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9 133 Corvettes Analyzed and Priced by Our Experts, $3.6m in Total Sales You Should Own This! '65 327/300 Black-Plate Convertible Corvette Market $50k Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Holiday 2009 CM Exclusive: Top 100 Corvette Sales of All Time www.vettemarket.com Big John Mazmanian's '61 Gasser—Bargain at $248k '92 ZR-1 at $9,720—Cheap or Chump Car?


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Corvette Market Keith Martin's Volume 2 . Issue 9 . Fall 2009 16 1/4-mile C1 drag car 18 Black-plate C2 20 Big-block C3 Profiles C1 1961 “Big John” Mazmanian Drag Car—$247,500 “This is simply one of the most correct vintage race Corvette restorations possible, and Hendrickson chose an excellent event at which to sell this type of automobile.” 16 by Thomas Glatch C2 1965 327/300 Convertible—$49,820 18 by John L. Stein C3 1969 427/400 Coupe—$44,520 20 by Michael Pierce 4 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com “The buyer is looking good at $50k, because he gets a ready-to-use car for less than the restoration cost of a needy beater or any fuel-injected or big-block Corvette.” C4 1992 ZR-1 Coupe—$9,720 22 by Chip Lamb “While some ZR-1s were driven off the dealer lot and parked, others were used—if not often—at least with some regularity. But cars with over 100,000 miles are unusual.” C5 2003 Avelate Fifty Three Convertible—$79,200 24 by B. Mitchell Carlson “These Corvettes are excellent drivers, with the torque of big-block motors and the civility of hydraulic-lifter, lower-redline, 2-bolts.” C6 Mini Profiles of C6 Coupes 26 by Geoff Archer “It will always be an expensive toy, with investment potential nearly non-existent. So take it to cruise nights and try to pick up cougars with it, but don't expect to make a dime.” “This ZR1 is certainly a badass car. But at one year old and with 2,200 miles, it's just a badass used car, and sub-$100k sales are now the norm for these.” On the Cover: 1965 327/300 Convertible Photo: Sam Murtaugh


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Market Reports 30 Fall Carlisle, Carlisle, PA Corvettes at Carlisle rolls into the Fall auction, where 6 of 23 Corvettes bring $135,030 by Chip Lamb 38 Global Roundup 102 Corvettes from 17 auctions total $3.5m in sales by CM Market Analysts Departments 6 Publisher's Note 8 Insider's View: Which C2 and C3 would you buy for $100k? 38 Market Report: $3.5m in Corvette sales 10 Q&A: Split-Window windows, C3 brakes, fan belts for show 12 Events: Things to do and places to be with your Corvette 14 Auction Calendar 28 Market Overview 68 By The Numbers: All Corvettes sold since August 72 Corvette All-Timers: The top 100 Corvette sales at auction 76 Trick Stuff: Stocking stuffers for every Corvette geek 78 In Miniature: 1969 convertible 78 Speaking Volumes: High-Performance C5 Builder's Guide 80 Resource Directory 82 Vette-o-bilia: Topps trading cards and the first NCRS mag www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 5


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Publisher's Note By Keith Martin Year Three, and Going Strong Corvette Market Keith Martin's Volume 2 . Issue 9 . Fall 2009 Publisher Keith Martin Art Director Kirsten Hegg Executive Editor Paul Duchene Managing Editor Stefan Lombard Auction Editor Jim Pickering Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Linda Clark Tom Glatch Daniel Grunwald John Clucas Chip Lamb Norm Mort Dale Novak Contributors Carl Bomstead Marshall Buck Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce John L. Stein Senior Web Developer Jerret Kinsman Information Technology/ Internet Bryan Wolfe Financial Manager Nikki Nalum Operations Manager Jennifer Davis-Shockley Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin America's sports car, at home on the show field—and in the pages of CM W elcome to Corvette Market magazine #9. It marks the beginning of our third year of covering the Corvette market, reporting sales ranging from dog-eared C4s for $2,500 to the spectacular $1.5m 1962 Gulf Oil race car. Take a moment to visit our online database at www.corvettemarket.com. It now contains more than 8,000 Corvettes that have sold at auction. For many, you'll find photos, serial numbers, detailed first-hand descriptions by our market analysts, and prices. By creating a free account, you'll get a sneak peak at the database, and you'll start getting our bi-weekly Insider e-Newsletter as well. Our goal at CM is to provide you, the informed, inquisitive reader, with the wisdom you need to make intelligent collecting decisions. While no two vintage Corvettes are exactly alike, knowing what the last ten 327/300 Split-Windows in decent condition have brought at auction offers you one more negotiating tool when you go to buy, and one more way to set your price when it is time to sell. Also, because many of the listings in the CM Plus database have serial numbers (and every car analyzed in every issue of CM has its serial number), you can see if a car you are looking at is an auction “frequent flyer” or if it is fresh to market. As we have been building this database, we have also been building relationships with the key organizations in the vintage Corvette world. Both NCRS and Bloomington Gold are sponsors of our Barrett-Jackson Corvette Market seminar. We welcome the input and expertise the members of these organizations have already provided, and we look forward to their continued advice and guidance in the future. In the pages of CM, our goal continues to be bringing together the most thoughtful enthusiasts in the vintage Corvette world, and then sharing their knowledge and insights with you—the most thoughtful readers in the collectible-Corvette community. Barrett-Jackson update Speaking of bringing all the key players together—our all-star lineup for the 3rd Annual Corvette Market Insider's Seminar is now set. New to the panel this year are Terry Michaelis, president of ProTeam Corvette, and Mike Yager, president of Mid America Motorworks. They join returning panel members David Burroughs (Bloomington Gold), Jim Jordan (County Corvette), Kevin Mackay (Corvette Repair), Michael Pierce (NCRS Judge), and Roy Sinor (NCRS Senior Judging Chairman). The seminar, to be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at Barrett-Jackson, will consist of two sessions. The first, at 9 am, will be “Restoration vs. Preservation,” and the second, at 10 am, will be “The Panel's Picks to Buy, Sell, or Hold—The Corvette Market Today.” Space is limited, and admission is free to CM subscribers, NCRS members, owners of Bloomington Gold-Certified Corvettes, and registered bidders and consignors at BarrettJackson. Admission is $10 otherwise, with proceeds going to charity. For complete details, see our ad on page 65, or go to www.corvettemarket.com/2010seminar. I look forward to seeing you there. ■ 6 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Director CM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Ted Alfano ted.alfano@corvettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 211 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@corvettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Mary Artz Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 204 9 am to 5 pm, M–F service@corvettemarket.com 503.253.2234 fax CORRESPONDENCE Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Web www.corvettemarket.com Corvette Market magazine (ISSN# 1939-6481) is published quarterly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. 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Insider's View The current state of the Corvette market Think of this as a $100k Corvette shopping spree. You've been asked to find the best C2 and C3 you can for that amount, both as driver and investment. How would you split the $100k, and which models/options would you look for and why? Jerry Heasley Automotive writer and photographer, Amarillo, Texas I'd buy a 1963 coupe for my C2 pick. The reason is simple—to get the Split-Window. Split-Window fever is spreading. This body style is supplanting the '67 as king of the mid-years in value and popularity. A 435-hp 1967 coupe may bring more money than a 1963 with fuel injection (not counting the Z06, of course). But I would buy a '63 Split-Window with the base engine to get the price down into the $50k–$70k range. I always suggest paying the most money possible for the best car, and a fuelie would blow our $100k budget. For my C3 pick, I'd use the balance of the $100k on an L82 Pace Car. L82s remain sleepers, and I believe they are undervalued. Collectors value the '78 Pace Car for its features. I say buy an L82, but get L82 performance in the Pace Car and add that spectacular interior. I also believe the C3 body style kept improving year by year after the chrome bumpers disappeared. So an alternative to the L82 Pace Car is simply an L82. There was a convertible from 1973 to '75 that offers a degree of rarity. Jim Jordan President, County Corvette, West Chester, Pennsylvania $100,000 will not buy a whole lot in terms of two highly collectible Corvettes, although anyone with $100,000 to spend in the current market has the luxury of being somewhat selective. The challenge with buying anything not currently in mass production is the availability. Outlining the ideal models can be done on paper, but finding the exact specified cars is a challenge in any market. Within the guidelines of driver and investment I would focus on unrestored cars that either are, or would qualify as, Bloomington Survivor award recipients. In the C2 category, a '63 two-top convert- ible with the highest horsepower (up to and preferably with a 327/340) will fit the bill with perhaps the best upside potential. You should be able to buy one for around $60k– $65k. While preferable to a convertible, a 340-hp or fuelie coupe of the same caliber would catapult the price out of budget, and the convertible is simply a better driver. For the C3, a highly optioned 350-hp convertible in good colors should be obtainable for $35k–$40k. Good colors would be LeMans Blue/blue, red, or black. These cars will surely appreciate and could likely double in price in the next boom cycle. The wish list will also require reasonable ownership history and a build sheet for the '69. Kevin Mackay President, Corvette Repair Inc., Valley Stream, New York Let's start off with the best C2. 1967 is really the most desirable year; it is the last year of the C2, perfected in all ways. I would search for a survivor, a small-block 327/350 coupe, 4-speed, with as many options as possible, including a/c, full power accessories, sidepipes, red line tires, and leather seats. I think this could be achieved in this economy for $75k. Personally, I always prefer a coupe over a convertible, because they're tighter and there's more room inside. I really love the look—the coupe is sleek and sporty, and the rear body looks so ahead of its time. Tuxedo Black or Rally Red are the most desirable exterior colors. In reference to the C3, I prefer the 1969 hard top convertible, a 350/350 4-speed. A few options to consider would be power brakes, power steering, and of course sidepipes. Once again, an original car would be my top choice. If you look carefully, they're still out there for $25k. Colors are important, and again I lean toward a Tuxedo Black or Monza Red exterior. You could get all of the above for less if the exterior color was Fathom Green, but that's the least desirable. Please note my choice of a small-block; they are better drivers and run a lot cooler, especially in the summer. Both cars must have at least one good piece of factory documentation. Remember, the holidays are the best time to buy and worst time to sell. Happy hunting. 8 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Terry Michaelis President, ProTeam Corvette Sales, Napoleon, Ohio The $100k shopping spree to buy the best C2 and C3 you can as both a driver and investment is a very hard task. I would want to buy at least #2 condition cars that are truly legitimate numbers-matching and with original VIN and trim plates and solid owner history. I'd also want no-hit bodies, especially in the front. This leaves the choices to the small-block versions, so I would buy a 1963 Split-Window coupe for $60k–$70k and a 1969 or 1970 convertible with a 350-hp engine, backed by a 4-speed transmission, and this should be able to be accomplished for $30k–$40k. I would work on buying the 1963 first, as that would be the hardest to do. I would try to buy cars with good colors and as many options as possible. This $100k challenge would make me a “price” buyer rather than a buyer who seeks “value,” which generally will cost more. Here's another option: With Publisher Martin's initial $100k of Corvette Market money, I'd go to the bank and borrow the extra money it would take to truly get what I'd really want at the end of the day. Roy Sinor NCRS Judging Chairman 1996–present, Tulsa, Oklahoma Both cars must have the original drive- trains and preferably undamaged bodies, with authentic paperwork or excellent documentable judging history essential. For the C3, I'd choose a 350/350, 1969 or 1970, 4-speed with a/c, preferably a convertible. They're arguably the bestbalanced Corvettes ever built, with good power and excellent drivability. They're also fairly rare, particularly if you find a 1970. Solid colors are the most striking—Monza Red/red, Tuxedo Black/black (1969 only), Mulsanne Blue/blue, etc. This car, restored or unrestored, in exceptional condition, will set you back $35k–$50k. A really perfect red or black example could be more. For the C2, an unrestored, original, hydraulic-lifter 327/350 in exceptional condition. I might settle for a 427/390 if a bargain came along; either must be a 4speed. First choice would be a coupe; they're well-balanced, tight, have great styling, and will always be a classic. They ride, drive, and handle very well. Original, unrestored, well-maintained cars are the easiest to drive. Again, both the 350- and 390-hp hydrauliclifter motors have good power and are wellbalanced. They pull well in low rpm ranges and do not exhibit the temperamental quirks of the solid-lifter motors. With approximately one-third of 1965 production being the coupe, they are rarer. An unrestored car will set you back $55k–$65k, and a loaded car with exceptionally good colors could be more. Mike Vietro President, Corvette Mike Anaheim, California First, let me just say that $100k doesn't buy you what it used to… now it buys you a little bit more. If you're in the market for a vintage Corvette, there may be no better time to buy. I have selected two cars that have come on in the last couple of years and I think will be even more desirable in the future. Let's face it, 427s are getting scarcer as each year passes and fewer collectors part with their prized possessions. I have first-hand knowledge of the first car because we just sold one for $58k and it was a nice restored driver. My first choice for the C2 category would be a '65–'67 L79 roadster. The L79 327/350 motor has always been one of my favorites and is a safe bet for future gains and fun, in-your-face driving. Look for as many options as possible and plan on paying $50k–$60k for a nicely optioned driver/restored car. Top Flight cars are going to cost more. In the C3 category, I'd go with a '70 LT-1 roadster or coupe. The '71 and '72 would be runners up, as horsepower drops from 370 to 330 to 255. You should be able to find a nice one in the $40k–$55k range, but don't wait too long. Early C3s are gaining momentum, as they are gorgeous and drive superbly. Both of these cars have great investment potential, are fun to drive, and reliable. You can't go wrong with either. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 9


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Questions &Answers by Colin Comer If it catches your thumb, it's done I have a well-worn but mostly original 1963 Split- Window with a 250-hp 327 and a 4-speed that I've finally decided to make into a winter project. I've had it for about five years now, and it's been a good driver, but I'd like to clean it up a bit. All the glass in the car is original, but it's turned foggy in a few places, and the driver's rear piece has a few heavy scratches in it. Is there a way to fix this type of damage to glass, or am I stuck replacing it? If I replace a few pieces, what will that do to the value of the car once it's done?—J.W., Jacksonville, FL By “foggy,” I trust you mean some delamination is occurring around the edges, and unfortunately there is no way to correct that without replacement. With scratches, the rule of thumb is if the scratch is deep enough to catch a fingernail, it cannot be polished out. If they are not that deep, you can attempt to polish them on your own with one of the many kits offered through companies like Eastwood (www.eastwood.com) or have a professional glass company do it for you. If all else fails, replacement glass is available with the proper date codes and stamps through Zip Products (www.zip-corvette .com) and others. For example, the driver's half of the rear window is around $350 with the proper stamps and codes. As far as value, if done properly, none of this will have a material affect on the value of your SplitWindow. takes your goals (and budget) into consideration. Good luck! Nothing too difficult about a C3 brake job I have 1969 427/400 convertible that I bought recently at auction. It looks good and it runs well but it's got 79k miles on it and it needs brakes—especially as it's an automatic. I've heard that bleeding back brakes on C3s can be very difficult. Is there a foolproof way to make it easy—a special bleeder kit perhaps?—D.C., Caldwell, ID 1963 Split-Window—find replacement glass with correct date codes First, find a good shop you trust My weekend driver is a '77 Corvette coupe with a stock 180-hp engine and an automatic transmission. I love driving the car, but I'd like to get some more power out of it while still complying with Oregon's emissions regulations. I know there are lots of aftermarket parts available, but where should I start?—C.M., Wilsonville, OR The simple answer is to start with your checkbook and a cab ride to the local Chevrolet dealer. Pick out the new 500-hp Corvette of your choice and fear not emissions tests. Kidding aside, as you noted there are a multitude of options to give a little more jet to your Corvette. First I'd recommend consult- ing with a competent mechanic who can give your car a full physical, including a leak-down test. If the engine and drivetrain check out as healthy, look for 10 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com CARB-approved parts and be sensible. A good aftermarket carb, intake, ignition system, and exhaust will make a world of difference—if installed by somebody who is methodical and has a “big picture” approach. And if simple bolt-ons aren't enough for you, there is always the crate motor route, with any number of “strokers” with more cubic inches and/or fuel injection, forced induction, etc. Another angle is to consider some drivetrain modifications that further help to wake up performance with zero impact on emissions. For example, a steeper rear axle ratio will really help if your car has anything under around 3.50:1. You can also swap in a modern 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, which combined with a steep rear axle ratio will give you great acceleration in gears 1–3, with relaxed cruise rpm in the overdrive 4th gear. Just remember, don't go it alone; find a good shop you trust and come up with a game plan together that There is nothing particularly difficult about bleed- ing brakes on a C3, assuming the system is clean and operating properly. The best way to start with a new brake system—after the master cylinder has been properly bench bled and the proportioning valve is working correctly—is simply to gravity bleed it first. Keep the car level and crack open all four brake caliper bleeder screws and wait until a steady stream of clear fluid runs from each one, with no bubbles. In our shop, once we either gravity bleed or bleed using a vacuum-bleeding tool at the calipers, we always finish the job off with a good old-fashioned pressure bleed. You know, the one where one poor soul operates the brake pedal and another circles the car cracking the bleeder screws one at a time. Always start at the caliper that is furthest from the master cylinder, and work your way to the closest one. At this point you should be rewarded with a nice, firm brake pedal. Please send your questions to questions@vettemarket.com. All submissions subject to editing. Replacing Glass From Scratch Correct replacement windows are available with all the proper date codes and stamps and won't affect the value of your car


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Check for leaks, clean up any errant fluid from the bleeding procedure, and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on bedding-in your new pads and rotors. Lastly, although I know many swear by it, I am not a fan of DOT 5 silicone brake fluid. Invariably, at some point, cars with DOT 5 always seem to have somebody top off the fluid with DOT 3 or 4 fluid, which contaminates the whole system. Plus, silicone fluid is known for a slightly spongy pedal, as it compresses more than conventional fluid. I far prefer to use the best DOT 4 fluid I can find and I flush the system every one to two years. If you do that, I guarantee brake problems will be a thing of the past for you, especially if your C3 gets fitted with stainless steel sleeved calipers. I'm sure you'll enjoy your 'Vette twice as much when it stops as well as it goes. Show car fan belts good only for shows My 1967 427/435 coupe just came back from three years at the restoration shop, assuring my children that they will need scholarships to attend college. I've owned the car since 1986 and driven it over 50,000 miles prior to taking the plunge and having it restored to concours standards. Here's the rub: I've driven it five times since it has been back, and every time I get it over 4,000 rpm I hear a “pop” noise, the amp gauge shows a discharge, and I open the hood to find the fan belt dangling around the water pump pulley. What gives? In all my years of driving it prior to restoration it never did this, and it lived at over 4,000 rpm in my younger days. Is the alternator locking up? Too much resistance from the water pump? Help.—D.M., Tucson, AZ I bet it is none of the above. Doing my best imperson- ation of “Click and Clack,” I'm going to guess the “pop” is your fan belt slapping the hood. I'm also betting the restorer used the OE-replica cloth-covered fan belts that are required for NCRS and Bloomington Gold judging. If your belts have a cloth backing and molded GM part numbers, they are the culprits. I don't know who engineered these glorified shoelaces, but the only place they should be used is on a car that will be idled on and off a show field. They do not have a deep enough “V” to keep them from twisting around in the pulley grooves like a piece of licorice. At high rpm, they actually flip inside out and then flop right out of the pulley—in this case your alternator pulley. Go to your local NAPA store and buy the best replacement V belts they sell. Take a little lacquer thinner and remove the modern silk-screened part numbers from the back of the belt so they don't stick out as being modern. Install them with the proper tension (which is roughly when you can rotate the belt 90 degrees in your fingers mid-point between the alternator and water pump pulleys, if you don't have a belt tension gauge handy), and go for a drive. As far as those reproduc- tion belts, use them only for shows—or to hold a screen door open on a nice day. Oh, and good luck with that college tuition thing… ■ www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 11


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Insider's View Event Guide Arizona January 21, 2010 3rd Annual Corvette Market Insider's Seminar, Scottsdale Our first two seminars completely sold out, as Corvette enthusiasts from around the country gathered to pick the brains of the industry's best-known experts. From 9 am to 11 am at Barrett-Jackson, CM will host its third Scottsdale Insider's Seminar. Publisher Martin will moderate, joined on stage by a world-renowned panel of experts including David Burroughs, Jim Jordan, Kevin Mackay, Terry Michaelis, Michael Pierce, Roy Sinor, and Mike Yager. Topics include restoration vs. preservation, and buy/sell/ hold picks for the current Corvette market. Free admission for CM and SCM subscribers, B-J registered bidders and consignors, and owners of Bloomington Gold-Certified Corvettes. Space is limited; pre-register at www.corvettemarket.com/2010seminar. California March 26–28, 2010 Legends of Riverside Racing Film Festival and Gala, Riverside This unique film festival will screen notable gearhead flicks such as “High Gear,” “Dorf Goes Auto Racing,” and “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry,” as well as a collection of Can Am videos, the documentary “Circuit,” about Danny Sullivan's 1985 Can Am season, and more. A tribute to the Greats of Riverside will honor the likes of Phil Hill, Jerry Titus, Masten Gregory, Ken Miles, Richie Ginther, and others, and Carroll Shelby will be honored at the Saturday evening gala dinner. Only 150 tickets are available, at $199 The current state of the Corvette market Send your Corvette event listing to cmcalendar@vettemarket.com. apiece, which gets you into all the events. www.legendsofriverside.com. Florida January 10, 2010 4th Annual Open Car & Truck Show, Sunrise Hosted by the Renegade Corvette Club and held at the Ed Morse Sawgrass Auto Mall, this annual event will feature Top 30 awards for Corvettes from 1953 to 2010, as well as cash awards for the Ed Morse Choice, Renegade Choice, and Top Corvette. The first 100 registrants get an event T-shirt, and the show will have live music, plenty of food and beverages, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and more. Pre-register before January 1 for $20, or pay $25 at the door. www .renegadecorvetteclub.com. January 16, 2010 Reflections in Glass XXVII, Boca Raton This annual Corvette and GM show is sponsored by Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet and has become one of the largest judged Corvette events in the state. Held rain or shine, Reflections in Glass will feature 56 judged classes starting at noon, with awards for 1st and 2nd in each class and for club participation. Live music, a silent auction, food and drinks, vendors, door prizes, and more. Preregister by January 9 for $30, or pay $35 at the door. www.americascorvetteclub.com. January 20–23, 2010 32nd Annual NCRS Winter Regional Meet, Kissimmee This NCRS mega-event includes lots of vendors, a swapmeet and car corral, judging, a Corvette wash and shine show, and a Saturday night cruise through Old Town. www.ncrs.org. March 12–14, 2010 15th Annual Amelia Island Concours, Amelia Island Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 12 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.comALL 2009 www.vettemarket.com While Porsche is the featured marque on the lawn, the Amelia Island Concours weekend will again boast something for every gearhead. This year, NASCAR racing great


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Insider's View Event Guide The current state of the Corvette market Send your Corvette event listing to cmcalendar@vettemarket.com. Planned events for this staple of Tennessee Corvette culture include a swapmeet and judged competition, as well as a ThompsonCarr Collector Car Auction, Grand Run Corvette cruise, and horsepower events. $10. www.corvetteexpo.com. Texas March 20–21, 2010 32nd Annual Corvette/Chevy Expo, Houston Corvette Expo Richard Petty serves as Honoree, and will be on hand along with drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and F1 statesman Sir Stirling Moss to participate in a Saturday seminar entitled “The Three Greats.” The event will be moderated by veteran racers and current Speed TV commentators Sam Posey and David Hobbs. Concours tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for students, and seminar tickets are $30. www.ameliaconcours.org. March 14, 2010 24th Annual Spring Meet Corvette Show, Miami The Sunshine Corvette Club and Kendall Chevrolet once again host this gathering, which will feature judged classes for all Corvette generations for both original and modified cars, with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Also a staple of the event are a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and live music. Pre-register by March 1 for $25 or pay $35 at the door. www.sunshinecorvetteclub.com. March 17–20, 2010 58th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring The American Le Mans Series makes its eleventh visit to one of America's most storied endurance races. Watch as the Corvette C6.Rs race into the darkness and do battle against a diverse field of sports cars and prototypes from Porsche, Jaguar, Panoz, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ford, Acura, and more. Tickets start at $70. www.americanlemans .com. Missouri February 12–14 Chevy Vette Fest, Kansas City This event grew into one of the biggest in the country as a Chicago-only show. Now it branches out for the first time to Kansas City, where original and restored Corvettes 14 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.comALL 2009 www.vettemarket.com JANUARY will compete for the Triple Crown award, considered one of the Corvette world's most prestigious prizes. Also up for grabs is a Gold Spinner, awarded based purely on a car's originality. Classes exist for all years of Corvette. Adults are $14, kids under 12 are free. www.chevyvettefest.net. Tennessee March 26–27, 2010 33rd Annual Corvette Expo, Sevierville At over 125,000 square feet, this is the largest indoor Corvette and Chevrolet event in Texas. The event will feature show cars competing for more than 100 trophies, a classic car sales lot, a swapmeet, and a Miss Hawaiian Tropic bikini contest. Hundreds of vendors will be there, as will the 1969 L88 See-Thru Car. $15 per day or $25 for a twoday pass. www.corvettechevyexpo.com. Washington February 6–7, 2010 36th Annual Corvette & High Performance Meet, Olympia www.corvhp.com. ■ Auction Calendar MARCH 22-25—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 7-9—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 8-10—FT LAUDERDALE BEACH AUCTION Ft Lauderdale, FL 8-10—KRUSE Glendale, AZ 8-10—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 16—COYS Birmingham, UK 16-18—ICA Gilbert, AZ 17-24—BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 20-24—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 21-22—RM Phoenix, AZ 23—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 23—GOODING & COMPANY Scottsdale, AZ 28-31—MECUM Kissimmee, FL FEBRUARY 6—PETERSEN Salem, OR 15—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 19-20—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 26-28—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 26-28—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 6—BONHAMS Oxford, UK 13—RM Amelia Island, FL 15—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 19—BONHAMS Hendon, UK 19-20—BUD WARD Hot Springs, AR 26-28—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 27—LEAKE San Antonio, TX Courtesy corvetteexpo.com


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C1 profile 1961 “Big John” Mazmanian Drag Car Big John's Corvette could easily be said to have a competition record equal to the other historic racers sold recently by Thomas Glatch Chassis number: 10867S100093 W hile drag racing gained popularity nationwide through the 1950s, its epicenter was Southern California. There, speed and engineering prowess often went hand in hand with beauty and mechanical excellence. Spurred on by fellow car club members, parts availability, and a growing performance- oriented group of periodicals, racers began to gravitate toward a more serious trend in modifications. This was the case of John Mazmanian of Whittier. By 1960, the 31-year old Mazmanian was operating a successful waste management and removal business. He decided to go all out and buy a new 1961 Corvette in late 1960; VIN 10867S100093 tells us that this was the 93rd Corvette to come down the assembly line that year. One of 10,939 produced in 1961, it had a base price of $3,934. It was equipped with RPO 419, the $237.75 optional removable hard top. The very first “Big Go West”—NHRA's just-named Winternationals to be held on the Pomona Fairgrounds in January 1961—would give Mazmanian and his nephew and driver Rich Siroonian a chance to try something new. For 1961, after reportedly using the car to clean some clocks on the streets of Southern California, Siroonian had the Mazmanian & (Earl) Wade 'Vette running in the high 12-second range to take home Winternationals class honors in the hastilyestablished AA/SP class (apparently thanks to the Corvette's new 315-horsepower 283-ci engine) with a 12.94 at 109.96 mph. The 19-year-old driver then went on to run through the Street Eliminator field on Sunday afternoon, going all the way to the final against Johnny Loper's Willys and finishing as runner-up. By the time the same event happened in 1962, changes to the car were radical enough to move it into the CM/SP division. Pictures from the 1962 Winternationals show it 16 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Details Years Produced 1961 Number Produced Base Corvette: 10,939 Original List Price $4,654.95 CM Valuation $76,000–$134,000 (Fuel-Injected, non-competition) Tune-up $150 Distributor Cap $19.99 Chassis # VIN plate on the steering column Engine # Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Club National Corvette Restorers Society More www.ncrs.org Alternatives 1937 Fiat Topolino “Bad Habit” Altered Fuel Dragster 1965 Dodge A100 Pickup “Little Red Wagon” 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 convertible CM Investment Grade A RPO 582 315-hp Fuel-Injected: 1,462 Photos: Darin Schnabel


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was still not the beast it would become, but it did have American Torq-Thrust wheels and a low-profile scoop on the hood. Regardless, it looked like business, and proved it when it won the CM/SP class title with another speed record at 113.84 mph. Siroonian then downed Loper's Willys during the Street Eliminator runoffs on Sunday (though he did not go to the final round that year; former partner Earl Wade won in another Corvette in A/SP trim). The entire car had been repainted in 24 coats of Candy Persimmon by Junior Conway, Eddie Martinez had done a roll-and-tuck interior including the trunk, and almost everything that could be bolted on was chromed or polished. As a result, Big John's fast Corvette had also taken third place honors at the big Winternationals Car Show the NHRA held just before the competition event. The car was soon in the shop for some serious upgrades. Hot parts from Iskendarian, Edelbrock and the Crank Shaft Company reworked the engine's displacement to 316 ci, and a 4-71 GMC supercharger and Hilborn injection were added. The factory 4speed was removed and replaced with a B&M 2-speed Hydromatic. The grille was removed and a polished Moon gas tank added front and center, and now the chromed externals jutted through the hood and off the wheel hubs. According to then-crew chief Dick Bourgeois, Mazmanian had about $10,000 tied up in the car (Big John admitted the modifications had cost more than the car itself ). It was in this condition that it drew the attention of track-goers with an 11.11 ET at 129 mph at the original Fontana Dragway during an AHRA championship race that summer, as well as the cameras of Petersen Publishing. It was featured in this format in the October 1962 issue of Rod & Custom. This was followed by a cover inset and feature in the March 1963 issue of Hot Rod magazine. By the time the 1963 Winternationals rolled around, the car had been modified again. The engine now displaced 327 ci, thanks to a fresh 3/8-inch stroker crank, and the blower was now a fat 6-71 GMC. But things were changing; Siroonian ended up in the army in 1963 and Mazmanian turned his attention to building the first supercharged Hemi-Willys for 1964. The Corvette became drag racing history. It next went to a new owner in Minnesota, was raced only briefly, and changed hands a couple of times until a collector named John Lange ended up with it. In 1989, after several years of pursuing it, Bloomington Gold winner Steve Hendrickson acquired the unrestored car to begin a complete restoration. That effort was completed in 1998 in time for the NHRA's Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, California, where Mazmanian was honored and reunited with the car for the first time in over 30 years. CM Analysis This car sold for $247,500, including comission, at RM's Icons of Speed Over the years, I've had the privilege of photographing a number of Steve & Style Auction in Los Angeles, California, on September 26, 2009. Hendrickson's Corvettes. Many of them were ultra-low-mile factory-original “time machines.” Those that were restored were usually done in his own shop to exacting factory-original standards while drawing on his huge stash of N.O.S. parts. Hendrickson proudly showed me the Mazmanian Corvette shortly after he purchased it, and while it needed work, I knew it was in very good hands. Restoring a vintage racer correctly takes a lot of detective work, and it took Hendrickson the better part of a decade before the Mazmanian Corvette was seen by the public. He had the body resprayed by Jon Kosmoski, founder of the House of Kolor, and had famed custom auto upholsterer Tony Nancy stitch the blower cover. The engine was recreated to the early 1962 configuration using the correct vintage components. One of the biggest challenges was finding the correct N.O.S. rubber, which Hendrickson was finally able to do. This is simply one of the most correct vintage race Corvette restorations possible, and Hendrickson chose an excellent event at which to sell this type of automobile. The Mazmanian Corvette is the third high-profile racing Corvette to be sold in 2009. Despite the challenging economic times, the “Gulf One” 1963 Z06 racer sold for just over $1m at Mecum Kissimmee in January, and the Scuderia Filipinetti 1968 L88 sold for $572k at RM Monterey. Yet the Mazmanian Corvette sold for just $247k. The Filipinetti car had one significant class win in its career, and Gulf One had one significant class win and a number of regional victories. With class wins at the 1961 and 1962 Winternationals, and a variety of other successes, Big John's Corvette could easily be said to have a competition record equal to the Z06 and L88 above. Plus, theMazmanian Corvette contained much more of its original equipment, was restored with all of the correct vintage and N.O.S. hardware, had volumes of documentation, and received much national exposure during its racing career and recently. Had the Mazmanian car raced at venues like Le Mans or Daytona, and not Pomona and Fontana, I feel the price would have been much higher. Instead, the prejudices of the market come into play, where drag racing is seen as a second-class sport to the upper-crust world of road racing. As a vintage drag car, the Big John Mazmanian Corvette sold for average money, but as a historic Corvette racer, the price was a disappointment, at least to me. This should be considered very well bought by someone who now owns a piece of history. ■ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) THOMAS GLATCH has been an automotive writer since 1983. His work has appeared in Corvette Fever, Corvette, Sports Car Market, and elsewhere. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 17


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C2 profile 1965 327/300 Convertible What this Sting Ray really had going for it was low original mileage and proven California ownership history by John L. Stein Chassis number: 194675S122825 C orvette collectors will find this 1965 327 convertible almost irresistible. Fortyfive years after it was ordered new with the popular 327/300 L75 engine and Powerglide transmission, it remains unrestored, except for a single repaint in its original Milano Maroon. The car arrived from the factory nicely outfitted with power steering and power disc brakes—the first time this feature was available in the Corvette—and both soft and hard tops for every kind of motoring. Today it rolls on a set of reproduction cast-aluminum wheels wearing period-correct Goodyear Goldline tires, a very good choice for this car's color scheme. Contrasting with the maroon finish is the original and very well preserved original- code 438 white leather interior, which features its own contrast in the black carpeting and dash. The driver is treated to a three-spoke teakwood steering wheel mounted on a telescopic column, and an AM/FM radio provides the tunes. Beyond the teakwood wheel is the view no Corvette lover can get enough of: the classic 'Vette instrument panel. Look closely at the odometer, and you will see that this wonderful matchingnumbers example has accumulated a mere 21,425 miles. Originally a California car, this Corvette has a solid owner history and comes with full documentation, including the Protect-O-Plate, a letter from the dealer, 1965 California registration, and smog inspection. CM Analysis This car sold for $49,820, including buyer's premium, at the Mecum High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois, on October 2, 2009. Don't you just love auction catalog writers? Along with real-estate advertisements, 18 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Details Years Produced 1965 Number Produced 15,378 Original List Price $4,106 CM Valuation $38,000-$60,000 Tune-up $400–500 Distributor Cap $25 Chassis # Cross brace under glovebox Engine # On block in front of right cylinder head Club National Corvette Restorers Society, More www.ncrs.org Alternatives CM Investment Grade 1969–70 Ford Mustang GT convertible 1967–68 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible 1960–61 Porsche 356B cabriolet B- (All C2s rate a “B”; include a “-” for the Powerglide and base engine) Photos by Sam Murtaugh. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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these spin doctors can conjure up the most positive descriptions. In the case of this particular mid-year convertible, “popular 327/300 L75 engine and Powerglide transmission” actually means one of the least-horsepower-engines you could get in 1965, with the least desirable transmission; “unrestored, except for a single repaint” suggests the original paint was somehow damaged or degraded; and “reproduction cast-aluminum wheels” could possibly mean original steel units were replaced by upscale aluminum re-pops for auction. But balancing these negatives were some genuine positives, highlighted by the matching chassis and engine numbers, low 21,425 claimed total miles, soft and hard tops, and dated key documentation, including ownership history. In terms of options, among the 31 Corvette RPOs (plus leather seats) available for 1965, this car is not highly equipped. Although it has leather seats, power steering, and an AM/FM radio, it still lacks any of the four available high-horsepower engines (such as the first-year big-block 396), air conditioning, power windows, or Positraction, and its Powerglide tranny further holds it back compared to the more plentiful 4-speed cars. California black plate shake-up One big strength is the “California car” distinction, an important indicator of a generally rust-free living environment. While the '65 California paperwork proves this car's Golden State heritage, the term “California car” actually got a shake-up last summer when the state began allowing the transfer of vintage black-and-yellow plates to any 1963–69 car. That sucks, because now some rust-infested claptrap from Milwaukee can become a “California car” for a small fee plus a set of eBay plates. Fortunately, such poseurs will never have original California documentation, and buyers of “California cars” should hereafter make sure to ask for California ownership history instead of just taking the wearing of black plates as proof. Back to the Corvette at hand. What I like most about this car is its low mileage, its California history, and the idea (implied but not stated) that it has not been jacked www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 19 with. I would much rather buy a low-mileage survivor/driver with known history than a Priscilla, Queen of the Auction with unknown history and an overload of replica parts. Other plusses like power discs and power steering make this '65 usable in city traffic, and the two tops expand its overall usefulness. But again, the car's mileage is really the ace in the hole. Even with 100 miles more added every single weekend, it would take 15 years to reach the 99,000-mile mark, whereupon the owner could still sell with less than 100k on the clock. And because this Sting Ray has already gotten a repaint and replica wheels, the new owner can drive it like a normal car and not worry about every additional chip or blemish. On the financial end of the deal, the buyer is looking really good at $50,000, be- cause he gets a sanitary and ready-to-use car for less than the restoration cost of a needy beater or any fuel-injected or big-block Corvette, along with the pride of ownership that a substantially original car provides. Looking at it from a different angle, if the buyer had moved into a comparably priced new Lexus IS 350 convertible instead, most of the purchase price would spin into Depreciation Ditch after only five years. All things considered, I'd call this a solid buy on a solid little car. (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) ■ JOHN L. STEIN served as editor of Corvette Quarterly from 1998 to 2005, the only independent editor to lead GM's flagship magazine.


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C3 profile 1969 427/400 Coupe I have owned or driven all of the 400-hp model years. These are excellent drivers with the torque of large-blocks and the civility of hydraulic-lifter engines by Michael Pierce Chassis number: 194379S702554 T he 1968 C3 Corvette was derived from Larry Shinoda's Mako Shark show car. For 1969, there were small visual differences—principally the word Stingray added to the front fenders, and the door release mechanism was designed around what was a finger hold in 1968, eliminating the separate release button. Troublesome teething issues were more or less ironed out, a new 350-ci small-block engine was introduced, and sidepipe exhausts were available for the new body style, after being dropped in 1968. In all there were seven engines offered. There were two small-blocks—the base 350/300 and the 350/350 L78—and five big-block engines. These were the 427/390 L36, 427/400 tri-carb L68, 427/435 tri-carb L71, 427/435 tri-carb L89 with the aluminum heads, and the monster 427/430 (ha! try 560 hp) L88. There was also the ZL1 package, which added an all-aluminum L88 engine and doubled the $4,781 price of the base coupe by adding a whopping $4,718. Not surprisingly, perhaps, there were only two of these. The best daily driver packages are considered by many to be the L36 and L68 427-ci big-blocks, and this car is the 400-hp L68. It is described as a numbers-matching, frame-off restoration of a very straight California car with side exhaust, and it's one of 2,072 produced in 1969. CM Analysis This car sold for $44,520, including buyer's premium, at Mecum's Fall High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois, on October 2, 2009. Finished in LeMans Blue over a bright blue interior, the 400-hp, 4-speed, side- exhaust coupe appeared to have been treated to a meticulous body-off-restoration. One that probably cost more than the selling price. The owner's description to Mecum 20 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Details Years Produced 1969 Number Produced 2,072 L68 coupe & convertible Original List Price $5,561 CM Valuation $34,000–$70,000 Tune-up $350 Distributor Cap $12 Chassis # VIN tag attached to driver's Apillar, transmission case, engine pad and frame Engine # On block in front of right cylinder head Club National Corvette Restorers Society More www.ncrs.org 2001–05 Z06 Alternatives 1988–91 Callaway B2K 1995 ZR-1 CM Investment Grade C Photos: Mecum Auctions


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makes mention of it being an “original, numbers-matching… engine,” whatever that means. Perhaps the engine is original to the car, or merely date-coded correctly for that time period? In any case, such vague language is something potential purchasers with any notion of a return on their investment should note very carefully. Frankly, I prefer the statement, “This is the original engine that came in the car.” The 400-horsepower Corvette engines were fairly rare, with 2,101 made in 1967, 1,932 in 1968, and 2,072 in 1969. These long blocks started life in Tonawanda, New York, as 427/390 units, with a single Holley 3811 4barrel carb. Tank sheets show the option as being converted to 400 hp by swapping out the cast-iron intake with the single 4-barrel Holley and replacing it with a lighter-weight Winter's aluminum casting, with a tri-power, oval port intake and three Holley 2-barrels flowing about 1,100 cfm. A tale of torque and civility I have owned or driven Corvettes from each of the model years in which the 427/400 version was produced, with both automatic and 4-speed transmissions. These are excellent drivers, with the torque of large-displacement, big-block motors and the civility of hydraulic-lifter, lower-redline, 2-bolts. The legendary 435-hp motors had the same Holley 2300-series 3659 and 60s, but the intake had rectangular ports to mate with solid-lifter heads, a heavy-duty high-lift cam and crank, and higher-compression pistons and rods. Buyers and collectors alike seem to want side-ex- haust cars. My '67 435 has them and yes, they make a lot of noise. In fact, the Oregon DEQ used my car as their “standard” for the 1967 435s with sidepipes, listing left and right noise levels over 100 dB. The option first appeared on Corvette order forms midway through 1965. Only 3% (759) of buyers ordered RPO N14 in 1965, 13% (3,617) bought it in 1966, and 18% (4,209) in 1967. Unfortunately, sidepipes could not have come on this car from the factory, as the VIN of 2,554 was built during September 1968; production of sidepipe-equipped 1969 Corvettes started in mid-December, which is closer to VIN 10,000. Original sidepipes were a bargain The cost of the sidepipe option remained at $131.65 through the mid-years. For some reason, GM did not offer the N14 option in 1968 but took orders for 4,355 in 1969, the last time it was to be available as an RPO. The cost in 1969 was up $15.80 to a whopping $147.45. To put things in perspective, the reproduction parts kit to add or replace sidepipes would cost close to $3,000 now, not including labor. That's 50%–60% of the base cost of the Corvette itself when new. So what we have is a restored example of almost the last of the real sharks, a '69 427 3x2 with ownerinspired N.O.S. GM side exhausts, a seemingly new interior, 4-speed, radio, Positraction, and “the original, numbers-matching motor.” For what the new owner paid, he could part this car out and come out ahead, or he could drive it and have a smile for every mile. That would be my preference, so I'd call it well bought. (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) ■ MICHAEL PIERCE is a longtime NCRS judge who ranks in the top few dozen and has judged Corvette events around the world. His own cars have won Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Duntov awards. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 21


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C4 profile 1992 ZR-1 Coupe The ZR-1 package nearly doubled the sticker price of an ordinary Corvette in 1990, but it was an engineering masterpiece, relative to other GM products by Chip Lamb Chassis number: 1G1YZ23J8N5800458 T he 1992 model year represented the third year of the ZR-1, with its Lotus-designed, 375-horsepower, 32-valve, 4-cam engine. ZR-1 emblems were added to the front fenders above the vents, instrument face plates and buttons were changed to black from gray-black, and the digital speedometer was relocated above the fuel gauge. Three new colors were introduced to the Corvette range: Bright Aqua Metallic, Polo Green II Metallic, and Black Rose Metallic, in which this car was painted. The ZR-1 package added $31,683 to the Corvette coupe's base price of $33,635, and 502 were sold. CM Analysis This car sold for $9,720, including buyer's premium, at Silver's Hot August Nights auction in Reno, Nevada, on August 9, 2009. At the urging of a couple of friends a few years ago, I took the Corvette plunge. I had the pleasure of visiting some former clients of mine in the Detroit area who had a few Corvettes in their collection of interesting cars. One was a prototype, built during the mid1980s at Lotus in England, when Colin Chapman's old company was under GM ownership. I should point out that this was no ordinary collection and the prototype I peeked at was an extraordinary one. I was in the maintenance garage of Custom Automotive Services, once home to the better part of the 1,000-plus cars in the GM Heritage Fleet and Collection on that summer day. With me was Richard L. Balsley, a friendly GM lifer who had been the chief engineering liaison to Lotus on the CERV-III project, better known to the public as “Indy Pace Car.” CERV-III, or Corvette Experimental Research Vehicle-III, was at the time intended to be the next over-the-top supercar, with a twin-turbo version of the GM/Lotus quad-cam LT5 aluminum V8, active suspension, and other complex electro-mechanical devices that would have befuddled even the bravest of Chevrolet dealership service departments. Naturally, millions of dollars were spent in pursuit of this lofty goal that served to net GM merely a strange DOHC aluminum engine and a handful of prototype cars with radical suspension modifications. The engine shared nothing with the cast-iron smallblock, apart from its displacement and bore spacing. Balsley nonetheless reminisced happily about the prototype LT5s and the challenges its complex dual-plenum intake created, mostly having to do with crankcase ventilation; however, he pointed out that despite its challenges, it made a fine engine when it and its ZF 6-speed transmission found their way into the first ZR-1 Corvettes a few years on. ZR-1 package nearly doubled the sticker price Balsley further stressed that the running development that allowed for 30 more horsepower by 1993 also made for a better engine; this revision incorporated not just intake, cylinder head and exhaust flow porting but also a four-bolt main bearing crankshaft and some other subtle changes. Taking these hints into consideration, I watched the market closely and bought an early 1993 ZR-1 in an unusual and subtle color scheme that I continue to enjoy. The ZR-1 package nearly doubled the sticker price of an ordinary 1990 Corvette when it was unleashed on the buying public. Despite this, as well as initial dealer markups that in some cases even tripled the price of a standard L98 Corvette, it was an engineering masterpiece relative to other GM products of the era. The production LT5 was still very potent without turbocharging, and suspension tuning in part 22 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com derived from CERV-III made it handle better than its standard counterpart. Dubbed the “King of the Hill,” its 375 horsepower required the right speed, gear, and throttle inputs to fully unleash, but its performance was formidable. Nearly 3,000 examples were sold during this first year, most well above sticker, and like many other “instant collectibles,” many were immediately put away for posterity by those who felt they would be considerably more valu- Details Years Produced 1990–95 Number Produced 6,939 Original List Price $65,318 in 1992 CM Valuation $21,000–$33,000 Tune-up $175 Distributor Cap n/a (coil-pack ignition) Chassis # Driver's side dashboard at base of windshield Engine # Lower rear side of lower crankcase Club ZR-1 Net Registry More www.ZR1netregistry.com Alternatives 1988–89 Corvette Challenge racer 1987–91 Callaway Twin-Turbo 1996 Corvette Grand Sport CM Investment Grade C


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able in the future. ZR-1 production waned thereafter, steadily dropping to a figure of just 448 cars per annum in its last three years of production. The reasons for this are many, but primarily the new LT1 in the standard car that was introduced for 1992 put out a very healthy 300 horsepower from stock (330 horsepower from the special-order LT4 in 1996), and for far less than the $31,000-plus premium a ZR-1 cost, you could extract the 105 extra horsepower from an LT1 to match the ZR-1's output. Examples over 100,000 miles are unusual but not rare While most known ZR-1s were driven off the dealer lot and parked, others were put into service and used, if not often, at least with some regularity. Examples with over 100,000 miles are unusual, but they are not rare. Some have even achieved the quarter-million mark with no more than regular care and maintenance. The example pictured here, lot 912 at Silver's annual Reno auction, is one of these. Commanding only $9,720 and with no consignor or auction company-provided description, it was analyzed by roving Corvette Market editor Paul Duchene. He wrote that it appeared to be a “nice Oregon car, not hit, looked to be garaged, good paint (though swirled by buffing), unmarked wheels, 75% tires, Borla exhaust, light wear to driver's seat, hatch cracked around latch (through only one layer of the glass), purple with a black interior, 111k miles.” Duchene identified the typical driver-condition ZR-1, usually seen with somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 to 70,000 miles on its digital readout. Like most other cars perceived as being even slightly exotic (read: Dodge Vipers, Porsche 930s, 8cylinder Ferraris, and etceterini such as De Tomaso Panteras), it appeared to have been garage kept, although the odometer speaks to at least a few trips up and down the West Coast, if not Cannonball Runs across the country. Apart from the popular Borla exhaust upgrade and a hatch slammed one too many times against the overly-stiff struts, it presumably wore its original Black Rose Metallic finish, black leather, and factory-fitted “meat-slicer” alloy wheels. Production was just 502 for 1992, down over half from the previous year's fig- ure, but little was different from a 1990 or 1991 model, apart from some light styling changes to the interior and the attractive exterior hue in which few ZR-1s were painted. It goes without saying that all ZR-1s are special cars, just as all 427/435 C2s were special when they were 18 years old and still presented well. The ZR-1 was the pinnacle of American performance for a short while and aesthetically most pleasing against its nearest rival, the V10 Dodge Viper. However, with other 1992 ZR-1s with half the mileage selling for at least double this figure in recent memory, and assuming that its decent cosmetics represent similar mechanical care and feeding, this can be considered well-enough bought for a guilt-free driver example. Of course, there is one caveat—when it comes time for major engine work, some parts are becoming hard to find, and the cost of a complete engine rebuild could easily exceed the purchase price here. And your chances of recovering your drivetrain investment would be practically nil, as it is the high miles that kill the value of this car on the market. This is a car that should be driven and enjoyed and hopefully sold before any big bad noises start coming from under the hood. ■ CHIP LAMB has been writing about cars and the people who own them for over ten years. He regularly reports on the market for CM and SCM. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 23


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C5 profile 2003 Avelate Fifty Three Convertible When you take an icon like the original Corvette and try to change it around, the line for those who appreciate such efforts gets mighty short by B. Mitchell Carlson Chassis number: 1G1YY32G535105642 T his rare 2003 Avelate Corvette convertible pays homage to the 1953 Corvette. It is the first of only two built by the Avelate Automotive Co. in 2003 to pay tribute to 50 years of Corvette styling. Avelate masterfully crafted some subtle but distinctive '53 cues into a new 2003 Anniversary Corvette chassis and drivetrain. The paint is white with traces of flakes to commemorate the 50th Anniversary. It has a red interior like the 1953 cars. Large round exposed headlamps and toothy grille reflect some of the distinctive '53 styling, along with round rear taillights and curved trunk lid. The drivetrain is a stock Corvette 350/350 with 6-speed manual transmission. The wheels are custom built by Billet Wheel Company. With less than 10,500 original miles, it also has a Bose stereo with CD changer and a white top. In addition, it has the 2003 General Motors Corvette window sticker and VIN. After completion, Avelate Automotive presented both cars with serial numbered Certificates of Authenticity from the factory. This car also comes with its last owners' documentation, plus all factory paperwork and literature from when the rolling car was purchased from GM. This scarce piece of Corvette history would be an excellent and very rare addition to anyone's collection. CM Analysis This car sold for $79,200, including buyer's premium, at BarrettThe 50th anniversary commemorative Fifty Three was not the first or only product Jackson's auction in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 7, 2009. of Avelate Automotive. However, it is one of the more exclusive ones. Dean “Dino” Arnold's Avelate Automotive, Inc., was an upkick of his customizing 24 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Details Years Produced 2003 Number Produced 2 (against 7,747 50th Anniversary convertibles) Original List Price $100,000 approx. CM Valuation $60,000–$90,000 Tune-up $350 Distributor Cap $12 Chassis # Driver's side dash at windshield Engine # Pad forward of cylinder head on right side Club C5 Registry More www.c5registry.com Alternatives 2000 CRC C5/C1 roadster 1995 Guldstrand Nassau roadster 1998 Indy Pace Car convertible CM Investment Grade C Photos: Barrett-Jackson


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work in Washington State in the late 1990s. Having been on GM's design team from 1969 to 1984—including stints on the Camaro and Corvette teams—his first conversions basically blended styling cues of the four previous Corvette generations onto the C5 platform. The heaviest emphasis was on the C3, especially on the front fascia, and overall it came off as a very low-slung 1982 model. Sales—as could be expected from a low-volume converter—were modest. To broaden the line, Avelate developed the Fifty Three, timed for production to be concurrent with the Corvette's 50th anniversary in 2003. Claiming to be neither a copy of the original nor a retro redo, Avelate contended that it was a fresh design influenced by the C1 in general. Limited sales meant limited production If it looks like a duck, is styled like a duck, and has a shark tooth grille like an original duck, it's a retro duck. With intentions of a limited run of 50 convertibles and 50 coupes (which never made it past the design stage), there was no need to worry about overproduction. By the time Avelate closed shop in mid-2004, only 25 conversions of all types had been done during the company's three-year existence. Depending upon whose source you believe, there were two or three Fifty Three convertibles built, with our feature car being the first one. Regardless of the source, all agree that two cars were factory stock (a relative term in this case), with one “custom” car, so it seems those who say two were built don't wish to factor in the custom car. We know that this custom car exists, because I wrote it up when it crossed the block last year at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale auction—ending up as a $60k no-sale (CM# 119529). In actuality, the “custom” car is built from a salvage-title Canadian-market 1999, while the two factory stock cars were fabricated from Bowling Green virgin chassis and were sold as new cars. Build quality on these “factory” cars was quite good for being a conversion and approaches OEM. Then again, with only 13k miles on the clock, it hasn't had much chance to shake apart. Strangely, for all of their uniqueness, none of the Fifty Threes—and especially our featured car—has ever been far from the auction block. This car has crossed the stage several times at Barrett-Jackson (Las Vegas 2008, lot 518, for $93,500; West Palm Beach 2008, lot 630, for $77,000; Scottsdale 2006, lot 1573, for $71,500). In addition, B-J also handled the other car—which is the second of the two “production” cars—at the 2005 Palm Beach auction. This car was also offered at Mecum's Bloomington Gold auction in 2004, having been a no-sale at $50,000 (CM# 34249). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder As with all retro designs, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The company pumped up the Fifty Three as “what the original design could have evolved into, given time.” Of course, the argument can be made that the stock C5 is exactly what the design evolved into, and the C6 after that. While designers and dreamers can conjure up “what if” cars all day for everything from Duesenbergs to Packards to curved-dash 1902 Oldsmobiles, it's a bit pointless to go this route with the Corvette, simply because it's still in continuous production (even if the brand is in better shape than its parent company). When you take an icon like the original Corvette and try to change it around, the line for those who appreciate such efforts gets mighty short. Actually, in this beholder's eyes, the lone “custom” car came off better, since it also added bumpers and chrome trim that this one lacks. As we've said for years at both SCM and CM, when you stray from stock, you're on your own trying to get your investment back, and this is especially true of Corvettes. The further you go, the deeper the likely loss. The CRC 1962-look conversions I profiled in CM#3 generally look as much like a 1962 Corvette as possible with C5 components and nearly stock styling. As such, CRCs generally work, while our feature car comes up short. It's not just me. None of these cars has had longterm owners since new, so it's not like someone has fallen madly in love with one and is keeping it; all of them have gone trolling for new owners. This helps ensure that this car (and at least one other) will continue to be frequent flyers in the auction world until an owner just gives up and lets it go to one of the few collectors out there who truly wants to own it. As such, it will always be an expensive play toy, with investment potential nearly non-existent. Run it, take it to cruise nights, try to pick up chicks or cougars with it, but don't expect to make a dime on it. Rather, expect it to hold its value the same as other examples that claim other evolutionary designs—Excalibur, Clenet, or Zimmer—as the Fifty Three falls more closely into their realm than into that of a regular C5. (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.)■ B. MITCHELL CARLSON covers two dozen auctions a year, and his writing appears regularly in Old Cars Weekly, Kelley Blue Book, Sports Car Market, and elsewhere. His daily driver is a C5 coupe. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 25


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C6 by Geoff Archer 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 coupe EBay #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 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 coupe EBay #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 done and have no plans to sell it, then I'd say this was a fair deal. 26 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com to AutoTrader asking prices. Salvage title. Hmm. If you had a thorough inspection THIS GREAT OF A CAR FOR SUCH A CHEAP PRICE.” I say, nah... search “custom corvette” for a few weeks and another highly A Selection of C6s that sold recently on eBay mini profiles Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback Search “custom corvette” for a few weeks and soon another modified showpiece will be trading for the price of a stock example. It's Newton's fourth law


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2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe EBay #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 coupe EBay #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 eBay purchases than any facet of this particular (average) car. ■ 10% discount probably had more to do with the average person's lack of trust in big www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 27


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Market Report Overview Corvettes From Paris to Monterey Total $3.6m Buyers and sellers both found deals on Corvettes from every generation, and the best cars continued to command good money by Jim Pickering D ifficult market conditions were the rule of the collector car world throughout the late summer and well into the autumn months, and Corvettes were no exception, with many individual sales again following the same trends seen in the market throughout most of 2008 and 2009. For the most part, good cars with the right documentation still brought decent prices, but those prices were often still below a lot of sellers' expectations, and cars with stories or issues were again a tough sale—unless the price was right. That said, there were a number of deals to be had for both buyers and sellers, and from August to November, CM's Auction Analysts were closely watching as Corvettes crossed the block at locations across the U.S. and Europe. The Monterey auctions in August are some of the most anticipated collector car events on the annual U.S. auction calendar, and this year, 561 of 836 cars sold at six auctions for a grand total of $119,784,028, including 17 of 41 Corvettes, which accounted for $2,045,210 of that total. In terms of the perceived market downturn, the results were actually much better than many people expected, despite a drop in overall totals from last year's $139m, when fewer Corvettes (14 of 29) brought $3,435,400. However, there were still a number of high prices Top Ten Sales This Issue 1. 1961 Corvette “Big John Mazmanian” drag car, $247,500—Lot 245, p. 44 2. 1967 Corvette “Ed Cole” 427/435 coupe, $217,300— Lot S86, p. 60 3. 1966 Corvette 427/425 coupe, $143,000—Lot 160, p 58 4. 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible, $140,400—Lot 432, p. 60 5. 1957 Corvette 283/250 convertible, $135,450—Lot 209, p. 40 6. 1959 Corvette 283/270 convertible, $110,000—Lot 685.1, p. 42 7. 1966 Corvette 427/425 convertible, $110,000—Lot 402.1, p. 58 8. 1965 Corvette 396/425 convertible, $106,700—Lot 396, p. 54 9. 1958 Corvette 283/283 convertible, $104,500—Lot 681, p. 42 10. 1990 Corvette ZR-1 coupe and 2009 Corvette ZR1 coupe, sold as a pair, $102,850, Lots 705 and 705.1, p. 66 and 67 Best Buys 1. 1967 Corvette “Ed Cole” 427/435 coupe, $217,300—Lot S86, p. 60 2. 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible, $97,520—Lot S106, p. 62 achieved, including the highest-selling Corvette of the week—RM's 1968 Scuderia Filipinetti L88 coupe, which brought $572,000 (see the C3 profile, CM Summer 2009). Mecum's first Monterey auction, held across town, sold the 1967 “Ed Cole” 427/435 coupe at $217,300—a price Auction Analyst John Stein called fair for both parties. Gooding's annual Pebble Beach auction also featured several select Corvettes, including a 1959 Scaglietti coupe bid to an insufficient $480k, the 1963 Pininfarinabuilt Rondine, which failed to sell at $1.2m, and an ex-Bloomington Gold Special Collection 1966 427/425 coupe, which made $143,000 (See the C2 profile, CM Summer 2009). This year's Corvettes at Carlisle auction, which had CM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts been scheduled for late August, was cancelled in the weeks leading up to the sale, but the cars already in line to be auctioned were featured in a special Corvette section of this year's Fall Carlisle sale, which took place in early October. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb was there to cover the 23 Corvettes on offer, of which six sold for a final total of $135,030. Last year's Corvettes at Carlisle event saw 28 of 80 cars change hands for a final total of $708,278, which at the time represented a drop in totals for the event compared to 2007, where $1,023,698 came 3. 1954 Corvette roadster, $51,700— Lot 212, p. 38 4. 1992 Corvette ZR-1 coupe, $18,638— Lot T17, p. 36 5. 1992 Corvette ZR-1 coupe, $9,720— Lot 912, p. 66 from 26 of 82 Corvettes. While all this might suggest that the market has taken a significant hit, that's absolutely not the case; compared to last year's Corvette count at Fall Carlisle in October, where three of 14 cars made $49,350, this year's result looks quite favorable. As was the case in Monterey, there were still over-the-top prices here, including this year's high sale—a 1957 283/245 convertible in #2- condition that made $75,600. As Lamb noted in his coverage, the availability of consignments was the main issue for Carlisle, although a number of sellers did take their cars home with them in hopes of achieving higher prices. The Corvette market continues to be a picky place, and although recent sales show buyers still have the upper hand when it comes to cars with needs, good money is out there for cars with originality, excellent condition, and the right documentation. ■ 28 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Report Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Fall Carlisle 2009 A Venetian Red '57 Corvette hammered sold at $75,600, which was nothing short of a counterpoint to the pundits' view of the current economy Company Carlisle Auctions Date October 1–2, 2009 Location Carlisle, Pennsylvania Auctioneers Jeffrey Knosp & Brent Earlywine Overall cars sold / offered 111/281 Total sales rate 39% Sales total $1,874,591 Corvettes sold / offered 6/23 Corvette sales total $135,030 Corvette high sale 1957 with two tops made high sale of the Corvettes at $75,600 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics C arlisle Events's well-known and -attended Corvettes at Carlisle show went off without a hitch this summer, but it also went off without the annual all-Corvette auction, reportedly due to a lack of consignments. The announcement that the sale had been cancelled came about a month prior to the last weekend in August, and ever hopeful, the Carlisle staff enticed those who had offered their cars to come back during the Fall Carlisle auction. Still, some sellers undoubtedly made the decision to go elsewhere, or just hold out for a more favorable economic climate. Those who opted to return in October were fewer in number, but they benefitted from being a part of the larger Fall Carlisle auction, made up of over 280 collector automobiles of all shapes and sizes. The phalanx of Corvettes was afforded a dedicated preview spot on both days directly outside the hall, except for a few that managed to make it indoors as a part of the premier display of very special cars. One of these, a Venetian Red 1957 with both tops, was the second overall high sale and the top Corvette across the block, hammering sold at an impressive $75,600. With an older restoration, warranty replacement block, and possibly non-original dual-quad carburetion, the price achieved was nothing short of a counterpoint to the pundits' view (no-stories cars only, please) of our current economy. A wide gulf separated this car from its runner-up, a brilliant red 1992 ZR-1 with a fresh Borla exhaust, chrome rims, and a round of Goodyear Eagle directional rubber, which sold on the block to great surprise for just $18,638. Third place (and best buy of all the 'Vettes, if not the entire sale), was an original 1969 small-block, two-top, Fathom Green Overall Sales Total $2m $1.5m $1m 2009 2008 2007 2006 $500k 0 30 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com 1957 283/245 convertible, sold at $75,600 Buyer's premium 5%, included in sold prices convertible that crossed over into new ownership early on Thursday for just $15,330. The auction's highest no-sale was a 1965 big-block coupe in Tuxedo Black over light gray leather with a 4speed and a rosewood steering wheel at $75,000. Before anyone laments the sagging economy necessary for such a low bid on a rare car, it should be noted that one of ProTeam's experts took the early train out from Ohio to make a full inspection of this very rare (if original) car. His findings were that some important pieces, including the body tag and the rivets that held it on, might well be reproductions. A number of other Corvettes offered were also unsold across the block or in post-sale, including an as-new 2005 coupe at $33,000, as well as a 1973 driver-quality big-block convertible in an incorrect-forthe-year Marina Blue at $25,500. Probably one of the most difficult realities for the Corvette market evident at this year's Fall Carlisle auction was a heady case of seller's remorse. Many, if not all of the unsold lots, were bid to within a reasonable value for those particular cars, but sellers were simply looking for a better price than was possible in the current market. As we continue to see with the muscle car market in its final stages of correction, those smart enough to get out of an artificial bubble before it pops entirely are the wise ones; everyone else just gets to enjoy their toys a while longer. Maybe a lot longer, if they are waiting for the prices of 2007 to return. ■


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Market Report C1 #F180-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S105796. Venetian Red & white/tan vinyl & Venetian Red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 52,500 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Comprehensive restoration exhibits light prep issues under paint on hood and around cowl at base of windshield. Excellent chrome, brightwork lightly pitted under new chrome around windshield. Top of dashboard Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA likely was. An employee of ProTeam Corvette checked this out and questioned the reproduction body tag and many other details. Bidding was light against what a verified one would be worth, as the color combination and options make it one of very few. C3 #T55-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S702866. Dark brown metallic/black leather. Odo: 62,010 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original green car now done in older Chevrolet dark brown metallic with lace-airbrushed L88 hood. Minor typical spidering and mottling to finish, touchups from use evident. Chrome and brightwork better than average, but not much. Older sidepipes look like factory pieces. Interior tidy, original dry-rotted rubber that comes with the car. Engine compartment lightly detailed and still has all smog equipment intact. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,330. The best Corvette buy of the auction, this '69 convertible likely had very few miles on it and just wasn't afforded the best storage it could have had. Still, it spoke volumes for original finishes and interiors. If I had come to buy, I'd have given chase at this winning bid. Very well bought. #F128-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z67Z3S412281. Marina Blue/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 67,620 miles. 454-ci 275-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Incorrect earlier color repaint with some light overspray evident on trim. Chrome rear bumper redone, brightwork original with slight scratching evident. White convertible top possibly original. has a rough finish, interior soft materials restored better. Dual-quad warranty-replacement engine tidy and correct in appearance, but induction not known to be correct to the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,600. There's a chance that careful wetsanding to the top of the dash and portions of the body would improve some of the flaws noted here. While this was nicer than most, the price realized seemed over the top for condition and originality, even if the block was a warranty replacement. Well sold. C2 #T58-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S122287. Tuxedo Black/ gray leather. Odo: 99,357 miles. 396-ci 425hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration holding up well, claimed to have 3,500 miles since completion. Light prep issues and heavier orange peel visible. Chrome, brightwork, and sidepipes uniform with light polishing marks seats nicely redone. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. It's 1978 again—or it was for this consignor, who knew this car going all the way back to when it was new and his buddy had it. Unfortunately, the 1970s happened, and the brown metallic with the Styx album coverinspired airbrushing to the hood hasn't come back into style yet. Bidding didn't even wake up despite an attentive consignor who stood by the car throughout the preview. #T8-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S723199. Fathom Green/black vinyl & green hard top/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 5,360 miles. 350-ci 300hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed all-original miles and drivetrain. Chips and emblem wear in rear, light spider cracks and mottling in front clip. Nice original hard top has a good finish. Chrome original and shows its age, light pitting and dent in rear bumper. Interior very fresh and well cared-for. Newer Michelins replaced throughout. Wheels clean, correct-appearing Goldlines very dirty. Leather seats very nicely done, interior near spotless. Engine bay exhibits few flaws aside from small details. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. I was pretty wowed by this car—Tuxedo Black, big-block, gray leather, 4-speed transmission—it all seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it most 32 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Black leather interior very nicely preserved and quite rare. Engine compartment detailed long ago and still well-preserved. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $25,500. The incorrect color was not that big a deal, but it was not very well executed. These big-block convertibles are about the end of the road for top-down performance in a Corvette, and the high bid should have been enough to get this deal done. #T54-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L75412671. Black/gray leather. Odo: 13,845 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint appears as though done with a can in most places. Amateur red pinstripe and Chevy bowtie painted on hood bulge. Brightwork pitted, luggage rack painted gray. Seats and dashboard relatively intact, wood kit fitted to console surround. 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Market Report Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA driver, so unless that tatty engine bay hid a freshly-built 300-hp 350, the seller should have been happy to get whatever he could. #E18-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY876XBS424999. Beige/ cinnamon leather. Odo: 33,287 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint and body very straight and correct, tape pinstripes likely added by the original selling dealer. Polished alloys unmarked. Tinted side and rear windows and an obnoxious modern alarm system are all that was added from new. Interior a slightly better result here or somewhere else, but for now, this seemed like all the money. #F200-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8786C5120313. Red/red leather. Odo: 6,258 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Very original and wellpreserved throughout. Paint unmarked, wheels mint, engine bay very tidy. Interior completely as-new and under plastic. Older Goodyear 350-ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original white paint surprisingly well-presented. Good glass and trim, weatherstripping also in good condition. Interior a bit dry, driver's seat clean and correct with only light wear to dash, seats, and console. Engine compartment clean if not detailed, smog equipment still present. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,700. A friend of mine bought the identical car to this one about a month ago, and I have to confess I like the light beige with the reddish-brown leather inside. OK, so I'd rather have an L82 and a stick in that combination, but it's nice to know that more than one survived in these colors and condition. Bid was fair. #F171-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. S/N 1G1AY0789C5101563.Silver-Beige/mirrored panels/gold & brown leather. Odo: 69,520 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original finish seems thin, brown accent on hood buffed through toward front. Exterior Eagles and a modern battery are the only non-original pieces. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. With all due respect to the other owners of late C3s with no miles on them, the ceiling can't be much higher than this, especially as a red-on-red automatic with little else going for it than its provenance. #F143-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY878XC5114787. Black/ mirrored panels/tan leather. Odo: 25,307 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Near flawless paint may be retouched in places to clear up light spidering. Factory mags polished to a mirror finish. Interior spotless, aside from one driver's seat seam pulling, leather feels lightly cracked on outer bolster from entry wear. Chromed '94-'95 ZR-1 alloys wrapped in new Z-rated Sumitomos a bit optimisticlooking. Engine bay tidy with a light detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,825. The surprise was that this 67,000-mile car with different wheels and Crossfire injection sold, while the 41,000mile TPI-equipped original car offered as T82 barely saw more spirited bidding. I would imagine the buyer of this example would have preferred that one had he looked a bit closer. Well sold. #F220-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0785F5121277. Light Bronze Metallic/tan & brown checked cloth. Odo: 14,496 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. A well-preserved original car throughout. Paint nearly flawless and completely original, very light wear to trim, slight misalignment to headlamps from weak bushings. Factory alloy wheels without flaw, front uniformly weathered overall. Seats dry but untorn and might clean up with careful attention, console a bit rougher. Wheels clean with only slight marks, engine bay original and complete, including smog equipment. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. There were a fair number of 1982 Corvettes, and although few of them were these special editions, there are still enough of them out there in better condition that this. Perhaps a winter's worth of detailing will net 34 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com slightly dry. Engine bay lightly detailed and completely correct. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Not much difference between this and another 1982 offered as lot F200 in terms of condition, but this one at least had slightly more regular use. Again, the ceiling is not far away in terms of the most one of these can be worth today with a Crossfire injection system and a 4-speed automatic. C4 #T111-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY0780E5135202. White/ black glass/maroon leather. Odo: 67,319 miles. license plate filler panel missing. Unusual, rare, and absolutely mint brown and tan cloth interior. Original and extensive paperwork on display in rear compartment, engine compartment immaculate, even without having been detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,288. Not the most remarkable Corvette, but for just over $11,000, the buyer has a pretty good chance of taking Bloomington Gold's C4 Survivor class by storm. What else this clean and unusual costs so little? Slightly well bought. #T82-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0784F5132058. Arctic White/red leather. Odo: 41,742 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original white finish throughout exhibits only minor chips


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Market Report Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA and light crazing on front bumper. Trim and weatherstripping nearly mint throughout, factory alloys unmarked. Interior shows light wear to driver's seat and center console. Engine bay clean, undetailed, and well-presented. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $6,800. Brought to the sale from the Southeast by a multiple consignor, this clean, one-owner trade-in was unfortunately one of three early C4s in white offered during the weekend. While the nicest of any of them by a long stretch, people didn't pay attention, and the bids did not get nearly high enough. #T11-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0785F5136457. Light Bronze Metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 40,465 miles. 400-ci 500-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint with reddish-brown stripe and crude handpainted Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner graphics added. Clearcoat lifting on rear bumper and clip, factory wheels blacked out. Interior features full rollbar with door bars and safety harnesses. Seats redone in cloth, tachometer door. Some tape marks, heavy touch-ups and spider cracking on front bumper and passenger's door. Replacement leather seats a surprise but could fit better. Engine compartment to driver standards, not detailed. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,000. Merely a driver with less than average paint and a slightly freshened interior, this 1985 ‘Vette might have been a little bit well-bought at this price, but there wasn't much further to go. The seller might have considered taking this offer, as there likely won't be much more without a great deal more improvement. #F240-1986 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0783G5106343. Black/ dark gray leather. Odo: 31,506 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint flawless aside from ghastly orange peel-rich repaint of rear clip and bumper that looks to have been blended into the original finish with a spraycan and a wet rag. Original alloys clean and slight weatherstripping deterioration. Original interior tidy, normal wear to driver's seat bolster and rubberized console. Silver '94-'95 ‘A-mold' alloys look good. Very original engine bay with light coating loss to cam covers and upper plenum. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Rare in white and with a red interior like the first year Corvette, this 1992 ZR-1 had seen the typical careful ownership a new car that cost over $65,000 usually gets. However, there are plenty of 1990, '91 and '92 examples out there with next to no miles on the clock, so it was no surprise the interest ran out on this one when it did. Best Buy #T17-1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J4N5800246. Red/ blue glass/black leather. Odo: 59,839 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Brilliant red appears original, with few if any flaws. Light chips to front and rear of wheel arches, ZR-1 badge added below crossed flags on nose, typical windshield delamination. Interior clean and well cared for with only slight driver's seat and shift light added to steering column, oil and water gauges fill radio slot in dash. Engine compartment clean, far from stock, and purpose built. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,750. While the odometer read just 40,000 miles, the extensive high-performance work carried out on the drivetrain just wasn't what anyone was looking for in a Corvette, and bidding was extremely soft as a result. Interesting, but merely one man's idea, and those don't usually sell well. #E3-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0785F5139682. White/ black glass/red leather. Odo: 101,841 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Older repaint evident in places and heavy on driver's unmarked, trim excellent. Interior nearly untouched, save for very light typical C4 driver's seat bolster entry wear. Engine bay shows use but is clean for the age and mileage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,350. From the looks of it, I'd bet this was a low-mileage original car that was hit in the rear and repaired on the cheap. A real shame, as the car was nearly flawless otherwise. Well sold. #F239-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J7M5800742. Arctic White/blue glass/red leather. Odo: 44,487 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Original white exterior with only light chips, no stress cracking on bumpers. Rear script sloppily hand-painted red, extra “ZR-1” badge added to right front bumper. Typical windshield delamination present, wear. New Goodyear Eagle F1s wrap around '94-'95 ZR-1 chrome alloys. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed, coating on plenum and valve covers not deteriorated. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,638. With a claimed $5,000 spent on performance upgrades, including a Borla exhaust, I was stunned when the consignor cut this loose at its $17,500 reserve price. This was a nicely preserved ZR-1, and at this price, it was very well bought indeed. #F189-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary convertible. S/N 1G1YY33P1P5111796. Ruby Red metallic/ burgundy cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 53,614 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Mostly original paint throughout with a few touch-ups and chips, some detailing issues not 36 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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addressed before arriving on site. Interior clean with very little to fault. Convertible top shows wear issues, rub through from bows and hinges worst on driver's side. Engine compartment tidy and very nicely detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. A day's clay bar and handwaxing might have been good for another few bids here; the bug splatter on the front bumper, combined with unaddressed chips and scratches, seems to have affected more people than just me. However, another example in roughly the same overall condition brought $12,985 at Mecum's Des Moines auction in July '09 (CM# 130654), and with that in mind, I'd have to call this a market bid—maybe even slightly generous. C6 #T10-2005 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY24U055125264. Medium Blue Metallic/black glass/black leather. Odo: 11,324 miles. 6.0-L 400-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Paint and body as-new throughout, with no scratches, chips or other marks on body or glass. Interior similar, with driver's seat showing normal entry wear for just over 10,000 miles. Fitted with heads-up display in dashboard top. Engine bay completely as-new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $33,500. While a nice late-model used car, it's just a four-yearold car. Potential buyers likely just bid what they would have at Manheim or another highline dealer auction. ■ www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 37


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Market Report C Global Roundup Corvettes across the block 102 Corvettes, $3.5m in Sales M's Auction Analysts carefully watched the market from August to November, tracking the cars, their conditions, and the prices each one of them brought as they crossed the auction block. The market itself continued to be tricky in some cases, but in others, like Mecum's St. Charles sale in October, where 58 of 76 Corvettes brought $1,981,058, or Barrett-Jackson's annual Las Vegas sale, where 30 Corvettes totaled $2,156,550, the market was quite a bit more robust. CM's Analysts' reports make up the heart of this issue, and the information found within should be considered vital to your thoughtful collecting. Auctions Covered This Issue: RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/1/09—Dale Novak Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/6/09—Paul Duchene Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/09—John L. Stein Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/15/09—Ray Nierlich Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/09—Paul Duchene Worldwide Group, Auburn, IN, 9/5/09—B. Mitchell Carlson Bonhams & Butterfields, Tacoma, WA, 9/11/09—Carl Bomstead Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/11/09—Chuck Leighton Bonhams, Reims, FRA, 9/26/09—Jérôme Hardy RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/26/09—Ed Milich Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 9/26/09—Paul Duchene Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/1/09—Dan Grunwald Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/7/09—Dan Grunwald RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/8/09—Carl Bomstead Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/23/09—Norm Mort Silver Auctions, Medford, OR, 10/24/09—Paul Duchene McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/22/09—Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics C1 #S93-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001127. Eng. # LAY49S73I. Polo White/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 151 miles. 235-ci 150-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. The 127th Corvette built. Stated to be an original California car with matching numbers. Bloomington Gold Certification. Panel fit is wonky as is appropriate for the model. Polo White paint nicely applied, with fiberglass cloth texture visible below paint. Virtually perfect intelligence and foresight, and looked to be one of the crown jewels of this auction. However, in the current market, only truly irreplaceable cars were bringing big bids, and in this case $170k wasn't enough to pry the car loose. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. Best Buy #212-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002316. White/beige canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 76,971 miles. 235-ci 155-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Both doors very tight to quarter panel, convertible top boot pinched. Average chrome, paint shows numerous chips, scratches, blemishes, and masking issues. Neat and tidy engine bay, new seats fitted to interior. Heavily orange peeled paint on dash. owner in South Carolina for 30 years. Paint dull, trim wobbly, chrome pitted. New seat covers over lumpy old foam. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $78,840. '54s will never have the cachet of '53s, but this felt like corners were cut. Maybe the owner ran out of money or interest, but in any case, it was a solid old car that deserved better. A lot of money will need to be spent before this one can be shown, so I'd call it well sold. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #S623-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003620. Black/beige cloth/ red vinyl. Odo: 89,389 miles. 235-ci 150-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Recent cosmetic refurbishing. Body work and panel gaps to OE standards, which is to say not great. Scratches on brightwork. Original mileage. One of 3,640 '54 'Vettes made. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD Still retains original top and original paint, but masking issues denote paintwork having been done as needed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,700. Matching numbers. This was a good example of a Corvette that had been restored in stages rather than all at once. The seats were obviously new and one could see that the engine bay had been cleaned and painted as needed. The paint was the big detractor, but it was reported to be the original shoddy finish, so I can understand why it had been mostly left alone. The low estimate called for $75,000, which I thought was stratospheric. Still, given the degree of originality, I'd call this well bought. RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/09. #393-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S0044099. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 54,192 miles. 235-ci 155hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Fitted with heater, turn signals, and signal-seeking AM radio. Typical body and panel fit, reported frame-off restoration 4 years ago. Sound car, previous interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. With only 300 built, a 1953 Corvette will always be an important cornerstone for any collection. There was very little—if anything—to dislike about this example. It was restored with 38 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block AT $68,000. A decent original Corvette with some less than amazing efforts at shining her up. Best to enjoy from about 20 feet away. Not concours, but still a solid car to enjoy. A market-correct bid considering its condition. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #572-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001814. Red/tan canvas/ red leather. 235-ci 155-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Decent older respray shows obvious masking lines in all jambs. Good brightwork very thin in some places, undercarriage dirty and undercoated. Interior and dash on par with the rest of the car. Engine bay mostly original aside from new air cleaners, but is generally well preserved. A mostly original Corvette correct parts will be hard to find and expensive, as observed by an SCMer who has a similar car. Better hope the side curtains were in the locked trunk. Prices on '54s have taken a hit lately, and I fear the buyer had a 2007 price guide in his back pocket. In much better shape than the '58 offered here, but that's not saying much. Well sold. Silver Auctions, Medford, OR, 10/09. #416-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003416. Polo White/beige canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 60,811 miles. 235-ci 155-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Later build with extended exhaust tips. Older paint has been well maintained, panel fit typical for the year. Stress cracks by grille and hood, rear bumpers pushed bidding picked up, as others soon experienced the same phenomenon. Turns out, this was not a genuine fuel-injected Corvette, but rather a “tribute” example, which may explain the slow bidding and cautious paddle-waving. As it was, a very well-done '57, but I hope the buyer knew it wasn't real before he wrote the check. RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/09. #S39-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S5100663. Eng. # FII06EL. Venetian Red/red vinyl. Odo: 1,223 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. First week of production for Rochester fuel injection, showing “EXP” stamp on system. Equipped with RPO 684 “big brake” system. Very careful body prep with nice paint. Cracked windshield gasket, passenger's door sags, older faded seats with sloppy under-dash wiring. Carpeting textiles too shiny. Mismatched headlights (Sylvania and GE). Rechromed trim shows buffing and pits. Period-looking hoses that appears to have been relatively unused for many years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,480. The story to go along with this car is that it sat in a Chevrolet dealer's showroom for more than 30 years, hence the preserved state. Unfortunately, it wasn't stored correctly, and the dealer had the car cheaply painted some time ago, probably when values were low. What we really have here is a museum car. Initially unsold, but a deal was put together post-block at this market-correct price. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #26-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001949. White/tan canvas/ red vinyl. Odo: 43,070 miles. 235-ci 150-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Aftermarket wires, baggy canvas top, sloppy repaint. Average panel fit, non matching numbers, electrics converted to 12-volt. Engine compartment fitted with original distributor, replacement coil, and correct carburetors. Fair interior, but inside of deck hatch painted black. Checked chrome, exhaust not typical. Trunk locked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,040. A veritable money pit; the into body. Small tear in driver's seat. Would not take much to bring it up a notch or two. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,450. The shortcomings of the anemic 6-cylinder engine are well known, but the styling still turns heads. '54s in this condition have been selling for a bunch more than was paid here, so I'll call this well bought. Money spent on upgrading will be returned in spades. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #234-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S102540. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 51,594 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Show detailed throughout to concours standards. Passenger's door gap wide at fender, trunk high at top boot, driver's door tight at bottom. Pristine chrome shows very few very minor flaws. Fresh paint seems so fresh you can still smell the vapors. Like-new interior. Radio delete, dog dish hubcaps. A nearly flawless example. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $77,000. As I watched this car pass through the auction block, my “deal meter” was going off like crazy, causing me to fidget in my seat as it stalled at about $50,000. The and clamps underhood. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. A real RPO 684 '57 in this arresting color combination should have been a slam-dunk for the six-figure club, but this car didn't draw it. This genuinely covetable solid-axle exhibited a few faults that some TLC and a few dollars could easily fix, but buyers didn't see the upside here. This suggests that moneyed Corvette buyers at this auction were more interested in profit potential than owning a sweet '57, and this one was a keeper. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. TOP 10 #5 #209-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S106080. Venetian Red/beige can- vas/red vinyl. Odo: 6,153 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Three NCRS Top-Flight awards. Quality restoration with nothing to fault, top has been down only once. Proper seam alignment and uniform gaps to body, engine compartment spotless. Restoration 40 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block fully documented, since maintained as a show car and rarely driven. About as good as it gets. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $135,450. This was strong money, but it still could have brought a touch more without any questions. Almost too good to drive, so it's destined to continue life as a show car. The seller worked the car, and his efforts were well rewarded. All should be happy here. #69-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S103706. Signet Red & Snowcrest White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 4,207 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with optional Wonderbar radio. Radial tires on stock steel rims. Fresh from the restoration shop, with a bit of degassing present. Minimal to no body ripple from good prep work, better than stock panel gaps aside from bottoms of doors, which are not flush with body. Mostly new or replated brightwork. Good SOLD AT $104,500. Not all care for the 1958 styling, but it found an appreciative audience here. This Corvette sold for the right money, considering its condition: #2 money for a #2 car. Well bought and sold. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/09. #61-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S106146. Red/white canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 90,549 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. No power steering, no power brakes, crispy wiring, no trunk lining, scruffy engine compartment, fat tires have scraped fenders. Fresh red paint—was purple a week before the sale—and still sticky... looks like somebody sat on right rear fender when the restoration work was quite fresh and done to very good standards. There was no mention of matching numbers, which generally means they don't. Market correct, but with the advantage to the buyer. RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/09. #66-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Scaglietti coupe. S/N J59S102405. Red/tan leather. Odo: 27,930 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. The first of three Scaglietti Corvettes and the only red one, with fuel injection and a 4-speed. The brainchild of Texas oilman Gary Laughlin, with help from Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall, it took 3 years to finish. Dismantled and refinished in the 1980s and again recently, excellent paint and body fit, engine compartment detailing, ready to show, but not quite done to a concours level, using lesser grade fasteners. Well installed reproduction interior soft trim. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $72,500. The auction description said that during the course of restoration, a great deal of effort was put into making certain that all body panels fit as well as possible. Either they gave up or the doors were beyond help. Saying that the car has not yet been shown or judged will hardly make most folks bid like mad—most want a track record to some extent. Bid to market price. Worldwide Group, Auburn, IN, 9/09. TOP 10 #9 #681-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S105506. Charcoal & gray/black vinyl. Odo: 64,643 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Older restoration has been well maintained. “Washboard” hood and twin chrome deck stripes both only available in 1958. Several minor chips on left rear fender, marks from top on deck lid. NCRS awards in the early '90s. Charcoal replaced with black during the middle of the model year. Cond: 2. paint was wet. Ratty interior, missing trim all over. Iowa license plate, so rust must be a concern. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $28,620. Rode hard and put away wet, THEN painted. Hard to see an upside to this, even if it had a new motor, which certainly seemed unlikely. A plain Jane that looked to have led a very hard life: somebody call Car Protective Services. Very well sold and boldly bought by a bidder with a lot of time on his hands. Silver Auctions, Medford, OR, 10/09. #241-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S101063. Red & white/ red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 2,581 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Wonderful paint from 2008 is just about show quality. Both doors out at bottom, fuel door fit slightly off, trunk fit nearly pinched on passenger's side. Excellent chrome shows very few flaws, windshield surround has a few small dents and blemishes. Engine bay well done, but not overdone. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. Last seen at The Auction's Las Vegas sale in April '01, where it sold for $37,100 and was reported to be in 3+ condition (SCM# 23781). Here, much of good brightwork and spotless wires. Interior clean, though an armrest appears to have been removed and DIY luggage hooks are screwed into back deck. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $480,000. First seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '98, where it failed to sell at $155,000 (SCM# 1088). Seen again at Premiere's New York sale in November '99, this time unsold at $90,000 (SCM# 18268). Finally, seen at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale in August '02, then bid to a $230,000 no-sale (SCM# 28981). Slightly odd looking, with a longer wheelbase than you'd expect. Appears to grapple with the same problems as Cobras—bound to be fast but noisy and unforgiving. Estimated at $600k–$800k, but ran out of gas before that. Money was enough. Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/09. TOP 10 #6 #685.1-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S105144. White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 34,031 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very recent high level restoration with everything new or rebuilt. Non-original engine, non-matching numbers, claimed 30 test miles since completion. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $110,000. A very nice straight-axle Corvette in 42 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block good colors with a high-quality restoration. Ready to show anywhere. The non-original engine and non-matching numbers were the only drawbacks, but at least it was honest. Well sold. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. #S49-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S109206. Honduras Maroon /black vinyl & maroon hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 7,705 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Claimed to be one of only two known 1960 Corvettes with the highest-output engine. Sanding marks on removable hard top, older windshield rubber, pitted chrome. Quite original looking under the hood, but with offered was OK, but I'd have to say the owner was wise to pass. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #163-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S104933. Honduras Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 7,488 miles. 350-ci 200-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original 283/230 engine replaced with 1982 Corvette 350. Hard top only, California-assigned VIN. Attractive Honduras Red with white coves. Replacement interior well fitted, aftermarket radio installed. money paid here was on the light side, but not terribly so given the current market. An average Corvette selling for average money. RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/09. #607-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S104333. White & silver/white hard top/black vinyl. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No power steering or power brakes. Later rebuilt 327 engine, car reportedly driven 100 miles a year since its purchase in 2000. New clutch, springs, brakes, some clumsy wiring and later hose clamps. Old and tired looking engine installation, but no oil leaks evident. Two tops, some window delamination evident. Lots of paint and detail issues. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This is another case of a Corvette whose owner should have sold a year or two ago. Although a highly desirable car, this '60 had too many needs to justify a higher price. To purists, it clearly needed a total restoration, and stacking that cost on top of the $70k plus that this seller required was just too much. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #619-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1008675109401. White & silver/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 54,622 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Dirt and prep issues in fading paint, some chips along driver's door edge, overspray under gas cap lid. Older chrome shows age, dings, and scratches in trim. Fresh red vinyl interior and carpets. Painted Window trim pitted, other brightwork shows well. Engine clean and tidy. An attractive package. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,700. This certainly seems like all the money for a Corvette with an incorrect engine and an assigned VIN. There were lots of questions here, so I hope the buyer did his homework. This one comes down on the side of the seller. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #252-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S100344. Red & white/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 42,660. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver's door tight at bottom, passenger's door gap uneven toward fender, convertible top boot tight on passenger's side. Typical wavy Corvette body. Paint shows swirl marks, some chips, and light orange peel. Very nice chrome with small blemishes, new top done in cloth. Engine bay shocks, tires, exhaust, radiator, and gauges. Offy intake, Holley carburetor, quick-release valve cover nuts, no ignition shielding. Driver quality paint, wrinkled seats, later cassette stereo, repop bumpers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,480. A poster child for how far Corvette restoration has come. This might have been acceptable in the late '70s or early '80s, but now it just doesn't cut it. $15,000 under low book, and correctly valued at that. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. TOP 10 #1 #245-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “Big John Mazmanian” drag car. S/N 108675100093. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 15,200 miles. 316-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. One of the most prominent Corvette drag racers, beginning in the 1960s. Documented in Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines in period. Good paint and body fit, some corrosion on period aftermarket black underside with some surface rust, decent under hood, but more work is needed. Steel wheels with original spinner hubcaps scuffed on curb side. Just another driver. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,909. Described as an unrestored example, but certainly not all original. As an refurbished driver, the money 44 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com neat and tidy but not to show standards. Interior done to a driver level. No mention of matching numbers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. This was a decent Corvette that was in nice shape overall and would serve as a nice driver—one you can hop in and drive without too much fuss over the next inevitable stone chip. The race wheels, pie crust slicks. Stock interior fitted with vintage tach and Hurst shifter. Includes parachute. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $247,500. Storied Corvette drag racer and an early proponent of supercharged power. Bid well below the $350k low estimate, which may have been optimistic for such a single use vehicle. It was bought new by Big John, so all of those miles may be from the drag strip... a quarter of a mile at a time. Market price considering the history. See the profile, p. 16. RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/09.


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block #SP83-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S108259. Black & silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 60,786 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Resprayed about 25 years ago, and showing blemishes, chips, and scratches. First new top in 2006. Rechromed in the past and now showing some wear. Original interior, although black vinyl seats look fresher. Engine rebuilt and detailed to local show standards. A clean, unmolested example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $75,161. A very original, fairly low mileage, never-off-frame, fuel-injected example. Blueprinted and balanced original engine rebuilt 3,500 miles ago. Lots of extras were with the car, including Manometer for the injection setup, assembly instructions, shop manual, and wiring manual. The price paid was fair, and the buyer should be happy. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #173-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. restoration that's fully documented. S/N 10867S106956. Tuxedo Black & silver/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 158 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A quality Striking black paint with silver coves, nice brightwork showing only slight pitting on window frames. Window rubbers badly worn. fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Cloudy paint, some body work noted at front nose, but was well done. Very nice panel fit, as per factory, but trunk gap is wide on passenger's side. Driver level chrome and brightwork, with some very nice pieces and other parts showing more age and use. Driver grade interior. Sold with original owner's manual. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $61,600. The miles stated were reported to be original and the numbers matching, with only two owners from new. There was no mention of the paint being original, but it looked that part. Certainly a preservation class Corvette, and most likely a great Bloomington “Survivor” candidate. The estimate called for a sale range of $70,000–$90,000, and although this was shy of that, I'd say both buyer and seller should be happy. RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/09. #457-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S112426. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 76,846 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers matching. Good repaint with some fixes to typical stock issues, reupholstered seats show well. Some wear to chrome, front bumper fit off, cheap top with back window rubbed, door fit good. with 62k miles. Correct under hood, very good panel fit. Some paint flaws in left fender; door jambs too shiny. Repop chrome very good in back, original front pieces pitted. Interior decent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,460. Barely scraped by its low estimate in the price guide, even though its history was documented, the numbers matched, and the color combination was handsome. The miles were no cause for concern, and the car looked like a good driver. Perhaps this price floor is the new ceiling, or people who considered buying this car bought one of the others first. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #304-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S106312CA. White/black vinyl. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No power steering or power brakes, heater block disconnected, three tears in soft top, crack in hard top. Aftermarket stereo, Wonderbar radio in trunk. Left rear fender scraped, paint bubbled and chipped in places, Engine compartment highly detailed, new interior properly installed. A strong presentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,650. Just what you are looking for—a good car at a fair price. A few little issues will need to be taken care of, but other than that, it was ready for Saturday night cruisin' as it sat. Could have sold for a touch more without any questions, but all in all, this was a fair deal. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #223-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S109153. Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 18,248 miles. 327-ci 360-hp 46 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Chrome on coves so-so, underhood appears correct with ignition shields in place. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,280. About the right amount of effort expended on redoing a low-horsepower car that appeared to be a nice driver in good colors. Bid was at the low end of the price range, but no harm done on either side. Enjoy those sunny days. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #428-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S109297. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/Fawn vinyl. Odo: 68,929 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Matching numbers car sold by original owner in 1992 chrome pitted. License plate sticking out on homemade bracket, assigned California VIN. Fuel injection badge fitted. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $49,680. I was whistling by the graveyard on this one, as it scared me to death. The assigned VIN was practically flashing red. The poor old thing just looked like it had been whipped and starved its whole life. Well sold... I'd have bought drinks for the entire house and still felt like a lucky man. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #S6-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S110032. Eng. # 2110032 F04I2RF. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 56,599 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Alaska plates. Older repaint scratched and chipped, with additional chipping


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block perhaps thinking more like a million, the bid was not enough on this day. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. around gasket areas. Swirl marks in paint, crazed rear window, checked tire sidewalls. Older trim and window gaskets. Hood chafing on body, cold-air intake duct torn. Older seats with chipped and corroded interior components. Dirty and disheveled but still looks useful as a driver and would respond well to TLC. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Buyers at this auction were in no mood to extend leniency to needy cars, because while the market is soft, restoration is still very expensive—and there was no guaranteed upside anytime soon for making the investment in this case. This car had so many needs, and was presented in such a state of neglect, that it was like ogling a supermodel with pimples, halitosis, and yellow teeth. And the buyers ran. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #S82-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Delmo Johnson/Dave Morgan Sebring Race convertible. S/N 20867S105683. Ermine White /black vinyl. Odo: 33,952 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. An RPO 687 “big brake” car restored to its 1962 Sebring configuration. Clean but not perfect presentation. Shows many blemishes and tool marks underhood, body has many small cracks and sloppy masking on stripes. Bright but pitted trim, poor door gaps, shiny new door lights, broken leather hood strap. New interior door panels and carpets, tear in driver's seat #564-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S108963. Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 41,291 miles. 327-ci 300hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed all original with no paint work. New tires, aging paint still somewhat glossy, but showing masking lines around windshield frame and obvious paintwork inside gas filler door. Good engine bay #SP55-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S112062. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,525 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint scratched and showing poor touch-ups and chips. New bumpers, all other chrome and stainless show age. Trim ill-fitted and dinged, passenger door rubs on top of B-pillar. Refreshed black vinyl interior with deteriorated foam, nicely restored dash, but green-looking black carpets need replacement. Older flat black underside with new hoses and incorrect modern clamps. Well preserved interior with aftermarket radio. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. 1962 was the last year for the C1 and its solid rear axle. Why say a car wears original paint when it's obviously had some work done? There is a fine line between a Survivor and a driver, and this car was on the wrong side of that line. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #597-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S110290. Roman Red/ tan canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 64,430 miles. 327ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Show quality paint has faint blend marks on both front fenders near windshield. Mix of new and old chrome looks good, excellent stainless trim. Older interior with faded gauges, nice seats, and good carpet. Dirt in folds of the shifter boot, correct screws and fittings throughout. Mostly correct engine bay with all the right nuts and bolts, non-original radiator hoses, new stickers, and shows wear. Painted and detailed under hood. Holes in headliner of hard top, but carrier included. At best a driver with some issues. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $44,603. Former California car reportedly repainted and fitted with fresh chrome in 1997, and appears to have been well enjoyed since. Noted to be a multiple award winner, but in which decade? This was no cherry. Price offered was perhaps a tad low, yet generally this was a rather uninspiring example. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. C2 #S55-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S116554. Ermine White/ black vinyl. Odo: 65,090 miles. 327-ci 340hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Represented as a 100% original two-owner car. Bloomington Gold Certification. Bubbles in paint, respray over chips in front, newer exhaust system. Dirty and unkempt inside and out, does not present well close up. Decent seats with corrosion on interior components, very dirty engine bay. Could vinyl. Fitted with older two-point racing seat belt, roll bar, and quick-fill fuel tank. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. Looking at this car in Karl Ludvigsen's book Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car makes you realize how much is lost when historic race cars are glossily restored. Next to the few weathered items like hood straps and the driver's seatbelt, there was very little personality left in this former fighter. However, given its competition provenance, there was still some seriously heavy money lobbed its way. With the seller 48 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com overspray on wiring harness. Overall a great restoration in need of minor detail work. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,980. Good colors and good condition should have pushed this car over the $50k mark. The paint blends could have been avoided by just painting the whole nose of the car, and this flaw definitely held back an otherwise nice car that had probably been under the same ownership for quite some time. A good deal for both parties at the price paid. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. be brought to a nice Survivor status with effort. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $63,600. Uncommon but desirable color combination in an apparently straight car that was not well prepared for auction. This first—and some say quintessential—Sting Ray had good bones and the added luster of BG Certification, but the presentation was really atrocious. The buyer saw through the grime and brought home a driver that


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block can only get better with time and care. Fairly bought well under the $90k low estimate. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #S78-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Dave Johnson/Delmo Race coupe. S/N 30837S106577. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 136 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A well-known race car with the rare and desirable Z06 factory racing package. Good paint application to higher standard than original. Modern computer-generated number roundels and drivers' names on doors, new rubber. Many new parts evident, including trim and badges that look like repops. Knockoffs unblemished, some paint chips on body. Fully restored with new wiring harness. Nonstandard Outstanding amount and quality of craftsmanship, but I don't see anybody making a living off this one-off. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #460-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 308375106478. Silver blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 51,280 miles. 327-ci 340hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Reportedly 200 miles on restoration. Very good panel fit, good paint, evidence suggests hood was slammed on something. Nice interior, AM/FM radio, scratched rocker trim, repop bumpers and spectacularly sharp at this venue and ran like a clock, and it IS one of one. Not the right venue this time perhaps, but I bet Schudroff will recoup his investment in the future. Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/09. #162-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S117258. Gray/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,293 miles. 350-ci 335-hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Fully restored in the U.S. to high standards prior to its arrival in Europe through a Dutch importer. Paint to show quality. Chrome, knockoffs, Redline tires, glass, and rubber all excellent. Interior mandrel-bent racing side exhaust, older Johnson CB radio inside. Bloomington Gold 0426 tag on steering wheel. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $700,000. First seen at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale sale in January '06, where it failed to sell at $900k (SCM# 40449). In the fall of 1962, a handful of Z06s like this car turned Corvette from a '50s-style sports car into a world-class GT car with serious handling credentials. It is only fitting that these early Z06s—along with midyear L88s—command the top of the Corvette food chain. This hugely desirable Split-Window coupe drew the highest bid of any Corvette at this auction, but this still didn't get the job done. Another case of caution winning out over optimism. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #F441-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE V7 Twin-Turbo Custom coupe. S/N 30837S111289. Black/black leather. Odo: 50 miles. 395-ci 1,070-hp twin-turbocharged V8, 4-sp. Fully customized twin-turbo mid-engine Corvette with 0 miles. Black exterior, body widened 10 inches and fitted with swinging suicide doors and power engine compartment cover. Dave West built 395-ci LS1, sequential paddle shift 4-speed transaxle. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. An interesting exercise in answering a question nobody asked. knockoffs. Correct ignition shields, no power steering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,800. Lots of eye appeal in this iconic model, and a restoration that was literally just finished. Still, it had no mention of matching numbers, and I'd have liked a lot more provenance. Sold mid-range for its freshness and condition, but I'll be surprised if there's much upside without a lot more history. Drive it and enjoy it. Well sold. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #143-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Rondine coupe. S/N 30837S103720. Eng. # 3103720. Turquoise/cream leather. Odo: 3,690 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. The only steel bodied Corvette, designed by American Tom Tjaarda while at Pininfarina. Rear treatment reappeared on his Fiat 124 spyder design 3 years later. In Pininfarina's possession for 45 years, then bought by Michael Schudroff in non-running as new. Engine bay detailed, with later 350 fitted with MSD ignition, modern a/c compressor, and more. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,000. There are plenty of Corvettes for sale in the U.S. at attractive prices, thanks to the current market and the low dollar. This one won't win any NCRS trophies given the modifications, but it sold on the mark for its condition as a usable, upgraded driver. Bonhams, Reims, FRA, 9/09. #76-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S120082. Dark blue/ white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 20,456 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Hurst shifter, '64 clock. Over-the-top repaint, repop bumpers. Not typical of factory production under the hood, firewall dimple smoothed, quick-release valve cover hardware looks cheesy. Power brakes fitted, but with no power steering (an odd combination; were the power brakes added later?) Edelbrock AFB carburetor. state at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in 2008 for $1.76m (SCM# 49099). Now freshened and running well, thanks to Corvette guru Kevin Mackay. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,200,000. Corvette Market analyst Michael Pierce wondered in print if the Rondine would have brought so much money in 2008 had it not been on Speed TV, and perhaps this result bears that out. However, the Rondine looked 50 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $43,250. Enthusiastic restoration of a Portland car, with a view to shine and sparkle over authenticity. The proud owner was on hand and talkative, which probably led to some good bidding and the final offer, and I would have taken it in a heartbeat. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 9/09. #619-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S102210. Daytona Blue/


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block black vinyl. Odo: 49,899 miles. 327-ci 250hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Base-level Split-Window, AM/FM radio the only option—and that was only available on later '63s, and this is an early build Corvette. Respray to average standard, typical body fit issues, nice interior with no real flaws. Engine clean. A Plain Jane Sting Ray. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500. This seems like all the money for a true base level Corvette. It was unusual in that it was devoid of options except for the “non-typical” radio. I think I'd want to spend a bit more to get a car with some go-fast goodies. Well sold. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/09. #185-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S116955. Daytona Blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 72,640 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Paint badly cracked, numerous visible touch-ups were poorly done. Bumpers dented, rear bumper rusted through. Engine compartment a mess. A very desirable Corvette that has been abused and driver's door will not latch. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,940. The poor rear deck fit and offset gas tank filler beg for a closer look, as they hint at possible damage in this car's past. That said, the seller was smart to set no reserve, and the car went away to somebody who should get a lot of fun out of it. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #344-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 408375110216. White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 69,112 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with power steering, power brakes, modern a/c, power windows, AM/FM radio, knockoffs, side pipes, and Redline tires. Good repaint with bonding strips still apparent, fender edges good, clean underhood with jumped all over this one, as the value of fuelies has arguably held stronger than other small block C2s—find a 327 and a fuel injection unit and you've got more than just another smallblock roadster. Unfortunately for the seller, this theory just doesn't add up, as the profit margin doesn't warrant the work. Considering the interior needs, this was all the money. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #40-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. Ermine White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,959 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Repaint shinier than is typical; repop wheels, sidepipes, and bumpers. Aftermarket stereo, replacement engine, Hurst shifter. Top does not fit well, paint generously applied around engine compartment. Body dimple neglected. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Only a quarter of Split-Windows (2,610) were equipped with the L84 fuelie motor. This was the complete package, but how much will it cost to bring it up to an acceptable level? In decent condition, it's a Corvette worth six figures, but I doubt this one can be brought to that level for $40k. The seller missed an opportunity here, and I think he should have taken the money and not looked back. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #327-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S1040570. Daytona Blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,254 miles. 327-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Later LT1 engine fitted. OK engine compartment with headers, no power steering or power brakes. Fair repaint, fender lips intact, front headlight bucket fit good, gas tank filler not centered at rear deck. AM/FM stereo, tired interior, 52 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com all ignition shields. '67 big-block hood, wavy reproduction chrome, lots of receipts. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The trouble with one man's dream car is that it's often just that—his alone. Lots of money went into this car for wheels, pipes, paint, and plating, but the end result was a handsome mongrel. Money was about right, and I'd have taken it like a shot. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #264-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S105625. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 37,098 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Fresh and shiny repaint over body showing evidence of repair. Inconsistent panel gaps, passenger's front fender shows one flaw that looks like a paint run but isn't. Older interior with weak chrome, faded gauges, and new carpet. Hard top is maroon on the inside. Originally a fuelie car and still wearing the badges, but now powered by an incorrect 350 with late-model alternator and aftermarket carburetor. Just a driver. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. One would think speculators would have smoothed out on cowl, rear fenders radiused. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. This felt like it had a lot of mods done in the 1980s, when somebody was just running the wheels off it and that was OK. Then it was recently redone and the repops were replaced with newer ones. It seemed as original as George Washington's axe, and as such, the bid was generous and should have been accepted. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 9/09. #579-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S106191. Blue/white vinyl/silver vinyl. Odo: 59,069 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed numbersmatching convertible with knockoffs, power brakes, and 3.70 Posi rear end. High quality paint with visible tape line around windshield base, hood has rubbed through paint in jambs on both sides near pivot. Driver quality interior with some flaking plastic chrome. Fat stacks of body shims behind both upper control arms, otherwise nice engine bay with some thin chrome. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,480. This was the only C2 Corvette sold in Branson this fall. Although the condition was very similar to


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block is what else lurks within? Has the rest of the car been as neglected as the exterior? If not, a decent buy; if so, good luck. I wonder how much more it would have brought if the owner made an effort to “work” his car? McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. some of the other roadsters, a numbers-matching engine and an unusual color combination probably helped this car break the $50k mark and move on to a new owner. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #659-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S110447. Silver/silver vinyl. Odo: 78,410 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful repaint and tinted glass, some fit problems and dents in windshield trim. Detailed engine and factory a/c, claimed to have matching numbers. Silver vinyl reproduction interior shows no wear. Bolt-on knockoff-look wheels, Engine said to be rebuilt during restoration. Numbers claimed to match. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $106,700. Great Corvettes tend to bring great money—especially at a sale like this. This one had the rare 425-hp 396, sidepipes, alloys, Goldlines, and a drop top, and it was in excellent condition overall. Well bought and sold. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. Goldline tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $75,900. Sold at the high end of the market, but this was a factory air car that simply isn't that easy to find. Still, a '64 isn't exactly the high point of C2 Corvettes, with no split rear window and drum brakes all around. As a base-engine coupe, this was well sold. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. #264-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S117335. Tuxedo Black/red vinyl. Odo: 86,310 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c and power steering. Stress cracks noted throughout, large areas show visible touch-ups. Dings and lots of road rash to nose, backyard repair of body and paint around aerial. Interior shows wear typical of mileage. '64 coupes are not as exciting as the earlier Split-Windows, but there was no love at all given here. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $34,650. Locked and left with no owner in sight. A decent respray will do wonders here. The question overall, but very tidy. From the Coni Fitch estate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,160. Mid-range price, but it felt like a right car that had been rebuilt with care. Mileage was undoubtedly accurate, which was another good sign. Not a particularly desirable combination, but very usable as a nice cruiser. Buy it, drive it, and have fun. Palm Desert here we come; dinner at 5, right? Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #S141-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S113904. Nassau Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 14,160 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Represented as “original and unrestored” with 14,000 actual miles. Two tops, original Kelsey-Hayes knockoffs and bias-ply tires. Car presents as a supernice original showing factory belts and hoses. Engine said to have never been removed and #SP12-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S121200. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 80,941 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Decent body and paint, but with chips, aging, dirt, blow-ins, and touch-ups. Previously rechromed bumpers, new badges, bezels, etc. Side trim and door handles badly scratched. Underside undercoated with no detailing. Fresher red vinyl interior with minor soiling and fading on carpets and dash. #715-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S121668. Ermine White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 98,262 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers Arizona car. Radio delete, power steering, power brakes, Vintage Air, aluminum radiator but with no shroud. New aftermarket radio included. Restored but not body-off, panel fit excellent with shrink lines visible. Repop bumpers, but good ones. A bit too shiny for this well-deserving car, and it should have sold at this level and in this climate. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. TOP 10 #8 #396-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S118635. Blue/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 71,406 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh high-level restoration with a few obvious reproduction items, including non-adjustable passenger car-type wiper arms. the convertible top never raised. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Want to know what your late Aunt Edith's '65 convertible would be worth if it had remained tucked away in the garage all these years? Here's your answer. The market said $165k, but the seller had a stronger attachment. There was serious coinage offered 54 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Engine compartment shows little detailing and some rust. Like-new factory-style knockoff wheels. An overall solid, decent driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,493. Supposedly owned by the same enthusiast for the past 18 years, but driven only 1,000 miles. I'd like to see more documentation, and condition-wise, it would require extensive refreshing to bring up to acceptable “nice driver” standards. With all that in mind, I'd consider this a fair price for both buyer and seller. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #SP95-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S113393. White/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 8,701 Ermine


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with a/c, matching hard top, ps, pb, power antenna, AM/ FM radio, convenience package, and tinted glass. Fifteen-year-old respray in original Ermine White cracking on front left fender and in headlamp area; other hairline cracks and prep issues visible. Chrome shows some wear on rockers. Original bright blue vinyl interior looks good; engine compartment clean. Steel chrome wheels with spinner hubcaps good, except for a few light scrapes. A very nice driver. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $56,940. This former Louisiana car had matching numbers and had never been hit, and it scored a Top Flight at 94.5 points in an Ontario NCRS meet in 2007. It was also loaded with options, including a/c. The owner wanted more than this bid, but with the flaws noted and the state of today's market, he may end up regretting that decision. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #55-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S107600. Rally Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 74,546 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Born in Tuxedo Black, now wearing an average respray with some visible issues. Fitted with a/c, power steering, power windows, and power brakes. Interior worn and neglected. Kenwood restoration with a book full of receipts to back it up. Gaps and alignment varied, as expected, paint with buffing swirls and minor touch-ups and dings. Aftermarket a/c, beige top poorly installed. Acceptable interior, minor pitting on trim. A nice example of base-level Corvette. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,700. It's difficult to see where the funds were spent, but it may have been in the distant past, as it looked like more work needed to be done. A nice Corvette than the 1965 offered as lot 55, but it cost more money as well. I'd call this a far better buy, as it won't take much to bring it up a grade. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #77-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S114473. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 98,377 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Born as a Glen Green car. Very nice respray with a few minor issues, brightwork good with minor pitting on window trim. Good panel fit with uniform gaps. Engine compartment clean and tidy. Nice interior components, but I think painted over, touch-up paint brushed onto door gasket. Sloppy masking in door jambs resulted in overspray. Engine painted in place, firewall also painted with overspray present. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. The mind reels to consider whether the sloppy cosmetic BandAids this car received were present when it received its esteemed awards, or whether they were applied later in advance of its appearance at auction. This was a nice enough car to deserve appreciation and respect, and the BG and NCRS salutations should have given buyers more confidence than they apparently had. The no-sale at this level suggests that auction customers are mostly looking for bargains right now. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #F420-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S111314. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 55,019 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh repaint with wavy metallic application and a few chips. Typical lousy panel gaps. Nice interior done with correct components. Matching aftermarket radio, windshield wiper knob missing. Window trim pitted, engine compartment filthy. Used and abused. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,750. Buyer paid #3 money for a car that I'd grade a touch below average. Upgrading the car would have to be a labor of love, as I doubt the financial return is there. Chalk this one up for the seller, as he got out from under a project at driver money. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #64-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S108229. Rally Red/ beige canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 12,197 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated $75k 56 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Saddle Tan would have been a better choice than white. All-in-all a strong Corvette. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. The third '65 to cross the block on Friday evening, and the only Corvette no-sale that night. It was on par with lot 64, the 1965 that sold for $10k more than was offered here, so the seller made the most logical decision. Did the color red make the difference? I think so. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #S103-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S102881. Rally Red/black vinyl. Odo: 25,928 miles. 427-ci 450-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to be numbers matching, NCRS Top Flight 1995, Bloomington Gold Certification in 2000, Bloomington Gold Survivor in 2000. Represented as a 28,000mile car but odometer shows less than 26,000 miles. Chips on driver's door and hinges numbers 427 in original engine compartment, fitted with side exhaust and knockoffs. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $67,000. Obviously being painted in a hurry didn't help this 427 Stingray convertible to snatch a buyer today. A good car if it can be had at the right price the next time around—but allow some funds to redo the paint. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #F447-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S126640. Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 217 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. $100k restoration a few years ago. Body and paint still excellent, show quality interior. Factory a/c, knockoff mags, power steering, power brakes. Top Flight Blue Ribbon in 2007. Claimed to have matching numbers, original window


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. In the catalog photos, this car was equipped with salt flat-style mags on blackwall tires, so the original-style knockoffs and Goldlines must be a recent addition. All in all, this was a pretty car that was truthfully described, and it sold quite well. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. sticker included. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. As nice a Sting Ray convertible as you'll ever see. An excellent car for the enthusiast who wants to actually use the car (or the enthusiast's significant other), with factory a/c, automatic transmission, and easy-to-maintain white paint. No guy stepped up to the plate for his sweetie this time, which was a pity. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #43-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S114014. Rally Red/black vinyl. Odo: 71,777 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Born as an Ermine White (Code 972) car with 327/300 engine, and modified to current specs during recent restoration. Good panel fit exceeds factory specs. Glass scratched, visible fix to paint crack on cowl. An attractive but not very authentic Corvette. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. It's not very often that we see a seller recoup the cost of modifying a Corvette. They continue to try, but buyers want the real thing and the associated proper documentation. The price bid here should buy a number 3 condition small-block car. Bonhams & Butterfields, Tacoma, WA, 9/09. TOP 10 #7 #402.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S121344. Light green pearl/ dark green leather. Odo: 44,497 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Pearl paint in a pleasing imitation of Mosport Green, original vinyl interior updated to leather. Modern a/c, some dull front bumper chrome, scratched rear bumper. Original knockoff wheels and Goldline tires. Correct date-coded but non-original Very original under hood, but big-block engine looks recently refreshed. Chassis finished in flat black. Sidepipes and knockoffs complete the look. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $52,195. Despite its flaws, this was a good-looking bigblock. No reference or documentation was offered as to whether this had matching numbers, 58 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com on glovebox door, scratched threshold plates, one scrape on windshield. Painted black underside; detailed, above-average engine and compartment—but not concours. An excellent driver. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,858. Described as previously restored, but few details were provided. This was a very clean example with only minor flaws, and it could easily be improved. The bid seemed on the light side here, and the owner was right to pass. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #SP125-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S123190. Blue/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 21,977 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent respray with some visible imperfections. Original door handles and window trim pitting, fresher bumpers, badges, etc. Crack on dash, wear on console, black vinyl bucket seats like new. Minor fading to blue carpet, recent black top shows wear. here and there. Interior may be the best original extant. Still sitting on Goldline Goodyears, three of which are original. Original knockoff wheels and bumpers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. Has immense presence that's all the more apparent the closer you look. Benchmark car from the chassis up, but whether or not it needed that underside work will always be a source of debate. Regardless, a sale at $143k seemed like a decent deal in the current market for a stunning car. Unless you know the new owner, I'm guessing Bloomington Gold will be the only place to see this car from here on. See the profile, CM Summer 2009, p. 20. Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/09. #551-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S101737. Yellow/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 17,367 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very high quality repaint covered in rag scratches that would easily buff out. Excellent chrome, OK stainless probably original. Fresh gauges, old dash switches, pitted window cranks. Excellent carpet, re-dyed seats, dented glove box lid. Very nice engine bay with excellent detailing in all #617-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S103758. White/black leather. Odo: 61,764 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Previously well resprayed, but now with minor chips around headlamp buckets and nose area. Driver's door fit not perfect, other panel fit OK. Scratches on bumpers and door handles, but all other chrome excellent. Black leather seats show cracking patina only. Ding which was probably the reason buyers were a little hesitant to go any higher. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. TOP 10 #3 #160-1966 CORVETTE CHEVROLET coupe. S/N 194376S108199. Eng. # T11291P6108199. Honduras Maroon/tan vinyl. Odo: 15,642 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Elliot “Chip” Miller car, considered by many to be one of the best original Corvettes in existence, and part of the Schudroff Collection. Part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, numerous NCRS awards. Complete records, chassis-only restoration by Kevin Mackay. Body seams visible under paint, which has been lightly massaged


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block the hard to reach places. Squeaky clean undercarriage. A very nice car with a few small needs. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Good colors and great condition were present, but the consignor needs to rethink his pricing strategy, as this C2 bid higher than many others in similar condition. Although nice, this car just didn't have the details around the edges to make for a show car. No numbers-matching claims were made, which probably hurt the final bid, but even that wouldn't have brought the $60k the seller was looking for. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #144-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S125464. Rally Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 34,391 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An attractive Corvette with no glaring issues. Original knockoffs fitted, which were ordered on about 10% of coupes. Sidemount exhaust, was with the car throughout the sale, taking care of any questions that came up. The buyer has a very presentable big-block Corvette, and the seller is on to his next project. A good deal for both parties, with a nod to the buyer. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. TOP 10 #2 Best Buy #S86-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “Ed Cole” coupe. S/N 194377S118305. Goodwood Green/ saddle vinyl. Odo: 46,733 miles. 427-ci 435hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Represented as “The Ed Cole Car,” ordered for P.H. Pohl by his friend and neighbor, GM president Ed Cole. 1996 Bloomington Gold Certification. Includes copy of original order and invoice. Claimed factory L89 engine with aluminum heads and 3.55:1 Positraction. Nice panel prep and paint with some cracking on body panel behind he seller was obviously clinging to prices of a few years ago. This price should have been more than enough to complete the deal. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #S85-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “Bill Mitchell” coupe. S/N 194677S117714. Ermine White/red vinyl. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Represented as a “one of one” vehicle especially ordered for GM designer Bill Mitchell's wife Marian by Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. First recipient of Bloomington Gold Historic Award in 2001. Very nice paint with a few small chips, good door fit, few small splits noted in driver's interior door panel. Poor carpet fit. Two tops, the minor chips and touch-ups to otherwise excellent paint. Good brightwork. Small cracks on leather bolsters. A well-maintained example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,825. A striking, well-restored Corvette with an L79 engine at a market-correct price. That's what I call well bought and well sold. All should be standing tall on this one. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #179-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S114091. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,271 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented with claimed matching-numbers big-block. Quality respray with a few minor swirls, good chrome and trim, engine bay sparkles. Fitted with off-road exhaust and replica hood. Accurate door and window gaskets in excellent shape, tidily assembled and accurate engine bay somewhat dirty. Nice interior with minimal wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $217,300. The highest-performance Sting Ray next to the vaunted L88, this L89 brought all the money for all the right reasons: Last of the midyears, rare L89 option (one of only 16 built for 1967), desirable color combination, impeccable paper trail, BG Certification, and ordered by one of the powerhouse GM brass. As presented, it was a sorted driver that can be used and enjoyed indefinitely. The seller reaped a nice reward, and the buyer paid real money for an important car. Good on ‘em both. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. knockoffs; new interior was properly installed. A documented Corvette in a right color. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,500. I have to think this could have brought a touch more without concern. The seller provided full documentation and 60 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com #617-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S112706. Marlboro Maroon/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 8,427 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Bodyon restoration in 2007. Masking lines around windshield frame, compound in some body cracks. Reproduction interior with a mix of new and old chrome, new gauges installed crooked. Driver-quality engine bay with incorrect hose clamps and wire connectors. Claimed numbers-matching engine. Undercoated, dusty undercarriage. A good restoration, but not to NCRS standards. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. This car was bid much higher than some of the other C2 convertibles present, even though its condition was relatively equal. The numbers-matching claim probably helped, but t hardtop with older weather seals. Overspray on intake manifold, chipping paint on valve covers. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. The flamboyant Mr. Mitchell ordered up a humdinger for his wife in this '67 with side pipes, a red stinger, and red-accented alloy wheels. But the choice of the medium-horsepower 427 and an automatic tranny shows his care to provide Mrs. Mitchell with civilized performance. Its presentation slipped in a few obvious areas, making it appear as a poker chip rather than as a collector's prized possession. The seller wouldn't take $300k for it, meaning that he or she had still more invested, or believed in the car's ultimate potential. We'll no doubt see it again. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. TOP 10 #4 #432-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1946775S109576. Goodwood Green & white/white vinyl/green leather. Odo: 43,636 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Matching numbers, 3.70 Posi axle, N14 factory side exhaust, N89 turbine wheels with Redlines. AM/FM radio, leather interior, teak wheel. Lovely paint, good panel fit with appropriate seams, good chrome. Appears correct under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $140,400.


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh zero-mile high-level restoration. Right vent grille sits a bit low, couple of nicks in console by hand brake. All else is factory-new or better. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $97,520. We've watched these take a hit over the past year, but not to this level. This was a beautiful car in and out, and with other examples still bringing quite a bit more, I'd say it was well bought. Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 10/09. C3 Very handsome benchmark car bid to midrange price; continuing evidence that the right cars still draw the money. For a lot of people, this is as good as mid-years get, and the only thing above it is the L89 with aluminum heads—or way above it, the '67 L88. In these stressful times, I'd call this well bought, as if it holds on now, it's strong. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #560-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S118550. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 37,261 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint with inconsistent orange peel. Fitted with side pipes and soft top only. Very nice interior with fresh chrome, gauges, and seats; aging rubbers in door jambs. Driver's door squeaks and hangs. Decent engine bay has been spruced up with #S84-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N 194678S411010. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,192 miles. 427ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Represented as one of only 80 L88s built for the 1968 model year, this third-generation 'Vette was a cousin to the James Garner race cars, one of which pulled $744,000 at the Bonhams & Butterfields auction in Carmel last August (SCM# 117623). Fully restored with good body preparation and some swirling evident from machine polishing. New Montgomery said to be the original owner and preparation by Dick Guldstrand. It still failed to attract much more than half its $450k–$500k presale estimate. Despite the apparent faux pas describing its speedway pace-car history, this was a solid L88 that merited serious consideration, but the bloom's off just about every C3 out there right now. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #203-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 194379S709727. Monza Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 47,686 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Aftermarket parts include stroker crank, Crane Fireball ignition, Be-Cool radiator, Centerline mags, aftermarket steering wheel, add-on tach, and Vintage Air. New brakes, rebuilt differential, all new suspension. GM hoses and stickers. A local car show level Corvette. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Purchased for $55,000 at Mecum's Kansas City sale in March '09 (SCM# 120052). The numbers just don't add up here. Why buy a Corvette just to sell it six months later? If the price paid initially had been lower, this could have been a good flip, but the seller paid top dollar for the car and will probably have a hard time getting it back. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. Best Buy #S106-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S109705. Red & black/white vinyl/black leather. 427-ci 435-hp window gaskets. Wrinkled top material from being folded. Bloomington Gold Certification. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Last seen at Mecum's St. Charles sale in June '03, where it sold at $86,100 (SCM# 31539). This car attracted barely half of its pre-auction estimate, and the Mecum auctioneers wasted little time on vehicles that didn't approach their reserve. Holy grail though it might be, the crowd wasn't particularly interested in spending big money on rarity's sake alone. Lesson: Bidders were after bargains, and the long-term value of high-priced sharks is currently in question. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #S102-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 coupe. S/N 194378S426697. Eng. # 18S426697. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 22,631 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 80 1968 L88s, this car was represented as a “Donington Speedway Pace Car” but a logo with the car said “Donnybrooke Speedway 1968.” Imperfect paint application with prep issues and polishing swirl marks. Older engine installation with worn foam air-filter gasket and tired plating. Interior presentable with some carpet wear, scratched threshold scuff plates, and radio-delete cover. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $255,000. Last seen at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale sale in January '06, where it failed to sell at $330k (SCM# 40445). This L88 coupe had celebrity connections, with actor George 62 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Typical panel fit, so-so repaint with big chip out of leading edge of driver's door, pitted chrome. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A no-sale at first pass, bid to $18,000 with a $22,000 reserve. Based on the condition here, it seems likely that the odometer turned over at least once. Could have been sold without regret, as this was good money for a car in this shape with the mods noted. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #166-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S700074. Monza Red/black leather. Odo: 96,485 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers, tank sticker, pink slip. No a/c, no power brakes. Crispy under hood, smog pump missing and lines plugged. OK repaint of California car, seats redone but horn button is coming off. Good bumpers, good panel fit. Claimed 5k miles since 1978 and $27k in restoration receipts. Vintage belted Firestones fitted to rally wheels. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Bid to $31k the first time around, but the owner wanted $40k. It felt like an unfinished project—not correct enough to justify miserable (if correct) belted tires, but


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didn't look like a sweet driver either. Somebody needs to make a decision here, otherwise finding more money will be tough. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #S169-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 coupe. S/N 194379S727012. Eng. # T0725LP 19S727062. Riverside Gold/black leather. Odo: 45,299 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Tank sticker, owner history, and documentation. Terrible driver's door fit, new Goodyear Polyglas tires, older-looking undercarriage, older leather seating still usable. Mousy door and window gaskets, removable Ttops fit nicely. Reasonably tidy under the hood but some fittings and brackets are rusty. Looks vinyl. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. John Greenwood racing Corvette, known as “the Batmobile.” Beautifully restored by Lance Smith. Extensive race history, winner of the IMSA Trans Am series in 1975. One of two Spirit of Sebring cars. The last of his racers to use a stock frame as a basis. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. A huge Corvette racer, both historically and physically. The injected 427 made an incredible noise, but the room wasn't interested past $250k. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/09. #S66-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 coupe. S/N 197370S400860. Maroon/red vinyl. Odo: 66,104 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint worn and aged in places, new chrome front and rear. Wavy areas in body, new windshield, scratches on side and back glass. Some distress on door panels. Console paint call this a good buy either, as the car is just too unique and individualized to be easily resold. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #S105-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S117850. Eng. # T0501CRWC115117850. Ontario Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 21,031 miles. 454-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of two ZR2 convertibles built for the 1971 model year and represented as the “rarest of the rare.” Returned to USA after earlier export to Germany, full ownership history cited. Apparently no-expense spared older restoration. 1999 Bloomington Gold Special Collection, 2000 National Corvette Museum Concours d'Performance, 2003 Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame award. Outstanding body, paint, chrome and fitments with some older door gaskets remaining. Inside driver's door handle broken off and lying in car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $345,000. Last seen at complete and proper. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Another no-sale shark at reasonable money. It seems like the recession has pulled third-generation Corvettes back down into the realm of Tier II citizenship, from where they emerged a few years ago. Although blessed with a truly iconic body shape, compared to the midyear cars, even the best chrome-bumper C3s still have dreadfully cheap-looking interiors that will haunt them forever. Good bones though it may have, this L89 had ample faults and the bidders recognized them clearly. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09. Spirit #S641-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE of Sebring '75 racer. S/N 194670S409414. White w/graphics/black chipped, with missing screws and cracks in plastic. Emission pump still in place on engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,570. First seen at Mecum's St. Charles sale in June '03, where it failed to sell at $21,500 (SCM# 31543). Seen again at Mecum's St. Charles sale in June '09, where it brought $22,260 (SCM# 120921). Not a bad turnaround for a few months of ownership, where just a bit of cleaning was done. Well sold. Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 10/09. #398-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S414635. White, red, & blue/red vinyl. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Custom stars and stripes paint in excellent condition. LS5 engine modified to produce approximately 600 hp. 750 cfm Mighty Demon carburetor, Edelbrock Torker II intake manifold, chrome goodies fitted under hood. Cragar chrome Mecum's St. Charles auction in June '08, where it sold at $550k (SCM# 117104). This is just about as good as it gets for C3 Corvettes. Needing virtually nothing and offering super high-end bragging rights, this rare aluminumhead ZR2 nonetheless commanded only about half of its estimated sales price, and went home unsold. It may be some time before high-priced C3s are sold in any great numbers again, but when they do this car deserves to cut in at the front. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/09 #100-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67W2S516735. Orange/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 3,502 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Western Washington car kept at a beach home; a/c, tilt/telescopic column, trunk rack. Great paint in a good color, typical body fit, good chrome, clean underneath. Little wear to interior, top wheels, white-letter radial tires. Ton of money invested, but as a custom, subject to a deep and narrow resale market. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,725. I'm all in favor of being patriotic, but I'm not sure it pays off when expressed in a car's paint job. I have to think the seller lost his shirt on this one. Even so, you can't really www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 63


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block looks new. Engine details appear correct, underhood paint not typical. New BFG radial tires. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. This car sold at Silver Reno for $37,800 in August '08, showing exactly the same miles (CM# 117674). I thought it was a very good buy then, as it's clearly a Microsoft (i.e. no expense spared) restoration. There was no money in the room on this day, however. If it's going to be a frequent flyer, it needs to head to the Midwest, where it's going to make somebody very happy. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 9/09. #531-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J3S419605. Metallic green/ black vinyl. Odo: 66,737 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers matching, Cragar SS wheels, factory a/c. Stress cracks throughout support original paint claims, with some solvent pop and fisheyes in what appears to be original finish. Well preserved interior with chipped horn button and some delaminating chrome, As-expected wear on seats, side panel loose. A speeding ticket waiting to happen. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,070. Average price, average car, and the Orange Flame paint was thrown in for free. Sold for the correct price, and if the new owner can live with the bold color, then all is well. McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. #SP21-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE otherwise very nice. Bone stock unmolested engine bay with a new a/c compressor. A very original Corvette. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,610. Far too nice to restore, but it really needed some original wheels to shine. Offered at no reserve two hours into the sale; the seller took a gamble and came out OK considering the small issues that can be associated with any unrestored 36-year-old car. Well bought and sold. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #465-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J5S414409. Maroon/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,442 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has excellent shine, but shows polishing swirls as well as some dirt, scratches, and chips on nose. Tan vinyl driver's seat split, foam deteriorating, original carpets worn. Pitted door handles, like-new luggage rack. Refurbished under hood. Well-blackened tires look good, especially with new trim rings and caps. A driver, but a clean one. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,439. Lots of recent documented work included new exhaust, as well as a new coupe. S/N 1Z8749S49S407371. Bronze/tan cloth. Odo: 72,028 km. 350-ci 225-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very old paint with lots of issues beyond just the color. Worn, flat black window trim, tan cloth and vinyl seats have lost most of their foam padding. Added armrest in gold radiator, radiator cradle, window seals, master cylinder, and a/c recharging—and all that certainly helped this one sell. Reportedly sat in dealer's showroom until 1978, and then was stored for 22 years. Price seemed fair for both buyer and seller. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #470-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J5S426860. Orange Flame/ neutral leather. Odo: 55,445 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Plastic taillights cracked, lots of orange peel on average respray. few imperfections, except crack behind nose. Worn chrome door handles. Cracking blue leather seats, foam deteriorating, minor warping in dash. Rusty, worn underside; decent under hood but requires detailing due to surface rust and wear. A driver that could be improved easily. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,928. This car's owner printed off a colorful info sheet, but it consisted of a bit too much promo and not enough fact. Still, the bid seemed on the low side, and the owner was wise to pass. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. C4 #SP14-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY078XE5144554. Gold/ black leather. Odo: 164,002. 350-ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory paint shows polishing swirls as well as lots of chips and scratches. Black plastic body trim worn and twisted, other black painted trim chipped. Woodgrain dash looks good, but worn black leather looks out of place. Original worn detailing under hood, black painted chassis. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $9,016. This 4-speed L82's freshly sprayed black underside looked rather suspicious. I thought the bid seemed like all the money this 'Vette would ever see in its current condition, and apparently the bidders agreed. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #116-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8761B5424549. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 126,000 km. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with power windows, power locks, tilt column, glass roof panels, and AM/ FM/CD stereo. 2005 metallic blue respray with 64 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com on driver's seat needs replacing. Original engine compartment and undercoating still intact and showing only minor wear. No outstanding attributes here. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $6,169. This was the first year of the C4, but that's not a great selling feature. This high-mileage example in gold had little to offer in a market where many nicer examples are available. Supply and demand always sets the price, and this one was about right. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #629-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0786FS105315. White/tan leather. Odo: 116,007 km. 350-ci 230-hp fuelinjected V8, auto. Wonky driver's A-pillar has a story behind it. Resprayed white with some visible dirt and imperfections. Stained tan carpets, passenger's seat well worn, driver's seat good. All door and window rubber deteriorated,


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block ownership and no visible flaws. Ambitiously estimated at $35k–$45k, but the market says $25k tops. To quote Dick Tuck after his unsuccessful California Senate campaign against Richard Nixon in 1966: “The people have spoken, the bastards.” Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/09. Best Buy #912-1992 stone chips in glass. Reportedly 383-ci stroker engine rebuild. Sprayed black underside, glass top cracked, well-worn aftermarket wheels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,368. The expression “rode hard and put away wet” seems to sum it up pretty well. The price was right, and the owner was wise to part with this “Do I have a story to tell you...” Corvette. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #265-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway Twin Turbo convertible. S/N 1G1YY3181J5112997. Dark blue/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 39,888 miles. 350-ci 382-hp twinturbocharged V8, auto. Original paint with touch-ups throughout, spray-bombed Callaway alloy wheels. Heavier seat bolster wear than mileage would suggest, interior needs a good scrubbing. Dirty engine bay with all the right Callaway bits, including intercooler ducts. stains on alloy engine intake and valve covers. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $102,850. First year ZR-1 with papers out of Portland, OR. Dealer sticker shows “Adjusted Market Value” add-on of $35,000 for a $95,000 price when new. Sold as a pair with Lot 705, the 2009 ZR1, so call it free with the purchase of the 2009 model. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. Bilstein shocks with Delco logo. Just a used car that happens to be from Callaway. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,930. In excellent condition, these cars easily break the $20k mark, but unfortunately this car looked like it had been rode hard and put away wet. Some detailing could have really helped, but that would only hide that it was a mistreated supercar. Considering the cosmetic condition, one can only wonder how hard it's been abused and what mechanical problems lurk. The seller was wise to cut this one loose, but the buyer should have fun at the drag strip. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 9/09. #14.1-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY2184K5117414. Blue/ black leather. Odo: 72,880 miles. 350-ci 245hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Lots of paint chips and heavy scratches everywhere. Weatherstrips cracked and torn, chips on windshield, chrome wheels dirty. Seats show wear, shiny wood 66 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com #21-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1Y23J8L580041. Dark red metallic/black leather. Odo: 1,318 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. First year ZR-1, effectively as new. Belonged to Robert Petersen of Petersen Publishing and LA museum fame. Clean in and out, minimal mileage, a few paint chips here and there. Excellent interior with little wear, tires are old but still good. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Read it and weep, ZR-1 owners. Here's an almostbrand-new car with credible if not famous trim kit worn, cracked, warping, and lifting. Plastic interior trim broken in places, engine dirty. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,000. Where is the love? This poor old gal was rode hard and you know the rest. Well sold for the same dollars that would have bought a near perfect one. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. TOP 10 #10 #705.1-1990 CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J8L5800344. CHEVROLET Red/red leather. Odo: 1,221 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Shows as an original 1,221mile Corvette should, with no interior wear and very few issues to factory finish. Some light CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. CHEVROLET S/N 1G1YZ23J8N5800458. Purple/black leather. Odo: 111,137 miles. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Oregon car. Paint good but buffed and swirled, no body damage. Back hatch glass cracked at latch, appropriate wear on driver's seat. Fair tires, wheels not curbed. Looked to be decently maintained but used. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. The ZR-1 market continues to skid. This looked like quite a decent old car in an uncommon color, and it makes you wonder where the bottom really is for these former supercars. Maybe we'll all be able to say “I could have bought one for under $10k” someday. If the buyer drives the wheels off it and blows it up at 150k miles in 3 year's time, he will still get some of the money back in parts. Rather well bought, I'd say. See the profile, p. 22. Silver Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/09. #SP46-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J9L5801972. Red/ black leather. Odo: 35,325 km. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Red factory paint with minor touch-ups and chips. Resprayed nose not up to factory standards, some cracking on hood. Like-new black leather interior with articulated sport seat. Clean factory chassis and engine compartment. New tires, scuffed factory mags on curb side. Basically a low-mileage original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,707. The LT5 ZR-1 engine and 6-speed were the main


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attractions here, as was the full service history and set of manuals. Still, it seemed like all the money considering the state of the C4 ZR-1 market. Well sold. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #SP06-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY2382M5101339. Red/gray leather. Odo: 44,155 km. 350-ci 245-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Previously repainted, but with dirt in paint and chips on nose. Rubber seals aging, some wear on carpeted sills. Foam deteriorating inside original wrinkled gray leather seats. Black-painted door handles worn, #414-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. S/N 1G1YY2250T5600159. Admiral Blue & white/red leather. Odo: 27,037 miles. 350-ci 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Grand Sport package includes LT4 330-hp V8, Admiral Blue paint with white stripe and red hash marks, and rear wheel flares, among other features. Seller claims a unique combination of RPOs, including red leather interior, make this one of one so equipped. Lots of extra clean under hood. Factory mags excellent, except for curb scuffs. Condition typical for the year. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,439. Another overall clean driver with an acceptable respray and an interior with no redeeming features, other than a 6-speed. A market bid considering the condition, but the seller was looking for more. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. #449-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary convertible. S/N 1G1YY33P8P5120267. Maroon/maroon cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 190,000 km. 350-ci 300hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Respray with lots of prep issues present. Nasty crack in rear deck, black-painted door handles worn. Maroon carpets faded, all-original maroon leather seats goodies include unopened dealer promo. Well maintained by a CMer. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. The price guides say these are worth more, but the market does not agree. They're too new for most collectors and still on the used car depreciation curve. Hang on to this for ten years, continue to maintain it, and then you may just have something. Still, it deserved another $5k, so I can't fault the seller for passing on the offer.McCormick Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/09. C6 TOP 10 #10 #705-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. S/N 1G1YR26R595800294. Yellow/black & gray leather. Odo: 1,289 miles. 6.2-L 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. As-new 2009 ZR1 with car company stickers on front, back, sides, and top. Plenty of these will be available if the Blade Silver/black leather. Odo: 44 miles. 7.0-L 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. One of 20 CSR models built, ten of which were done in this color. New throughout, and still in plastic wrap. Special CSR sticker on B-pillar. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $76,320. A new “instant collectible” Corvette from GM, with no miles and all shipping plastic intact. Sticker was $77,600, but you'd likely have to pay more to buy one from your dealer. Not a bad deal if you had to have one—go find another for less. Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 10/09. ■ worn at bolsters. Very clean under hood; underside has some floor problems on driver's side. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $9,727. Higher mileage didn't help this 40th Anniversary example, but neither did its generally worn condition. For a little more, nicer, lower-mileage examples are available, and that was reflected in this low bid. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/09. offer is high enough. The 2009 sticker price bump is an unbelievable $33k more than the 2008 model, and now bases at $105k. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $102,850. Trying to make the 2009 car bump the 1990 up? Sold as a pair with 705.1, the 1990 ZR-1. It obviously didn't work, as the pair sold at a slight discount from the sticker on the 2009 alone. Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/09. #S75-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 CSR coupe. S/N 1G1YZZ5E295114597. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 67


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By the Numbers August to November 2009* Top Corvette Sales, 1961 “Big John Mazmanian” Dragster, top seller at $247,500 at RM, Los Angeles, CA Rank Model 1 1961 “Big John Mazmanian” Corvette Drag Racing Car 2 1968 Corvette 510/660 Custom Roadster 3 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible “Bruce Willis” 4 1962 Corvette LS1 Custom Convertible 5 1957 Corvette 283/270 Convertible 6 1959 Corvette 283/270 Convertible 7 1960 Corvette 283/290 FI Convertible 8 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 9 1967 Corvette 427/390 Coupe 10 1965 Corvette 396/425 Convertible 11 1958 Corvette 283/283 FI Convertible 12 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 13 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe 14 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 15 1961 Corvette LS1 Custom Convertible 16 1958 Corvette LS6 Custom Convertible 17 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 18 2003 Corvette Avelate Convertible 19 2009 Corvette Z06 CSR Coupe 20 1964 Corvette 327/250 Coupe 68 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Sold Price Location $247,500 RM, Los Angeles, CA $198,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $165,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $155,100 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $143,100 Mecum, Branson, MO $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $107,250 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $106,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $104,500 RM, Hershey, PA $102,850 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $102,850 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $97,520 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $95,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $84,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $83,600 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $79,200 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $76,320 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $75,900 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV Date 9/26/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/24/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/9/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 Lot # 245 678 659.3 688.1 S15 685.1 680 402.1 664 396 681 705.1 705 S106 718 717 719.2 677.1 S75 659 *Auction sales recorded from August 15 to November 15 in the Corvette Market Digital Plus database. Darin Schnabel


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Rank Model 21 1957 Corvette 283/245 Convertible 22 1961 Corvette 283/315 Convertible 23 1965 Corvette 396/425 Coupe 24 1965 Corvette 396/425 Coupe 25 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 26 1963 Corvette 350/335 Convertible 27 1961 Corvette 283/270 Convertible 28 1969 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 29 1959 Corvette 283/245 Convertible 30 1959 Corvette 283 Convertible 31 1966 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 32 1964 Corvette 327/350 Convertible 33 1964 Corvette 327/365 Convertible 34 1956 Corvette 265/225 Convertible 35 1965 Corvette 327/365 Convertible 36 1964 Corvette 327/375 Coupe 37 1965 Corvette 327 Convertible 38 1962 Corvette Resto Mod 39 1961 Corvette 283/230 Convertible 40 1963 Corvette 327/300 Coupe 41 1966 Corvette 327/350 Coupe 42 1956 Corvette 265 Convertible 43 1965 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 44 1963 Corvette 327/250 Coupe 45 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 46 1966 Corvette 327 Convertible 47 1962 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 48 1967 Corvette 327/350 Coupe 49 1963 Corvette 327/340 Convertible 50 1962 Corvette 327/360 FI Convertible 51 1969 Corvette 427/400 Coupe 52 1965 Corvette 327 Convertible 53 1969 Corvette 427/390 Coupe 54 1962 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 55 1968 Corvette 427/390 Convertible 56 1954 Corvette Roadster 57 1962 Corvette ZZ3 350 Convertible 58 1964 Corvette 327 Coupe 59 1964 Corvette 327/365 Convertible 60 1969 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 61 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe 62 1963 Corvette 327/250 Convertible 63 1963 Corvette 327/340 Convertible 64 1970 Corvette 350/370 LT-1 Coupe 65 1968 Corvette 427/435 Convertible Sold Price Location $75,600 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $75,161 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $74,200 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $68,900 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $68,900 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $66,638 Bonhams, Reims, FRA $64,660 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $64,660 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $64,660 Silver, Sun Valley, ID $63,450 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $60,950 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $60,500 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $60,480 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $59,625 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $59,360 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $59,360 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $58,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $58,300 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $57,200 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $54,590 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $53,265 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $49,820 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $49,820 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $49,500 RM, Hershey, PA $48,600 Silver, Sun Valley, ID $47,170 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $46,980 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $46,640 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $45,050 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $45,050 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $44,520 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $44,400 Collector Car Productions, West Gwillimbury, CAN $44,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $43,460 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $43,290 Bonhams & Butterfields, Tacoma, WA $41,040 Silver, Medford, OR $40,280 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $39,407 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $38,955 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $38,160 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $37,100 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $36,835 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $36,570 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $36,570 Mecum, St. Charles, IL Date 10/2/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/26/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/6/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/9/09 9/6/09 10/4/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/17/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/12/09 10/24/09 10/4/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 Lot # F180 SP83 S45 S212 S108 162 S192 S91 102 600 U84 354 579 S63 S161 F235 363.2 T101 411 S195 F193 F256 F183 619 75 F184 597 F130 F132 T82 F140 A31 639.1 S60.1 47 26 F197 SP64 S102 S56 42 F218 F227 S66 F54 www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 69


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By the Numbers 1964 Corvette 327/250 Coupe—$75,900 at Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV Rank Model 66 1963 Corvette 327 Convertible 67 1965 Corvette 396/425 Coupe 68 1990 Corvette Callaway Twin Turbo Coupe 69 1968 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 70 1972 Corvette LT-1 Coupe 71 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 72 1958 Corvette 283/230 Convertible 73 1991 Corvette Coupe 74 1971 Corvette 350/270 Coupe 75 1968 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 76 1969 Corvette 350/300 Coupe 77 1991 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 78 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 79 1993 Corvette Coupe 80 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car Coupe 81 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe 82 1972 Corvette 350/200 Coupe 83 1985 Corvette Collector Edition Coupe 84 2002 Corvette Convertible 85 1968 Corvette 327/300 Coupe 86 1973 Corvette 350/250 Coupe 87 1953 Corvette Roadster Replica 88 1972 Corvette 350 Coupe 89 1992 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 90 1970 Corvette Coupe 91 1988 Corvette Convertible 92 1998 Corvette Coupe 93 1971 Corvette 350 Coupe 94 1969 Corvette 350/300 Convertible 95 1986 Corvette Pace Car Convertible 96 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe 97 1997 Corvette Coupe 98 1973 Corvette 350 Coupe 70 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com 1958 Corvette 283/230 Convertible—$28,620 at Silver, Medford, OR Sold Price Location $35,640 Leake, Houston, TX $35,493 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $34,650 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $33,920 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $31,800 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $28,707 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, $28,620 Silver, Medford, OR $26,950 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $24,910 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $24,840 Leake, Houston, TX $24,532 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $24,200 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $23,850 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $23,100 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $22,260 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $22,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $20,900 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $20,350 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $20,140 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $19,080 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $19,080 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $18,900 Leake, Houston, TX $18,815 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $18,638 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $16,200 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $15,930 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $15,900 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $15,635 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $15,330 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $15,120 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $14,850 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $14,310 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $14,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV Date 9/20/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/25/09 10/24/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/20/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/20/09 10/4/09 10/2/09 9/12/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/2/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 Lot # 518 SP12 70 F161 U60 SP46 61 329 S49 475 630 50.2 F106 93 F126 326 45.2 314 U80 F236 F117 2736 S17 T17 273 265 U98 T63.1 T8 272 318 T45.1 317.1


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1985 Corvette Coupe—$11,288 at Carlisle, Carlisle, PA Rank Model 99 1989 Corvette Coupe 100 1990 Corvette Convertible 101 1978 Corvette Coupe 102 1973 Corvette Coupe 103 1981 Corvette Coupe 104 1978 Corvette Coupe 105 1985 Corvette Coupe 106 1981 Corvette Coupe 107 1981 Corvette Coupe 108 1989 Corvette Coupe 109 1990 Corvette Convertible 110 1975 Corvette Coupe 111 1971 Corvette 350 Coupe 112 1974 Corvette Coupe 113 1978 Corvette Coupe 114 1969 Corvette 350/350 115 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car Coupe 116 1977 Corvette 350 Coupe 117 1989 Corvette Convertible 118 1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Convertible 119 1986 Corvette Coupe 120 1985 Corvette Coupe 121 1990 Corvette Convertible 122 1986 Corvette Coupe 123 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary Coupe 124 1984 Corvette Coupe 125 1987 Corvette Convertible 126 1970 Corvette 350/350 Coupe 127 1976 Corvette 350 Coupe 128 1984 Corvette Coupe 129 1978 Corvette Coupe 130 1985 Corvette Coupe 131 1988 Corvette Coupe 1973 Corvette Coupe—$11,610 at the Branson Auction, Branson, MO Sold Price Location $12,985 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $12,720 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $12,720 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $11,610 Branson Auction, Branson, MO $11,448 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $11,395 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $11,288 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $11,222 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $11,130 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $11,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV $10,908 Silver, Sun Valley, ID $10,439 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $10,100 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $10,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $10,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $9,750 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $9,600 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $9,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $9,072 Silver, Sun Valley, ID $7,992 Leake, Houston, TX $7,776 Leake, Houston, TX $7,600 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $7,400 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $7,350 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $7,344 Silver, Salt Lake City, UT $7,150 Silver, Sun Valley, ID $7,128 Silver, Salt Lake City, UT $7,100 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $6,912 Silver, Portland, OR $6,825 Carlisle, Carlisle, PA $6,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $6,368 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $4,800 Mecum, St. Charles, IL Date 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/12/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/2/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/6/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 9/6/09 9/20/09 9/20/09 10/4/09 10/4/09 10/2/09 9/19/09 9/6/09 9/19/09 10/4/09 9/26/09 10/2/09 10/4/09 10/25/09 10/4/09 Lot # T58 T64 F96 531 T133.1 T31.1 F220 624 F115 14.1 53 465 T125 F45 F48 U87.1 T154 T70 271 808 419 U86 T74 F240 78 209 32 T5 47 T111 T88 629 U22 www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 71


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By the Numbers Top 100 Corvette Sales of All Time* Much has changed in the Corvette world since we ran this list in our premier issue two years ago, including four new members of the Million-Dollar Club #1—1963 Corvette Rondine Concept sold for $1,760,000, Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 2008 Rank Model 1 1963 Corvette Rondine Concept 2 1962 Corvette 327/360 Gulf Oil Race Car 3 1963 Corvette Z06 Yenko “Gulf One” Race Car 4 2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe 5 1953 Corvette Roadster #003 6 1953 Corvette Roadster #005 7 1967 Corvette L88 Competition Convertible 8 1965 Corvette Cut-Away Autorama Display 9 1967 Corvette 427/390 Coupe “The Last Sting Ray” 10 1968 Corvette 427 Race Roadster 11 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe 12 1971 Corvette ZR2 Convertible 13 1962 Corvette 327/360 FI Convertible 14 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 15 1969 Corvette L88 427/430 Convertible 16 1953 Corvette Roadster 17 1953 Corvette Roadster 18 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible 19 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 72 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Sold Price Location $1,760,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $1,485,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA $1,113,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $1,100,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $1,080,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $840,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL Date 1/20/08 8/17/08 1/25/09 1/20/08 1/14/06 6/16/06 $744,000 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel Valley, CA 8/15/08 $704,000 RM, Tarpon Springs, FL $660,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $605,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ $572,000 RM, Monterey, CA $550,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $489,500 Gooding, Palm Beach, FL $467,250 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $446,250 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $440,000 RM, Lapeer, MI $440,000 Worldwide, Hilton Head, SC $435,750 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $412,500 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ 12/1/07 1/21/07 1/20/06 8/15/09 6/28/08 1/24/06 6/17/07 10/6/07 6/9/07 11/3/07 6/28/08 1/20/08 Lot # 1304 121 S110 1316 1311 S527 355 859 1285 161 537 S107 27 S67 S88 229 46 S91 S714 *Auction sales as recorded in the Corvette Market Digital Plus database


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Rank Model 20 1953 Corvette Roadster 21 1967 Corvette 427/435 L89 Convertible 22 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 23 1953 Corvette Roadster 24 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 25 1964 Corvette 396 Styling Coupe 26 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 27 1966 Corvette 427/425 A Production Race Coupe 28 1971 Corvette ZR2 Coupe 29 1954 Corvette Roadsters (Lot of 3) 30 1955 Corvette Roadster 31 1958 Corvette 283/245 Retractable Hardtop 32 1967 Corvette 427/400 Convertible 33 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 34 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 35 1955 Corvette Duntov EX-87 Test Mule 36 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Convertible 37 1968 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 38 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 39 1953 Corvette Roadster 40 1953 Corvette Roadster & 2003 Convertible 41 1953 Corvette Roadster 42 1957 Corvette 454/510 ZL1 Custom Convertible 43 1960 Corvette Convertible “First of the 1960s” 44 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 45 1989 Corvette DR-1 Convertible 46 1953 Corvette Roadster 47 1953 Corvette Roadster 48 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 49 1963 Corvette 327/250 Tanker Coupe 50 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe Sold Price Location $396,000 Worldwide, Houston, TX $393,750 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $393,750 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $390,500 RM, Tarpon Springs, FL $378,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $367,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $367,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $362,250 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $357,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $353,700 Kruse, Auburn, IN $346,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $340,200 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $336,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $334,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $330,000 Gooding, Los Angeles, CA $328,600 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN $323,300 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $318,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $308,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA $300,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $297,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $296,625 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $291,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $291,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $286,000 Gooding, Los Angeles, CA $286,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $285,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $283,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $280,800 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $280,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $280,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ Date 5/5/07 6/24/05 10/6/07 12/1/07 1/14/06 6/16/06 6/17/07 1/27/07 1/20/08 9/2/07 6/16/06 1/26/05 6/28/08 1/14/06 10/21/06 5/17/09 1/25/09 6/27/09 8/18/06 10/6/07 Lot # 55 S1 S99 856 1284 S510 S63 S83 1290 2789.1 S539 993 S73 1271.1 17 F208 S142 S119 S256 S281 1/26/05 994/994.1 6/17/07 1/14/06 6/27/09 10/21/06 1/19/09 1/21/07 6/17/07 2/11/07 1/21/07 1/21/07 S91 1295 S60 53 1218 1294 S53 SP30 1280 1280.1 #2—1962 Corvette 327/360 Gulf Oil Race Car sold for $1,485,000, Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 2008 www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 73


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By the Numbers #3—1963 Corvette Z06 Yenko “Gulf One” Race Car sold for $1,113,000, Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 2009 Rank Model 51 1964 Corvette 327/365 Styling Coupe 52 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible “Gus Grissom” 53 1959 Corvette 283/290 FI Competition Convertible 54 1955 Corvette Bubbletop Roadster 55 1954 Corvette Roadster 56 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Convertible 57 1957 Corvette 283/283 FI Convertible 58 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 59 1953 Corvette Roadster 60 1955 Corvette Duntov V8 Test Mule 61 1969 Corvette Convertible 62 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 63 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 64 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 65 1957 Corvette 283/283 FI Convertible 66 1963 Corvette Coupe 67 1968 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 68 1953 Corvette Roadster 69 1965 Corvette 327/375 FI Convertible 70 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 74 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Sold Price Location $278,250 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $275,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ $275,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL $270,000 Kruse, Phoenix, AZ $269,500 Worldwide, Hilton Head, SC $267,300 Kruse, Auburn, IN $265,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $264,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $264,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ $262,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $262,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $262,500 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $259,200 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL $259,200 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL $258,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $257,250 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $254,500 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel, CA $249,900 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $249,375 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $248,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ Date 6/16/06 1/21/07 3/8/08 1/27/08 11/4/06 10/21/06 1/25/09 1/21/07 1/18/08 10/31/03 6/24/05 6/16/06 4/1/05 3/29/06 1/21/07 6/25/04 8/17/07 1/26/08 6/16/06 1/14/06 Lot # S507 S719 260 753 43 744 S138 1334 182 F16 S12 S528 383 659.1 1242 F6 424 S109 S506 1298


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Rank Model 71 1961 “Big John Mazmanian” Corvette Drag Racing Car 72 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 73 1958 Corvette 283/240 Convertible 74 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 75 1957 Corvette 283/283 FI Convertible 76 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 Coupe 77 1954 Corvette Roadster 78 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 79 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 80 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 81 1967 Corvette 427/435 Yenko Convertible 82 1959 Corvette LS7 Custom Convertible 83 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe 84 1990–95 Corvette ZR-1 Coupes (Lot of 5) 85 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 86 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 87 1969 Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III Coupe 88 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 89 1988 Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer 90 1967 Corvette 427/400 Convertible 91 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 92 1963 Corvette 327/360 Z06 Coupe 93 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 94 1967 Corvette 427/400 Convertible 95 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 96 1959 Corvette 283/245 Convertible 97 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe “Ed Cole” 98 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 99 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 100 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible Sold Price Location $247,500 RM, Los Angeles, CA $246,750 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $242,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $240,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $237,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $237,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $237,600 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL $233,625 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN $231,000 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $231,000 RM, Monterey, CA $231,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $231,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $231,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $231,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL $230,050 RM, Boca Raton, FL $228,960 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $226,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $226,800 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $221,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $221,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $221,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $220,500 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $217,300 Mecum, Monterey, CA $216,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $216,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ $216,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ Date 9/26/09 6/28/08 1/20/08 1/21/07 1/14/06 1/14/06 3/29/06 4/5/08 1/21/05 8/18/06 1/21/07 1/21/07 6/28/08 6/28/08 2/10/06 1/14/06 1/26/05 1/27/06 1/19/04 1/14/06 1/14/06 1/27/06 1/20/08 1/21/07 1/21/07 Lot # 245 X9 990.1 1327 1282.1 1325 652 B34 C298 157 1326 1261 S6 S32 SP17 1265 1014.1 X27 685 1275 1236 X12 1267 1267.1 1308 1/19/09 1019 8/15/09 1/14/06 1/14/06 1/14/06 S86 1263 1027 1303 #4—2009 Corvette ZR1 Coupe sold for $1,100,000, Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 2008 #5—1953 Corvette Roadster #003 sold for $1,080,000, Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 2006 www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 75


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Trick Stuff What you need for your Corvette and where to get it. By John Gunnell It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Vettemas From pictures and sweaters to tools and trick exhausts, here are some suggestions to cozy up to Sidepipe Santa's picks Sidepipe Santa Troy Anderson runs a car-oriented gift emporium at Evanswood Village, a gift mall in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Anderson's store is open year-round and he has a good handle on what friends and relatives of Corvette owners think are great Christmas gifts. If you're shopping for a Corvette fanatic, here are his Top 10 Corvette holiday gifts this year: 1. Picture of a Corvette 2. Corvette T-shirt 3. Corvette models (especially the same year, model, and color of the recipient's real one) 4. Light-up pictures of old cars and Corvettes at drive-in restaurants Give 'em a brake Corvette enthusiasts want brake calipers to look as good as the rest of the car, and painting or touching up red, black, or silver calipers is a familiar winter garage project. Eastwood claims its urethane caliper paints are the only coatings on the market to use nano-ceramic technology. This technology resists heat and road grime, and brake dust wipes off easily. Apply the finish without disassembling the brakes. All three colored coatings resist high temperatures, ultra-violet sunlight, and most chemicals. For added gloss and durability, add Eastwood's 4:1 urethane activator, which comes in a handy kit to prep and paint four calipers. This paint is also great for brake drums on earlier Corvettes. The kit includes 16 oz. of Eastwood's Caliper Paint and one PRE paint prep spray can. $39.95. The Eastwood Company, www.eastwood.com. 5. Nostalgic Corvette ads 6. Reproduction Corvette tin signs 7. Corvette satin or flannel jackets 8. Reproduction Corvette neon clocks 9. Real or reproduction gas pumps with Corvette globes 10. Coke machines and Coke coolers Troy Anderson, Lucky's Rod & Custom, 920.867.2910. Don't walk the plank again Winter is a good time to “ramp up” equipment you use to trailer your Corvette to springtime shows. Race Ramps has added three new sizes of trailer ramps designed to get low ground-clearance vehicles like Corvettes on and off trailers without scraping. Trailer ramps are much safer than wooden planks and other dodgy arrangements like loading docks and steep lawns. Their patented lightweight, solid construction makes them durable, virtually inde- structible, and very stable. The textured coating prevents sliding and won't scratch or damage floors. Trailer ramps have built-in straps for transport or wall hanging, clean easily and won't rust. Five models are available: 46″ long x 4″ high x 14″ wide with 5.5% incline, $259; 67″ x 5″ x 14″ with 4% incline, $289; 45″ x 6″ x 14″ with 7.8% incline, $259; 74″ x 7″ x 14″ with 5.2% incline, $362; and 54.75″ x 8″ x 16″ with 8.4% incline, $289. Custom trailer ramps can also be made to the user's exact size requirements. Brute Industries, Inc., www.raceramps.com. 76 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com


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Spoil that special C6 owner Mid America Motorworks has added a C6 Corvette front spoiler to its winter holiday products. The stock replacement spoilers were developed after GM discontinued them. Factory spoilers were prone to damage from curbs and parking lot bumper blocks, but without a front spoiler (or with a damaged one) C6 cooling will be compromised. “With the discontinuation of GM's C6 spoiler, we felt there was a gap that needed filling,” says Mid America's Corvette merchandiser Blake Yager. “Many C6 Corvette owners have experienced broken or ripped-off spoilers due to low ground clearance.” The new spoiler ensures adequate airflow through the radiator. The install requires no modifications and simply reuses the original hardware. The complete three-piece front spoiler set for a base C6 is $99.99. Left, center and right sections are also sold separately. Mid America Motorworks, www.mamotorworks.com. Electric exhaust system's a scream After designing an electrically operated exhaust cutout, Quick-Time Performance has upped the ante with its new Screamer Electric Exhaust system, available for your 2005–08 Corvette. The systems include a dual-mode muffler with a single inlet and dual outlet. One outlet is a straight pipe with a valve at the end. When the valve is opened, you get a loud and free-flowing exhaust system. Close the valve and the exhaust gases are diverted through the muffled section for a quieter, mild-mannered sound. The Screamer lets you control the noise from the driver's seat and gives you power and sound at the flick of a switch. All systems are made of TIG welded and polished stainless steel for durability and a clean look. Prices range from $1,250 to $1,370. www.quicktimeperformance.com. $10 glove that gives you a hand Don't hump grubby tires around anymore. The Tire Glove is a reusable tire bag made of 500D polyester fabric and with sturdy cloth handles. Corvette racers will also find it an easier way to carry tires. Outdoors, the Tire Glove protects expensive tires from the sun's damaging ultra-violet rays. The bag has a one-size-fits-all design and can be used with or without a locking strap. Different colors are available, so sets of tires can be organized by color for racing. $9.95. www.TMimportExport.com. www.corvettemarket.com FALL 2009 Corvette Market 77


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In Miniature By Marshall Buck Speaking Volumes By Mark Wigginton High-Performance C5 Corvette Builder's Guide By Walt Thurn, Car Tech, 144 pages, $18.96, Amazon With the introduction of the C5, the Corvette world took a giant leap forward in design, build quality, handling, and horsepower. In fact, the clean-sheet redesign that hit showrooms in 1997 pretty much pegged the fun-o-meter and added to the Corvette legend. Walt Thurn has been around the cars and the hobby since 1963, writing about, driving, and racing a variety of models. He has done public relations for race teams and written for several Corvette publications, including VETTE, Corvette Fever, and Corvette Quarterly. All of that seat time and shop time has blessed 1969 Corvette Stingray Convertible This was the second year of the “new” Stingray. The C3 Corvette was the only true American sports car at that time—not just a straight-line muscle car, but a real sports car. The Danbury Mint is one of my favorite model companies, and this latest 1:24- scale release of the '69 Corvette Stingray convertible is one of their best models. Every year DM puts together a great version of what is marketed as a “40th Anniversary” limited edition, and usually offers it for that one year. This time we've been caught off guard, with the latest anniversary edition being available for only half that time. I don't know what it is, but there is something alluring about the look of a svelte roadster sitting on whitewall tires. Now don't let the tires and deluxe wheel covers fool you; this is no sissy version. Under the stunning metallic Burgundy paint finish lies a potent L71 Tri-Power 427 big-block V8, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The engine bay on this beast is jam-packed with all the detail you could want. I had to enlist the service of my little LED flashlight to see all that was there, and I could just make out the triple Holley two-barrel carbs tucked under the triangular air cleaner with its miniaturized “3x2” flagged sticker. Nice work. The stance of our subject is just right, and all the opening and working parts func- tion smoothly. As with all models from the Danbury Mint, there are numerous working features—about twelve on this one. Also included is a separate tan convertible top, which looks very good when in place. Typical of DM, they've picked out little details, like the chromed side body louvers that were an option just that one year. Above the louvers are oh-so-delicate chrome “Stingray” appliqués. Moving inside, the dashboard is complete with legible multicolored gauges and the new-for-'69 dash-mounted storage pocket on the passenger side. This interior is quite complete, including perfectly accurate door panels, hinged sun visors, carpeting, lap belts, and seat backs that tilt forward allowing access to three storage bins, which all open. The one behind the driver even has the Delco battery nestled inside. There is much more detail too, but I don't want to spoil all the surprises. The only negative about this model is DM's attempt to '69 Vette Details Production Dates: 2009 only go over the top by trimming the seats in real leather, which is less than perfect in its looks and application. And that's a shame, because it wasn't necessary to add and it does take away a bit from what is an otherwise excellent and still highly recommended model. So, unless you only collect Corvette racers, there is no excuse not to grab one of these beauties while you still can. It's great value at $129. Available from Danbury Mint, 800.243.4664. ■ 78 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com Quantity: 5,000 to 15,000 approx. Ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.danburymint.com Thurn with the insight and contacts that go into his C5 Builder's Guide. Designed as a primer on the C5 for someone new to the Corvette hobby, the book is broken down clearly and simply, starting with a bit of history, some basics of the C5, and then moving on to more specific chapters designed to get you up to speed on various projects to make your C5 Corvette handle better, go faster, brake harder, or look more menacing. Since each chapter covers a huge world of potential challenges, you shouldn't expect a high level of detail. Instead, think of each chapter more as an executive summary, a quick exploration of a topic that could lead you to much greater depth should you decide to, as Hunter Thompson said, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” But despite the quick overview that is each chapter, there is plenty of meat on the bones, enough detail and guidance (including resources and shops) to help you get on the road to higher performance, whether you want to autocross your car, get the big grin that comes with a track day, or head for the drag strip. There is plenty of fun on the road before you, and the High-Performance C5 Corvette Builder's Guide is the map. Provenance: With his depth of knowledge and contacts, Thurn has access to the documents and people that made the C5 a game changer for the Corvette brand, and that access shows up on every page. Fit and Finish: What the C5 had in style, this book lacks. It's a cookie cutter approach to layout and design that doesn't do justice to the car it explores. But what is here is well reproduced, with plenty of sharp color images and informative charts. Drivability: If you are new to the Corvette world, and the C5 in particular, this will be a welcome introduction to the choices in front of you to make a C5 your own. If you are already immersed in the culture, there won't be much here for you.


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Resource Directory Auction Companies Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse.com. (IN) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www .mecumauction.com. (IL) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www .russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. 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Call 877.219.2605 x211, or email advert@vettemarket.com Corvette Parts & Restoration County Corvette 610.696.7888, Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Mid America Motorworks 800.500.1500, America's leader in 1953-2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) Corvettes for Sale Corvette Central Parts and accessories for all corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the new C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888, The most modern and best equipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. 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Vette-o-bilia Online trash and trinkets—some valuable, some not. By Carl Bomstead Good Grief! Snoopy Scores NCRS #1 magazine for $510? Topps trading card and '60 Snoopy Corvette music box prove that collectible values ain't just Peanuts (sorry about that) A n outsider may often wonder why someone pays silly money for some Corvette goodie to decorate the garage or sit on the desk where one toils for his wages. We, of course, think nothing of it and when questioned are quick to point to other collecting areas that are far more goofy. How about the lock of Elvis's hair that was retrieved from the Army barber shop floor when he entered the service and received his regulation haircut? Hard to believe it sold for $15,000 plus the premium, and there was no guarantee that some of it was not from the guy ahead of Elvis in the haircut line. Here are a few that make a lot more sense, at least to us. EBAY #1603700205544— PEANUTS CHARACTER SNOOPY IN CERAMIC MUSICAL CORVETTE. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $183. Date Sold: 10/22/2009. Charlie Brown's dog Snoopy was sitting in what appeared to be a rather crude ceramic 1960 Corvette. It was a wind-up music box and the piece appealed to Peanuts fans as well as Corvette fanatics. To my mind, it sold for all the money and then some, but there was lots of activity, so perhaps the price was about right. EBAY #270442377874— EBAY #350267309423— 1954 CORVETTE JIM BEAN DECANTER. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $86. Date Sold: 10/26/2009. This '54 Corvette, in Pennant Blue, was in very nice condition, but there was no mention of any packaging, so we as- VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1, THE CORVETTE RESTORER. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $510. Date Sold: 8/23/2009. This was the premiere issue of the NCRS publication, The Corvette Restorer, and was in as-new condition. It was offered by Noland Adams, president of the Solid Axle Corvette Club and author of the Corvette Restoration and Technical Guides. Bloggers agreed it was not a reproduction due to the positioning of the staples. Expensive, but the first of most anything brings a substantial premium. sume there wasn't any. The seal was intact, and it was stated that the contents were not intended for consumption—terms we are positive the buyer will abide by. Price was fair, considering the unusual color and the missing box. for about twice what another example in lesser condition realized. Not unrealistic money, considering the condition. EBAY #370280420318— EBAY #380169812635— 1956 KIDDIE CORVETTE PEDAL CAR SALES BROCHURE. Number of Bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $90. Date Sold: 10/20/2009. This three-panel sales folder was stated to be in excellent condition and the graphics of the Corvette pedal car were very cool. In 1956, Dinah Shore gave away 60 Kiddie Corvettes in her “See the U.S.A in your Chevrolet” contest, and if you found one today in decent condition, expect to pay a pretty penny. The brochure is a whole lot less expensive. AMT 1973 CORVETTE PLASTIC MODEL. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $51. Date Sold: 11/01/2009. This model was complete with all the little plastic pieces still on the “tree.” Finished in white, so a little painting was in order. Cheap enough to be a fun project with your kid and display the box with your Corvette stuff when done. EBAY #230387669860— EBAY #110447184498— TOPPS WORLD ON WHEELS #161, 1954 CORVETTE TRADING CARD. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $105.34. Date Sold: 10/28/2009. In the trading card world condition is king, and this card was in excellent shape. The corners were crisp and there were no creases, so it sold FRANKLIN MINT GARAGE DIORAMA WITH 1958 CORVETTE. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $66.12. Date Sold: 10/15/2009. This garage display was about 13″ long and was highly detailed, with beer cans scattered about, grease on the floor, and an empty pizza box on the work bench. The family dog was even sitting in the corner. The 1:24-scale '58 Corvette was red with white coves. These were priced at $295 when first issued, and two were offered at around $275, but another sold for $79 so the market speaks. ■ 82 Corvette Market FALL 2009 www.corvettemarket.com