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The Last Corvette to be Sold at Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2006

The Last Corvette This announcement is really no big news since the Last Corvette’s restoration was completed in January of this year. As anyone that knows anything about this car knows that the final stop is Scottsdale, Arizona. But for those that don’t know what the Last Corvette is, let me do a quick recap. The Last Corvette is a 1967 Corvette Coupe with a 427-390 hp engine and a 4-Speed transmission. The VIN, #22940 was the last Corvette produced of the 1967 model year production run and therefore the last of the 1963-1967 “Midyear” Corvettes produced at the St. Louis Corvette Assembly Plant on July 12, 1967. The Corvette has been on Pro Team’s radar since the mid 90′s, but it wasn’t until 2005 that a deal was reached to purchase the unrestored car for 10x’s the VIN: $229,240.00 Is the last of the 1967 Corvettes that big of a deal? Some say yes. Terry Michaelis of Pro Team Corvettes, who owns the Last Corvette is fond of saying “Sure they made Corvettes after 1967, but who cares” when promoting this Corvette. And according to Craig Jackson, President of the Barrett-Jackson Auction, “Being the absolute final car of a world-famous model makes this one of the most collectible cars in the world.” Well okay. I’ve never subscribed much to the theory that the end of a model run is worth more because it was the last. I can understand being first, but not last. Comparing apples to apples, is a 67 Coupe with a 427/390 worth more than a 1967 L88 or L89? And something else is bothering me about this Corvette. The whole process seems to me to be a slick marketing event put together by some very smart people for only one reason…to make money. A lot of money. I guess if you are putting $229,420 into a Corvette that needs a frame-off restoration, you need a plan to make that money back. I don’t hold that against Pro Team or anyone else associated with this Corvette. It will sure be interesting to see what this Corvette can do when compared to some real highly collectible Corvettes that should be available this year at Scottsdale. In defense of the Last Corvette’s publicity-hungry run-up to the auction at Barrett-Jackson, Pro Team has teamed up with two charities. The Ronald McDonald House and the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation will both benefit from the sale of the Last Corvette from matched donations, and in the case of the Ronald McDonald House, a Name the Final Bid contest. And finally, not to appear totally negative about the marketing machine that is the Last Corvette, there is one element to this unprecedented sales campaign that I am really interested in. Premiering on December 7, 2006 is a six part documentary which chronicles the Corvette’s history and restoration. That series will air on SPEED and is titled American Muscle Car: The Last Stingray. This is will be a real joy to watch as the production quality should be extremely high and the companies that donated time and service are the tops of the Corvette industry including Naber’s Motors in Texas where the frame-off restoration was completed. More information about the Last Corvette can be found at TheLastCorvette.com
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Free the Corvette C6.R at Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2006

Ever since the sanctioning body of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) decided to “level the playing field” for the GT1 class by punishing the C6.R Corvettes for their technological advantage over the rest of the GT1′s competition, most notably Aston Martin, we begin each race week wondering what this week’s punishment will be. At the beginning of the ALMS season at Sebring it started with a 122 pound weight increase. By the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was 200 pounds. At Lime Rock, ALMS finally gave the race away with a sanction that included a 200 pound weight increase, smaller fuel capacity and intake restrictors. Team Corvette fought hard, but finished 0.33 seconds behind Aston Martin for second place. With two races left and the race for the cup still too close to call, we wonder what the ALMS will impose for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. We found the following graphic on the CorvetteForum.com and decided to send our own message to the ALMS sanction’s body: Free the C6.R!

Free the C6.R!
Petit Le Mans is a 10 hour/1,000 mile race to be run this Saturday at Road Atlanta. Speed TV will be providing television coverage beginning at 11:30am EST.
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From Hell of War to Corvette Heaven

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2006

Douglas and Stacey's 1996 CE CorvetteWhile her husband Douglas was serving in Iraq for the past year, training Iraqi police in a province 50 miles south of Baghdad, school teacher Stacey Paley saved as much of her paycheck as possible to surprise him with the car that he’s always wanted. It had been Douglas’ lifelong dream to own a Corvette. Douglas returned from his tour of duty on September 10th and was rewarded with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service and valor during combat. However, the biggest reward was waiting from his wife. The day after he returned, she took him to a dealership and showed him the Corvette she had already picked out…a 1996 Collectors Edition Convertible. He drove to his civilian job and claimed “I think they were more interested in the car than me.” As for his wife’s surprise and choice in Corvettes, Douglas said, “I’m just happy to have it”. Click here to read more of this inspirational story from the JournalInquirer.com

Corvette Museum Using Freebies To Drive eNews Signups

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2006

The National Corvette MuseumThe National Corvette Museum has teamed up with CorvetteCentral.com to offer a free gift for those who subscribe to the NCM’s weekly eNews newsletter. The free gift?  ”An attractive Fireworks and NCM Spire Magnet”. I’ve been a subscriber to the eNewsletter for over a year and I can tell you that it has some nice content and interesting Corvette tidbits each week. And if you are a raffle ticket buyer, the NCM will surely keep you up to date on which raffles they have going as well as ticket availability. So go ahead and become a subscriber. You’ll learn more about the activities of the National Corvette Museum and your refrigerator will thank you for the new Corvette magnet bling… Click here to Register for the NCM eNews Newsletter and get the free gift!
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Know Your Corvettes Before Buying

by Keith Cornett on September 21, 2006

1970 Corvette ConvertibleSo you want to buy a Corvette and you have a general idea of the Corvette generation you are interested in. Now it is time to narrow your choice. By narrowing your choices to one, two or a span of three model years, you can gain the knowledge you need prior to purchasing the Corvette of your dreams. Focusing in on that one to three year model span will allow you to make an informed buying decision. You don’t want to be blinded by the first Corvette you see. You’ll want to look beyond the style and paint to insure that you’re buying the right corvette with the right options that is right for you. Corvettes, like most cars, are always changing year to year. Sometimes those changes are design based, sometimes regulatory based. I had a customer who was once looking for a 1970 to 1972 LT1 engine car. He had heard that the LT1′s are more of a performance engine and liked the idea of having a Corvette that would appreciate faster if it had that optional engine. What he didn’t know was that the 1970 LT1 engine was very different than the 1972 LT1. In 1970, the LT1 350 ci engine produced 370 horsepower. In 1972, Chevrolet had lowered the compression and changed their formula for rating horsepower so the LT1 350 that year was reduced to 255 hp. In many respects, these two engines are similar, yet very different. Learning these subtle differences can assure you that you are buying the Corvette you want and not making a mistake that could end up costing you money later on. A great resource that every Corvette buyer needs is the Corvette Black Book by Michael Antonick. The Black Book breaks out each model year with options available, colors and a Fact Sheet which gives the major bullets of changes and enhancements over the previous model year. Here are some other resources for learning about the model year you have selected: Corvette Shows
Go to a Corvette show and talk to owners. Corvette owners love to talk about their cars and usually are very forthcoming about what they like and don’t like about their model year. They can also fill you in on any hidden problems or service issues that may have affected their model over the years. Most of the major shows also have auctions or a “Corvette Corral” where sellers display their Corvettes. It’s a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience of looking over models you are interested in. To find out where a Corvette show is in your area, keep reading. Go Online
Websites like the CorvetteForum.com and DigitalCorvettes.com are made up of thousands of Corvette Enthusiasts. These sites contain message boards and membership to join is quick and free. After registering, go to the generation “thread” (conversation) you are interested in to post questions you may have about your selected model year. Depending on your questions, you can generally have feedback within hours of your post. You can also learn a great deal just by lurking in the forum, reading all the different questions or comments from other owners. These forum sites are a great way to learn more about the Corvette lifestyle, restoring and modifying your selected year as well as finding out when a Corvette show may be in your area. NCRS
The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) is an organization that is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Corvettes made from 1953-1989. NCRS hosts a number of local and regional events around the country. Classic Corvette owners bring their Corvettes to these shows to be judged for the organization’s Top Flight Award, given to Corvettes that appear as they did when they rolled off the assembly line and dealer showroom floors. Seeing these Corvettes up close as well as having the ability to talk to current owners is a great way to learn more about specific Corvette models. The NCRS also has for sale on their website a number of restoration, technical and judging manuals which will help you in identifying the components of classic Corvettes. Corvette Magazines
Most of the major Corvette magazines have a service for ordering back issues, Using their index of issues, you will be able to find features and technical articles on the model year of your choice. After immersing yourself in Corvette Hobby, you’ll find yourself being able to spot the differences in the Corvettes you see on the road. Once you learned more about the model year(s) you would be interested in owning, then you can really start your search for your dream Corvette.
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The Z06 Corvette is a 427… Show Your Cubic Inches!

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2006

The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.

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If you are interested in adding your own 427 emblem, you have several options. Some have went the classic route, buying the 1960′s individual 427 numbers and repainting the inserts. These mount with posts and speednuts, so be prepared to drill. Others have taken the similar route but ground off the posts and used two sided adhesive tape. Genuine Corvette Accessories is coming out with a one-piece 427 emblem but the release date has been pushed back. Look for it to be available in early 2007. Why didn’t the Z06 just come with a 427 emblem? Dave Hill preferred the 7.0 liter moniker than 427 ci as it is more comparable to the sports car world internationally. The new 427 badges coming from Chevrolet were designed by Kirk Bennion, one of the C6 designers, and with their updated styling, they really look like they belong on the car. Sources: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com
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Overhauled ’57 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on September 19, 2006

Chip FooseOverhaulin’ on the TLC Network is airing a new episode this evening featuring a 1957 Corvette. Like the previous Corvette episode, you’ll either love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle road for Chip Foose when it comes to him redesigning the American classic sportscar. I am a fan of the show, but I tend to cringe whenever I see the “A Team” yank an original engine and replace it with a crate motor. No photos have yet surfaced of the Overhauled 1957 Corvette, yet one post on CorvetteForum.com claims the following: “Now that the cat is out of the bag, except for the steering wheel and matching engine trim (you’ll see), the ’57 is very nice and the brakes are to die for.” Tonight’s show is titled “Roadies Stole My ‘Vette!” The 1957 Corvette has been in Carl’s family for 46 years. But Carl and his wife are too busy with their family and business. Meanwhile, the Corvette sits in the garage, waiting for the time and money that will one day restore it to its original “cool”. The new episode will appear Tuesday night at 9pm EST. Source: TLC.com via CorvetteForum.com
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Corvette Wheelie

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2006

You don’t see that everyday. Noticed the name of the Corvette is called “High Risk”. What an understatement….

Corvette Wheelie
Source: Flickr
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Blue Devil Corvette To Run Nuerburgring?

by Keith Cornett on September 14, 2006

A 2006 Z06 Corvette at NuerburgringSoooo, could this be one of the firsts in a series of shake downs for the Blue Devil Corvette? Johnny O’Connell of Corvette Racing fame (#3 car) posted on his web site that he will be test driving some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring, a 12.9 mile closed road track in Germany. And how is Johnny prepping for his week abroad? He’s learning the course by practicing on his X-Box! I love it!! From Johnny O’ Connell’s Website:

Every now and then you get to do something really cool in this job. This Saturday I’m headed over to Germany to run some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring. I’ve been there once before back when I drove for Panoz, and did do one lap on the long circuit, but this is going to be several days driving on it and should be a blast. I’m getting to know the circuit beforehand by practicing on X-Box, so hopefully will have it memorized before I get there.
This isn’t something new for Chevrolet. Back in 2005, Jan Magnussen, another Corvette Racing driver tested the soon-to-be-released 2006 Z06 on the famed ‘Ring, posting one of the fastest laps ever recorded at 7:43. Also, I might be mistaken, but I am unaware of Chevrolet testing the regular C6 (Non-Z06) Corvette in Germany either. If I am wrong on that, please let me know. Source: JohnnyOConnell.com
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Corvette Values: 1976 Corvette T-Top

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2006

MT in Colorado recently submitted this 1976 Corvette for an Online Appraisal at VetteFinders.com: 1976 T-Top Corvette, VIN #1237L6S437xxx. Red with Red vinyl interior, original 350 ci with 4-speed, 135K miles. Power steering, brakes, windows. Factory air, tilt-tele steering column. Original luggage rack. All original and non modified. Never restored. Corvette is in average, street driven condition. No documentation.

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The VIN on this 1976 Corvette, #1237L6S437xxx indicates that this Corvette was built in early June 1976, which was towards the end of the production run for 1976 model year. The VIN also tells us that the Corvette is equipped with the L48 350 ci 195 hp engine as the sixth digit of the VIN is L. The Corvette is Red with matching Red vinyl interior. Both the paint and interior are considered to be in average street driven condition. The Red on Red combination does present an attractive profile and a Red Corvette, always a popular color choice, can help with the resale value. The engine is an original L-48 350 ci/180 hp power plant coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and the original shifter. The manual transmission can be considered somewhat rare with only 21% of 1976 Corvettes built with the optional 4-speed. From an options perspective, this Corvette is equipped with many of the comfort and convenience features available including power steering, brakes and windows. Other conveniences include air conditioning and a tilt-tele steering column. This Corvette also has the dealer-installed chrome luggage rack. The tires are in like-new condition and are mounted on the standard Corvette wheels with the correct center caps and trim rings. The body is stock with no modifications. This is important in establishing the value of a Corvette. The appraised value of this Corvette is $8,900. This model year continues to appreciate with a 3% appreciation factor in average price during the past year. Corvette Appraisals:
With Corvette values rising yearly, make sure your insurance coverage keeps up with your Corvettes value by having it appraised online at VetteFinders.com. Our online appraisals are only $69.95 and are usually completed within three business days. Click here to start your Corvette appraisal now.
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