Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1962 Chevrolet Corvette ‘heavy-duty brake fuelie’

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1962 Chevrolet Corvette ‘heavy-duty brake fuelie’ | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible “Fuelie” has two tops and is powered by a 327 engine rated with 360 horsepower and mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuelie’

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window ‘Fuelie’ | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered without a reserve at the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window Z06 tanker is one of only 199 RPO Z06 Special Performance package Corvettes produced and one of only 63 N03 Big Tank Corvettes built in 1963.

It sports a production date of February 18, 1963. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1

The Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 is said to be a complete numbers-matching car
The Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 is said to be a complete numbers-matching car

What is the best deal available in the entire Corvette market? If you ask me, it is the 1970-1972 LT1. From the time of its introduction, Chevrolet only built 4,977 high-performance LT-1 cars, which makes it rare, especially when you consider that from 1970-72, the company built 66,121 Corvettes.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 coupe that the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com says is a complete numbers-matching car with the correct 350 solid-lifter V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

1960s Corvettes lead Mecum’s $8 million auction in Kansas City

An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos
An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos

Corvettes dominated the top sales at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction this past weekend with four 1960s models leading the list of highest selling cars and three others breaking into the top 10.

Mecum reported sales of more than $8 million for the auction at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri, with 357 vehicles and 124 pieces of Road Art sold. The auction company reached $10 million during its earlier Kansas City sale in March this year. Continue reading

1968 Corvette L88 coupe to be auctioned by Russo and Steele

The Corvette L88 was designed to be ready for competition | Russo and Steele
The Corvette L88 was designed to be ready for competition | Russo and Steele photos

Only 80 Corvettes with the high-performance L88 package were built for 1968, part of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s surreptitious way of getting all-out competition Corvettes into the hands of customers despite General Motors’ ban on corporate racing participation.

Ostensibly big-horsepower Vettes built for the street, the L88 cars were packed with track gear, notably the tweaked 427 cid engine rated conservatively at 430 horsepower but with output actually reaching 560 with the stock exhaust system. Along with that were a Muncie M22 four-speed manual transmission, special heavy-duty suspension, Positraction rear end and heavy-duty power brakes. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Richard’s 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

Son is scheduled to take ownership next year  | Richard Simon photos
Son is scheduled to take ownership next year
| Richard Simon photos

I bought this car from my neighbor in 1972 as I saw her drive home in a new 1973 Corvette with automatic transmission. She got the 1964 Corvette as a high school graduation present and very rarely drove it as she did not enjoy a four-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible

The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color
The Corvette Stingray convertible wears the desirable Bronze paint color

For 1970, Corvette buyers had the option of a Bronze paint hue that turned out to be a one-year-only color for the C3 generation. Later generations brought back a similar shade, but the1970 Bronze color became sought after for its richness and depth, and because it set off the car’s curvaceous lines so well.

The Pick of the Day is a perfect example, a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible in that glowing color, offered on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Concord, North Carolina. The transplant of a bigger V8 engine and a big-block hood add to this one’s allure. Continue reading

Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of  the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.

The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Lou’s 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

'80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
’80s TV show inspired the purchase of this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Back in the ’80s there was a TV series called Stingray that featured actor Nick Mancuso and a black C-2 Corvette coupe. I was so impressed seeing that Stingray that I promised myself someday I would own one like it.

Well, 30 years later, I found my dream car in California were it lived its entire life. I bought it from its second owner, who had done a body on restoration several years earlier. Continue reading