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The Final 8 “Lost Corvettes” Are Being Given Away in a Sweepstakes

In January of 2020 we reported on the 36 “Lost Corvettes” that would ultimately be given away in a sweepstakes to 36 lucky winners.  Only 10 were given away during the first drawing.

Six more were given away in drawing two, six more in drawing three and six more in drawing 4.  Now they are setting the date for drawing five where they will give away the final eight “Lost Corvettes” to eight lucky winners.

The Corvette Heroes Collection are already accepting donations for your chance to win. You can donate to enter the sweepstakes on their website. Enter by January 10, 2022 for your chance to drive away in a ’53, ’56, ’66, ’67, ’69, ’76, ’81 or ’85 corvette that has been fully restored.

The back story to this sweepstakes is very interesting. It began back in 1989. There was a TV network called VH1. It was a music television network much like MTV was back then. VH1 had a contest that year to give one lucky winner a Corvette from every year between 1953 and 1989!

Over 2 million entries were received and a Long Island man by the name of Dennis Amodeo won them all.  Can you even imagine winning 36 Corvettes? Just storing them would take a small fortune and a lot of space, both of which Dennis apparently did not have.

Soon after winning the entire lot. Dennis sold the corvettes to a wealthy artist named Peter Max. Peter had intended on using them as canvases for a series of paintings, but the project was discarded, and the Corvettes sat in garages in New York for decades.

In 2014, two families (the Heller and Spindler families) purchased the complete collection from Peter Max.  The families then teamed up with Chris Mazzilli, a Corvette car collector, and asked if he wanted to help consult and restore the cars. Mazzilli agreed and began creating a plan to bring all of these Corvettes back to their original showroom condition.

They then came up with the idea of turning the “Lost Corvettes” into a television series.  Mr. Mazzilli and the rest of his team at Dream Car Restoration are taking on the challenge to bring these legendary vehicles back to their full glory. In each episode, they focus on the most important, most iconic, and most valuable vehicles in the collection. You can watch all six episodes of season one on FYI, TV if you sign into your TV provider.

To enter the sweepstakes, head on over to CorvetteHeroes.com where you can enter the sweepstakes with a minimum tax-deductible $3 donation. You can buy as many tickets as you would like. They have many levels that can be donated for entries. From $3 for one ticket all they way up to $5,000 for 7,200 tickets plus 7,200 bonus tickets.

$5,000 is a lot of money, but it is pennies compared to the value of any one of the Corvettes up for grabs. It is also totally tax-deductible if you win or don’t win.

Check out this video that covers The Lost Corvettes: Inside the Famous Peter Max Collection.

 

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