on the west coast and won 46 of 49 races in a single season. Today the Corvette is restored to its original 1966 race specs.

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.

Sources:
Worldwide Auctions
Photo Credit: Toshi Akatsuka, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

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Unique 1963 Corvette Display

Hemmings recently displayed these vintage photos taken inside a Chevy dealership back in the 60′s that show a 1963 Corvette Coupe display that was constructed with a hydraulic lift. At a touch of a button, the body would be lifted off the frame revealing the chassis and the small block 327 cubic inch V8.

The photographs were taken inside Grotewold Chevrolet, which was located in a small town in western Iowa. There is some debate as to which small town the dealership actually resided. Once inside, the dealership is vintage Chevy. We see the 1963 Corvette Coupe display is centrally located inside and as you can see from the photos, an audience of two Midwestern boys look on as the Corvette Coupe rises to show its inner workings.

Unique 1963 Corvette Display Unique 1963 Corvette Display Unique 1963 Corvette Display

We first saw one of these custom displays during our coverage of the Al Wiseman auction in December 2007. That display used a 1965 Corvette coupe and was built by Chevrolet for the 1965 Autorama that toured the country. The story was after the autorama concluded, the 1965 Corvette display bounced around before ending up in South Africa as a display at a technical school. As a side note to this story, the 1965 Autorama display sold at the Al Wiseman auction for $704k.

The owner of the 1965 Corvette Autorama Cutaway says he was told that Chevrolet built five of these unique displays but the whereabouts of this 1963 display is currently unknown.

Sources:
Hemmings Auto Blog

Related:
[VIDEO] 1965 Corvette Cutaway Autorama Display Sells for $704,000

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CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

Just a quick note to let you know that CorvetteBlogger.com is now on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows us to send 140-character messages to our “followers”. We’ve been using it long enough to realize the potential of not only sending “tweets” but being on the receiving end of influential people including those within GM. To see our updates and to become a follower, click here:

January 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

GM released the first sales figures for the new year and for the first time since we started keeping track in 2006, Corvette deliveries dropped below 1,000 units to close at 842 for the month of January. Unfortunately for both GM and the assembly workers in Bowling Green, 842 Corvette sales does little to alleviate the supply of Corvettes on the ground and the slow sales could force the company to keep the factory’s doors closed longer than planned.

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Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

Are you and your Corvette snowbound? Now is the time a lot of guys work on their cars because old man winter is keeping their Corvettes off the roads. Want to spend some quality time upgrading your Corvette without breaking the bank? We turned to Ecklers Corvette Parts for some seriously easy Corvette restoration projects to get you through the winter while keeping some green in your pocket.

Corvette Emblem Assembly, 1958-1960 Front, 1958-1961 Rear
Reproduction Of Original. Includes Gold Emblem, Bezel, Gasket, Speed Nuts & Silver Backplate. This Corvette reproduction front and rear emblem assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and finish will work superbly for your restoration. In addition, using a reproduction front and rear emblem assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette. Did you know? Many people in our hobby refer to the front emblem as a nose emblem.

Corvette Clock, Quartz, 1958-1962
Impress your friends and fellow Corvette club members by replacing your broken clock with this original looking replacement which features a modern reliable quartz movement. As the clock is one of the focal points in your C1 Corvette, why not have one that works? You’ll be able to drive with pride know that ALL gauges are working and your wife will appreciate your new found ability to tell time while driving your Corvette! Just pop out your old clock and install the new one and never be late your club gathering again.

Corvette Parking Light Assembly, 1963-1967
Reproduction Of Original with Correct Lens Markings On Outer Edge “AMBER 595440″ & “CRYSTAL 5950982″ Center Markings “GUIDE F2=60″. This Corvette reproduction parking light assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and function will work superbly for your restoration and the installation process couldn’t be easier. In addition, using a reproduction parking light assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette.

Corvette Taillight Set, With Back-Up Lights, 1963-1966
Over time Corvette taillights dim and the lenses darken. New lights and signals will improve visibility as well as make your Corvette look great. These reproduction lights are made in the USA with original GM tooling and they are quite simple to install.

Corvette Power Window Switch, 1968-1982
Are your power windows switches not working correctly or has the finish worn off? Many times a replacement switch will solve your power window woes. For about $20 each, you’re looking at a cheap way to add that sparkle and bling back your window switches. For what its worth, I just installed these on my 1979 Corvette and couldn’t be happier with the good response and great looks.


Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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LG Motorsports Makes Bid to Race GT2 Corvette at Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on February 2, 2009

LG Motorsports  GT2 Corvette at Sebring

Our friends at Badboy Vettes are telling us that the Black and Flames #28 GT2 Corvette belonging to LG Motorsports and Lou Gigliotti has applied to the ACO for a GT2 entry in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. As for the rest of the season, Lou says its all about Le Mans.

With continued support from car builder Riley Technologies and several new French sponsors including the French Corvette Club, Lou feels they will get strong consideration from the ACO, the organization that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Our season hinges directly on our Le Mans application. If we do get accepted, we have funding for Le Mans, Sebring, St. Pete, Long Beach, Mid-Ohio, Petit and Laguna.”

The #28 Corvette and the LG Motorsports team were at Sebring last week for the winter test session. According to Lou, it was track time well spent:

“We were there and got down to a 2:03.5 which was about 1.5 seconds off the fastest Michelin time of the 3 day test. We were on last year Dunlop compound which is behind what the BMW team now has.”

“I ran almost 8 hours of testing in two days during 4 two hour sessions. I only got out of the car between two hour sessions. ”

“We didn’t have our proper 1st gear for the hairpin but we will for the race.”

We saw the new GT2 team make great strides last year before funding problems took them out of several races. Seeming to show improvement after each race, we were much impressed with the #28 Corvette during last year’s Utah Grand Prix where the car was in contention for much of the race.

Should the LG Motorsports team get its invite to France, then we are assured of seeing the Lou and his #28 GT2 Corvette at the ALMS opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st.



Source:
Badboy Vettes
Corvette Forum
Photo Credit: John Thawley

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[PICS] C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine

by Keith Cornett on February 1, 2009

C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine

These photos come to us from English Russia showing the aftermath of a Corvette that burned while parked along a residential street in the Ukraine. Despite a police report that states that traces of arson were not detected at the scene, English Russia believes the car was burned because people “can’t stand those rich punks riding their hundred thousand dollar cars when around everything looks ruined and school teacher’s salary is $100/month.”

C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine
C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine
C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine
C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine

We’re hoping the Corvette C6 wasn’t burned as a result of class warfare. The site of the American-born sports car should lift up people up with visions of freedom and liberty – a shining 4-wheel version of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, due to huge European taxes and shipping, Corvettes can sell for double or even triple their costs in the States and so there is a certain resentment from the locals.

Sources:
English Russia

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Hennessey Unleashes the 705hp Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2009

Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

For some the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower is simply not enough. Hennessey Performance solves that problem with their latest creation, the Corvette ZR700. An extensive list of bolt-ons and a custom tune unleash the fury of the ZR1 by boosting horsepower to 705 and torque to 717lb-ft. The numbers are awe-inspiring.

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR700 rips through the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. The estimated top speed is 212 mph.

To squeeze the extra performance out of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9, Hennessey increases the supercharger boost from 11psi to 14psi and then adds a K&N air filter, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters, upgrades the intercooler system and finishes up with a dyno test and tune session. Watch the Corvette ZR700′s quarter mile run at Lonestar Motorsports Park:

If the 705 hp ZR700 isn’t enough for you, Hennessey adds even more upgrades and goes into the engine with high flow cylinder heads and an agressive cam shaft that boosts horsepower to an astonishing 755.


Source:
Hennessey via MotorAuthority.com

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1957 Corvette Roadster

The 2009 Mecum Kissimmee Auction was without a doubt a success with 160 Corvettes crossing the block over the 3 day event. Corvette sales totaled $3.95 million and with 82 Corvettes sold, Mecum’s Corvette sellers enjoyed a 51% success ratio. We also enjoyed the new facilities which allowed Mecum to move in-doors and create a much more visitor friendly event.

Six Corvettes crossed the $100,000 threshold with the 1963 Corvette Z06 “Gulf One” racer bringing in $1.05 million. Second on the list was another race car, the 1969 L88 COPO Convertible, which sold for $305,000. Rounding out the top three was a 1957 Corvette powered by a 283 ci fuelie that sold for $250,000.

There were bargains to be had as well during the weekend. Two numbers matching 1966 Corvettes powered by 427/425 big blocks sold for $52,000 and $55,000. Bob McDorman sold the last C5 convertible, a 2004 Commemorative Edition with just 2600 miles for $32,500. Also on our good buy list was a 1973 Corvette Coupe driver that sold for $10,000.

Here is the SOLD list from Mecum’s Kissimmee auction:

Lot Year Model Sold Price
T34 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-speed Manual $62,000
T94 1996 Corvette Coupe $9,000
T99 1993 Corvette Coupe $7,500
T106 1974 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $6,200
T107 1968 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-speed Manual $20,000
T110 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-speed Manual $47,000
T111 1961 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-speed Manual $30,000
T112 1971 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $12,500
T113 1971 Corvette Convertible 454/365 HP, 4-speed Manual $33,000
T114 2004 Corvette Convertible $25,000
T126 1968 Corvette 327/300 HP, 3-speed $25,500
T129 1992 Corvette Convertible $16,000
T139 2000 Corvette Coupe Lingenfelter, 346/650+ HP Twin Turbo $34,500
T145 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP, Automatic $54,000
T166 1964 Corvette Convertible 350/310 HP, Automatic $35,000
T167 1978 Corvette Coupe Pace Car Replica, 350 CI, Automatic $13,250
T170 1996 Corvette Callaway Coupe 383/435 HP, LT-1 Supernatural $16,000
T188 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP $60,000
T196 2001 Corvette $21,750
F10 1994 Corvette Coupe 350/300 HP, 6-speed Manual $12,000
F23 1971 Corvette Coupe 454/365 HP, Automatic $19,000
F49 1988 Corvette Convertible 350/240 HP, 4-Speed Automatic $11,750
F63 1976 Corvette Coupe 350/400 HP L-82, 4-speed Automatic $11,500
F91 1973 Corvette Coupe 454/275 HP, 4-Speed $24,500
F92 1990 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $12,000
F101 1979 Corvette Coupe 1 of 2,357 made, L-82 $12,000
F116 1987 Corvette Callaway Coupe 350/345 HP Twin-Turbo $14,000
F121 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-speed $40,500
F123 1978 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 4-speed, Silver Anniversary $11,000
F139 1973 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $10,000
F143 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, Dual Quad, 4-speed $64,500
F151 1972 Corvette Convertible 350/200 HP, Automatic $24,000
F154 1971 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $20,000
F155 1972 Corvette Coupe 454 CI, 4-Speed $29,500
F156 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Manual $125,000
F165 1965 Corvette Convertible 27/350 HP $53,000
F201 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-speed $46,000
F235 1964 Corvette Stingray Coupe 454 CI w/ Blower, 4-Speed $47,000
F237 1975 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic $23,000
F246 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP 4-Speed $62,000
F250 1970 Corvette Convertible 350/370 HP LT-1, 4-Speed $37,000
F258 1992 Corvette Coupe Special Chevrolet Color Test Car $29,500
F259 2004 Corvette Coupe Next to the Last C5 Corvette Made $32,000
F260 1998 Corvette Convertible Pilot Car #6 $29,000
F262 1997 Corvette Coupe LS1, 6-Speed Manual, VIN #007 $22,500
F263 1986 Corvette Convertible 5.7L, Automatic $35,000
F264 1987 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic, 238 Actual Miles $21,000
F265 1984 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic, 781 Actual Miles $14,500
F266 2004 Corvette Convertible Last C5 Convertible, 2,600 Miles $32,500
F268 1984 Corvette Coupe Owned by Jim Gilmore $12,500
F270 2002 Corvette Convertible Indy Track Car #40 $32,500
S1 1973 Corvette $18,500
S24 1962 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-speed Manual $42,000
S25 1981 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic $10,000
S30 1982 Corvette T-top 350 CI, Automatic $11,500
S31 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-Speed $60,000
S37 1968 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, Automatic $25,500
S45 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-speed $55,000
S66 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $100,000
S94 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-speed Manual $67,000
S96 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $65,000
S98 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP, 3-Speed $102,500
S99 2001 Corvette Convertible 350/350 HP, Automatic $25,000
S105 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-Speed $62,500
S109 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $56,500
S110 1963 Corvette Z06 Coupe Gulf One Race Car $1,050,000
S121 1961 Corvette Convertible $75,000
S123 1954 Corvette Convertible 235/150 HP 3-Carb Blue Flame $80,000
S124 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/250 HP, 4-speed Manual $46,000
S137 1966 Corvette Convertible 425 HP $78,500
S138 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP Fuelie, 4-Speed $250,000
S142 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible Race Car, 1 of 1 COPO $305,000
S153 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP Tri Power, 4-speed $112,500
S162 1959 Corvette $62,000
S166 1986 Corvette Convertible 350/235 HP, Automatic, Pace Car $20,000
S182 1992 Corvette Coupe $11,000
S184.1 1974 Corvette Convertible 4-speed $15,000
S186.1 1975 Corvette Coupe $11,500
S187 1994 Corvette Coupe 6-speed Manual $10,500
S188.1 1978 Corvette Coupe $11,000
S218 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-speed Manual $55,000
S230.1 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP $52,000


Mecum Auction’s next event will be held indoors at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO on March 20th and 21st.


Source:
Mecum Auction

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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

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