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Auction Guide: Corvettes Abound in Scottsdale

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2009

1990 Corvette ZR-1

The gavels will be raining down on nearly 200 Corvettes as no less than five different auctions will be offering American’s Sports Car to the highest bidder this week in Scottsdale, Arizona. While Barrett-Jackson is undoubtedly the 800 pound gorilla in the collector car auction arena, We thought we should fill you in on what else is going on in Scottsdale this week.

The Corvette generating the most buzz this auction season will be sold on Friday, January 16th. If you thought Barrett-Jackson was the only game in town then you would miss RM Auctions sell the #002 Grand Sport Corvette for an expected $7 million – $10 million. RM Auctions will also be selling a 1957 Vintage Corvette Racer as well as a 1954 Corvette Roadster. Click here to view the RM Auctions run list.

Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction kicks off on Thursday, January 15th and runs through Sunday, January 18th. The current run list includes 46 Corvettes making this the second largest Corvette auction in Scottsdale. With Corvettes ranging from a 1954 Roadster through a 1990 ZR-1, there is something for everyone at Russo and Steele. Click here to view the Russo and Steele run list.

Silver Auction’s Fort McDowell Arizona Auction has nine Corvettes available for sale during their four day auction which starts on Friday, January 16th. Four of the nine Corvettes are from the C5/C6 generation and three C2 Midyears will be offered as well. Click here to view the Silver Auction’s run list.

Gooding and Company’s Scottsdale auction takes place in Saturday, Janury 17th and currently five Corvettes are part of the auction festivities: Two C1 cars, two 1967 L71 427′s and a 1998 Corvette Callaway C12 Coupe. Click here to view the Gooding & Company’s run list.


Related:
2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview
Corvette Grand Sport #002 to be Auctioned By RM in January ’09

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2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2009

1963 Corvette Fuelie

A much anticipated diversion from reality comes next week in the form of the world’s greatest collector car auction. The 38th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, AZ kicks off on Tuesday for six full days of buying and selling classic and unique Corvettes. Over 125 Corvettes are expected to cross the no-reserve auction block with models ranging from a 1954 Roadster to the 2009 Corvette ZR1.

The auction line-up appears to be very solid. The Corvettes coming from the GM Heritage Collection are simply unbelievable. We see several unique C4 ZR-1 models that should see plenty of action from collectors as well as the 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis. We also noticed a bevy of C1 and C2 fuelies which have a history of doing well here in Scottsdale.

Headlining the group is a 1967 Corvette convertible (Lot #1327) that features a 427/435 engine and the Lyndale Blue over Black color combination. Fully restored in 2008, the roadster captured two NCRS Top Flight Awards with a high score of 97.7.

Another highlight will be a 1963 Corvette coupe (Lot #1263.1) with a list of options. Honors for this 327 ci 360 horsepower split-window Fuelie include Bloomington Gold, 2-time NCRS Top Flight Award and a Duntov Mark of Excellence Award.

With so many Corvettes crossing the block that claim a NCRS pedigree, it’s reassuring to hear that the NCRS worked with the Barrett-Jackson consignment team to verify the awards and scores. The 16 Corvettes in this year’s auction have been vetted so to speak by the NCRS with the consignment team acquiring the NCRS Award Confirmation Document for each car.

Click here for the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Schedule. We’ve broken it down so you can see which day the Corvette will be sold. Each of the GM Heritage Collection Corvettes are marked with an asterick (*) as they are spread out across all six days. As always, check back throughout the week as we’ll have coverage and videos of selected Corvettes that were sold.

SPEED TV will be providing 39 hours of live gavel coverage beginning Tuesday, January 13th. Here is the broadcast schedule:

Tuesday, January 13th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Wednesday, January 14th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Thursday, January 15th: 7pm – 12 Midnight
Friday, January 16th: 2pm – 12 Midnight
Saturday, January 17th: 2pm – 12 Midnight
Sunday, January 18th: 2pm – 6pm

All Times are Eastern (EST).


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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All Corvettes are Blacks

A new Corvette DVD called VetteCollections will be heading our way in 2009 and the show features an in-depth look at some of the coolest Corvette collections in the country. One of those collections highlighted is the Bill Mullis collection of Ashville, North Carolina. Featuring more than two dozen Corvettes spanning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations and a sampling from the C5 and C6 generations, you will see all have one thing in common – they’re all black.

The Corvette collection starts with a Black 1954 and covers every succeeding year through 1968. Multiple body styles and powertrains make up the collection and Bill says only a Black 1965 Fuelie Coupe has eluded him to date.

If this segment is representative of all the segments on the forthcoming VetteCollections DVD then count me in for a copy. We’ll be watching the VetteCollections website for news of the release date and perhaps another promo will be released in the meantime.


Source:
VetteCollections

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2008 Corvette Chassis

As part of GM’s housecleaning of the famous Heritage Collection, several rolling chassis are being made available for public sale including this unique 2008 Corvette ZR1. The chassis appears to be complete but there is no mention on whether or not its functional. The chassis will appear on the block at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction which kicks off next week.

During January 2008′s Detroit Auto Show, GM displayed a Corvette ZR1 chassis with a display that pointed to various elements that went into the design and construction of the supercharged 6.2L Corvette ZR1. While the auction description doesn’t mention it, I’m speculating that this could be the same chassis.

The auction description states the chassis cannot be titled or licensed and may not be driven on public streets. No certificate of title is provided and only a bill of sale will accompany the vehicle.

Two other chassis are also being made available at Barrett-Jackson including a 2004 GM Kappa chassis which is the basis of the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky and a 1931 Oldsmobile chassis which was the backbone of six different Oldsmobile models that year.

As stated, the 2009 Barrett-Jackson kicks of next week with autos hitting the block on Tuesday, a day earlier than previous years. Check back with CorvetteBlogger as we are preparing the schedule for all Corvettes currently listed on the Scottsdale docket.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson via Car Domain Blog

Related:
Corvette Auction: GM to Sell Part of Heritage Collection
Corvette ZR1′s Chassis and LS9 Engine Cutaway Displays

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Barn Fresh Auction: 1964 Ermine White Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2009

1964 Corvette Coupe Barn Find

Our friends at Valley Auto in Bedford, Pennsylvania continue to amaze us with barn fresh Corvettes to feast our eyes upon this winter. This two-owner 1964 Corvette Coupe appears to be a prime candidate for restoration as the numbers match up to some decent options including the L75 327/300 hp V8. Did someone just say Survivor?

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This 1964 Corvette Coupe is nicely optioned with the popular 327 cubic inch L75 V8 engine rated at 300 horsepower, power brakes, power steering and a 4-speed manual gearbox. The Ermine White original paint is still on the car and the inside sports the original red interior. The engine compartment looks to be complete as well. The Corvette is numbers matching on the engine, transmission and rear end.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t know the back story as to why the Corvette was parked for so long. The photos show that by the looks of things, this Sting Ray has been sitting for some time. Check out the trailer photo with the mat or carpet stuck to the right front tire.

The 1964 Corvette was placed on eBay December 29th with an opening bid of $500 and a buy-it-now button at $31,995. The auction runs through December 8th and already there have been 14 bidders and 27 bids. The current bid stands at $26,660 with the reserve not yet met.


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

Related:
Barn Fresh and Restoration Ready: 1962 Corvette Roadster
Barn Find: 1968 L-88 Corvette Convertible Racer

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December 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2009

GM released the December sales figures for Corvette yesterday and the despite the dreadful year to year sales decline figure of -54.6%, we are seeing an uptick in sales that is the higher than the previous two months. In December 2008, 1,324 Corvettes were delivered which was a 21% increase over November 2008′s 1,093 deliveries and 13% higher than October’s 1,170 deliveries.

We are still not seeing a constriction in the number of Corvettes available on the ground nationally, and in fact the number grew 11% over the last 30 days. With the Corvette Assembly Plant idled just before the holidays, no new Corvettes are expected to be built before the end of February.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4% Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5%
September 2,318 2,837 -18.3% Jan-Sept 23,384 25,849 -9.5%
October 1,170 2,484 -52.9% Jan-Oct 24,554 28,333 -13.3%
November 1,093 2,438 -55.2% Jan-Nov 24,647 30,771 -16.6%
December 1,324 2,914 -54.6% Jan-Dec 26,971 33,685 -19.9%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 9,058 Corvettes on the ground and can be broken down into the following years:

  • 2008 Corvettes – 2,187
  • 2009 Corvettes – 6,871

2009 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 4,047
  • Corvette Convertibles – 1,103
  • Corvette Z06 – 1,697
  • Corvette ZR1 – 24

2008 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 876
  • Corvette Convertibles – 746
  • Corvette Z06 – 565


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

Related:
November 2008 Corvette Sales
Corvette Assembly Plant Extends Shut Down Until End of February

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Clarkson Selects Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson Loves The Corvette ZR1

Readers of CorvetteBlogger know that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Jeremy Clarkson. I’ve harped on the Top Gear host about his over-the-top attitude when it comes to America and America’s sports car, the Corvette. Yet I find my opinion of Clarkson evolving as he surprises me once again by selecting the 2009 Corvette ZR1 as his Car of the Year.

I was downright down on Clarkson following is infamous review in 2006 of the Corvette Z06. But starting late last fall with Season 12 of Top Gear, it appears Jeremy has finally warmed to the Corvette and according to Clarkson, the Corvette ZR1 = Love.

Clarkson’s conversion (or epiphany) began in 2006 while making the Top Gear DVD “Everything Explodes”. While he had a million amazing cars on the set to drive, Jeremy says he most enjoyed driving a Corvette C6 Convertible so much that he used it to drive back and forth to the hotel every night.

Then he drove the 7.0-liter Corvette Zed 06, the Corvette he called typically American: “Rough-riding, uncouth, garish, brash and as tasteless as an onyx lavatory.” Despite the fact the Corvette Z06 is supported by leaf-springs, Clarkson was impressed with some of the technical’s like the magnesium engine tray that supports the 7.0 liter LS7 was moved back into the car which improved the weight distribution.

And then came the Corvette ZR1 which Clarkson said was the best performance car he’s driven all year…by some margin.

Clarkson takes a swipe at the USA by asking how come it took so long for Americans to make a car so good. But then he sums up the Corvette ZR1 with the following paragraphs:

The 638 hp from that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is impressive. But it’s the sheer surprise of the 638 hp that impresses most of all. In an Enzo, you know the grunt is there all the time because it shimmies and shakes. The Corvette does not. It’s softer than a C6. It’s as quiet as a Mondeo. It’s as well air-conditioned as a Rolls-Royce. Stabbing the throttle, then, is like lying in a hammock on a warm tropical evening and then suddenly falling out. You’re just not ready for the rush.

The bald figures tell some of the story. But 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and the top speed of 205 mph do not explain what it feels like when that onslaught comes out of nowhere, and you are watching the world go into hyperspace through a head-up display.

So as Clarkson’s opinion of the Corvette has evolved, so has my opinion of Clarkson. Still, despite acknowledging that Top Gear is a global brand and that cultural issues must be left aside to focus on the car, we get the following Clarksonism when he sums up his Corvette ZR1 = Love article:

“It’s a bloody good car. If I had a collection of automatic weapons, some attack dogs and a wife with tattoos, I’d have one like a shot.

Yep, Clarkson is evolving all right.

Thanks for the tip George!


Source:
Top Gear

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[VIDEO] Top Gear Reviews Z06 Corvette

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Corvette Museum Selling 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

by Keith Cornett on December 30, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

The National Corvette Museum has posted a new fundraiser auction on eBay – the sale of the very first Corvette produced in 2008. The Corvette – VIN #000001 – is a 2008 Coupe painted in Velocity Yellow and features the highly anticipated 4LT custom leather wrapped interior. The Corvette was part of GM’s Show Car Division where it was used primarily at Corvette Racing displays and at the Bloomington Gold show.

The 2008 model year saw Corvette get a number of significant mid-cycle upgrades and this Corvette Coupe appears to have been built with that in mind. VIN #000001 was the first Corvette fitted with the new LS3 6.2L engine producing 430 hp and coupled with the NPP dual mode performance exhaust, horsepower stands at 436.

The VIN #000001 Corvette also features F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Polished Aluminum Wheels, OnStar, Heated Seats, AM/FM Stereo with 6-Disc In Dash CD Changer with MP3 playback and premium 7 speaker Bose sound system, XM Satellite Radio, Power Telescoping Steering Wheel, Head Up Display and Garage Door Opener.

The Corvette has just 977 miles on the odometer and comes with the remaining 5-Year 100,000 mile warranty. We are told the key fobs have all GM internal tags in place.

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General Motors donated the Corvette to the Museum, and proceeds from the sale will benefit the non-profit organization.

The auction kicked off today and runs through January 5th. The Corvette Museum will also provide the winner with a copy of the Build Sheet which shows approximated date of production, options, VIN and Order numbers.

Click here to visit the eBay auction for the 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001.


Source:
eBay via National Corvette Museum

Related:
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[VIDEO] First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Delivered to Million Dollar Bidder

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Corvette Racing: 2009 Le Mans Campaign Confirmed

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2008

A GT1 Corvette at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Last week we brought you the report from AutoSport Magazine that claimed Corvette Racing was pulling out of 2009′s 24 Hours of Le Mans due to budget constraints. But Program Manager Doug Fehan rebutted that report as erroneous and says the Le Mans Challenge is a go.

The AutoSport report suggested that Corvette Racing wouldn’t compete at Le Mans and would instead focus on developing the new GT2 Corvette that is set to debut in the second half of the 2009 ALMS season.

Fehan says the plans to compete in GT1 at the beginning of the season and at Le Mans are still on.

“The primary focus of the race team is the 12 Hours of Sebring, Long Beach and, of course as it always has been, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” he said. “We tested the GT1 car at Sebring in November, and we will be utilizing Sebring and Long Beach to put the final touches on the Le Mans effort.

“We’re continuously developing the car and package for fuel mileage, efficiency and new materials from our various suppliers. We want our last GT1 appearance at Le Mans to be successful. The team understands the importance of a victory at Sebring, Long Beach and Le Mans to close the GT1 program.”

Fehan also took the opportunity to address the progress of new GT2 Corvette C6.R and says development is on schedule to debut the new car at Mid-Ohio in early August.

“Engineering and fabrication continues to focus on the GT2 program,” he said. “We expect the first actual race car to be completed in early February and will be testing that car in the spring.”



Source:
Crash.net
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Corvette Buying & Selling: Gauging Originality

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2008

1964 Corvette Dash Cluster

I was browsing the C1-C2 section on the Corvette Forum today when I came across an interesting post about an original 1964 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Classic Corvettes are full of visual clues that alone or combined with others can help us identify the model year. They can be obvious like the five side fender vents on the 1967 model or a split rear window on the 1963 coupe. They can be less obvious like the differences in emblems and grills on the 1965 and 1966 Corvettes. Climb inside one of the Sting Ray models and visual clues abound as well. In the case of the eBay ad, a red flag goes up when a crucial part’s originality is questioned.

The 1964 Corvette Coupe that was listed for sale had the following description:

1964 Corvette Coupe
VIN # 40837S104407
Miles- 37,431 Original
327/300 HP with matching numbers

This Corvette is part of a family collection and has been in our family since the mid 1970s. This Corvette is completely original (never restored) and has been garage kept with less than 1,000 miles of drive time since our ownership. It is in excellent condition and runs beautifully. The car comes with 4-speed manual transmission and a 327/300 HP engine. The exterior is Ermine White. I believe the car was repainted before our ownership in the late 60s or early 70s. The paint is in very good condition, with only minor chips and flaws. All the chrome is in good condition with only minor pitting. The underside is very rust-free, and in excellent non restored shape. The interior is red leather with red carpeting. The floor board pieces of carpeting need replacing. All gauges are in working order, with the exception of the tachometer, which needs to be reconditioned. The clock and radio both work sporadically, and both need reconditioning. Both headlamp motors work very well. Other than that, this Corvette is in very solid, original condition and provides an excellent investment opportunity.

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The member on Corvette Forum who posted the ebay link, “Pilot5970″ pointed out that this original 37,431 mile 1964 Corvette has a speedometer that didn’t show up in Corvettes until 1965. The differences between the 1963-64 speedometer and tachometers and those of the 1965-67 are subtle, but once you see the difference, it will be very obvious when you notice an incorrect pairing like on this 1964 Coupe.

The 1963-64 speedometer and tachometer have a recessed center with tapered rings around the needle. The 1965-67′s are flat faced with two screws holding in the assembly. The “pins” that hold the needles are silver on the early midyear gauges but the later gauges have a recessed indentation that is black with silver trim. See the photos for a comparison:

1963-64 Corvette Dash Cluster 1965-67 Corvette Dash Cluster
1963-64 Corvette Gauge 1965-67 Corvette Gauge

There are a variety of explanations on how a 1965 (or later) speedometer and tachometer could have made it into this 1964 Coupe. We first looked at the VIN which shows the sequence number to be 4407 of 22,229. Our thinking was that perhaps the new speedo and tach made it into production earlier than 1965, but this Corvette was assembled in November 1963, the third month into production, so I ruled out new equipment making an early appearance. Another legitimate reason could be a warranty replacement. Finally, while the seller does state they owned the Corvette since the mid-seventies, there is no mention of how many previous owners this car has had. These cars weren’t exactly collected for monetary value back in the mid-seventies and it could be that a previous owner swapped out the original pair for those from 1965-67. The point is we’ll probably will never know.

So what lessons are learned from the sale of this 1964 Corvette Coupe? Our first lesson is always first for a reason. Knowledge is power. The more you can know about a particular generation and specifically a particular year of Corvette can save you from making a thousand dollar mistake. Secondly, have the Corvette looked over by an expert. Hire an NCRS judge. If there are no NCRS types in your neck of the woods, find an owner of the same year. How did “Pilot5970″ know about the incorrect speedometer? He owns a 1964 Corvette. Third, documentation and owner history could go along way in clearing the air in this type of situation. Don’t consider buying an “investment” quality Corvette without them. Finally, weigh the consequences of buying a Corvette like this with its questionable mileage. One day you may be selling it and may have to explain the replacement to a more knowledgeable buyer than you were.

FYI, this Corvette was sold on Monday, December 21st for $33,600. The auction had 9 bidders and 22 individual increases in price.


Source:
eBay via CorvetteForum.com

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