Unique ’57 Corvette prototype readied for Amelia Island Concours

The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive
The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive

After more than a half century of obscurity, the rarest of Corvettes will make its 21st Century debut March 12 at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport prototype was built for General Motors’ iconic Motorama shows in the 1950s, appearing for the first time in January 1957 at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show, and then at the Chicago Auto Show. Continue reading

Restoration starts on last of the repairable sinkhole Corvettes

1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos
1962 Corvette is pushed from the Skydome to the garage where it will undergo restoration | Corvette museum photos

Three years after the sinkhole beneath the Skydome opened and swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum, work to restore the last of the restorable cars has begun at the museum, where visitors can view that work in progress. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1979 Corvette ‘Speed Racer Mach 5’

The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette
The Speed Racer Mach 5 is a drivable custom treatment of a 1979 Corvette

If driving a collector car is all about fantasy and nostalgia, then here’s a unique sort of custom Corvette that knocks that into the next galaxy.

“Go Speed Racer Go!” everyone would shout when they spot you in the Pick of the Day, an actual Speed Racer Mach 5 like the one featured in the Saturday morning adventure cartoon. The seller, a dealer in Katy, Texas, assures us that this is just a replica and not the real thing, although it sure looks like it just drove out of the Anime world. Continue reading

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
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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