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Daily Briefing: Peter Max “Lost Corvettes” to find new homes; Japanese Automotive Invitational honors classic Japanese metal

Published in blog.hemmings.com

A rare, numbers-matching 1953 Corvette, one of the “lost Corvettes.” Photo courtesy of Dream Car Restorations. 

Rescued by a group calling itself Corvette Heroes, 36 Corvettes (1953-’82 and 1984-’89) have been restored or prepared by Dream Car Restorations in Hicksville, Long Island, and will be up for grabs in a recently-launched national sweepstakes. The work carried out on select cars (specifically, the ’53, ’56, ’57, ’66, ’67 and ’69) will be detailed in a History Channel series entitled The Lost Corvettes, slated to begin airing in mid-September.

The 36 Corvettes – originally awarded in a single lot by music channel VH1, and later acquired by artist Peter Max – vary in terms of value and desirability. The network didn’t put a lot of time and effort into acquiring a single Corvette from (then) every production year, and the majority of the cars have been described as “driver quality.” There are exceptions, most notably the numbers-matching ’53 that Corvette collector, restorer, and friend-of-Hemmings Chris Mazzilli estimates has seen 4,000 hours of restoration work. 

This time around, the cars will go to 36 individual winners, instead of a single party (and no, entrants won’t get to choose which Corvette they win). The money raised from ticket sales will go to benefit a series of veteran’s charities, including the National Guard Educational Foundation, whose purpose is “to achieve an awareness of the rich heritage and continuing contributions of the National Guard of the United States through a rich programmatic portfolio.

For the next 7 days, Hemmings readers can double their tickets with any donation over $25 with promotion code: “Hemmings”. To learn more about the Corvette sweepstakes and to buy tickets, visit CorvetteHeroes.com. -Kurt Ernst

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A 1964 Datsun 1500 Roadster sits in front of a Subaru 360 (white)  and an Infiniti Q45 (black) at the Inaugural Japanese Automotive Invitational in 2018. Photo courtesy of Infiniti. 

The Japanese Automotive Invitational provides enthusiasts of Japanese cars with a chance to celebrate historic Japanese models at the Pebble Beach Car Week this August. The vehicles to be shown all exemplify “innovation, design and performance” and represent a country with “rich and historically significant car culture.”

Infiniti is sponsoring this year’s event and will also be releasing new special edition models at the invitational. In honor of the marque’s 30th anniversary, Infiniti is producing a line of “Edition 30” vehicles that will have special trim and equipment packages when they arrive at dealerships in November.

The Japanese Automotive Invitational will take place on August 16-18 in Pebble Beach, California. For more information, visit JAIPebbleBeach.com.