A Top 10 for New Collectors

An off the top of my head guided by decades of experience and thousands of Corvette purchases while building a world class collection top ten list to consider when building/adding a Corvette to your collection. This list excludes the unicorns and one-offs that garner a lot of attention and big money. You do not need to mortgage away your life's work to have a helluva collection sitting in the barn. - t.Michaelis

1 1967

1. ANYTHING 1967 - - Super Popular Year. High Water Mark! People who advertise a 1967 Corvette for sale have their phones ring off the hook. We do!! "The Holy Grail"


2. 1958 - '62 - - Very popular with boomers in their late 40's and 50's. Four headlights and a trunk!


3. 1968 - '72 - - Very affordable chrome bumper cars - ENTRY LEVEL - but for how long could be anyone's guess. Probably will be best buy for someone wanting to drive a Corvette free for 3 to 4 years.


4. 1963 SPLIT WINDOW COUPE - - ONE YEAR ONLY - Always been popular milestone car. Every collector needs at least one!


5. 1965 - '66 - - Good cars, disc brakes. Next best thing to a 1967 but more affordable.


6. 1953 - '55 - - For a serious collector who just, "gots to have one!" - Not much of a ride but a great conversation piece first generation Corvette. Every real Corvette collector has one!


7. 1956 - '57 - - Single headlights - 13 tooth grill - top fender scoops- waffle seats and door panels strong styling


8. 1973 - '75 CONVERTIBLES - - rubber bumpers. Very affordable for someone that must have an older convertible.


9. 1978 - - Silver Anniversary or Pace Cars. Try to buy 4 speeds, L-82's, and/or low miles very popular with the working man or woman.


10. 1982 - - Collector Edition - First year of crossfire injection, two-tone paint, hatchback, and last year of '68 to '82 body/frame configuration. Also, first year the Corvette MSP hit over $20,000.00 buy low miles.

Any comments, questions or reflections, email me at [email protected]

Goodbye Tom...

Goodbye Tom WestThomas Patrick West, 70, of Fort Wayne, Ind., succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Tom lived the Corvette life. He was an active member of the Fort Wayne Corvette Club, National Council of Corvette Clubs, and National Corvette Museum. Tom was the primary Midwest buyer for ProTeam Corvettes purchasing thousands of Corvettes over the decades and earned Buyer of the Year Award many times over the years, it’s an award given to applaud the effort of the least visible but one of the most integral parts of our company. Tom’s bird dog instincts helped track down great cars and coupled with his gentleman's approach to people made him an invaluable asset to ProTeam. Tom's hard work helped place ProTeam into a league of its own among classic car dealers. He became a fixture within the classic car community because of his knowledge and will be remembered because of his friendship.

Tom also loved the water. He took that passion and founded Jolly Craft Boats, Inc. where his appreciation for detail and craftsmanship was on full display. Those unique well-crafted boats can still be seen sailing straight and true. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Sowles Bay Yacht Club (Angola, IN) from 1 to 4pm with a tribute to Tom at 2pm.

Tom is survived by his partner in life Joyce Lothamer, his son Tom (Barbi) West II, his grandchildren Kayla and Tommy III, and “those darn cats;-)”. Share your memories and condolences at www.neptunesociety/obituaries. Make memorials in Tom’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Thomas was a great friend to this company and to the people who worked here. We’ll miss him.

St. Bernard 30th Classic Corvette Raffle

St. Bernard 30th Classic Corvette Raffle… 1967 Corvette Coupe, 350 hp, 4 speed, numbers match. Excellent condition. Low miles. This is a VERY RARE color combination with Rally Red paint and red interior. M-21 transmission, SS brakes, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, cast aluminum bolt-on wheels, blackwall radials. Owner’s manual, original keys, sales brochure and most all factory correct type components featured. Car is well documented with tank sticker and CCAS/Grenning affirmation

1st PRIZE: 1967 Corvette · Drawing held August 18, 2018 (9pm CDT) at the St. Bernard Summer Social • ALL proceeds benefit St. Bernard Church and School · Winner need not be present to win! · 2nd PRIZE: $1,000.00 • 3rd PRIZE: $500.00

Opportunities are only $30 each or 4 for $100. Only 15,000 tickets available

Get ticket order forms and more information at www.StBernardCorvette.org. Call 812-649-9113, email: [email protected], or send check or money order to St. Bernard Church, 547 ELM ST., Dept. PT · Rockport, IN 4763 attn: Corvette. Raffle License no. 145008

They have been great friends of this company for several decades and not only is this a raffle organization to trust they are people to believe in and I encourage you to contribute to their good works and hopefully, be rewarded handsomely come August 2018.

Noland Adams, Rest in Peace…

I joined NCRS (Member #136) in 1974 and shortly after met an interesting old/young man, my senior by 19 years, his name was Noland Adams. By 1977/1978 I would refer to Noland as my friend.

Noland visited my Corvette shop in Napoleon, Ohio many times in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when he became a defacto resident of Detroit, Michigan during his years of open access to the GM/Chevrolet Corvette records. 

The GM access and Noland’s research resulted in his publication of the Corvette Restoration and Technical Guides (Vol.1 and Vol. 2), each over 400 pages and his Corvette “American Legend” five book series. Noland’s publications help answer questions for thousands of Corvette collectors, writers and enthusiasts.

Two or so years ago, Noland and his wife contacted me to help them market Noland’s research materials, which filled a 24 foot enclosed trailer. Finally, after a 6 - 8 month effort, several interested parties made their offers and Noland was able to place his research materials in capable hands. 

I am saddened by the loss of Noland Adams, who I refer to as my friend but more importantly a loss for our entire Corvette community. 

Noland, REST IN PEACE! We all owe you my friend….

Questions and/or comments? Email: [email protected]

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