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The first day of bidding at a Barrett-Jackson auction is often the best time to find a deal, or at the very least, buy a car without the infamous BJ markup that we’ll see later this weekend. But who would of thought that after the first day, a 1990 ZR1 Corvette would be in the list of top 10 cars? Sold for $47,500, with buyer’s commission the total sales price was $52,250. This 1990 ZR1 Corvette is a museum piece with only 800 miles, full documentation and as the case with most cars in its stored condition, has the obligatory “Never Seen Rain” statement. It’s number 727 out of 3049 ZR1′s produced in 1990.

As you watch the clip, the Speed announcers make a couple of generalizations and misstatements about this “King of the Hill” Corvette, including a comment about how the owner could have done better with the “early 80′s Pace Cars”. But we’ll forgive them as they were still on a high from the ’67 GTO that rolled just prior to the red Corvette.
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1958 Dual Quad Corvette ConvertibleBarrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Collector Car Auction begins tonight and Speed TV will be broadcast three hours of coverage beginning at 9pm eastern time. Tonight and Friday night’s 6 hours of coverage will be tape-delayed, but on Saturday, Speed TV will be broadcasting the auction live from 12 noon to 8 pm. Time to set the TIVO! Looking through the list of available Corvettes, this 1958 Convertible really caught my eye and will be one to watch when it crosses the auction block. Lot number 674 is a 283 ci/245 hp dual quad Corvette in Panama Yellow with White Coves and a charcoal interior. The engine is coupled to a 4-speed transmission and it has the rare power top option. Less than 12% of the Corvettes in 1958 had the RPO 473 Power Folding Top option. The Corvette was recently treated to a no expenses spared restoration to NCRS specifications. Check out the awards this Corvette has won over the last couple of years: Multiple NCRS Regional and National Top Flight Awards 2004-2006
NCRS Performance Verification Award 2006
Bloomington Gold Certification 2004
Gold Spinner Concourse Award 2004
NCRS Duntov Award 2006 The 1958 Corvette model year has seen its values skyrocket over the last five years, appreciating at a whopping 76%. Our average price is $46,200 but if this Corvette is well documented and with the awards it has won, it should be close to, if not surpass, our high price of $145,000.
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Can You Design a SEMA Corvette?

by Keith Cornett on March 28, 2007

Fidanza 2006 Corvette Twin TurboAre you the next Larry Shinoda or John Cafaro? Luckily, you don’t have to be a world famous Corvette designer to participate in the Fidanza C6 TT design contest. But what you will need is some original style and your photoshop skills if you want to redesign their show Vette for the SEMA show. Fidanza, makers of flywheels, clutches and other performance parts, is looking for a new design for their 2006 Corvette Twin Turbo and they want you to come up with a new design. The only requirements are keeping the original Le Mans Blue exterior paint and the same aftermarket wheels, as well as adding their list of sponsors to the car. Winners will have their named placed on the car and will receive an 8×10 framed photo of the finished Corvette. The Corvette will be attending the SEMA and PRI shows. Deadline for photo submissions is April 9th. For more info, visit the Fidanza C6 Photochop Contest page.
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PM’s Jim Dunne Bags Corvette SS Spy Shots

by Keith Cornett on March 27, 2007

Popular Mechanic’s automotive spy photographer extraordinaire Jim Dunne snagged a few photos of the Corvette SS running on a GM test track (Milford?) outside Detroit. The speculation is that the SS is one of seven new cars to be introduced at the New York Auto Show in April. Our guess is that it won’t be, as every spy shot we’ve seen is really just an SS power train mule in Z06 clothes. Word on the street is that a new ‘skin’ may differentiate the SS the same way the Z06 is different than a coupe. Still, any glimpse is better than no glimpse at all.

The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track The Corvette SS at a Detroit-area test track
Popular Mechanics also makes mention off the bumper sticker under the right taillights as perhaps relating to the Duke Blue Devils, a reference to GM Chairman Rick Wagoner’s alma mater. A commenter on the AutoBlog story claims the sticker is actually a simplified map of the Nürburgring, where the SS mules have been testing. Finally, like those who have HEARD the Corvette SS, Jim Dunne describes the sound as nothing you’ve quite heard before: “The sound of the supercharged V8 during acceleration is akin to a big diesel decelerating down—sharp rattle raps—only in reverse.” As to the New York Auto Show appearance, our bet is the Corvette SS utilizes home court advantage by making its first auto show appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in 2008 before hitting the streets in 2009…
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Where’s Johnny? Corvette Included in Chevy Print Ads

by Keith Cornett on March 26, 2007

Chevrolet launched a new series of print ads that ties back into the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl ad, which featured three Corvettes and included Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell rapping LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali”. The print ads we came across were in the April 2007 Wired Magazine that featured the three full page spreads starting with the inside front cover.

The Cobalt SS The 2007 Corvette Convertible in Monterey Red The Chevrolet HHR and a classic Impala.
It’s great to see Chevrolet include the Halo car in their marketing, as the Corvette needs no advertising and is almost guaranteed to sell out each model year. Chevrolet should be including Corvette in future advertisements by showcasing the sports car as an example of what is right with GM. If by chance that some of its magic can rub off to the Vette’s new siblings, then all the better for Corvette, right?
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1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 Big BlockOver 80 Corvettes are scheduled to cross the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event next weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. As usual, a large contingent of 1967 Corvette Big Blocks, making up a remarkable 13% of all Corvettes for sale at the Palm Beach event, will be available for collectors. The 11 big blocks include Corvettes with engines ranging from the 427/390 to the tri-power 427/435:

“These Big Block Corvettes headed to South Florida demonstrate our ability to continually consign the most desirable, highly sought after collector cars,” said Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “Nothing represents pure American power and speed like a Big Block Corvette.”

“The bar was raised for Big Block Corvettes when ‘The Last Corvette’ sold for $660,000 at our Scottsdale 2007 auction,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “That winning bid created quite a stir and helped fuel the awareness and demand for these iconic Corvettes.”
The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event will be held March 28th – April 1st at the South Florida Expo Center. Speed TV will provide televised coverage of the event.
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Mike Yager of Mid America MotorworksMid America Motorwork’s founder Mike Yager was named one of the Top 50 North American Car Collectors according to Keith Martin’s Sport Car Market Magazine. Mike joins notable car collectors Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Crain and Lee Herrington. The article appeared in the February 2007 issue of Sports Car Market. The Top 50 collectors were included “not based solely on size or value of collections, but on passion for and contribution to the car collecting hobby” according to Sports Car Market Magazine. Those chosen have “raised the profile of the collector car hobby, supported and participated in concours and shows, or made it a better, safer or more fulfilling pursuit for the rest of us.”

“I am very proud and honored to be included with such an esteemed group of collectors for whom I have the greatest respect for what they contribute to the collector car hobby.” said Mike Yager. He continues “Much of the pleasure I receive in collecting cars is sharing my knowledge and passion for Corvette and Aircooled VW with others”.
Mike Yager’s collection of Corvettes and VW’s can be seen on the Mid America Motorwork’s My Garage website.
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Callaway C16 To Go Topless in New York

by Keith Cornett on March 19, 2007

Callaway C16 ConvertibleCallaway Cars announced they will be building a convertible version of the Z06 Corvette based C16 Coupe. The C16 Convertible will debut at the New York International Car Show in April. Like the C16 Coupe, the convertible version is available with either the 560 hp Supercharged V8 or the optional high performance 616 hp Supercharged 6.0 Liter V8. According to Callaway Cars, the C16 Convertible is capable of 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.2 sec while top speed is estimated at just over 200 mph.

“Customers who want the exhilaration of a convertible and the daily driver convenience of a paddle-shift automatic without sacrificing the performance capabilities of a Z06 and beyond, can only get it here,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “With this car we have maintained the C16’s class-leading performance, while creating a gorgeous convertible version, based on one of the best sports car platforms ever made. In true Callaway tradition it incorporates our race-proven technologies and superlative craftsmanship in an arresting and appealing style.”
Pricing for a fully loaded C16 Convertible is $128,765 USD. All Callaway C16 Convertible components are available individually, for both new and currently owned Corvettes, through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.
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For the first time since 2003′s 24 Hours of LeMans, a color other than Yellow was featured on a GT1 Corvette Racecar. In an obvious salute to Ron Fellows, the C6.R was reskinned in Artic White to mimic the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06, even down to the red hash marks on the fender. The Artic White Corvette C6.R was raced hard by Ron Fellows and co-drivers Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and finished in 2nd place, just 17 seconds behind the #4 (and Yellow) Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis.

The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette
The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 are planned for production: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 will be available this spring. Although the MSRP is $77,500 most people agree they will be sold for substantially more.
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Sebring: Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2007

Corvette Racing take 1-2 on the Sebring PodiumOn a perfect day for racing at Sebring International Raceway, Corvette Racing ran a perfect race. America’s premier production sports car team scored its fifth GT1 class win in six years in America’s classic endurance race, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis drove their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a 17.863-second victory over their Corvette Racing teammates Johnny O’Connell, Ron Fellows and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Corvettes ran like clockwork throughout the grueling 12-hour race, completing 341 laps around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit. Both cars made 12 routine pit stops for fuel and four Michelin tires after 55-minute stints, and then made their final stops with five minutes remaining for a splash of gas. “The Corvette C6.R was a joy to drive all day, and there wasn’t a single thing that went wrong,” said Gavin, who drove the victorious Corvette to the checkered flag. “The team performed fantastically, and there wasn’t one misstep on any of the pit stops.” “To finish with less than 20 seconds between the two cars after 12 hours of racing is quite remarkable,” Gavin noted. “You can’t get a stronger test than 12 hours at Sebring, and we’ve come through with flying colors.” After two days of downpours, race day began with a sunrise surprise as Corvette Racing unveiled the No. 3 Compuware Corvette in brilliant Arctic White paint, a salute to the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06. The race began under clear skies with cool 60-degree temperatures. Fellows and Gavin started the 12-hour enduro in the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes respectively, with Fellows taking the point in the GT1 class when the green flag fell. The two cars held first and second in the class standings through the first two pit stops and driver changes. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing, Gavin took the lead following the third round of pit stops. “We had a great battle with the No. 3 Corvette, and I think the turning point was when I was able to get through traffic and gain some distance when I came in for my pit stop,” Papis reported. “Then with Gavin’s out-lap, it made just enough difference for us to get around the No. 3 car.” “After that it was continuous perfect pit work by the mechanics and great strategy by our engineer, Steve Cole,” Papis continued. “There is a lot of pressure when you have one of the best crews and three of the best drivers in the world on the other side, but my guys never missed a beat. This is the first win since my Dad passed away in December, and I know that he guided us today.” “Our Corvette was fast, strong, and fantastically reliable,” added Beretta, who scored his record-setting 29th career ALMS victory. “Everything went very smoothly in the race. I stayed out of traffic and stayed off the curbs.” The drivers and crew of the No. 3 Corvette were quick to congratulate their winning teammates. “You can’t say enough about how Corvette Racing prepares their cars – both cars were very strong, and this was a good test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said O’Connell, who was aiming for a record seventh class win in Sebring. “I’ll try for No. 7 next year. I want to get that record, and I know in a Corvette I’ll be able to do it.” Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, March 31. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on a 1.8-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 5 p.m. ET. The will be televised tape-delayed on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT1 Results
1. Gavin/Beretta/Papis, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
2. Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
3. Garcia/Turner/Halliday, Aston Martin DBR9, 331 NEXT EVENT
March 31, 2007, Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg
TV: SPEED, March 31, 8 p.m. ET
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