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Mecum's Kissimmee Corvette Auction Pulls $6.7 Million in Sales

Mecum’s Collector Car Auction made its annual pilgrimage to Central Florida’s Kissimmee auction last weekend. Florida’s temperate January weather makes this auction a favorite and by most accounts, the auction was a huge success. Record attendance was on-hand to watch 147 Corvettes cross the auction block over four days and everyone must have been buying as Mecum achieved a sales success rate of 81% to total $6.7 million in Corvette sales.

2009 Callaway GT1 Championship Edition featured in Corvette Magazine

I just got my April 2010 issue of Corvette Magazine and oh, snap! Guess what I saw? Gracing the cover is a 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Convertible. A car so rare, we’ll be talking about the record prices these special editions are sure to get at auctions sooner rather than later. Only 7 Black GT1 Convertibles were made and we are pretty sure that only one has been tuned by Callaway.

Corvette Racing Receives Invitation to Race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

It’s official. The two factory-sponsored Corvette C6.Rs have received invitations to join the ultra-competitive GT2 class this June for the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C6.Rs will battle a who’s who of sports car racing teams and manufacturers including Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Jaguar in the crowded class featuring 17 entries.

January 2010 Corvette Sales

The first sales report of the new year hit yesterday and the good news is that Corvette sales are up 1.4% over last year. January 2010 deliveries totaled 854 – 12 Corvettes more than the 842 sold in January 2009. Historically, Corvette sales tend to a breather in January anyway so we are okay with this number. The other significant number for the month is the availability of the Corvette ZR1. National inventories of the supercharged ZR1 have grown by 27% to 191 units.

 Corvette and Cadillac Brands Plan Return to European Showrooms

GM is cautiously looking to return Corvette and Cadillac brands back to European Showrooms following last year’s bankruptcy of its previous importer, Dutch-based Kroymans, who went belly up during the Summer of 2009. GM had its own financial issues at the time of the Kroyman bankruptcy but a GM spokesperson speaking with Das Autohaus says the automaker is currently in contract negotiations with up to 30 dealers in Germany.

Here’s another cool episode from “Vette Garage: The Series” where they go behind the scenes to check out Corvette Recycling’s operation in Farmington, UT.


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Vette Garage: The Series


Related:
[VIDEO] Episode 3 of “Vette Garage: The Series”
[VIDEO] Episode 2 of “Vette Garage: The Series”
[VIDEO] “Vette Garage: The Series” Opens With Visit to Pfadt Race Engineering

 

LG Motorsport's Lou Gigliotti is Running for Congress

I just got a heads up from a friend that Lou Gigliotti, Corvette race car driver and founder of LG Motorsports is running for the 4th congressional district in Texas. Without getting too political on a car blog, Lou’s 30 years experience as a small business owner and his legendary competitiveness is just the kind of experience needed in Washington. Please take a moment to visit Gigliotti for Congress and let’s all wish a fellow Corvette driver lots of luck in this new endeavor.

Hat tip: Charlie


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Gigliotti for Congress

Related:
Gus Grissom’s 1967 Corvette Listed on eBay

 

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