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Fire Chief Selects a 1978 Corvette for Command Car

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2008

Corvette Documentation

Dennis, Massachusetts Fire Chief Mark Dellner has added a new vehicle his fleet – a “fire engine red” 1978 Corvette outfitted with a light bar, graphics and a siren that can be heard two miles away. Chief Dellner says the use of the Corvette as his personal command and control vehicle makes perfect sense: “when I have to get to a fire, I have to get there fast.”

According to Chief Dellner, the Corvette will also be a public relations boon. “Actually, no, it’s just keeping up with the times,” said Dellner. “Young people like to see that public officials are ‘with it,’ and the Corvette projects the image they expect.”

“We had a little trouble mounting the light bar just behind the T-top, but it fits beautifully. Also that massive chrome siren can be heard two miles away. This little baby will get me through town at 80 miles an hour. This car was the official pace car for the 1978 Indianapolis 500. Tell me, what better car is there in which to race to a fire?”

The town’s police chief Mike Whalen has received calls from concerned citizens about the prospect of the Fire Chief’s Corvettes racing through town at 80 mph. His only comment was “Does it come in blue?”

Check out the full tongue and cheek post of the Fire Chief’s new Corvette at capecodtoday.com
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capecodtoday.com Related:
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Corvette Documentation

In a recent post from his Corvette Perspectives blog, prolific Corvette collector Terry Michael of Proteam Corvette shares his thoughts relating to documentation and Classic Corvettes.

Documentation is any paperwork generated by the factory/dealer when the Corvette was assembled and sold. It can include the window sticker, tank sticker, shipper copy, warranty book/protecto-plate, dealer invoice, dealer bill of sale and the owners manual packet.

Terry’s Three Facts about Corvette Documentation:

Fact one:
Most older (1953 to 1981) Corvettes do not have any form of documentation. A Corvette with documentation is the anomaly!

Fact Two:
Bloomington Gold and NCRS judges do not judge documentation and documentation is not required to have your Corvette judged, other than a title and proof of insurance. These judges are generally quite experienced and judge by a standard and that standard I refer to as “The Duck Test” being; If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck… it most likely is a duck!!! Sometimes the evidence of the “The Duck Test” is so overwhelming, especially when performed by the truly experienced, it replaces the real need for documentation (paperwork).

Fact Three:
Sadly, the unreasonable and silly thinking that a Corvette without documentation has little value has created a covert cottage industry of entities and/or persons that make/print/create fake aged documentation.

Caveat Emptor:
If documentation is a requirement leading to your purchase of an older Corvette, please hire an expert to affirm that the documentation is, in fact, real and not something that was generated to feed that silly notion that a Corvette must have documentation.

I do see his point about the relevancy of documentation: As the majority of Corvettes do not have documentation, the Corvette itself can be documented against the standard used by the NCRS and Bloomington Gold. And if that Corvette meets the standard, then its value should not be penalized for lacking official documentation.

I would love to open this topic for conversation. How important would documentation be when purchasing a classic Corvette? Click here to comment and let me know what you think.
Source:
tmichaelis.com Related:
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Corvette Values: 1966 327/350 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2008

1966 Corvette Roadster

MK from Texas submitted this 1966 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1966 Corvette Roadster, VIN #194676S113XXX. L79 327-350 V8 engine. 4-speed transmission, 61,000 miles. Ermine White with saddle leather interior. The options include factory original knock-offs and side-mounted exhaust. Corvette underwent a body-off restoration in 2004. Interior and exterior are show condition. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates this Corvette was built in early February, 1966. Thus any changes or modifications, after the initial introduction, would have been included in this Corvette. The owner states the mileage of 61,000 miles is correct.

It had a body off restoration completed in 2004 with no evidence of deterioration since that date. The exterior body, interior and engine compartment remain in excellent show ready condition.

It is Ermine White in color, the original color, enhanced by a Saddle leather interior. It has Goldwall tires mounted on original knock off wheels. Also a side mounted exhaust system. The combination of optional wheels, tires, side exhaust, White paint and Saddle interior present excellent curb appeal.

It is powered by the original, matching numbers 327-350 motor coupled with a 4 speed manual transmission with the correct original shifter. The engine compartment is clean and shows nicely with the bright shielding in place.

An additional word on the original options that can be classified as “rare.” Only 4% of the 1966 models were delivered with the cast aluminum knock off wheels. Today, most 1966 models with knock off wheels are not original and are classified as reproduction wheels. Also the original side mounted exhaust system were ordered by only 13% of the buyers in the 1966 model year. Again, most of the 1966 models with side exhaust are not original, added at a later date.

We place a value of $67,500 on this 1966 Corvette Roadster. As a side note, the 2008 Corvette Price Guide lists the 1966 Roadster as showing a one year, 9% appreciation factor in average price.

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VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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The #3 Corvette C6.R at Lime Rock

The #3 Corvette C6.R is on a roll this season with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen picking up their fourth ALMS win Saturday at the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock. The 1.51 road course at Lime Rock proved again to be a beast with heavy traffic and several caution periods. The duo was a lap down with 25 minutes to go when a gearbox issue forced Olivier Beretta to pit the #4 C6.R, sealing the victory for the #3 Corvette.

The race between sister cars and crew was highlighted when O’Connell emerged from the pits late in the race after a splash and go fuel stop. The two velocity yellow Corvettes were door to door with O’Connell holding the inside line to the next corner. Beretta couldn’t keep the speed up on the outside and was forced to tap the brakes and fall behind the #3 C6.R.

“It was looking dark for a while, but No. 3 Corvette C6.R was a great race car today,” Magnussen said. “I was unlucky with traffic in my stint, and then just after Johnny got into the car, the race leader was between the two Corvettes when the yellow flag came out. We lost nearly a full lap on the wave-by. It looked grim, but then we got back on the lead lap when the other car had to stop. Then they had a small problem and stopped again. We needed just a few gallons of ethanol to make it to the finish, and Johnny just pipped Olivier coming out of the pit lane. That was very exciting!”

“There are so many races we could have won but for bad luck,” said O’Connell. “I don’t know if we should have won this one, but I’m going to take it!”

“When I came out of the pits after the last stop, I saw Olivier coming,” O’Connell continued. “I held the inside line, and the only way he was going to take me was on the outside – and that would have been impossible.”

O’Connell earned his 32nd career ALMS victory and it was his first win at Lime Rock. O’Connell and Magnussen now hold a 12 point lead (106-94) over teammates Gavin and Beretta with six races remaining.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, July 19. NBC will televise the race tape-delayed on Sunday, July 20, at 12 p.m. EDT.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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Corvette Racing: Gavin Scores Pole at Lime Rock

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R

Fresh off their dual podium finish at Le Mans, Corvette Racing heads to Connecticut for the 1.51 mile slugfest known as Lime Rock. Oliver Gavin in the #4 Corvette took the pole with a lap of 54.792 (102.288 mph) finishing 0.247 seconds faster than Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette. The Bell Motorsports Aston Martin was also to return to competition but did not qualify after a crash in today’s second practice session.

The year’s visit to Lime Rock brings a bit of the unknown as the track was reconfigured and freshly paved. The distance is relatively the same but the corners have increased from 8 to 10.

“The biggest challenge is that we have very limited data on the new Lime Rock track layout,” said Ken Flory, chief engineer for the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. “While we have maps of the new sections, they don’t show the elevations, banking, and specific details of the track. With new paving on the entire track, the grip level is a mystery as well.”

“We plan to use maximum instrumentation on the cars to gather as much information as we can in the first practice session,” Flory revealed. “We’ll pay close attention to tire temperatures and suspension ride heights initially. The team typically begins the race weekend with similar setups on both Corvette C6.Rs, and then we take different directions to evaluate various options. Then for the race, the setups tend to converge and we end up with similar combinations on the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes.”

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussem lead the GT1 Championship by eights points but Lime Rock has been good to Gavin Beretta, who have won here 3 times in four starts since 2004.

“Usually we have come off a good result at Le Mans,” said Gavin, who was third in class with Beretta and Max Papis this year. “But we are all ready to put that behind us. We just had some rough luck and a rough run for the first half of the season. Putting that behind us, this is the best way to start.”

The ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock is Saturday, September 12th at 2:05 pm EST. SPEED will air the race tape-delayed on Sunday, June 13 from Noon to 3 pm EST.


Source:
WhoWon.com
AmericanLemans.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring

The Corvette ZR1′s Nürburgring lap time of 7:26.4 last month has indelibly cemented the fact that this is the fastest Corvette ever produced by General Motors. Driven by GM Development Engineer Jim Mero, the Corvette ZR1 ran a blistering lap with speeds approaching 180 mph on the 12.9 mile, 100 corner Nordschleife besting the previous fastest Corvette, a Z06 driven in 2005 by Jan Magnussen by nearly 17 seconds. The video of this historic run was released this afternoon by GM and can be viewed after the jump.

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1989 Corvette Destroyed by Fireworks

Chicago area resident Rich Szatkowski spent the 4th of July finishing the interior restoration of his prized 1989 Corvette: New seats, new carpet, new steering wheel and a new stereo. As he washed the carpet earlier in the day, he left the roof panel off so it could dry out properly. Unfortunately, a neighborhood firework found its way through the open roof, igniting the interior and destroying the Corvette.

The news gets even worse for Rich. Because the car was undergoing restoration and was not being driven, Rich did not have insurance on the Corvette.


Source:
http://www.CBS2Chicago.com

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Reeves Callaway and Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

As a genuine fan of Reeves Callaway and Callaway Corvettes, I always take the time to watch, listen or read accounts of his work. Former Corvette Engineering Chief Dave McLellan recently had the opportunity to sit down with Reeves for an audio podcast. The two touched on a variety of subjects including their past collaboration on twin turbo Corvettes, the late Eighties 254 mph Corvette project called the Sledgehammer, today’s Callaway Corvettes and the European FIA GT3 series of which Callaway builds cars for and races in.

The audio podcast runs 55 minutes and can be listened online at CorvetteChief.com or you can download the .mp3

As a bonus, we’ll use the opportunity of Reeves telling the back-story on the Sledgehammer to bring you the nearly 10 minute video of the Callaway Engineering team’s 1988 run where the twin turbo super car reached speeds of 254 miles per hour.


Source:
CorvetteChief.com
Photo Credit: Vette Magazine

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Corvette Auction Results: 2008 Bloomington Gold

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2008

1971 Corvette ZR2

If the Corvette market in the current economy can be defined by the sales results of Bloomington Gold, the Country’s largest all Corvette auction, it would show that condition 1 classic Corvettes with documentation and/or racing provenance continue to sell well. The results (or lack of) also show that those Corvettes in less than perfect condition or those that have received amateur restorations are now giving up some of the gains they’ve made over the last few years.

From all accounts, the Bloomington Gold auction was a success. We saw record prices set for highly rare Corvettes like a 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible which sold for $550,000. That price bested a 1971 ZR2 Coupe that sold at January’s Barrett-Jackson auction for $357,500. A Tuxedo Black 1967 Corvette Convertible with an L68 (427/400) engine changed hands for $320,000. Topping off the unique sales list was a special collection of six consecutive year (1990-1995) C4 ZR1 Corvettes sold for $231,000.

Two 1953 Corvettes were offered as part of the Fred and Terry Michaelis Collection, but both failed to reach reserve. VIN #93 reached a high bid of $310,000 while VIN #268 made it up to a high bid of $270,000. Despite 8 1953 Corvettes selling for record highs last year, we have yet to watch one of the first year Corvettes sell at a public auction this year.

One of the big draws at this year’s auction was the special collection of three #001 Corvettes. The Corvettes, a 1955, 1956 and 1957, all were the first Corvettes produced for sale in their respective years. As a group, the troika reached a high bid of $2.8 Million but fell short of the reserve. The Corvettes were then offered individually with each of the cars failing to meet the seller’s reserve. The Polo White 1955 received a high bid of $850,000, the Venetian Red 1956 was bid up to $900,000 and the Cascade Green 1957 Corvette’s high bid was $950,000.

2008 Bloomington Gold Auction Results:

Lot # Year Description Price
S94 1954 Corvette Convertible $78,000
S68 1954 Corvette Convertible 235/150 hp Red $85,000
F66 1955 Corvette Convertible 265/195 hp $71,250
S59 1955 Corvette Convertible $80,000
F73 1956 Corvette Convertible 265/225 hp $98,000
S130 1957 Corvette Convertible 327 ci $25,500
F126 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/283 hp $78,000
S115 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/270 hp $157,500
S50 1958 Corvette Convertible $79,000
S53 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/250 hp FI $80,000
S77 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/290 hp $111,000
F19 1959 Corvette Convertible 327 ci $41,500
S134 1959 Corvette Convertible 283 ci $43,750
S44 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/245 hp $47,000
F122 1959 Corvette Convertible $55,000
S86 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/290 hp $100,000
S71 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/270 hp $137,000
F59 1960 Corvette Convertible 283 ci $50,000
S96 1960 Corvette Convertible $81,000
S93 1960 Corvette Convertible 283/270 hp $98,000
F72 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 $67,000
S82 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 hp $74,500
S126 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 $92,000
S28 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 hp $130,000
F94 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/300 hp $43,250
F112 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/300 hp $47,500
F92 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/300 hp $68,500
S19 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/360 hp $90,000
S133 1964 Corvette Coupe 327/300 hp $47,500
S13 1964 Corvette Convertible 327/300 hp $55,000
S87 1964 Corvette Coupe Z06 Tanker $172,000
F95 1965 Corvette Coupe 327 FI $87,500
F127 1966 Corvette $6,900
F23 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/300 hp $43,750
F120 1966 Corvette $73,000
S104 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/390 hp $80,000
F102 1966 Corvette $82,000
S111 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 hp $82,500
S118 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 hp $119,000
F71 1967 Corvette Coupe 327 ci $45,000
F98 1967 Corvette 327/350 $51,000
F39 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/350 hp $55,000
S132 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/350 hp $58,000
S24 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/300 hp $61,000
F34 1967 Corvette Coupe 327/350 hp $62,000
F74 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 hp $101,000
X11 1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 hp $110,000
S127 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp $115,000
S129 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp $148,000
X10 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp $165,000
X9 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp $235,000
S73 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 hp COPO $320,000
S30 1968 Corvette $31,000
S65 1968 Corvette $37,500
S112 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/400 hp $48,500
S64 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/435 hp $77,000
S6 1968 Corvette Coupe L88 Race Car $220,000
F33 1969 Corvette Convertible $21,000
F48 1969 Corvette Convertible 350/300 $24,000
S26 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/390 hp $35,500
F45 1969 Corvette 427/390 hp $45,000
S48 1969 Corvette Coupe 427/390 hp $47,500
S20 1969 Corvette Convertible 350/350 hp $55,000
X19 1969 Corvette Coupe 427/435 hp $89,000
S120 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/390 hp $95,000
F46 1970 Corvette $20,500
F18 1970 Corvette Coupe 454/390 hp $26,750
S60 1970 Corvette $42,000
X24 1970 Corvette Convertible LT1 350/370 hp $54,000
X25 1970 Corvette Coupe LT1 350/370 hp $80,000
S108 1970 Corvette Coupe ZR1 350/370 hp $180,000
F17 1971 Corvette Coupe 350/270 hp $15,000
F60 1971 Corvette $19,000
S58 1971 Corvette Convertible $44,000
S15 1971 Corvette Coupe LT1 350/330 hp COPO $58,000
S107 1971 Corvette Convertible ZR2 $550,000
S25 1972 Corvette $16,000
S49 1972 Corvette Convertible 350/200 hp $54,500
F129 1973 Corvette Coupe 350/190 hp $6,900
F24 1973 Corvette Coupe 454/275 hp $17,250
F118 1973 Corvette Convertible $17,500
S16 1973 Corvette Convertible 350/190 hp $20,000
F29 1974 Corvette $11,000
F40 1975 Corvette Coupe $10,750
F32 1978 Corvette $5,000
F53 1978 Corvette Coupe L82 4-Speed $8,600
F134 1978 Corvette $10,500
F26 1979 Corvette Coupe 350,195 hp” $10,000
F65 1979 Corvette $12,500
F35 1979 Corvette $26,000
F20 1980 Corvette Coupe 350/190 hp $15,500
F25 1980 Corvette $25,000
F63 1981 Corvette Coupe 2-Tone $26,000
F119 1982 Corvette Coupe 350 ci $6,700
F51 1982 Corvette Coupe Collector’s Edt $11,500
F52 1982 Corvette $12,250
F44 1982 Corvette 350/200 hp $18,000
S52 1982 Corvette $21,000
F111 1986 Corvette Convertible Pace Car $6,800
S32-37 1990-95 Corvette Coupe ZR-1 Collection $220,000
S9 1990 Corvette Coupe ZR-1 350/375 hp $24,000
F3 1991 Corvette Coupe $5,500
F80 1992 Corvette ZR-1 Lingenfelter Coupe 350/475 hp $23,500
F135 1993 Corvette $15,750
F107 1993 Corvette Coupe 40th Anv $17,500
S3 1993 Corvette Coupe $26,500
F121 1993 Corvette Coupe ZR1 350/405 hp $39,500
F2 1994 Corvette $8,900
S111.1 1995 Corvette Nassau Roadster $35,500
F128 1996 Corvette Coupe $5,700
F133 1996 Corvette $17,000
F8 1999 Corvette Convertible $17,500
S31 2001 Corvette Coupe Z06 $26,250
S23 2001 Corvette Coupe Z06 350/385 hp $28,000
F61 2002 Corvette $21,750
F124 2003 Corvette Convertible Z06 $30,500
F69 2003 Corvette Convertible 50th – VIN 50 $70,000
F131 2004 Corvette $29,750
S110.1 2004 Corvette $105,000
F106 2006 Corvette Z51 $33,500

Mecum Auctions handled the gavel duties of the two day auction. $8,745,619 in total Corvette sales were recorded with a sales success percentage listed as 47%.

The next major Corvette auction will be Corvettes of Carlisle on August 22-23rd. Carlisle is offering free consignments to sellers, but hurry as the July 15th deadline is rapidly approaching.


Source:
Mecum Collector Car Auctions

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[VIDEO] God Bless America: L88 Corvettes on Parade

by Keith Cornett on July 4, 2008

L88 Corvettes on Parade at Bloomington

Last weekend’s Bloomington Gold Corvette show featured a reunion of the “Earthquake 88′s”, Corvettes from 1967-69 that were optioned with the rare 427 ci L88 V8 engine. Only 216 examples of the 560 hp L88′s were built during the three year run and only at Bloomington Gold would you be lucky to see as many as 50 gathered in one weekend.

The parade of earth-shaking L88 Corvettes is being led by the new King of the Hill, a red 2009 Corvette ZR1 Corvette. Many of these Corvettes were originally destined for the track including the #9 Corvette race car from 1967 driven at the 24 Hour of LeMans in the 5.0+ Litre category by Bob Bondurant and Dick Guldstrand. You can see more of that 1967 L88 Corvette at YouTube.com.


Source:
Blacknblue67 via YouTube.com
Photo Credit: Bill Lacy

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