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ProTeam’s ex-Dick Lang Z06 Tanker Race Car Wins Awards at Ault Park Concours

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Napoleon, Ohio – - ProTeam’s 1963 ex-Dick Lang Tanker Race Car recently took home the Best in Class award, First Place award, and Special Display award at the 36th Annual Ault Park Concours held in Cincinnati June 9th.

The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance has earned the reputation as one of most prestigious shows in the country. The show features 13 classes of classic, vintage, and exotic cars. This year’s Concours honored a century of the Aston Martin and 60 years of the Corvette. Among the featured Corvettes were two 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupes from ProTeam’s world-famous collection.

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, reflected on the accolades from the weekend, “To be invited to Ault Park is an honor and testament to legendary driver Dick Lang and the history he made in this machine. The other awards (Best in Class and First Place) are an acknowledgement to the high quality concours restoration of this Corvette.”

ProTeam’s 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe was among the earliest “batched built” Z06 Corvettes that battled head to head against Shelby’s Cobras in the early 1960’s. Dick Lang was from Xenia, Ohio and one of the best Corvette drivers of that era racing throughout the Midwest, Central, Northeast, and Southeast regions of SCCA.

When this car and driver connected it was something very special!

In 1963 they first raced at the Daytona International weekend and by 1964, Dick Lang was the only Corvette driver among four Cobras in the top five standings. The legend had been solidified on those tracks and against the Cobra in the 1963 Corvette. Those challenges to the elite of the sport placed Corvette squarely as the face of America’s coming muscle car obsession.

Lang continued to race joining the DeLorenzo Owens-Corning team in 1969. The Z06 tanker Corvette lived life on and off the track for decades before being brought back to its better than new racing splendor by ProTeam and Nabers Restoration of Houston, Texas.

The ex-Dick Lang Z06 Tanker Race Car is on display in ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection in Napoleon, Ohio. The inventory of 1953 to 2010 Corvettes is open to the public in climate controlled indoor showrooms. Many of these Corvettes have been beautifully restored to like-new condition and carry prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation. ProTeam Corvette is recognized as the nation’s leader in classic Corvette sales, service & restoration selling an estimated 10,000+ Corvettes over the past four decades. Email: [email protected] or on the web:

The Ault Park 37th Annual Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first weekend in June 2014 with proceeds of the event going to the Arthritis Foundation, Ohio River Valley Chapter. Email: [email protected] or on the web:

1963 Z06 takes its bow at Ault Park Concours awards ceremony

It’s the People that make the hobby…

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Fresh off the trailer and into the collection. 1967 Corvette 327 Coupe, factory air, powerglide, numbers match, 76,577 actual miles. This Corvette was in the care of one owner for the  past 31-years.

As neat as the car is, my experience buying is proof that the Corvette hobby is littered with some really great people.

1967 Corvette 327 Coupe

From the trailer to the world famous Corvette collection


The Great Hall Class of 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

15 Reasons To Preserve And Not Restore Your Original Car…

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Examples of original cars recently sold at auction:

1. 1963 Corvette 360 hp Coupe – sold at Mecum for $328,600.00

2. 1963 Corvette 340 hp Coupe – sold at Mecum for $291,500.00

3. 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra – sold at Gooding & Co. for $1,320,000.00

4. 1966 Shelby GT 350 Fastback – sold at Barrett-Jackson for $247,500.00

5. 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback – sold at Barrett-Jackson for $192,500.00

6. 1967 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – sold at Mecum for $265,000.00

7. 1967 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – NO SALE at Mecum for $185,500.00

8. 1968 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – sold at Mecum for $83,740.00

9. 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible – sold at Gooding & Co. for $825,000.00

10. 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe – sold at Mecum for $595,720.00

11. 1969 Boss 429 Fastback – sold at Mecum for $442,000.00

12. 1969 Boss 429 Fastback – NO SALE at Mecum for $296,800.00

13. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda – sold at Mecum for $339,200.00

14. 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe  - sold at Barrett-Jackson for $47,300.00

15. 1978 Cadillac Eldorado –sold at Mecum for $50,350.00

There are dozens of other examples that I could recite about original, unrestored, unmolested cars.

Original, unrestored, unmolested cars are the pinnacle of preservation and an icon of fresh air after looking at hundreds of boring restored classic cars that are wearing their new basecoat/clear coat finishes and heavily Armor-All’d interiors.

Restoring these original unmolested cars robs the car of its soul, destroys its fingerprints and character and some would say is an act of vandalism.

We are but temporary caretakers of these pieces of automotive history and as we and the market matures we are seeing the whole automotive preservation movement growing out of its infancy and its being recognized by more than just the seasoned collector.

Comments or questions email: [email protected]

For more information on the preservation movement, click here and read David Burroughs article on Restore it? Or Not!

Over $300 Million Dollars…

Monday, February 11th, 2013

was raked in by seven collector car auction companies in January 2013; which is a huge increase over last January 2012 that hovered right at $240 million dollars. 2011 was a re-rebirth of growth in collector car/Corvette values and January 2013 saw many “leap frog” sale prices of extreme and moderately desirable collector Corvette. Highlights from the 7 January collector car auctions:
1957 Cascade Green 270hp, $121,900.00
1958 Charcoal Fuelie, $164,300.00
1962 Corvette Retro-Mod Custom, $408,800.00
1962 Corvette Retro-Mod Custom, $327,500.00
1962 Black Fuelie, $256,520.00
1963 Red Fuelie Split Window Coupe, $328,600.00
1963 Red 340hp Split Window Coupe, $291,500.00
1965 Black Fuelie Coupe (Stk. #1021E), $217,300.00
1966 Red 350hp Air Coupe, $137,800.00
1967 Blue 435hp Convertible, $265,000.00
1967 Maroon 435hp Convertible, $185,500.00
1967 435hp Coupe, $169,600.00
1967 Green 435hp Convertible, $164,300.00
1967 Green 350hp Air Convertible, (Stk. #1024E), $174,900.00
1968 White L88 Convertible, $1,100,000.00
1968 Blue L88 Convertible, $825,000.00
1968 Red L88 Convertible, $583,000.00
These are strong prices that show the popularity of Corvette collecting is again on the rise. Questions or comments? Email [email protected]

1965 Corvette FI Tanker

T.Michaelis spent much of January watching and participating in the classic Corvette market

From ProTeam to primetime…

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

These bad boys go on the block in Kissimmee in two days (1/26/13).
- 1971 ZR2 Orange Corvette Convertible, Stk. #NSN-WOW
- 1968 L88 Red/Red Corvette Convertible, Stk #1129C

Classic Corvettes for Sale

'71 ZR2 Orange Corvette Cvt. | '68 L88 Red Corvette Cvt.

Scottsdale Auction 2013…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Just an image of two Survivors in Scottsdale. Both will be heading back to Ohio

Corvettes for sale | ProTeam classic Corvette collection

Barrett-Jackson Auction 2013 | tMichaelis picks up a 1969 Corvette off the block

CLassic Corvettes for sale

One more Corvette coming home to the collection


Corvettes are Now Wanted…

Monday, December 17th, 2012

by ProTeam during the month of January 2013…

A) 1958-’60 Corvette in any condition

B) 1963 Split Window Coupes, prefer very nice 340/360 hp or factory air

C) 1967 Marina Blue 435 hp convertible with white interior in show condition

D) Barn Cars and Projects

E) Whole Collections

F) Always searching for: Z06’s, L88’s, L89’s, LS6’s, ZR2’s, ZR1’s, LT1’s, COPO’s, fuelies, special 425’s/435’s/RPO’s also Chevrolet Engineering and Styling cars and purpose-built Corvettes for racing (RPO-684/687’s). Save big money by avoiding auction fees, shipping, travel, and lodging expenses. The real deal for over 40 years! Very selective! The rarest of the rare and exclusively exclusive!!

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The Monterey Collector Car Auctions…

Monday, September 17th, 2012

produced a total of over $260 million in classic and collector car sales per Sportscar Market magazine. This is a new record that shattered last year’s $198 million record and the previous year’s $172 million record. Car collectors have already realized that collector cars are the gold standard and are a tangible appreciating asset. Questions or comments, email [email protected]

Contemplating a Classic Car Raffle?…

Monday, August 20th, 2012

look at partnering with ProTeam Corvette to supply your organization with a Corvette for your next charitable fundraiser. ProTeam has been at least partially responsible in raising close to 25 million dollars for some 30 different groups including the Ronald McDonald House, Corvette Club of America, Huntingtown FD, American Cancer Society, St. Bernard Church, Woodstock Lions Club, and a multitude of others.

We’ve heard from one happy client just recently: “I can tell you that we have developed a level of trust and confidence with you guys and the feelings are mutual. By the way, you might like to know that since we started this 24 years ago, St. Bernard has netted probably 1.75 Million dollars and we really didn’t catch fire until we started working with you guys.” – G.S., St. Bernards Church, Rockport, IN

Here are 8 more reasons to consider ProTeam as a fundraiser partner:
(1) Large Corvette collection/inventory.
(2) Marketing machine with an social networking presence which includes Facebook, Google+, & Twitter.
(3)  Electronic mailing list (almost 80,000).
(4) Very popular website ( with approximately 125,000 monthly user sessions.
(5) A very active and proactive internal media department that generates national attention with numerous articles online and in-print along with television network programming, ie: SPEEDtv “The Last Sting Ray.”
(6) Attendance at numerous car shows from California to Florida but primarily the midwest.
(7) Repurchase agreement at an agreed price, should your organization offer a cash option to the raffle car winner.
(8) Been there… done it! We can help your organization develop a 3 to 5 year marketing plan that will allow your members to  minimize their involvement while continuing growth in your sales and success.

Corvettes are the most popular and successful marque used in automotive raffles. They are an American icon!!! If you are interested in discussing a partnership with ProTeam that DOES NOT END with your raffle car selection, email [email protected]