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The Apollo 12 Corvette was named to National Historic Vehicle Register.

FEATURE CORVETTE: HVA ALAN BEAN’S 1969 ASTROVETTE

Our feature Corvette at the 2020 Corvette Chevy Expo is the Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette.  This historical vehicle has been featured before but this time it comes with a very prestigious award.  In fact, it is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) as a historically important vehicle and enshrined in the National Historic Vehicle Register. 

At the end of this article is a video that Corvette collector and NASA enthusiast Danny Reed talks about the journey with the Astrovette and its role in the space program.

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Kate and Danny Reed with their Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall hardscape between the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
Kate and Danny Reed with their Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall hardscape between the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.

Apollo 12 Corvette Named to National Historic Vehicle Register

Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). The NHVR is part of the way that the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) carries out its mission “To promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.” The HVA, founded in 2009, now has over 490,000 members and is the designated U.S. representative of FIVA (Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation of historic vehicle organizations.

The aims of the HVA are to:

  • Recognize and document historically important vehicles in a National Historic Vehicle Register
  • Establish and share best practice guidelines to ensure that authentic examples of our automotive past will be available for future generations
  • Promote the historical and cultural significance of the automobile through media and events
  • Protect the future of our automotive past through affiliations with museums and academic institutional programs, and support of legislative action

The criteria for considering a vehicle for the NHVR are:

  • Associative Value-Event – A vehicle associated with an event or events that are important in automotive or American history
  • Associative Value-Person – A vehicle associated with the lives of significant persons in automotive or American history
  • Design or Construction Value – A vehicle that is distinctive based on design, engineering, craftsmanship, or aesthetic value
  • Informational Value – A vehicle of a particular type that was the first or last produced, has an element of rarity as a survivor of its type, or is among the most well-preserved or thoughtfully restored surviving examples

The HVA is working with the Department of the Interior’s Heritage Documentation Programs to create a comprehensive record of our most historically significant vehicles, which will reside in the Library of Congress.

Bean’s Corvette was fully restored to original, award-winning standards. The Apollo 12 Corvette recently added to its honors—it is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association as a historically important vehicle and enshrined in the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Having a car named to the National Historic Vehicle Register is not all work and no play. The HVA has an annual Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington.

The National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. This is the plaque that was displayed with the 1969 Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean's Corvette showing its registration No. 25 and Engineering Record No. TX-3404.
The National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. This is the plaque that was displayed with the 1969 Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette showing its registration No. 25 and Engineering Record No. TX-3404.
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette in the Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Apollo 12 Corvette was displayed from September 12th through September 19, 2019. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette in the Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Apollo 12 Corvette was displayed from September 12th through September 19, 2019. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette.  Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). Here is a night photo of the Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). Here is a night photo of the Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Spectators view the Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall.
Kate Reed and “Big Red” Diane Parker, VP of HVA, looking down at the plate on the display of the Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette at the National Mall. The Apollo 12 Corvette was named to National Historic Vehicle Register.
Photo Credit: Danny Reed.
The center counsel with the 4-Speed in Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette has been restored to perfection. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
The center counsel with the 4-Speed in Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette has been restored to perfection. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver's side dash on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver’s side dash on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver's side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver’s side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Passenger's side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Passenger’s side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
1969 Corvette 427 Hood Emblem. The Astrovette has the 427/390HP TURBO-JET V-8 engine in it.
1969 Corvette 427 Hood Emblem. The Astrovette has the 427/390HP TURBO-JET V-8 engine in it.
1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Front view of the 1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Front view of the 1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean actually chose a combination of the three Tremulis proposals, including the red, white, and blue logos for each of the drivers. Bean’s logo was blue with the initials LMP that signified him as the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission. Pete’s car had the red with CDR in it, which stood for Commander. Dick’s white tag had CMP, for Command Module Pilot. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean actually chose a combination of the three Tremulis proposals, including the red, white, and blue logos for each of the drivers. Bean’s logo was blue with the initials LMP that signified him as the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission. Pete’s car had the red with CDR in it, which stood for Commander. Dick’s white tag had CMP, for Command Module Pilot. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Close up photo of the special logo on the side of the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Close up photo of the special logo on the side of the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette Crossed-Flags Emblem on the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette Crossed-Flags Emblem on the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association

Danny Reed shares the experience of owning the first Corvette named to the National Historic Vehicle Register:

On the evening of 9/11, 2019, Astronaut Alan Bean’s 1969 Gold & Black Apollo 12 Corvette was named to the National Historic Vehicle Register.  The car was displayed in a beautiful glass case on the National Mall in front of the Capitol in Washington DC between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art from September 12th through the 19th.  As owners, my wife and I were invited to flip the switch that lit the glass case in the opening ceremony.

The Historic Vehicle Association helps choose the vehicles each year for the National Historic Vehicle Register and the United States Department of Interior Historic American Engineering Record.  Once selected, the vehicles are highly documented, photographed and then exhibited in a full-size lighted glass case that looks like a typical display case for a small model.  Vehicle owners and invited guests participate in the HVA evening ceremony and a press party the following morning.  The event is quite breathtaking, especially when you see the lighted Capitol building and the Washington Monument in the background.

The process and incredible experience as an owner of a Historic Vehicle began with the purchase of Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 Astrovette in 1971.   Interest increased after I started displaying the car at events at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston Space Center, Cosmosphere, and National Corvette Museum.

History and originality are very important; however, the documentation process of the vehicle is most critical.  The documentation on Alan Bean’s Corvette started when I joined NCRS in 2001.  Under the guidance of Ray Repczynski, owner of Corvettes by Ray in Houston, we entered the car in NCRS Regional and National Events, where the judging of originality and condition are held to the highest standards by Master Judges.  In preparing the car for NCRS judging, we dropped and removed the gas tank. Ray immediately noticed Alan Bean’s name printed on the tank sticker.  We have never seen another tank sticker listing the car’s owner.         

Bean’s car received back-to-back NCRS Top Flight Awards, Performance Verification, followed by the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence and finally the prestigious NCRS American Heritage Award.  To my knowledge, Alan Bean’s Corvette is the only car to receive both the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence and the National Heritage Award.

Car magazines started calling, and soon Bean’s car was featured and on the cover of the 2001 August Car Collector Magazine and November Vette Magazine.  It has since been featured in dozens of magazines including Corvette Magazine, Vette VuesMagazine, Motor Trend and Motor Trend Classics.

Magazine coverage transformed into appearances on TV – Top Gear with James May, Classic Car Rescue, Wheeler Dealer, French PBS, Motor Trend Epic Drives, Jay Leno’s Garage, and Iron Resurrection – plus online and YouTube videos by Michael Brown, Bruce Troxell, Corvette Corner, and many followers.

Interest increased with each year.  Franklin Mint made 427 precision limited edition 1/24th scale models of the Apollo 12 Corvette.  TMS followed with a 1/43rd scale model and this year Greenlight released a 1/64th scale model.  Greenlight will be releasing a 1/24th scale model early next year.

My admiration for the Space Program and Astronaut Corvettes has continued.  In July of 2017, I purchased Alfred Worden’s Apollo 15 Corvette; a barn find that had been in a field for years.  In March of this year, I found and purchased Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Corvette – totally original with only 42,000 original miles.

January through July of this year, the National Corvette Museum wanted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Man on the Moon with a “Gas Station to Space Station” display of Astronaut Corvettes.  At the request of Derek Moore, Curator of NCM, I agreed to put Alan Bean’s ’69 and Alfred Worden’s & Dave Scott’s ’71 Corvettes on display in the Museum.  That is when Diane Parker, VP of the Historic Vehicle Association, contacted Derek Moore at the NCM about adding Astronaut Alan Bean’s car to the National Register.  

The Apollo 12 Corvette also appeared in the National Corvette Museum’s exhibit From Gas Station to Space Station celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The exhibit included Danny Reed’s two other Apollo Corvettes, those of astronauts Alfred Worden and David Scott of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: Danny Reed
The Apollo 12 Corvette also appeared in the National Corvette Museum’s exhibit From Gas Station to Space Station celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The exhibit included Danny Reed’s two other Apollo Corvettes, those of astronauts Alfred Worden and David Scott of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: Danny Reed

Derek gave Diane my information. Diane contacted me and walked me through the HVA process. The rest is History!

Here are some more photos of Alan Bean’s 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Passenger Sideshot
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Passenger Sideshot
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Drivers Sideshot
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Drivers Sideshot
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Front View
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Front View
The back of Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The back of Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Wheelbase is 98 inches (2.489 m) on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. The Wheel Covers are RPO PO2. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Wheelbase is 98 inches (2.489 m) on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. The Wheel Covers are RPO PO2. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association

Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette to be the featured Corvette at the 2020 Corvette Chevy Expo. It is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). The 42nd Corvette Chevy Expo is March 14 & 15, 2020.

Video of the Apollo XII Astrovette

Corvette collector and NASA enthusiast Danny Reed has owned the sole surviving Corvette built for the crew of Apollo XII for almost 50 years. Danny shares with us his journey with the car and its role in the space program. Its travel is out of this world…

Video of the Apollo XII Astrovette…

Want to learn more about the history of the 1969 Astrovette? Vette Vues Magazine dives in the historical facts of how the astronauts chose the colors, logos, how Danny Reed found the 1969 Astronaut Corvette and more if it’s history.


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1st in Class 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport owned by Bobby Sanford on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford owns our feature Corvette.  It was on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Bobby took 1st in the C4 Class with his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Bobby is currently serving in Afghanistan, so we wanted to pay tribute to him and thank him for his service by sharing his Corvette.

1996 was the end of the C4 generation.  Due to this Chevy decided to make a very special Corvette to commemorate the end of this highly successful generation.

The run was to be limited.  The final production totals were 1,000.  Of those, 810 coupes were produced and 190 convertibles.  The car was named after the famous Grand Sport Corvette race cars from the early 60s.

According to the Corvette Black Book, the option code was RPO Z51 for an additional cost of $3,200 ($2,330 w/convertible).  The base Corvettes that year was $37,225 for the sport coupe and $45,060 for the convertible.

The Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP

The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.
The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission. This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.

To commemorate the 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes, they came with a special Admiral Blue paint and Arctic White racing stripe that ran down the center of the car and two red hash marks on the left front fender.

Special Grand Sport badging was placed on each side of the hood above the side fender vents as well as a unique chrome-plated Corvette emblem on the nose and gas lid.  Special chrome badging and the ZR1-style wheels were black spoked. 

The cars have their own unique VIN sequence that is distinct from the other 1996 Corvettes.

Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.
Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Tires:

The Grand Sport Coupes were outfitted with P275/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels in front and P315/35ZR-17 tires on 17×11″ wheels in the rear.  Grand Sport Convertibles were furnished with P255/45ZR-17 tires on 17×8.5″ wheels in the front and the rear P285/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Interior:

There were two Interior color choices for the Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination . . .red seats and trim but with black carpeting.  The headrests were embroidered with the words “Grand Sport.”  There were 593 coupes with black interior and 217 with the Red/Black.  Of the convertibles, 137 had the Black, and 53 convertibles had the Red/Black.

There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.
There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.

The Grand Sports were produced from April 3rd, 1995 for GS VIN #0001 and ended with GS VIN #1000 on June 14th, 1996.

Thank you and come home safe!  Also, thanks to all our veterans!  Thank you for sacrificing time, family, friends, and health to serve.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

You might recall the coverage of Alan Bean’s Corvette in the September issue of Vette Vues Magazine. In that article, we learned about the unique program from Chevrolet for the Astronauts.

It started with a man named Jim Rathmann. Some of you might remember him from winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1960. When he retired he owned and operated a Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership in Melbourne, Florida. Melbourne is about fifty miles south of the John F. Kennedy Space Center and a launch site for NASA.

Jim Rathmann became friends with many of the astronauts. He negotiated a particular lease arrangement with Chevrolet to put the astronauts into Chevrolet cars. For $1 a year, the astronauts could lease a car. They could choose any Chevrolet they wanted. We learn that six of the first group of astronauts picked Corvettes.

 Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette

Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette

For a quick look back at Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette, we learned that Alan Bean said in an exclusive interview in 1969 that the Apollo 12 lunar team – Bean, Pete Conrad, and Dick Gordon asked Rathmann for three identically prepared Riverside Gold Corvette coupes. They had 427/390 and were customized with a unique two-tone design dreamed up by Bean. The men were photographed with their cars for a story and published in Life magazine.

Year’s later, Al Bean’s Corvette was discovered by Danny Reed from Austin, Texas. You can read more about Alan Bean’s Corvette on our blog https://vette-vues.com/alan-l-beans-1969-chevrolet-astrovette/

Our feature Corvette was once again discovered by Danny Reed in Austin, Texas and who believed it to be another “special lease” astronaut car. What are the odds of finding Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette, then 46 years later, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette on used car lots in Austin, TX?

The crew of Apollo 15 pose by the subsatellite they would release into lunar orbit. Commander Dave Scott (39), Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden (39), Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin (41).

The crew of Apollo 15 pose by the subsatellite they would release into lunar orbit. Commander Dave Scott (39), Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden (39), Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin (41).

For a little history on the car, the Apollo 15 lunar-mission crewmembers Commander Dave Scott, Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden, Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin, chose a more-patriotic theme for their 1971 Corvettes, once again provided through Rathmann.

The cars were Mille Miglia Red, Classic White, and Bridgehampton Blue. They and their Corvettes were also photographed for a story in Life magazine in the red, white and blue order, representing the colors of the American flag.

Danny tells Vette Vues Magazine, “In 1971, I bought Alan Bean’s Gold & Black 1969 Corvette in a closed bid from General Motors. I found it on a GMAC car lot in Austin. Now, 46 years later and thanks to my Corvette friend Carl Sanger, it seems I’ve stumbled across Astronaut Al Worden’s 1971 (CMP) Apollo XV Corvette, once again on a used car lot in Austin, Texas.”

While Danny and his Alan Bean AstroVette were doing the Corvette Invasion show, he received a text from Carl Sanger telling him that there was a Corvette posted on Craigslist and it was once owned by an Astronaut.

Danny says, “I checked the location, and it was located in a small camper & used car lot, three houses past the turnoff to the event – about a mile away. I called, set up an appointment, left a deposit and bought the car July 20th, the 48th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first man on the moon.”

Danny learned that this astronaut Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

“The good news – is it is ‘Numbers Matching!’ The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.”

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found and was located in a small camper & used car lot in Austin Texas.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found and was located in a small camper & used car lot in Austin Texas.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found by Danny Reed who also found the Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Astrovette 46 years earlier.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found by Danny Reed who also found the Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Astrovette 46 years earlier.

Danny learned that this astronaut Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

Danny learned that this astronaut Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

As you can see, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette's interior will need some restoration.

As you can see, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette’s interior will need some restoration.

All and all, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette doesn't look to be in too bad of shape for being 47 years old.

All and all, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette doesn’t look to be in too bad of shape for being 47 years old.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette's will need some paint!

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette’s will need some paint!

The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette and the crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette and the crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette Trim Tag.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette Trim Tag.

Cover of the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine which has Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette inside.

Cover of the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine which has Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette inside.

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

This photo appeared in the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine. This is the text under the picture of the astronaut's Corvettes. "Next, to the brand-new red, white and blue Chevrolet Corvettes belonging to Apollo 15's three astronauts, James Irwin, Alfred Worden and David Scott (left to right), the LRV looks homely but also quite functional. The cost of designing and producing three Rovers-one for each of the three final Apollo missions-plus spare parts and other paraphernalia was $37,800,000, almost twice the contractor's original estimate."

This photo appeared in the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine. This is the text under the picture of the astronaut’s Corvettes. “Next, to the brand-new red, white and blue Chevrolet Corvettes belonging to Apollo 15’s three astronauts, James Irwin, Alfred Worden and David Scott (left to right), the LRV looks homely but also quite functional. The cost of designing and producing three Rovers-one for each of the three final Apollo missions-plus spare parts and other paraphernalia was $37,800,000, almost twice the contractor’s original estimate.”

Since Danny has taken ownership of the car, it has been documented by the NCRS Historical Document Services, and like Alan Bean’s 1969 it is one of the "Special Lease” cars: 26-000 / Florida Zone Car / delivered to Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida / Build Date: 2/13/1971.

Since Danny has taken ownership of the car, it has been documented by the NCRS Historical Document Services, and like Alan Bean’s 1969 it is one of the “Special Lease” cars: 26-000 / Florida Zone Car / delivered to Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida / Build Date: 2/13/1971.

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny’s warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny's warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny’s warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

What are Danny’s plans for this historical Corvette? “I plan to get Al Worden’s Corvette drivable.”

Many of you noticed that the Corvette had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.
Danny will be revealing his “Barn Find” at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston Island Texas this March 10 & 11, 2018. Interestingly enough, Galveston Island is just thirty miles south of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. We are also excited that Danny will be bringing Alan Bean’s Astrovette to display alongside Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.

If any of our readers are familiar with the car or have photos or information about its history, please let us know, and we will pass it on to Danny as he documents its history.  Email info@corvettechevyexpo.com

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Ed Nieves Award Winning 2015 Corvette

Ed Nieves’ Tri-Power, Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Diamond Corvette

Story by K. Scott Teeters

Ed Nieves Journey Into the World of  Tri-Power, NCRS, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond – Level Corvettes

The Corvette hobby is a sub-culture of the larger car-culture. Within the Corvette community, there are many sub-cultures where owners do different kinds of things with their Corvettes. Some race their Corvettes and within the racer crowd, there are different kinds of racing. Some start out personalizing their Vette that leads to all-out custom Corvettes. Others give their Corvette a pampered life with heated and air-conditioned garages; the cars never get wet and are cleaned after every drive. On the opposite side are the Vettes that are driven, repaired, and enjoyed for hundreds or thousands of miles.

At the extreme opposite end of the daily drivers are the Vette Vues Tri-Power, NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond Award Corvettes. These Corvettes look like they were put into a Star Trek transported and beamed from Bowling Green or St. Louis, directly to the owner’s garage. For Corvette fans that haven’t been to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and taken the tour, these Corvettes are as close as you can get to “factory fresh.” What every Corvette nitch has in common (besides a passion for Vettes) is that the owners are all enjoying their Corvette in their own unique way.

Ed Nieves was like lots of red-blooded American males that have a “Someday I’ll get a Vette!” mental infection. But life and obligations typically keep the Corvette daydreams way down the list. Ed had the itch we can all relate to. But in 2008 he decided to go for it!

Ed’s “dream Vette” was white with a red interior – just like the first 300 1953 Corvettes. He was willing to go for a C3 Corvette but found very few with the white/red combo he wanted. Ed was hoping to find a private seller, looking for a new home for his baby. As luck would have it, Ed found a 1995 Corvette, with the color combo he wanted, and it was only one hour from where he lives in Miami, Florida. But here’s the big, “But…” The car was up for auction on eBay, which was not how Ed wanted to buy his Corvette.

However, the description was intriguing; it read . . .

“Incredible all original 13-year-old Corvette Convertible still looked like it’s sitting on the dealer’s showroom floor. Everything works to perfection, and this car needs nothing. If you wash it, you might get it dirty.”

The listing said that the 13-year-old Corvette only had 14,000 miles – very light usage. The more Ed looked at the photos and read the car’s details, the more he knew he had to act quickly. If that’s the color combo you’ve always wanted, and the details were right, who wouldn’t want to check that out if it was only one hour away?

Ed contacted the seller in Fort Lauderdale and arranged to see the car. Upon his arrival, within seconds, Ed knew this was the real deal – exactly the Corvette he wanted! The deal was quickly negotiated, and an hour later, Ed had the top down and was heading south to Miami.
As Ed put it, “Of course, I lowered the top and drove her home like I stole her!” Upon his arrival home, Ed tossed the keys to his eldest daughter, Melissa and told her, “Take it for a spin with your little sister!” (Awww, what’a Dad!)

After Ed had the oil and fluids changed and a good tune-up, he drove and enjoyed his white 1996 Corvette convertible, mostly on the weekends. South Florida is a wonderful place for top-down evening cruising. Things cool off, the air is sweet, and the sunsets are spectacular.

The car wasn’t “perfect” and needed a few things, but it was all small stuff. Ed was a happy guy.

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

The Sunshine Corvette Club is a Miami-based Corvette club. When Ed decided to attend the club’s Annual Corvette Show, he really didn’t know what to expect. What he found was a great group of Corvette lovers, eager to help one another. Ed also got an experiential education on super-sano Corvettes. Much to Ed’s surprise, his Corvette was awarded 3rd Place in the C4 class. Seeing what the 1st place Class winners looked like, Ed got a clear picture of what he needed to do to get his Corvette up to speed.

Ed joined the Sunshine Corvette Club in Miami and show his 1995 at the annual Corvette show and won 3rd place!

Ed joined the Sunshine Corvette Club in Miami and show his 1995 at the annual Corvette show and won 3rd place!

Over the next few years, Ed kept improving the cosmetics of his Corvette and started racking up 1st in C4 Class wins. One day Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012. Jack could tell that Ed’s Corvette was already pretty well up to NCRS level competition, so once again, Ed jumped into the pool, not really knowing what to expect. Ed explains, “I found myself lost in the world of technical judging. However, after it was over, I was awarded an NCRS Top Flight at the banquet ceremony. This was the beginning of the end for me. I was bitten by the bug!”

Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012.

Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012.

In the five years from 2012 to 2017 Ed has racked up an impressive number of awards, including; Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Ed set his sights on two very special national awards; the Vette Vues Tri-Power Award (hosted at the Corvette/Chevy Expo, in Galveston, Texas) and the MCACN Triple Diamond Award (hosted at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago). But, Ed learned that he needed to first have a Bloomington Gold Award in order to qualify for the Tri-Power Award and the Triple Diamond Award.

Ed gets a trailer to go to the shows with.

Ed gets a trailer to go to the shows with.

By this time, Ed was a veteran at transporting his Corvette in an enclosed trailer. In 2015 Ed packed up his 1995 Corvette and headed to Indianapolis. The event was spectacular for Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed is at Indianapolis Bloomington Gold

Ed is at Indianapolis Bloomington Gold

Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed's Awards

Ed’s Awards

With a Bloomington Gold Award under his belt, in March 2017 Ed sent in his application for the Tri-Power Award to Bill Wolf, publisher of Vette Vues Magazine and organizer of the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

It is a 1,200-mile drive from Miami to Galveston in a truck with an enclosed trailer, but it was worth the effort. Ed recalls, “The car was placed in the lobby area with the rest the Tri-Power contenders, and it was an awesome experience from day one. We received a Tri-Power Award, a President’s Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class. I was ecstatic with our results, and the judging process was fair and comprehensive. Bill, Bonnie, and the staff put on a spectacular event.” (You can read about the event in the August 2017 issue of Vette Vues Magazine, and Ed’s Corvette is on page 7!)

Ed's 1995 Corvette was one of the featured Corvettes in the lobby at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

Ed’s 1995 Corvette was one of the featured Corvettes in the lobby at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

 Ed received a Tri-Power Award, a President's Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class.

Ed received a Tri-Power Award, a President’s Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class.

In November 2017 it was time to go for the Triple Diamond Award at the MCACN (Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals) event. Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois. This is the biggest and toughest muscle car and Corvette show of the year, and there were approximately 570 pristine cars there.

Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois.

Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois.

After the judging, Ed’s car received very positive feedback and at the awards ceremony was awarded the MCACN’s Triple Diamond AND Gold Concours Awards! Ed’s 1995 Corvette convertible scored in the high 99-percent range.

Posing with the celebrities

Posing with the celebrities

When thinking about “competition” Corvettes, we usually think “racing.” But this is a very different kind of competition; it’s about extreme attention to details. Ed’s Corvette went from being a well-kept driver to an NCRS Top Flight, Tri-Power, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond award-winning car.

This kind of competition isn’t “just” about having a well-preserved automobile. Ed’s Corvette also has the complete owner’s manual, delivery inspection brochure, Chevrolet Satisfaction System Brochure, Corvette Roadside Assistance Brochure, GM Warranty booklet, the Limited Warranty brochure, the CFS brochure, the locking nut bag, two sets of keys, key knockouts, the emergency key from the factory, the original air filter, and the passive keyless entry decal. The only thing missing is the original gasoline, oil, coolant, and air in the tires!

Ed Nieves has come a very long way in his journey into the world of Corvettes. He sums it up this way, “I have to admit that it has been a lot of work traveling and attending these car meets throughout the U.S., but the adventures continue to keep me motivated and more importantly, I enjoy meeting new people and saying hello to old friends. My foundation, the United Correctional Officers Federation, is based on the NCRS standard of judging, and I continue to serve as an NCRS judge with the C4 team and assist the Florida NCRS chapter as their newsletter editor. The Corvette that I purchased nine years ago just to drive, turned out to be more, and better than I expected.”

Obviously a Corvette such as Ed Nieves’ doesn’t rack up many, if any, miles on the road anymore. Maybe Ed will have to look for a second white and red Corvette driver. If he does, will he be able to keep it a driver, or will the temptation be too great to turn it into another award-winning Corvette? Keep us up to date Ed.

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K. Scott Teeters is a Corvette historian and writes several monthly articles in Vette Vues Magazine.  He is also an artist. You can order his Corvette artwork on his website http://www.illustratedcorvetteseries.com/

Here is a sampling of his Corvette Illustrations:

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