PROTEAM’S ‘LAST’ CORVETTE EARNS LION AWARD DURING ANNUAL ‘PARADE OF
NAPOLEON, Ohio – Perhaps it isn’t a Picasso or a Renoir, but ProTeam’s
“Last(tm)” Corvette was deemed a masterpiece, earning the prestigious Meadow
Brook Hall Lion Award at this year’s Concours d’Elegance.
“The real honor is to be invited to this internationally renowned event.
Winning the award is quite humbling,” said Terry Michaelis, president of
ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection and Sales.
While some car events judge strictly on a vehicle’s condition and the
quality of restoration, Meadow Brook judges look at a classic car as a work
of art, judging on style, proportions, colors, textures and other visual
elements which set them apart from their contemporaries. This manner of
judging follows the original French tradition of an artful presentation of a
To earn the Meadow Brook Hall Lion Award, the “Last” bested many automobiles
in its category – K – which featured sports cars from the 1956 to 1969 era,
* 1964 Porsche Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet
* 1958 MG A Roadster
* 1968 Jaguar XKE 4.2 OTS Roadster
* 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
* 1958 Jaguar XK 150 DHC
* 1962 Daimler SP250 Roadster
* 1965 Austin Healey 3000 Convertible
* 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
* 1959 Aston Martin DB2/4
* 1959 BMW 507
The Meadow Brook award will be added to the “Last’s” already expansive
collection of accolades, including “Top Flight” certification from the
National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) and the coveted Bloomington Gold
Certification, which it acquired in June 2006.
The “Last” is the 186,981st produced by General Motors and is documented as
the last 1967 Corvette (VIN #22940) of the C2 series production – widely
regarded by collectors and enthusiasts as the greatest Corvette design. It
is also the last factory 427 cid mid-year big-block ever built.
Due to its extraordinary culmination of “lasts,” the car has been drawing
large crowds as it is displayed at high-profile venues across the country
and will be the subject of a mini-series, which includes footage of the
Meadow Brook Concours, on the Fox Cable Group’s SPEED. The series, entitled
“The Last Sting Ray,” is scheduled to air November/December 2006 as part of
the popular “American Muscle Car” programming lineup.
“I’ve never been in the midst of that many priceless automobiles. There
were literally hundreds of them on that field,” said Stan Rarden, producer
of the “The Last Sting Ray,” about Meadow Brook Concours.
ProTeam plans to sell the car, and its memorabilia, at no reserve at the
famed Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January 2007.
Initial estimates have the “Last” selling for as much as seven figures.
For more information about the “Last,” visit www.lastcorvette.com.
ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection and Sales, based in Napoleon,
Ohio, showcases the largest inventory of classic Corvettes in the world.
Almost $20 million worth of Corvettes are displayed in 90,000 square feet of
showrooms and restoration facilities in Napoleon and Auburn, Ind., with
nearly 200 classic Corvettes on display at any time. For additional
information, contact ProTeam at P.O. Box 606, Napoleon, Ohio 43545, call
888.592.5086 or visit www.proteamcorvette.com.
About Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance
In its 28th year, the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance is one of the
largest and most prestigious classic car shows in the world. It commands the
presence of some of the world’s foremost car collectors, auto executives,
auto enthusiasts and automotive media. It takes place at scenic Meadow Brook
Hall, an automotive mansion on the campus of Oakland University, which is
the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. Proceeds from
the event go to Oakland University and the preservation of Meadow Brook
Hall. For more information, visit www.meadowbrookconcours.org.