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11 Complete Updated Corvette Price Guide Inside Corvette Market Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends BLUE CHIP Spring 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Readers Pick the Best $50,000 Corvette 150 Corvettes Rated by Our Experts 427/425 '66 Sting Ray, Well Bought at $95k '55 Roadster. $179k in '07. $127k now. Why? CLICK HERE to check out our new Corvette classifieds presented by


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Corvette Market Keith Martin's Volume 3 . Issue 11 . Spring 2010 20 V8 power 22 Triple black C2 30 How special? Profiles C1 1955 265/195 Roadster—$126,500 20 by Colin Comer 1966 427/425 L72 Convertible—$94,600 “Contemporary road tests showed the '66 L72 to be equal to, if not slightly faster than, the '67 L71, but you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.” 22 by Thomas Glatch 1970 454/390 LS5 Coupe— “This car had low miles and lots of documentation— Protect-O-Plate, tank sticker, dealer packet, original registration—a definite a plus in the current market.” 24 by Mark Rudnick “A good '55 like this is a ton of car for the money—ev it's only used as garage art or for the occasional cru Tastee Freez on a nice summer evening.” Corvette Corvette ette Market Keith Martin's Volume 3 . Issue 11 . Spri rvette Market Keith Martin's Volume 3 . Issue 11 . Spring 2010 20 V8 power 22 Triple black C2 30 How special? Profiles C1 1955 265/195 Roadster—$126,500 20 by Colin Comer 1966 427/425 L72 Convertible—$94,600 “Contemporary road tests showed the '66 L72 to be equal to, if not slightly faster than, the '67 L71, but you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.” 22 by Thomas Glatch 1970 454/390 LS5 Coupe— “This car had low miles and lots of documentation— Protect-O-Plate, tank sticker, dealer packet, original registration—a definite a plus in the current market.” 24 by Mark Rudnick “A good '55 like this is a ton of car for the money—ev it's only used as garage art or for the occasional cru Tastee Freez on a nice summer evening.” 26 26 by Chip Lamb 1998 Greenwood G5R Prototype—$61,480 “Thanks to its stock suspension and drivetrain, this car should provide years of service with few problems, and repairs should cost no more than those for any other C5.” 28 by Roy Sinor 2011 Z06 Carbon Special Edition—$297,000 “Green Day's song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” aptly describes the wisdom of paying 197% over retail for the privilege of having the first one.” 30 by John L. Stein On the Cover: 1955 265/195 roadster Photo by Pawel Litwinski © 2010 Courtesy of Gooding & Company 4 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Reports 34 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL 50 Corvettes top $3m at B-J's 8th annual Sunshine State event. by Dale Novak 48 Mecum, Kansas City, MO A $133k 427/435 coupe leads a $789k Corvette total at Bartle Hall. by B. Mitchell Carlson 58 Global Roundup 72 Corvettes from nine auctions bring $2m. by CM Market Analysts Departments 6 Publisher's Note 8 Insider's View: What would you buy with $50,000? 10 Q&A: New powertrains, big-block knocks, tacky wheels 12 Courtroom Corvettes: The Consumer Fraud Act is your friend 14 Events: Things to do and places to be with your Corvette 18 Auction Calendar 32 Market Overview 78 By The Numbers: Top Corvettes sold since February 80 Price Guide: Current Corvette pricing 84 Trick Stuff: Your next watch, C6 aero mods, a better buffer 86 In Miniature: 1963 Sting Ray convertible in 1:18 scale 86 Speaking Volumes: Corvette from the Inside 88 Comments With Your Renewal 88 Resource Directory 90 Vette-o-bilia: Vanity plates, blueprints, and slot-car tracks 48 Mecum K.C. www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 5


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Publisher's Note By Keith Martin Corvette Market Keith Martin's Volume 3 . Issue 11 . Spring 2010 New Price Guide and E-Classifieds Publisher Keith Martin Art Director Kirsten Hegg Managing Editor Stefan Lombard Auction Editor Jim Pickering Consulting Editor John L. Stein 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 Senior Web Developer Jerret Kinsman Information Technology/ Internet Bryan Wolfe Information Technology Mike Newkirk Financial Manager Nikki Nalum Operations Manager Mary Artz Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin CMer Larry Hill, of Virginia Beach, VA, pegs the small-block '67 coupe as a $50k best buy Y ou'll find Issue #11 of Corvette Market full of new features to enhance your collecting. From now on, each issue of CM will contain a complete, up-to-date Corvette Price Guide. Compiled by our contributing experts, it includes features you just won't find anywhere else, such as an A to F Investment Grade (of course, no Corvette would ever rate an F) and a short-term, five-star Appreciation Rating. We've added a new column this issue on p. 12, which addresses the legal issues inherent in the collector car world. Written by NCRS judge and long-time enthusiast Bruce Shaw, this month he tackles what happens when a seller knowingly misrepresents a car in a major way. It's a must-read. Subscribers continue to contribute their knowledge and opinions to CM—this month we asked you which Corvette you would buy if you had $50,000 to spend. Your answers begin on p. 8; read them and see if you agree. Also, we've gotten so many thoughtful comments with your subscription renewals that we're going to start printing them. This month's comments are on p. 88. You'll note that many of the comments ask for classifieds. As the web is the fastest, most informative way to find cars for sale, the Corvette Market web site now has literally hundreds of collectible Corvettes listed for sale. They are aggregated from top web sites, including eBay Motors, and should provide you with a way to spend your inheritance, and that of your children as well. Just keep the Price Guide in mind when you make your offer. Go to www .corvettemarket.com, click on “Corvette Classifieds,” and start your search. Wooden boats and plastic cars I've just returned from the Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance in Seabrook, Texas (near Houston), where I was the emcee for both the wooden boat and collector car awards. Corvettes were well represented in the concours, with the awards in the 1954–62 class going to the 1957 convertible of Jon Hodge, of Deer Park, TX (2nd in Class), and the 1954 roadster of Dale Johnson Sr., of Nashville, TN (Best of Class). In the 1963–71 class, the runner-up was Jon Hodge, with a 1967 coupe, and Best of Class went to the 1966 convertible of Roy Weeks, from Houston. It's a terrific event, and if you're in the area next year you should definitely stop in. For more information, go to www.keels-wheels.com. As always, this issue also contains the profiles of significant cars that have sold at auction in the last three months, plus the top sales from the same period, along with over 140 cars that our top-rate Market Analysts have looked at in person. Thank you again for being a part of the Corvette Market family, and enjoy the read.  6 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Director CM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Tom Mann tom.mann@corvettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 211 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@corvettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Moira Blackflower Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 am to 5 pm, M–F service@corvettemarket.com 503.253.2234 fax CONTACT 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. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Corvette Market, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in Corvette Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2010 by Keith Martin's Corvette Market, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Corvette Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA


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Insider's View The current state of the Corvette market We Ask You The $50,000 Question CM asked our subscribers: “You've got $50,000 to spend on one Corvette. Tell us which model you think will appreciate the most in the next two years, and why.” This is what you had to say… in the next two years will be the cars built from 1964 to 1967. The cars of the 1960s offered more power, better braking systems, and more options, including power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, sidepipes, and advanced styling, which still excites today. I also think the convertible will outpace the coupe. So, with $50,000 to spend, I would try to buy the best-condition Corvette with the biggest motor with the fewest miles, built within those years. 1972 LT-1 Gary Doughton, Canton, GA: I think a solid buy for $50,000 today is the 1972 LT-1. It is the last year for chrome bumpers, removable rear glass, egg-crate grilles, and a high-horsepower solid-lifter engine. Can't beat that. 1967 coupe Larry Hill, Virginia Beach, VA: For 1970 Corvette 454 LS5 1970 Corvette 454 LS5 4-speed coupe Tony Boschetti, Reading, MA: If I had $50,000 to spend, I would buy the best 1970 Corvette 454 LS5 4-speed coupe I could find. They have great styling, 454 power, and better handling than a C2. Also fun to drive, I remember. The 1970 LS5 will appreciate over the next couple of years, and anyway, 1970 was a good year for Corvette. After that, who cares! 1975–82 Corvette L82 Joseph Clark, Hanson, KY: What is my investment vehicle under $50,000? The obvious choice is a Pace Car or Silver Anniversary coupe, but only low-mileage, well-documented examples with good options. The buzz word lately seems to be “Survivor,” but for the era, this seems overrated. I believe any well-kept 1975–82 Corvette, with an L82, and preferably Gymkhana suspension and an M21 transmission, is awaiting its day in the sun. Also consider a rare period-made performer such as a Greenwood package, which was as exotic as could be found for the street 'Vette at the time. Whatever your choice, do it for love of 8 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com fiberglass, not money. Look what speculators did to the oil and energy markets. If we could predict the future, it would be a different world anyway. 1964–67 Corvette Gary Dessert, Dover, MA: I believe the Corvette to buy that will appreciate the most $50,000 I'd go with a 1967 small-block 350hp coupe with a 4-speed. Callaway ZR-1 Chip Lamb, Richmond, VA: For $50,000, I'd go for something along the lines of a 1993 Callaway Supernatural ZR-1, or a similar Callaway ZR-1 with the C4 flaws worked out. A perfect one ought to cost about $50k completely fresh and ready. Bang for one's buck… L82


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1972 LT-1 1995 ZR-1 Tom Marcucci, Wixom, MI: My bet for the best appreciation over the next two years is an original 1995 ZR-1 with documented 300 miles or less. 1970 LT-1 Mark Rudnick, Lawrenceville, NJ: With $50,000 to spend, I would look far and wide for a 1970 LT-1. Only 1,287 1970 LT-1s were made and the appreciation and demand for these small-block rocket ships continues to grow exponentially. Look for one with documentation, clear and limited ownership history, and fewer than 80,000 miles on the odometer. For the money, the car would probably be low on options and lack judging awards. It should be at least driver quality, with an original matching-numbers drivetrain, and ready to be enjoyed immediately. A car such as this is increasingly difficult to find and is continually increasing in value. As the Corvette market rebounds, the LT-1 will show a healthy market appreciation, perhaps leading the pack. C3 LT-1 Paul Schreiber, via email: I believe the C3 LT-1 is going to become a major sales item in the next couple of years. There were not too many made, they have plenty of power, and the weight savings over a big-block is substantial. It is time for the Corvettes of these years to come forth. I also 1995 ZR-1 believe C4s will really start to pick up in price, as they are fast becoming 30-year-old vehicles with quite a bit of engineering built into them. 1968 or '69 big-block convertible Jim Sucharski, Oviedo, FL: I'd put my $50,000 in a 1968 or '69 big-block convertible. It has more style than the highly regarded C2, still has pre-emission-type power, and has room to appreciate. 1969 427 big-blocks Allen Treibitz, Amityville, NY: I have thought for a long time the 1969 427 bigblocks will see a fair amount of appreciation in the next few years.  427 big-block www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 9


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Questions &Answers Please send your questions to questions@corvettemarket.com. By Colin Comer the Rough into a Lump of Coal A '58 FI car is a desirable and reasonably rare Corvette and it deserves to be correct—even if it will never again be completely original Date-coded or crate motor My dad died recently and left me a 1958 Corvette in pretty rough shape. The body and trim seem fine—just dull and dirty—and the seats are cracked, but otherwise the interior is all there. However, the engine and transmission aren't. I believe the car was a 290-hp fuelie originally, but I have no idea where the powertrain is now. Am I better off going through all the hoops to track down a date-correct 283/290 and 4-speed, or do you recommend some kind of crate engine? I don't want to end up with a crazy custom, but I would like to drive this thing.— M.H., Park Forest, IL If this is indeed an original and fundamentally sound FI car that's only lacking a correct drivetrain, you'll do yourself a huge disservice by not tracking down a proper engine and related components. A '58 FI car is a desirable and reasonably rare Corvette and deserves to be made correct—even if it will never again be completely original. I'm sure your dad would be proud if you returned his old 'Vette to its former glory, rather than hot-rodding it. Not desirable, but cheap I understand over 51,000 1984 Corvettes were built, and that they are still a bargain buy because of this number. But surely a lot fewer than 51,000 examples survive today; is it possible their values will climb as a result? Also, how many do you think still exist?—C.F., East Stroudsburg, PA Without sourcing DMV records and other data (a process far more costly than actually buying an '84 Corvette) to make an educated guess, there is no way to establish a precise number of survivors. Suffice it to say there are still plenty around thanks to the high original production—and even if only half survive, it's still a huge number. Because of this (and the somewhat inexplicable “Rule of Fours,” which says '54, '64, and '84 models have always suffered in the marketplace), I don't see values ever climbing significantly. Bargains are in the eye of the beholder, and the only bargain I see in buying a firstyear C4 is getting a fun Corvette for very little initial investment. Beating the pre-ignition blues My big-block C3 'Vette doesn't like our new reformulated pump gas. If I don't put in race gas it pings like crazy and runs on after I shut off the ignition. Is there a way around this without having the engine modified internally? Nine dollars 10 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Don't Turn a Diamond in Find a date-correct powertrain for that '58 a gallon for racing fuel is killing me!—H.G., Austin, TX The causes of and cures for pre-ignition can vary widely from car to car. So while you didn't mention which big block you have, or any details on the overall powertrain, if it is even close to factory specs and compression ratio, there may be hope. First, verify that the engine is in proper tune—and this means the appropriate spark plugs for the engine build and driving conditions, no vacuum leaks, proper carburetor jetting and air-fuel mixture, a properly operating cooling system, correct ignition timing, etc. If this all checks out and you still have an issue, you may need to adjust your ignition timing to the limitations of today's fuel. I'd suggest starting with a maximum of 32 degrees total advance, and restricting the vacuum advance (if so equipped) so the timing doesn't exceed 37 degrees total at light-throttle cruise. If needed, you can have the distributor recurved to maintain roughly ten degrees BTDC at idle so the response will be what you are used to, but limit the total advance to the numbers above. If it doesn't detonate after this, and you want to experiment, advance the total timing slightly until you get faint detonation, and then back it off a few degrees. If pre-ignition still persists after taking the above steps, I would try either blending the pump gas with a few gallons of race gas per tank (110-octane leaded is preferred), or using a quality octane booster such as Lucas Octane Booster at one 15-oz bottle per tank. Remember to check local laws for the legality of using leaded fuel or octane boosters in your area. 4-speed swap recommended I have a 1967 327/300 coupe with a Powerglide that is on its last legs. Will I hurt the value of my car if I install a period


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correct 4-speed rather than have the automatic rebuilt? And how much does desirability vs. originality come into play?—K.V., Humboldt, CA First of all, you are right that a 4-speed is far more enjoyable than a Powerglide, and much more appropriate for a mid-year 'Vette. It will also really wake up the performance of your base 327. And second, if you are keeping the car as a long-term driver, the originality question doesn't really gain much traction. That said, since most cars eventually move on to other owners (either through an intended sale or as part of the owner's estate), it is important to preserve their originality as much as possible. If this were my car, and I intended to keep it, I would absolutely do the swap to a 4-speed, but using all correct original parts. It is a bolt-in operation and very easy to accomplish. Then put the Powerglide and all related parts on a shelf, and if you ever decide to sell, the most you will be out is the reinstall labor should the new owner want two pedals rather than three. Then you can take the 4-speed setup and sell it to another mid-year owner who has likewise tired of his slushbox. Let survivors live I'm looking at buying a Survivor-certified 1968 Corvette 427/390 coupe, but I've heard that first-year C3s had quite a few problems when they were introduced. I don't intend on driving it much more than to and from the occasional show, but I don't want to end up with a car that has issues—especially since its Survivor certification will limit what I'll want to fix. Would I be better off looking for a 1969 model in similar condition?—D.F., Dallas, TX You are correct—when new, the 1968 Corvettes had their fair share of first-year issues. However I would trust that by now any 42-year-old car has already had its mechanical shortcomings properly fixed, so if you can live with the remaining gremlins that only affect ease of use (for example, difficultto-operate door handles), I say go for it. The added bonus is you can buy a '68 for less than a comparably equipped '69 in similar condition—so the firstyear C3 ultimately offers more bang for the buck. And please do it quickly I put gold 24-inch Asanti rims on my 2007 'Vette. Now I have a bad vibration, and the tires stick out so far they rub the body over hard bumps. What should I do?—B.B., Atlanta, GA Take off the wheels, then turn yourself in to the Taste First-year C3 offers bang for buck Police.. ■ www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 11


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Courtroom Corvettes The legal side of the hobby. By Bruce Shaw, Esq. Fraud Comes to Visit a Corvette Internet Sale—and Then Stays a While Upon receiving the “one-owner” Corvette, the Buyer discovered it had at least two prior owners and a rusted frame It's wise for a seller to know the laws governing consumer fraud in his state A ll 50 states now have on their law books a Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) of some nature, crafted to each state's individual needs. The gist of a Consumer Fraud Act is to give the consumer an easy method—and leverage—to bring a private action or lawsuit against any business or commercial enterprise that uses fraud- ulent or deceptive acts in their sales or advertising practices to snare the consumer into a bad business deal. Penalties for violation of a CFA can be fairly harsh, with double and triple damages, court costs, and attorney fees levied against the defendant if found guilty. In fact, New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act was purposely designed to be one of the strongest consumer laws in the United States. Triple damages are mandatory for any violation, and a consumer need only prove a seller's unlawful conduct and an actual loss. Moreover, New Jersey has expanded its definition of who the act reaches, and the “tortfeasor” (bad guy) no longer has to be a commercial business—instead it could be the private-party seller of a used car. In other words, you. Specifically, the Statute reaches any person who acts, uses, or employs any unconscionable commercial practice, deception, fraud, false promise, misrepresentation, or knowing concealment/ omission of a material fact with the sale or advertisement of any merchandise. When that rusty hulk you sold bites back Enter an actual Consumer Fraud Act civil case involving a Corvette: New Jersey and Lyle Real v. Radir Wheels, Inc. and Richard Conklin, or Case No. 198 NJ 511 for short. In this case, a Missouri consumer (Real) purchased a 1970 Corvette from a New Jersey seller (Radir/Conklin) through an Internet auction. The Seller's Internet address and phone number were both registered to his corporation, Radir Wheels. 12 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com The Buyer relied on the Seller's written Internet description of the Corvette and telephone conversations with the Seller to confirm that the Corvette was a oneowner vehicle, had a good frame, and was roadworthy. The Buyer tendered $13,651 to the Seller as the winning bidder, with the check made payable to Richard Conklin. In return, the Buyer received the vehicle and a title in the Seller's name (Richard Conklin) in a Radir Wheels envelope. Upon receiving the Corvette, the Buyer discovered it was not as advertised or as orally stated by the Seller. The Corvette had at least two prior owners and a rusted frame, the latter meaning it could not be registered in Missouri. In such condition, the Corvette's fair market value was estimated at $5,000. But for some baffling reason, perhaps ignorance of the rights afforded him under the CFA, the Buyer proceeded to spend an additional $40,000 on the Corvette to bring it to roadworthy condition. The Buyer then brought a lawsuit against the Seller's corporation, Radir Wheels, as well as against the Seller individually as Richard Conklin. The lawsuit claimed violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act for misrepresentation, fact concealment surrounding the advertising of the Corvette, and that Conklin and Radir Wheels were car dealers and merchants.


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Proving fraud is just the beginning Under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, a consumer only needs to show two facts: unlawful conduct in violation of the Act by “any person,” and an ascertainable loss (legal speak for a verifiable / actual loss) caused by the violation. If the consumer can prove the above, he is mandated by law to receive triple dam- ages, attorney fees, and court costs. But in our particular case, the Seller argued that he did not misrepresent the Corvette, was not a “car dealer,” and was not subject to the Act's reach—nor was his corporation. When the case went to trial, the court held that all the actions by the Seller were Conklin's alone and dismissed the claims against the Seller's corporation, Radir Wheels. Additionally, the trial court found that Conklin qualified as a “dealer” under the Act, and that his actions were unlawful and subject to the awarding of damages to the Buyer under the Act. Specifically, the court held that the Buyer's ascertainable loss was the sales price minus the actual fair market value at the time of purchase ($13,651 – $5,000 = $8,651). The court then tripled that amount to $25,953 and tacked on another $36,000 for attorney fees and costs, for a total of $61,953 due to the Buyer. The plot thickens under appeal Understandably, Conklin appealed this decision, and the Appellate Division held there was no evidence that Conklin was a “dealer” or a “merchant” under the Consumer Fraud Act. It furthermore dismissed the Buyer's CFA complaint and the triple damages, but held that Conklin had committed common law fraud and so awarded the Buyer $8,651 in damages. But the case still wasn't over, as the Buyer next petitioned the New Jersey Supreme Court, which granted certification (a decision that the Buyer's case was valid). In doing so, the Court held that the Act reaches to any “person,” and is not limited to simply “dealers” and “merchants,” and stated that the definition of “person” includes “any natural person, partnership, corporation, company, trust, employee, salesperson….” At the end of the road, New Jersey's Supreme Court reinstated the judgment of the trial court. This means that the Seller—who originally sold the car for $13,651—wound up paying the Buyer approximately $61,953 in damages, court costs, and legal fees for his fraud. So what is the lesson to be learned here, especially for sellers? On a formal level, you should read your own state's Consumer Protection Statute (including any CFA, if applicable), be aware of what constitutes a violation, and be aware of who can be held accountable under the Statute. But above all, tell the truth to the best of your knowl- edge when you describe a car. Be aware that any explicit statements you make, such as “one-owner,” can get you into big trouble if they are not true, and you knew that when you made them. Remember that a quick buck made through a misrepresentation may cost you thousands of dollars down the road, and ask yourself if you really want to be in that position. ■ BRUCE SHAW, ESQ. is an attorney specializing in collector car fraud. He is a former Bloomington Gold instructor, and an NCRS national judge. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 13


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Insider's View Event Guide Arizona July 26–30; August 20–22, 2010 Bloomington Gold Tours, Flagstaff The 400-mile Colorado Rocky Mountain Tour departs Northern Arizona through Monument Valley, then east into Colorado and the San Juan Parkway towns of Cortez, Durango, and Silverton. Any Corvette is eligible, and the tour includes deluxe lodging, fine dining, plenty of group activities, a welcome basket, a commemorative guide, and more. $1,450 per person. Later in the summer, the Route 66/Grand Canyon Tour follows a 200-mile route on the famed highway through Hackberry, Seligman, and Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Again, any Corvette is eligible. $75 per person, lodging not included. www .bloomingtongoldtours.com. California June 17–20, 2010 Corvettes at Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe This popular event held at the MontBleu Resort will feature racers Tony DeLorenzo and Gerald Thompson, who piloted the Owens-Corning Corvettes in the 1960s and '70s, with a Meet & Greet scheduled for Saturday morning. Other highlights include a scenic lakeside drive, a raffle, show-n-shine, and poker run. $125, or $150 per couple. www.laketahoecorvetteclub.org. June 23, 2010 Corvette Supercar Meet, Huntington Beach A five-day supercar extravaganza held in conjunction with the inaugural 2010 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Includes a full day at Orange County Race Track, a visit to the Petersen Museum, admission to the B-J gala and auction, a live auction for Carroll Shelby's Children's Foundation, a supercar cruise on the Pacific Coast Highway, and much more. Special group parking for all supercars. $745 per car. www.justcruzinevents.com. July 28–30, 2010 National Corvette Museum High Performance Driving, Willows Don't miss this two-day performance driving program hosted by Hooked on Driving and benefitting the NCM. Beginners are The current state of the Corvette market Send your Corvette event listing to cmcalendar@corvettemarket.com. Colorado Rocky Mountain Tour 14 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com www.corvettemarket.com Bloomington Gold Tours


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Insider's View Event Guide August 13, 2010 Corvettes at Concorso, Seaside Bring your Corvette to Monterey and park it on the lawn at Concorso Italiano as part of Corvettes at Concorso. Corvette Market, along with Barrett-Jackson, will host this second annual event. Corvettes will have their own corral, along with a complimentary hospitality tent and judged CM awards, including “People's Choice,” “Farthest Driven,” and “Most Original.” CM Publisher Martin will serve as emcee for Concorso, and all corral entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. CM will have a booth onsite, and will also be at most events during the weekend. Look for the CM crew at The Quail Motorsports Gathering, Automobilia Monterey, Pebble Beach RetroAuto, and at the auctions hosted by Bonhams & Butterfields, Russo and Steele, RM, Mecum, and Gooding. Regularly $125. Save $25 when you register at www.corvettesatconcorso.com and enter promo code corvette2010. For more information, go to www.concorso.com. Colorado July 22–25, 2010 'Vettes on the Rockies, Breckenridge This 37th annual event is held in Summit County, with the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge as the host hotel. Highlights include a funkana, autocross, fashion show, pit crew challenge, and show-n-shine. Events range from $35 to $295. www.lgcacorvette.org. Idaho August 14–15, 2010 Oregon Trail Run, Boise Put on by Valley Corvettes, this is a fun cruise to Joseph, Oregon, with a stop in Baker City for lunch at the Geiser Grand Hotel, as well as a visit to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center before heading on to Enterprise, OR. Sunday includes a leisurely breakfast at The Mountain Air. www.valleycorvettes.org. Kentucky July 16–18, 2010 National Corvette Homecoming, Bowling Green This 29th annual event, held at the Sloan Convention Center, is highlighted by visits to the Corvette Museum and GM Assembly Plant, a vendor swapmeet, car corral, judged car shows, several seminars, including one 16 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com www.corvettemarket.com on solid-axle Corvettes with Noland Adams, an all-Corvette parade, and award presentations. Events are priced from $20 to $300. www.corvettehomecoming.com Illinois June 24–27, 2010 Bloomington Gold, St. Charles Bloomington Gold returns to Pheasant Run with its usual array of judged events like Gold Certification, Survivor, and Benchmark. Additionally, the GoldField will feature thousands of Corvettes of every stripe parked on the fairways of the resort golf course. Mecum will host an all-Corvette auction, while hundreds more will be offered for sale privately in the GoldMine. New this year is the Great Hall, which will feature special historically important Corvettes, as well as the people, companies, and groups that have been important to the growth and history of the Corvette phenomenon since 1973. Judged events include Survivor (for original Corvettes), Gold (for Corvettes deemed to be within 95% of the way they left the factory), and Benchmark (awarded to Corvettes that have attained both Survivor and Gold status). CM Publisher Martin will emcee the Survivor Collector Car Show, which is open to all makes as long as they are unrestored originals, and the CM gang will be onsite all weekend, so look for the booth. Registration fees vary by event. www .bloomingtongold.com. Maine June 11–13, 2010 7th Annual Back to the Beach Party, Old Orchard Beach It's a party, and you and your Corvette are invited. Cruise the coast of Maine, sample local lobster, enjoy live music, and more. $365. www.back2thebeach.net. Nevada August 1–8, 2009 Hot August Nights, Reno More than 800,000 people can't be wrong; the cars are the stars at HAN. Spend the week attending concerts, sock hops, auctions, and watch an endless stream of Corvettes, hot rods, and customs cruising the strip. Most events are free. www.hotaugustnights.com. The current state of the Corvette market welcome and will receive coaching by trained instructors. Intermediate, advanced, and race-prepped cars will run in separate groups. www.corvettemuseum.com. Send your Corvette event listing to cmcalendar@corvettemarket.com. Corvette Named Kentucky's Official State Sports Car Kentucky Governer Steve Beshear recently designated the Corvette the Official State Sports Car of Kentucky. “Since 1953,” said the Governor, “the Corvette has been considered America's sports car. As home to the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentuckians have long considered the Corvette to be Kentucky's sports car and a great symbol of Kentucky pride and craftsmanship. House Bill 104, which was passed during the 2010 General Assembly, now makes that designation official. It was with great pleasure that I signed HB 104 into law.”


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Insider's View Event Guide New York July 25, 2010 'Vettes at the Beach, Sylvan Beach The Syracuse Corvette Club again hosts this all-Corvette show, where more than 400 Corvettes can be expected. Don't miss out on raffles and a 50/50 drawing. All the profits get donated back to the Central New York Community. Cars will not be judged, but trophies will be awarded. $15. www .syracusecorvetteclub.com Oregon July 16–17, 2010 Corvettes on the Bay, North Bend The Pacific Coast Corvette Club hosts this BBQ, show-n-shine, and poker run. www .pacificcoastcorvetteclub.com Pennsylvania June 19, 2010 Cavalcade of Corvettes, Jamison The Corvette Club of Delaware Valley (CCDV) and Bryner Chevrolet present this 40th annual event. Fun stuff includes a craft show, slow drag races, judged car show with several classes, and lots of food, music, and great entertainment. $25. www.ccdv.com. July 11–25, 2010 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Vintage GP is not only America's largest vintage race, but the only one run on city streets. This marks the 28th year of racing through Schenley Park, and the racing there is the culmination of a tenday motorsports week highlighted by historic races at BeaveRun, numerous car shows, cruises, a blacktie gala, and the Kickoff Road Rallye. Funds raised help provide residential care, treatment, and support for autistic and developmentally disabled individuals in the greater Pittsburgh area through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. To date, the PVGP has raised more than $2.5m. Some events are free; $25 weekend pass to the races. www.pvgp.org. Washington August 13–15, 2010 20th Annual 5-Star Classic, DuPont The Classical Glass Corvette Club of Tacoma hosts this event, with Friday night hospitality, a show-n-shine, live music, two judged shows, vendors, an evening gala, morning poker run, autocross, and more. Events are priced separately, from $10 to $40. www.classicalglasscorvetteclub.com  18 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com www.corvettemarket.com Auction Calendar JUNE 4-5—MOTOEXOTICA St Louis, MO 5—RM Cresson, TX 6—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 9—H&H Buxton, UK 11-13—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 12—SILVER Turlock, CA 12—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Sioux Falls, SD 18-19—MECUM St. Paul, MN 19—ICA Birmingham, AL 19—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 19—RM San Diego, CA 25-26—MECUM St. Charles, IL JULY 2—BONHAMS Chichester, UK 3-4—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 4—SOTHEBYS Sydney, AUS 9-10—ICA Iola, WI 10—SILVER Spokane, WA 10—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 16-17—MECUM Des Moines, IA 16-17—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 17—ICA Syracuse, NY 21—H&H Buxton, UK AUGUST 5-8—SILVER Reno, NV 12-13—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 12-14—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 13-14—MECUM Monterey, CA 13-14—RM Monterey, CA 14-15—GOODING & CO Pebble Beach, CA 16—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 28-29—ICA Deadwood, SD 25-27—BARRETT-JACKSON Costa Mesa, CA 26—VANDERBRINK Grand Rapids, MN 24—RM Rochester, MI 25—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 31-AUG 1—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS South Lake Tahoe, NV The current state of the Corvette market Send your Corvette event listing to cmcalendar@corvettemarket.com. 1969 Corvette 427/430 L88 coupe at RM's San Diego sale on June 19 Darin Schnabel ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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C1 profile 1955 265/195 Roadster They are heavy, with ineffective drum brakes, slow and sloppy steering, a cramped cockpit, and a punishing ride—but they have terrific Motorama looks by Colin Comer Chassis number: VE55S001044 transitioning the model into the modern era. Despite optimistic projections by GM, however, 1955 Corvette production only reached 700 units. Obviously a disappointment for the company at the time, today the '55 model's legacy is as an extremely rare landmark Corvette that is regarded as one of the most collectible of all the classic 'Vettes. Manufactured in February 1955, this pristine car is the 44th example of the 700 T produced. In June 1988, it achieved Bloomington Gold Certification, a determination that certified the car at the time as exceeding 95% of its original “as-delivered” condition and correctness. By the early 2000s, it had come into the collection of Paul Jones of Jonesville, Michigan, one of the better-known collectors in the country. This stunning early Corvette is finished in Pennant Blue paint, an original factory color that many enthusiasts believe was only available on 45 examples in 1955. The car also features whitewall tires, a well-preserved light beige interior, and matching tan vinyl top. It offers striking visual details such as the classic “fencing mask” headlight covers, and the large stylized “V” on the Chevrolet fender badges that adorned Corvettes for this year only. On a recent test drive, this Corvette performed flawlessly, with a smooth-shifting gearbox and a strong-pulling engine. This is a wonderfully presented example of one of the rarest of all Corvettes, and will be a marvelous addition to even the most pedigreed sports car collections. CM Analysis This car sold for $126,500, including buyer's premium, at Gooding & Company's Amelia Island Auction in Amelia Island, Florida, on March 12, 2010. The estimate was $130,000–$160,000. Regular production C1–C3 Corvette values, like those of pretty much all collectible cars under $500k, have been hard hit by economic events in the world at large. Leading the charge downward are the Corvettes that had raced to the front during the value surge of 2004–07. And among these are the C1 cars, most notably the 1953s, which at one point were regularly selling for nearly mid-six figures—and in some cases more. 20 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com hough almost identical to its immediate predecessors in outward appearance, the 1955 Corvette was a significant milestone in the evolution of America's sports car. This was the first year that Chevrolet's vaunted 265-ci V8 engine was available. This year also marked the transition to a 12-volt electrical system, firmly The 1955 models, with the added bonus of colors other than Polo White, and available V8 engines and manual transmissions, followed the '53s in value quite closely. In 2006, I watched a nice but not spectacular 1955 sell for $346k. The game was on, and I can't say I faulted anybody for paying a near-1953 price for a 1955 car if they just had to have one. The production numbers are still very Details Years Produced 1955 Number Produced 700 Original List Price $2,909 CM Valuation $65,000–$122,000 Tune-up $150 Distributor Cap $19.99 Chassis # Driver's side door post Engine # Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Club National Corvette Restorers Society; Solid Axle Corvette Club More www.ncrs.org; www.solidaxle.org Alternatives 1955 Ford Thunderbird; 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta; 1954 Buick Skylark CM Investment Grade B Photos by Pawel Litwinski © 2010 Courtesy of Gooding & Company


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low (700 vs. 300 for 1953), the small-block V8 is a far better engine than the wheezy Blue Flame Six, and given my druthers, I'd welcome a 3-speed manual over the slip-n-slide Powerglide 2-speed auto. But that's just me. A Gold-winning resto, lightly used This brings us to our subject car. In June 2007, a good customer asked me to travel to Mecum's Bloomington Gold auction to inspect (and potentially buy) this very car. Lot S55 was being sold by Paul Jones, who had bought it shortly after its 1998 Bloomington Gold win. After almost a decade since its restoration and mostly static display, it was no longer perfect but presented very nicely with a good, honest feel. It appeared to have its original engine and was a legitimate V8 car. (A slight correction to the Gooding text: This car has a correct cloth top, not vinyl, and 1955 V8 Corvettes had a large “V” in the Chevrolet script to denote the V8, while 6-cylinder '55s retained a small “v”.) Panel fit was to factory standards, which is to say poor, and the paint had numerous shrinkage issues and some minor chipping and cracking. But the interior was crisp, as was the engine compartment and chassis detailing. The bottom line was a nice older restoration that had mellowed and was now ready to be a high-level driver, which is what my customer wanted. I purchased the car on his behalf for $178,500, which at the time was a very good buy, as most '55s were trading well above $250k. I took the car to my shop, where we spent considerable time fixing some restoration mistakes, aligning body panels, fixing oil leaks, and generally making everything work and the car roadworthy again. In the end, s/n 044 was a nice driver, with glossy paint, nice trim, and a strong V8 and Powerglide transmission. After enjoying the car for the better part of three years, my customer consigned it to the March 2010 Gooding auction. Now, about the “rare” Pennant Blue paint job. Short of having documentation proving the original paint code, it is difficult to get much additional money for any “rare” C1 colors. Unfortunately, there is no trim tag on any C1 (or even any C2, for that matter) Corvette denoting color or trim options, and once a car is repainted or restored, all evidence of the original color is removed. That is why about 200 of the original 45 Pennant Blue '55s survive today. So any premium for this color is nonexistent, unless it's backed up by hard evidence. And then, there's usability to consider Perhaps the biggest reason why C1 'Vettes are no longer the flavor of the month could be the way they drive. While they are undeniably great-looking cars—literally a Motorama dream car that GM actually built—they drive like the pickup truck from which GM stole the Corvette's chassis parts. They are heavy, with ineffective drum brakes all around, slow and sloppy steering, a cramped cockpit, and a punishing ride. Add the fact that most came with the Powerglide automatic, which saps much of the modest power the engine produces, and they are also among the most sedateperforming Corvettes ever built. If they drove as great as they look, I am positive they would be selling for double their current value. Despite all of this, a good 1955 V8 Corvette like our subject is a ton of car for just over $100k—even if it's only used as garage art or for the occasional cruise to Tastee Freez on a nice summer evening. C1s are stunning to behold, and while uninspiring to drive, they at least have an indestructible chassis and bulletproof drivetrain. Few vehicles will attract as much positive attention as one of these showboats. Just like old mahogany runabouts, they have an utterly unique sound to go with their design. So long as you drive a C1 within its capabilities (as well as your own), it can be a most rewarding ride. Long term, with just 700 produced and protected by an indelible status as one of history's most iconic sports cars, I can't see how anybody could ever get hurt with a good C1 Corvette at this kind of money. Some might even call today's prices a good opportunity to get a C1 at a fair price. For the seller here, putting aside any maintenance costs, the difference between his buy three years ago and his sell today was about $50,000, which means the Corvette cost him roughly $15,000 a year in depreciation. That's what happens when you buy in a rising market and sell in a falling one. So I certainly think our subject car at $126,500 was a good buy for a known, well-sorted, former Bloomington Gold-certified 1955 V8 Corvette. Properly maintained, I suspect it will be provide enjoyment for its new and subsequent owners for decades to come, and is likely not only to hold its value well, but also offer a good chance for future appreciation. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) COLIN COMER is the founder of Colin's Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of the best-selling books Million-Dollar Muscle Cars, and The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles. SEAT TIME Van Pearcy, Midland, TX: I had an opportunity to buy a numbers-matching '55 in Scottsdale back in 2000 for about $77k. I backed off because I had purchased two other cars the same weekend—a 1950 Ford coupe convertible and a 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi. Seven years later, after searching far and wide, I found a supposed 1955 V8 Corvette on a farm in Indiana that was sitting in a barn. I didn't know the status of the car except the farmer said, “It's in good shape!” I found a reputable Corvette inspector in Chicago and paid him to travel the 600-plus miles roundtrip to inspect and drive the car, which had been restored years back, but then kept in the barn. The phone call after the inspection went something like this: VAN: Well, what do you think? INSPECTOR: Can I ask you a question first? V: Sure. I: How did you find this '55 'Vette, anyway? V: So, it's a good one? I: If you don't buy this, I am going to buy it! V: Really? It's that good? I: I take it the farmer never told you it won the Bloomington Gold Award a couple years back? V: (Gulp) Well, uh, no! So, did he tell you why he is selling it? I: He's living more and more at his home in Florida and feels if the price is right, someone else should have fun with it. Needless to say, the price was right and I had the car transported to Texas. 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C2 profile 1966 427/425 L72 Convertible “These are 425 horses of a size and strength never before seen by man— horses as tall as houses, with hooves as big as bushel baskets” by Thomas Glatch Chassis number: 194676S103338 T his 1966 Corvette has been refinished in its correct Tuxedo Black color with black interior trim. It represents a complete, no-expense-spared, every-nutand-bolt, frame-off restoration with a 427/425 engine, close-ratio 4-speed and Positraction rear axle. It has had an extensive chassis detail with proper shim marks and stencils, and is optioned with factory side exhausts, power steering, air conditioning, teakwood steering wheel, cast aluminum knockoff wheels, 7.75-15 Goodyear Goldline tires, AM/FM radio with power antenna, and auxiliary hard top. The car is documented with the original bill of sale from Person Chevrolet in Memphis, Tennessee, and the second owner's title and bill of sale from Union Chevrolet, also in Memphis, dating back to 1969. CM Analysis This car sold for $94,600, including buyer's premium, at BarrettJackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 3, 2010. “Son of a Gun—just what the Corvette needed, more power.” That's what Car & Driver magazine said of the 1966 427-powered L72 Corvette in its November 1965 road test. “Last year's 396 ‘porcupine head' Corvette was cranking out quite a bit more than its advertised 425 bhp, and with 427 cu. in., the gap between advertised and actual becomes even broader. However, Chevrolet insists there are only 425 horses in there, and we'll just have to take their word for it. Though we feel compelled to point out that these are 425 horses of a size and strength never before seen by man— horses as tall as houses, with hooves as big as bushel baskets. When you have this many of those horses exerting their full force against the small of your back, you are profoundly impressed, and you will most likely lose all interest in counting anyway.” 22 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Details Years Produced 1966 Number Produced 5,258 Original List Price $6,199 CM Valuation $70,000–$127,000 Tune-up $150 Distributor Cap $19.99 Chassis # Riveted to cross brace below glove box Engine # Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Club National Corvette Restorers Society More www.ncrs.org Alternatives 1965–67 Jaguar XKE 4.2; 1965–66 Shelby GT350; 1970 Aston Martin DBSV8 CM Investment Grade A Photos: Barrett-Jackson


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Car & Driver's artful introduction to the L72 Corvette 45 years ago can hardly be improved upon, and neither can the big-block Sting Ray. Especially when it's finished in the striking triple-black color combination like our Barrett-Jackson subject car, and possesses original documentation proving it was highly equipped with the desirable teak steering wheel, side exhausts, power steering, and even air conditioning. As another positive, B-J's Palm Beach car was properly restored by an NCRS judge, and while the engine is not original to the car, it is correct for this car and is still worthy of respect. Possibly with the original engine, and Top Flight or Bloomington Gold certification, this Corvette would have sold for closer to the high book for the model, somewhere around $125k, but nearly $95k is a good price nonetheless. To put matters in perspective, just a few cars after this one crossed the block, a similar 1967 L71 435-hp convertible (lot 660.2) sold at $165k. That shouldn't come as too much of a shock, because on average it will take $20k to $50k more to buy a '67 L71 than a '66 L72 of equal quality. In fact, since the 1980s, the 435-hp L71 has been one of the Corvettes to own for collectors, yet on the surface it doesn't seem that much different from the 425-hp 1966 L72. Which begs the question: Is the L71 really worth that much more? Last of the line often most precious In truth, the '67 model year was supposed to debut the third-generation Shark de- sign, but internal battles over the roof delayed the new model until 1968. As a result, Chevrolet designers had to quickly update the C2 for one more year, and their work included the unique front fender vents and backup lamps located above the rear license plate. More famously, the '67 427-powered cars got a redesigned “power bulge” hood with the now-famous “stinger” with contrasting paint stripe. The cast-aluminum wheels also lost their knockoff wing nuts in favor of supposedly safer hex nuts. So while one can easily defend the '67 as the best looking of mid-year Sting Rays, its predecessors were hardly the generation's ugly stepchildren. Another reason the '66 suffers value-wise is power—but this is more a matter of per- ception than reality. Because in reality, the famed 1967 L71 Tri-Power was basically the '66 L72 with the addition of a triple-carb setup, and Chevrolet officially rated it at 435 hp—10 hp more than the L72. (Interestingly, the single four-barrel 1966 L72 was rated at 450 hp when first introduced. But about a month into production the engine rating was lowered to 425 hp, although the only known actual change was a revised horsepower sticker for the air cleaner.) As well, contemporary road tests indicated that the '66 L72 was equal to, if not slightly faster than, the '67 L71, though I've driven both and would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Clearly performance can't be the deciding factor in the L71's popularity. The difference isn't rarity, either. Chevrolet built 3,754 L71 Corvettes for 1967, com- pared to 5,258 L72s for the previous year, and even though this is a nearly 29% reduction, it's still way too many cars to be considered rare. (The '67 L71 production numbers were lower because the 427 engine was now spread among five different horsepower options, rather than just between a pair of 390-hp and 425-hp models as in '66.) So if it isn't performance, style, or rarity, what makes the 1967 L71 such a must-have automobile—and the '66 L72 not so much? At the end of the day, it's because the '67 was the last of the line and the end of the real Sting Ray era (despite the model name living on for another year in the first C3 Shark, before giving way to “Stingray” for 1969). No original engine, not a problem The fact that our subject car did not have its original engine is hardly a deal- buster. In fact, it's quite common for high-horsepower Corvettes from the first two decades to have replacement mills (only three of the 16 1967 L89 Corvettes built still have their original engines, and these cars are all worth a small fortune). The seller should be commended for disclosing this, as he could have easily said that the car was “numbers matching”—meaning a carefully sourced replacement with correct datecoded components. Having a verified original engine certainly will increase the value of an older Corvette, but not as much as you might think. The more I watch the Corvette market, the more I realize it's much like the stock market, where fervor often trumps logic. Barrett-Jackson's sale of this '66 L72 and a similar '67 L71—at sizably different prices—is a prime example. Both offer comparable performance, both have equivalent restorations, and both are striking in appearance and presentation. Indeed, the L72 is packed with some of the most desirable Steve B., via email: I have owned a 1966 427/425 convertible since 2007, s/n 194676S110899. The color is Sunfire Yellow, and it has a 4-speed. Total mileage is less than 40,000, it has always been garaged, and it had a complete body-off restoration in 1992. It was a show car in the mid-1990s, complete with awards. My Corvette looks great and sounds even better: It purrs at 1,500 rpm, growls at 3,500 rpm, and roars at 4,500 rpm. The only issue I have is that a lot of heat comes from the engine compartment, making my legs very warm. www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 23 options of the era (and has the documentation to prove it), while the L71 is lightly optioned. Yet the L71 trumped the L72 by over $70k. Go figure. Rather than lose sleep over such perceived market inequities, the new owner of our subject 1966 L72 Corvette should instead rejoice in owning an excellent show-and-go automobile with stunning performance and looks that will forever stop people in their tracks. Raising your paddle and ending up with this in your garage for under $100k? I'd call that very well bought indeed. ■ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) TOM GLATCH has been contributing stories and photographs to numerous automotive magazines, books, and calendars since 1983, and began covering Corvettes in 1989. He lives in Wisconsin. Seat Time


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C3 profile 1970 454/390 LS5 Coupe On an open road where the gas pedal can be smashed to the floor, each shift shoves the LS5 violently forward by Mark Rudnick Chassis number: 194370S416751 The car is pristine, with a completely detailed engine compartment, and comes with both NCRS and Bloomington awards as a result. T CM Analysis This car sold for $66,000, including buyer's premium, at Barrett- Florida, on April 2, 2010. The 1970 LS5 Corvette was born in the USA at a time of political and social upheaval. This followed the era of the Summer of Love in San Francisco and the Woodstock Festival in New York—and the heyday of the hippie counter-culture, where the idea “less is more” took root and the Volkswagen minibus became a cultural icon. Simultaneously, governmental pressure was forcing the American automobile industry to become more socially and environmentally responsible, and the long-held belief that “What's good for GM is good for America” was clearly being challenged. In response to an onslaught of new emission and safety standards, engineering was redirected from increasing horsepower and performance to reducing emissions, increasing fuel efficiency, and utilizing lower-octane fuels. Sound familiar? The glory days of American muscle cars were clearly numbered. Corvette had already undergone a major transformation for 1968 with the introduc- tion of the third-generation “shark,” so named for its evocative body design. And while the power, prestige, and pride associated with the Corvette may have been somewhat out 24 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction in West Palm Beach, his Monza Red 1970 Corvette 454/390 LS5 coupe has its original black interior, T-tops with removable back glass, and AM/FM radio. It is well documented with the original tank sticker, build sheet, Protect-O-Plate, warranty booklet, and dealer packet, and was treated to a no-expense-spared, professional restoration. Details Years Produced 1970–72 Number Produced 13,483 Original List Price $5,482 (1970) CM Valuation $27,000–$58,000 Tune-up $150 Distributor Cap $19.99 Chassis # Top of dash on driver's side Engine # Passenger side block behind alternator Club National Corvette Restorers Society More www.ncrs.org Alternatives 1970–72 Chevrolet Chevelle LS5; 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440; 1970 Shelby GT500 CM Investment Grade B (C, 1972) Photos: Barrett-Jackson


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of sync with the times, Americans maintained their love affair with the automobile and “motorheads” were still more interested in horsepower than flower power. As a result, Corvette sales had continued to grow in 1968–69, and each year saw production and sales at their highest level since Corvette debuted in 1953. Multiple changes for 1970—some even good The 1970 model year, the third for the latest Corvette design, saw numerous subtle styling refinements, including a new egg-crate grille design, a change from round to rectangular front turn signal lamps, flared wheel openings to reduce body damage caused by debris kicked up by the wider period tires, revised cross-hatched fender louvers, larger side marker lights, and rectangular exhaust tips replacing the previous round tips for a more aggressive appearance. However, the biggest change for the '70 'Vette lurked underhood, with the intro- duction of the big-block LS5 454/390 engine and the LT1 350/370 small-block. The 454 V8 was a member of Chevrolet's existing Mark IV engine family, which started with the 396 V8 of 1965, evolved into the 427 V8 for 1966, and matured with the 454. In different configurations, the 454 lasted in Corvette through the 1974 production year. Chevrolet originally listed the ultimate fire-breathing version of this motor in the guise of RPO LS7, which was rated at 460 hp and featured aluminum heads, mechanical instead of hydraulic valve lifters, high-compression 11.25:1 pistons, a higher-lift camshaft, and transistorized ignition. However, the option was withdrawn and never installed in any 1970 production Corvettes offered to the public. As a result, the sole big-block engine available for 1970 was the LS5 454/390 found in our subject car. The $289.65 option included the 454-ci engine equipped with hydraulic lifters, 10.25:1 pistons, and a single four-barrel carburetor. Exactly 4,473 Corvettes, or nearly 26% of the total 1970 model-year production run of 17,316 units, were so equipped. LS5 big-block performance didn't disappoint Credited with producing 390 hp and a staggering 500 ft-lb of torque, the 1970 LS5 offered the full thrill ride associated with previous big-block Corvettes. When fitted with our subject car's M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, the driver enjoyed an effortless ride in a rocket ship. These transmissions shift with ease in traffic, yet when offered an open road where the gas pedal can be mashed to the floor, the power lights the tires with every gear change, each of which also shoves the LS5 violently forward and pushes both driver and passenger hard into their seats. When Road & Track tested an LS5 with the M40 transmission back in the day, the editors clocked 0–60 mph acceleration in 7.0 seconds, a 15.0-second quarter-mile at 93 mph, and a top speed of 144 mph—not too shabby for a 1970 production car. Come to a turn, though, and you'd discover this heavy-steering big-block would much rather keep traveling a straight path. This is not a nimble Corvette like its small-block LT-1 brother, whose lower weight and higher-revving mill are ideal for road racing. Instead, the LS5 is a street drag racer, pure and simple. Seat Time Bryan Adriance, North Kingston, RI: I am the proud owner of a 1970 454 LS5 coupe, which I purchased in Arizona in the early 1990s. It is a very well-equipped, all-numbers-matching, unmolested big-block with 69,000 original miles. Options include power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, deluxe saddle leather interior, AM/FM stereo, wideratio 4-speed, and a 3.08 Positraction rear axle. The engine pad numbers have a March build date and are TO325CZU and 70S408987. These cars were noted for their vast amount of torque, and driving mine is a thrill. Two owners and low mileage a plus The Monza Red 1970 LS5 coupe sold at Barrett- Jackson received a first-rate (and perhaps somewhat better than factory original) restoration a few years back. While still presenting well, the restoration is no longer fresh and shows some minor flaws and mild aging. But having a relatively low 34,000 original miles and being highly documented with a Protect-O-Plate, tank sticker, dealer packet, and original registration are definitely a plus in our current buyer's market. A red Corvette is always a head turner, especially with a bigblock hood. Its offering by only the second owner, who purchased the car at the same West Palm Beach auction in March 2008 for $68,200, is another plus. Limited and clear ownership history is always appreciated. As noted in the auction copy, this LS5 has an NCRS Award and Bloomington Silver Certification to its credit, but the NCRS award level—and whether it was achieved at a Chapter, Regional, or National Meet— was not stated. Documentation and nationally recognized awards definitely add to a car's market value; however, they won't bump any Corvette up to investment-grade level if the car's features, options, and provenance don't warrant this. While possessing the highest-horsepower engine for 1970, lot 370 still lacks the all-important power steering, power brakes, and AM/FM radio options. So while this particular Corvette can't be considered high-grade investment material, the buyer still did just fine, because someone else already wrote the large checks for its restoration. Put another way, the cost of restoring an average 1970 LS5 to this car's present condition would probably exceed the auction price paid here. And what of the seller? Given that he paid $68,200 for the car in 2008, getting $59,400 (after deducting the 10% seller's commission) after two years of enjoyment isn't bad in a weak economy. Since the recent past has not been a very good time for Corvette speculation, in today's marketplace this transaction should be considered a very fair deal for both buyer and seller. ■ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) MARK RUDNICK has logged over 20 years of active participation in NCRS, where he is a Master Level Judge, as well as Chairman of the New Jersey Chapter. www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 25


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C4 profile 1991 Greenwood G4R Body Kit Prototype There is little reason to pay much extra for what's basically a body kit poured over a stock 240-horsepower, automatic-transmission '91 Corvette by Chip Lamb Chassis number: 1G1YY2385M5114716 hood, hood louvers, a window fairing, front spoiler, rocker-panel extensions, and a completely revised rear bumper. In addition to these stylistic elements, the induction system was improved by a K&N ram-air induction system, and twin Phazer radarjamming transmitters are molded into the front and rear bumpers. T CM Analysis This car sold for $16,430, including buyer's premium, at Mecum's Kissimmee High Performance Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, on January 31, 2010. John Greenwood is best known for his stunning, world-beating IMSA Corvette road racers that thrust onto the world stage in 1974. Introduced at a ten-lap sprint race at Road Atlanta that year, the cars would eventually win the '74 championship before taking other major victories in the following years. The aerodynamic improvements introduced on the Greenwood Corvettes were soon copied by others, including 26 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com his one-of-a-kind 1991 G4R Series Greenwood prototype was handcrafted by 1970s racer John Greenwood. It is one of only three such C4 prototypes built, and the only one personally certified by Greenwood. The complete and fully functional body package includes the G4R super wing, a twin-nostril high-rise by Porsche on their highly successful 935s, which also dominated IMSA for a half-decade. Greenwood's success led to the building of race cars for privateer drivers, some of whom also did well in IMSA and SCCA during the mid-1970s. Soon others who liked the cars' wild styling but had no intention of racing began clamoring for a street-legal Greenwood Corvette as well. Aware of the possibilities for performance-tuned Corvettes (thanks in part to the serious power deficits then imposed by both the California Air Resources Board and the federal government), Greenwood introduced his first wide-body C3, known as the “Batmobile,” at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in 1974. Greenwood's angle in proffering street-legal cars was really to amortize the cost of specialty tooling that would ultimately help his team win races. Initially the Photos: Alex Marks


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custom street cars were built with only aerodynamic and styling improvements, but engine and chassis tuning eventually entered the formula. With several different levels of aero and drivetrain modifications available to them, Corvette enthusiasts with enough patience and an open wallet could have a street-legal vehicle configured as a convincing Greenwood racer-replica. A low production run of high-powered cars From 1975 until 1981, Greenwood built 43 custom street cars based on five dis- tinct body styles. The last three styles—the Turbo GT, Daytona, and GTO—all used turbocharged small-block engines. While racing has always been full of imitation, now Greenwood's street cars were also being copied, with the most well-known clone produced by Eckler's of Florida. While the copycats appeared similar in form, Greenwood's engineering was not even attempted by such wannabes, who tried to capitalize on his racetrack fame. Just as the third-generation Corvette left room for improvement, so did the fourth— and upon its release in early 1983, a slew of Corvette tuners eagerly jumped on the aftermarket bandwagon. John and brother Burt Greenwood were no different in this respect, yet their years of experience in building 700-horsepower racing machines (and the chassis and aerodynamic engineering that went into them) told them that in order to make the perfect street car, they would have to start from scratch. Although the C4 was already an entirely new car inside, outside, and underneath, in GM's rush to produce it, some congenital defects remained. Intent on perfecting the platform, Greenwood spent more than a few years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fixing these perceived flaws. But when he finally brought the performancetuned G-350 and G-383 models to market, few takers were to be found. Ultimately, he came to the conclusion that his new creations needed more reconfiguring to sell at a reasonable price. Another problem for Greenwood at the time was the competition. Callaway Cars had grown a reputation for both performance and appearance, and they even had the distinction of a potent Twin-Turbo option commanding its very own RPO B2K in the official Chevrolet order book for an impressive five years. A body kit does not a performance car make Regarding the car sold by Mecum in Kissimmee (offered one lot before another Greenwood car, our C5 profile on p. 28), it was not one of Greenwood's performancetuned cars but a prototype of what was to become the G4R cosmetic body kit. Although certified as authentic by Greenwood, today it is special only to those who appreciate the time and trouble the man took on his quest to improve the C4. Close examination of this particular example reveals that it has not exactly spent its life in protective bubble wrap. Instead, the car has been tastelessly modified with a set of (likely aftermarket) chromed C5 Z06-style alloy wheels, a Borla (or similar) aftermarket exhaust system, a garden-variety Accel ignition coil, and the meaningless boy-racer application of red paint to valvetrain and throttle-body covers—most likely done as it is a well-known fact that red paint results in instant and palpable performance gains. On the bright side, the white body color is one of the more compli- Details Years Produced 1991 Number Produced 3 (G4R prototypes)/14,967 1991 coupes/20,639 all 1991 Original List Price $32,455 (base) + approx. $15,000 in Greenwood body mods CM Valuation $16,430 on this day Tune-up $150 Distributor Cap $12 Chassis # Driver's side dash at windshield Engine # Lower rear side of crankcase Club Corvette Club of America More www.corvetteclubofamerica.com Alternatives 1988–89 Corvette Challenge Racer; 1991–92 Callaway Corvette; 1992 Lingenfelter Corvette CM Investment Grade D mentary colors for the C4's shape. Despite the racy body parts, a rumbling exhaust note, and the appearance of sitting lower on its haunches than the run-of-the-mill period Corvette, this car offers no more performance than stock, and thus has to frighten (or impress, take your choice) onlookers by stance alone. At auction, the math didn't work—because there is little reason to pay much extra for what's basically a body kit poured over a stock L98 240horsepower, automatic-transmission 1991 Corvette. At the end of the day, guys who target muscular-looking cars also want the muscle to go with it. Given the dated nature of this styling kit, I'd have to say this sale was market-correct, if not slightly wellsold. The market appeal of a 1980s supercar silhouette Corvette is not likely to come back into vogue in the foreseeable future. ■ 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 SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 27


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C5 profile 1998 Greenwood G5R Body Kit Prototype The price paid reflects the winning bidder's respect for the Greenwood pedigree—and also the value associated with this particular prototype by Roy Sinor Chassis number: 1G1YY22GXW5123309 A s the son of a GM Tech Center employee, John Greenwood started turning wrenches for himself as a teenager. Beginning with go-karts, he quickly progressed to street racing a 1955 Pontiac and then, in the mid-1960s, to the new Corvette Sting Ray. Street racing was then, as now, all about acceleration, and Greenwood quickly learned on Detroit's Woodward Avenue that “you don't want to get left behind on the straight parts.” Bored and stroked big-blocks soon found their way into his cars, and after achiev- ing good success on the mean streets, Greenwood found gymkhana competition and then road racing to his liking. He rapidly earned his regional and then national SCCA licenses, and as the 1960s closed he won the coveted SCCA A Production championship. Greenwood's simultaneous racing and engineering careers—and his place in history—were underway. 28 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com The genesis of the Greenwood G5R body kits for the fifth-generation Corvette C5s dates to early 1974, when Greenwood introduced the first wide-body Corvette he'd designed for IMSA competition. Its dramatic modifications were all calculated to improve downforce and reduce drag for superior road-holding and higher top speeds. Features included an aggressive body rake angle, super-wide fenders with downforce-generating leading edges and drag-reducing vented rears, and front and rear diffusers. The combination worked spectacularly, thrusting Greenwood's monster Corvettes to the top of the na- Photos: Alex Marks


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tional road-racing ladder and prompting factory teams from BMW and Porsche to adopt similar design strategies. While the early aero efforts were crafted with thencurrent third-generation Corvettes, the Greenwood name became synonymous with high-performance Corvette tuning and body designs for years afterwards, up to and including the fourth- and fifth-generation Corvettes. This 1998 Corvette G5R Greenwood prototype is a truly functional and rare Corvette. It was designed and handcrafted by John Greenwood, who ultimately became one of the most successful Corvette racers in history, and Greenwood also certified this car as the prototype build for the subsequent production G5R body conversions. The specially developed package enhances both handling and stability with a G5R super wing, twin splitters, rockers, rear tunnel quarters, windshield fairing, and a raised twin-nostril Ram Air hood. CM Analysis This car sold for $61,480, including buyer's premium, at Mecum's January 31, 2010. By most accounts, John Greenwood was responsible for keeping America's sports car alive on the track in the 1970s, earning SCCA and IMSA championships while flying the Stars and Stripes on outrageous wide-body aero Corvettes of his own design. The privateer effort was hugely successful, and the original shape of the Greenwood Corvettes was soon etched in the minds of all who followed the marque. Moreover, the unique configuration was championed by other Corvette racers, while also creating a demand for Greenwood wide-body conversion kits for the street. Showing remarkable staying power, Greenwood conversions and kits have now been offered in four different decades. Most think of these cars as mostly aero oriented, but Greenwood also offered race-bred suspension packages and engine enhancements, such as a twin-turbo conversion. Fortunately, his designs always left the car undeniably Corvette, a feat which can't be claimed by some other tuners. Underneath the aero bodywork, a useful L98 Corvette Greenwood may have done a few unique ground-up builds along the way, but his forte was crafting individual pieces, some of which were available in kits. It's worth mentioning that other aftermarket builders such as Callaway, Katech, Lingenfelter, LG Motorsports, and Mallet similarly offered C5 suspension and engine modifications—with some also doubling up to create aero styling components. Judging by the test of time, today the Greenwood name remains typical of the group, that is to say well-known by the cognoscenti but invisible to the public. Thanks to its stock suspension and drivetrain, this particular vehicle should provide years of service with little or no problems, and repairs should cost no more Details Years Produced 1998 Number Produced 1 prototype Original List Price $37,495 (base) + approx. $20,000 in Greenwood body mods CM Valuation $61,480 on this day Tune-up $500 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 1998 Corvette Callaway C12; 1994 Corvette Guldstrand GS90; 1998 Corvette Lingenfelter Twin Turbo CM Investment Grade D www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 29 Kissimmee High Performance Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, on than those for any other Corvette of the same type. But with its raised twin-nostril Ram Air hood, twin splitters, body-side rockers, windshield fairing, rear tunnel quarters, and rear wing, the G5R becomes a truly functional and rare Corvette crafted by the man himself. Best of all, it will perform well as a daily driver, easily withstand a heavy-footed thrashing, squire sublimely along the boulevard, or take a long summer's cruise—all while turning heads everywhere it goes. Greenwood connection added much value As lot U16 at Mecum's Kissimmee auction (preceded immediately by lot U15, our C4 profile car, p. 26), this G5R prototype unquestionably sold for a premium price. If you simply wanted a Greenwood-kitted C5, you could instead buy a decent automatic coupe in the $20,000 range, invest another $20,000 in the purchase and installation of a body kit, and still be $20,000 ahead of the winning bidder here. But then all you would have is a converted car. Clearly the buyer in this case attached a premium to owning the prototype, the Adam of the clan, if you will, for the Greenwood G5Rs. I can't call this car well bought in terms of G5Rs in general, but I can say that this was a fair deal for both parties, when the unique nature of it being the one and only prototype is factored in. However, for the buyer to get his money back when it's time to move on, he'll need Mecum to find him another buyer just like himself— someone who thinks having prototype number 0000 is worth a $20,000 bump in value. He should be prepared to wait a while. ■ ROY SINOR served as a judge at Bloomington Gold for ten years, and since 1996 he has been the NCRS National Judging Chairman. He has co-authored and edited several Corvette-related publications. He lives in Oklahoma.


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C6 profile by John L. Stein A Selection of C6s that sold recently on eBay 2011 Z06 Carbon Special Edition The only likely way for this car to ascend in value is if it's retained in as-new condition for some horrifically long period of time, for instance decades T he stunning new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition embodies 50 years of Le Mans racing technology and heritage for the street. It combines a ZR1 chassis with the light weight and balance of a naturally aspirated LS7 Z06 engine, making it the best Corvette ever produced for the track. This is a collector's car, as only 500 units are scheduled for production. It is available in either Inferno Orange Metallic or Supersonic Blue, with a suede interior featuring body-color stitching. The Carbon Special Edition also features black mirrors and headlamps, as well as body-color door handles. Carbon-fiber components include a front splitter, rocker sills, and raised hood. This Z06 is also outfitted with a new Z07 performance package that includes Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels shod with Michelin PS2 tires. The winning bidder can select and order the first-ever regular production 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition, in his choice of paint color and trim. The winning bidder will also have the opportunity to view the construction of its LS7 engine at GM's Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, and take delivery at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. CM Analysis This car sold for $297,000, including buyer's premium, at BarrettFlorida, on April 3, 2010. 30 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction in West Palm Beach, Details Years Produced 2011 Number Produced 500 (est.) Original List Price $100,000 (est.) CM Valuation $80,000–$100,000 Tune-up $500 Distributor Cap n/a Chassis # Driver's side dash at windshield Engine # TBD Club Z06 Vette Forum More www.z06vette.com Alternatives 2009–10 Corvette ZR1; 2005–06 Ford GT; 2009–10 Porsche GT3 CM Investment Grade B


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Like many collectors, given a choice, I'd rather own either the first or the last of something, because these “bookends” often most powerfully define an epoch. In my overall world of dreams, I'll pick John Lennon's 1958 Rickenbacker guitar because he changed modern music with it, and I'll take Babe Ruth's final home run ball because it was the last of a great career. In my Corvette fantasies, it's the first Split-Window Sting Ray and the last '67 L71 big-block. As you read this, the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition auctioned by Barrett-Jackson hasn't even been built, but for his $297,000, our buyer got the promise of the first saleable unit (hardly a big deal), plus a goodie bag full of early-adopter treats such as watching the engine build and taking Museum Delivery. Essentially, he “bought the experience.” Limited to 500 units with an expected MSRP of about $100,000, the Z06 Carbon Special Edition is distinguished from a standard model by a thoughtful range of appearance and performance items. Delighting Z06 owners but perhaps vexing Z06 Carbon Special Edition candidates, both the body package (known as CFZ) and chassis package (Z07) are also available on the base Z06. This convenient bit of overlap might sell more packages, but it undermines the Special Edition's aggregate value. Dream of a lifetime, or a broken dream? Green Day's song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” aptly describes the wisdom of paying 197% over retail for the privilege of having the first one. And then, what would you do on your first day of possession? Just a few choices: Float it into a hypoallergenic transport truck and then into your climate-controlled garage, where you and selected friends can inhale its rarity while marveling at what it'll be worth down the road. CM Says: Bad buzzer sound, you lose. Don't kneel before it but don't touch it, either. Flip that thing tomorrow for an easy $50k profit to some guy with a bigger wallet and ego than you (and there is always someone, right?). CM Says: Best of luck, because there are 499 more slated for production right behind yours. Run some high-octane no-lead into the tank and squire that beast to the nearest track day, realizing that life lasts regrettably shy of forever and you have the money, wisdom, and amygdala to enjoy it now. CM Says: Ballsy move, you win the game. If the math doesn't fit, you must acquit Unfortunately, our auction darling will not actually be the very first 2011 Z06 physically built, nor will it carry anything close to VIN 00001. Unlike in the distant past, nowadays the first saleable production units follow a short run of non-certified pilot-production cars that are eventually scrapped. The only likely way for this car to ascend in value is if it's retained in as-new condi- tion for some horrifically long period of time—decades, for instance. Using the fairly storm-proof notion that cars slide in value for 15 years before the worthy ones begin marching back upward, it might take 20 to 30 years for this strategy to pay off. If investment was a driving factor here, this car needs to accrue a whole lot more value than just $297,001 to become profitable for the new owner in the future. That's because funds tied up in a moldering collector car are funds unavailable for investment elsewhere. For instance, if in 25 years the new owner wanted to cash in on his investment, its value would need to double (to around $594,000) to outpace the compounded appreciation of the same funds plugged into a CD bearing a modest 2.5%. And even if this occurs, he may still lose ground to inflation, not to mention costs associated with storage, insurance, etc. Performance of other Corvette “firsts” is telling Speculation is worthless in the court of reality, so instead of crystal-balling it, let's take a different analytical tack: The best indicator of future performance is past performance. Several other Corvette “firsts” have sold in recent years. www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 31 Barrett-Jackson auctioned the oldest-known Corvette (1953 model s/n 003) for $1.1 million in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January 2006. With s/n 001 and 002 missing and presumed lost, this car was worth all the money—and its sale price on the day automatically became market correct. The first “retailable” 2009 Corvette ZR1 also traded for $1.1 million at the same B-J auction in January 2008. The sale fed a charity and most of the price paid was tax deductible, ultimately revealing the Corvette as a mere perk of a larger agenda. Most recently (and realistically), a pre-production 1989 ZR-1 used in Chevrolet's launch program sold for $55,000 at Barrett-Jackson's January 2010 Scottsdale auction (profiled in CM10, p. 30). It made roughly twice the value of a comparable first-year 1990 ZR-1. That was a smart buy, because the car was one of only 84 “non-saleable” 1989 units built during a great time for the Bowtie division. No chance of any historical importance The ethereal Z06 Carbon Special Edition profiled here has no such pedigree—and never will. Lot 678 is just a car, yet to be built, and not even a very exclusive one. Plenty of these Special Editions will be available, and anyone can order its essential Z07 and CFZ packages for a regular Z06, further diluting the exclusivity of the Carbon Special Editions in general and this car in particular. Finally, there is the little problem of the ZR1. At an MSRP of $106,880 (just 36% of what our bidder spent), it's a far more important car than the Z06 Carbon Special Edition. The supercharged ZR1 is the undisputed alpha-male of the Corvette family, and it could potentially also be the last and most audacious internal-combustion Corvette ever built. In the case of this Z06, let's just say that when you take away the sizzle of the experience, the steak that remains is just not very tantalizing, at least from an investment point of view. ■ (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 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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Market Report Overview Spring Sales Show a Solid Corvette Market The market for Corvettes continued to hold strong through the end of April, with decent prices achieved at locations around the U.S. and Canada by Jim Pickering ing to bring respectable prices at a number of locations spanning the United States and Canada. However, there was still a bit of hesitancy on both sides of the auctioneer's gavel, as a handful of no-sales suggested that some buyers and sellers are still struggling to find common ground in the new market. Barrett-Jackson returned to Florida in early April for T its 8th annual Palm Beach auction, where 463 general no-reserve lots brought $20.1m. Auction Analyst Dale Novak noted a slight increase in sales over 2009, where 487 lots made over $20m. Speaking strictly of Corvettes, this year's event compared very favorably to last year's, with 50 cars accounting for $3m of the final total, as opposed to 38 in 2009 making a combined $2.1m. In general, prices here were up $2,218 per vehicle over last year, and the company reported that 50% of the registered bidders were Barrett-Jackson newcomers and were responsible for buying 40% of the cars on offer—a great sign for the market. The high sale of the weekend went to a 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition coupe at $297,000 (profiled on p. 30), followed by a 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible at $165,000. Mecum's annual Spring 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 Kansas City auction took place in mid-April, selling 328 of 515 cars for a grand total of $6.7m. Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson found the mood there to be quite positive, with nice springtime weather certainly playing a large part, and the general consensus was that the market was holding its ground, with a good portion of the cars sold bringing retail prices. In terms of just Corvettes, this year saw 35 of 59 sell for $789k, he beginning of 2010 saw Corvettes perform well across the block at high-end auctions in Arizona and Florida, and those same trends held true from February through April, with good cars continu- Top Ten Sales This Issue 1. 1958 Corvette 283/245 convertible, $170,500—Lot 109, p. 60 2. 1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible, $165,000—Lot 660.2, p. 42 3. 1955 Corvette 265/195 roadster, $140,250—Lot 740, p. 58 4. 1967 Corvette 427/435 coupe, $132,500—Lot S110.1, p. 54 5. 1959 Corvette Custom convertible, $132,000—Lot 670.1, p. 36 6. 1967 Corvette 427/435 coupe, $128,700—Lot 660.1, p. 42 7. 1955 Corvette 265/195 roadster, $126,500—Lot 7, p. 58 8. 1964 Corvette 327/300 coupe, $116,600—Lot 431, p. 64 9. 1960 Corvette 283/290 convertible, $112,750—Lot 421, p. 60 10. 1965 Corvette 327/250 convertible, $102,300—Lot 659, p. 38 Best Buys 1. 1955 Corvette 265/195 roadster, $140,250—Lot 740, p. 58 2. 1968 Corvette 327/350 convertible, $21,708—Lot 82, p. 68 3. 1969 Corvette 427/390 convertible, $27,810—Lot 83, p. 70 4. 1965 Corvette 396/425 coupe, $55,000—Lot 636.1, p. 38 5. 1966 Corvette 427/390 coupe, $64,660—Lot S79, p. 52 as compared to 40 of 50 that brought $1.2m in December 2009. There was quite a bit of interest and money in the room, as evidenced by the high-selling 1967 427/435 coupe at $132,500, followed by a 1957 283/220 convertible that made $68,900. However, there were several notable no-sales among the bunch, including a resto-mod 1958 that was bid to $100k—certainly less than the build cost—a 1966 427/390 convertible bid to an insufficient $51k, and a 1965 396/425 that returned to its seller at $87,500. The market is in a much better place than it was just one year ago, and although some buyers and sellers continue to disagree on what the right price is for a collectible Corvette, the money is there—especially for rare, original, and well-restored examples.  32 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com


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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL 8th Annual Palm Beach Collector Car Auction Average prices rose 5.4% over last year, with 100% sell-through and a high percentage of first-time Barrett-Jackson buyers Company Barrett-Jackson Date April 1–3, 2010 Location Palm Beach, Florida Auctioneers Assiter & Associates— Tom“Spanky”Assiter, lead auctioneer Overall cars sold/offered 463/463 (100%) Sales total $20,074,505 Corvettes sold/offered 50/50 Corvette sales total $3,014,825 Corvette high sale 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition, sold at $297,000 Buyer's premium Corvette sales accounted for 15% of the $20m total in Palm Beach Report and photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics range of prices. The Palm Beach auction typically has a slightly different aim from the company's T other events. Craig Jackson confided that you'd see more daily drivers and convertibles for sale here, along with plenty of cars offered at under $50,000. Of course, many collectible Corvettes trade for more than this, but as is typical for Barrett-Jackson auctions, multiple Corvette generations were still represented in Florida. High points included lot 660.2, a 1967 big-block rag top that sold for $165,000, and lot 659.1, a 1959 Inca Silver fuelie that found a proper $100,100. The auction's top sale was also a Corvette, though not a vintage model, but instead a new Z06 Carbon Special Edition that commanded a smashing $297,000 (see the profile, p. 30). The interesting part of this sale is that the buyer didn't even purchase an actual car on the block; it was instead a package including the first 2011 Z06 Carbon Special Edition production build, along with some additional GM perks at delivery. For the Corvette lover who already has everything but still can't suppress his Corvette fever, lot 87 was a 1999 Malibu Corvette ski boat in water-ready condition. One of only 150 produced and sourced directly from GM, this red hot rod sold for just $35,750—a great deal 34 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Barrett-Jackson Corvette Sales Total $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m 0 he 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction had all the ingredients of a great sale—especially for snowbirds still suffering from a brutal Northeastern winter. These included fantastic springtime weather (even bordering on hot some days), and of course a great variety of collectible cars in a wide 10%, included in sold prices, waived on charity lots for a brutally fast boat. Other notable Corvette sales included lot 689, a nice red-over-red 1971 big-block convertible that was well-documented and sold for a strong $71,500. Equally alluring was lot 659, a numbers-matching triple-black 1965 327/250 convertible fitted with factory air. This Corvette had sold at Mecum's January 2010 sale in nearby Kissimmee for $80,560, and it turned again here for a staggering $102,300. On the non-Corvette front, memorable sales included lot 665.2, a 1965 Cobra replica custom roadster by Boyd Coddington that sold at $184,800, and lot 668, a freshly restored black-on-black 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible that changed hands for $128,700. Both seemed like solid cars in good condition. This year, auction sales totaled $20,074,505 for 463 lots, compared to sales of $20,034,830 for 487 lots in 2009—an improvement of 5.4%, or $2,218 per vehicle. B-J also reports that attendance was up about 5% over last year and that online ticket sales jumped 20%. Interestingly, 50% of the registered bidders were Barrett-Jackson first-timers, and these new buyers purchased a whopping 40% of all cars—and 30% of cars above $100,000. Maybe all this new blood had come in bargain hunting due to the economic readjustment, but whatever the case, the overall results showed improvement over a year ago. Consider Palm Beach 2010 a positive litmus test for this year. ■ 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2003


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Market Report C1 #638.1-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N N/A. Venetian Red & cream/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 74,497 miles. 265-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Trunk gap wide on driver's side, hood gap uneven along windshield. Paint shows some issues in prep and application, especially in grille area. Crack in body on passenger's side near the hood. All knobs and gauges fairly weathered Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL #363-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S102170. Venetian Red & white/white vinyl/beige vinyl. Odo: 17,177 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Lots of sanding marks and heavy orange peel to otherwise decent paint. Driver's door out, trunk high, passenger's door wide to quarter panel. Driver-level chrome and trim, interior looks and showing little luster. Soiled top, driver's side seat flat. Frame-off restored, claimed numbers-matching engine. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $62,700. One of only 3,467 produced, and one of just 1,043 built in Venetian Red. I still say 1956 Corvettes are undervalued and under-appreciated, as they're the third lowest production Corvettes built, and 1956 was the first year that Duntov played a more notable role in production examples. A market-correct result given the overall condition. #651-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom convertible. S/N E56S003282. Blue & white/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 14,367 miles. 5.7-L 345-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Resto-mod. Heavy sanding marks in paint, repaired cracks in body still visible. Trunk pinched on driver's side, other panel gaps as good as factory. Chrome shows well newer than balance of car. Engine bay in good shape but is fairly dingy, with aftermarket air cleaners and no shielding present. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $88,000. This was reported to have original miles, but without documentation, that was only a story. It was not in the greatest shape, with no part particularly well done or well preserved, and there was no mention of matching numbers. Well sold as it sat, but well bought if the miles can be documented. #659.1-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S104491. Inca Silver & white/red vinyl. Odo: 42,254 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Driver's door out at bottom, passenger's door gap wide, trunk tight to passenger's side. One small chip in otherwise very nice paint. Fresh repopped tach. Taillight trim pitted, other brightwork 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows touch-ups, lifting, and cracks. Chrome pitted throughout, body seams showing in areas. Passenger's door tight in front and out at bottom, trunk lid wide in spots. Braided hoses in generally shabby engine compartment, interior fitted with Hurst shifter, newer seats and carpet, and chipped original steering wheel. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $47,300. Fitted with a nonmatching pumped-up 283 with an aftermarket manifold and two 4-barrel carburetors. Came with a hard top, which is worth about $3,000 on its own, and an extra interior kit. Obviously the seller lost interest in this semi-customlooking Corvette, and the sale result surprised me a bit, as I thought it would bring less. TOP 10 #5 #670.1-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom convertible. S/N A59F230613. Red & white/white vinyl/ivory & red leather. Odo: 11 miles. 6.2-L 500-hp fuel-injected LS3 V8, auto. Dimples on top of fender, small crack by gas door. Paint shows light sanding marks. Passenger's door out, other gaps excellent. Small dent in windshield frame, chrome on dash slightly tarnished. Cheap Corvette sticker used on cen ter console. Fitted with a/c, tilt wheel, power overall. Late-model engine bay nicely done, interior has slightly saggy driver's seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Generally a well-done resto-mod straight-axle Corvette will pull north of about $100,000 when still fresh, so this one selling for $82,500 was about on par with the used market. Well done in most regards, with only the paint and body leaving something to be desired. 36 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com shows well. Some fuel and oil stains on block, rattle can paintwork on generator and radiator cowl. Numbers claimed to match. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $100,100. One of 745 built. A factory numbers-matching straight-axle fuelie in a desirable color combination is a must-have for most any serious Corvette collector. This was a fine example, and it was perhaps worth even more than the final price paid here. A good deal for both buyer and seller. #75.1-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S101176. Purple & white/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 189 miles. steering, power brakes, and rear view camera system. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. Last seen here at this same auction in 2009, where it sold for $148,500 (CM# 120094). One year later, this car's overall condition and the price had both shrunk a tad. Still, it's a very nice resto-mod Corvette in a desirable color combination, and a car to drive and enjoy, as it featured all the creature comforts that you seek in a modern Corvette with the styling of a bygone era. A good result, and a fair deal for both buyer and seller.


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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL #641.2-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N N/A. Ermine White & silver/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,662 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Sanding marks on hood, crack in driver's fender and on cowl. Chrome and trim average, with light scratching throughout. Convertible top boot tight on passenger's side, passenger's door wide at rear. Dingy engine bay with intact of just about spot-on #2 money for a #2 car. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. C2 #363.1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S115438. Blue/white leather. Odo: 20,050 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Generally scruffy overall. Headlamp buckets uneven, some trim burned through via buffing wheel. Passenger's side nose appears to have been previously damaged and repaired. Most chrome and trim scratched and showing minor dents. Interior not fresh, with evident wire wheels. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $38,500. In my opinion, wire wheels look just plain bad on a mid-year Corvette. This was a low driver-level example in all regards, but it did have a new top, so the new owner has that going for him. The money paid was a bit strong given the presentation, so I'd call this one well sold. Best Buy #636.1-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S115141. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to have matching numbers. Small blemishes in paint on driver's side quarter panel and nose. Passenger's door nearly pinched at fender, headlamp buckets uneven. Nice engine bay, but not to NCRS standards, with aftermarket valve covers and chrome bits. New interior, scratch in rear glass looks like it might have been due to a small Dremel tool shielding. Interior chrome pitted, steering wheel cracked, aftermarket temperature gauge fitted inside stock gauge location. Rare power convertible top and Wonderbar radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $59,400. As with many cars at this sale, no car card was present, and that was a tad frustrating for buyers. This would have been a great Corvette to use and enjoy, and although a genuine 270-hp car could pull more money, there was no way for buyers to know whether or not the car was as it seemed. Slightly well sold. #684-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S108344. Roman Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 34,965. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be numbers-matching. Driver's door gap wide at fender, other panel gaps as good as factory. Dimples showing in paint on both fenders, hard top appears to be Venetian Red rather than Roman Red. New or replated chrome shows very well, older wear and use. Average engine bay. Household white adhesive caulk used to hold up driver's side window. One of 2,621 automatics in 1963. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $55,000. Noted by the car card to be a rare model due to the color combination and the fact that it was an automatic. Vintage Air was added, which presumably aided the sale, but a note taped to the driver's side window stated not to touch or attempt to open the driver's side window, as it did not work. I wonder if the sloppy sticky caulk held up while the car was on the block. The Split-Window factor was the wild card here. Well sold. #75-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S117778. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7,140 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body shows past repairs, with touchups and cracked paint in places. Driver's door skewed. Poor weatherstripping, bumper chrome flaking, hood grilles missing, rubber antenna fastened to the body. Underhood paint thick, heavy, and done to amateur standards. New carpet, faded gauges. Fitted with Tru-Spoke getting sway from the user while polishing the trim. Fitted with knockoffs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. The 396/425 powerplant is favored by many Corvette enthusiasts, and it's arguably the most bang-for-your-buck engine in Corvette history. You don't see these all that often, as in 1966, Corvette big-blocks grew to 427 cubic inches. You'll hear guys talking about how hot big-block coupes are inside the cabin, but I'll take the heat for the drive over to the local cruise-in. This car's engine bay would be an easy fix, and it deserved more in my opinion. Well bought. TOP 10 #10 #659-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S118181. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 80,487 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some body seams beginning to show, but just slightly. Fitted with power windows, factory a/c, and teak wheel. Driver's door out at bottom, passenger's door in a bit restoration under the hood still looks nice but is showing its age. Glass delaminating in small areas, seats poorly covered in an otherwise well-done interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,800. This showed well, and although the hard top paint didn't match, it did not factor into the conditional rating, since the new owner can just take it off. 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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL and shows uneven gaps. Clean interior in generally good condition, rockers show some blemishes. Documentation includes ProtectO-Plate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $102,300. Previously seen at Mecum's Des Moines auction in July '09, where it sold for $54,590 (CM# 130664) and then sold again at Mecum's Kissimmee auction in January '10 for $80,560 (CM#158024). Good documentation points to a well-equipped, low-horsepower triple-black Corvette with factory a/c and a few other nice options. Add it up and guys simply want it since it has now been thoroughly inducted into the big-money Corvette club. It was well sold in January and was now even more well sold in April. Everyone paying attention? #665.3-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S114091. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,310 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Both doors tight to quarter panel, headlight bucket tight on passenger's side. Scratches and some pitting in trim, possible previous damage to front end, repaired crack in side vent on driver's side. Newer interior, good top fit. Overall a well-done Corvette in a desirable color combination. Fitted with headrests, wood wheel, trash in valve cover finish, weatherstripping sloppy around windshield. Newer interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,200. Last sold at Mecum's Kissimmee auction in January 2010 for $78,000. Presumably, the consignor was looking to cash in on a quick flip, but the math simply didn't add up when you factor in consignment fees and commission. That said, this was about market-correct money for a 390-hp 427 in #3 condition, with both results about dead even. numbers for the buyers, so one could presume that all was as it seemed with this nicely done Corvette. Spot-on #2 money for a #2 car. #645-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S126195. Black/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 93,908 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Blisters on passenger's fender from lifting paint, visible sanding marks on hood. Driver's door pinched, headlamp buckets skewed. Some rattle-can #686-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S120239. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 51,815 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some fisheyes noted in paint. Driver's door wide at roofline, passenger's door uneven at fender, headlamp bucket fit tight on passenger's side. Engine bay painted and detailed to NCRS specs, but with what looks like too much orange overspray on intake manifold and an oil-stained exhaust manifold. Interior and knockoffs. Full frame-off restoration completed in 2009. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,000. Last seen at McCormick's Palm Springs sale in November '09, where it sold for $68,500 (CM# 152716). This was as good as it got in 1966, with 425 horses to propel you down the road. Nothing jumped out as egregiously out of place, so I'd call this a market-right deal with a tidy profit to the seller. Both parties should be happy. #640.2-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S113085. Rally Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,937 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver's fender has two small cracks at wheelwell, passenger's fender shows a visible seam and some sanding marks. Visible line in paint where convertible top sits on boot. Passenger's door rubs on hard top, hood gap wide on passenger's side, headlamp fit uneven. Some small marks in knockoffs. Very good interior shows minimal use. Engine bay fairly fresh overall, with polished valve covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,100. Stated to be an all-numbers-matching example, right down to the carburetor tag, and Bloomington pre-judging papers verified this claim. A sign next to the car ran down the 40 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com work under the hood, some dents in center console trim. Seat material loose. Equipped with hard top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,300. This Tuxedo Black L79 was in decent shape overall, but the paint issues will probably gnaw away at the new owner over time. A driver-quality car sold at a driver-level price, and a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. #682-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S101531. Silver/ black vinyl/silver vinyl. Odo: 31,229 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Front fender shows swell in the body line, decent paint shows subsurface sanding marks. Dry spray under taillights. Driver's door in at quarter panel, convertible boot slightly wide in spots, passenger's headlamp bucket uneven. Sanding marks in replated bumpers, engine paint shows somewhat faded and lightly soiled. Fitted with knockoffs. Well documented. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $78,100. The car was judged on 4-1-95 by the NCRS, and at that time it was rated at 98.1, achieving a Top Flight award. Even the original battery was included, which had been refurbished and is for judging only. Given the condition and a less-than-sizzling color combination, this was slightly well sold, but I can't fault the buyer for keeping his paddle in the air for an L72 Corvette at this price point. #654-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S103338. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,298 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Small rivet marks showing in body, repairs visible to rear antenna area. Wavy rear bumpers, pitted wiper arms. Interior good but not sparkling, passenger's seat not set in straight. Documented with bill of sale from original dealer. Fitted with teak


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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL wheel, sidepipes, factory a/c, AM/FM radio, and knockoffs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,600. Another triple-black a/c convertible, this time with a big-block, and sold for less than the triple-black a/c-equipped low-horsepower smallblock offered as lot 659. Unless something was amiss, this example was worth every bit of the money paid here, and perhaps even more. Well bought. See the profile, p. 22. #676.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S121598. Blue/blue/vinyl. Odo: 97,277 miles. Matching numbers. Driver door out and the passenger door is a bit wide along the fender. Very clean engine bay which looks to be fresh and well detailed, but not up to show standards. Air conditioning and sidepipes. Interior is not super crisp and the chrome trim is somewhat faded and lacking luster. Sanding marks showing in paint along plates slightly worn. Engine bay very nice but not as clean and detailed as it could be. Fitted with sidepipes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. NCRS Top Flight in 1997 with judging sheets present, scored a Second Flight in 2009. The trim tag change probably just meant it was a different color before the restoration, or maybe it was just a properly replaced tag, but either way it raises a few questions that gave me pause and may have done the same for several bidders. Still, no harm done for this fine example of a king-of-the-hill Corvette. TOP 10 #2 #660.2-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S109705. Red & black/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 13 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older respray shows some minor dirt as well as one hair embedded into surface. Small rivets starting to show in body. Driver's door in at bottom, convertible boot wide on driver's side, passenger's door nearly pinched at front, headlamp tight on passenger side. Scuffs in center console. Fitted 435-hp '67 which sold for $93,500, this one was well sold, as lot 667 was a slightly better car by condition and came equipped with a leather interior. C3 #51-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S420008. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 76,683 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Grille and nose point noticeably up and show lots of bubbles in paint. Heavily scratched chrome, wheelarches cut out all around for larger tires. Incorrect trim rings on wheels, flaking chrome along windshield frame. with some orange peel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,800. Matching numbers with factory air conditioning, one of 2,138 made. Powerglide automatic transmission and Positraction rear axle. Reported to retain all the original GM body panels with factory bonding strips. This was a lovely Corvette and the automatic with air would provide a gentle driving experience with fewer demands made on the pilot. Corvettes with automatics get dinged in the marketplace but I believe you will see that wane in time as older drivers look for ways to continue the Corvette experience. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. #667-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S118266. Red & black/ red leather. Odo: 89,424 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Said to have had a trim tag change. Small crack in body by windshield, sanding mark and small bubble in paint on driver's quarter panel. Driver's door gap could be more even, headlamp gaps slightly wide. Rear bumper has some small blemishes, kick with headrests and knockoffs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. The fourth highest sale of the auction, and the second highest Corvette. Last seen at Mecum's St. Charles auction in October '09, where it sold at $97,250 (CM# 143070). Stated to be a real red and black car, “as verified by the non-original trim tag,” and reported to have numbers matching mechanical components. Big-block Corvettes are still big money cars, and for one like this, you can expect to pay around this kind of money—although I would want more solid documentation. TOP 10 #6 #660.1-1967 CORVETTE coupe. CHEVROLET S/N 194377S120301. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Body seams show in places, light scratches visible in paint, replated chrome with some sanding marks. Driver's door tight to quarter panel, headlamp bucket fit excellent, back window delaminating along bottom of trim. Very nice interior is mostly new. Fitted with bolt-on knockoff-style wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $128,700. One of two brought to the sale by the same consignor, the other being lot 660.2, a 1967 convertible. Both cars noted a non-original trim tag, so I'd want to see some other documentation to verify each car's color combination. Compared to lot 667, another 42 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Interior slightly worn, but in good shape compared to the balance of the car. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,250. This wasn't a good Corvette in most regards. There was plenty of evidence of body damage to the front end, and the repairs looked amateur. Fitted with a 1970 Corvette engine and TH350 trans. I would have sat on my hands while this one was on the block, but as this was an all no-reserve sale, somebody was going to own it. Well sold. #630.2-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 194379S736942. White/ black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 55,709. 350ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Low cost budget respray shows heavy sanding marks—and on white that says a lot. Decent chrome and trim, door gaps uneven, fuel door sits high. Seat seams splitting apart, driver's door panel inset coming loose. Numbers claimed to match. NCRS Top Flight claimed in 2007. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $31,900. 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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL a coupe. At the last sale this car rated as a #3+, but here it fell to a #4+ due to the overall lackluster presentation. Well sold. #370-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S416751. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 35,122. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. LS5. Numbers claimed to match. Gives a factory feel in most all regards. Body is better than new, but with small nicks and some light scratches noted. Gaps per factory, small indentation on roofline. Very nice interior is not totally fresh and shows a few blemishes. Tidy engine bay presents well. Documented with original tank sticker, build sheet, Protect- SOLD AT $44,000. All in all, this was a nice presentation of a driver-level big-block LS5 4-speed drop-top in a desirable color combination. The CM Price Guide pegs the number on a car like this between $33k and $67k depending on condition and options, and considering the needs noted, this one was slightly well sold. #689-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S114778. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 78,464 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-up restoration (not frame-off). Some light sanding marks in paint, driver's door slightly out from body, driver's headlamp bucket appears to have been repaired. Very clean engine bay, very nice chrome shows one dimple in passenger's rear Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. Unrestored except for one repaint. As far as later model C3s go, this was nice overall, and it would make a fine driver or local show car. Finding a low-mile L82 Corvette with a 4-speed can be a challenge, but Corvettes are coveted in the Midwest, and babied summer drivers like this are out there. No harm done at this price. Well bought. C4 #11.1-1987 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY3187H5122752. White/white vinyl/dark red leather. 350-ci 240hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Passenger's door out slightly, nose a tad high to body line, rear bumper cracking. Lots of finite scratches in the paint finish. Slightly worn interior with customized embroidery, convertible top scuffed O-Plate, warranty booklet, and dealer packet. NCRS and Bloomington awards. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. First seen at Mecum's Bloomington Gold auction in June '07, where it failed to sell at $55,000 (CM# 45438). Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's West Palm Beach same in March '08, selling for $68,200 (CM# 116119). Two years later, that number has fallen to $66,000, which given the overall drop in values, was not a terrible outcome. Of course, that's easy to say when it's not your money. By the CM Price Guide, which shows a car in this condition to be worth between $33k and $70k, this was well sold. #366.1-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S120424. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 60,452 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicks, chips and some cracked paint noted. Seam on fender suggests a past repair. Driver's door wide at top, passenger's door uneven, passenger's headlamp bucket sunken into body. Light scratches in bumpers. Older engine bay restoration still clean and well-detailed. Woodgrain applique on console peeling. Fitted with teak wheel. No mention of matching numbers. Cond: 3+. 44 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com bumper. Original window sticker, convertible top has mellow patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Owned by the consignor for 16 years. This was the last Corvette to run on Saturday, and it completely stalled on the block at $50,000. Then, literally out of the blue, bidding jumped to this selling price within just a few seconds. A 4-speed LS5 convertible with air is pretty hard to come by, and this was a very nice example. Market price for condition and options. #53-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver Anniversary coupe. S/N 1Z8748S425013. Two-tone silver/black leather. Odo: 26,998 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Silver Anniversary edition. Some minor chips in body painted over, some body seams showing. One wet-sanded run in paint is still visible. Very nice interior was well preserved, although leather seats are worn and lightly cracked. Console in very good condition. Driverquality engine bay features a matching-numbers L82. All documentation since delivery included. from use. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,850. All in all, just a used Corvette. White is never a big money color, and when you couple that with base-level trim and an automatic, you can't expect stellar results. About market money, so no harm done, and can be immediately driven and enjoyed. A great way to enter the hobby. #58-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 35th Anniversary coupe. S/N 1G1YY2180J5116307. White/white leather. Odo: 27,525 miles. 350-ci 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. One owner from new. Some small nicks noted in paint, one scuff on quarter panel is well-masked by factory white paint. Driver's door out a tad, passenger's door a bit wide at top, nose fit could be better. Black trim nicked in areas, original weatherstripping cracked. White sports seats show very little wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,425. 35th Anniversary Corvettes came as coupes only, and all 2,050 built were


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Market Report Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL painted white and featured white interiors. Special emblems were also included. This was a well-preserved example that looked to have lived an easy life. Close to market correct, and a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #349.1-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J1M5801059. White/ red leather. Odo: 23,997 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Driver's door tight to fender. Paint showing age but not terribly so, with mostly normal wear and some scratches from use. Scuff in driver's front wheel. Seats worn appropriately for the miles stated, steering wheel slightly worn. Tailpipes dark and all urethane bushings. Paint has some small touch-ups, scratches, and heavy orange peel on nose. Gaps per factory, glass no longer pristine, matte black trim very good. Seats show wear. Six-point harnesses and roll bar installed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,950. This ZR-1's engine had been bored and stroked to 388 cubic inches, and it was reported to be producing 546 hp and 488 ft-lb of torque. Modifications like this are a mixed cup of tea in my book. If everything was well done, and it appeared that it was, how hard this car may have been driven is anybody's guess. But it'll be a super surprise for any otherwise stock ZR-1 at a stop light. Just about retail ZR-1 money. #21.1-1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY23P1N55112552. White/ maroon leather. Odo: 6,951 miles. 5.7-L 300hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Low original miles, very well preserved throughout. Small chips and road rash to nose, which is to be expected. Interior shows very little wear, with no scuffs to steering wheel. Basically a nearly new built. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Last seen at the Fall Carlisle auction in October '09, where it was a no-sale at $13,000 (CM# 143181). These have been hovering around the $13k–$15k level at other auctions in recent months, so this was a good example of how Barrett-Jackson's noreserve format can boost the bottom line for a seller. Slightly well sold, but no harm done for the buyer. #84.1-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J7P5800356. Torch Red/black leather. Odo: 22,497 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Some light scratches and chips in nose, some wax build-up in cracks and body seams. Interior looks gently used, with leather seats showing sooted inside. Bloomington Gold Certified, Gold Spinner Award. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. Equipped with the optional glass roof panel, and came with the complete original owner's package and original $65,683 window sticker, the original purchase paperwork, and the original extra key. In great shape overall, it was bought for about dealer retail, but no harm was done considering how clean it was. #335.1-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J8M5800426. Black/black leather. Odo: 29,605 miles. 388ci 546-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Original owner ZR-1 with high-performance Black Widow engine and coilover suspension with 1992 Corvette. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,150. Super nice overall. The odd thing was that it was purchased for $18,150 with the commission, and the buyer had placed a placard on the windshield offering the car for sale right on the auction grounds for $18,700. Strange. Obviously the new owner thinks there is a little more money to be had. Watch for it on eBay. #23.1-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary convertible. S/N 1G1YY33P1P5111796. Ruby Red/burgundy cloth/burgundy leather. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Driver's door tight to rear, other gaps OK. Faded matte black trim, nicks and small chips noted in nose, chewed-up weatherstripping. Used car interior, but not beat to death. A fine driver. One of 6,749 40th Anniversary editions typical wear lines and minor cracking. Seat bolster slightly worn on driver's side. Presents nearly as new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. A nicely detailed and obviously gently used ZR-1. It was in superb condition in most regards, with only minor details in need of attention. C4 ZR-1s are not all that uncommon at auctions, and this is about the going rate for one in this condition. Well bought and sold. C5 #36.1-1998 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22G8W5104645. Medium Purple Pearl Metallic/charcoal leather. 5.7-L 453-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Documented from day one and sold new in Winter Park, Florida. Small scratches and some chips in paint noted from road rash, scuffs in paint on rear passenger's side, pearl beginning to fade. Light wear to seats, exhaust pipe marred on edges. A lightly used Corvette in good overall condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. Modified Corvettes can be a hard sell on the open market, and this one's color 46 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com


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and the presumption that it had been ridden hard were likely a turn-off for many bidders. But, up close, its overall presentation did lend itself to the conclusion that it had been babied. The total cost for the performance package was $16,000, and it was noted to be emissions compliant in all 50 states. A market price plus the mods, so the seller did OK here. #87-1999 MALIBU CORVETTE Sport-V boat. S/N N/A. Red/white vinyl. RHD. 383-ci 400-hp fuel-injected V8. Claimed to be one of only 150 produced, built to look like a 1999 C5. Black trim around windshield and other parts of the craft faded and a tad chalky. OEM Corvette emblems, trailer utilizes genuine Corvette wheels with Goodyear Z-rated tires. can back up the modified looks, so there's some go with the show. This price was more than a stock example might have brought, so although it likely cost way more to build, one could chalk it up as well sold. #337.2-2002 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S725347. Torch Red/black leather. Odo: 19,991 miles. 5.7-L 511-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Interior shows nearly as a new car. Small scuffs noted in wheels, chipped nose paint, gaps per factory. Custom built and upgraded with an STS twinturbo kit and heavy-duty driveline components. Comes with original owner's manual, extra C6 #353.2-2007 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY26U075108450. LeMans Blue/light tan leather. Odo: 1,870 miles. 6.0-L 400-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Formerly owned by Jay Leno. All gaps per factory, orange peel in factory applied paint just a tad heavier than one would expect. Used car engine bay, alternator pitted and looks out of place in comparison to the rest of the components. Plenty of Some wear to interior, hull shows minor water use or storage in a wet environment, steering wheel screws rusted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,750. It's an interesting concept to replicate the 1999 Corvette in a ski boat, but it ought to be quite a lot of fun, given the 400-hp V8. Another example in about the same condition sold at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '09 for $24,270 (CM# 119170), so I'd consider this one to be well sold. But then again, it may be hard to find another. #355.1-1999 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Avelate Custom convertible. S/N 1G1YY12G7X5127409. Purple/black vinyl/ yellow leather. 5.7-L 550-hp supercharged V8, auto. Dust and fisheyes in paint, nose appears to be a slightly different color than body. Headlamp buckets sunk in, convertible boot has fit issues, driver's door in toward fender, door panels puckering. Five-point safety harnesses and roll bar fitted. Seats worn but still decent. Claimed key, and upgrade receipts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. A unique Z06 coupe with just a tad under 20,000 actual miles. Probably a blast to drive, as these were no slouch in stock form. The seller noted that it may not be emissions compliant in all 50 states, which probably wouldn't be a big deal, as the STS systems, which actually mount in the muffler's location rather than under the hood, are mostly a bolton affair. Lots of car for the money. Jay Leno plaques, certificates, and badging as a “Jay Leno” edition coupe. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Jay Leno's a car guy, so some might gravitate to this otherwise ordinary Corvette based just on that fact—although it was obviously very well cared for. Well documented and fully verified, this would make a nice conversation piece for a fan of Jay Leno, and one paid about $5,000 more than the value of a comparable coupe to take it home.  to be one of 30 built, featured in several magazines. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,700. This body was definitely a love-it-or-hate-it modification. The colors were a bit over the top, and I think a 6-speed transmission would have boosted the outcome a bit. At least the supercharged engine www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 47


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Market Report Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Kansas City Spring High Performance Auction Retail pricing ruled the day, with values realized in the Show Me (the Money) State reasonably market-correct Company Mecum Auctions Date April 9–10, 2010 Location Kansas City, Missouri Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moauec, Bobby McLaughlin Overall cars sold/offered 328/515 (64%) Sales total $6,701,932 Corvettes sold/offered 35/59 Corvette sales total $789,348 Corvette high sale Mecum nearly doubled its Corvette total sales compared to previous spring sales Report by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M ecum Auctions got a good start on its Midwest schedule with its annual spring auction in Kansas City, Missouri. Hosted in the vast Bartle Hall of the Kansas City Convention center in the heart of downtown, it took an area almost three blocks long and a block wide to fully contain all the cars, while still leaving some elbowroom. This year's sale was scheduled almost a month earlier than usual, and the change of date seemed beneficial for everyone, as nice springtime weather tends to bring positive spirits among bidders and consignors alike. While some folks debated whether the market was up, down, or sideways, the view from here was that things were generally holding solid, with a combined final total of just over $6.7m for 328 of 515 lots, as compared to Mecum's first event at the Convention Center last December, where 313 of 481 lots brought $7.1m. The overall sell-through rate fell only 1% from December, where 65% of the lots on offer changed hands. In terms of just Corvettes, 35 of 59 sold this time around for a final total of $789,348, as compared to 40 of 50 Corvettes sold in December for $1.2m. The top sale of the weekend was a 1967 Corvette coupe with the desirable and potent 427-ci, 435-hp motor. While Tri-Power cars have taken a hard hit in value over the last 48 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Mecum Kansas City Corvette Sales Total $100k $200k $300k $400k $500k $600k $700k $800k 0 1967 Corvette 427/435 coupe, sold at $132,500 Buyer's premium $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices couple of years, the $132,500 price showed the start of a potential upswing for these iconic coupes. It's also worth noting that the L71 drew the highest bid for the entire weekend. This is good news, because it's become all too common for the car pulling the highest bids to depart in the same truck from whence it came. Happily, that didn't happen here. Other big sellers included a restored 1957 Corvette 283/220 convertible that made $68,900, a 1966 427/390 coupe that brought $64,660, and a Jetstream Blue 2008 Corvette convertible with just under 7,000 miles that hammered sold at $40,280. Notable no-sales included a well-done 1958 resto-mod that failed to trade hands at $100,000, a 1965 396/425 convertible that went unsold at $87,500, and a 1968 427/400 coupe that returned to its seller at $22,000. The general consensus was that retail pricing ruled the day, meaning that the values realized in the Show Me (the Money) State can now be considered reasonably market-correct. Several dealers I contacted confirmed this viewpoint, acknowledging that at this sale, bargains were few and far between. And so with nearly twothirds of the cars finding new owners, it was good to be a seller. ■ 2009 2010 2005 2006 2007 2008 No sale


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Market Report C1 #S81-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S104550. Roman Red & white/tan canvas & red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 12,573 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include Wonderbar radio, power soft top, hard top, courtesy lights, and windshield washers. Fresh body weatherstrips on better-than-stock body prep and repaint, trim and bumpers rechromed. Left front cove trim Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S212-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S103987. Red & white/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 80,453 miles. 283ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Stock dual carbs with aftermarket fittings, air cleaners, and polished finish. Also non-stock polish on stock cast valve covers, ignition shielding missing. Good older repaint, heavier prep work minimizes body wave. Non-stock hood. Rechromed bumpers, mostly reproduction trim, older reproduction interior components with lighter #S56-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S102395. Red & white/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 24,496 miles. 283ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint, with decent prep work and some light waviness. Light door handle pitting, easily accessible chrome replated or replaced. Typical C1 door fit issues, three-inch chunk of inner wheelwell lip missing in right rear corner. Wide whitewall over wheelwell protrudes out from body about 3/8 of an inch. Minimal door sag and protrusion from the body when closed, T-3 headlights fitted on both sides. Clean and nicely detailed under the hood, older replacement carpet and seats show minimal wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,900. Previously consigned at Mecum's Kansas City sale in April '07, where it was a no-sale at $64k (CM# 45064). Today, the market is further down, but it was bid a grand more, so it was wisely cut loose. #S161-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom convertible. S/N J58S108264. Fly Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 80 miles. 5.7-L 405hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Several exits and a rest stop away from being anywhere near stock. Custom SRIII tubular frame, 1974 Corvette front and rear suspension with dual coil-over shocks, 2001 Z06 powertrain with wear and minimal fading from use. Chrome bowtie exhaust outlets nestled in stock location. Fitted with 1970s-era Cragar SS wheels on newer radial tires. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. I almost thought that this was the modified non-original-motor '59 that made $63,160 here in December '09 (CM# 153260), but it wasn't. When you see one modified red and white '59, you've pretty much seen ‘em all—and that's one of the reasons we track VINs. The consignor wanted over $50k, and it may take a while to get it. #F234-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S106222. Red & white/ white/black vinyl. Odo: 11,816 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original engine with absolutely no stock pieces. Older repaint starting to get dull in places the buffer can't easily get to. Hard top affixed all weekend, consignor states soft top needs to be replaced. Mix of repop trim and decent originals, bumper chrome dull. Non- radial tires, rims masked off and repainted after tires were mounted. Older interior restoration has some moderate soiling and light wear. Non-stock AM/FM/cassette deck in dash. Engine stampings illegible under recent repaint. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. Bid to the market, so this really should've changed hands if the consignor was at all serious about making this final-year roundtail C1 go away. C2 #S64-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 40837S118408. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 1,050 miles. 350-ci 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Originally Daytona Blue with blue vinyl interior. Aftermarket big-block hood, shaved and reinforced wheelwells on all four corners. Decent repaint, with masking lines on the original and lightly dry-rotted vent glass seals. No driver's door to glass seals, door fit off. GM Performance Ram Jet fuel injection, aftermarket induction. Real 1958 body with show-quality paint, retains all stock contours and both tops. Additionally modified with power brakes and Vintage Air. Custom leather seats, door panels, dash pad, and rim on billet aluminum steering wheel. Fresh build with 80 miles since completion. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Said to “take $110k today,” but I doubt that would've paid for the customization work. Most likely out here as eye-candy only, but still a very well thought-out resto-mod. 50 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com stock interior bits include in-dash stereo, modern seat belts, Hurst shifter, oil pressure gauge, and 10-lb fire extinguisher doubling as a center armrest. Older repop soft trim shows light wear and presents well. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. I got a chuckle out of the Rube Goldberg Ram Air setup on this car. Basically, it was heater hose ducting from behind the driver's side headlight pod to the open element air cleaner assembly. Utter genius. It was said it would take $45k to sell, and I say good luck. rear suspension is a 1979-1982 monoleaf unit. Newer interior upholstery shows virtually no wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,280. Sold here in December '09 for $35,510 (CM# 153256), and absolutely nothing had changed on it since then. I heard the previous consignor, when asked by another dealer if this was still his car, say, “It was, but I dumped this thing last time.” That pretty much sums up the car—a fiberglass hot potato. At least the five-month owner was able to get out financially with a couple of pennies of profit. Lucky.


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Market Report Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S67-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S119395. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,627 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with four original knockoff alloys on the ground and one for the spare. High quality body prep and paint application, with no waviness or seam broadcasting readily visible. Better than stock bumper replating. Driver's door fit slightly high, other panel gaps at least as good as original. Authentically detailed engine bay is show ready. Reproduction interior soft trim, with minimal to no wear or soiling. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $87,500. Being one of the topcondition Corvettes here, and with '65 396s seeing some increases in prices, this should've rightfully brought a little more money. But the $100k-plus reserve was a bit much. Somewhere in between is where the car really should be, and this was one of those cases. #F243-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S125973. Nassau Blue/ black leather. Odo: 23,652 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with sidepipes, reproduction knockoffs, big-block hood, a/c, and AM/FM radio—some at the factory, most later. Decent repaint, some waviness to body, replacement right front fender panel, lightly shaved wheelwells. Standard black vinyl upholstery changed to leather with headrests, black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,112 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional tinted glass. NCRS decal on the windshield, restoration good enough to warrant judging by that organization. Minimal body seam broadcasting on good body prep and paint, brightwork that wasn't replated was replaced with reproduction bits. Good but not spectacular panel, door, and top fit. Slightly soiled carpeting and seating surfaces in fully restored interior. Clean and authentically detailed engine bay is pretty much show-ready. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Last seen at the Branson auction in September '08, then a no-sale at $69,000 (CM# 117788). The car card claimed it to be a “real factory Tuxedo Black with black interior and top” car, and said that “this car has its born with 900 trim tag.” But the one I looked at and have a photo of states that the paint code was 988—Milano Maroon. Also stated to have power brakes, telescoping steering column, and factory sidepipes—none of which were present. Considering the questions, the bid was enough. #S57.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S103361. Black/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 29,647 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original 1964 365-hp engine block. Fitted with AM/ FM radio, headrests, and knockoff alloys wearing repop Goldlines. Older better quality repaint, little waviness or seam broadcasting, decent door and panel fit. Moderate pitting on vent window frames, other chrome either Best Buy #S79-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S101895. Trophy Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 4,330 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with optional AM/FM radio, power steering, telescoping steering column, and wood-rimmed wheel. Post-factory installation of stock-style sidepipes and repop alloy knockoffs. Good paint application, lots of prep work done to smooth out body, excellent door and panel fit. Show-quality engine bay, although air filter element is dingy. All repop interior soft trim with light wear just starting to show. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,660. As it was otherwise a straight-forward car with a clean body and all original major powertrain components, adding the sidepipes and alloy wheels neither helped nor hurt the value appreciably. One could actually argue the fact that it would've done a few bids better without them, but as this was not a trailer queen, it was still a darn nice realdeal big-block that the new owner can run and be proud of. Bought well, but not a steal. both of them showing wrinkling and soiling. Restamped engine block to make it numbersmatching, replica 1969 Missouri inspection tag affixed to replacement windshield. Moderately detailed engine compartment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. A frequent flyer, this was here in March '09, where it failed to sell at $43k (CM# 120055). Before that, it was offered at Kruse's Scottsdale auction in January '99, where it hammered unsold at $28,500 (CM# 6301). Here it made a command performance for those who wanted to spot the changes, but no one seemed to take it seriously. #S38-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S123648. Black/ 52 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com #S27-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S117566. Rally Red/white vinyl & red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 58,343 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Goodwood Green with green vinyl interior. Optional L79 small-block, M21 4-speed, tinted glass, sidepipes, AM/FM radio, and both tops. Repop alloys with repop Redline bias-ply tires. Minimal bonding strip broadcasting under decent repaint, wheelwell lips clearanced for wide tires. Heavier floorboard carpet wear on repop rug, door panels have some lifting along armrests. Recent engine bay and undercarriage fluff-and-buff job, non-stock billet aluminum fan pulley. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Another recipient of Mecum frequent flyer miles, having been here in December '09, then unsold at $48k replated or replaced. Leather seats added and now noticeably wrinkled, carpets showing heavier wear in places. Older engine detailing dingy, aftermarket fuel pressure regulator added. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Despite the motor swap, at least this one was a real-deal all-black car, with an STD trim code (black vinyl was the standard interior) and 900 paint code (Tuxedo Black) on the body tag. Enough bid for a small-block cruiser.


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Market Report TOP 10 #4 Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO (CM# 153275). Bid again to the same point, which is on the money, since it's getting neither better nor worse—the fluff-and-buff just means that it's keeping up. #S110.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S117365. Marina Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 23,044 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Photo of tank sticker reveals it to be an original 435-hp car. Also originally optioned with an M21 4-speed, 4.11 Posi rear end, F41 suspension, full tinted glass, power windows, telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio, and alloy wheels. NCRS Top Flight award claimed, although no documentation displayed confirms it. Good body prep and them. Rough installation of repop dashpad and A-pillar vinyl. Older engine repaint now as dingy as any other used car. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The combination of factory a/c and triple carbs is pretty desirable, however it would be a bit of an undertaking to get all the right components back. It would best be a project for when the car gets restored, rather than refurbished. It was stated on the block that it would take over $30k to get it sold, but plenty was bid for a driving future project. #S41-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S416516. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,078 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally LeMans Blue. Optioned with AM/FM radio. Original Rally wheels, repop Redline bias ply tires. Better than average body repaint, engine an LT-1, but it definitely wasn't. The reserve was off when it reached $24k, and it fetched two more bids—and that was plenty for a notentirely-correct base-model drop-top. #S23-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L6S416297. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 92,000 miles. 350-ci 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Base motor with optional a/c, custom interior trim, and power windows. Restored about a year ago, but not to NCRS standards. Good bare body repaint, new nonOEM windshield. Generally tidy under the repaint, with light softening of body character lines. Detailed undercarriage and engine compartment, minimal wear and soiling to interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,500. While looking similar to lots S79 and F243, this was twice the former car and four times the latter. All numbers were said to match, and it had been restored exactly as it was originally built—and it had the provenance to prove it. That, along with being a 435-hp car, makes all the difference in this market. Not only was this the top selling car of the weekend, it was also the highest bid of the weekend, and it showed that there's still some life in the values of '67 435hp coupes. C3 #F231-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194378S414457. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 37,101 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Options include L68 engine, 4-speed, and power steering. Originally had factory a/c, but only the dashboard components, crank pulley, and holes in cowl remain. Rather sloppy repaint with lesser prep work, dried-up dingy door and window seals, older rechromed bumpers. Piecemeal interior restoration work, reupholstered seats have a few gouges in repaint covers rust pits on valve covers. Door gaps generally wide, hood gap crooked at cowl. Aftermarket console T-pad and wood-rimmed steering wheel fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,380. Sold on the phone when the reserve was lifted. This was a sufficient selling price for all parties concerned, but with a slight advantage to the consignor. #F148-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37K2S507605. White/black vinyl. Odo: 62,743 miles. 350-ci 200-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory optional a/c, power brakes, power steering, power windows, and AM/FM radio. Has acquired tilt-telescopic steering column, big-block hood, and LT-1 valve covers. Older cosmetic restoration with good body prep and paint. Right side headlight does not come up, windshield starting to delaminate on lower edges. Light seat and carpet wear, aftermarket steering wheel rim slip-on cover and wood cupholder mounted to center console. hood, but lacking on details and starting to get dusty. New door panels poorly fitted and without woodgrain appliqué. Carpets newer than reproduction seats, all interior vinyl components are different shades. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,190. Not much to get excited about here, even with the repaint in the original campy orange. Plenty paid if for some odd reason you wanted to correctly detail the car, but marketcorrect for a cruise night special. #S30-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L7S404259. White/brown leather. Odo: 12,069 miles. 350-ci 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power windows, tilt/tele steering column, and a/c, which was retrofitted with a modern GM compact compressor and R134a. Mostly original paint is mostly scuffed up, some light touch-ups make it look better. Cleanly detailed engine compartment, dingy undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,500. While not claiming that it was an LT-1, the consignor did try a bit of a head-fake with the description, correctly stating that 1972 was the final year for the LT-1 option. Less observant readers could be lead to believe that this was 54 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Rattletrap doors, all-original interior components show peeling, cracking, and heavier wear. Aftermarket AM/FM/cassette deck and steering wheel rim cover. Non-stock induction, valve covers, air cleaner, tube headers, and ignition. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $7,700. The window card stated that this was “Not perfect but it is mostly original and looks good for its age.” The same thing can be said about Larry King. This white rat was a car to be scared to death of. On the block, signals must have gotten crossed, as it had a false start and had to have the bidding restarted at $5k—which is where it should've rightfully ended.


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Market Report Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S209-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z8749S426019. Silver & charcoal/Oyster leather. Odo: 61,201 miles. 350-ci 225-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include L82 motor, tilt wheel, power windows, power door locks, and a/c. Originally all silver, superficial repaint looks decent but is sloppy on door jambs and shows overspray on passenger's door glass seal. Typical not-the-greatest door gaps. #F134-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. S/N 1G1AY0783C5102028. Silver-beige & charcoal/tinted panels/silver & charcoal leather. Odo: 15,216 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Consignor believes indicated miles are correct. All-original paint, end panels more heavily weathered than rest of body, nose also has some rippling and lesser quality fit. Original selling dealer's tag (Barbera Nothing above engine block and heads is stock, newer non-stock cat-back chambered exhaust fitted. Seats show quite a bit of wear, with driver's seat having several tears and seam splits. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,200. Last seen here in December '09 as lot F140, then a no-sale at $8,900 (CM# 153253). At least the consignor's patience proved to be worth it this time, as this 25th Anniversary Edition look-alike was able to find a new home at a bit more money. #S28-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY8782C5114444. Silver & Dark Claret/tinted panels/burgundy leather. Odo: 36,325 miles. 350-ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory options include two-tone paint, tinted roof panels, a/c, alloy wheels, power seats, power adjustable sport mirrors, and AM/FM stereo with cassette. Consignor believes indicated miles to be actual. Wellcared-for original paint, with minimal road Bros. Chevrolet) mounted below rear Corvette script. Tidy, mostly original engine bay, apart from belts, hoses, and clamps. All-original interior with light wear, but more than expected on a car with 15k miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,490. While somewhat commonly found on the market, the '82 Collector Edition cars have now almost equaled the value of the popularly sought-after 1978 Pace Cars. The reserve was lifted at $15,500, and the bidding continued for a couple more bids. Market price. C4 #F13-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AY0781E5108994. Red/ gunmetal leather. Odo: 83,345 miles. 350-ci 220-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional power leather sport seats. Mediocre older repaint with non-stock black pinstripe. Modern performance tires on stock alloys, dark window tinting on door and hatch glass. Somewhat dusty Tecumseh gas engine. Heavier yellowing on plastic body, especially at rear. Scuffing on left rear side of body (some kid must have thought this was NASCAR and not road racing), some of the black sponge rubber seat pad has torn off. No attempt was made at starting it. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $550. While not in the best shape, this was still a pretty good deal, even if it had no body at all. The fact that it was fitted with a Corvette body was just a nice bonus. #F6-1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P2S5120172. Red/red leather. Odo: 28,039 miles. 350-ci 350-hp fuelinjected V8, auto. Sold new near Los Angeles, CA, consigned here by the third owner. Slightly off-hue nose, rest of paint in excellent condition. Recently installed Goodyear tires on factory-optional chrome alloys. Additional options include electronic climate control and dual power leather sport seats. Fitted with clear plastic floor mats and door sill protectors. Seat leather starting to get a bit stiff, but has only minimal wear and wrinkling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,688. Re-run on Saturday as lot S238, also being declared sold at $15,900. Well sold in both cases, as it was retail plus money both times—even with the low miles and good color combination. abrasions on nose. All-original interior shows light wear and scuffing on seating surfaces and one small cut on driver's lower seat back. Mostly original under the hood, air intake hose missing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,900. One of three two-tone 1982s at the sale—all three in different color combinations. Two-tone was a popular option in '82, with approximately a quarter of production done up that way. Including the 6,759 Collector Editions, the masking team at Bowling Green's paint shop was kept busy. '82s continue to gain in popularity and price, and this one went quite a ways beyond its $13k reserve. 56 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com engine bay will likely clean up well. Interior wear less than expected, with some wrinkling but no tears to seats. Aftermarket cat-back exhaust system a notch louder than stock. Overall seems to run out well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. Went two bids past its $7k reserve. Since a 1984 is really the year not to get, even for an example with only a moderate number of miles on it, this was a good deal for the seller. #Z258-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE go kart. S/N 101781. White, green, & red/ white plastic. Built circa 1994 by Motorsports Promotions of Phoenix, AZ, for Castrol Motor Oil. Powered by a single-cylinder 8-hp #S162-1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY32P8S5113376. Admiral Blue/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 19,754 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory options include leather sport seats, selective real-time suspension dampening, and AM/FM/cassette stereo. Seller claims


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actual mileage. Well-kept original paint, light weathering and some pinch creasing on original top. Cleanly detailed under the hood, washed-off undercarriage. Seats a bit dry and stiff and showing more wear than expected for the miles indicated. 2009 Texas inspection sticker. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,695. This was the third least popular color for '95, with 1,006 units ordered. The reserve was lifted at $15,250, and it went for a couple more bids, reaffirming that good, low-mile late C4s have been doing well in the market as of late. #F96-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY32P2T5113553. Polo Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 62,022 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory optional dual power leather sport seats, Bose AM/FM/CD stereo system, and run-flat tires with pressure sensors. Seller claims actual miles. Good original paint with light nicks on Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,390. Claimed to have never spent a night outside since purchased new—a claim that can still stick here, thanks to the voluminous convention center. Not a minty, babied example, but still one that was generally cared for when played with. This showed true when it crossed the block, as the bidding was still going strong when it surpassed its $26k reserve. #S31.1-2007 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Custom coupe. S/N 1G1YY26E075134927. Black/charcoal leather. Odo: 26,266 miles. 7.0-L 650-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Factory options include chrome alloy wheels, navigation, and 2LZ Preferred Equipment Package. Fitted with a Procharger belt-driven supercharger with intercooler. As such, the car has a noticeable whistle at all RPMs—and the occasional belt squeak. Good This was claimed to have the performance of a new ZR1 at half the price, but what's that price? The seller was hoping to get about $50k for it, but there were no takers here. C6 #F196-2008 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY36W485127236. Jetstream Blue/black cloth/black nylon. Odo: 6,914 miles. 6.2-L 436-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Equipped with the 2LT equipment package and Jetstream Blue paint upgrade. Original miles from new, primarily as a GM executive car. Still covered under the balance of the GM powertrain warranty. As a near-new used car, it nose and front valance. Light weather fading on original top, but is highly presentable. Good clean-up and detailing under the hood, with the only non-OEM item being a premium brand battery. Light interior wear commensurate with miles indicated. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,660. Bidding petered out when it hit $10k, but it then woke back up when the reserve was lifted. A respectable deal if you like Polo Green, which isn't everyone's favorite flavor. C5 #S80-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S215103000. Bright Red/black leather. Odo: 8,086 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Factory options include memory package, floor mats, body side moldings, and single-disc CD stereo. Dealer accessory chrome alloy wheels and aftermarket cat-back exhaust fitted. Consigned by the original owner. Like new all-original paint, topically cleaned up engine bay, economy replacement battery. Driver's seat, shift knob, console pad, and floor mats show more wear than expected on a sub-10k-mile car. stock paint, heavier glass tinting includes upper foot of windshield. Greatest amount of interior distress is heavier driver's seat wrinkling and heavier wear on aftermarket floor mats. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. Do whatever you want with your car, but don't come crying if you can't get your price when it comes time to sell. has minimal wear and only light undercarriage soiling. Retains all assembly tags and markings. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,280. This was the first year for Jetstream Blue, which was one of four extra-cost optional paint hues. One would be hard pressed to find a better deal on a Chevy dealer's lot based on the low miles—until you add in the buyer's fee. However, although the room was full of car dealers, the last ones that had any interest were long gone when the reserve was lifted at the end of bidding. ♦ www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 57


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Market Report in the following pages, should be a serious part of your considerations when deciding what to pay for your next Corvette, or how much to ask when you sell your current one. F Auctions Covered This Issue: McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/26/2010—Carl Bomstead Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2010—Donald Osborne H&H, Warwickshire, U.K., 3/13/2010—Paul Hardiman RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2010—Carl Bomstead Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/20/2010—Paul Duchene RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/2010—Carl Bomstead Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/8/2010—Chip Lamb DoDa Classics/Foster Auction Service, Bethany, MO, 4/11/2010—B. Mitchell Carlson Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/16/2010—Dan Grunwald C1 #762-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002095. Black/tan fabric/ red vinyl. Odo: 13,395 miles. 235-ci 155-hp straight-6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Older restoration has a neglected look. Color stated to be documented from new, but that documentation is not provided, and I've seen a dozen or so of the original four black examples in the last year alone. Several cracks in fiberglass, rear license plastic cracked, paint shows serious polishing swirls. Carpet filthy, engine dirty, window Global Roundup Corvettes across the block 72 Corvettes Bring $2m in Sales rom early February through the end of April, collectible Corvettes saw solid prices across the auction block at locations around the United States. As always, CM's hardworking Auction Reporters were on location around the country to get an up-close look at each Corvette as it crossed the block, and their first-hand evaluations, presented “Bubble Top” was one of 25 made by Model Builders of Chicago, but is badly chipped around edges. Otherwise restored to high standard, with excellent paint and typical panel fit. Engine bay sparkles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $140,250. Reportedly sold at the Kruse Scottsdale auction in January '08 for $270,000 (CM# 49100). Two years later, it goes for less than half. Price paid was about right for the Corvette itself, with the top thrown in for free. Extremely well bought. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #511-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S003383. Venetian Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 74,496 miles. 265-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Optional 3.27 rear axle. Attractive paint with some minor TOP 10 #7 #7-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N VE55S001044. Pennant Blue/tan can- vas/tan vinyl. Odo: 564 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Variable panel fit, as per factory. Excellent paint, very good chrome, clean interior let down only by careless stitching on end of dashboard to door trim. Bloomington buffing swirls, panel fit to factory specs except for trunk, which is a bit high. Engine clean and detailed, aftermarket interior well fitted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The price bid here had to have been close to what the seller was looking for. Another $7,500 would not have been out of line, but it would have been an easier sale had the car been equipped with the 265/225 engine. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. washer not hooked up. Needs attention. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,100. Last seen at BarrettJackson's Scottsdale sale in January '03, where it sold at $79,920 (SCM# 30059), and driven 13 hard miles since. Use it or lose it, and this one was losing it due to a lack of attention. If the color can be documented, this was a screaming deal. If not, the price paid was about right, considering the car's condition and needs. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. 58 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Gold certified in 1988. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. A first-year V8, well restored and in great original colors. Sold at Mecum's Bloomington Gold auction in June '07 with 482 miles for $178,500 (SCM# 45561). Rated a #1- then, it was still sharp here. The market for these has cooled a bit, but this seems like a steep hit. Well bought. See the profile, p. 20. Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. TOP 10 #3 Best Buy #740-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S001658. Gypsy Red/clear plas- tic/tan vinyl. Odo: 39,061 miles. 265-ci 195hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Rare aftermarket plastic #306-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S104083. Onyx Black/ black vinyl/red vinyl. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration sparkles. Onyx Black paint with black coves shows very well


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block overall, with no visible body issues. Panel fit far better than when new. All the right stuff, but a bit of over-restoration may not sit well with Bloomington judges. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $84,000. A strong '57 Corvette that could have easily brought another $10k without a question. The 2010 SCM Price Guide places this at close to six figures in this condition, so with that in mind, I'll call this one well bought. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #372-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S100985. Venetian Red & white/red vinyl. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. First year for fuel injection on a Corvette. Trunk fit a bit high at leading edge, door out slightly at bottom. Good aftermarket interior, engine clean with no leaks or streaks. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $97,000. This could have brought another $15k–$20k, and it would have been in the ball park. The bid here was a bit light considering the condition, and even in this market, the seller should be able to get his price. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #69-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE racer. S/N E57S106241. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 29,441 miles. 283-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Variable panel fit to racer standards. Good paint and chrome, some waviness in body is especially prominent in rear. Interior has stock seat and racing bucket in original pattern. Dash and door rail trim original and worn. Auxiliary Stewart-Warner and Moon gauges. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. SCCA and drag racing history in period, known ownership. A winner at the Monterey Historics driven by Fred Yeakel in 2007, displayed at Bloomington Gold. Previously sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach in August '07, where it made $115,500 (SCM# 46533). Seemingly unused since. It was no surprise that the high bid was turned down, as it is certainly worth more. Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. 60 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com nicks, brightwork shows signs of age. Engine compartment clean and serviceable. A driver. From the John O'Quinn Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. It's hard to believe someone would order a fuelie with an automatic. If this had been equipped with a manual transmission, I'm wiling to bet the price paid would have been closer to $100k. As equipped, the money was about right, but the new owner will always have to explain the options. RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. TOP 10 #9 #421-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S109498. Roman Red/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 52,250 miles. 283-ci 290hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. 2009 Bloomington Gold certification. Blackwall tires with dog-dish hubcaps—RPO 276. Ordered with metallic brakes and 4.56 Positraction rear complete judging documentation. About as good as it gets. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. An extraordinary Corvette that sold for extraordinary money. On one hand, it would take years to build one to this specification, but on the other, this was over-the-top money by $25k–$30k. You can't drive it, and it's been to all the dances, so where to now? RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. #126-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S105692. Black & silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 3,751 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. One of 1,511 fuelinjected Corvettes for 1958. Equipped with optional Powerglide automatic transmission and power windows. Older respray has a few TOP 10 #1 #109-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S101773. Snowcrest White & silver/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 677 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 1998 to exacting specifications, and a trailer queen ever since. Cosmetically freshened up in 2008. Duntov and Bloomington Gold awards, end. Excellent respray with no issues, panel fit to factory specs, headlight to fender trim properly fitted. Has a good look overall. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $112,750. The brakes and the 4-speed add about half again as much to this car's value. Throw in the recent Bloomington Gold, and the new owner has a no-questions Corvette that will turn heads wherever it goes. Expensive, but well worth it. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #772-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S104394. Honduras Maroon & white/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61,509 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with desirable engine, seldom ordered power windows, and both tops. Fit issue with trunk lid, other panel gaps asdelivered. Window moldings dull, bumper scratched, gas pedal broken off. Headlight trim fits quite well, which is unusual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,900. A driver-quality car that can be upgraded over time without financial concern. The price paid here was a bit under the money, as another $5,000–$7,500 would not have been out of line. Well bought. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #168-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S108288. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 50,470 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored and modified to owner's specifications. Painted a C3 shade of red.


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block Improved steering and springs, GM 5-speed overdrive added. Fitted with a/c and premium sound system. Original engine, miles documented. An attractive package. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $74,500. A well-presented driver, but the Bloomington and NCRS folks would have a fit with all the mods that had been done. This was offered by a well-known Corvette specialist, who was not willing to budge off his $80k asking price. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #190-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 29867S111555. Roman Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 28,231 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Owner states this is a driver-level 'Vette, which may be a bit of an overstatement. Engine replaced with 350-ci V8, big Hurst shifter fitted for rowing the 4-speed. Windshield delaminating, marginal paint with numerous touch-ups and blemishes, trim badly pitted. Engine bay presentable, acceptable interior. Lots to do here. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. This seller was looking for a bunch for a Corvette that had a long list of needs. Even if you're OK with all the issues, a Corvette like this is not worth a whole lot more than was bid here. The seller should have taken the money and not looked back. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #205-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S110410. Roman Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 1,017 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Attractive Roman Red livery recently applied. Factory spec panel fit, aside from slightly high-fitting trunk lid. Nice chrome, trim pieces over headlights show fit issues. Interior shows well, aside from large paint chip on dash. Engine compartment clean. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Don't blame the seller for taking this car home, as the bid would have been more appropriate for a car a grade or so less than this example. Once the obvious issues are taken care of, he 62 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com engine and chassis, correct steel wheels and hubcaps. Very nice throughout. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $57,861. Full restoration in 2003 and driven only 2,100 miles since. A shame, as it was a nice example that deserved to be enjoyed. The money was not enough, and the owner was wise to wait for another day. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #595-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S191367. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,316 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh restoration including interior and paint. Hood gap wide at front, driver's door paint buffed through on Cond: 3. SOLD AT $79,200. A fuelie with the hard top and dog-dish hubcaps, and stated to be numbers-matching. Arguably the most desirable C1. Sold at RM's Rochester auction in August '08, then sporting Torq-Thrust wheels, for $69,300 (SCM# 117397). Original-type steel wheels and hubcaps had been sourced since, and the car was cleaned up a bit. The price paid was right on the money. Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. #406-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S106769. Red/black vinyl & red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 15,435 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Minor flaws only in finish, fresh chrome still looks excellent. Correct new red carpet and vinyl seats, factory hard top and fresh soft top. Detailed should be able to get his price. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #36-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S106224. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 13,258 miles. 327-ci 360hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Panel fit variable, as per build. Good paint shows polish scratches, chips on door edges, and microblistering on cowl. Chrome with some small flaws and areas of fading. Good interior, Wonderbar radio. edge. Rear bumper chrome scratched, comes with both hard and soft tops. Engine said to have the correct casting number. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. Of all the solidaxle Corvettes, the '62 is one of the most user-friendly, as the 327 engine gives the car an edge over all previous models, and in 340hp trim, it's easy to live with and still plenty powerful. Although not perfect, this car was well done throughout, and I expect it'll be able to bring more another day. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #249-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S108696. Fawn Beige/ tan canvas/Fawn Beige vinyl. Odo: 3,581 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Old paint shows chips, cracks, and scratches. Chrome and trim dented, weatherstrips hard and cracked, seat covers dry and split. Grab bar trim dented. Non-original engine fitted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $47,520. A non-original engine makes it a bit more difficult to pull in the big bucks. Fawn Beige is not the most exciting color, and with originality so important these days, it's lucky it never got a red respray. This would be a great car to just leave alone, as non-original motor aside, it had a nice original look. It's hard to justify a restoration at this price anyway. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. C2 #143-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S105440. Riverside Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 29,420 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Recent restoration to a high standard by Glen Vaughn. Quality respray, panel fit exceeds factory specs. Owner states matching numbers, but no formal documentation was presented with the car. Aftermarket fuel injection ducting fitted under the hood,


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Selling a race car is very much like selling a custom car. Everyone has differing opinions on what is the correct combination of parts for success. This had the look, but was a bit short on success stories. I hope the seller knew what he was doing when he turned down the offer. RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. #501-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE excellent interior shows no wear. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $92,000. The price bid was under the money by at least $15k, assuming all checked out. I can't understand why sellers don't provide photos and other documentation to back up claims of matching numbers... It shouldn't be considered a hassle to do so when you're looking for six figures for your car. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #109-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S115164. Riverside Red/black vinyl. Odo: 40,921 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Striking Riverside Red livery, but Goldline tires clash. Excellent fit and alignment, aside from wide gap between front fender and upper passenger's door. Fitted with reproduction knockoffs and both tops; coupe. S/N 30837S120588. Tuxedo Black/ saddle leather. Odo: 576 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh body-off restoration sparkles. Minor swirls stand out in black paint, buffer marks on trim. Engine clean, but not detailed for NCRS showing. Fitted with factory a/c, AM/FM radio, power steering, and #164-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S100568. Ermine White/ blue vinyl. Odo: 62,587 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent respray with lots of visible overspray, paint cracking in several areas, likely due to poor body prep. Good panel fit for a midyear, decent trim throughout. Rear bumpers worn and appear to have been welded without being replated. Fitted with Vintage Air, center console worn. A good ten footer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,075. Purchased at the ICA auction in Scottsdale in January '10, where it brought $21k (SCM# 156793), and the seller was looking for a quick turn. Bidding stalled while it crossed the block, but a deal was put together later at fair money for its condition. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. power brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,600. Split-Windows are among the most desirable C2 Corvettes today, but as the C2 evolved over its five-year span, these started to look a bit dated, and some were even modified with the later one-piece rear window. This was strong money, but this one did have a/c and the AM/ FM radio, so I'd call it market correct. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #533-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE headliner is coming loose on hard top. No drain holes in hood. Engine clean and tidy. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. The seller was looking for a home run, but he should have accepted the triple that was offered. I don't know where he'll find the additional $10k he was looking for, as although this was a nice car, it wasn't that nice. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #191-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S114484. Black/black fabric. 377-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with raceprepped Chevrolet small-block and all the other go-fast goodies. Muncie M21 4-speed transmission, 3.50:1 rear gears. Interior is all business. Complete with log books, receipts, and SVRA certificate 6-0131. Ready for the starting grid. flex fan, and distributor. Dual master cylinder. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. The eye catches the red spear, which was undoubtedly inspired by a '67 big-block car, and it easily overshadowed the more subtle 1963 styling cues, which was a shame. Putting this car back to stock would require a repaint, and with that in mind, I'd call this bid market correct. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. 64 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com convertible. S/N 30867S116014. Black & red/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 2,254 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very shiny black repaint with non-original red stripe and missing hood vents. Some chrome scratched. New windshield, top, and seats fitted. Hurst shifter, console dented. Engine modified with new intake, carb, TOP 10 #8 #431-1964 CORVETTE coupe. CHEVROLET S/N 40837S104833. Blue/white leather. Odo: 51,045 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. One-off styling by Bill Mitchell for his friend Ozzie Olson. Restored 20 years back to its original configuration. Custom cast sidepipes, six taillights, chrome wires with three-bar knockoffs. Factory a/c, pearl blue paint. Interior a bit edgy, with some discoloring in places. A unique documented Corvette. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $116,600. Sold at Mecum's Bloomington Gold sale in June '09 for $106,000 (CM# 120790), but just a month earlier than that, it was a no-sale at Mecum's Indianapolis sale, where it was bid to $105,000 (CM# 120490). After his expenses, the seller made a few bucks for his nine-month ownership, and I'd bet there is still some upside after a little more cosmetic clean up. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #152-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S108229. Rally Red/ beige canvas/black leather. Odo: 12,249 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated $75k restoration cost, documented with thick book of receipts. Paint sparkles from recent wet


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block sand, fit and alignment varied, as expected. Aftermarket air, Z01 option with third back-up light. 4-speed manual was ordered on 90% of '65s. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. This was kicked back by the buyer from November '09's McCormick sale, as he claimed it was a 250hp car rather than 300 hp, as presented when it crossed the block. Sold for $56,700 then (SCM# 152701), so the seller took a pretty big hit in letting it go at this level. Some numberschecking by the new owner will tell the tale, but either way, this was a very presentable Corvette at a fair price. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #150-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S111970. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,971 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent repaint, if a bit shiny, good body fit. Appears to have reproduction sidepipes and knockoffs. No mention of matching numbers, not typical under the hood. Rear wheelwell lips clearanced for wide tires, some evidence of right well fitted. Non-original engine with headers and several chrome parts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,040. Body-off restoration said to have been completed in 2005, with many new parts fitted at that time. The non-original engine might hurt the bottom line here, but there was a lot to like as well. The '64 model year has never had the popular appeal of either the '63 (first of the series) or the '65 (first disc brakes), but this one was nice throughout, and the price was marketright for condition. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #SP106-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S105098. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 52,632 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with power steering, power brakes, a/c, back-up lamps, AM/FM radio, and tinted glass. Paint shows only a few minor flaws. Excellent chrome with numbers provided. VIN stamped on side case of transmission. Full engine detail with factory-style paint markings. Options include factory a/c, side exhaust, power windows, power brakes, and power steering. Knockoffs fitted with Goldline radials. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,600. Considering the documentation and the quality of the restoration, this was both well bought and sold. The seller presented all the necessary information, and he worked the car prior to it crossing the block—a textbook example of how to sell a car at auction. All should be happy here. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #494-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S109047. Glen Green/beige canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 62,532 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to be numbers-matching with documentation to back it up. Well-applied respray shows no issues. Fitted with factory a/c, power windows, power brakes, power steering, and side exhaust. Typical factory paint markings front fender repair. New tires, repro bumpers, cheesy modern stereo fitted vertically. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $39,500. A lot of money was spent here with good intentions, but I'm pretty sure it was without intent to sell. My initial impressions were gradually dispelled by niggling details. A prize winner perhaps in small town Main Street shows, but that's it. Bid was almost exactly correct and should have been taken without a second thought. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/10. #621-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S102406. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 4,864 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint with some visible dust in the finish, rear bumper rechromed over flaws. Some misalignment on driver's door and at headlight buckets. New interior appears 66 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com only minor scratches, some dings in window trim. Impressive underhood, with minor wear on flat black chassis. Nice knockoff wheels and good rubber. Immaculate interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,381. Another low-mileage former California 'Vette with few flaws. Nicely optioned, and although not a big show winner, it was well bought at the price paid. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #171-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S109047. Glen Green/beige canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 62,531 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have matching numbers, with photos of casting on engine. Knockoffs fitted with Goldline tires. A well-presented Corvette. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $67,100. I watched this Corvette sell at McCormick's Palm Springs auction in February '10, where it realized $54,600 (CM# 159270). I called it well bought at the time, and that was correct, as the new owner shipped it across the country and was able to make a handsome profit. Even so, the buyer here paid a market-correct price for a welldocumented car, so he should have no regrets. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #SP48-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S100352. Yellow/ black vinyl/black leather. 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and carpet in very good condition, but had an older look. Nice set of knockoffs, flat black underside shows evidence of past oil spray. Clean, but unspectacular. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,873. This originally equipped '65 in bright yellow previously captured an NCRS Third Flight Award. Not outstanding in any area any more, this 365-hp small-block car would have made a very nice driver at this point. Bid price was market correct. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #199-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S108451. Ermine White/blue vinyl. Odo: 14,581 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An attractive Corvette with good panel fit and alignment. Decent respray with a few nicks and touch-ups, some overspray not to factory specs. Desirable L79 engine clean and well-detailed, with no leaks noted. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Minor trim differences were the only real changes for the 1966 Corvette, aside from the addition of the 427-ci big-block V8. The price bid here was light, as a decent L79 Corvette convertible should bring somewhere in the mid-$50k range. Better luck next time. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #8-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N M1CH69025. Red/black leather. Odo: 73,300 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well restored with fit and shut gaps probably better than factory. Full of new parts. Power windows with discreet modern switches. Aftermarket wheels and tires, bigblock hood fitted. Front seems to sit a little high. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,800. The wheels were a turn-off, but they're easy to swap, and the color looked fine in real life. This was probably a great driver, and I'm willing to bet it was bought for a lot less than it cost to do. It had been advertised in the trade for at least six months prior with no movement, and here it looked like a great buy. H&H Auctions, Warwickshire, UK, 3/10. black leather interior, older faded carpets. Detailed under the hood to a decent level, chassis resprayed in flat black. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. This was reportedly restored two years ago, but it appeared to be more of a refurbishment. Painted an unexciting white, it was not the 'Vette that had the bidders' attention. Although bid on the light side, the owner may regret not taking the price offered. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #608-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S126003. Red/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 42,761 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Four owners from new. Paint chipped on nose, looks to have filled mirror www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 67 supple. Options include AM/FM radio and power antenna. Engine compartment once reconditioned, but now in no more than driver condition. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Redone to use about 20 or more years ago, this Corvette was ripe to be redone. Without any verification of the numbers-matching status here, the high bid should have been close enough to sell it. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #625-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1943376S103758. White/black leather. Odo: 61,827 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Passenger's door fit off, other panel gaps consistent with factory production. Older paint with recent touch-ups as well as some imperfections and fading. Rocker trim scratched, door handles pitted, bumpers scratched. Fresh #121-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S124086. Dark blue metallic/white vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 73,948 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavy older dark blue metallic finish looks dated and has light wear and plenty of underlying prep issues. Chrome and brightwork show their age, nice leather interior still very holes on passenger's door. Stone chips on windshield. New interior, fitted with factory a/c. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. Very bright paint and two tops on an air-conditioned '66 'Vette convertible. This was an attractive car, but $49k is pretty attractive as well. Could have sold without regret. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #401-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S105190. Lynndale Blue/ teal vinyl. Odo: 70,385. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration with factory a/c. Claimed to be all original with matching numbers except for replaced carburetor, valve covers, and steering wheel. Fitted with power windows, power steering, and power brakes. Excellent brightwork, detailed to the nines, documented with tank sticker. Wheelwells reinforced prior to restoration. Clock does not work. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. This Lynndale Blue Corvette was last seen at the McCormick auction in February '09, where is was a no-sale at $62,000 (SCM# 119805). I thought it was a touch under the money then, but boy, what a difference a year makes. I can't fault the seller for hanging on, as there should be more money out there for this. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #367-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S111203. Tuxedo Black & red/black vinyl. Odo: 983 miles. 427-ci 390-hp


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Quality respray, factory-spec panel fit, minor scratches on glass and window trim. Fitted with factory a/c, sidepipes, and power disc brakes. No issues with interior. Has the right look. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,025. An L36 can easily push six figures, but the question here was what the car was born with. At this price, I'd suspect a lot was added from an aftermarket catalog. Still, I'd call it well bought. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #191-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S122130. Sunfire Yellow & black/white vinyl. Odo: 47,886 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Striking color combination, stinger stripe not typical of factory production. Fitted with both tops. Nice paint with minor swirls, white vinyl interior #362-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 194377S121578. Maroon/red fabric. 510-ci 900-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Striking custom flame job, raised scoop on hood. Nitrous oxide, custom frame, 4-wheel disc brakes, wheelie bars, parachute. Interior fitted with Kirkey seats. Stated to have cost $200,000 to build. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,400. This showed only slight indications of use, so I wonder if it ever found the track. If you must have something like this, buying one already done is the only way to go, as you save yourself all kinds of money as well as a lot of headaches. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. could use a good cleaning. Rally wheels standard, bolt-on knockoff-style aluminum wheels fitted. An attractive Corvette. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,800. Real or replica can account for a lot of money on big-block mid-years. If all checks out here, then this was well bought indeed, but if any questions come up, it'll just be a pretty car to use and enjoy at a market price for condition. The key is knowing what to look for—or finding someone who does. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/10. #493-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S116227. Rally Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 31,298 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A one-owner Corvette until just recently. Bloomington Gold Survivor certification, miles stated to be original. Paint chipped and flaking, which is as expected. Interior in very nice original condition, but does #441-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S115204. Marlboro Maroon & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 38,2121 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration of an L71 big-block car. Stated to have matching numbers with documentation. Attractive paint shows minor polishing marks, stinger lines windows, power brakes, AM/FM, wood wheel, and factory a/c. Engine compartment complete and exhibits high-level older detailing that has unwound. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. The catch here is that while the car was numbers-matching, it was built as a 427/400 car, yet the triple-carb setup was nowhere to be seen. Combined with the Powerglide and the slightly tatty overall presentation, the high bid was excessive, so the lack of a sale here was a mystery to me. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #SP104-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S118550. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 37,261 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include AM/ FM radio, Positraction rear end, and factory sidepipes. Paint shows polishing scratches, flaws, and prep issues. Chrome has only minor imperfections. Decent white vinyl interior with headrests added. Matte black engine compartment, flat black underside. Firestone Redline tires, factory Rally wheels. A nice driver. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $54,868. First seen at Mecum's Kansas City sale in March '09, where it sold at $55,000 (CM# 120052). Seen again at the Branson Auction in September '09, not selling at $40,000 (CM# 142919). Finally, not typical of factory production. Brightwork fading and shows minor pitting. A nice driverquality 435-hp Corvette. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,100. Last seen at Bonhams's Brookline sale in September '09, where it was a no-sale at $78,000 (CM# 143259). Zero miles had been covered since. The seller obviously had a change of heart, as he netted less selling it here even before his transportation expenses were factored in. Often the first offer is the best offer. Well bought. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. #127-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE show a cigarette burn in driver's seat. Original documents come with car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. A low-mileage big-block '67 Corvette is a rare find indeed. The price bid should buy a #2 car, but the low miles and original condition here changed the rules. This bid was likely close, and I expect the seller will be able to get his money without too much trouble. RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/10. 68 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com coupe. S/N 194377S111188. Tuxedo Black & red/brown leather. Odo: 11,634 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with 1992 Top Flight award and a recent Second Flight Preservation certificate on dashboard. Paint and body redone to a high standard, but lacquer finish exhibits small bubbles in places. Unusual brown leather interior still supple, interior exhibits many options including power seen at Mecum's Kansas City sale in December '09, selling for $56,710 (CM# 153269). This former Florida 'Vette had lots of interest, but the price was getting up there for what was basically a decent driver with needs. The current owner may have it for a while yet. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. C3 Best Buy #82-1968 CORVETTE convertible. CHEVROLET S/N 194678S426922. Safari Yellow/black vinyl & yellow hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 60,995 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block repaint of claimed matching-numbers car from Oklahoma. New rally wheels and T/A radials, rosewood steering wheel. Excellent chrome, new interior, nice body fit. Too much black paint underhood, but hard top is a real bonus. No power steering or power brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,708. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale event in January '10, when it sold for $39,600 (SCM# 158022). Holy smoke. Since this car's last appearance, it's traveled just 20 miles, yet it sold for $17,892 less. That's $894 a mile... All I can figure is that some other financial catastrophe overcame the seller and he was burning the furniture to keep warm. In any case, this was very well bought. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/10. #303-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S411952. Rally Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 89,804 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older reconditioning exhibits driver-quality paintwork with some larger touch-ups, scratches, and chips throughout. L88 hood not original to the car. early '70s. Restored to '74 configuration after being purchased at a swapmeet. Complete with original log books. Featured in Vette magazine in 2005. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,200. Loaded with documented racing history. An inexpensive entry into vintage racing, but now the dollars start adding up. Would be a handful for the novice driver who just got his ticket. The seller was looking for more than was bid here, but race cars can be a tough sell, and he made the right decision to take the offer. RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10. Best Buy #83-1969 CORVETTE convertible. CHEVROLET S/N 194679S715499. Riverside Gold/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 6,415 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed 1,000 miles since frame-off repaint and rebuild of a claimed matching-numbers car. Paint atypically shiny but suitably uneven. Good panel fit, decent interior with AM/FM radio. Pitted trim, bumpers checked, new top. Belted Firestone tires. on driver's side. Clean underhood with some detailing. Comes with hard top and newer soft top. A good twenty footer. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $20,950. Previously registered in Illinois. The reportedly numbers-matching engine was rebuilt in 2008 and had only been driven 500 miles since. A very nice driver, but there were enough issues here to put the bottom line well above current market value—hence the low bid. The current owner will need to address some of the cosmetic problems to get a higher offer. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #577-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S736781. Tuxedo Black/white canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 55 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, shiny black paint with some edge chipping. Some new chrome, some original pieces show Chrome and brightwork appear unrestored but not overly worn. Leather seats possibly original, dashboard and console exhibit typical wear. Engine bay tidy, L88 air cleaner out of place. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,500. A bit of a bitsa here, but at no reserve from the Cromer Collection, it had little trouble finding a new home at the high bid. A fair price for both buyer and seller. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #206-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SCCA/IMSA coupe. S/N 194379S700187. Green/black vinyl. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Built and driven by privateer racer Babe Headley. L71 engine with L89 heads. High speed encounter with an apple tree in '71 necessitated a complete rebuild. Driven at Dayton, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, and Watkins Glen in the 70 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,810. Another frightful beating for this seller, who paid $48,400 for this car at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '10 (SCM# 158021). Just 22 miles had been covered since, which works out to $935 per mile. Before B-J, this car was last seen at Mecum's Indy sale in May '08, where it sold at $35,175 (SCM# 116885). If the same buyer bought both this car and the preceding '68 Corvette, he had a terrific day. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/10. #608-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S73879. Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,084 miles. 350ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recently resprayed yellow paint thin in areas, with overspray, cracking, and prep issues evident. Original worn chrome door handles show some pitting, refinished bumpers now scratched. Worn carpets with new kit included, seat sagging scratches. Optional hard top has some loose trim, fitted with factory a/c. Hood release doesn't work. New replacement radio and tilt wheel, misfit trim around gauge pod. Leather interior with white stitching to match white soft top. Equipped with tilt/telescopic steering, power steering, and power brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,760. Modifications on Corvettes usually bring the price down by the cost of the mods, if not a bit more. Comfort is good, but 'Vette people are generally purists, and they're a bit picky. The white-stitched seats were a nice custom touch, but they weren't for everyone, and I wouldn't be surprised if this car could do measurably better with an original-looking set. Considering the options this car had, the price paid was not a bad deal. Well bought. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #7-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S404765. Donnybrooke Green & gray primer/gray primer/red corduroy. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include power brakes, power steering,


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block windows and locks, and tilt steering column. High bid was reportedly close, but it was still not enough to find it a new home. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #328-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE and a/c. VIN tag on A-pillar is missing. Wears a 1995 Missouri inspection tag in the windshield. Reportedly had the motor rebuilt by the local GM engine guru around that time when the project started, but like so many out there, it was never finished. Parts generally piled into passenger's compartment, some of which were pulled out for display. Among them were two hoods, both seats, and the gauge cluster—sans speedometer. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $5,775. The third lot offered at this auction, after a 1956 Ford 2-door sedan parts car and a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 rust-bomb that proved that its title and VIN tag were worth $4,725. Oh, and no less than five people in the crowd claimed that Jay Leno had sent someone here to bid on it. Probably Elvis. A project for the really brave, or someone who can't grasp the concept of spending $50k to build a $30k car. Do-Da Classics, Bethany, MO, 4/10. #229-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J4S425810. White/black leather. Odo: 65,392 miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint with heavy overspray everywhere, missing weatherstrips on rear of side glass, lots of gobby filler on driver's side mirror, paint bubbled as if it has been under a tarp. Torq-Thrust II mag wheels, signs of wear and neglect throughout. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. Rode hard, put away wet, and then given a face-lift in a Bangkok back street. At least it started life as a '77, so there wasn't much at stake. Still, a driver-quality '77 L82 will only attract about $12k, so it was silly to turn down $8k for this one. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/10. #324-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE wiper base. Varied panel fit, front rubber bumper misfit. Dirty and dusty engine looks right out of the body shop. Lots of wear to interior. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Very scary. Where do you start? Once you really start digging, what will you find? High bid was all the money and more. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #259-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67J5S404269. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 96,898 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint color mismatched on front bumper, rear bumper shows fit issues, heavy wrinkling to finish in door jamb. Dirt and fading areas on seats and console, door panels show cracks and wrinkles with missing screws and door lock knobs. Fitted with a/c, but compressor belt is missing. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Said to be numbers-matching. 72 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com coupe. S/N 1Z37X7S415186. White/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 22,781 miles. 350-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very original car apart from one high-quality repaint. Trim very good, with only minor age-related issues to badges and hubcap emblems, interior still as-new throughout, down to the smell. Engine compartment tidy, extremely tidy without any evident flaws or wear, engine compartment appears untouched and only slightly dingy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,000. While a low-mileage example, this one had dodgier cosmetics than most of the other surviving examples of its type. Add the L48 standard horsepower 350 and the automatic transmission, and the high bid should have been more than enough. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #132-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE all emissions equipment present. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. While 1977 is not one of the most vaunted years for America's sports car, this car was unique not only for its low mileage but for its L82 engine, M21 closeratio 4-speed transmission, factory a/c, power Silver Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N 1Z8748S434959. Silver & gray/black leather. Odo: 41,793 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent high-quality repaint of an otherwise highly original car. Body gaps untouched from the factory and well-aligned, trim and emblems exhibit normal wear and fading. Interior tidy with supple leather, slight wear to console and dash. Engine compartment presentable, Looked like a 96,000-mile Corvette should, although with L82 trim when the VIN showed it to be a base 165-hp car. This bid was correct for a decent “final” Corvette convertible, and as this car had some needs, the seller would have been smart to take the money. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #59-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37X7S432858. Black/black cloth. Odo: 6,944 miles. 350-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full body kit fitted. Louvered front fenders, modified rear spoiler, air cleaner projects through hood. Racing seats, no inside seats. Dirty non-original engine fitted with headers. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. Just another used car here. Nothing to write home about. Many of these lower-horse C3s can be found for sale at any given time, so if you're in the market for one, it pays to look for the best example out there. This wasn't it. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #315-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S906342. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 3,208 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original finish exhibits moderate scratches and flaws typical of period GM paint. Pace Car decals still in the box they came in. Interior coupe. S/N 1Z37L7S434556. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 79,737 miles. 350-ci 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Given at least one poorly-masked repaint. Some weatherstrips pulling away, windshield shows wiper scratches. Lots of interior wear including cracks and worn-through spots on


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block redone in vinyl, steering wheel leather shows more than average wear. Engine compartment dusty but largely original throughout. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,400. Sold at no reserve from the Trent Cromer Collection at the beginning of the day on Friday, this somewhat lackluster example actually overperformed for its condition. Well sold. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #327-1982 complete, and shows signs of maintenance. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,200. Despite the slushbox, the L82 package on top of the two-tone Anniversary Edition finish made this car a good deal at the reserve price, and an even greater deal at the high bid accepted by the consignor. Well bought. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #403-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S420916. Chameleon/ white leather. Odo: 39,551 miles. 454-ci 400hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint shifts from green to silver, pink, purple, gold, and blue. Chrome worn and scratched, repolished wheels fitted with new Goodyear Eagle GT II tires. Fresh white leather interior and carpet kit, aftermarket wood trim fitted. Nice non-original bigblock underhood, flat black chassis. Custom stereo and wood trim tart-up inside. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Babies cried, women CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. S/N 1G1AY0782C5111464. Silver-Beige & Charcoal/pewter leather. Odo: 59,306 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Decent paint with some bubbles and front end chips. Tinted T-tops. Very clean interior, correctly #SP13-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0782F5101679. Two-tone silver/black leather. Odo: 41,408 km. 350ci 230-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Excellent resprayed paint with only a few issues. Windshield wiper marked and chipped, all original under the hood, underside shows road grime. Original wheels recently polished, new tires fitted. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $10,575. This was a well-cared-for Canuck example that was very clean, but there are a lot of bargains out there when it comes to this generation of 'Vette. Bid was reflective of demand, but I can understand why the owner was reluctant to sell. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. fitted engine. Numerous light stone chips to windshield. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,470. The 1982 Collector Edition coupe cost almost $4,000 more than the base car in 1982, but it did feature special wheels, unique paint, and a lifting rear hatch among its standard features. The market is starting to recognize these cars, and this one was in great shape overall. Well bought. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. C4 #405-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE screamed, and muscular men fell to their knees in disbelief. Once a 25th Anniversary model, it lost its original 185-hp 350 in favor of a 454 by a 'Vette specialist in Canada. OK, but the 3M flip “Chrome Illusion” paint was over the top. Never have I seen so many shudder at the sight of a Corvette. Amount bid reflected how many people regarded it. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #304-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z8789S411192. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 74,371 miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Heavy older paintwork with uniform issues under finish throughout. Interior cheaply tart-up inside, along with faded and stained brown carpets. Driver's seat cracked and split, window rubber deteriorating, wheels need refinishing. Original soiled chassis and engine compartment. A daily driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,889. A relatively low-mileage, aging 'Vette in what is not everyone's favorite color. Still, clean enough, and a much cooler ride to work than a rusty Toyota. Price was fair for both buyer and seller. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. 74 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com coupe. S/N 1G1AY078XE514544. Gold Metallic/brown leather. Odo: 64,109 km. 350ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original paint chipped and showing lots of polishing swirls, black door handles need repainting. Wood trim any damage, apart from signs of light use. All Anniversary badging present and intact. Soft white leather extends to steering wheel and is amazingly unmarked and clean, as are dashboard, console, and carpet. Engine compartment appears untouched but is a bit crusty around the edges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,100. The white leather seats and steering wheel must have been covered and wrapped during the entirety of this car's use, as I've seen quite a few of these showing fewer miles and heavier interior wear. A neat piece. The reserve was higher, but a motivated seller dropped it at the high bid and the car sold without incident. Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/10. #444-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY3181K5107526. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 44,022 miles. 350-ci 245-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Mostly original red paint, resprayed rockers with overspray on chassis. Dulling paint on nose shows some minor chips and scratches. Black leather interior worn on driver's seat, #340-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 35th Anniversary Edition coupe. S/N 1G1YY2187J5115252. White/black glass/ white leather. Odo: 11,978 miles. 350-ci 245hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Preservation-quality throughout. White paint original and without


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Market Report Global Roundup Corvettes across the block eter, appear inoperative. Z06-style wheels, newer XM radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,420. This looked like an average used, highermileage automatic Corvette with visible wear and tear commensurate with its age. Price paid was market-correct, but with the gauge issues noted, I'd be looking for another example. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. original black cloth top features new rear window. Clean underhood, flat black underside OK. Wheels oxidized, newer tires. New a/c, alternator, and battery. An uninspiring driver. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $15,962. A fairly original, fully loaded, former California 'Vette showing some signs of wear. Although there were some recent improvements, this example still needed money thrown at it. This bid was about spot-on, yet the owner was dreaming of $26,500. I think the seller may regret the decision to hang on at this price, as there are a lot of these out there. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/10. #14-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23JXL5800894. Black/black leather. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Straight and unscuffed overall, with a few small stone chips in paint and some door older owner admitted he'd taken it in trade four years ago and had driven it a mere 200 miles since. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,660. This seemed like a decent car that needed to be rescued from the orphanage into which it had been committed. Prices are finally starting to move on ZR-1s, and with only 50k miles on this one, it's got to be good for 100k more. The seller wisely lifted his $18k reserve, and the new owner should be happy with his purchase. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 3/10. #83-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Speed Racer convertible. S/N 1G1YY22PXT510172. White/red leather. 350-ci 300-hp V8, auto. 1996 Corvette chassis and drivetrain, replica body of the Mach 5 from the Speed Racer Comics. Also appeared in “Speed Racer: The Next Generation.” Damaged in the Russo and Steele storm; now C6 #299-2005 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY24UX55105278. Black & yellow/black leather. Odo: 21,630 miles. 6.0-L 400-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Numerous paint chips on nose, lots of yellow stickers affixed throughout, including a huge C6R “Jake” on the hood. Gas door missing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Built to look like a GM-sponsored racer, and said to be fast but also streetable. Not my cup of tea, but if you're into Corvette racing, it might be just the ticket. Although the seller most definitely had more in it than this bid, the price offered was close to market correct based on the modifications that had been made. Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/10. #50-2010 CHEVROLET CORVETTE seals lightly mangled. Alloys undamaged but could use a refinish. Owner notes rear hatch defroster does not work. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,720. Bought in the U.S. for a Seattle-toMonterey rally in 1997, and the owner liked it so much he brought it home with him. C4s are below the radar of most U.K. buyers, so many have not have even realized that the ZR-1 is a four-cam. But, using the monkey/typewriter/ Hamlet analogy, eventually one's going to sell here at auction and then we'll know where we are. Let's just say that at the price of an early XK8, or half of a rough 308, it looked like a fair value, and the owner perhaps should have been grateful for that much and let it go. H&H Auctions, Warwickshire, UK, 3/10. #93-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1GY1YZ23JX15801902. Turquoise Metallic/black leather. Odo: 49,143 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Good color, moderate wear inside and out. Sits on very old cracked tires that might make it to the nearest tire shop. Clean underhood, but overall has a faint air of neglect. Apologetic 76 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com cracked. Rust on gas cover and rear window latch, dark tint on driver's side glass peeling off. Interior shows wear on seat bolsters and center console. Instruments, including odom- with the windshield replaced, but dings and scratches remain. Driver's door panel loose. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,475. Bought for the price of a decent number 2 coupe with the Speed Racer stuff thrown in for free. Or it could be viewed as someone screwing up a perfectly decent Corvette and losing his shirt in the process. Either way the new owner will be a big hit with the kids at the next neighborhood BBQ. McCormick, Palm Springs, 2/10. #293-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P3T5108632. White/ black leather. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint shows no issues, center brake lens only started up when it was run onto the block, with the traction control getting a workout on the grassy hill going up to the auction building. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Most auction companies get skittish if a car spends over three minutes on the block, and if it is there that long, it's only because it has money on it and is going to find a new owner. So when a brand new car from dealer inventory starts rotting like dead fish for 15 minutes on the block, it's time to go take a nap. Or just leave. Do-Da Classics, Bethany, MO, 4/10.  coupe. S/N 1G1YY25W685115388. Silver/ charcoal leather. Odo: 10 miles. 6.2-L 430-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Factory optional rear parcel cover, mud guards, and not much else. A brand new car from the inventory of the local GM and Ford dealer. The door “handles” have not even been installed, with bare door edges exposed. Locked for the bulk of the day, and


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By the Numbers Top 85 Corvette Sales at Auction February 2010 through April 2010* 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition Coupe— $297,000 at Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL Rank Model 1 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition Coupe 2 1958 Corvette 283/245 Convertible 3 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 4 1955 Corvette Bubbletop Roadster 5 1959 Corvette LS3 Custom Convertible 6 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 7 1955 Corvette Roadster 8 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 9 1964 Corvette 327/300 Bill Mitchell Styling Coupe 10 1960 Corvette 283/290 FI Convertible 11 1965 Corvette 327/250 Convertible 12 1959 Corvette 283/290 FI Convertible 13 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 14 1966 Corvette 427/425 Convertible 15 1967 Corvette 427/435 Coupe 16 1957 Corvette 283/245 Convertible 17 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 18 1957 Corvette 283 Convertible 19 1963 Corvette 327/300 Coupe 20 1956 Corvette LS1 Custom Convertible 21 1966 Corvette 427/450 Coupe 22 1967 Corvette 427/400 Convertible 23 1962 Corvette 327/360 FI Convertible 24 1966 Corvette 427/390 Convertible 25 1967 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 26 1966 Corvette 427/425 Coupe 27 1968 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 28 1971 Corvette 427/365 LS5 Convertible 29 1957 Corvette Convertible 30 1965 Corvette 327/300 Convertible Sold Price Location $297,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $170,500 RM, Amelia Island, FL $165,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $140,250 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $132,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $128,700 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $126,500 Gooding, Amelia Island, FL $125,000 Mecum, Kansas City, MO $116,600 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $112,750 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $102,300 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $100,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $99,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $94,600 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $93,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $88,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $85,250 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $84,000 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $83,600 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $82,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $80,850 G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ $79,800 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $79,200 Gooding, Amelia Island, FL $79,200 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $78,100 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $78,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $71,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $68,200 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $67,100 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Lot # 678 109 660.2 740 670.1 660.1 7 S110.1 431 421 659 659.1 665.3 654 667 363 428 306 501 651 6131 191 36 682 441 686 638 689 788 494 Date 4/3/10 3/13/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 3/12/10 4/10/10 3/28/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 2/28/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 2/26/10 2/28/10 3/12/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 3/28/10 *Auction sales as recorded from February 15 through April 25 in the Corvette Market Digital Plus database (www.corvettemarket.com). 78 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Barrett-Jackson


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Rank Model 31 1966 Corvette 327/350 Convertible 32 1958 Corvette 283/250 FI Convertible 33 1970 Corvette 454/390 LS5 Coupe 34 1957 Corvette 283/220 Convertible 35 1962 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 36 1956 Corvette 265/210 Convertible 37 1966 Corvette 427/390 Coupe 38 1961 Corvette 283/270 Convertible 39 1954 Corvette Roadster 40 2009 Corvette Limited Edition Coupe 41 1966 Corvette Convertible 42 1965 Corvette 396/425 Coupe 43 1963 Corvette Coupe 44 1965 Corvette 327/300 Convertible 45 1961 Corvette 283/270 Convertible 46 1954 Corvette Roadster 47 1967 Corvette 48 1966 Corvette 327/300 Coupe 49 1965 Corvette Convertible 50 1961 Corvette Convertible 51 2009 Corvette Convertible 52 1962 Corvette 350 Custom Convertible 53 1964 Corvette 327/300 Coupe 54 1967 Corvette Pro Street Coupe 55 1962 Corvette 327/360 FI Convertible 56 1959 Corvette 283 Convertible 57 1966 Corvette 327/350 Convertible 58 1965 Corvette 327 Convertible 59 1969 Corvette L88 SCCA/IMSA Race Car 60 1969 Corvette 427/435 Convertible 61 1966 Corvette 427/480 Custom Coupe 62 1971 Corvette 454/365 LS5 Convertible 63 2007 Corvette Coupe 64 1966 Corvette 327 Coupe 65 1964 Corvette 327/365 Convertible 66 1966 Corvette Convertible 67 1964 Corvette 327 Convertible 68 1962 Corvette Convertible 69 1963 Corvette 327 Convertible 70 1969 Corvette 427/435 L71 Coupe 71 1994 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 72 1964 Corvette Coupe 73 1964 Corvette 350/350 Custom Coupe 74 2008 Corvette Convertible 75 1968 Corvette 427/390 Convertible 76 2004 Corvette Z06 Hard top 77 1999 Corvette Racing Boat w/Trailer 78 1972 Corvette 454/270 Convertible 79 2002 Corvette Z06 Supercharged Coupe 80 2008 Corvette Coupe 81 1990 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 82 1965 Corvette Convertible 83 1964 Corvette Coupe 84 1991 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe 85 1969 Corvette 350/350 Custom Convertible Sold Price Location $67,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $66,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL $66,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $65,000 Mecum, Kansas City, MO $63,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $62,700 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $61,000 Mecum, Kansas City, MO $59,400 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $56,100 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $56,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $55,417 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $54,600 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $53,900 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $53,025 G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ $53,025 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $52,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $51,500 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $50,600 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $50,325 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK $49,500 Leake, San Antonio, TX $49,381 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN $48,400 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $47,520 Branson, Branson, MO $47,300 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $47,300 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $46,200 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $46,200 RM, Amelia Island, FL $45,100 RM, Ft. Lauderdale, FL $45,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $44,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $44,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $41,800 H&H, Stoneleigh Park, UK $41,800 Leake, San Antonio, TX $41,789 Bonhams, Hendon, UK $41,040 Branson, Branson, MO $39,875 RM, Novi, MI $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $38,500 RM, Novi, MI $38,000 Mecum, Kansas City, MO $38,000 Mecum, Kansas City, MO $37,275 G. Potter King, Atlantic City, NJ $36,850 Leake, San Antonio, TX $35,750 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $35,750 Leake, San Antonio, TX $35,200 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $34,100 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK $33,550 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $33,550 RM, Novi, MI $33,075 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA $33,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL $31,900 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL Lot # 640.2 126 370 S081 684 638.1 S079 641.2 762 98 411 636.1 363.1 171 772 1435 367 676.1 205 837 178 449 SP106 362 249 75.1 645 152 206 513 639 366.1 353.2 8 2484 344 621 214 75 634.1 626.1 216 S064 F196 1705 458 87 464 388 203 98.1 452 164 349.1 630.2 Date 4/3/10 3/13/10 4/3/10 4/10/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/10/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 4/11/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 2/28/10 3/28/10 2/27/10 2/28/10 4/3/10 3/28/10 3/28/10 2/20/10 4/10/10 4/11/10 3/28/10 4/17/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 2/28/10 3/13/10 3/28/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 3/13/10 4/10/10 4/19/10 4/17/10 4/25/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 4/25/10 4/10/10 4/10/10 2/27/10 4/10/10 4/3/10 4/10/10 4/3/10 2/20/10 4/3/10 4/25/10 2/28/10 4/3/10 4/3/10 www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 79


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Price Guide Buy-Sell Price Range Low High C1 (1953–62) 235/150 Roadster 235/150 Roadster 235/155 Roadster 265/195 265/210 Convertible 265/225 283/220 Convertible 283/245 283/250 FI 283/270 283/283 FI 283/230 Convertible 283/245 283/250 FI 283/270 283/290 FI 283/230 Convertible 283/245 283/250 FI 283/270 283/290 FI 283/230 Convertible 283/245 283/250 FI 283/270 283/290 FI 283/230 Convertible 283/245 283/270 283/275 FI 283/315 FI 327/250 Convertible 327/300 327/340 327/360 FI 327/250 Split-Window Coupe 327/300 L75 327/340 L76 327/360 FI L84 327/360 Z06 327/250 Convertible 327/300 L75 327/340 L76 327/360 FI L84 Grand Sport 327/250 Coupe 327/300 L75 327/365 L76 327/375 FI L84 327/250 Convertible 327/300 L75 327/365 L76 327/375 FI L84 327/250 Coupe 327/300 L75 327/350 L79 327/365 L76 53 54 55 55 56 56 57 57 57 57 57 58 58 58 58 58 59 59 59 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 61 61 61 61 61 62 62 62 62 (1956–62, add $2k–$4k for auxiliary hard top.) C2 (1963–67) 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 65 65 65 10,594 10,919 $40,000 $43,000 $52,000 $74,000 $128,000 $35,000 $36,000 $39,000 $65,500 5 8,304 13,925 8,186 $6,000,000 $33,000 $33,000 $37,000 $56,000 $35,000 $37,000 $39,000 $57,000 $38,000 $38,000 $41,000 80 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com $69,300 $84,000 $83,000 $142,000 $194,000 $63,000 $66,000 $72,000 $144,000 $10,000,000 $52,000 $57,000 $59,000 $97,000 $57,000 $62,000 $60,000 $99,000 $69,000 $60,000 $75,000 A A A A A B B B A A B B B A B B B A B B B HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH 300 3,640 7 693 387 3,080 1,633 2,045 284 1,621 756 4,243 2,436 504 978 1,007 5,487 1,417 175 1,846 745 5,827 1,211 100 2,364 759 5,357 1,175 2,827 118 1,462 4,907 3,294 4,412 1,918 $150,000 $60,000 $75,000 $65,000 $45,000 $50,000 $45,000 $50,000 $60,000 $50,000 $72,000 $40,000 $45,000 $54,000 $49,000 $70,000 $40,000 $44,000 $55,000 $48,000 $68,500 $40,000 $50,000 $54,000 $49,000 $69,500 $41,000 $46,000 $50,000 $57,000 $68,500 $45,000 $50,000 $52,000 $77,000 $250,000 $108,000 $15,000 $122,000 $85,000 $85,000 $90,000 $95,000 $115,000 $93,000 $120,000 $78,000 $108,000 $108,000 $87,000 $128,000 $75,000 $83,000 $103,000 $102,000 $127,000 $87,000 $86,000 $102,500 $95,000 $128,000 $65,000 $88,000 $88,000 $103,000 $139,000 $80,000 $88,000 $93,000 $147,000 A B B A B B B B A B A B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B B HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH 327/375 FI L84 396/425 L78 327/250 Convertible 327/300 L75 327/350 L79 327/365 L76 327/375 FI L84 396/425 L78 327/300 Coupe 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/425 L72 327/300 Convertible 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/425 L72 327/300 Coupe 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 427/435 L71 327/300 Convertible 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 427/435 L71 C3 (1968–82) 327/300 Coupe 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 427/435 L71 427/435 L89 327/300 Convertible 327/350 L79 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 427/435 L71 427/435 L89 350/300 Coupe 350/350 L46 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 427/435 L71 427/435 L89 427/430 ZL1 350/300 Convertible 350/350 L46 427/390 L36 427/400 L68 427/430 L88 65 65 65 65 65 65 65 65 65 66 66 66 66 66 66 66 66 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 67 Buy-Sell Price Range Low High 15,378 9,958 17,762 8,504 $43,000 $64,000 $66,000 $39,000 $39,000 $42,000 $43,000 $65,000 $72,000 $38,000 $43,000 $56,000 $69,000 $40,000 $45,000 $58,000 $70,000 $45,000 $48,000 $62,000 $72,000 14,436 $1,200,000 $97,000 $46,000 $50,000 $65,000 $75,000 $1,225,000 $93,000 $78,000 $116,000 $128,000 $68,000 $75,000 $80,000 $85,000 $124,000 $128,000 $71,000 $76,000 $91,000 $128,000 $80,000 $83,000 $119,000 $127,000 $79,000 $85,000 $109,000 $130,000 $2,000,000 $179,000 $92,000 $100,000 $136,000 $144,000 $2,050,000 $186,000 B A A A B B B A B B B B B A B B A B B B B A A B B B A A A HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH (For 1963–67, add $2k–$3k for side exhaust; $2k–$4k for auxiliary hard top; $4k–$6k for a/c; $5k–$8k for knockoff wheels; $6k–$10k for aluminum wheels.) 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 68 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 69 9,936 18,630 22,129 $17,000 $20,000 $25,000 $28,000 $300,000 $40,000 $54,000 $24,000 $26,000 $36,000 $35,000 $350,000 $47,150 $60,000 $18,000 $21,000 $25,000 $29,000 $350,000 $45,000 $50,000 16,633 $2,000,000 $22,000 $24,000 $30,000 $34,000 $300,000 $35,000 $41,000 $50,000 $58,000 $400,000 $72,000 $95,000 $46,000 $52,000 $61,000 $69,000 $500,000 $85,000 $113,000 $38,000 $43,000 $52,000 $67,000 $500,000 $100,000 $93,000 $3,000,000 $47,000 $55,000 $63,000 $70,000 $400,000 C C C C A B B C C C C A B B C C C C A B B A C C C C A HHH HHH HHH HHH HHHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHHH *Predicted appreciation over twelve months, where five-star cars will out-perform market at large, three-star cars are fully priced, and one-star cars are still depreciating Yrs. 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Buy-Sell Price Range Low High 427/435 L71 427/435 L89 350/300 Coupe 350/350 L46 350/370 LT1 454/390 LS5 350/300 Convertible 350/350 L46 350/370 LT1 454/390 LS5 350/270 Coupe 350/330 LT1 454/365 LS5 454/425 LS6 350/270 Convertible 350/330 LT1 454/365 LS5 454/425 LS6 350/200 Coupe 350/255 LT1 454/270 LS5 300/250 Convertible 350/255 LT1 454/270 LS5 69 69 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 71 71 71 71 71 71 71 71 72 72 72 72 72 72 10,668 6,648 14,680 7,121 20,496 6,508 $55,000 $75,000 $18,500 $22,000 $28,000 $27,000 $24,000 $25,000 $33,000 $33,000 $18,000 $25,000 $25,000 $85,000 $25,000 $31,000 $33,000 $100,000 $18,500 $26,500 $27,500 $25,000 $35,000 $33,000 (1968–72, add $1k–$2k for auxiliary hard top; $2k–$3k for a/c.) $125,000 $125,000 $39,000 $40,000 $56,000 $58,000 $50,000 $55,000 $68,000 $70,000 $37,000 $53,000 $55,000 $175,000 $48,000 $65,000 $67,000 $225,000 $40,000 $55,000 $56,000 $51,000 $66,000 $67,000 B B C C C B C C C B C C B A C C B A C C C C C C HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH 350/190 Coupe 350/250 L82 454/275 LS4 350/190 Convertible 350/250 L82 454/275 LS4 350/195 Coupe 350/250 L82 454/270 LS4 350/195 Convertible 350/250 L82 454/270 LS4 350/165 Coupe 350/205 L82 350/165 Convertible 350/205 L82 350/180 Coupe 350/210 L82 350/180 Coupe 350/210 L82 350/185 Coupe 350/220 L82 350/185 Silver Anniversary 350 /220 L82 350/185 Pace Car 73 73 73 73 73 73 74 74 74 74 74 74 75 75 75 75 76 76 77 77 78 78 78 78 78 25,521 4,943 32,028 5,474 33,836 4,629 46,558 49,213 24,991 15,283 6,502 Buy-Sell Price Range Low High $13,000 $15,000 $17,000 $20,000 $22,000 $24,000 $11,000 $14,000 $15,000 $19,000 $21,000 $22,000 $10,000 $12,500 $18,000 $20,000 $9,000 $11,000 $9,500 $12,000 $10,000 $13,000 $13,000 $16,000 $18,000 $24,000 $28,000 $33,000 $33,000 $40,000 $42,000 $23,000 $28,000 $30,000 $32,000 $36,000 $40,000 $19,000 $23,000 $33,000 $37,000 $16,000 $20,000 $18,000 $22,000 $18,000 $23,000 $25,000 $30,000 $32,500 C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH *Predicted appreciation over twelve months, where five-star cars will out-perform market at large, three-star cars are fully priced, and one-star cars are still depreciating www.corvettemarket.com SPRING 2010 Corvette Market 81 Yrs. Built No. Made Investment Grade Appreciation Rating* Yrs. Built No. Made Investment Grade Appreciation Rating*


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Price Guide Buy-Sell Price Range Low High 350/220 L82 350/195 Coupe 350/225 L82 350/190 Coupe 350/230 L82 305/180 (California only) 350/190 Coupe 350/200 Coupe 350/200 Collector Edition 78 79 79 80 80 80 81 82 82 Convertible Malcolm Konner Comm. Coupe Coupe Convertible Callaway Cpe/Cvt Coupe Convertible 35th Anniversary coupe Challenge Racer Callaway Cpe/Cvt Coupe Convertible Challenge Racer Callaway Cpe/Cvt Coupe ZR-1 coupe Convertible Callaway Cpe/Cvt World Challenge Racer Coupe ZR-1 coupe Convertible Callaway Cpe/Cvt Coupe ZR-1 coupe Convertible Coupe ZR-1 coupe Convertible 40th Anniversary coupe 40th Anniversary convertible 40th Anniversary ZR-1 coupe Coupe ZR-1 coupe Convertible Coupe ZR-1 coupe 84 85 86 86 86 87 87 53,807 40,614 40,606 18,648 6,759 51,547 39,729 27,794 7,315 50 87 88 88 88 88 88 89 89 89 89 90 90 90 90 90 91 91 91 91 92 92 92 93 93 93 93 93 93 94 94 94 95 95 188 inc. 15,382 7,407 2,050 inc. 56 inc. 125 inc. 16,663 9,749 60 inc. 67 inc. 12,967 3,049 7,630 58 inc. 23 inc. 12,923 2,044 5,672 71 inc. 14,102 502 5,875 15,396 448 5,692 6,749 inc. inc. 17,536 448 5,346 15,323 448 $20,000 $10,500 $13,500 $12,000 $14,000 $9,000 $12,000 $12,000 $17,000 $5,500 $6,000 $6,500 $9,500 $40,000 $19,000 $24,000 $20,000 $24,000 $16,000 $21,000 $22,000 $30,000 $8,500 $9,000 C C C C C D C C C 20,007 10,625 $10,000 $7,500 $10,000 $20,000 $7,500 $10,000 $13,000 $26,500 $20,000 $7,500 $11,000 $26,000 $21,000 $8,000 $22,000 $10,000 $21,000 $24,000 $9,500 $20,000 $12,000 $21,500 $10,000 $21,000 $12,000 $10,000 $22,000 $13,000 $13,500 $18,500 $34,000 $11,000 $32,000 $15,000 $12,000 $32,375 $10,500 $16,000 $20,000 $11,500 $16,000 D D D D D D D HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH HHH (1973–82, add $750 for aluminum wheels, $1,250 for auiliary hard top. 1978–82, add $650 for glass top.) C4 (1984–96) Coupe Coupe Coupe HH HH HH HH HH HH HH $32,000 $11,000 $16,000 $22,000 $40,000 $31,000 $12,000 $17,000 $40,000 $32,000 $13,000 $30,000 $18,000 $32,000 $36,000 $13,000 $30,000 $18,500 $32,000 $14,000 $33,000 $18,500 $14,000 $35,000 $19,000 $22,000 $27,000 $42,000 $16,000 $44,000 $20,000 $16,250 $45,500 D D D D D D D D D D D C D D D D C D D D C D D C D D C C D C D D C HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH Convertible Pace Car convertible Coupe Convertible Collector Edition coupe Collector Edition convertible Grand Sport coupe Grand Sport convertible 95 95 96 96 96 96 96 96 Convertible Pace Car convertible Coupe Convertible Hard top Coupe Convertible Hard top Coupe Convertible Z06 hard top Coupe Convertible Z06 hard top Coupe Convertible Z06 hard top 50th Anniversary coupe 50th Anniversary convertible Coupe Convertible Z06 hard top Commemorative coupe Commemorative convertible Z06 Commemorative hard top C6 (2005–present) Coupe Convertible Coupe Convertible Z06 coupe Coupe Convertible Pace Car convertible Z06 coupe Ron Fellows Z06 coupe Coupe Convertible Z06 coupe ZR1 coupe 97 98 98 98 99 99 99 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 4,444 527 12,326 2,798 4,031 1,381 810 190 9,752 Buy-Sell Price Range Low High $15,000 $20,000 $13,500 $16,000 $17,000 $19,000 $26,000 $30,500 19,235 10,686 1,163 18,078 11,161 4,031 18,113 13,479 2,090 15,681 14,173 5,773 14,760 12,710 8,297 8,727 6,475 8,635 4,085 7,547 13,950 9,557 3,658 2,215 2,659 2,025 26,278 10,644 16,598 11,151 6,272 21,484 10,918 500 8,159 399 n/a n/a n/a n/a $13,000 $14,000 $18,000 $24,000 $16,000 $19,000 $16,250 $18,500 $22,000 $17,000 $21,500 $23,750 $23,750 $22,750 $26,250 $25,000 $24,500 $29,500 $26,500 $26,500 $29,000 $25,500 $30,500 $30,500 $26,500 $29,000 $29,500 $19,000 $32,000 $18,000 $21,500 $26,250 $30,000 $41,000 $56,000 (1984–96, add $1,300 for auxiliary hard top, $600 for 6-sp, $3,000 for LT4 in 1996.) C5 (1997–2004) Coupe Coupe $20,000 $21,000 $25,000 $31,000 $22,750 $25,000 $20,750 $23,750 $26,500 $22,000 $25,500 $29,750 $30,000 $29,000 $33,250 $34,000 $30,250 $35,000 $34,000 $34,000 $36,000 $32,000 $37,000 $35,500 $34,000 $36,000 $36,500 $29,750 $36,000 $33,500 $38,750 $48,500 $34,000 $52,000 $52,000 $52,000 $61,000 $35,000 $42,500 $58,500 est. MSRP $37,750 $41,000 $38,750 $44,000 $54,000 $40,000 $58,000 $58,000 $56,000 $65,000 $40,500 $47,500 $61,000 $120,000 D D D D D D C C D D D D D D D D D D D D C D D C D D C D D D D C D D C D D D D C D D D C C D D C B HH HH HH HH HH HH HHH HHH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH HH H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H (Note: Bloomington Gold, NCRS certification, or racing history can add significantly to the value of a Corvette.) *Predicted appreciation over twelve months, where five-star cars will out-perform market at large, three-star cars are fully priced, and one-star cars are still depreciating 82 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com Yrs. Built No. Made Investment Grade Appreciation Rating* Yrs. Built No. Made Investment Grade Appreciation Rating*


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Trick Stuff What you need for your Corvette and where to get it. By John Gunnell A Little Better All the Time From shiny bits and emergency volts to the blessed sounds of silence, here are some genuinely viable Corvette accessories It's about time Detroit-based Equipe builds wrist watches for gearheads who want nothing but the best—in their cars and in their timepieces. Equipe watches tell a story about the man wearing them, and 15 different series are available, with names like “Dash,” “Engine,” and “Octane.” But we're most excited, naturally, about the “Big Block” series. Like all Equipe pieces, nine different Big Blocks utilize 316L surgical-grade stainless steel, Miyota/Citizen movements, hardened non-glare mineral crystals, screw-down crowns, screw-in casebacks, and luminous hands, markers, and dials. Standout features include a trio of cool piston-shaped crowns. The series ranges from $349 to $449, depending on configuration. Visit www.equipewatches.com for more. Cruise control polisher Meguiar's Dual Action Polisher was an award-winning new product at the 2010 Hot Rod & Restoration Trade Show, where it took honors in the Shop Tools & Equipment class. The polisher's unique advantage is “Cruise Control,” which increases torque when downward pressure is applied, helping to provide the most versatile speed range in its class. New design upgrades include motor brushes with convenient side-port access that allow quicker maintenance. Suggested retail price is $176.99. Visit www.meguiars.com or call 888.888.3143. Banish interior noise Corvettes were never designed to be Cadillac-quiet, but if booming interior noise is driving you bonkers, Luxury Liner Pro sound-barrier sheets can help. Designed to block the transfer of airborne sound waves, the closed-cell foam and vinyl sheets are waterproof and pliable, allowing them to be placed between the car's carpeting and floor pans while conforming to awkward shapes. The panels are easy to install and exceed industry standards for noise reduction. A single 9-sq-ft sheet (which weighs about a pound) sells for $39.98, with ten sheets retailing for $299.98. A $459 Corvette package is also available. Visit www.secondskinaudio.com or call 800.679.8511. 84 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com C6 aero upgrades Wind-tunnel testing proves Katech's new Front Splitter Undertray Brake Duct Kit replaces high-speed front end lift with downforce on the latest C6, Z06, ZR1 and Grand Sport Corvettes. The kit includes a carbon-fiber front splitter, a full-length undertray, and dedicated carbon-fiber brake ducts that draw air from ahead of the splitter to ensure proper cooling. Katech says the four-piece kit is easy to install, with no drilling re- quired, and stainless steel hardware is included. Constructed of 100% pure carbon fiber and made in America, the kit retails for $1,775. Visit www.katechengines.com or call 866.528.3241.


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In Miniature 1963 Sting Ray Convertible At its 1962 introduc- tion the C2, or Sting Ray, represented an enormous leap into the future for Corvette. It was also the best handling of the breed to date, prompting Zora Arkus-Duntov to famously remark, “For the first time, I now have a Corvette I can be proud to drive in Europe.” The Sting Ray offered numerous technical and stylistic advances, not the least of which was Larry Shinoda's beautiful body design. For sure, the 1963 model year truly looked like the start of something good, and the proof was the first-year production of an amazing 21,513 coupes and convertibles, compared to just 14,531 (convertibles only) in 1962. AutoArt has just released a new 1:18-scale model of the 1963 Sting Ray convert- ible in Riverside Red. This is the second model AA has produced of this car, and the company is still referring to it as a “limited edition,” though a production run of 6,000—while certainly less than the 10,919 actual '63 Sting Ray convertibles that GM built—means it really isn't one. (We've gone over this “limited edition” thing in previous issues of CM.) Regardless, each model comes with an individually numbered certificate that's supposed to match a handwritten serial number on a small plaque mounted to the car's underside. I say “supposed to” because my certificate bears the number 1324, and the plaque on the model bears the number 1314. Also of concern is exclusivity, as the only difference between this newly released red convertible and AA's previous 2008 release is the color; the former model was painted Sebring Silver, and interestingly also came in a “limited edition” of 6,000. Fortunately, the previous edition sold out. This is a very good model, but far from a great one. The body shape and overall stance are pretty good, as is much of the detailing. The ride height looks pretty good— perhaps only a scale inch or so too high, a forgivable error. Kudos also to the excellent paint finish and chrome trim—it's simply terrific plating—and the windshield glass is crystal clear. All panel gaps appear to be in scale, component fit is likewise spot-on, and all moving parts operate with precision. The doors swing on hinges that are unfortunately incorrect for this car, since they allow the doors to tuck into the body rather than nest outside of it. On a positive note, the delicate multi-dimensional chrome body emblems look fantastic; it's just annoying that the rear deck emblem is incorrectly positioned. The wheels and whitewall tires might not be to everyone's liking, but they are well done and even carry emblems in the spinner centers. Under-car chassis detail is minimal, but open the hood and you'll find the fuel-injected 327-ci V8 and assorted components present. Unfortunately, the detail is only average, and the Rochester's plenum is painted orange instead of silver—another blunder. Knowledgeable Corvette enthusiasts will also notice various mistakes inside the car, starting with high floorpans that result in the center console appearing to ride only a few scale inches above the floor. Overall, the interior is just reasonably good, as other shapes and details are noticeably off the mark, too. Fortunately, the gauges are okay, and it's nice that their bezel edges are detailed in chrome, but the bezels do not protrude as they should and are missing silver paint on their sides. And while not a mistake but instead a note of personal preference, I don't like the sun visors fixed in place inside the windshield. Despite its many little nagging problems (some of which '63 Corvette Details Production Dates: 2010–current Quantity: Numbered, limited edition of 6,000 CM Five-Star Rating: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.autoartmodels.com can be fixed with an artful paint brush) this is actually a nice model overall—though for my money it's best displayed with all panels closed. Priced at $114.95. Available from AutoArt, Gateway Global, Inc., 562.623.0210. 86 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com By Marshall Buck Speaking Volumes By Mark Wigginton Corvette from the Inside—The 50 Year Development History By Dave McLellan, Bentley Publishers, 288 pages, $26.37, Amazon.com Though first pub- lished in 2002 and by no means a new book, Dave McLellan's technical history of the Corvette remains in print and also continues as an important read for 'Vette lovers. McLellan, a Michigan native, started his career at GM right after his 1959 graduation from Wayne State University, and in 1975 he was appointed as Corvette's new Chief Engineer, replacing the legendary Zora Arkus-Duntov. He held the job until retiring in 1992, and his tenure gave him a unique perspective on some of the most important evolutionary changes in technology, styling, and performance over five generations of the iconic car. Thus, Corvette from the Inside details the many improvements to and modifications of the car, from the tasks of responding to federal safety and emissions requirements to the creation of the C5's lighter, stronger backbone chassis (a project completed by McLellan successor David Hill). Along the way McLellan tells the story of Corvette's continual improvement, relentlessly driven by a dedicated engineering team always looking for ways to get more out of the car. As fun a ride as this may seem, it didn't always go smoothly. For instance, Arkus-Duntov's push to create a mid-engine car for the 1970s created a battle within GM, and the concept ultimately was shelved—as was the project's secret all-wheel-drive goal. And this was hardly the only corporate challenge, as perhaps surprisingly, the Corvette always seemed to be fighting for its life—a battle that no doubt continues today. Corvette from the Inside isn't a Dave McLellan memoir, though such a book would make a nice companion. Instead it is a genuine insider's look at the engineering challenges and achievements that have defined Corvette over nearly 50 years. And if you've ever so much as opened the hood of a Corvette, you owe it to yourself to read this one. Provenance: You can't get much more “inside” than the man in charge, which McLellan was for Corvette over a period of nearly 20 years. He shares coveted information freely, and the book is well grounded in fact. Fit and Finish: The downfall of Corvette from the Inside is its pedestrian graphic design, which diminishes the highquality knowledge contained within. The book just feels drab, including its washed-out looking black-andwhite photography. Drivability: If you care about the Corvette (which I'm betting you do), then this is essential reading. Detailed, simple, and declarative prose makes it an easy read, while the data density, page by page, topic by topic, is delightfully high.


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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. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) 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) Classic Car Transport Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite Put your company in the CM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211, or email advert@corvettemarket.com transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines .com. (MA) Insurance Hagerty Collector Car Insur- ance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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. (PA) The Chevy Store At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest grade, investment quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment quality corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384 (p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Museums National Corvette Museum 800-53-VETTE, The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY was established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) ■ Comments With Your Renewals More focus on newer cars—C5, C6. Who wants an old crate?— Charles Heatherly, Abilene, TX More 1963–67 restoration info.—Dennis Gennaro, Brecksville, OH How about something on the process of buying-selling a car and costs/taxes involved?—Angel Cruz, San Juan, PRI Classifieds?—John R. Ursone, Winsted, CT. We are at work on a Classifieds section for CM. Stay tuned…—KM Give us some buying/selling tips.—Cesar Lopez, Napa, CA Articles on how to sell your Corvette for top dollar.—Dave Diersen, Wheaton, IL Advertise Corvettes for sale.—Richard Hutto, Baytown, TX Everything's great!—Damian Veneziani, Dunkirk, MD Carry on doing what you're doing. Great!—Harold Woollings, Bradford, ONT, CAN Include more subjective “daily driver” evaluations.—Joseph Andrew Clark, Hanson, KY Each issue list Corvettes sold to see where market value is. What's up? What's down?—Philip Talbert, Greenfield, IN. Beginning with this issue, we're including an up-to-date price guide for all Corvettes. Along with over 140 cars covered in the Market Reports, this should paint an accurate picture of the market.—KM My interest is in C2s and C5s.—Rich Gajdos, Fort Wayne, IN Good mag!—Dennis Ferstler, Houston, TX I enjoy it as it is now.—Joe Bardon, Chatham, NJ More technical articles about any Corvette built 1967 and earlier.— Keith W Thompson, Spokane, WA Would like to see a list of upcoming auctions that have Corvettes.— Reggie George, Brookline, MO. Our Auction Calendar, which appears in the Events section up front, is a comprehensive listing of auctions around the world where you're likely to find at least one Corvette for sale. Good hunting!—KM Keep up the good work. Thanks!—Les Walker, Penbroke Pines, FL Great magazine! More articles and values on Survivors.—Tom Skeuse, Stockton, NJ Love it the way it is!—Chris Schaff, Worden, MT And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin Ad Index Auto Etc. 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Corvette Market Keith Martin's Present the Celebrate America's sports car as a part of Concorso Italiano during the Monterey Historic Weekend. One day only, Friday, August 13, 2010, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey, CA The only Corvette-only corral of the entire weekend. Fantastic setting. Great people. Amazing cars. Enter your car into the Corvette-only corral, with a Corvette-only hospitality tent. Space available for local and national clubs to display their materials. “People's Choice,” “Farthest Driven,” and “Most Original” Awards. Special commemorative t-shirt to all entrants. Enjoy all the activities at Concorso Italiano, including an F40 reunion, vendor booths, great food, and more. Regularly $125, save $25 when you register though Corvette Market. Go to www.corvettesatconcorso.com, click on “Register Here,” and enter promo code: corvette2010. For more information about Concorso Italiano, go to www.concorso.com.


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Vette-o-bilia Online trash and trinkets—some valuable, some not. By Carl Bomstead The Thrill of the Hunt Collectible stalkers hit the Bid key for a fakey-doo Elvis Corvette Owner Card, a might-be-real '54 blueprint, and a very cool '78 HO slot-car set and was a no-sale at $1,626 after three bids, as the seller went fishing for more like $3,695. (Chances are he's still fishing.) Never fear, though—while this finishing touch for your Man Cave failed to sell, here are seven more items that did. W EBAY #190384632082— 1975 WASHINGTON “61 VETE” VANITY LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 11. SOLD AT: $43. Date Sold: 4/4/2010. This 1975 vanity plate, which was last tagged in 1979, was in excellent condition, with no bends or bruises. It won't be legal to use in the state of Washington if “61 VETE” has been reissued, but even so, this wasn't much money for a unique addition to your collection of Corvette garage art. EBAY #110513016553— 1950s CHEVROLET DEALER CLOCK. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $660. Date Sold: 4/7/2010. This plastic-faced clock is from Herd's Chevrolet, which operated in the Southeast. The franchise is still in business and even attempts to run a car in NASCAR every now and then. The housing and cord look original, but the plastic face looks almost too good. The buyer rolled the dice and will know how real his new clock is when the UPS truck arrives. EBAY #150425611047— 1954 CORVETTE BLUEPRINT. Number of Bids: 7. SOLD AT: $171.50. Date Sold: 3/25/2010. This 1954 Corvette blueprint measures 34″ x 17″ and is dated 11/19/53. It was represented as having been found in an old barn mixed in with a bunch of posters, but is it a copy, a copy of a copy, or the real thing? Impossible to tell from the 72-dpi image, but it will still make an interesting display piece—especially if you have a '54 Corvette to go with it. included the controllers, 14 pieces of track, three bridges, and cardboard cutouts for the timing tower and officials' building. Fun times with your kid if you can pry him away from his iPod, but guard the box—it's what makes the set. EBAY #140394462810— 1967 ELVIS PRESLEY CORVETTE OWNER CARD. Number of Bids: Buy It Now. SOLD AT: $125. Date Sold: 3/27/2010. We know that the King loved his Cadillacs and also gave away dozens of cars, but did he ever have a Corvette? There is no record of Elvis owning one, but no matter, as this card was sold as a novelty item. How long do you think it will be before someone fabricates a story in an attempt to authenticate the card, and we read about it in an auction description? e recently found the perfect item for the Corvette guy who has everything—a working Corvette 25th anniversary jukebox that holds 100 CDs and is made of actual Corvette fiberglass rear-end parts. The tail and backup lights were even wired to “dance” with the music in three colors. Groovy or gauche? It's your call, but regardless, one of these lovelies recently surfaced on eBay EBAY #300413790314— EBAY #250606400736— AFX SILVER ANNIVERSARY 1978 CORVETTE HO SLOTCAR SET. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $113.49. Date Sold: 4/5/2010. This 1978 Corvette HO racing set had wonderful graphics on the packaging and included two '78 'Vettes. It also 90 Corvette Market SPRING 2010 www.corvettemarket.com DANBURY MINT 50 YEARS OF CORVETTE COLLECTION. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $500. Date Sold: 4/9/2010. This collection of 1:43-scale Danbury Mint Corvettes included examples from the 1957 through 2003 model years, with the exception of 1983, when no Corvettes were produced. The models were cold-cast porcelain and did not include their original packaging, but the lot did include a display case, which originally cost about $200 extra. So factoring out the value of the case, these were a screaming deal at about $6 apiece. Another set sold for the same price a few days later on a Buy It Now bid, so this must be today's market-correct price. EBAY #160418266754— 1963 GREEN JIM BEAM SPLIT-WINDOW CORVETTE DECANTER. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $185.50. Date Sold: 4/4/2010. We know liquor decanters may seem a bit boring, but this vintage Split-Window Corvette example in green sent collectors all atwitter, as evidenced by the final price here. Big surprise, the booze was long gone—but at least the wheels turned and the packaging was in good condition. A decent find, if you're into these. 