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1960 Corvette Barn Find

These pictures of a 1960 Corvette were posted online at the Corvette Forum by a member looking for some pricing help on what to offer the owner. According to the poster, the motor is gone, but 95% of the other parts that are off the car are in one of several boxes. At one time, a new front clip was installed. The Corvette has a 4-speed transmission and 31,200 miles are on the odometer. The owner has had it since 1970 and its been stored in this barn for the last ten years.

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Following the thread, we learned the seller said he was looking for $10,000 but wasn’t firm. The Forum member ended up buying the Corvette for $7,500. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the value of an average 1960 Corvette roadster at $50,400 and the 1 year appreciation is 7%. So let’s throw this question out to you. What do you think? Was this a good price for a 1960 Corvette in its present condition or should the buyer have run away from this potential basket case?

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SEMA Research: Corvette Owners Quick to Customize

Corvettes and related aftermarket products have always been a big draw at the annual Las Vegas-based Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show. Exhibitors brought 30 customized Corvettes to the 2008 SEMA show and 58 Corvette specific products have been displayed during the past four shows. To find out more about owners and their car customizing habits, SEMA’s research arm profiled Corvette owners and gathered a significant amount of demographic and lifestyle which they shared through a SEMA E-News report earlier this year.

Registration data from Experian Automotive shows that nearly three quarters of a million Corvettes ranging from 1967-2009 are registered throughout the United States with California, Florida and Texas leading the way.

SEMA Research - Corvette Registrations by State

Corvette owners are passionate about customizing, presenting their cars and the automotive lifestyle. 87% claimed to have purchased a custom part or accessory within the last 12 months. Compared with other sports car owners, Corvette enthusiasts are more likely to purchase accessories and electronics.

The top products purchased by nine out of 10 Corvette owners were automotive polishes and waxes (90.7%), followed by exhaust upgrades (54.6%). Nearly half of the top 25 products purchased by Corvette owners are performance related, including intakes, brakes and tires.

SEMA Research - Top 25 Products Purchased

One in four Corvette owners modify their engine control systems, valvetrains and electrical systems, while the most popular accessories include floor mats, license plate frames and alarm systems. Corvette owners who make purchases of specialty equipment often do so within a short span of time after obtaining the vehicle.

SEMA Research - Time to Modification

Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) owners surveyed made their first purchase during the first two months of ownership. And split nearly in half, Corvette owners buy from both traditional brick-and-mortar outlets, including from mail order, installers and at shows, while 51% purchase from Internet retail.

SEMA Research - Venue Purchase and Sources of Information

Other demographic data on Corvette owners includes:

SEMA Research - Age, Education and Income
SEMA Research - Amount Spent in Last 12 Months
SEMA Research - Racing: Watching, Attending and Particiation.

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Take No Prisoners: The Story of Corvette Racing's Mascot

Think you know everything about Corvette Racing’s now ubiquitous skull and corvette flags mascot Jake? The Auto Insider at put together a nice piece entitled the “The History of Jake: Corvette Racing’s Mascot”. As next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the final hurrah for the GT1 C6.R, it’s as good a time as any to brush up on Corvette Racing lore as the team transitions to the GT2 class.

Read the full article at


Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R

During his presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash last month, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan spoke about the move to the GT2 class and answered questions about the new Corvette ZR1-based GT2 C6.R. Doug is joined on stage with retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

The most interesting news to come from the GT2 Q&A is that the new engine will come direct from GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI – the same facility that builds the engines for the Z06 and the ZR1 Corvette. Previously, the engines were supplied by Katech. The move to supply engines in-house means that there will be a greater opportunity for technology transfer from the racing program to the production Corvette.

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Plot summary from Internet Movie Database:

Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers, shoot two cops who attempt to set them up, and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader, Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals.

Click here for a larger version of the Stingray movie poster.

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1963 Corvette Roadster

FA in Texas submitted this 1963 Corvette Convertible to Corvette Values:

1963 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible, VIN #30867S113XXX. 327/300 non-original motor, manual 4-speed transmission, 96K miles. Engine compartment in need of restoration. Transmission locked in reverse, mechanicals including brakes, clutch and suspension in poor condition. Electrical system needs to be rewired, Speedometer not working but tach, oil pressure and temperature gauges function correctly. The Corvette is painted Riverside Red and has a black vinyl interior. The Corvette was repainted sometime ago but is in excellent condition. The seats, carpet and dash are in good condition. Knock-off style wheels and a removable hard top that needs to be restored complete the options. The Corvette was purchased from a dealer and has mostly been sitting since 1984. No documentation or owner history available.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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1963 Corvette Roadster with VIN #30867S113XXX. The VIN indicates this Corvette was built in April 1963, the eighth month of 1963 Corvette production. The mileage is stated to be over 96,000 miles.

The paint color is Riverside Red, the original color, however the Corvette has been repainted. The condition of the paint can be termed good as are the seats, door panels and dash. The interior is Black in color. Also, the carpet appears to be in new condition but it was installed over a hole in the floorboard that was not properly repaired. The tachometer, oil pressure and temperature gauges are in working order.

The Corvette is powered by a non-original small block Chevrolet motor that has been modified. It is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission that is currently locked in the reverse position. Other mechanicals are in need of repair or replacement including the wiring harness, exhaust, suspension, brakes, clutch and headlight lid motors. In general, the exterior and interior of this Corvette have been addressed but the under carriage and engine compartment need restoration.

The exterior body panels are correct with no modifications. The chrome bumpers are correct and in good condition.

The curb appeal of the 1963 Roadster is enhanced with the addition of knock-off wheels and new tires. This Corvette also has the removable hardtop that is in need of repair.

This Corvette was purchased from a Corvette dealer in 1984 and has been in storage until this year. No owner history or documentation is available.

We place a value of $25,000 on this 1963 Corvette Roadster. It has the potential of continuing to increase in value at 5% in average price on an annual basis.

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GM CEO Fritz Henderson Discusses Corvette's Future

Last week General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson sat down with Autoweek and essentially said the Corvette isn’t going away because it pays the rent. Henderson repeated those comments in an online live chat this morning on GM’s FastLane blog. In addition to repeating his support for the Corvette, Fritz gives us a peak inside the Henderson garage.

From the FastLane Chat with Fritz Henderson on MOnday, May 11th:

Dr. Ron McGarry:
I know that shuttering popular brands is difficult, but as a former Pontiac owner and now with a Corvette, I am concerned about the whole Corvette/Bowling Green operation. Destroy this and it will be bad for GM on a whole. Any hints on plans for Corvette?

Fritz Henderson:
Corvette remains a force within our product lineup. It is a superb high performance car, the equal or better car relative to cars that sell for 3x the price. The corvette pays the rent in terms of profitability and cash flow and is one of our strongest (if not our strongest) nameplates in the entire GM lineup. We intend to keep this car fresh and in a segment leading position. I also own one and love it.

Brian Watters:
What do you drive presently and what is your favorite gm vehicles?

Fritz Henderson:
The Henderson family fleet. My wife drives a cool 9-3 Saab convertible. My baby is my corvette, I am also driving a camaro, and my daughter drives a Malibu.

Click here to read the transcript from the 30 min chat.

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Hennessey Corvette ZR750 Gets Flogged in Super Slo-Mo

Witness the Hennessey Corvette ZR750 getting a serious workout on a track somewhere in Texas. We get a couple of high speed drivebys on the track before switching to an awesome slo-mo shot as the ZR750 rounds a corner at high speed. You can actually see the waves in the air caused by the exhaust in the background. Our only complaint is that it was too damn short.

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Corvette Museum Opens In-House Collect Car Insurance Agency

The National Corvette Museum recently announced their partnership with American Modern Insurance Group to provide collector car insurance to its members and car enthusiasts. Instead of just referring people to American Modern, the Museum took it one step further by opening an in-house insurance agency to provide the service. We caught up with NCM Insurance Agent Adam Boca at last month’s C5/C6 Corvette Bash to find out more about the program and how its a win-win for both members and the Museum.

As Adam mentions in the video, all years of collector cars are available to be covered although there are mileage limits on the program. The best news is that the NCM benefits by receiving a commission on the sale of the policy which benefits all Corvette owners.

Adam says the initial response has been overwhelming – so much so that American Modern sent down a couple of representatives to Bowling Green to help them answer all the requests for quotes and more information.

For more information on the services available or to receive your free quote, call Adam Boca at 877-NSURNCM (678-7626) or visit

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The Hero Edition Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 “Hero Edition” was specially built by General Motors to honor the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero of the Month”, a child that has faced and overcome traumatic and life-changing circumstances with courage and spirit. This special edition ZR1 will be paired with a Black/Red 1967 Corvette 427/390 hp roadster and raffled off at the end of the year in the Win The Vette’s Corvette Dream Giveaway.

The Hero Edition serial #1 of 1 is the only Corvette ZR1 produced with red accents, special graphics, and additional carbon fiber components. Under the hood, the now-famous blue cowl covering the Eaton supercharged 638-horsepower LS9 V8 engine has been replaced with a one of a kind red version that can be seen through the hood’s polycarbonate window. One-of-a-kind emblems and embroidery confirm its unique place in automotive history.

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Corvette Team Members Ray Krawczyk, Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter have all signed their names under the hood to further authenticate this 1 of 1 special edition Corvette.

Last year’s Corvette Dream Giveaway generated enough donations to fund the Hero Program for an entire year. The Kids Wish Network provides a “Hero” gift package to a deserving child at a monthly award ceremony at each participating hospital.

Tickets for the Corvette Dream Giveaway start at just $3. There is no cap on how many tickets will be sold and by purchasing more tickets, the price per ticket decreases while your odds of winning increase. The drawing for the two Corvettes will be held December 23rd and winners will be notified.

Most people never get to own a Corvette;
Few people will ever own a ZR1;
Only one person will ever own the Hero Edition

To enter the “Win The Vettes” raffle and help the heros of the Kids Wish Network, click here to purchase tickets or call 866-WIN-Both to speak with a representative.


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