Here is a very nice original 1968 Corvette Convertible that crossed the auction block on Friday’s broadcast of the 2010 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Orange County, California. Is it worth the $35,200 selling price? Watch the video and see our analysis after the jump.
Most Corvette enthusiasts are familiar with the legendary L88 package which was essentially a collection of limited edition racing parts installed on the L71 427/435 hp engine. I would also say that most are not that familiar with the 1970-72 ZR1 package which essentially did the same with the LT-1 350 ci small block. Much rarer than the 216 L88s made the three years prior, only 53 ZR1 Corvettes were produced during the three year span making them the rarest of all Chevy small blocks. So its a pretty big deal when one shows up for sale like this 1972 Corvette ZR1 which was recently listed for sale on eBay.
RM Auctions had the pleasure to sell off a private collection of automobiles in Saturday’s Classic Muscle and Modern Performance sale in San Diego, California. The collection was heavy on Pontiac GTOs, Corvettes and other classic muscle cars along with a nice mix of modern performance cars including an AMG tuned Mercedes-Benz and several BMWs. Two of the Corvettes that garnered much attention at the no-reserve auction were 1969 L88 Corvettes which sold for a combined $560,000.
This 1979 Corvette burst into flames in the Boston suburb of Wellesley on Wednesday night. According to police, the driver stopped on Washington Street when he felt a small explosion under the hood. Lt. Jack Pilecki of Wellesley police added “He also saw a small flame by his tire. Luckily he stopped the car and got out safely, and officials were able to contain the blaze.” No one was hurt in the accident.
At last weekend’s American Le Mans Series at Monterey, Chevy and Corvette Racing took the time to honor the men and their Corvettes who were the trailblazers for today’s Corvette racing program. On hand for the celebration was Dr. Dick Thompson (aka The Flying Dentist) who drove the #2 Corvette at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dick Guldstrand who raced with Bob Bondurant in 1967. These two legends told some incredible stories of their exploits and you can watch the videos after the jump.
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Corvette’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy rounded up three historic Le Mans racers for a special display at the ALMS race this weekend at Monterey’s Laguna Seca raceway. Here is a short video of the three Corvettes joining up with the #4 C6.R and the one of one 2011 50th Anniversary Le Mans Corvette Z06 for some promotional photos.
RM Auctions is set to offer two distinctly different 1969 L88 Corvettes at their “Classic Muscle & Modern Performance” auction in San Diego, California on June 19th. Rarely do these high performance Corvette surface for sale and when they do, they tend to be snapped up rather quickly. And because this is a no-reserve auction, you can guarantee they will both be sold.
BK in Georgia submitted this 1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette to Corvette Values:
1978 Corvette T-Top Coupe. VIN: 1Z8748S427XXX Silver Anniversary model, L82 350/220 hp. Automatic transmission. 17,800 original miles. Power steering, power brakes, power windows, AC, tilt-tele steering column, factory wheels. Two-tone silver anniversary paint in good condition as is the interior. No documentation.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
I guess this C3 Corvette watched too many commercials of Papa John’s founder delivering pizza’s in the 1971 Camaro and decided it too wanted to break into the restaurant game. The Corvette was heavily damaged in the accident, and thanks to a passerby who saw the aftermath of the crash in New Albany, Indiana, we have video of what appears to be a very painful “extraction”.
Tampa Sports Car Examiner
In our final installment of our analysis of the 2009 Corvette market, we present an overview of the Corvette values by generation as documented by our Corvette pricing guru Bob Kroupa of VETTE-N-VESTMENTS.