2006 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible
EBay #310180744759. S/N 1G1YY36U765112256. Dark orange metallic/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 9,120 miles. 24 Photos. Brooklyn, NY. “Faster than new ZR1. Over 800HP. Sticker Price $64,380. Extras: ALL carbon fiber (have all receipts) $19,860, TWIN TURBO KIT $9,060, Callaway Exhst/ Headers $2,000. Custom HRD Top $2,888, Audio Design $6,858, Navigation/Heads up Display $1,730, Run Flat Tires $2,700, misc extras (have all receipts) $12,065. Total investment: $121,541.” 21 bids, sf 282, bf n/a. Cond: 2. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $45,101.This listing included something you don’t often see on eBay (for obvious reasons) “Possible Trade! Send Your Offers.” While it’s a shame that we e-voyeurs have no visibility into what might have been offered in trade, the mere inclusion of this sentence does tell us something: This seller wants you to think he’s bored, not desperate. Either way, this low-price/high-horsepower sale reinforces that custom cars are almost never profitable to build. Well bought if you don’t need the official badges (or your license).
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe
EBay #110456994255. S/N 1G1YY26E285118374. Velocity Yellow/ebony leather. Odo: 1,963 miles. 32 Photos. San Antonio, TX. “Like New with ONLY 1,963 MILES! 6-Speed Gearbox, 2LZ Package, Head-up Display, DVD Navigation, Bose Sound System, Heated Seats, Keyless Ignition, Z06 Competition Gray Wheels, and H.I.D. Xenon Headlamps! This is an EXTREMELY FAST CAR!! This Corvette’s handling is just as impressive as its power. Remaining Factory 3yr/36000 mile Full AND 5yr/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!” 44 bids, sf 5, bf n/a. Cond: 2. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $56,991.There are a handful of 2008 Z06s with about 2,000 miles that sold on eBay within a few hundred dollars of this result, so I’m confident in calling this a market price.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupeEBay #220509292419. S/N 1G1YY26W585121083. Silver/black leather. Odo: 546 miles. 23 Photos. Longview, TX. “THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CAR THAT HAS MANY MODS AND HAS BEEN GARAGE KEPT... OVER $25000 IN EXTRAS” including “CLEAR BRA KIT $1250. HALLTECH KILLER BEE COLD AIR INTAKE SYSTEM $500. LS3 CAM PACKAGE $1895. 19’’ HRE WHEELS $5980. BFG G-FORCE KDW NT TIRES $1500. PRECISION 2400 STALL CONVERTER $795. 3.42 GEAR W/ HARDENED OUTPUT SHAFT LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE $1782. PORTED INTAKE AND THROTTLE BODY $450. LG LONG TUBE HEADERS $2000. BORLA EXHAUST SYSTEM TOURING $1395. DYNO- 477hp TO THE REAR WHEELS” 16 bids, sf 0, bf n/a. Cond: 2+. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $38,100.Seller felt, “THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME DEAL. YOU WILL NEVER GET AND OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS GREAT OF A CAR FOR SUCH A CHEAP PRICE.” I say, nah... search “custom corvette” for a few weeks and another highly modified showpiece will be trading for the price of a stock example. Isn’t that like Newton’s fourth law or something? Fair (and predictable) deal all around.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette coupeEBay #270487228457. S/N 1G1YY26WX85129115. Blue metallic/tan leather. Odo: 10,800 miles. 23 Photos. Mineola, TX. Immaculate destruction? Auction subtitle reads, “SALAVGE REBUILT NOT WRECKED” yet description elaborates “Said vehicle has been in a collision and said collision has been repaired by a Master Collision Technician.” OK then, it wasn’t a flood, a fire, or a lemon claim. No idea what was actually crashed or spontaneously destructed, but hey, “For an additional fee of $8,500, a factory Chevrolet Grand Sport Conversion Kit can be added to this Corvette.” 6 bids, sf 169, bf n/a. Cond: 3. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $22,575.Hmm. Great looking car with low mileage at a 40% discount to AutoTrader asking prices. Salvage title. Hmm. If you had a thorough inspection done and have no plans to sell it, then I’d say this was a fair deal.
2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupeEBay #250529428329. S/N 1G1YR26R095800624. Black/gray leather. Odo: 2,200 miles. 19 Photos. Monticello, NY. 2,200 miles. MSRP $103,970 (base). “3M clear bra covering hood and front fenders. Navigation and chrome wheels. Just as a new car. No issues. No paintwork ever, no accidents. Signed by Jeff Gordon, NASCAR Legend!” 5 bids, sf 97, bf n/a. Cond: 1-. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $92,100.This is certainly a badass car... but at one year old with 2k miles... it’s just a badass used car. For the ZR1, the 50%-over-sticker premiums are but a distant memory, and we are seeing these cars cross under the $100k barrier. Market price—and no, it doesn’t matter who signs the dashboard.
2005 Chevrolet Corvette coupeEBay #220511826232. S/N 1G1YY24U855130633. Red/black leather. Odo: 47,265 miles. 23 Photos. Las Vegas, NV. “IN EXCELLENT SHAPE NO SCRATCHES, DENTS, DINGS, ANYWHERE, PAINT SHINES LIKE THE DAY OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR. TIRES ARE IN GREAT SHAPE, INTERIOR IS IN GREAT SHAPE. ALL MECHANICAL IS IN 100% SHAPE CLUTCH FEELS EXCELLENT SHIFTS THROUGH EVERY GEAR AS IT SHOULD. HEADS UP DISPLAY, ICE COL AIR CONDITIONING, 6SPD TRANSMISSION, 6DISC CHANGER, HEATED SEATS ONE OF THE NICEST CORVETTES I HAVE HAD ON THE LOT.” 43 bids, sf 14, bf n/a. Cond: 3+. CM Analysis: SOLD AT $22,600. Anything this side of $25k is a deal for a 50k mile 2005. This 10% discount probably had more to do with the average person’s lack of trust in big eBay purchases than any facet of this particular (average) car.