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Corvette Auction Preview: RM’s Arizona Auction

by Guest Contributor on December 17, 2010

Corvette Auction Preview: RM's Arizona Auction

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Each January the collector car world descends on sunny Arizona while much of the rest of the country stays huddled indoors to avoid the cold winter weather. RM Auctions’ 2011 season kicks off with their 12th annual Arizona event on January 20th and 21st at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. As usual, the docket is full of hundreds of highly desirable collector cars and the 2011 edition will feature 10 very distinct early corvettes.

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Corvettes on CraigsList: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Corvettes on Craigs List: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

The description calls this Corvette a “very unique find” and I think most of us would agree that it should have stayed lost. The same family in Tennessee has had the Corvette since 1968 and in 1972 they added the custom nose and bondo-crafted rear flares. The front actually looks like the 1958 Corvette XP-700 concept that was penned by Chuck Jordan, the GM head of design who passed away last week. Unfortunately, that’s all that this craigslist special has in common with XP-700.

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Former GM Design Chief Chuck Jordan Dies at 83

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2010

Charles “Chuck” Jordan, the designer that many said helped to usher in the modern era of car styling at General Motors, died on Thursday, December 9th. He was 83 years old. Jordan was the fourth man to hold the role of GM Vice President of Design and was in that position from October 1986 until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure at GM, Chuck was responsible for the design of the 1958 Corvette as well as several Corvette Concept cars.

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NCRS Offers Historical Document Services for Classic Corvette Owners

I often preach the importance of documentation when purchasing a classic Corvette because those documents (invoices, tank stickers, build sheets and protect-o-plates) play a key role in determining the value of your car. Unfortunately, that documentation is not available for every Corvette out there and so the only option owners had in tracing the lineage of their Corvette was through previous owners. This fall, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) announced that through a partnership with the General Motors Heritage Center, it can offer members a new service that confirms the original delivery dealer as well as validate any GM documents you do have.

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1958 Corvette Pro Mod Racer Wins Street Car Super Nationals

by Keith Cornett on November 24, 2010

1958 Corvette Pro Mod Racer Wins Street Car Super Nationals

The 6th Annual Street Car Super Nationals was held in Las Vegas last weekend featuring an all star line-up of Pro Street racers. The cold and rainy weather was a factor as winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour caused the event finals to be shortened to 1/8 mile for safety. This 1958 Corvette sponsored by Spec-Rite Torque Converters won Sunday evening’s $20,000 Pro Street finale on a 1/8 mile track with a run of 4.039/186.72 mph against a 5.882 ET by Giuseppe Gentile’s 2008 Mustang.

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Rare 1957 Airbox Corvette Sells for $374,000

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2010

Rare 1957 Airbox Corvette Sold at RM's Milton Robson Sale

RM Auctions descended on Gainesville, Georgia last week to sell one of the largest muscle car collections in the country. Milton Robson’s style was to collect the highest performance vehicle in the model year and series. In his 55-car collection, two Corvettes met his criteria: a 1967 427/435 hp Corvette and the very rare 1957 Corvette with Ramjet airbox fuel injection. There were just 43 factory airbox Corvettes built in 1957 and less than half that amount are believed to be still in existence.

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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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