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Classic Corvette Owners Combine for 100 Years of Corvette Ownership

Some things definitely get better with age.

Just ask John McIlvoy and Joe Beatty, who have owned the same two Corvettes for a total of 100 years and 500,000 miles between them!

Ironically, they both grew up in Ohio, where they bought their Corvettes in the 1960s, and both are now members of the Northwest Houston Vette-Rods club.

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[VIDEO] 1961 Kelly Corvette Coupe is One of a Kind

by Mitch Talley on December 2, 2013

[VIDEO] 1961 Kelly Corvette Coupe is One of a Kind

They call it a 1961 Kelly Corvette Coupe.

But if it didn’t say Corvette on the door panels, you probably wouldn’t think it had any connection at all to the Chevrolet sports car.

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Brothers Restore 1961 Corvette in Mom’s Honor

by Mitch Talley on November 30, 2013

Brothers Restore 1961 Corvette in Mom's Honor

Sometimes you just can’t ignore the fact that “Mother knows best.”

“Our mom had talked about getting a ride in a brand new, white ’61 Corvette when she was young,” Rick Mast recalls. “She said, ‘Now that’s a real car.’ ”

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[PIC] Throwback Thursday: Tres Corvettes in South Pasadena

It’s time for Throwback Thursday where we feature vintage photos of Corvettes. Today we share a fan submission from Ken Stow who attached the photo named “Tres Corvettes”. Ken says the picture was taken in 1968 in front of Hall’s Arco in South Pasadena, California.

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Joe Jackson’s 1961 Corvette is a Thing of Beauty

by Mitch Talley on December 15, 2012

Joe Jackson's 1961 Corvette is a Thing of Beauty
Photo Credit: Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News

You just never know where a Corvette enthusiast is going to turn up.

Take the case of Joe Jackson, who moved to the Pacific island of Guam way back in the 1980s.

In 1988, after being a fan of the sports car for years thanks to the influence of his Corvette-owning uncles back in the States, he decided to seek out one of his own.

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Corvettes on eBay: 1961 Corvette is a True Barn Find

by Keith Cornett on May 24, 2012

Corvettes on eBay: 1961 Corvette is a True Barn Find

There isn’t anything that stirs the imagination of a car enthusiast quite like the thought of finding an original barn car. Well, we’ve found one for you and it looks like this find is a keeper. Locked away in dusty Las Vegas area barn is this Silver/Red 1961 Corvette roadster. It hasn’t started, moved or seen a road in 44 years, but now it can be yours if you’re the highest bidder on eBay.

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Students Help Restore a 1961 Corvette Roadster

by Mitch Talley on February 27, 2012

Students Help Restore a 1961 Corvette Roadster

A retired California leader put his educational background to work in the restoration of a 1961 Corvette convertible he and his wife bought in 1981 for $7,000.

Jay St. John retired two years ago after serving 12 years as superintendent of the Sahuarita Unified School District and decided it was finally time to restore his collector car.

He decided to ask Sahuarita High School automotive instructor Bryce Bond if he and some of his students would be willing to help in the restoration of the car.

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1961 Corvette Gulf Oil Race Car a No-Sale at Mecum's 2012 Kissimmee Auction

The 1961 Corvette Gulf Oil race car was one of the centerpieces of Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee auction and it drew massive attention when it hit the auction block Saturday afternoon. Bidding on the Grady Davis Gulf Oil-sponsored Corvette was fast and furious at the beginning but eventually stalled at $850,000 and the car went unsold. The reserve was undisclosed and the auctioneer only said that it would take “more”.

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 Corvettes on Craigslist: 1961 Corvette Barn Find in Atlanta

The 1961 Corvette continued its design evolution with the model year becoming the first C1 without the distinctive teeth grill as well as the first year to feature dual tail lights. However, my Black Book says nothing about a LEER camper option which makes me think this could be an aftermarket modification. The ad just hit Craigslist last night but you’ll find the description to be incredibly terse for someone trying to sell a classic Corvette.

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1961 Corvette Racer Sells for $55,000 at Mecum's 2011 Kissimmee Auction

This ermine white and blue stripe 1961 Corvette was built for one reason – racing. A radio/heater delete car, this Corvette came from the factory equipped with a solid-lifter 315 horsepower fuel injected 283 ci engine and is one of 233 Corvettes with RPO 687 – the special heavy duty brakes and suspension package. Last weekend, this vintage 1961 Competition-spec Corvette Race car was sold at Mecum’s 2011 Kissimmee auction for $55,000.

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