Barrett-Jackson scores $26.9 million sale in Las Vegas

The 1968 Corvette L88 coupe sold for a resounding $330,000 | Barrett-Jackson
The 1968 Corvette L88 coupe sold for a resounding $330,000 | Barrett-Jackson

Chevrolet Corvettes were hot sellers at Barrett-Jackson’s auction this past weekend in Las Vegas, with two of them leading the auction results and a couple others cracking the top 10.

The charity sale of a 2016 Corvette Z06 for $500,000 to benefit the College for Creative Studies topped the bidding of the three-day auction that realized a total of $26.9 million for 678 cars, with a 98 percent sell-through rate for the mostly no-reserve sale. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88

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1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 | Barrett-Jackson Photo

Editors note: This is the first in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold September 24-26 during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction.

A total of 216 L88 Corvettes were produced during 1967-1969 as what was essentially a factory racing option, powered by the 427/430 horsepower V8 and heavy-duty four-speed transmission.

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One last signature completes 1 Millionth Corvette restoration

With David Bolognino and design stafferJohn Cafaro on hand, Angela Lamb adds her signature to the final panel needed to restore the 1 Millionth Corvette | Chevrolet photos by John F. Martin
With David Bolognino and design manager John Cafaro on hand, Angela Lamb adds her signature to the final panel needed to restore the 1 Millionth Corvette | Chevrolet photos by John F. Martin

The National Corvette Museum officially reopened the Skydome on Thursday and Chevrolet was on hand to return the now-restored 1 Millionth Corvette to the building. Both the car and the building were damaged in February 2014 when a sinkhole opened beneath the structure.

As part of the restoration process, staff at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, discovered that the car had been autographed by seemingly every worker at the Corvette assembly plant on the day the white 1992 convertible traveled along the line.

Those signatures were everywhere, even behind various panels, and the Tech Center team went to great lengths to preserve every one of them. And they almost did.

Two of the signatures could be scanned and reproduced on the parts used in the restoration of the car, but one piece was so damaged that the signature it bore could not be saved.

So on Thursday, Chevrolet invited former GM team member Angela Lamb back to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to sign a replacement panel that was the last piece in the restoration puzzle. Continue reading

Putting Dad’s ’61 Corvette convertible up for auction

1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was purchased new by Eve's father | Larry Edsall photos
1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was purchased new by Eve’s father | Larry Edsall photos

Back in March, I received an email from Eve Nichol, who moved to Monterey, California, several years ago to take care of her ailing parents. She told me she liked my writing and knew I’d written a book on the Chevrolet Corvette. She said she finally was considering the sale of her late father’s beloved 1961 Corvette and wondered if I might offer her some advice about dealing with auction companies.

We emailed back and forth a couple of times and I said I’d try to find her and to see her car when I was in Monterey this summer for Classic Car Week.

Tuesday afternoon, I met Eve and her partner, James Hood, at the Hyatt Monterey where Mecum will stages its “Daytime Auction” this week and where Lot F162 is the Corvette that Eve’s father bought new, a car that still wears its original paint, that has an interior that shows remarkably little wear for having been used as his daily driver for many years, and that still bears (just below its driver-side headlamps), the Sandia National Laboratory security sticker. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the ninth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

In 1966, Chevrolet’s big-block V8 came with either 390 horsepower or 425, depending on the compression, and came with larger intake valves and a bigger Holley four-barrel carburetor on an aluminum manifold. When the 1966 Corvette came out the demand for the big-block V8 was so high, that the small bock options were cut from five to two. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette custom

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1964 Chevrolet Corvette Custom | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the sixth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

Produced from 1963 to 1967, the C2, or second-generation Chevrolet Corvette also is known as the Stingray (or Sting Ray, depending on the specific year). In 1964 Chevrolet eliminated the two simulated air intakes from the hood and the decorative air-exhaust vent on the coupe’s rear pillar were made functional.

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’67 Corvette, ’37 Chevy take Goodguys honors

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1967 Corvette, 1937 Chevy take Goodguys honors | Goodguys Photo

An Arctic White 1967 Chevrolet Corvette built by Mike Goldman Customs and owned by Sonny and Debbie Freeman of Lafayette, Louisiana, was awarded Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Street Machine of the Year at the 18th PPG Nationals Held in Columbus, Ohio, where the Street Rod of the Year crown went to Rowe’s Millington, Tennessee-based 1937 Chevy coupe.

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Ultra-low-mileage Corvettes set for Mecum Monterey auction

The 1965 Corvette fuelie convertible has been driven just 1,652 miles | David Newhardt/Mecum
The 1965 Corvette fuelie convertible has been driven just 1,652 miles | David Newhardt/Mecum

A collection of 26 Chevrolet Corvettes, all of them time-warp survivors with surprisingly low mileage, will be offered next month at Mecum’s annual Daytime Auction during Monterey Classic Car Week. Continue reading

Corvette flag returns as Carlisle celebrates service members

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Corvette American Flag | Carlisle Events photos

For the first time since 2010, more than 150 red, white and blue Chevrolet Corvettes will be parked in the formation of the American flag as part of the annual Corvettes at Carlisle gathering August 28-30. It takes some four hours to position the cars in the flag formation. Continue reading