Corvette Racing – Why We Race (Video)

Nasssau Speed Week 1956

Though most racing enthusiasts understand the benefits that racing yields to manufacturers, ultimately it does boil down to “Win on Sunday – Sell on Monday!”  That well known maxim was first coined by Bob Tasca, a Rhode Island Ford dealer, in the 1960’s, though the impact of racing on sales had been known for decades before.  Certainly racing the Corvette in 1956 virtually saved it from extinction, though today that may be difficult to comprehend in light of the Corvette’s huge success both in dealerships and on the track.   But if there was any doubt as to why Chevrolet spends untold millions of dollars on their racing programs this excellent 4 minute video from Pratt & Miller details what many of us already know … Continue reading

A Primer of Corvette Awards

1967 437-435 Corvette Coupe Lot 5017 (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Corvetted – December 17, 2014 If you’re a Corvette collector and relish awards you can start drooling now. This January Barrett-Jackson, Mecum, Russo Steele, and several other well known auction houses will be offering hundreds of Corvettes during the upcoming auction season. If you are considering bidding on a bluechip Corvette it is helpful to understand the different awards  that many of these special Corvettes have accumulated and exactly what those Corvettes have done to achieve the award. Barrett-Jackson will be offering what may be the most awarded 1967 427 cubic inch 435 horsepower Corvette in existence and it will cross the block on Saturday, January 17 at West World in Scottsdale.  This car would not only be a cornerstone of … Continue reading

The Unshattered Ceiling – Third Gen L88s

This may be the finest 3rd generation L88 (photo: Mecum)

Rick Tavel© December 14, 2014 From the beginning of 2014, just after a 1968 Corvette L88 survivor was hammered for 800K at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Corvetted has speculated that a third generation production Corvette L88 may actually break through the million dollar ceiling. Alas, it is not to be, at least not this year, as Mecum brought down the curtain on 2014 and another successful year of auction events. But as if Mecum were holding back the best for the last, if there was a third generation L88 capable of shattering that ceiling it crossed the block yesterday in Austin. The stage was set for that ceiling to come tumbling down Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Austin. The 1969 L88 … Continue reading

Corvette Daytona Prototypes to Feature New Look in 2015

Daytona Prototype (Photo: GM)

by Corvette Racing on December 12, 2014 The Corvette Daytona Prototype program for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will have a new look in 2015 as Chevrolet has developed new Corvette DP bodywork that reflects styling cues of the C7 Corvette Stingray production car. The new-look bodywork will hit the track for the first time Monday as Action Express Racing – last year’s winner of the TUDOR Championship’s Prototype title – tests at Daytona International Speedway ahead of the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25. Multiple Corvette DPs also will test in the C7 bodywork during the annual pre-Rolex Roar Before the 24 from Jan. 9-11 at Daytona. “The relationship Chevrolet’s racing programs have to our auto production … Continue reading

Mecum’s Multitude of Midyears

Mecum Auctions

After a busy Holiday, this is where Santa goes to fulfill his wish list! Rick Tavel© December 10, 2014 Corvetted The January auction season is rapidly approaching and it looks to be a strong season for Corvette enthusiasts. The largest collector car auction in the world, Mecum’s Kissimmee, will be offering, as expected an extensive selection of classic, blue-chip, award winning Corvettes, supplemented by a good assortment of entry level and first time collector Corvettes as well as popular restomods. Approximately 3000 collector cars, over 350 Corvettes, are expected to cross the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee event which takes place January 16th to the 25th at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park. Obviously, in an event that large there will be a good selection … Continue reading

CORVETTE HEAVEN – Video

Many dreams of Corvette Heaven started with the TV series "Route 66"

  For many Corvette enthusiasts this appropriately title video, Corvette Heaven points out the obstacles frequently encountered in the quest to own the car that stole your heart as a young boy. There is a lot of truth in this short video and helps point out just why many Corvette lovers dream’s don’t come true until later in life.  CLICK PICTURE TO SEE vIDEO “Corvette Heaven” from Philip Volkoff on Vimeo. Source: Vimeo

Barrett-Jackson’s Restomod Round Up

1957  CORVETTE CUSTOM Lot 2027 (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

What was once heresy, today makes sense if you want to be able to drive your early generation Corvette on a daily basis. Rick Tavel© December 5, 2014 Corvetted We are still five weeks away from the automobile world’s Greatest Show On Earth, otherwise known as Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction, but that hasn’t prevented smart owners from consigning early to maximize the exposure for their cars. Checking the Barrett-Jackson® docket each day in search of interesting Corvettes that our readers may be interested in, one thing is becoming apparent, there is a growing trend towards what once was considered heresy to Corvette enthusiasts, “customizing” or “restomodding” them. And this year Barrett-Jackson’s consignment team has insured that bidders will have more than … Continue reading

Documented Big Brake 1961 Corvette

Rare Documented 1961 Big Brake Corvette (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

A Corvetted Top Choice Corvette Selection by Rick Tavel © 12-4-2014 Corvetted Rarely does a first generation Corvette come along that is as impressive at this 1961 Fawn Exterior / Fawn Interior example. This car is the real deal and it has the original paperwork to prove it. Maybe an indication of just how nice this car is the multiple NCRS Top Flights in which it received duplicate scores of 99.6 at the Regional and National events. It also received the NCRS Performance Verification on its first regional attempt and the ultimate award for restoration preservation, the prestigious NCRS Duntov Award. It also has earned a Gold Certificate at the Bloomington Gold event. It is made even more desirable by … Continue reading

Bring A Banker – Magnificent 1963 Z06

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Wouldn’t You Prefer An Original? Corvetted’s 3rd in the Series You probably heard that Bowling Green has started to ship the C7 Z06. If you want one of those before the New Year you will have to pay a premium because the first models are all spoken for. But you can have this original 1963 Z06 in plenty of time to help celebrate New Years Eve! And who wouldn’t like to have this beautiful Sebring Silver “Big Tank” coupe as part of their collection. Only 199 original Z06s were produced, all 1963 split window coupes and then the high performance Z06 option disappeared until it was reintroduced in 2001 as a 5th Generation model.   Most of the original models … Continue reading

THE LEGEND REALLY DOES RETURN

The Legend Really Does Return - VIN #001 Returns to Barrett-Jackson (Photo: Chevrolet)

VIN #001 2013 Corvette Convertible Returns to Barrett-Jackson’s Block Rick Tavel 11-3-2014 Corvetted When Chevrolet advertised the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible their theme was “A Legend Returns” and this January at Barrett-Jackson VIN #001, originally sold to Ron Pratte at their 2012 Scottsdale auction, will in fact return, to the auction block. The Corvette was originally sold to benefit AARP’s Drive to End Hunger for $600K and was one of the few VIN #001’s that Rick Hendrick didn’t get his hands on. The 2013 Corvette 427 Collector Edition convertible was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Chevrolet’s Corvette. This unique convertible featuring the legendary 427cid V8 engine at the time of production was the fastest, most capable convertible in … Continue reading

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