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The rolling 2008 Corvette ZR1 chassis that was scheduled to be sold at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction has been pulled from the docket and the auction cancelled according to a Barrett-Jackson media representative. The auction was lot # 82.1 and was scheduled to cross the block on Tuesday evening.
After the ZR1 Chassis failed to appear in its assigned slot, a review of the Barrett-Jackson website showed that it had been pulled from the 2009 run list completely. We emailed Barrett-Jackson and was told that the auction had been cancelled and no other information about the chassis is available.
The Corvette ZR1 Chassis is one of the 200 GM Heritage Collection vehicles that were scheduled to be sold at the famous collector car auction. Perhaps the car has been rescheduled to appear with other Heritage vehicles at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach collector car auction later this Spring. The only other possible outcomes is that GM sold or donated the car prior to auction or GM decided to keep it for the time being.
This 1990 Corvette “Active” ZR-1 comes from GM’s Heritage Collection and features a unique Active Suspension designed to keep the Corvette level. One of the cooler tricks this C4 can do is the ability to lift one wheel off the ground using the hydraulics in the other three wheels. Painted in Black and sports ZR-1 badges. Sold at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $137,000.
This 1989 Corvette ZR-2 was a factory engineering concept that answered that age old question: What would happen if we dropped a 454 in a C4 Corvette? In additional to the high horsepower engine, the concept was treated with a special orange exterior, ZR-2 badges and has been signed by GM development engineer/driver John Heinricy. This GM Heritage Collection Corvette sold at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction for $65,000.
It was a year ago today the 2009 Corvette ZR1 was introduced by Jeff Gordon and Kid Rock at the 2008 GM Style Event, a cars and stars and models extravaganza that kicked off the start of the North American International Auto Show. What a difference a year makes. For 2009, GM lets the cars speak for themselves. So I bring you the Corvette ZR1 at the 2009 NAIAS.
GM’s NAIAS display area.
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.
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, itâ€™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).
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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.
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.
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?
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.