1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible

John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions

For the 1996 model year, Chevrolet decided that a very special Corvette was needed to commemorate the end of the highly successful C4 generation. Dubbed the Grand Sport, this special car was named after the famous lightweight factory Corvette racers of the early ’60s.

Echoing the original, the new Grand Sport featured a special Admiral Blue exterior with an Arctic White stripe over the hood and rear deck, two red hash-mark stripes over the left front fender, black-spoke ZR-1-style wheels, Read More

1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Editions

Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

This past summer, a trio of 1978 Pace Car Edition Corvettes sold over the course of 36 days. That’s not unusual in the auction world, but this was different. These cars brought $10k, $20k, and an astounding $86k, respectively.

Every collector-car situation is unique, with parameters and factors changing with every sale. And that’s why, in an analytical sense, it’s interesting when we can compare apples to apples by examining several identical models, all sold during a short time period. Read More

1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6

For a short time, the Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 represented the pinnacle of General Motors performance and stood alone as the only vehicle in history to take GM’s top horsepower rating over the Corvette. With a factory-advertised 450 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 500 ft-lbs of torque at 3600 rpm, it was also the highest-output Chevelle ever offered.
Known as the “Pilot Car,” this particular 1970 Chevelle 454-ci Turbo-Jet LS6 is the earliest known and documented of 4,475 RPO LS6 Read More

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1958 Corvette 283/245 Convertible

For 1958, only 190 Corvettes had the Panama Yellow paint with white contrasting coves combination, making this a very rare car. Even more rare, this car was ordered without a radio or heater. Its period-correct 283/245 engine is now equipped with a single carburetor, but a dual-carburetor setup goes with the sale. The engine is matched to a four-speed manual transmission. The frame-off restoration includes a completely rebuilt motor and transmission, and an attractive period-correct black interior.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

This 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport is number 127 of 1,000 1996 Grand Sports produced. In addition to the 350-ci, 330-horsepower LT4 engine and 6-speed manual transmission, this particular vehicle is equipped with the F45 Selective Real Time Damping suspension system—and power driver and passenger seats. It is all original and unmolested, except for replacement mufflers, and presents in like-new condition inside and out. The vehicle has a clean CARFAX history, and the 24,000 miles showing on the odometer are Read More

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible

This car could scare the unmentionable out of the small-bore Eurocentric entries in tours, or it could graduate summa cum outlandish from other events.

In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Corvette 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. Incorporating a forged and Tufftride-treated steel crank, forged rods, 12.5:1 pistons, aluminum Read More

1961 283/315 Fuelie

For many, the 1960s were the golden years of American high-performance automobiles. No car did more to usher in that era than the Chevrolet Corvette. In 1955, it was offered for the first time with a V8 engine. From then on, there was no looking back—the Corvette has helped shoulder the banner for American sporting cars, almost without interruption through to the present day.

In many important ways, 1961 marked the nascence of the Bill Mitchell era in Corvette styling. Read More

1963 327/300 4-Speed “Harley Earl” Convertible

A mainstay of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, this Harley J. Earl Corvette is a one-of-a-kind factory special with a singularly historic pedigree. General Motors commissioned the custom-built 1963 Sting Ray under Shop Order 10323 as a gift for the legendary GM designer, who subsequently used it as his personal car. It features the base Corvette 327 cubic-inch, 300-horsepower carbureted V8 engine, a four-speed manual transmission, and finned aluminum knock-off wheels.

Myriad special features that GM created for the car Read More