Napolean, OH. –ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection and Sales has been invited to display two Corvette collections as special highlight attractions during the Spring Chevy Vettefest Nationals, Apr. 5-6, 2008, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il.
ProTeam Corvette will showcase two 50th Anniversary Collections in featured locations during Vettefest. The “Lucky 39s” collection features three Corvettes all boasting the same #39 VIN number: a show-quality 1953 Corvette Convertible (the 39th Corvette ever produced), a 2003 Corvette Convertible 50th Anniversary Edition and a limited-edition commemorative 1953 Corvette Pedal Car.
“Each of these Corvettes was the 39th Corvette to roll off the assembly line in their respective production years, making this an excellent trio for any collector to own and enjoy,” said Terry Michaelis, president of ProTeam Classic Corvette Collection & Sales. “In addition to being a matched group, the ’53 Convertible and the ’03 Convertible are the lowest known production-number matched pair in the world!”
The ’53 Corvette Convertible – one of only 300 Corvettes to roll off General Motors’ assembly line that year – has been body-off restored in Concours show condition. It features a Blue Flame inline six 235 cubic inch engine, a two-speed Powerglide automotive transmission, and Polo White paint with Sportsman Red interior and Black soft top. The Corvette is well documented with owner history and restoration receipts.
Its match is a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 50th Anniversary edition LS1 six-speed with 5,413 actual miles. Featuring Red Metallic paint with Shale interior and Shale soft top, this vehicle is also documented with most factory books, videos and glove box contents.
Rounding out the collection is the 1953 Corvette Pedal Car produced by Pedal Cars USA and GM to commemorate the Corvette’s Golden Anniversary in 2003.
ProTeam Corvette’s second 50th Anniversary collection is a real pair of “Bad Boys,” representing the best in Corvette technology from their respective eras. Built for competition, the “Bad Boy” collection features a 1958 Corvette Convertible and a 2008 Z06 Coupe with matching VIN number 8189.
The ’58 Corvette 290 hp fuelie, recently NCRS Top Flight certified, is optioned with RPO-684 heavy duty racing suspension and brakes and was one of only 144 produced. This Corvette was purpose-built by Chevrolet for racing and “was as bad as it gets for 1958,” according to Michaelis. It has undergone a Rotisserie body-off restoration and is Tuxedo Black with Signet Red interior.
With six actual miles, the 2008 Z06 has a 505 hp fuel-injected engine with a 6 speed and is painted Black with Black/Red interior. The car had museum delivery and has never been driven on the street.
“This 1958 is one of only 493 Corvettes produced in Tuxedo Black in that year, and the 2008 is the only Z06 ever produced, to date, specifically to match a production number of an earlier vintage Corvette. One look and you’ll know this pair of Corvettes is B.A.D.,” Michaelis said.
“Needless to say, our ‘Lucky 39s’ and ‘Bad Boys’ collections contain some of the rarest and most high-quality Corvettes ever made. If car lovers want to see Corvette history in person, they need to see these two 50th Anniversary collections.”
Spring Chevy Vettefest is produced by Championship Auto Shows Inc. and will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The all-indoor show is expected to feature hundreds Corvettes and Chevrolets in addition to a hosting a swap meet.
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, Ohio, 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 <http://www.proteamcorvette.com>.