NASCARCorvette No. 211

Chitwood Thrill Show Corvette

1006F 43 1958 Corvette Convertible Hardtop, radio delete, 283-290 hp, (fuelie), 4 speed, the "Chitwood Thrill Show Corvette" was ordered new by legendary Joie Chitwood of "Thrill Show" fame and was built in January 1958. This matching numbers historic Corvette has less than 19,000 original miles. After undergoing a professional nut and bolt restoration the story of the Chitwood Corvette was a featured cover story in Corvette Fever magazine. NCRS American Heritage award sign-off in April 2015. These type restorations normally cost between $80,000.00 to $125,000.00. Joie Chitwood started his racing career in Winfield, Kansas, twice winning the AAA East Coast Sprint car championship and winning the CSRA title in 1942. He competed at the Indianapolis 500 seven times, finishing fifth on three different occasions and he was the first man ever to wear a safety belt at the Indy 500. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, trunk mat, trunk liner, rebound straps, seat belts, T-10 transmission, 4:11 posi rear end, shifter, air cleaner, generator, hoses, hose clamps, valve covers, F.I. unit, F.I. fuel filter, guide Y-50 mirror, washboard hood, trunk irons, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Substantial documentation is included with this vehicle, including original Joie Chitwood promotional materials, video footage of Chitwoods Thrill Show, owner history, the original 1958 registration signed by Joie Chitwood and all registrations thereafter. Click here to read more about Joie Chitwood and this Corvette and/or Click here to watch the 10-minute GM promotional film Joie Chitwood's "Thrill Driver's Choice". This is a beautiful, historic, and highly documented vehicle that has been professionally maintained and displayed in climate controlled conditions.

1958 Chitwood Corvette sitting among ProTeam's World Famous Classic Corvette Collection

1958 Corvette as it works the crowd in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show

From RM/Sotheby Andrews Auction

This seven hour auction took place on May 2nd, 2015 in Fort Worth, TX and generated just short of $54 million and included 9 Corvettes which are listed below:

1953 Corvette – Sold For $275,000.00

1954 Corvette – Sold For $93,500.00

1957 Corvette Fuelie – Sold For $170,500.00

1961 Corvette Fuelie – Sold For $71,500.00

1962 Corvette Race Car – Sold For $1,650,000.00

1962 Corvette Fuelie – Sold For $220,000.00

1963 Corvette with A/C – Sold For $253,000.00

1965 Corvette Display – Sold For $715,000.00

1966 Corvette Cvt. – Sold For $82,500.00

This just goes to prove that Corvettes offered for sale in the right auction venue will bring serious money! Comments or questions, email: [email protected]

Over $366 Million Dollars…

was raked-in by seven collector car auction companies in January 2015 which is a moderate increase over last January 2014 that hovered around $322 million dollars. These are still big numbers that show that collector cars and Corvettes are desirable and sought after commodities. Highlights

from the January collector car auctions:

- 1969 L88 T-Top… Sold $495,000.00

- 1964 F.I. Tanker… Sold $448,200.00

- 1953 #211 Race Car… No Sale $2,000,000.00

As 2014 was drawing to a close, Hagerty, the classic car valuations and insurance leader reports North American classic car auction sales had reached a $1.3 billion total for the year. Powered by strong third quarter auctions, 2014 sales surpassed the $1.2 billion witnessed in 2013. Hagerty predicts 2015 will see slower growth after five years of consistent double-digit increases with more modest gains – approximately 5% - across the entire classic car market. This shows that the popularity of Corvette collecting in on the rise. Questions or comments? Email: [email protected]

Terry and Fred MichaelisTerry Michaelis and Fred Michaelis working the Scottsdale Auctions