This is a big weekend for car auctions as most of the major auction houses are descending on Monterey, California for a weekend full of classic and collector car sales. Although fairly new to the Monterey scene, Mecum Auctions has a full slate of cars ready to be sold during their Monterey Daytime Auction which kicks off on Thursday and runs through Saturday. On the Mecum sales docket are 42 Corvettes that are ready for new homes and several of these Vettes are worthy of a closer look.
Sixth Round of American Le Man Series to Showcase Corvette’s Racing Heritage
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 16, 2011 – Two events occurred in 1955 that forever changed sports car racing in America: Chevrolet introduced the small-block V-8 in Corvette, and Road America held its first race. Since then, America’s iconic sports car and “America’s National Park of Speed” have been inextricably linked. This weekend’s Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase, the sixth round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series, and its companion event, the Corvette World Tribute, will highlight the longstanding love affair between Corvette enthusiasts and the scenic 4-mile, 14-turn track.
With its theaters, shows and restaurants, Times Square in New York City is the live entertainment capital of the world. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people visit the area around 42 Street and Broadway to take in the shows and see the sights. On one recent summer evening, onlookers watched as the driver of a Black Corvette Z06 put on his own show with a little help from a Times Square icon, the Naked Cowboy.
There is a reason that Chevy offers the FREE two day driving school for anyone who buys a new Corvette ZR1. With 638 supercharged horses, it can be a handful for the uninitiated. As a PSA for all new Corvette ZR1 drivers on why its important to take advantage of the school, check out this video after the jump. Fair warning though, the dudes in the Chrysler are very unimpressed with the driver of the ZR1 and both let a few choice words fly.
The ALMS has the week off, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some great racing footage to share with you. Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner uploaded this helmet cam video to youtube and unlike the traditional dash cams that only show what’s in front the of Corvette, the helmet cam gives us a perspective of what’s happening inside the cockpit as well.
Aftermarket exhaust systems offer an alternative to the Corvette’s stock exhaust and some of the benefits usually include a bump in horsepower and a more aggressive sound. But as many aftermarket exhaust buyers have come to learn, it’s sometimes difficult choosing a new system because you don’t really get a chance to evaluate the tune of the exhaust side by side. Enter Borla Exhaust, who outfitted three Bondurant Grand Sport Corvettes to showcase their new exhaust systems in a new video released this week.
RB in Indiana submitted this 1974 Corvette to Corvette Values:
1974 Corvette Convertible, VIN #1z67j4s427XXX. Painted Dark Red (original) with dark red leather interior and a white convertible soft top. Matching numbers L-48 350ci/195hp engine, automatic transmission, 79235 original miles, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, power windows, auxilliary hard top and luggage rack. Paint and mechanicals in good/average condition, no documentation but have owner history.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
We’re not exactly sure what chain of events that went into motion to cause this black C3 Corvette to end up on its top. We do know that the accident sent two men to the hospital after this serious crash in Brevard County Florida. The accident caused the southbound lanes of US-1 to be shut down in Malabar, Florida so emergency crews could clean up the mess.
It was back in May we first learned about the Endora SC-1, a new German custom coach that will be powered by America’s finest V8 Small block engines. Sure we’ve seen custom supercars built on the Corvette chassis before. The Bertone Mantide and Rossi 66 are two of our favorites. But with these latest renderings, the German-based SC-1 is beginning to look distinctly Corvette-like and is moving up our charts of favorite vaporware vettes.
During this season’s coverage of the American Le Mans Series on ESPN, we have taken notice of the one minute segments detailing Corvette Racing and the technical transfer of the knowledge learned while racing and how its applied to production Corvettes. The Corvette Racing Tech Transfer segment that ran during this weekend’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge featured Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan as he introduced the new 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition.