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Mecum’s High Performance Auctions are different than the usual predominately-Corvette affairs we see at Bloomington or down in Kissimmee, Florida at the NCRS Winter Regional. At the St. Charles, Illinois auction during the October 5-7th weekend, just 80 of the 550+ unique muscle and collector cars were Corvettes. Yes, that mix seems to guarantee a wider audience as the larger auction field brings in the special cars and with the special cars comes the guys with the checkbooks that can afford them. Included in the group of Corvettes at the St. Charles auction was a 1953 Corvette, a 1969 L88 and a very unique 1967 Black ‘N Blue L71 427/435 coupe. We detailed the top two Corvette sales from this auction earlier this week, the 1969 L88 Coupe selling for $446,250 and the 1967 L71 Coupe selling for $393,750. unfortunately, the ’53 Corvette was a no-sale with a high bid at $225,000. Total Corvette sales reached $2.8 million and the selling percentage was a solid 61%. Mecum’s slogan is “Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum” and while were not about to enter the debate of whether a Corvette is a muscle car or not, their slogan could in all reality by modified to “Nobody Sells More Fiberglass…” Here is the full list of Corvettes and their sales price or high bids:

Lot Year Model Color High Bid Sell Price
U80 1953 Corvette White $225,000.00  
S35 1957 Corvette Red $71,000.00  
S87 1957 Corvette Silver $145,000.00  
S159 1957 Corvette Fuelie Turquoise   $103,950.00
U78 1957 Corvette Black   $107,625.00
S242 1959 Corvette Red   $59,063.00
F258 1960 Corvette White/Silver   $62,475.00
S147 1960 Corvettte Turquoise $95,000.00  
S163 1961 Corvette White   $82,950.00
F164 1963 Corvette Red   $78,750.00
F229 1963 Corvette Blue   $56,175.00
S85 1963 Corvette Maroon $155,000.00  
S168 1963 Corvette Red   $210,000.00
U79 1964 Corvette Blue   $110,000.00
F13 1965 Corvette Red   $29,000.00
F119 1965 Corvette Red   $40,425.00
S157 1965 Corvette Black $65,000.00  
U72 1965 Corvette Black $37,000.00  
F177 1966 Corvette White   $94,500.00
F197 1966 Corvette Yellow/Black   $50,400.00
F224 1966 Corvette White $45,000.00  
F251 1966 Corvette Yellow $46,000.00  
S23 1966 Corvette Maroon $50,000.00  
S70 1966 Corvette Blue $53,000.00  
S76 1966 Corvette Maroon $65,000.00  
S273 1966 Corvette Blue   $51,725.00
F249 1967 Corvette Green   $89,250.00
F309 1967 Corvette Maroon/White $41,000.00  
S99 1967 Corvette Black   $393,750.00
S158 1967 Corvette 427/435 Silver $170,000.00  
S200 1967 Corvette Blue   $70,875.00
U57 1967 Corvette White   $54,075.00
F27 1968 Corvette Bronze $28,000.00  
S86 1968 Corvette Blue/White   $17,000.00
S171 1968 Corvette L89 Maroon $90,000.00  
S245 1968 Corvette Blue   $71,400.00
F121 1969 Corvette White   $25,000.00
F181 1969 Corvette Black $35,000.00  
S88 1969 Corvette L88 Red   $446,250.00
S143 1969 Corvette Red $37,500.00  
S216 1969 Corvette White $35,000.00  
S244 1969 Corvette Red   $70,875.00
U101 1969 Corvette Gold $26,000.00  
F89 1971 Corvette Blue   $22,050.00
U84 1971 Corvette Blue $21,000.00  
F60 1972 Corvette Red $17,500.00  
F72 1972 Corvette Gold   $12,863.00
F74 1972 Corvette Black/Silver $9,000.00  
S68 1972 Corvette Red $29,000.00  
F2.1 1973 Corvette Red   $11,000.00
S62 1974 Corvette Red   $20,475.00
F38 1975 Corvette Orange   $12,600.00
F86 1975 Corvette Red   $16,800.00
S67 1975 Corvette Yellow   $20,475.00
F33 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $18,375.00
F65 1978 Corvette Red   $25,463.00
F81 1978 Corvette Gray   $7,900.00
F122 1978 Corvette Silver $23,000.00  
F173 1978 Corvette Black/Silver   $25,988.00
S260 1978 Corvette White   $7,400.00
F7 1982 Corvette White   $9,000.00
F10 1982 Corvette Red   $14,700.00
F118 1982 Corvette Silver   $10,500.00
F11 1986 Corvette Yellow   $16,275.00
F313 1986 Corvette Yellow   $11,550.00
U160 1986 Corvette White   $13,125.00
S257 1987 Corvette Silver/Grey $15,000.00  
U30 1987 Corvette Gold   $15,750.00
F266 1988 Corvette Bronze   $9,500.00
F165 1989 Corvette White   $11,550.00
F255 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Red $31,000.00  
U124 1992 Corvette ZR-1 Blue   $12,600.00
F93 1993 Corvette Red $15,000.00  
F290 1993 Corvette Red   $28,000.00
F302 1993 Corvette Turquoise   $8,500.00
F291 1996 Corvette Silver $20,000.00  
F186 1997 Corvette ZR-1 Black $16,500.00  
S266 2001 Corvette Yellow $32,000.00  
S254 2007 Corvette Z06 Black   $65,000.00
           
        Total Sales: $2,802,952.00
The final High Performance auction for 2007 will be held in Kansas City November 30th through December 2nd. Details and car list can be found at the Mecum website.
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Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend was definitely the place to find some rare Corvettes. We already detailed the auction’s top Corvette seller, a low-mileage one owner 1969 L88 Corvette which sold for $446,250. The second highest sale from the October 5-7th auction went to a very special 435 hp ’67 Coupe which sold for $393,750. You know a Corvette is special when it’s known throughout Vettedom by a nickname. The Black ‘N Blue 1967 Corvette earned the name due to its Tuxedo Black exterior with the Bright Blue Stinger hood. What? You haven’t seen this color combo before? That’s because only four documented ’67 Sting Rays are known to share this very rare exterior color combination. This particular Corvette was restored by Houston’s famous Nabers Brothers, who also restored ProTeam’s Last Sting Ray. Featured options include the L71 427 ci/435 hp Tri-Power engine, factory side mounted exhaust, a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-Speed and 3:55 gears. Although not original on 1967 Corvettes, this Corvette has “Blue Line” Goodyears mounted to the factory original bolt-on wheels.

The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette
The Corvette’s original color was changed early in its life. Luckily, fate would lead to an inspection of the original trim tag by Corvette Hall of Fame member Dan Gale, which revealed the rare factory code 900 Tuxedo Black and Bright Blue stripe combination. Today the Corvette, with its Code 415 Bright Blue Leather interior is correct and outstanding in every detail, earning a Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight and the Chevy Vette Fest Triple Crown Award. A check of prices for 1967 Corvettes sold at auction against Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Results Database shows we have a top 10 Corvette based on the selling price of $393,750. Truly a beautiful and unique 1967 Corvette Coupe.
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An L88 Corvette is used to shaking the world around it, but at the Mecum High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend, an extremely low mile one owner 1969 Corvette L88 shook the auction world by selling for $446,250. Previous high of a 1969 L88 sold at an auction was set back in January 2006 at Barrett-Jackson for $334,800. The L88 engine was rated at 430 hp and featured an aluminum intake and heads, an 850 cfm dual feed Holley carb and mandatory options like an aluminum radiator, heavy duty brakes and the Muncie M-22 transmission. Power windows, power steering and radios were not included to discourage street use. The L88 added over $1,000 to the base price of a 1969 Corvette, which was $4,781. Only 116 L88 Corvettes were built in 1969. The Corvette that sold at St. Charles is one of the most highly documented, low mileage Corvettes in existence. Rare for any 1969 Corvette, much less an L88. The Corvette retains its original matching numbers engine, transmission, carburetor and interior. Only 2,248 miles are on the one-owner car.

1969 Corvette L88 1969 Corvette L88 1969 Corvette L88
Like many L88 Corvettes, this car was destined for the track. Purchased by Dennis Ahrens from Dick Wickstrom Chevrolet in Roselle, Illinois on December 12, 1969, the Corvette was prepped to be a drag racer, achieving a best time of 10.82 seconds in the quarter mile. Many of the Corvette’s original parts were set aside and saved during her racing days, only to be reunited later when the owner restored her back to factory specifications in 2005-06. Since restoration, the Corvette has received Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS National Top Flight, Gold Spinner Award and the Triple Crown Award with all scores at 97, 98 or 99. The Corvette today sits on three of four original wheels and has the original spare tire. It is believed to be one of the last three L88′s ever produced and is the only known L88 with red exterior and tan interior. It is also one of only 25 delivered with a 4.56 positraction rear end. The Corvette is fully documented with the original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, dealer sales invoice and order form, tax and license receipt and the owner’s manual. Topping of the impressive list of docs is the Illinois Title in the original owner’s name. We’ll have more results from the Mecum St. Charles auction over the coming days.
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Corvette Racing: Bad Boy Vette’s C6.R Repaint is a Wrap

by Keith Cornett on October 12, 2007

Dan from Bad Boy Vettes gives us an update on the new graphics package for the C6.R Corvettes race next week at Laguna Seca. While their initial photo showed a couple cans of Krylon spray paint, apparently this method of rebranding one of the most successful cars in racing history is frowned up by the higher-ups at GM. So the experts from Competition Graphics were called in and now we get the first look at just how good “Jake” looks on the #4 Corvette.

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Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic Bad Boy Vette's C6.R Graphic
The #4 badboyvettes C6.R will be making its official debut at the Mucky Duck in Monterey on Wednesday evening, October 17th during the Bad Boy Vettes bash. In celebration of Corvette Racing’s last race of the season, another GT1 Class championship, and one hell of a new paint job, CorvetteBlogger.com will be pulling a bit of a “Bad Boy” rebranding ourselves. Stay tuned!
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Corvette: The Official Sports Car of Kentucky

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2007

Kentucky State Representative C.B. Embry (R) filed a bill for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly that would officially designate Corvette as the states official sports car. The bill would server to honor General Motors “For locating the [Bowling Green Assembly] facility with us. They have over 900 jobs there that pay very well” said the Representative. The bill doesn’t have any co-sponsors yet, but Embry expects broad support for the bill when the legislature convenes in January. The bill shies from naming the Corvette as “Official Car” due to several other assembly plants located in the state that make the Ford Explorer, Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks and the Toyota Camry. Embry concludes that “there would be a controversy to name it as the official state vehicle.”
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C6.R Corvettes To Get A Bad Boy Makeover for Monterey

by Keith Cornett on October 9, 2007

Our friends over at Bad Boy Vettes must have been born with silver tongues. Over the course of the 2007 season, they’ve talked the Corvette Racing team into doing all sorts of cool things: Duct-taping a camera to the hood at Le Mans led to Foot Cam, Pit Cam and Fan Cam. Then at some point along the way, BBV stickers appeared both inside and out the C6.Rs, usually placed in proximity to an onboard camera or two. We’re still scratching our heads as to why, but the access that BBV enjoys brings the fans closer to the Corvette Racing team, and for that we are thankful. We got word last night that for the final race of the 2007 season in Monterey, and possibly the final race of the Corvette C6.R program in the American LeMans series, Corvette Racing will be rebranding the Corvette C6.Rs with the team’s official unofficial mascot, Jake.

Corvette Racing's C6.Rs To Get A Bad Boy Vettes Makeover Corvette Racing's C6.Rs To Get A Bad Boy Vettes Makeover Corvette Racing's C6.Rs To Get A Bad Boy Vettes Makeover
According to legend, Jake was sketched out one night on a bar napkin at LeMans a few years ago by the guys behind Bad Boy Vettes and was adopted wholeheartedly by the Corvette Racing team. Since that fateful moment in France, we’ve seen Jake appear on the C6.Rs B-pillars, front and rear bumpers, on the concrete slab in front of the team’s garage at LeMans, and inked as tattoos on more than one member of Corvette Racing’s crew. Details are slim at the moment, but we understand that a design has been sketched and the paint has been ordered for a Bad Boy Vettes C6.R makeover for Monterey. Check out the designs then stay tuned as details emerge.
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1963 Split Window Corvette Featured in PGR4 Commercials

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2007

The story of these videos is that a section of streets in downtown Los Angeles was closed for a commercial shoot for the Project Gotham Racing video game. The commercial features a Tesla Roadster, a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari F430, a Yamaha motorcycle and our favorite, a 1963 Split Window Coupe Corvette. The cars were driven by professionals, but were “supposedly” driving in a manner that was to reflect the skills of everyday drivers. In other words, there were several near misses in the intersection and at one point the Ferrari (unintentionally, I believe) hit the retaining wall. (note: If the player asks you to click here to view more videos in the playlist, just reload the page)

Watch these videos and then tell me driving like this wouldn’t be a blast. That Sting Ray’s exhaust reverberating off the downtown walls of is awesome!
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Corvettes to Compete in ALMS GT2 Class in 2008

by Keith Cornett on October 8, 2007

LG Motorsports C6 CorvetteAccording to a press release by the American LeMans Series, three new independent teams representing Detroit’s Big 3 auto manufacturers are gearing up to race in the ALMS GT2 class next season. We are very exciting to hear that Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports has teamed with car builder Bill Riley of Riley Technologies to bring two Corvette C6′s to the GT2 dance in 2008. The Corvettes will utilize the standard Corvette C6 engine (LS3 we are assuming) opposed to the GT1′s Z06′s LS7 as battles Porsche, BMW and Ferrari. In a story about the move to GT2, AutoBlog says the LG Motorsports team has the blessing of GM Racing. We are not sure if that means there will be any direct support by GM at this time. However that could change as one of the other new entrants will be a factory supported Viper team that may also run multiple cars. The third team will be a Ford GT car from Kevin Doran of Doran Racing. “It’s a very exciting time, and as a racing series, we couldn’t be in a stronger leadership position,” said Series President & CEO Scott Atherton. Homologation to ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) specifications will occur immediately following the season in order that all cars will be available to participate in the American Le Mans Series Winter Test, January 28-30 at Sebring International Raceway. The first race of the 2008 ALMS series is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15th.
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=Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis drove their #4 Corvette C6.R to the GT1 Class victory in Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The Class victory by the #4 Corvette C6.R effectively sealed the GT1 championship for the two Ollies, their third in a row, and was the 6th consecutive win for Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans. The 1,000 mile/ten hour race was slowed by nine cautions as accidents ruled the day. Just 15 laps into the race Jan Magnussen was clipped by the #26 LMP2 which sent the #3 Corvette C6.R hard into a tire barrier, damaging the front end and ending the campaign for Magnussen, O’Connell and Fellows. Runner up in the GT1 class was the #27 Maserati MC12 finishing 50 laps behind the Corvette C6.R after also being involved in an accident.

“As far as wrecks go, this one ranks pretty high,” Magnussen observed. “The fact that I can stand here now shows how strong the Corvette C6.R is. All of the safety devices built into the car absolutely did their job.” Course workers brought the car back to the paddock on a flatbed, and the Dan Binks-led crew surveyed the damage, which was too extensive to repair. “There is no question that all of the safety systems, including the HANS device, performed admirably,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The crush zone in the nose box and the way the frame rail is designed to absorb an impact did exactly what they were supposed to do. When you build a car to that specification, the driver can avoid injury in a big hit like the one we had today.” “It was a huge disappointment for the No. 3 Corvette team because they had a great car for the race,” Fehan said. “The upside is that the No. 4 Corvette ran flawlessly, the crew did eight perfect pit stops, and despite a great challenge from Maserati, Corvette once again prevailed.”
With the Win at Petit Le Mans, Beretta became the first ALMS driver to win five championships – three with Corvette Racing and two with Oreca. Beretta has 36 career ALMS victories while Gavin has his 27th career ALMS victory. And despite the lack of meaningful competition from outside the Corvette Racing team, kudos go to Gavin and Beretta for beating the best in GT1 – Jan Magnussen, Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows – to win the Drivers Championship, and that was no easy feat.
“It’s a very special moment to win the championship,” Beretta continued. “The crew and engineers have done a perfect job since the beginning of the year. Everybody is working in the same direction. I have a fantastic teammate – Oliver is super quick, very straightforward, very clever, and a good guy. We work very well together; we don’t even need to speak, we just understand each other from an expression or a gesture. We trust each other completely, and that is a very good thing.” “It’s great to win the championship by winning here today,” said Gavin, who tallied his 27th career ALMS victory. “This makes up somewhat for the huge disappointment of Le Mans. I’m delighted for everyone in the team, and especially for my engineer, Steve Cole, who’s done a marvelous job all season. Ray Gongla, my crew chief, has been a rock, a real leader, with his cool head and his ability to keep talking us through the races. All of the team managers – Gary Pratt, Doug Fehan and Steve Wesoloski – have been at the helm, steering the ship along. Olivier has done a fantastic job, and it’s marvelous to have Max back in the car.”
The final race of the 2007 ALMS season is the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca on Saturday, October 20th. SPEED channel will televise the race live beginning at 5:30 pm EST.
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on October 5, 2007

Today we are featuring six Corvettes that are listed for sale at VetteFinders.com, our Corvette classified ads website. The six Corvettes represent one from each year, and they are just a sampling of the 500+ Corvettes available.

1962 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1978 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1962 Convertible
$79,900
1966 Coupe
$84,900
1978 T-Top
$13,000
 
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1990 ZR-1 Coupe
$24,900
2002 Convertible
$31,000
2008 Coupe
$60,240
Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
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