Archive for June 25, 2014

See The National Corvette Museum Sinkhole This Summer

corvette sinkholeBack in February of this year, a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, and consumed eight prized corvettes.  Shortly after, GM announced that they would cover the cost of restoring those vehicles if possible. “Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” said GM spokesman Monte Doran.

On April 9th, the museum removed the last Corvette, (a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06), which the most heavily damaged of all eight.

Today, June, 25th 2014, the museum’s board of directors are scheduled to meet to review the proposals and options on both the building and the 8 damaged vehicles.

Wendell Strode, the executive director of the museum said in a statement that the current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests can have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole for the summer, and delay construction until after their 20th Anniversary Celebration August 27-30.

Although not yet official, they may leave some of the cars, and a portion of the sinkhole unrepaired, as part of a permanent display.

There has been so much interest and increased attendance due to the sinkhole, that they made arrangements to allow people to view the recovery efforts.

Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum stated, “We started with a Plexiglas viewing window so guests could see the construction going on inside the Skydome, and eventually the recovery of the Corvettes.  We always had one web cam available inside the Skydome, and due to the growing interest and popularity we added two more so our online visitors could get additional angles to view what was going on.”

Check out the live video feed here

 

 

Mecum Auto Auctions First Visit To Seattle

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The Mecum Auto Auction made its first ever visit to Seattle this past weekend, putting more than 600 classic and collectible cars on the block.    As expected, the holy grail of muscle cars (a 1971 Hemi Cuda convertible, one of just two 4-speed versions delivered in the U.S) landed the top spot selling for 3.5 million dollars.

Documented as the only matching numbers 4-speed convertible in existence, its factory broadcast sheet confirms that it was equipped at the Hamtramck, Michigan assembly plant with the New Process 4-speed, Dana 60 rear end with 4.10 Super Track Pak, 26-inch radiator and power brakes.

Rounding out the top ten sales were the following:

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback Sold for $340,000

1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback Sold for $160,000

1958 Buick Limited Convertible Sold for $150,000

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Hardtop Sold for $150,000

1937 Packard Twelve Victoria Convertible Sold for $150,000

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Sold for $143,640

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Sold for $130,000

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback Sold for $125,000

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Sold for $115,000

Visit Mecum’s website for more details – http://www.mecum.com/

Shelby Offering Concept Cars and Prototypes For Sale

Shelby Concept

Are you a Shelby enthusiast?  Want to add a little something from the Shelby legacy to your car collection?

Shelby American recently moved to their new headquarters off of the Las Vegas strip, and to make room for a new generation of concept cars and prototypes, they’ve put an handful of very special vehicles up for grabs.

The Shelby vehicles found in this exclusive offering represent some of the most significant cars that they have built. Shelby says it would rather see them in the hands of enthusiasts than sitting in storage.

Here is a list of the vehicles being offered:

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Shelby Cobra Demonstrator / Development Vehicle:  $200,000
2007 Shelby GT Prototype:  $175,000
2010 Shelby Super Snake Concept:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $125,000
2011 Shelby Super Snake Prototype:  $200,000
2011 Shelby GTS Concept:  $99,000
2012 Shelby GTS Wide Body Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 GT350 Prototype:  $150,000
2013 Shelby Raptor Concept:  $125,000
2013 Focus Concept:  $50,000

Click Here For a PDF of the collection