The Chevrolet Corvette is America’s sports car, but it took its name from the small and maneuverable warship, the corvette, a French term, which only seems fitting since the cars are produced by an automaker named for Louis, Arthur and Gaston Chevrolet.
By the way, it’s pronounced Chev-row-lay, not Chev-row-let because the brothers’ family was from the French-speaking region of multi-lingual Switzerland, and the family resettled in 1886 in France before the brothers brought their automotive skills to North America early in the 20th century.
Why the history lesson? Because it’s time for our weekly look at the docket of AutoHunter, the online collector car auction website driven by ClassicCars.com, and this week we’re focusing on the Corvettes available on the site.
The 1963 model year for Corvettes is best-known for the iconic split-window coupe. But while iconic with its one-year design, the split rear window makes it difficult to see what’s behind you as you drive, so many actually prefer the convertible version of the car.
This one, AutoHunter notes, was restored to factory-correct specification, repainted in its Silver Blue color and given a new black convertible top. The car also has its numbers-matching Turbo-Fire 327cid V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.
Bidding on the car has been active and closes February 22.
Recently restored, this 1965 Corvette convertible has a numbers-matching, 365-horsepower L76 327cid V8 linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox. It also has knock-off turbine wheels, redline radial tires, side pipes and positraction. Add in the Rally Red color and it would appear to be an ideal C2 car for someone who really wants to enjoy the drive.
OK, so the car does not have air conditioning, but it has a convertible top that provides all the fresh air you might want.
This C3 T-topped coupe carries a numbers-matching LS5 454cid “big-block” V8 linked to a Muncie 4-speed manual gearbox. It also has side exhaust, disc brakes and its original Rally wheels (but with newer BFGoodrich tires).
The color is a special-order dark green metallic and the interior is done in deluxe saddle leather. The car was restored by a previous owner, the consignor reports.
The windows crank open but the steering column telescopes and the T-topped roof allows for open-air driving.
This Corvette convertible is from the final model year of the C4 generation and is powered by a 330-horsepower LT4 5.7-liter V8 linked to a 6-speed manual transmission, and it has been driven only 17,000 miles while not stored in a hangar in Oklahoma.
C4 Corvettes are growing in popularity and this one provides power-adjustable leather bucket seats, Delco/Bose audio with CD and cassette.
The Z06 version of the Corvette takes it into supercar performance dynamics and this 2015 model-year example not only is offered in “unmodified” condition with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 650 horsepower, but it has been driven only 5,000 miles since it was brand new.
The car was produced with the 3LZ accoutrements which include heads-up display, leather-wrapped instrument panel, sueded microfiber-wrapped interior trim, Napa leather seat inserts, Performance Data Recorder and MyLink radio with navigation.
It also has the Z07 Performance Package which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension, carbon fiber ground effects and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires.
Perhaps surprisingly, the consignor reports the car has never been to a race track.
Note, however, that there are many cars that are not Corvettes that are available for bidding on the AutoHunter site.