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Corvette Market’s C3 Find, Buy & Drive Adventure

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2008

1969 Corvette ConvertibleKeith Martin and his staff at Corvette Market/Sports Car Market are putting out a call for a C3 Corvette and they need our help. Here is the deal: You find them a decent C3 Corvette to buy and if they decide that’s the one, they’ll wire the funds to the seller. They are looking for delivery as well so you’ll need to be able to drive the Corvette all the way or at least partially the way to their offices in Portland, Oregon.

The staff at Sports Car Market likes to keep half a dozen classic and collector cars on hand at any one time, driving them to shows and weekend cruises. They believe the C3 Corvette Market (1968-1982) represents some of the best Corvette values and adding a chrome-bumper C3 to the stable makes a lot of sense. However, not just any C3 Corvette will do as they are being specific in what they are looking for:

  • 1968-1972 Convertible
  • Matching numbers small block
  • 4-Speed manual transmission
  • Air conditioning
  • Quality condition

And to make things even more interesting, they have budgeted just $20,000 for you to make the deal, although they are willing to pay less. If you find and deliver the Corvette, they’ll put you up in a hotel for a couple of nights, show you the sights and even provide some cool swag like a Corvette Market hat and bag! But the biggest thrill may be seeing your C3 Corvette buying adventure immortalized in print for all the Collector car world to see.

So if you’ve got an early C3 in the garage or know where one can be had on the cheap, because they are looking for quality, then send an email to Keith Martin @ Corvette Market with the details. Click here for more specifics on Corvette Market’s C3 Find, Buy & Drive Adventure.


Appreciating Corvettes: Top 12 Price Gainers of 2006
Corvette Values: 1969 Corvette Convertible

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I vaguely remember seeing this commercial for Chevrolet and the Corvette during Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve program and was just sober coherent enough to hit the Tivo’s record button. Seeing it now I can remember feeling the emotional tugs at the heartstrings that Chevrolet’s ad men do so well. But then again, that could have easily been the Crown Royal talking.

The commercial shows various Chevy’s and then we see a base red Corvette coupe getting put through its paces in a downtown setting. When the Corvette first comes on screen, the voice over says “We believe that passion leads to extraordinary things”. Another nice touch is having the halo car sandwiched between the Volt concept and the 2009 Camaro.

One observation I had was both the announcer and the on screen graphics at the end of the spot refer to Chevrolet at Chevy and even the web URL is I do like the fact they used the sixty second format to feature all the vehicles in the Chevy stable while playing up the fuel solutions angle that we are starting to see in all their recent commercials. So while there is nothing in the spot that is ground-breaking, it is, in this former ad man’s opinion, a well done commercial.

Corvette Featured in Chevy Super Bowl XLI Commercial
New Chevy Commercial Touts Corvettes HWY MPG

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Corvette Market’s Smart Auction Buys of 2007

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2008

Editors from Keith Martin’s Corvette Market have analyzed and posted in a slideshow format what they consider to be the Top 10 Smart Corvette buys from various auctions held in 2007. We took a look at the list and agreed. It just goes to show you that if you are a buying a Corvette and you have knowledge and patience, you too can get a great deal on the Corvette of your dreams.

Corvette Market’s Top 10 Smart Corvette Buys:

1. 1960 Corvette Convertible – 283/230 – $55,000
2. 1957 Corvette Convertible – 283/283 – $76,650
3. 1963 Corvette Convertible – 327/365 FI – $67,100
4. 1966 Corvette Convertible – 327/350 – $50,400
5. 1968 Corvette Coupe – 427/390 – $25,998
6. 1957 Corvette Convertible – 283 fi – $99,000
7. 1969 Corvette Convertible – 427/390 – $38,850
8. 1961 Corvette Convertible – 283/270 – $110,000
9. 2001 Corvette Z06 – 13K Miles – $26,513
10. 1964 Corvette Coupe – 327/300 – $45,000

All of these Corvettes profiled on Corvette Market have both a description of the car as well as expert analysis on why it was selected for the Smart Buys list. If you’re into Corvettes for not only the fun and excitement they bring, but the financial rewards as well, consider subscribing to Keith Martin’s Corvette Market. We’re anxiously awaiting the next issue!


Introducing Keith Martin’s Corvette Market Magazine

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As I discussed in Saturday’s video blog post, there is a steering wheel on the 2009 Corvette ZR1 that is not on any of the 2008 Corvettes. This new steering wheel has two buttons on the left side that allow the driver to view information displayed on the DIC. The top button chooses the information or moves through the screens. The bottom button with the arrow is used for selecting the menu.

These function buttons show up on several other GM vehicles including the Chevrolet Silverado, Malibu and the Saturn Sky. Below you see the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s steering wheel and a similar (albeit more advanced) steering wheel of the 2008 Saturn Sky.

2009 Corvette ZR1 Steering Wheel 2008 Saturn Sky Steering Wheel

We’re going to make an assumption that this new wheel will also be standard on the 2009 base and Z06 models. It seems controlling your DIC while keeping your hands on the wheel is a fairly reasonable feature and there’s not much reason why it would be offered exclusively to ZR1 buyers.

Now how about those cruise control buttons!

Thanks for the tip George!

Video: In The Garage – V1.1

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Video: In the Garage – V1.1

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2008

I’ve been debating doing a video blog post for sometime now and decided that with the recent events, now was as good as time as any. This first attempt is pretty rough I’ll admit and it remains to be seen how well it will be received. Please leave a comment with your thoughts, comments and suggestions.

Contents of Episode V1.1 include:

  • A new feature is spied and a missing badge on the Corvette ZR1.
  • A rant against the signature Indy 500 Pace Car
  • A preview of things to come for the 2009 Corvette
  • Noland Adams book is back!

2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500’s 2009 Corvette Previews
Five People in the Corvette Hobby I’d Like to Meet


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December 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 4, 2008

December’s Corvette sales were up sharply over November’s sales figures as the final tally for the 2007 monthly sales figures were released by General Motors. Sales of Corvettes in December 2007 totaled 2,914. That’s up from the 2,438 units sold in November 2007 but down slightly from December 2006′s 3,081 Corvettes sold.

The 2007 calendar year will go down as another strong year for Corvette sales. January through December 2007 saw 33,684 Corvettes sold. While that figure was down from 36,518 Corvettes sold in 2006, it was higher than the 32,489 Corvettes sold in 2005. Remember that Corvette production for the 2007 model year was a bit of an anomaly as an astounding 40,561 Corvettes were built, the highest model year production figure since the introduction of the C4 Corvette in 1984.

The outlook for sales during the 2008 calendar year should continue to remain on par with what we’ve seen over the last three years: roughly 2,800 units per month for a total of 34,000 Corvettes for the year. While the 2009 Corvette ZR1 will make for interesting discussion as the ultimate halo car, production targets are rumored to be in the neighborhood of 1,500 units. Right now no one knows if ZR1 sales will come at the expense of the Corvette Z06.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%

Wheels on the Ground

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 9,398 2008 Corvettes on the ground in the following model configurations:

  • 5,700 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,596 Corvette Convertibles
  • 2,102 Corvette Z06


November 2008 Corvette Sales

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I’m betting that Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles is a very popular fellow now that the details about the Corvette ZR1 have been released. We saw him recently on the vblog as he stood next to and pointed out features of the new King of the Hill. Following his turn is some GM corporate footage of the 2009 Corvette ZR1.


The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

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1998 Corvette Pace CarOur auction results roundup closes for the year with the final results from Mecum’s Kansas City High Performance Auction. The event was held the weekend of November 30th through December 2nd and 22 Corvettes were represented. While the classic Corvette sales were slow with the gavel falling for only two Corvettes, a 1964 and 1969, the majority of the Corvettes sold came from the years of 1975-1982. 12 of the 22 Corvettes were sold for a sales rate of 55%.

Lot Year Model Color High Bid Sell Price
S205 1962 Corvette Black $81,000  
S18 1964 Corvette Blue   $29,138
S40 1965 Corvette Maroon $45,000  
S65 1966 Corvette L-72 Black $77,500  
S49.1 1967 Corvette White $61,000  
S152 1968 Corvette Bronze $52,500  
S183 1969 Corvette Red   $19,163
U60 1971 Corvette Green $15,000  
F111 1973 Corvette Yellow $18,750  
S26 1975 Corvette Red $19,000  
S127 1975 Corvette Green   $20,213
U31.1 1976 Corvette Yellow   $11,813
F60 1977 Corvette Red   $10,200
S117 1977 Corvette Ice Blue   $12,600
S109.1 1981 Corvette Red   $9,750
U48 1981 Corvette Silver   $10,250
F127 1982 Corvette Copper   $10,000
F123 1984 Corvette Brown $4,500  
S2 1988 Corvette White   $9,500
F50 1996 Corvette White $17,000  
S114 1998 Corvette Pace Car Purple   $22,838
F122 2001 Corvette Yellow   $26,250

Mecum’s next event is the Kissimmee High Performance Auction held in central Florida January 24-26th. Click here for the current list of consigned cars.

Mecum Auctions

Mecum’s St. Charles Auction Produces $2.8 Million in Corvette Sales

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First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2007

2009 Corvette ZR1In what could only be described (and is being marketed) as the opening salvo in the new muscle car wars, the first 2009 Corvette ZR1 will be offered up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction held mid-January in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new King of the Hill will join the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the Ford Shelby GT500KR on the block as the big three auction off the cars for various charities. The proceeds from the sale of the Corvette ZR1 will go to The United Way while the Challenger and Ford Shelby proceeds go to Not My Kid, Inc. and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Chevrolet says the auction is for the “first retailable” 2009 Corvette ZR1. We are not quite clear if they mean they are sending the Corvette ZR1 that will make its debut at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show the week prior to the auction, or if the buyer gets the first Corvette ZR1 to roll off the production line later next year.

The auction for the ZR1 Corvette will be held on Saturday, January 19th and will be broadcast by SPEED. The Shelby GT500KR will hit the block first at lot number 1300. The Corvette ZR1 will follow as lot number 1316 and the Challenger will wrap up the shootout at lot number 1331.


Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery

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Video: Unveiling the 2008 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Cars

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2007

On December 27th, Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway raised the curtain on two unique 2008 Corvettes that will serve as pace cars for the 92nd Indianapolis 500. The event was held in downtown Indianapolis at the RCA dome. Click the video to watch the unveiling as it happened, as well as listen to the various dignitaries pontificate about the Corvette and its involvement with the greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500.

2008 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Unveiling

Indianapolis 500

Two Unique Corvettes to Pace the 2008 Indianapolis 500
Corvette’s 2008 Indy Pace Car Unveiling Date Set
Flashback: Corvette Convertible to Pace Indianapolis 500

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