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Corvette Auction Preview: The Bob McDorman Collection

by Guest Contributor on November 1, 2010

Corvette Auction Preview: The Bob McDorman Collection

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

The white text near the bottom of the front cover of Mecum Auctions’ lot catalog reads simply: “The World Greatest Chevrolet Collector”. After flipping through just a few pages of the paper or online catalog versions, it would be very difficult to disagree with that statement. Bob McDorman has been in the Chevrolet sales business for nearly 50 years. In that time he’s accumulated countless classic and modern Chevy’s in his immense collection. On Saturday, November 6th, Bob will sell the final portion of his collection all at no reserve in a sale hosted by Mecum Auctions at McDorman’s dealership in Canal Winchester, OH. In addition the numerous other models of Chevrolet’s being sold, there are nearly 90 highly desirable Corvettes up for grabs as well. With model years ranging from 1953 to 2009 there’s sure to be something for everyone. Celebrity owned, GM styling cars, early VIN’s, and one off’s fill the docket. Even neon signs, go-karts, and posters are for sale.

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1954 Von Esser Corvette Out of La Carrera Panamericana

by Keith Cornett on October 26, 2010

1954 Von Esser Corvette Out of La Carrera Panamericana

From Michael Enery via La Carrera Panamericana blog, the replica 1954 Von Esser Corvette piloted by Peter Bill and John Schantz of Wisconsin crashed on the Section 5 route of Queretaro to Morelia. Both drivers are okay but the Corvette suffered damage and will not be fixed. Pictures after the jump.

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1954 Corvette To Run in La Carrera Panamericana

by Keith Cornett on October 20, 2010

1954 Corvette To Run in La Carrera Panamericana

Beginning on October 22nd, the 60th Anniversary of La Carrera Panamericana will commence with 100 vintage racecars lining up on a grid in the Southern Mexico for a seven day sprint covering nearly 2000 miles. In previous years we’ve covered the Corvette entries and earlier this week we learned that one of the entrants in this 1954 Corvette.

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1959 Corvette Barn Car Found in Wisconsin

by Keith Cornett on September 21, 2010

1959 Corvette Barn Car

Here is a fairly original 1959 Corvette that was stored away in a barn somewhere in Wisconsin since the mid-sixties. The Corvette was recently willed to a nephew following the death of the owner and the nephew’s friend shared these pictures on the Corvette Forum. Many times, we’ll see barn cars only after they’ve been pulled out of their cocoon so it’s great to see the new owner documenting the classic C1 straight-axle in its surroundings where its been stored for 40+ years.

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Auction Results: RM Auctions Corvette Sales at Monterey

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2010

Auction Results: RM Auctions Corvette Sales at Monterey

RM Auctions sold a small contingent of seven classic Corvettes at their Monterey sale held August 12-14th at the Portola Hotel and Spa. The seven Corvettes ranging from 1953-1963 brought in $789,250 in total Corvette sales.

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Corvette Values: 1958 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2010

Corvette Values: 1958 Corvette Roadster

DD in CA submitted this 1958 Corvette to Corvette Values:

1958 Corvette, VIN J58S102XXX. Non-original 327 ci V8 dual carb with estimated 245-270 hp, 4-speed transmission and 75,000 original miles. Red/White with Red vinyl interior. Options include factory seatbelts, wheels and hubcaps, AM Wonderbar radio and auxiliary hard top. Fiberglass crack in front fender, scratches on trunk hood. No documentation but owner history is available.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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[VIDEO] 1960 #3 Le Mans Corvette Historic Return Documentary Trailer

When Lance Miller set out to return the #3 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Corvette and its driver John Fitch to Le Mans for the 50th anniversary of the cars win, he was accompanied by Corvette collector and documentary filmmaker Michael Brown who captured the experience in HD. A fall release of the feature-length documentary as well as a book are expected. While we wait, a trailer of the coming film has been released.

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Countdown to Monterey: Four Corvettes Offered From the Reggie Jackson Collection

Noted Corvette collector and baseball legend Reggie Jackson will be offering four Corvettes at the Mecum at Monterey auction on August 13-14th at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The four cars include two 1967 L68 427/400 Corvettes and two straight axle C1s. The Corvettes are part of Jackson’s 16-car sale at the Monterey auction.

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Countdown to Monterey: 1953 Corvette Roadster #199

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2010

1953 Corvette Roadster #199

Next up in our Countdown to Monterey series is this 1953 Corvette Roadster from the estate of noted collector John O’Quinn. O’Quinn died in a traffic accident and RM Auctions has been charged with liquidating much of his collection which includes several unique and rare Corvettes. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a quality first year Corvette at an auction, but RM Auctions is sure to have a winner with Lot #239, this stunning 1953 Corvette Roadster #199.

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Mike Yager’s 1957 Corvette Barn Find

by Keith Cornett on July 29, 2010

Mike Yegar's 1957 Corvette Barn Find

Mid America Motorwork’s Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager recounts this Corvette barn find he investigated earlier this month. The Corvette in question was this Venetian Red 1957 roadster that had been locked away in a nailed up barn for over 35 years.

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