When it comes to a Classic Chevrolet Corvette, proceed with caution. Let those with experience be your guide to paint restoration, installing an alternator, and getting under the hood of a C1 solid axle.
Four years together in a Corvette can provide a lifetime of memories. Bill Ogden is proof of that. His miraculous story begins way back in October 1961 when he was in his 20s and bought a white 1962 Corvette with red interior, a 327/340 engine in the bay. Proving the power of marketing a car with a TV show, Ogden had been infatuated with Corvettes ever since he saw one on “Route 66.”
It’s the middle of May and that means its time for the annual Corvette Beach Caravan and Car Show. For the last 33 years, Dorthan, Alabama’s Circle City Corvette club caravans down to Panama City Beach, Florida for a weekend of Corvette fun and camaraderie. Special guests for this year’s show will include the 2014 Corvette Stingray, Corvette exterior designer Kirk Bennion and NCM director Wendell Strode.
Larry Jewett Vettes for Vets is an annual, all-Corvette car show organized to honor the hard work and dedication veterans have committed to our country. On Sunday, May 26, the general public can enjoy a free Corvette car show in the parking lot behind the California Automobile Museum and free museum admission for all veterans. All visitors will enjoy our new exhibit Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age, which opens May 25. Vettes
The short answer is no, but a recent post on the Forum leaves us wondering. User Larry/car recently posted that his 1995 C4 was close to turning 10,000 miles and he doesn’t know what to do. In fairness, this is Larry’s secondary Vette (yeah, he’s got another one). But still, why do we buy these cars? Presumably to drive and enjoy. Yet, we can’t help but notice a minority that buy Corvettes to polish, stare
by Rick TavelSpecial to Corvette Forum© 4-29-2013 All rights reservedWhile recovering from some surgery, I had the opportunity to catch up on reading that I had neglected over the past weeks. Since I am in the midst of writing a multi-part article on the advertising history of the Corvette, one commentary written by Peter De Lorenzo, better known as the “autoextremist”, immediately captured my attention, “Marketing the Corvette: What GM Doesn’t Get”. Peter De Lorenzo
Last weekend, Vicari Auction Company held a very successful first-ever auction during North Texas’ Cruisin’ Nocona. The auction was held on April 20th in Nocona, TX where 115 collectible cars, trucks and golf carts, representing 83% of all lots, were sold for a total of $2.6M. Their top sellers were a pair of Corvettes, the top sale: an unrestored split-window C2 Z06 stored since the 1980’s. Along with the auction Vicari hosted a Poker
Auctions America will be hosting their annual Spring Carlisle auction this weekend at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, PA. Sales will begin at 3pm April 25th and 26th. Over 200 cars are currently listed online to cross the block including almost 20 Corvettes. That Corvette docket includes 3 cars previously used at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving as well as one rare black on red 1959 big brake fuelie.
You likely won’t find a much better unrestored "Survivor" Corvette than this one-owner 1960 model currently up for sale on eBay. Eight bidders have pushed the bid to $44,300 as of noon April 23.
It’s that time of year again to talk about Saint Bernard’s Classic Corvette Giveway. This is the 25th anniversary for the classic Corvette raffle and all proceeds benefit the Saint Bernard Church and School in Rockport, Indiana. While the last couple of years have featured a midyear Corvette as the grand prize, this year’s raffle is for a 1960 Horizon Blue Corvette Roadster.
by Rick Tavel special to Corvette Forum© 3-17-2013 All Rights Reserved Do Not Duplicate Without PermissionIn our third installment Campbell-Ewald once again uses the Corvette in a competition setting. This time in a 1957 color advertisement which pokes fun at Corvette’s biggest rivals on the racetrack, the Mercedes and Porsche. “UND SO HELFE MIR, HERMANN I WAS HOLDING 5900 R.P.M. AND HE CAME PAST ME LIKE A STUKA…AND PLAYING THE RADIO, TOO!” Though not mentioned
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. At least that’s the way Don Davis of Fort Worth, Texas looks at his eclectic collection of cars. “I’m reducing my collection,” Davis told a reporter for the Star-Telegram. “It’s just too much trouble to take care of them.”
Last Friday we spent the slightly soggy day at Barrett-Jackson to see the auction of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible. While that auction was certainly exciting with Rick Hendrick paying $1 million to buy the first retail version of the next generation convertible, it wasn’t the only Corvette offered on the block that day.
Vicari Auctions recently announced that two very rare, unrestored Corvettes will cross the block at their Nocona, Texas auction running April 19th and 20th, 2013. The 1962 big brake fuelie and 1963 Z06 have been stored by a collector since Ronald Reagan was President and still remain in almost all-original condition.
by Rick Tavel special to Corvette Forum© 3-17-2013 All Rights Reserved Do Not Duplicate Without PermissionOur second in a weekly series of looking at the history of the Corvette through advertising is interesting because of what's not in the ad—the Corvette! This ad, run to introduce the entire Chevrolet line up in 1956 has no Corvette included. The reason, which at the time was never admitted, was because when the ad was developed in 1955 everyone
by Rick Tavel special to Corvette Forum© 3-17-2013 All Rights Reserved Do Not Duplicate Without PermissionWe thought it would be entertaining to bring our readers a weekly look into the history of the Corvette through old advertisements. Our first ad is one of a series of ads produced by Campbell-Ewald to highlight the performance capabilities of the first generation car. This ad and others in the series were generated because of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s push to publicize
Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. 2013 marks the 61st rendition of the massive indoor custom car show. It was also the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ridler Award. We made our annual trek down to Cobo Hall last weekend to check out all of the custom rides. Hit that magical Read More button below to see our gallery of some the best custom Corvettes around. Entrants in the show range
Creature comforts are all well and good. But I don't think cars look cooler than when they've been stripped down and prepped for racing—and there were some fantastic examples of weapons-grade Corvettes on hand at the Petersen last weekend. That said, I realize that the C6RS isn't a race car—the cabin is as detailed and gorgeous as an Aston Martin. But it's the closest thing you can get to the C6R raced in the American
It's generally a breeze to park at the Petersen. But last Saturday, the garage was packed to capacity with Corvettes of every era, and the crowds that came to check out the 60th Anniversary Celebration were sent to lots across the street. Our photographer lived just around the corner from the museum, and said this is the most packed he'd ever seen the museum. Check out pics from the event below! Related Stories:Historic Vettes at the Petersen for
To celebrate Corvette's 60th Anniversary the Petersen devoted a sizable chunk of its second floor to showcase some of the hottest cars from every generation along with some wild ones never meant for mass production. The 1956 Corvette SR-2 pictured above was special ordered—and raced—by Harley Earl's son, and is still campaigned in vintage events today. Also on hand were the 1953 Corvette EX-122 Motorama Prototype, a 1960 Cunningham Le Mans Team Car, the mid-engine 1960 CERV 1 "Chevrolet
by John Coyle Corvette Forum Last week, I posted that the C7 prototype will be on hand at the Petersen Automotive Museum to celebrate Corvette's 60th Aniversary. But while the 2014 Stingray will obviously be the main attraction, it's going to be flanked by some pretty distinguished company—including the EX122, "the World's Oldest Corvette." This is the child of iconic Detroit designer Harley Early car, and it's the car that made Zora Duntov want to work on
Photo Credit: Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily Newsby Keith CornettCorvetteBlogger.com You just never know where a Corvette enthusiast is going to turn up. Take the case of Joe Jackson, who moved to the Pacific island of Guam way back in the 1980s. In 1988, after being a fan of the sports car for years thanks to the influence of his Corvette-owning uncles back in the States, he decided to seek out one of his own. Back then,
by Keith Cornett CorvetteBloggerWhat's been called the “World’s Fastest Six Cylinder Corvette” will be crossing the block next weekend at Mecum’s annual Fall Premier auction in St. Charles, IL. This iconic drag racer beat up on the competition from 1962-1971 with Earl Britt behind the wheel. Britt operated Earl’s Pizza Palace in Sioux Falls, South Dakota when not setting ET records and winning multiple NHRA championships. The Pizza Man was the 99th Corvette built
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.comPhoto Credit: FameFlynet Pictures I’ve always been a bit of a George Clooney fan – the Oceans 11 franchise and the Fabulous Mr. Fox are among our Clooney favorites here at the CorvetteBlogger compound. So it was cool to see the actor has a thing for Corvettes as well. This Saturday, he was spotted cruising about tinsel town in the classic American sports car – a red/white C1 Corvette. Check out Clooney looking
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com After working this weekend to ensure that Corvettes at Carlisle, one of the largest Corvette shows in the country, went off successfully without a hitch, Carlisle Event’s co-owner Lance Miller is now responding to Dan Mathis Jr’s claims that his family is the owner of the #1 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that ran at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Miller emailed CorvetteBlogger.com a copy of the letter he sent to New
Content Provided by Corvette Blog This snappy little car (about which we previously wrote) was the hit of the Corvette Corral. It was there every day of the Detroit Grand Prix, and I couldn't resist taking more photos. Often the owner was present explaining how to take down the convertible top, or even allowing children to sit in his car. George Prentice loves his 1954 Corvette, and is proud to share it. Thanks, George, for
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com Anyone who has restored his father’s old car can understand exactly where Tony Meehan is coming from. As he stands in front of his dad’s 1958 Corvette that he bought new, Tony tells a poignant story about a car that is obviously more than just a car. “I grew up around race cars,” he says. “As little as I can remember, I was at the shop around my father’s feet. I would
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com There isn’t anything that stirs the imagination of a car enthusiast quite like the thought of finding an original barn car. We’ll we found one for you and it looks like this find is a keeper. Locked away in dusty Las Vegas area barn is this Silver/Red 1961 Corvette roadster. It hasn’t started, moved or seen a road in 44 years, but now it can be yours if you’re the highest bidder
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com To paraphrase country singer George Jones, this is one old Corvette that's not ready for a rockin' chair. John Muller of Arizona always liked the way first generation Corvettes looked, but motoring down the highway in the 1955 he once owned wasn't the ultimate driving experience. Then he found a 1954 Corvette on eBay that he called "nearly a basket case." By the time he got through with a two-year project at
Content provided by CorvetteBlogger.com Although Corvette first made its introduction in January 1953 at the GM Motorama in New York City, the concept that took the country by storm – codenamed EX-122 – was actually built in 1952. Sixty years later, Chevrolet is planning to celebrate the occasion with events worldwide. Once of those celebrations is being planned when Chevrolet returns to the United Kingdom for the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The location is quite
by Keith CornettCorvette Blogger The 1961 Corvette Gulf Oil race car was one of the centerpieces of Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee auction and it drew massive attention when it hit the auction block Saturday afternoon. Bidding on the Grady Davis Gulf Oil-sponsored Corvette was fast and furious at the beginning but eventually stalled at $850,000 and the car went unsold. The reserve was undisclosed and the auctioneer only said that it would take “more”. The 1961
by Keith CornettCorvette Blogger Let’s kick off 2012 right with a morning burnout courtesy of Lew Stitely’s 1953 Corvette gasser dubbed the Tijuana Taxi. This classic first-year Corvette was doing its thing out at Beaver Springs Dragway in PA and the video features several awesome burnouts, dry hops and a nine second quarter-mile run! According to DailyItem, the 1953 Corvette started is racing career in Texas in 1958. Lew picked up the Corvette in 1974
by Keith Cornett Corvette Blogger Here's a fun Corvette that we wouldn't mind having parked under our Christmas tree. This 1954 model is currently for sale on eBay. The white on red roadster is a tribute to the famous 1955 Duntov EX87 test mule that ran 163mph in 1955. The original EX87 Duntov test mule was fitted with a V8 engine in 1954 by racing legend Smokey Yunich. From there it was given to Zora
by Keith CornettCorvette Blogger At the 1954 Motorama, GM unleashed three Corvette-based concept cars onto the show circuit. Dubbed the Convertible Coupe, the Corvair, and the Nomad, the trio caused a stir when they debuted in New York in January of 1954. As we all know, the Nomad made it to production a couple years later, but in a non-Corvette form. If you always wanted to own the original Nomad, get your bidding fingers
by Keith Cornett Corvette Blogger Johnny Depp just wrapped up production for his upcoming new movie, “The Rum Diary” based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. To show his appreciation to the actor, the movie’s producer Graham King presented Depp with the keys to the red 1959 Corvette roadster that was used in movie. Answering the age-old question of what do you give a man who has everything, Graham’s gift of the 1959 Corvette
by Zack KlapmanThe Smoking Tire Matt Farah hates video games for several reasons, but mostly it’s because they aren’t nearly as much fun as the real thing, which he proves in this video. In 2006, Art Morrison won the “Gran Turismo Award” at the SEMA show, which means that they put your show car into the video game Gran Turismo. After testing the video game version, Matt can’t help but dream of driving the
by Keith CornettCorvetteBlogger I was checking out the strong lineup of 2012 Corvettes at the Kerbeck Corvette tent when I saw EX-122 sitting in the center, surrounded by her much younger siblings. The Corvette that appeared in the extravagant Motorama display at the Waldof Estoria in January 1953 was now under a tent at a fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. And she was just as beautiful today as she was to those who first saw the fiberglass
by John CoyleCorvette Forum If you haven't been to Road America, you're missing out. In 2008, I was there to cover the American Le Mans Series, and while I'd like to recommend some restaurants or bars, I ate hot dogs at the track and bought my beer at a gas station. But I can't say enough about being there! The setting is gorgeous, the locals are fantastic, and the track-side go kart course is a
by John CoyleCorvette Forum This year, the General will produce its100 millionth small-block V8, and as you can imagine, the milestone isn't going to pass without notice from the enthusiast community. In this segment of AOL's "Translogic," perky, annoying host Bradley Hasemeyer swings a baseball bat dangerously close to a '60 Corvette—I actually recoiled—and while driving it, sagely informs viewers that it's not "loaded with super-high technologically advanced things." Obviously, this is necessary, because most
by Keith CornettCorvetteBlogger.com This Thursday, attendees of the Corvettes at Carlisle show can watch an encore screening of “The Quest“, the documentary about the Le Mans winning 1960 Corvette and its famous owners, Chip and Lance Miller. If you’re not able to make it Carlisle, the good news is you can still watch The Quest by ordering the DVD which is now available for purchase. The Quest was first shown at the historic Carlisle Theatre
This '56 C1 is far from pristine. There's a custom hood, numerous cosmetic blemishes, and the fact that the original motor has been swapped out for a '65 327 mill. But it's the pedigree—or stated pedigree— which we find interesting. Along with all the standard info about vehicle's condition, the seller claims that after it was restored in 1973, it was raced by no other than Zora Duntov—the "Father of the Corvette!" Duntov was an
The General has commissioned its fair share of awesome Corvette ads. But “The Cat and the Corvette” is no "America Still Builds Rockets." Sure, leaving something to the imagination is a time-honored trick, but we’d still like to see more fabulous fiberglass and less forlorn feline here. Seriously? This came out of the smokey, boozy rooms we see on "Mad Men?" Maybe this could be an ad for cat food. Or knitting needles. Or
The C1 was the first Corvette to go into production. This original Corvette was born, to some degree, because Chevrolet had designer Harley Earl on staff and Earl loved sports cars. General Motors produced the C1 from 1953 through 1962.FinancingTo finance a C1 Corvette, you can go to a bank, credit union, or finance through a dealership. If you own a home, a home equity loan is another possibility.
Remove the Old Jack up the vehicle and safely place jack stands. Remove the brake drum. Remove the brake adjusting screw by having someone pull the bottom of the shoes apart while you remove the screw. Use a needle nose pliers to remove the retaining ring for the primary and secondary shoes. Also remove the parking brake lever and the parking brake cable. Remove the primary and secondary shoes from the backing plate. Lastly
by Teddy Field Corvette Forum America's Sports car was conceived at a time when jet planes and space capsules held our collective imagination. So it seems natural that a car like the 1953 Corvette would sport lines seemingly inspired by the pages of Buck Rogers' Space Accessory Catalog. Nearly 60 years later, America is still in love with the Corvette...
Here’s how to change the oil on your C1 Corvette. It is a relatively easy procedure and requires only a few simple tools and about an hour of your time. Tools and Other Items Required five quarts of motor oil (see manual for type of oil)a new oil filter (refer to manual for type) an adjustable wrench (or socket set)jacks stands (or a ramp) your tire-changing jack (or an hydraulic jack) a strap wrench
The Chevrolet Corvette has origins in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, and dates back to 1953. Touted as the only sports car that America can call its own, the Chevy Vette became instantly popular and has remained so for decades with a Chevrolet Corvette C7 generation rumored to debut in 2012.