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1963 Corvettes at the Bob McDorman Collection

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Today we continue our preview of the Bob McDorman Collection Auction with 4 very unique 1963 Corvettes.

Ask anyone what cars they would have in their fantasy garage and you’re sure to hear “1963 Corvette” somewhere in their response. The 1963 model year saw GM unleash the all new 2nd generation Corvette. The C2 went on to become one the most recognizable and desirable body styles in automotive history.

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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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1967 L88 Shriner Corvette at Mecum's St. Charles Auction

Our favorite non-original L88 Shriner Corvette is back on the market again. The 1967 “L88″ Shriner COPO Corvette crossed the block at Mecum’s St. Charles auction on Saturday where it reached a high bid of $80,000 but failed to reach its reserve price. Longtime readers of CorvetteBlogger may recognize this as the same car whose listing on eBay in December 2005 was pulled after the Corvette community challenged the sale as a real-deal L88 Corvette.

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[VIDEO] Classic Corvette Dodges Bullet at Nurburgring

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2010

[VIDEO] Classic Corvette Dodges Bullet at Nurburgring

This midyear Corvette was parked alongside one of the turns at the famous Nurburgring in Germany and from the video it appears the car was stalled. Not a great place to be as a recent rainstorm had passed through leaving the track wet and several cars had trouble navigating the turn as the video shows. Eventually, the driver got the Corvette started and was able to move to a safer location.

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$1.25 Million Enough to Buy the First 1967 L88 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2010

No Sale! $1.25 Million Not Enough to Buy First 1967 L88 Corvette

Update
I have been informed by several readers that the first L88 Corvette did sell at $1.25 million at the Mecum at Monterey auction. A review of the mecum.com results confirms this. I apologize for the error.

The first documented L88 Corvette sold at the Mecum at Monterey auction yesterday afternoon for $1,250,000. The mid year was the first documented 427/430 hp Corvette that was campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo in the SCCA A Production class. Years later the Corvette was restored and won awards from Bloomington Gold and the NCRS.

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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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Stolen Corvette and Camaro Recovered in Arkansas

by Keith Cornett on August 11, 2010

Stolen Corvette and Camaro Located in Arkansas

Last week a Hemmings blog reader alerted the site when his father’s prized possessions, a sunfire yellow 1966 Corvette convertible and a 1969 Camaro SS Clone were stolen from a storage facility in Northwest Arkansas. The good news is both cars were recovered. The Corvette was found hidden in a remote location in the woods while the Camaro was located at a residence.

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Countdown to Monterey: 1967 Corvette 427/435 hp Survivor

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2010

1967 Corvette 427/435 hp Survivor

For many collectors, the L71 powered 1967 Corvette convertible is the must-have Corvette to own. With 435 horses under the hood, the 1967 Corvette is considered the pinnacle of classic Chevy performance. But the discriminating buyers at Monterey won’t accept just any 1967 Corvette so Russo and Steel is obliging by offering this 1967 Corvette Convertible “Survivor” at its 10th Anniversary Monterey auction at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey. Like the old saying goes, “It’s only original once!”.

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Countdown to Monterey: 1967 L88 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2010

1967 Corvette - 1st RPO L88 Built

Most of the major automotive auction houses will be decending on Monterey, California in mid-August for a weekend full of classic and collector car sales. We’re reviewing the dockets and selecting the best of the best to present to you here on CorvetteBlogger.com.

First up in our Countdown to Monterey series is Lot #S125 from the Mecum at Monterey auction. This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible features the 427/430 hp tri-power L88 engine and is documented to be the very first RPO L88 built. In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Engineering group began developing the new 427 Mark IV engine for use in the Corvette as a full-bore endurance racing engine, and in 1967 their work came to fruition in the form of the RPO L88 option package.

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Custom Corvettes Shine at the Classic Corvette Club UK Nationals

The Classic Corvette Club UK held their 30th Anniversary Nationals show recently and corvette owners turned out to display a variety of the classic American sports car from all generations. Like most shows, participants entered Corvettes ranging from stock through modified, race cars and recreations. Some of the customs are very well done and so we thought a pictorial feature would be nice to show what our brothers and sisters from across the pond are doing to their Corvettes.

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