Timeline: 7/31/81 – Last Corvette built in St. Louis rolls off assembly line.
After 27 years, 7 months and 3 days of building Corvettes, the final Corvette rolled off the St. Louis assembly line. The plant was a throwback to the days before Alfred P. Sloan and started building cars in 1920. Photos of the St. Louis factory can be seen online and in Mike Mueller’s book, “The Corvette Factories,” and can be most kindly described as “old school.”
The St. Louis plant was scheduled for renovation in the late ‘70s but to do so the facility would have to be closed for a year, so it was decided to relocate the Corvette assembly to Bowling Green. With the C4 in full development it all worked out for the best.
Quality Control on Corvettes had long been an issue, so the move to Bowling Green was a fresh start. The Last St. Louis Corvette was mighty plain; Beige exterior with Camel interior and an automatic. But it did have the optional removable glass roof panels and aluminum wheels. The only thing marking the car as “special” is a plate on the inside of the right front fender that says, “The Last St. Louis Corvette.”
The car has been sold twice along with the first Bowling Green Corvette as “book-ends” at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction for charity in 2010 for $300,000 and again in 2011 at the Scottsdale event for $50,000. When sold in 2011 the car had 4 miles on the odometer! – Scott
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Editor’s Note: The Mecum Monterey Auction at the Hyatt Regency Montery, CA Hotel is August 13-15, 2015, Lot #R436
by Sean Szymkowski as republished from GM Authority.com
The 1974 C3 Corvette IMSA ‘Spirit Of Sebring’ Racer is scheduled To Cross Mecum Monterey.
Dateline: 7.19.15: There are plenty of historic, and iconic, Corvettes roaming the lands, but when it comes to endurance racing, the 1974 C3 Corvette Spirit of Sebring race car is one of the most iconic Corvettes there is.
The 1974 C3 Corvette sees a unique wide body kit applied for aero duties, and is powered by the legendary L88 big-block V8 engine. But the engine wasn’t the only legendary piece to this vehicle. The 1974 Corvette IMSA racer was driver John Greenwood’s personal favorite, and was the only Greenwood vehicle to be raced under the team name.
Specifically, this vehicle was driven by Greenwood where he took the IMSA season title at the Daytona Finale, plus pole position at six other events, including the 24 Hour of Daytona, where the 1974 Corvette racer set a top speed record at the time. Continue reading
SPECIAL OFFER For John Greenwood Fans
For a limited time, we are offering 12, 11-inches by 17-inches art prints of the late John Greenwood’s racecars, as seen in my “Illustrated Corvette Series,” Vette Magazine monthly column.
The Illustrated Corvette series has been in every issue of Vette Magazine since the spring of 1997, with over 220 installments. In the 18 years the column has been running, I have written and illustrated stories about John and Burt Greenwood’s cars five times. We offer two print versions of each story: one with the story copy and one without. Then I created two single image layouts for a total of 12 prints.
Each 11 x 17 print is signed and numbered by me, K. Scott Teeters and is shrink-wrapped on a piece of 12 x 18 piece of corrugated cardboard so that the prints stats flat and clean.
For a limited time, we are offering all 12 prints for the astonishingly low price of just $120, with FREE SHIPPING. Continue reading
A Brief Tribute to Corvette Racing Legend, John Greenwood
Dateline: 7.13.15 (There are four videos at the end of this post)
The Corvette community lost another legend last week. On July 7, 2015 John Greenwood died. During the 1970s John and his brother Burt arguably made more of an impact of Corvette racing than anyone in their time.
Their most stunning legacy was the development of the Corvette wide-body, also known as the “Batmobile.” The wide-body kit was the last of what was unofficially known as “Duntov’s Racer Kit” series of Chevrolet engineered parts for road racing Corvettes.
By 1974 racing tires had almost quadrupled in width from those of the early 60s and were beyond the L88 fender flares that had been out since 1968. Racers were also learning about and making better use of air downforce. Chevrolet designed the wide-body kit and Greenwood developed and marketed the parts into a huge aftermarket enterprise, along with building all-out racing Corvettes for customers. The Greenwood brothers engineered suspension parts and setups and made them available to customers.
The wide-body look was so popular that complete street versions were offered by Greenwood and privateers could build their own street versions by purchasing the body kits. John and Burt also made body kits for C4 Corvettes, but the term “Greenwood body” will forever be linked to what it undeniably the wildest Corvette look ever
Below is a tribute to John Greenwood written by Registry of Corvette Race Cars and Vette Vues contributing writer/photographer, Wayne Ellwood that was published on July 13, 2015. Many thanks to Wayne Elwood for his brief overview of John Greenwood’s racing career. Condolences to the Greenwood family. – Scott
John Greenwood, Innovator and Influencer
Died on July 7, 2015 age 71
Greenwood held sway in Corvette racing for a decade
By Wayne Ellwood
The son of a GM executive, John Greenwood began drag racing as a teenager on Detroit’s famed Woodward Ave strip. A few years later, he caught the road-racing bug after entering his new 1968 Corvette in a parking lot solo event. That was enough. When he took his big block Corvette to Waterford Hills it marked the start of a remarkable career in SCCA and IMSA, a full-blown race shop, a sponsorship program with the BF Goodrich Tire Company, a thriving cars and parts business, and three trips to the 24 hour race at Le Mans, France. Continue reading
by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s online SuperChevy.com
The late ’70s were indeed “strange dayz” for the Corvette. The Founding Fathers had all been put out to pasture. Harley Earl was long gone, Ed Cole made his exit in September 1974, Duntov was gone from GM in January 1975, and Bill Mitchell took “exit, stage left” in July 1977. Without angels in the boardroom, what would become of the Corvette? Continue reading
Here’s What Corvettes Mean To People
The other day Joe Pruitt, the Event Coordinator/Owner of the National Corvette Homecoming event contacted me to tell me about their new event video by Efran Films that covered the National Corvette Homecoming 2014 event. This is a very touching video that captures what Corvettes mean to people. As we know, they’re not just “car” they’re something else. Actually, the people in the video say it perfectly. This video has heart! Enjoy! – Scott
Roger Judski’s SUPER RARE 1969 ZL-1 Corvette
Dateline: 10.11.14 – Twenty-three years ago today, October 11, 1991, at of all places, The Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Roger Judski, owner of Judski’s Corvette Center in Maitland, Florida became the owner of what is arguably the rarest of all high performance Corvettes, a 1969 ZL-1 Corvette. When this car was announced to the world in the fall of 1968 as an option on the ’69 Corvette, it became an instant legend for numerous reasons. Judski paid what was then considered a stunningly HUGE amount of money for the ZL-1, $300,000! Roger had been trying to buy the ZL-1 for 12 years. Continue reading