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Anniversary Edition: Turns 4 Today!!

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2009

To think that it has only been four years since registering the CorvetteBlogger domain is unbelievable. But it was just four years ago today that we started down this road and we’ve had a great ride. I’d like to personally thank everyone that visits us regularly, leaves comments and sends us tips. I couldn’t do this without you!

For those interested, here are some of our blogging stats:

  • 1267 Blog Posts
  • 1476 days since our first post.

While I usually don’t get too specific when talking about site traffic, is now averaging over 100,000 page views monthly and hosting a couple thousand visitors per day. This is up about 30% over last year at this time and shows no signs of slowing down. has also been making strides in Social Media circles. We’ve established a fan page on FaceBook and have fully embraced Twitter and its dynamic community. You can find our posts discussed on the Corvette Forum and Digital Corvettes and we are members of numerous sites like VetteBlock, CorvetteParking and MotorPulse. Lastly, I’d like to give a big thanks to our sponsors who make blogging about Corvettes possible: Proteam Corvette Sales, Kerbeck Corvette, Boundurant, Ecklers Corvette Parts and Corvette Guys.

Our First Blog Post: Buying a Corvette – Select Year
1st Post on the ZR1: 8/20/05 – Blue Devil Corvette Lives
Most Popular Post: [VIDEO] 1st 2009 Corvette ZR1 Sold for $1 Million

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1970 Corvette Convertible with LT-1 V8

Prolific Corvette buyer and seller Terry Michaelis of Proteam recently listed these three highly collectible Corvettes on his blog tMichaelis Corvette Perspective. The three cars, a 1963 Corvette Coupe, a 1968 T-Top Corvette and a 1970 Converitible, would be coveted by any collector, yet Terry’s cars always seem to have that extra bit of provenance that pushes them to the top.

1963 Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe

1053A..1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe, 327-360 hp, (fuelie), 4 speed, numbers match (appears to be the real deal) and has the factory original body/trim tag. Sebring Silver paint with Black interior. Body-off restored in show condition with a GM OEM body. NCRS certified in June 2009. Motor, transmission, and rear end numbers are all matching, sequential, and appear to be the real deal. This is as good as I have seen for quite some time (TM). Optioned with T-10 transmission, 3.36 posi, Wonderbar radio, fuel injection, aluminized exhaust, hubcaps, and white stripe radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, seat belts, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, alternator, idler pulley, F.I. unit, F.I. fuel filter, exhaust heat shields, roller gas door assembly, long base mirror, glove box door, cookie tin hood, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the NCRS certificate, ribbon, judging sheets, restoration photos, and owner history. From past owner of 29 years. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $169,000.00

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1968 Corvette T-Top Pilot Line Car (#15)

203X..1968 Corvette T-Top Pilot Line Car (#15), 327-300 hp, automatic, numbers match, (appears to be “The Real Deal”), 58,480 actual miles. Lemans Blue paint with Bright Blue interior. Body-off restored with newer paint, interior, exhaust, brakes, and tires. This preproduction/Pilot “escapee” car was built in 1967 with many early (April/May 1967) major components as the launch of the coupe was delayed until February 1968 (around VIN #10,000). This car is full of handmade parts and probably spent the first six months of its life at the Milford proving grounds doing body development duty. (author: John Hinckley) – - – WOW!!!??? Optioned with factory side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, telescopic, shoulder harness, posi, SS brakes, AM/FM radio, tinted windshield, rallys, and raised white lettered radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, and air cleaner. Documented with restoration photos. From past owner of 24 years. This super rare early preproduction pilot line car is the fifteenth (15th) C-3 (1968 to 1982) ever built!!!! This is an important part of Corvette history as the 1968 launch was the ugliest of them all and is why Zora was brought back to Corvette for 1969 to steer the ship. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:+2 $50,000.00 This is serial # fifteen (15)

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1970 Corvette Convertible with LT-1 V8

1049A..1970 Corvette Convertible, two tops, LT-1 (350-370 hp), 4 speed, numbers match, (appears to be the real deal), 57,644 actual miles. Monza Red paint with Black interior and Black soft top. Body-on restored with show paint, newer interior, top, chrome, exhaust, brakes, and tires. Also has recent rebuilt motor and extensive receipt file to back-up a most complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Optioned with power brakes, tilt-n-telescopic, transistorized ignition, black vinyl auxiliary hardtop, M-21, 3.55 posi, SS brakes, AM/FM radio, audio alarm, tinted glass, rallys, and raised white lettered radials. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, floor mats, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, owners manual, and sales brochure. Documented with the dealer invoice, warranty pamphlet/P.O.P., tank sticker ( build sheet – still on tank), payment receipts, and restoration receipts. Great colors, great options, great condition, and great paperwork. Also has 2008 state safety inspection. How many real red 1970 LT-1′s with documentation have you ever seen? Very rare especially since only 1,287 LT-1′s were produced in 1970 with about one-third being convertibles. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $80,000.00

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The 1963 Split Window and the 1970 LT1 Convertible have been included in Proteam’s Host August Special sale which runs through the end of the month. You can check out the eight high-end collectible Corvettes included in the sale and their discounted prices at Proteam Corvette.

tMichaelis Corvette Perspective

When Money is No Object: Terry’s Corvette A-List
Terry’s Corvette B-List: The Affordables/A>

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Autoblog First Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

With the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, GM was able to introduce a new Corvette model with a storied nameplate into the Corvette lineup. Fitting between the base Coupe and Convertible models and the track-ready Z06, the Grand Sport offers the best of both upgraded looks and performance without the premium price.

Autoblog got an opportunity to drive the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport around GM’s Milford Road Course, commonly know as the “Lutz Ring”. Click here to read their First Drive review.


Corvette Guy’s Smoking Hot Deals on Corvette Wheels

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2009

Corvette Guy's Smoking Hot Deals on Wheels
Your Corvette already comes with plenty of power so most new owners turn to customizing their Corvette’s appearance. Wheels are the most important part of a car’s appearance whether you are at a Corvette show, or just cruising the streets. Check out our friends at Corvette Guys for a smoking wheel sale you will not want to miss.

These are just a sample of the many styles and sizes of Corvette Wheels available from Corvette Guys. And while you’re saving money with these prices and Corvette Guy’s signature free shipping, check out these Corvette accessories and suspension deals guaranteed to take your Corvette to the next level of looks and performance.

Corvette Guys

Corvette Wheels in Short Supply

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1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2009

1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

For the second straight year, a classic midyear Corvette was stolen while its owner enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan. It was just last year that an $80,000 dark blue 1966 Convertible was stolen following the famous cruise. This year, Birmingham Police are investigating the theft of a Riverside Red 1964 Corvette Convertible stolen Saturday morning.

According to police, the owner had parked the Corvette around 10:30 am on Ruffner Avenue off Woodward Avenue between 14 and 15 Mile Roads and walked away, leaving the convertible top down. The Corvette was missing when he returned about 20 minutes later.

The Corvette was registered in Ontario and had a license plate that read 6T4VET. Although Police report multiple sightings of the red Convertible Corvette on the expressway, no credible leads have turned up.

Oakland Press

Stolen in California: 1970 Red Corvette VIN 194670S401895
Stolen in New York: 1959 Red/White Corvette VIN J59S100698
Stolen Corvette Returned After 37 Years

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Vintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2009

CVintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)

Life Magazine


Corvette Auction Results: Mecum at Monterey

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2009

Corvette Auction Results: Mecum at Monterey

The Mecum in Monterey auction was held on Saturday and over 200 cars were featured including 25 Corvettes. Despite the nice mix of unique and important cars in Corvette history, most failed to reach the reserve price and went unsold. Just 8 of the 25 Corvettes did sell for a total take of $651,000 and a 32% sales success rate. Two Corvettes topped the $100,000 mark with the top seller being the 1967 “Ed Cole” L89 Corvette Coupe which we’ve named our Deal of the Year. Second on the list was a 1969 L88 Corvette Coupe that sold for $150,000.

Two historic former Corvette racers driven by the Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan race team generated the most interest of the 25 Corvettes although both failed to sell. The 1963 Corvette Z06 race car had a high bid of $700,000 while a 1962 Corvette was bidded up to $600,000.

In addition to the 1967 Ed Cole Corvette, another C2 we believe to be well bought was a matching number’s 1966 Corvette Coupe equipped with a 427/390 hp V8 that sold for $51,000.

Here is the full Corvette results list from the Mecum at Monterey auction:

S6 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 HP Fuelie $52,000  
S13 1971 Corvette Convertible 454 CI, 4-Speed   $26,500
S39 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP Fuel Injected, 3-Speed $76,000  
S48 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed   $51,000
S49 1960 Corvette Convertible 283/315 HP FI, 4-Speed $70,000  
S55 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP, 4-Speed   $60,000
S62 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-Speed   $65,000
S78 1963 Corvette Z06 Coupe Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan Race Car $700,000  
S82 1962 Corvette Coupe Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan Sebring Racer $600,000  
S83 1961 Corvette Coupe SVRA, HSR Vintage Racer N/A  
S84 1968 Corvette L88 Convertible 430 HP, 4-Speed $200,000  
S85 1967 Corvette Convertible Bill Mitchell, 427/400 HP, Automatic $300,000  
S86 1967 Corvette Coupe The Ed Cole Car, 427/435 HP, 4-Speed   $205,000
S93 1953 Corvette Convertible Bloomington Gold Certified $170,000  
S102 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe The Donington Speedway Pace Car, 427/430 HP $246,000  
S103 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/450 HP, 4-Speed, Bloomington, NCRS Awards $94,000  
S105 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible 1 of 2 ZR2 Convertibles Built, LS6 454/425 HP $345,000  
S141 1965 Corvette Convertible Original and Unrestored, 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $165,000  
S166 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, 4-Speed $90,000  
S167 1967 Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP, 3-Speed   $50,000
S168 1969 Corvette L89 Convertible Julia’s Jewel, 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $67,500  
S169 1969 Corvette L89 Coupe 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $62,500  
S173 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/375 HP, 4-Speed $92,500  
S208 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe 427/430 HP, 4-Speed   $150,000
S231 1966 Corvette 327/350 HP, 4-Speed   $43,500
S234 1966 Corvette 427 CI $50,000  
    Total Sales $651,000


Deal of the Year? The “Ed Cole” 1967 Corvette Coupe L89 sells for $205,000
Corvette Auction Results: Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More at Des Moines, IA
Bloomington 2009: Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000 Bloomington 2009: Mecum Sells $5.2 Million in Corvettes at Gold Auction

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Corvette Racing Takes Third in GT2 at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 16, 2009


In just their second race in GT2 this year, the Corvette Racing team shows their C6.Rs are for real in GT2. With just two minutes remaining in the race at Road America, Johnny O’Connell in the #3 car passes Patrick Long in the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 to finish in third position. Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta had their mirror clipped in traffic and the extended pit stop for the replacement put the #4 Corvette two laps down to finish in 6th place.

The race was pretty much over within 20 minutes of the start as the class leading BMWs effectively picked up a lap during a caution period. At that point, it was pretty much a race for third between Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Panoz, Ford and Viper.

With 20 minutes remaining, O’Connell was running in fifth when he passed Pierre Kaffer’s Ferrari 430 GT to move to fourth position. Then with two minutes remaining the Porsche got a little wobbly in turn 5 and O’Connell was able to squeeze by him with minimal contact.

“It’s fun to have Corvettes racing again!” O’Connell exclaimed. “Kaffer was doing a great job, but I could see that he was struggling on used tires. He had a wiggle exiting Turn 1 and that allowed me to get by him. Then I had to chase down Patrick in the Porsche. There were a couple areas where we were faster, so I was thinking about setting him up there. Then going into Turn 5, he carried a little too much speed and missed the apex, so I had to throw it in there. There was some contact, but it only happened because he opened the door. We had a great race.”

Oliver Gavin was behind the wheel of the #4 Corvette C6.R when at around 1:26 into the race he had his right side mirror clipped by the #16 Dyson Lola prototype. The contact was enough to allow O’Connell to get by Gavin for fourth position. The #4 car was required to pit and received a new mirror with a door change, losing a lap in the process.

“On the second restart there were some slower cars at the front of the pack and we all bunched up behind them,” Gavin said. “I managed to work my way through and into fourth place behind the Ferrari. Then coming down through Canada Corner, a prototype clipped the mirror off my right door. At that point Johnny got by me and I was told I had to pit because the rules require a right-side mirror. That kind of ruined our race. We were going to be able to run all the way to the finish, but then there were two more full-course cautions and we were a sitting duck. It really just wasn’t our day.”

Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan was pleased with the results and the new car’s progress.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about racing for third,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We look at this as a victory for Corvette Racing. The unfortunate part is that we were beaten by three cars – two BMWs and the pace car. Nonetheless it was a great show, a tremendous duel to the finish, and a fantastic effort by the Corvette Racing team to bring both cars home.”

The GT2 Corvettes will next see action at the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario on August 28-30th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 30. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.

Corvette Racing

Corvette Racing’s GT2 C6.Rs Head to High-Speed Road America
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s C6.R GT2 Debut at Mid-Ohio 2009
Corvette Racing: #3 Corvette C6.R Earns 2nd Place GT2 Finish at Mid Ohio

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Mecum is still the middle of their Monterey auction but once we saw the 1967 Corvette Coupe equipped with the 1 of 16 L89 aluminum heads on the 427/435 hp V8 sell for $205,000, we’re proclaiming that the deal of the year. Known as the “Ed Cole” Corvette, the car was ordered in 1967 by the neighbor of GM’s General Manager Ed Cole who recommended the rare L89 option.

Ed Cole took care of his neighbor by outfitting the Corvette for the ultimate driving experience. In addition to the L71 427/435 V8 with the L89 heads, the Corvette was also optioned with finned wheels, F41 suspension and a 3.55 positraction rear end. The result was a final price of nearly $6,500.

When the car was delivered to Frank Driver Chevrolet in Wilmington Delaware, employees recall that it was accompanied by more special handling instructions than anyone had seen previously, all of them directly from Ed Cole.

The Cole Corvette most recently appeared at the Bloomington Gold auction just two months ago where it was bid up to $550,000 but failed to sell as the reserve was reportedly $1 million. At the end of the Corvette’s auction at Monterey, the ring announcer called the reserve was off and mentioned that it was also set at $1 million.

Because of the huge difference in the numbers and especially the difference between Bloomington’s high bid and the sale price at Monterey, we have to guess that this was a distress sale. We have no word yet who the buyer was.

The Corvette has been restored to Concours condition and comes with a ton of documentation including copies of the paperwork and the Protect-O-Plate. Also included is a letter from 1982 from the original owner answering a questionnaire about the Corvette.

Read the entire auction catalog entry about the history of the 1967 L89 Coupe known as the Ed Cole Corvette.

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Corvette Auction Results: Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More at Des Moines, IA
Bloomington 2009: Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000 Bloomington 2009: Mecum Sells $5.2 Million in Corvettes at Gold Auction

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