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Auction Results: Mecum Spring Classic

by Keith Cornett on June 9, 2006

At the 19th Annual Mecum Spring Classic Auction held at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois over Memorial Day weekend, 48 Corvettes ranging from a 1954 Polo White Convertible to a 2004 Black Z06 crossed the auction block. Of the 48 Corvettes, 30 were sold for $1,122,714 in total Corvette sales. The highest selling price went to a 1967 Sunfire Yellow Convertible (pictured) with a 427/435 engine which sold for $147,000 while the lowest price paid was $7,500 for a 1976 T-Top Corvette. A black ’67 Corvette had the highest bid overall but was a no-sale at $200,000. Corvette Auction Results:

Lot # Year Description Sales Price Status
S211954Corvette Polo White$60,000Bid
F1251957Corvette Red$71,000Bid
F1261958Corvette White$40,950Sold
S5871959Corvette Red$63,000Sold
F501961Corvette Maroon$64,575Sold
S641962Corvette Maroon$61,950Sold
S91963Corvette White$43,050Sold
F871964Corvette Red$39,500Bid
S33.11964Corvette Red$49,000Bid
S411964Corvette Red$47,500Bid
F641965Corvette Maroon$59,850Sold
U5591965Corvette Blue$61,950Sold
M81965Corvette$16,800Sold
S311966Corvette Silver$95,550Sold
S531966Corvette Blue$68,250Sold
F1641967Corvette Maroon$36,750Sold
F5321967Corvette L-89 Silver$115,500Sold
F5731967Corvette Blue$150,000Bid
F581.11967Corvette Red$170,000Bid
S591967Corvette Marina Blue$83,000Bid
S553.11967Corvette Black$200,000Bid
S5601967Corvette Yellow$147,000Sold
T441968Corvette Red$21,525Sold
F401969Corvette Red$31,000Bid
F1321969Corvette Silver$20,000Bid
F1651969Corvette$32,000Bid
F578.11969Corvette Yellow$37,275Sold
S911969Corvette Black$46,463Sold
U221971Corvette Red$12,600Sold
U241971Corvette White$26,250Sold
S5061972Corvette Red$31,500Sold
U1341972Corvette Silver$40,000Bid
S1611973Corvette Gold$28,350Sold
U301975Corvette Orange$10,763Sold
U601975Corvette Red$14,700Sold
T1331976Corvette Red$7,500Sold
T891979Corvette Dark Blue$8,500Sold
F1491979Corvette L-82 Red$20,475Sold
F571982Corvette Silver/Green$17,000Bid
F351986Corvette White$15,750Sold
F1291988Corvette White$15,750Sold
F111990Corvette ZR-1 Black$24,000Bid
U5251990Corvette ZR-1 Red$24,500Bid
S161991Corvette Red$16,013Sold
U81991Corvette Red$15,000Bid
F581994Corvette Copper$16,800Sold
F481996Corvette Silver$17,325Sold
U102004Corvette Z06 Black$39,000Bid
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Corvette Blue Devil to be Called Sting Ray

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2006

AutoWeek, which last month broke the news that the Blue Devil program is a go in an interview with Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, reports today that the Corvette Blue Devil project is now being referred to internally as the Sting Ray. Production of the $100,000 Supercharged 7.0-liter 600-hp V8 Sting Ray may start sooner rather than later with units available as soon as 2007, although it’s our guess that it would be a 2008 model available during the summer/fall of ’07. Bits and pieces of the Sting Ray project have been leaked over the past few months with rumors swirling around a Kappa platform project, as well as a special edition Corvette being built for 2007. However, this is the first report that puts them all together as a Corvette project. AutoWeek says that the Blue Devil name was used to get the attention of GM’s CEO Rick Wagoner, who graduated from Duke. That name also allowed the PR guys to “smile slyly” as they claimed there were no plans for a Blue Devil Corvette. Source: Autoweek via Left Lane News
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Podcast: Team Corvette Ready for LeMans

by Keith Cornett on June 7, 2006

In this latest podcast from GM’s Fastlane Blog, Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan talks about Corvette Racing’s preparations for the most prestigious racing event in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans. Doug discusses what Team Corvette needs to do in getting ready for this endurance race that taxes not only the cars, but the drivers and crew as well. Competition in the GT Class will be intense this year with four Aston Martins, a Saleen, Ferrari and a European C5 Corvette team. According to Fehan, the GT class tends to be the focus of most of the fans because that’s where the classic battles take place. Despite the competition, Fehan is optimistic that the Corvette Racing team will extend its record to five 1-2 finishes in the most recent six years at LeMans. Visit the GM Fast Lane Blog or Download the MP3. Photo: Richard Prince
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Normally I shy away from stories like these, but sometimes they are just too unbelievable not to post. So here it is as posted by KESQ in Palm Springs: HAYWARD, Calif. A motorist who sped through a Hayward cemetery in an apparent road-rage pursuit of another car is dead after crashing into a mausoleum. Hayward police say the driver of a classic 1967 Corvette was killed when he skidded out of control and totaled his car this morning at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The identity of the 52-year-old man was not immediately released. Police say he was chasing a Mercedes-Benz convertible through the cemetery after an apparent argument on a nearby street. Mourners watching a nearby burial witnessed the crash. Police say a pair of crypts inside the mausoleum were jarred open, but the caskets inside were not damaged. The Mercedes driver is being sought as a witness but is not thought to have caused the crash. Source: KESQ NewsChannel 3

1963 Split Window Corvette – A Sad Find

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2006

Found this posted on Flickr – a 1963 Corvette Coupe parked in a field. By the look of it, it has been there for some time. The person who posted the image says the tag is from 1994 – 12 years ago! With a wink, he also adds he sell the address of where the Corvette is located. I’d almost bet it’s another case of Future Restoration Syndrome – Parking a Corvette with the dream of one day restoring it while in the meantime the elements are taking their toll on it. No way to treat a classic Sting Ray. Source: Flickr
Credit: Auto Exposure Canada

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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2006

June is here and Corvette season is now in full swing. If you’ve been dreaming about a new Corvette, there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our June Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:

1966 Convertible
$105,750
1972 Convertible
$28,900
1980 T-Top
$17,900
 
1996 Coupe
$16,500
2002 Z06
$33,900
2005 Coupe
$47,500
Interested in receiving the Featured Corvettes newsletter? Click here to subscribe. 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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May’s Corvette Deliveries Up 3.5%

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

GM reported today that Corvette deliveries were up 3.5% with 3,317 total sales in May 2006 vs 3,078 total sales in May 2005. For the year, GM has sold 16,125 Corvettes, up 13.4% from 2005 figures of 14,217. Source: GM
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Corvettes Go Irish

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

Corvette and Cadillac dealers have been appointed for 4 Irish cities including Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford said Eddie Kavanagh, who is the Sales Director for Cadillac and Corvette Ireland. “These are two of the best know car brands worldwide and we are delighted to bring them to Irish motorists” said Kavanagh. The move continues GM’s expansion into foreign markets. Last month it was reported that GM was also considering setting up a sales distribution chain in Australia for Corvette. Source: Roscommon Herald
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Holy Cow Batman! The Batmobile is a Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on May 31, 2006

Something’s are just not meant to be. Taking a limited-edition 1978 Pace Car and tuning it into a styrofoam and fiberglass-laden hero’s supercar should be on the top of your list of things not to do to a Corvette. But when Mark Shields (who goes by the moniker of Super Genius) saw that someone had created the Keaton-era replica, he just had to have it. While (thank god) there are no kits available for you to turn your highly collectable 78 Pace car (or similar corvette) into a Batmobile, Mark will sell his for the paltry sum of $50,000.

For a laugh, check out the comments about this car on Fark or visit the Super Genius website.
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ProTeam Corvette Opening Annex in Auburn

by Keith Cornett on May 30, 2006

ProTeam Corvettes, the largest classic Corvette dealer in the world, will be opening a 30,000 square foot showroom in Auburn, Indiana. The space will allow ProTeam to showcase between 70-100 Corvettes. The ProTeam annex will be located in the American heritage Village across from the Kruse International Auction Park.

“The annex will mirror what we’re doing in Napoleon,” said ProTeam President Terry Michaelis. “We’ll draw off each other’s inventories, selling from stock in both locations.”
ProTeam chose Auburn because of its proximity to the company’s headquarters in Napoleon, OH and Fort Wayne, IN, which is home to a large number of Corvette collections can enthusiasts. Another big selling point was the closeness of the Kruse International Auction Park.
Dean Kruse, President of Kruse International said, “We are enthused about having the world’s largest Corvette operation as part of our overall automotive complex. We hope that this expansion will greatly benefit ProTeam, and we are willing to do whatever to ensure his success in Auburn.”
ProTeam has assembled the largest collection of classic Corvettes for sale in the world with 150-200 Corvettes for sale at any one time. Their headquarters in Napoleon features 60,000 square feet of showrooms and restoration facilities. Click here to visit ProTeam Corvette Source: FortWayne.com
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