RM Auctions had the pleasure to sell off a private collection of automobiles in Saturday’s Classic Muscle and Modern Performance sale in San Diego, California. The collection was heavy on Pontiac GTOs, Corvettes and other classic muscle cars along with a nice mix of modern performance cars including an AMG tuned Mercedes-Benz and several BMWs. Two of the Corvettes that garnered much attention at the no-reserve auction were 1969 L88 Corvettes which sold for a combined $560,000.
Last week we unearthed a picture of the Corvette Sting Ray Concept with its top chopped in Beverly Hills. We were able to point out numerous differences between the original concept car and the convertible pictured which led us to believe it was a kit, albeit poorly done. However, a youtube video has surfaced taken by a bystander during filming of Transformers 3 in Los Angeles that leads us to believe that the Corvette Sting Ray Concept has indeed lost its top for the third and final chapter of the popular movie franchise.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant is one of nine plants that will remain open throughout the summer as GM works to meet customer demand. Like all GM assembly plants. BGAP normally schedules an annual summer shutdown during the first two weeks of July for maintenance or performing upgrades that is can only do when the assembly line is silent. But due to low inventories, GM will keep producing vehicles.
We got word this evening that 1996 Corvette Grand Sport #947 was stolen out of the driveway of the owner’s house in North Miami Beach, Florida last Thursday, June 10th. Margie Love, the owner of the Corvette since new, had pulled into her driveway in her other car around 10pm and interrupted a burglary of her home. The robber(s) had found the keys to the Grand Sport and used it as a getaway car, causing a massive amount of damage in the process.
Almost two years ago the world was introduced to the Rossi SixtySix, a C6 Corvette refitted with custom panels that borrow some of the best design features of the 1963-67 Sting Rays while updating the mid-year look for the 21 century. No longer just a dream, the Rossi SixtySix project is tooled up and well underway with the first car, a Pearl White Split Window Coupe making its public debut this Sunday at Detroit’s EyesOn Design benefit.
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving recently received two new Corvette ZR1s that are used to train new buyers of the 638-horsepower super car. GM gives a free 2-day training course to new ZR1 buyers and the Bondurant course is designed to make new owners appreciate their ZR1s on a whole new level. And speaking of appreciating new ZR1s, catch Bob Bondurant utilizing launch control before tearing into the school’s autocross course. Just another day at the office for Bob and the gang!
Production of the 2010 Corvette model has wrapped up and GM has released the final production statistics for the 2010 Corvette model year. The final count of Corvettes produced for MY 2010 is 12,194. That’s a decrease of 28.1% from 2009’s 16,956 production and a whopping 65.5% off the 35,310 Corvettes produced in 2008.
Car and Driver got their hands on a Lotus Evora, a mid-engine 2+2 sports car that lists for $85,270 as tested. Naturally, they wanted to put this car up against others in its class, so they roped in a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport and Porsche Cayman S and took all three sports cars to Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Video after the jump.