1953 NASCAR Corvette 50-Page documentary. Never before seen old photos, Chevrolet Engineering build orders, & the history of how Ed Cole and Chevrolet Engineering saved the Corvette from the chopping block. http://www.nascarcorvette.com/i/442661
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produced a new record of almost $400 million in classic and collector car sales. This new record shattered the last seven years’ record of $312 million in 2013, $260 million in 2012, $197 million in 2011, $172 million in 2010, $116 million in 2009, $140 million in 2008, and $135 million in 2007.
Some examples of Cars sold during the 2014 Monterey auctions:
1) 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Coupe… sold for $38,115,000.00
2) 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale… sold for $26,400,000.00
3) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder… sold for $15,180,000.00
4) 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe… sold for $11,550,000.00
5) 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe… sold for $10,176,000.00
6) 1965 Ford GT40 Prototype… sold for $6,930,000.00
Yupp! The above figures are millions!!
Corvettes did not do well compared to the many multi-million dollar Ferraris but we did note that an ex-ProTeam 1968 Red/Red L88 produced $847,000.00 and a 1963 Z06 Tanker Coupe failed to sell at $1.1 million. Car collectors have realized that collector cars are the gold standard and are a tangible appreciating asset. Questions or comments, email [email protected]
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It was an honor to be among the ten to enter Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall in its final year. It was a humbling and exhilarating weekend. I enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people. This hobby is full of some truly remarkable individuals who share the same passion for the Corvette.
Automotive writer chats with Terry about ProTeam and his inclusion into the Bloomington Great Hall Class of 2014 in his Article Terry Michaelis Selected for Bloomington Gold Great Hall
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The Great Hall featuring the People, the Cars, and the Stories
Napoleon, Ohio — Terry Michaelis, President of ProTeam Corvette, has been inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall class of 2014. An honor reserved for those people and cars that were pioneers and influenced the Corvette hobby and the Corvette phenomenon.
The Bloomington Great Hall was designed as a five-year celebration of the 50 most significant and influential people and organizations and the 50 most influential and historic Corvettes; those pioneers, game changers, educators, and inspirators that have forever influenced the hobby. A selection committee of dedicated enthusiasts spearheaded by David Burroughs has assured preservation for the next generation of the stories and the why these people and cars matter. The induction on the grounds of the University of Illinois on June 27th, 2014 will include insights from the inductees, past and present.
Terry Michaelis is co-owner of ProTeam Corvette and has bought and sold more than 10,000 Corvettes in his storied career. Michaelis began his Corvette love affair over 40 years ago on a local car lot. By the mid-1970’s, Michaelis was dubbed “King” of Corvette aftermarket parts. Michaelis and his brother, Fred, formed ProTeam Classic Corvette in 1987, where they assembled the largest most dynamic collection of classic Corvettes in the world. He has become such a world-renowned expert on Corvettes that his knowledge has been the focus of hundreds of radio interviews and newspaper articles, as well as a long list of industry publications. Terry continues to lobby for the collector Corvette community with the same passion and affection for over the top marketing that he first had when he bought and sold his first Corvette in 1971.
Terry is honored to be included in the Great Hall but wants to make clear this hobby is much bigger than fifty people, “As flattered as I am to accept entry into the Great Hall, I don’t enter alone. I take along the decades of indelible friendships and memories,” he added, “It is those folks who stand in the shadow of our hobby. We fifty represent them and the thousands of other unsung Corvette scholars, craftsmen, and weekend warriors that ensure this hobby’s survival.”
Terry enters the Great Hall alongside members of the 2014 inductees including (People and Organizations) Cypress Gardens, Bob Gold/Bob Cook Auctions, Al Grenning, Ronnie Kaplan, Irwin Kroiz, Karl Ludvigsen, National Corvette Museum, Vince Piggins, and Larry Shinoda. For more information, email Bill Locke at [email protected] The Corvettes making the grade are the 1955 Duntov Mule, 1963 Mark II Z06; the 1966 427 coupe, the 1967 327 coupe, the 1967 DX L88, the 1968 Owens-Corning Racer, the 1969 Rebel L88 Racer, the Pratt and Miller Le Mans Racer; the fourth-generation Corvette; and the C7 Corvette. To learn more about the Great Hall and Bloomington Gold, visit BloomingGold.com or email [email protected]
ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection, Napoleon, OH. The inventory of 1953 to 2003 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: www.proteam-corvette.com
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This past weekend January 9-11, 2014 local long time resident ED WITTWER celebrated his birthday with good friend JIM GESSNER who is one day older. Both men are avid Corvette enthusiasts who invited 38 friends from across America and Canada to join them at Ed’s shop, CORVETTE SERVICE, in Carpinteria, California.
The mission was to ”share” knowledge of some of the rarest Corvette models ever built, namely a 1957 fuel injection model with the very rare AIR BOX and H.D. Brake and suspension option. 43 cars were built in 1957.
Also inspected were four very rare 1963 Corvette Split Window coupes with the rare Z0-6 Options. 63 models were built with the 36 gallon gas tank, fuel injection, HD Suspension and brakes.
Noted expert KEN KAYSER from Michigan gave a one hour review on GM Engineering history on the 1957 era. Ken was a Chevrolet POWERTRAIN engineer from 1968-2008.
Restoration Shop owner and 1963 expert TONY AVEDISIAN from Gaithersburg, Maryland gave the seminar on the rare 1963 Corvette Z0-6 cars.
Two days of history was recorded by LARRY NIMMER PICTURES . We hope this history will be saved for future generations.
Regards, Jim Gessner and Ed Wittwer
NOTE: It was my pleasure to be part of this as both a friend and avid enthusiast. It is a joy to be part of this hobby and connected to its great people!
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are now available for the following Corvettes:
C2: Original Block: 3855962, VIN 5116722, F0420IF, (C-16-5)… Original Block: 3782870, VIN 5109228, F1030HU, (K-28-4)… Original Block: 3855962, VIN 5116094, T0413IF, (D-2-5)… Original Block: 3855962, VIN 5122944, T0712IF, (F-29-65)… Original Block: 3858174, VIN 6100876, F0901HE, (H-31-5)… Original Block: 3858174, VIN 6111067, F0105HE, (L-9-5)… Original Block: 3858180, VIN 7108541, F1002HP, (D-11-6)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6113378, T0202IL, (A-18-6)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6121809, T0504IL, (B-17-6)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6122337, T0511IP, (B-4-6)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6105209, T1103IP, (F-22-5)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6114227, T0126IP, (I-2-5)… Original Block: 3869942, VIN 6108989, T1129IP, (K-30-5)… Original Block: 3892657, VIN 7109473, V0124HT, (A-23-7)… Original Block: 3892657, VIN 7119252, V0515HE, (E-10-7)… Original Block: 3892657, VIN 7101797, V0729HE, (F-30-6)… Original Block: 3892657, VIN 7107891, V0913HT, (I-2-6)
C3: Original Block: 3963512, VIN 19S709930, T1121LM, (K-9-8)… Original Block: 3970010, VIN 19S723070, V0613HY, (F-10-9)
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as Nearly 200 people spent an early November Saturday at ProTeam listening to panelists and presenters which included many GM insiders and retired engineers. Their anecdotes and industry knowledge featured candid discussions about the mid-60’s horsepower wars making for a one-of-a-kind experience for even the most casual Corvette enthusiast. The world famous ProTeam Corvette collection welcomed a few more additions for the day including a 1967 unrestored L88 Corvette convertible, the James Garner Team AIR L88 #44 Corvette, the 1969 Greenwood BFG L88 #49 Corvette, the first experimental engineering big block motor that made its way into Grand Sport #3 in time for Sebring, and a 1969 OEM ZL1 motor. The daylong event brought folks from as far away as Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, Maryland, and Canada and brought together Millennials and Baby Boomers. It truly was an affair to remember. The NCRS Chapters of Michigan, Heart of Ohio, and Indiana delivered on their promise of an event like no other. They have set the bar high for the 2014 Seminar. Click here to read the whole story. Comments? Email [email protected]
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Back in the 1970’s, we did not know just how deeply the Corvette was woven into America’s car culture, as its allure had not yet hit its stride. It would be a decade or more before we understood how entrenched the passion for the Corvette was. At that time, we drove them purely for the joy of a hot ride and as an extension of our own personality.
Working on a hunch backed by intuition has been my calling card since those early days. Whether it was an entire collection or a 1958 retractable hardtop, I learned to follow my instinct. There were plenty of wild goose chases but every once in a while a tall-tale became truth hidden under a tarp in an out of the way garage. Long hours, hundreds of miles and years melted away when the jewel was unearthed.
When opportunity knocks, it is important to open the door.
What keeps us motivated to bird dog these barn find cars? It is the thrill of the chase never forgetting the importance of doing your homework. It is what we in the hobby continually wrestle with; frustration versus pay-off.
We understand the real value of “The Find” comes only after the forensics and research validate the hunch. Only then can the conversation about restoration versus preservation take place. Only then can we consider historical importance as opposed to watching these cars run the course in freshly restored brilliance.
… And finally, ask anyone who has chased a storied car and they’ll tell you that these “barn finds’” real worth lie in the people who found them first. These owners’ lives are forever interwoven in the cars’ history and like the cars themselves; they are priceless barn finds as well.
Terry Michaelis, [email protected]
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