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Harley Earl Corvette Sting Ray sold for $925,000
Topspeed ^

Posted on 09/28/2013 7:38:36 PM PDT by virgil283

"For those who do not know, Harley Earl is the designer of the original Corvette. His design work,...began as a secret project... Well, Mr. Earl, obviously, was given a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray by GM and has kept it for himself for all of these years. Until this weekend when it was auctioned off to the highest bidder....The Corvette that used to belong to Harley Earl is metallic blue with custom blue leather seats and white trim. It has a stainless steel side-exit exhaust, knock off wheels, stainless steel door and foot well inserts, and special unique gauges including altimeter, accelerometer, inside/outside temp, and vacuum pressure. This hand-built, one-of-a-kind Corvette was auctioned off to ProTeam Corvette...."

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..my favorite body style and color;

altimeter, accelerometer, inside/outside temp, and vacuum pressure;

1 posted on 09/28/2013 7:38:36 PM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283; cripplecreek

Winter-Water Wonderland ping.


2 posted on 09/28/2013 7:40:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283

HUZZAH!


3 posted on 09/28/2013 7:40:41 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: virgil283

Shouldn’t the accelerometer be reading Zer0?


4 posted on 09/28/2013 7:41:33 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283

Not much in the way of Air Conditionaer outlets/area.


5 posted on 09/28/2013 7:43:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283
At least it looks like it has a manual transmission.

Difficult to find these days.

6 posted on 09/28/2013 7:44:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

looks to me it turns to the left...??


7 posted on 09/28/2013 7:44:24 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Paladin2
Winter-Water Wonderland ping.

LMAO when I was going to school up there in the 60s, we called it the "Winter-Water-Welfare" Wonderland

8 posted on 09/28/2013 7:45:13 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: virgil283

One of my favorite styles. I also liked the earlier models from the 50s tho some of them were a bit underpowered.

I would love to have one but tuned to drive to work or vacation yet still have ample power.


9 posted on 09/28/2013 7:46:00 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

I want one with AWD.


10 posted on 09/28/2013 7:47:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283

This article makes it sound like Ole Harley is still around.
He died in 1969.


11 posted on 09/28/2013 7:47:48 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Paladin2
I want one with AWD.

No way, you can't do donuts....

12 posted on 09/28/2013 7:49:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Paladin2

Water Winter Wonderland. Get it right.


13 posted on 09/28/2013 7:51:03 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Paladin2
zero is at 12:00 high...
14 posted on 09/28/2013 7:51:12 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nascarnation
With a switch....

Does that thing have a hand brake?

15 posted on 09/28/2013 7:51:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Chode

Zer0 is high alright....


16 posted on 09/28/2013 7:52:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Me too, full time awd. Also a good auto transmission. I am getting old enough that I no longer love to do my on shifting.


17 posted on 09/28/2013 7:52:57 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: virgil283

That’s (almost) what I own, Corvette Stingray, original thunder gray. Before I came to America, I promised to buy a Stingray and eventually got it. Never drove it unless it’s my birthday. Thank you Barrett Jackson!


18 posted on 09/28/2013 7:53:40 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Paladin2
lol...
19 posted on 09/28/2013 7:53:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Paladin2
you're right;
20 posted on 09/28/2013 7:54:31 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Paladin2

A competent fabricator could probably swap in the transfer case, front differential, and front suspension from a Cadillac SRX with AWD (I happen to own one).

Not trivial but possible.


21 posted on 09/28/2013 7:54:40 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: virgil283

I’d also hope that the Vette was capable of greater than 0.7 decels (and accels in the lower gears).


22 posted on 09/28/2013 8:04:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283
With that kind of price tag, I wonder how many miles Mr. Earl put on his baby.

Trailer Queen for sure, now. Not too bad of a deal. Slightly over a million for a priceless piece of automotive history.

23 posted on 09/28/2013 8:04:46 PM PDT by Wingy
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To: nascarnation
I saw an old (50's) Chevy P/U with an old Oldsmobile Toronado drivetrain and a dual rear axle setup (two (trailer) axles with a single wheel on each end) with appropriate rear fender revisions in Cedar City, UT one morning ~ 20 yr ago. I have a pic somewhere.

American Folk Art at it's best.

24 posted on 09/28/2013 8:10:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: virgil283

jeez, that makes the bidders at the Lambrecht auction in Nebraksa look like a bunch of pikers!


25 posted on 09/28/2013 8:15:30 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: virgil283
WOW. So COOL!!
26 posted on 09/28/2013 8:18:23 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: virgil283

Ridiculous! What American would want to buy a car without Bluetooth connectivity, 10% Ethanol fuel pump degradation, and Hybrid HOV Battery PC Nimbus approval?


27 posted on 09/28/2013 8:24:03 PM PDT by golux
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To: virgil283

You guys are neglecting the best feature, A/C vent under the steering column. Ahhhhhhhh!!


28 posted on 09/28/2013 8:25:12 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: virgil283

"I'll give ya $12,500 for it, and I probably shouldn't even do that. The market is tough right now, and that thing is gonna sit for awhile, tying up my money."

29 posted on 09/28/2013 8:25:16 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: WSGilcrest
Nah, it's low on the left cowl.

You can send the air between the door and the seat.

30 posted on 09/28/2013 8:57:14 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: WSGilcrest
You guys are neglecting the best feature, A/C vent under the steering column. Ahhhhhhhh!!

Yes, the old "crotch cooler".

When A/C was yet to be fully integrated into the design.

31 posted on 09/28/2013 9:07:53 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: KoRn

I don’t like those guys Pawn Star guys either.

You could bring in the Shroud of Turin and he would say, It’s not really worth much without it being autographed , best I can do in its present condition is $200.”


32 posted on 09/28/2013 9:30:58 PM PDT by NoLibZone (The reason we are where we are today is the belief that posting on a website will fix the nation.)
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To: Paladin2

Zero is at the top, so I’m guessing gravity just pulls the needle down to one side or the other when the car isn’t on.


33 posted on 09/28/2013 9:39:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Paladin2

Perhaps it’s electrically operated and won’t zero with the car off.. looks pretty useless to me ,, the only usable part of the range being from -1 to 1 ,, this isn’t a F86 .


34 posted on 09/28/2013 10:05:31 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: NoLibZone

I tend to enjoy watching them, even though there are times when they can be a bit ruthless in low-balling people. Of course, no one is holding a gun to the seller’s head forcing them to take a deal, and there are many many other shops I’m sure - along with auction houses in Las Vegas.


35 posted on 09/28/2013 10:12:51 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Paladin2
Did you happen to see the auto auction from Pierce , Nebr. today?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/28/usa-car-auction-idUSL2N0HO0LP20130928

Antique car buyers mingled with history buffs and ordinary folks who just wanted to show their kids the cars of days gone by at the weekend sale of some 500 vehicles owned by the late Ray Lambrecht, who was the local Chevrolet dealer for 50 years.

Until his retirement in 1996, Lambrecht stored any unsold new vehicles in a shed, outbuildings, and behind a grove of trees outside of town.


36 posted on 09/28/2013 10:21:10 PM PDT by Daffynition (*In memory of FReeper Blackie. God rest his *Hooligan* soul.*)
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To: yarddog

“50s tho some of them were a bit underpowered.”

I ran a 57 in SCCA in 57 and won every race we entered and were clocked 154 in the back straight at Riverside.

It also went 108 in the quarter.

Under powwered your ass!!!


37 posted on 09/28/2013 10:27:11 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: virgil283

Not impressed. If you want to see the real genius of Harvey Earl design, google “y-job”.


38 posted on 09/28/2013 10:47:59 PM PDT by Octar
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To: virgil283

Shazzam!!!! When Chevy meant America. That is my dreamcar. Or the ‘57 Chevy. Or the Pony GTO. Or........what I wouldn’t give to see America again.


39 posted on 09/28/2013 11:10:15 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Boogieman
Yep. The Vacuum is at zero also. Very cool firing this baby up and watching
all the gauges bounce to life.
40 posted on 09/28/2013 11:15:22 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: virgil283

“...special unique gauges including altimeter,..”

What the Hell?!

If it doesn’t have wings, how can he fly it?


41 posted on 09/29/2013 12:39:19 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: Paladin2

Ping to show hubby tomorrow


42 posted on 09/29/2013 12:40:55 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: virgil283

An American original: cue theme from Route 66, starring George Maharis as Buzz Murdock and Martin Milner as Tod Stiles.

Those were the days....


43 posted on 09/29/2013 1:17:04 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: virgil283

beautiful


44 posted on 09/29/2013 1:18:46 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Yo-Yo

Bill Mitchell designed the Sting Ray, Not Harley Earl.
Harley Earl was responsible For the Y-Job, The Bonneville Motorama Show car, The ‘57 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz,and a great number of fine General Motors Automobiles.As They Say,
You can look it up.


45 posted on 09/29/2013 3:46:00 AM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: gigster
The very first sentence in the fine article says:

For those who do not know, Harley Earl is the designer of the original Corvette.

That is a true statement. Harley Earl designed the original Corvette.

You can look it up.

46 posted on 09/29/2013 4:53:06 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Paladin2
"Shouldn’t the accelerometer be reading Zer0?"

It probably has electrical circuits which only turn on when the car is running. It then would go to one side or the other when it's off.

Note that the scale only goes to .8 Gs. Modern Corvettes can easily pull 1.1 laterally and longitudinally. It's not clear which axis this one is reading.

47 posted on 09/29/2013 5:12:46 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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"Not much in the way of Air Conditioner outlets/area."

This one appears to be a '65. (At least, it has '65 knock off wheels.) Very few vehicles from 1965 had air conditioning at all. Besides, why have air conditioning in a convertible. BTW, I owned a '64 convertible, very similar to this one. The thought of buying air conditioning never even crossed my mind.

48 posted on 09/29/2013 5:22:10 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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"Does that thing have a hand brake?"

It's out of sight on the left side of the tunnel. Remember, it's a C2. Hand brakes weren't expected to work back then. Doughnuts came from 425 horses under the hood.

49 posted on 09/29/2013 5:32:50 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: norwaypinesavage

I used to work for a guy who had an early 60’s vette convertible with factory air. IIRC, it was one of 200 made that year. I think it was a 1967. Her lost it when upon trying to sell the car he had purchased legally, it was discoverd to have been stolen a couple years before he bought it.


50 posted on 09/29/2013 5:33:04 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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