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Epic Drives: Cheating Death Valley in a Ford SVT Raptor

For those of us that live in Los Angeles, the madness and crush of the city, the sensory overload of any city, can be too much. On the latest episode of Epic Drives, the crew escape the city to the wild and desolate Mojave Dessert. But the question remains, what vehicle is suited to tackle [...]
Original author: Matthew Askari
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[VIDEO] 1969 L88 Convertible Sells at Gooding and Co for $825,000

[VIDEO] 1969 L88 Convertible Sells at Gooding and Co for $825,000

We first told you about this highly decorated 1969 L88 convertible back in August 2012 when it was about to cross Mecum’s Anaheim auction block. There it was bid to $550,000 and did not sell. Last week it traversed Gooding and Co’s Scottsdale auction stage and hammered sold for $750,000. Throw in the 10% buyer’s fee and the new owner wrote a check for $825,000 to take this baby home.

L88 Corvettes continue to bring massive amounts of money and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. The LeMans Blue roadster is widely considered to be one of the most highly optioned and best documented L88’s known to exist. It still wears mostly original paint, the original exhaust, interior, and shocks.

Chevrolet built just 116 L88 equipped Corvettes for the 1969 model year. Less than half of those were convertibles. The highly optioned model seen here is equipped with the thumping 430hp 427ci engine, M22 4 speed transmission, tinted windows, shoulder belts, hardtop, rear defroster, engine block heater, heavy duty brakes, transistor ignition, and alarm.

Sold as Lot #128, the car was included in the 1988, 1998, and 2008 Bloomington Gold Special Collections. In addition, it claimed a Bloomington Gold SURVIVOR Award in 2006. The car is one of just 6 L88 Corvettes to be inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame.

Documentation includes a complete owner history, the tank sticker, the statement of origin, Protect-O-Plate, and GM Invoice delivery schedule.

We’ll have more significant Corvette sales from the January auctions coming up over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Gooding and Company

The Corvette Enthusiast’s Preview to Gooding and Co’s 2013 Scottsdale Auction
1968 Owens-Corning L88 Corvette Racer Returning to the Auction Block
Corvette Auction Preview: 1968 L88 Corvette at RM’s Arizona Auction


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Luxury cars buy into the downsizing trend

The Mercedes-Benz CLA will be the smallest model the German maker has ever sold in the United States.The Mercedes-Benz CLA will be the smallest model the German maker has ever sold in the United States.

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Oakland Supercross Results – Ryan Villopoto Dominates Monster Energy Supercross in Oakland - Ken Roczen Races to First 250SX Class Win and Moves into Points Lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 26, 2013) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., raced to his second-consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, 450SX Class Main Event win at Coliseum before a record crowd of 46,896. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Germany, won his first Western Regional 250SX Class race [...]
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Starworks Motorsports' Peter Baron wins 2012 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award

Peter Baron, founder and team owner of Starworks Motorsport, is the recipient of the 2012 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence.
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If you are looking to increase your insurance coverage on your vehicle, the insurance company may require you to obtain a certified auto appraisal.   If you have a custom car, truck or motorcycle, the insurance company won't pay you more than book value. Get a stated value appraisal to cover money spent customizing your vehicle.  Have a collector or exotic vehicle?  Book value does not justify the vehicle value  In case you are in an accident, have a certified auto appraisal done.  Contact us today for a Free Evaluation!

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers prides itself on quickly handling large amounts of vehicles. We routinely handle fleets for: vans, trucking, limousine, shuttle, buses, SUV, corporate, taxi, dealership, clubs, rental, and delivery companies. We handle large national chains, small family businesses, and car club appraisal(s).

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers Offers Quality Fleet Appraisals!


If you were involved in an accident and the insurance company deemed your vehicle a total loss, we can help.  If you don't agree with the insurance company's offer, you have the right to hire an independent certified appraiser to determine the actual cash value of your vehicle.  Our certified appraiser will go to the vehicle location, conduct the inspection and complete a certified total loss appraisal on your vehicle.  Total loss claims do require a negotiation phase which we will take care of for you at no additional charge!

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Let Pinnacle Auto Appraisers Help After A Crash!


Our Appraisers are repair shop and car club fanatics! We enjoy when local and national clubs invite us out to their local gatherings. We offer an appraisal discount that lasted all month. We love everything that has an engine and drives on the road. We do our best to help everyone in need of an appraisal!

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers - We Value Car Clubs and Repair Shops!