Keith Busse Corvette Pace Car Collection Sells for $1,760,000!!! – VIDEO

Here’s something you don’t see every day. Keith Busse has a fascination with Corvette Pace Car. He bought his first Corvette Pace Car in the early 1980s, obviously a 1978 Corvette Pace Car. Then he got a 1986 Corvette Pace Car and just kept going.

Up until 1998 Chevrolet offered Corvette Pace Car replicas in limited quantities, so if you could afford the premium and acted quickly, you could own a Corvette Pace Car, minus the actual track hardware that typically included strobe lights and safety equipment. Corvette Pace Cars never needed any extra power enhancements because the basic car was more that capable of handling its task. Read More

Chevy Debuts the New 1978 Corvette

Thirty-six years ago today Chevrolet released the new 1978 Corvette. Chevy’s sports car was selling well considering the times. Muscle cars were all but dead, gas prices were up to around 75-cents-a-gallon (GOSH!), and the economy was in a slump. However, the Corvette was getting a little stale-looking, so when the ’78 model was released, it was a “WOW!” Read More

The Very Rare, Non-Replica Corvette Indy 500 Pace Cars

Indy 500 pace cars have become a specialty nitch all by themselves. That’s why in 1978 when it was announced by Chevrolet that a special version of the 25th Anniversary Corvette would pace the ‘78 Indy 500 and that replicas would be available, the news ignited the Corvette community, sparking a speculation mania, the likes of which Chevrolet never anticipated. Although a very nice car, for many reasons, the ‘78 Corvette Pace Car never became a hot collectible. Many can be purchased for not a lot of money.

One interesting tidbit about the Corvette Indy Pace Cars is that unlike many of the previous “enhanced” production car-based pace cars, the stock Corvette was more than up to the challenge and only required the mandated safety equipment. A C5 Corvette paced the 500 for the ‘98 race and another pace car replica package was offered. Read More

NEW Motion Performance Corvettes Tribute Art Print

In November 2011 there were a few automotive bomb shells dropped on the MCACN Muscle Car Show. Namely three unique Baldwin Motion Corvettes. One Survivor Phase III 454 Corvette, one restored Motion Mako Shark Corvette, and one garage/barn find Corvette, the ‘76 Can-Am Spyder.

Since I have covered all of the Motion Performance Corvette cars in my Illustrated Corvette Series column, I decided to create a new print depicting all of the Motion Performance Corvettes. The basic Phase III Corvette, the Phase III GT Corvette, the Motion Maco Corvette, the Motion Manta Ray Corvette, and the Motion Moray Eel Corvette. Hopefully, more of the Motion Performance cars will surface. From survivor cars to extreme barn finds, it’s a good thing when they are brought back to life. Read More

2012 Centennial Edition ZR1 Corvette – The “Best” C6?

When I wrote my Illustrated Corvette Series No. 177 column for VETTE in October ‘11 covering the 2012 Centennial Edition, there was zero talk about 2013 special editions. And frankly, I wasn’t anticipating the announcement of the 60th Anniversary Special Edition until the Spring. Then in early January, “BAM!” Chevrolet unleashed the 60th Anniversary Edition, plus the delicious 427 Convertible. While I personally like a little more sizzle, the two ‘13 special editions are indeed sweet. But it did complicate the main question of my column, “Is the 2012 Centennial Edition ZR1 the best of the C6 Vettes?” Read More

Vette Polls: Vote For Your Favorite Special Edition Corvette

Since we’re talking about special edition Corvettes in general, I thought it would be fun to find out from you, our readers, what’s your favorite special edition Corvette, as presented above, Pace Car Corvettes included. Since 21 cars is an awfully large spread (like an Italian presidential election), I broke down the polling into C3, C4, C5, and C6 special editions. Pictures of each candidate are below in each sectioned out poll. Read More

Ron Fellows 2012 Tribute Z06 – Should if Be a Production Special Edition?

Now some would argue that having so many special editions Corvettes devalues each car. But I like these cars and here’s why. Why not? I believe that Chevrolet seriously missed the boat by not getting on to this nitch market decades ago. What might a limited production, 1960 John Fitch Le Mans Special be worth today? Would a ‘67 L89 427/435 Indy 500 Pace Car Roadster get your attention? Or how about a ‘71 Greenwood Sebring Special? How about a Kim Baker Corvette Challenge Street Edition, or a ‘92 Snake Skinner LT1? Getting warm yet? You could have a lot of Corvette day dreaming fun with this notion. Read More