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Amelia Island Road Tour 2013…

Monday, March 11th, 2013

featured 2 Corvettes from the ProTeam World Famous Collection:

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe “Dick Lang’s Z06/Tanker Race Car, VIN #6553. 1 of the early “batched built” 1963 Z06 Corvettes that went to battle against Shelby’s Cobras.

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Export RH Drive Z06 Fuelie GM Show Car with 22,723 actual miles. Original. Unmolested. Big hit on the show field. Born on: 5/11/63. Delivered new for export to Australia. EXCELLENCE!

Great Weekend | Consummate Hosts | Old Friends | Great Atmosphere | Amelia Island Concours

Dick Lang's 1963 Corvette Z06/Tanker Race CarExport RH Drive Z06 Fuelie GM Show Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe "Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car", VIN #6553. 1 of the early "batched built" 1963 Z06 Corvettes that went to battle against Shelby's Cobras. http://www.proteam-corvette.com/Corvette-1963-1066D/1066D.html

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Export RH Drive Z06

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Export RH Drive Z06 Fuelie

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

 

Untold Story of the Earliest Corvette Sting Ray

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Were it not for a twist of fate and a controversy within GM, this unique Corvette, if returned to the US, would have most likely met its end in the crusher!

The Expatriate resides in a private collection in London

However, since leaving GM Styling in late September 1962 for London’s Earls Court show stage, it has never returned home. A barn find back in 1982, it has remained in a private collection in London for thirty years.

The coupe arrived at GM Styling ahead of the main pilot line as a body and unnumbered frame assembly only. Identified by Styling data tag as S.O #10271 as early as May 62 on drawings found, marked 63 Corvette Custom (it is believed to be earlier). The complete floor pan, inner wing panels, lower front panel, doorsills and spare wheel tub are all hand formed GRP. Drawings list the Coupe at Interior Engineering in June referenced to Electric seats. Power seats had been tested in the XP720 coupe listed together with #10271. Bodywork finished in primer with numerous test siting/ locating holes for front, side and rear emblems. Experimentally trimmed in Silver leather with silver steering wheel and used for photography in the studio. All interior panels, remain the originals and are all marked with the S.O in black marker. Numerous trims and mouldings are hand formed in brass and chrome plated. Rear window mouldings are unique one piece construction in brass and chrome plated, retained by dozens of tiny brass screws. These one piece mouldings have been identified on GM archive footage and were also used on the prototype 4 passenger coupe. Numerous other interior differences as compared to known pilot line and production models.

It is believed that there was no power plant or transmission installed at this time – a push/pull mule!

The power plant is an incredibly rare,( one of only a few known) hand assembled Flint” Dyne Lab” engine, 59 283 290hp CS with unique 3758584 heads. Dyne lab inspection letters hand stamped to engine. As yet unidentified GM intake manifold. Engine painted red, detailed in red with various hand- made, chromed, GM engineering pieces. Engine bay shows experimentation with fuel injection. The larger radiator frame also suggests F.I but there is no frame cut out for the airway to plenum. The radiator has a small brass tag with SO T1 stamped into it and is copper and not aluminium. Transmission is a showpiece 4 speed M10 finished in ” Mitchell Blue”, unstamped. Bell housing is very first casting early type 3788421 but with no cast date or revision markers! A generator provides the current and not an alternator, as one would expect for 63. For reliability, an alternator is currently fitted along with a 63 fan to assist cooling. A full biopsy on the engine has never been carried out but it does appear incredibly lively!

From GM Styling files, on June 28 62 the Coupe was sent for paint. A brilliant high metal flake Airframe silver (not Sebring as imagined). It was also re-trimmed in full, in black hand stitched leather, including doors, dashboard and headlining. Panels of the original Silver leather are still present today beneath the revised black covering.

Trim Tag reads: Trim: BLK COLOR: PRIME

From July 62 the coupe was relisted on drawings as S.0 #10271 LONDON SHOW COUPE following a request for a show car by GM Canada.

Various additional trim pieces were fitted including chromed door locks, unique chromed plates to inner and outer door shuts. Unique front side emblems. All fittings have S.O number engraved on them, some initialled and dated. Instruments are stamped “ Show Job” initialled and dated 16 July 62.

27th August 1962 Stamped as build date to trim tag. Body 13 and pilot line Vin Tag #23 added.

Sometime in the latter part of September the show transmission was installed, however, the 59 power plant remained and the Coupe left Warren for England in time for the London Motor Show, 2nd week October.

It was delivered in secrecy, under covers to Earls Court Stand 138 sponsored and administered by GM Canada. It was to be shown alongside A Corvair Monza Coupe and a 4 door Impala saloon.

With 2 days to “ Press Day”, some GM execs from GM Canada’s European offices in London, visited Earls Court to see their latest offering up close. They were presented with a stunning Silver Corvette Sting Ray Coupe.

Blind panic ensued when, upon opening the hood, it was discovered that the new car did not have a 360 hp fuel injected power plant, as ordered and publicised! A frantic effort to find a replacement began and a second Silver Coupe (most likely the Turin Show car en route) arrived at the end of press day!

S.O #10271 languished under covers in a basement garage in central London for several months, until it was eventually registered for the road in January 1963. It is believed, but not confirmed that it was registered to GM in London as a company vehicle. It has been herein the UK since.

With only 72,000 original miles it is still used but understandably only occasionally. It has only been shown once at Good wood in 2003, at the “Cartier Style Et Luxe” concours. As part of Corvette’s 50th alongside GM’s Mako Shark and others, it was awarded best in class.

2006. It took park in the Drivers Parade with GM racing at the 24hrs of Le Mans and completed a full parade lap of the Le Mans circuit.

S.O # 10271 is quite unique. The only “63 Styling” buck. It is the earliest, fully documented “ Sting Ray”. It is also the earliest C2 S.O. car and the only 63 Show coupe in existence.

With thanks to: Jerry Palmer, Chuck Jordan, Franz Estereicher and Ken Kaiser ex GM. To Jim Gessner and Noland Adams

For more photos of this unique split window Corvette, click here

The 100 Thousand Dollar Shopping Spree To buy the best C2 and C3

Friday, November 13th, 2009

… that you can for that money for both a driver and investment.

This is a very hard task as I would want to buy at least number two condition cars that are truly legitimate numbers matching with original VIN and trim plates and solid owner history.

I also would want no hit bodies, especially the frontal area.

This leaves the choices to the small block versions so I would buy a 1963 split window coupe for $60,000.00 to $70,000.00 and a 1969 or 1970 convertible with a 350 hp engine backed by a 4 speed transmission and this should be able to be accomplished for $30,000.00 to $40,000.00.

I would work on buying the 1963 first as that would be the hardest to do.

I would try to buy cars with good colors and as many options as possible.

This $100,000.00 challenge would make me a “price” buyer rather than a buyer who seeks “value” which generally will cost more but with an initial $100K available, I’d go to the bank and borrow the extra money it would take to truly get what I really would want at the end of the day.

Celebrity Pick at Carlisle…

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

It was an honor to be asked to be a celebrity judge at the recent Corvettes at Carlisle show and the choice was a hard one considering there were about 3,000 Corvettes to choose from. After walking row after row of mostly C4, C5, and C6′s or restored C1′s, C2′s, and C3′s, I came across an original, unrestored, unmolested black 1963 coupe that was in excellent condition making his decision, finally, easy!!! Congratulations to Jeff and Angela Boldosser for preserving a great original car and sharing it with almost 60,000 attendees at one of North America’s premier Corvette shows.

Shelby Cobra Brings $7.25 Million…

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

At Mecum’s inaugural Monterey, Ca. event, the storied 1965 Daytona Shelby Cobra Coupe established a new standard by which all future classic car sales will be set. Racing’s crown jewel and Carroll Shelby’s capstone went for $7.25 million. This car was one of the six purpose built by Shelby as Ferrari killers. This particular car, CSX2601, clinched the 1965 World Manufacturers Championship and Shelby American in France each with legendary driver Bob Bondurant at the wheel. The  sale of this car has added to a ripple effect of cars with historic provenance coaxing the classic car market back to life. These auctions, car shows, cruise-ins, and Saturday afternoon’s in the driveway remind us all that no one regrets investing in a great classic car. This Shelby Cobra may just bring sexy back to American muscle. Email: [email protected]

What Happened To All The Real Car Guys…

Monday, July 13th, 2009

that enjoyed the chase? You know the guys who would never buy a Corvette without looking, inspecting, touching, and test driving a car prior to the purchase. Here’s my personal challenge. Get out from behind the computer screen and personally inspect that Corvette of your dreams with your own eyes and participate physically in “the chase”. It might even be fun and you won’t be disappointed!!!

Would you like to discuss the rise, fall, and rise again of “real car guys”, email me directly at [email protected]

Personal Reserve Collection Show Results…

Monday, June 29th, 2009

are in for the following NCRS and Bloomington sanctioned shows where ProTeam’s Personal Reserve Collection cars were judged:
June 5/6 NCRS Detroit:
- 1953 Corvette, VIN #39 = Top Flight
- 1953 Corvette, VIN #268 = Top Flight
- 1967 Corvette Convertible Red 435 = Top Flight
- 1968 Corvette Convertible Red/Red L88 = Top Flight
- 1969 Corvette T-Top Black 435 = Second Flight
June 11/13 NCRS Wisconsin Regional:
- 1967 Triple Black 400 hp w/factory air = Top Flight
- 1968 Red/Red L88 = Top Flight
June 25/27 Bloomington Gold Certification:
- 1953 Corvette, VIN #39 = Bloomington Silver certification
- 1953 Corvette, VIN #93 = Bloomington Gold certification
- 1953 Corvette, VIN #268 = Bloomington Silver certification
- 1967 Convertible 435 hp Red/Red = Bloomington Silver certification
- 1968 Convertible L88 Red/Red = Special Collection
- 1969 Convertible L88 Yellow = Special Collection
- 1969 T-Top L88 Green = Bloomington Survivor certified, Bloomington Gold certified, Bloomington Benchmark certified
- 1970 Convertible LT1 Laguna Grey = Bloomington Survivor certified, Bloomington Silver certification
- 1971 convertible LS6 Export = Special Collection
- 1972 Convertible 3,000 miles White = Bloomington Survivor certified, Bloomington Gold certified, Bloomington Benchmark certified
- 1981 T-Top 3,000 miles Beige = Bloomington Survivor certified, Bloomington Gold certified, Bloomington Benchmark certified
These results speak loudly as to the quality of our special  Corvettes and our shop employees who painstakingly prepared them for judging and now we’re off to the NCRS National convention which takes place in San Jose, California on July 12-17, 2009 with three very special Corvettes. See you there!!! Comments and/or questions should be directed to [email protected]


tMichaelis at work on the judging field Bloomington ’09

Two Mid-Year Corvettes, ie: Bookends

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The search and purchase of the most desirable mid-year Corvettes ever produced…

Number one would be a 1963 Corvette split window coupe equipped with factory fuel injection (327-360 hp) and a 4 speed transmission.

color: Preferred color would be tuxedo black with a red interior, although I would settle for a black interior. I would make absolutely sure that the trim tag and VIN tag were the original and have not been off the car. I might settle for riverside red but prefer black.

condition: I would want to buy a body-off restored car with few excuses or a low mile survivor that is unrestored, unmolested, in at least number two condition.

awards: I would like a car that has been judged by the NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) or Bloomington Gold within the last five years as it adds credibility and helps me sleep better.

price range: I would love to buy the above described tuxedo black examples for $125,000..00 but I am a realist and know that a “real deal” car would more than likely push me to $150,000.00 to $175,000.00.

Number Two would be a 1967 Corvette convertible equipped with a 427-435 hp engine or a 427-400 hp with factory air. I would want a 4 speed transmission with as many options possible. I prefer factory side exhaust but know I can always add (bolt-on) this owner preferred option later.

color: Preferred color would be tuxedo black with a red interior, although I would settle for a black interior. I would absolutely be sure that the trim tag and VIN tag were the original and have not been off the car. I might settle for rally red but prefer black as only 815 Corvettes were painted this color in 1967.

condition: I would want to buy a body-off restored car with few excuses or a low mile survivor that is unrestored, unmolested, in at least number two condition.

awards: I would like a car that has been judged by the NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) or Bloomington Gold within the last five years as it adds credibility and helps me sleep better.

documentation: I would want an original motor car or an original unmolested unrestored car where in documentation would not be necessary. If the car was restored with a restoration motor, I would want as much factory/delivery dealer paperwork (documentation) as possible, at least a tank sticker, window sticker, warranty book/protecto-plate, car shipper, or dealer invoice. At least one of these items would be necessary and the document would be subject to scrutiny by Al Grenning’s CCAS for an affirmation of its legitimacy thus reducing the stress of subjectivity and guru options.

price range: I would love to purchase the above described tuxedo black examples for $275,000.00 to $300,000.00 but I am a realist and know that a “real deal” car would move my checkbook closer to $350,000.00 which is still a hard find even in our current lackluster economy. A rally red example would be much less since Chevrolet produced almost three times as many.

The ultimate mid-year bookends! A high performance small block and a big block. One coupe and one convertible… and both black. email your comments to [email protected]

I May Be Preaching To The Choir…

Monday, May 4th, 2009

But… Corvette’ing is a Great Stress Reliever… and people are still buying Corvettes and will be Corvette’ing this spring, summer, and fall as owning a Corvette goes way beyond the investment/R.O.I. factor… it actually gives one “bragging rights”

It is easy to get caught up in the “bad” news of the day and forget there is life out there and that it is always better in a Corvette.

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