Coming EventsMarch 27, Crystal River, FL. Corvettes in the Sunshine at Crystal Chevrolet. Trophies in all major classes. Vendors with food, soft drinks, and Corvette paraphernalia. Door prizes (some worth hundreds of dollars). Trophy for best club participation. Pre-registration $20 (received by Feb. 28, free T-shirt). Registration $25. Info: Harry Cooper (352) 637-2917, Bob Jackson (352) 628-7775; www.citruscorvettes.com.
March 27-28, Ft. Myers, FL. Event brings together Kruse, Vintage Gavel, and D.E. Foeller Sales. With a team like this, it's going to be an exciting, fast-paced event, featuring the best collector cars in the southeast. Don't miss it! Info: Kruse International (800) 968-4444.
May 30, Merrimack, NH. Gate City Corvette Club's Spring Fling 24 at Anheuser Busch Inc. Registration begins 9 a.m. Pre-register by phone or on the Web site and save $3. Coupes and roadsters judged separately. 49 Classes, 150-plus trophies for Show, Super Street, Street. "Best Of" awards. Dash plaques and goodie bags to first 200 cars. Info: Carol Whittier (603) 437-3803, Dean Gagne (603) 472-3524; www.gatecitycorvetteclub.com.
April 2-4, Los Angeles, CA. SEMA's International Auto Salon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Features trade-only exhibit hours as well as targeted industry educational programs. Exhibit hours for trade and consumers Saturday and Sunday feature cutting-edge specialty automotive trends and urban lifestyle attractions. Info: ConvExx Show Management, firstname.lastname@example.org; SEMA, 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765; (909) 396-0289.
April 3, Enid, OK. Corvettes of Enid presents its annual Corvette Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, Garfield County Fairgrounds. Corvettes on display from Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and other states. Cars will be judged and trophies will be awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each class. Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, and Best of Show will be awarded. Vendors will be present with Corvette-related material. Info: Jack (580) 233-1283, Bob (580) 237-7993, or Charlie (580) 233-7449.
April 3, Effingham, IL. "Get Your Parts Before the Summer Starts" swap meet at Mid America Direct's corporate campus. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No charge to attend. Only private sellers will be allowed. Parts must be for Corvettes, Porsches, or Volkswagens. Info: (800) 500-8333 or register online at www.madirect.com.
April 3-4, Hot Springs, AR. Kruse is back with local sponsor Brian Odle for the 31st Annual Hot Springs Collector Car Auction. Don't miss this event; consign today. Info: Kruse International (800) 968-4444.
April 16-18, Englishtown, NJ. Spring Englishtown Swap Meet and Auto Shows at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Participant award each entry. People's Choice judging each day. Trophies to Top 50. Car show registration 8 to 11:30 a.m. General admission gates open 7 a.m. and close 6 p.m. each day. Unlimited free parking; $8 general admission. Children under 12 free. Info: (732) 446-7800 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.racewaypark.com.
April 18, Woodstock, IL. Skip's Fiesta Drive-In Swap Meet at McHenry County Fairgrounds. Parts swap and car sale. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (630) 876-1042; www.skipsusa.com.
April 18, Tinley Park, IL. NCCC four concours events at Apple Chevrolet. Sponsored by Windy City Corvettes and Lakeside Corvettes. Info: Dennis or Mary Ann Bugbee (630) 682-8073; www.windycitycorvettes.com.
April 22-24, Bowling Green, KY. The C5/C6 Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum. This year's bash kicks off the new event season with an opportunity to see the new C6 Corvette. Attendees who pre-register prior to April 8 will be entered for a chance to ride in the C6 models at the Museum following the unveiling. The bash will offer guests three days of nonstop activities including seminars, road tours, drag racing, autocross, and tours of the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. The drawing for the last C5 Corvette Z06 (RPO Z16), a Commemorative Edition, will take place as part of the banquet and auction on Saturday. Raffle tickets are limited to only 2,004 tickets. Register by visiting www.corvettemuseum.com/registration/c5_bash/info.shtml.
April 24, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. MagnaFlow Open House and Car Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust. Event includes Mario Andretti and possibly Ivan Stewart signing autographs, monster trucks, car show, installation demonstrations, dyno runs, manufacturer vendor booths, music, food, and more. Info: Tanya Oxford, MagnaFlow Exhaust, 22961 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688; (949) 858-5900 ext. 1147; www.magnaflow.com.
April 25, Half Moon Bay, CA. Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show at Half Moon Bay Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 1,500 automobiles on display. Custom street rods, Mustangs, GTOs, and Camaros will be featured. The T-bird, Jaguar, Cobra, Triumph, and Model-T roadster will also be included. Spectator admission is $15 adults, $5 for ages 5-14 and 65+, free for kids 4 and under. Registration for car show $20 ($25 for entries postmarked after April 15) includes a dash plaque and admission for two. Info: (650) 726-2328; www.miramarevents.com.
On The BlockCorvettes Trading HandsPrices for Corvettes moved up slightly this month after several recent increases. The following list shows Corvette prices from auctions ranging from California and Washington to Missouri and Michigan.
At the top of the heap among the early cars was a '54 Corvette convertible that sold for $35,600, closely followed by a '59 roadster with the base 283ci/230hp engine and automatic transmission. It sold for $34,500. The ever-popular mid-years ('63-'67) drew active bidding, with top honors going to a '67 Tuxedo Black (rare color) with the optional 427ci/435hp engine with complete documentation, including the Protect-O-Plate. This beauty found a new home at $77,100. Also at the higher end of the market was an original, numbers-matching '65 convertible with an original, numbers-matching 396ci/425hp engine, which sold for $67,500.
In the "good buy" department was the sale of a Satin Silver '64 coupe equipped with the 327ci/365hp engine and rare factory air, which sold for $25,000. Other good buys included a '63 coupe with a 327ci/340hp engine at $30,200, and a '67 coupe with the base 327ci/300hp engine at $29,000.
Leading the shark ('68-'82) price category was the sale of a '71 T-top with the 454ci engine and four-speed transmission. It sold for $20,000. A '73 454ci-equipped Corvette with T-top and 77,000 original miles sold for $9,800.
Prices for '85-'96 Corvettes were soft, with only a '90 ZR-1 selling for more than $10,000. One C5 Corvette, a '99 model, crossed the auction block and was termed a good buy at $23,100.
Following are summary results of this month's Corvette auction sales.
Legend: R=Roadster, C=Coupe, T=T-top, ZR-1=High Performance Coupe.
Source: A&B Investments, Ltd., publishers of the Vette-N-Vestments Corvette Price Guide and monthly Corvette Market Letter.
To get pricing information on your Corvette, simply head to www.corvettefever.com. Once there, click on "What's It Worth?" and you'll find additional information and instructions on securing a personal response from Bob Kroupa regarding your Corvette's value. You can also send your letter to: Bob Kroupa, Corvette Fever, On The Block, P.O. Box 77764, Greensboro, NC 27417-7764.