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univibs
05-04-09, 05:16 PM
Hi

well, I heard from one source that since Jimi become famous he had 7 Corvettes.
do you guys have any photos of them or maybe some info about who has them today ?

stplsd
05-04-09, 10:00 PM
I've only heard of two, at least one he smashed up badly enough that he bought another to replace it.

MourningStar
05-04-09, 10:51 PM
Hi
well, I heard from one source that since Jimi become famous he had 7 Corvettes.
do you guys have any photos of them ... ?There are a few in the photo galleries forums here.

korvette
04-24-10, 07:53 AM
I have silent footage of Jimi driving one of the Vettes. A blue 69 or 70. One was bought in Cleveland

manfree
04-24-10, 08:01 AM
I`m sure that Noel`s 8 mm footage contains "Car" clips.

Fenders Fingers
04-24-10, 12:07 PM
Was it one of Jimi's motors on that boot cover, LA Forum? Yellow ? Just a thought.

univibs
04-26-10, 03:33 PM
is it true that he owned 7 Vettes betueen 67-70 ?

LE-20
04-26-10, 10:41 PM
Where are they now? That is the question.

J.Lucas
04-13-13, 07:36 AM
Setting The Record Straight page 291

19903

This page is kinda interesting...
19904

http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot.com/2012/05/lost-star-cars-jimi-hendrix-corvettes.html
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There is/was some discussions about Hendrix Corvettes on the Corvette forum:
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/tags/hendrix.html


19933
(http://forums.corvetteforum.com/tags/hendrix.html)

stplsd
04-13-13, 07:43 AM
is it true that he owned 7 Vettes betueen 67-70 ?

There is only record of two. He bought his first in 1968.

souldoggie
04-14-13, 04:38 AM
19914 I only know of one photo of Jimi in or around his, or anyone else's, Corvette. I have seen 8mm footage but I only know of one still. Are there others? If so, it would be great if someone could post it (them).

BlackIrish55
04-15-13, 09:33 PM
http://crosstowntorrents.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=19933&d=1366001652


The guitar

mccflo99
04-16-13, 01:10 AM
Agreed. Guitar.

Chris

Fenders Fingers
04-16-13, 08:36 AM
http://crosstowntorrents.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=19933&d=1366001652


The guitar


the guitarIST :-)

maxine1967
04-16-13, 03:22 PM
Hi

well, I heard from one source that since Jimi become famous he had 7 Corvettes.
do you guys have any photos of them or maybe some info about who has them today ?

Here is a scan (sorry for the cut, it wouldn't all fit on my scanner and I don't know how to join them) from a Canadian classic car magazine called Old Autos from Aug , 2011 that has a good article on Jimi's Vettes....
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stplsd
04-16-13, 05:46 PM
Here is a scan (sorry for the cut, it wouldn't all fit on my scanner and I don't know how to join them) from a Canadian classic car magazine called Old Autos from Aug , 2011 that has a good article on Jimi's Vettes....



Thanks, quite informative. But the 1st one wasn't "dark blue" it was Le Mans blue, a beautful bright blue metallic finish. And that's a lot of pish about him not having time to drive it after Harlem, he spent much/most? of his time in and around New York until he left for England.
And that's a lot of tired pish about Jefferey as well.

All the known details on the two cars are in UV #31

pederpropell
04-16-13, 06:50 PM
Thanks, quite informative. But the 1st one wasn't "dark blue" it was Le Mans blue, a beautful bright blue metallic finish. And that's a lot of pish about him not having time to drive it after Harlem, he spent much/most? of his time in and around New York until he left for England.
And that's a lot of tired pish about Jefferey as well.

All the known details on the two cars are in UV #31


Yes.. keep on dreamin about Jimis cars; why dont you folks wake up??????? Jimis Cars.... TV???????

stplsd
04-17-13, 02:15 PM
Yes.. keep on dreamin about Jimis cars; why dont you folks wake up??????? Jimis Cars.... TV???????

Why don't you go back to sleep. Sounds like Mr grumpy needs his nap;)

pederpropell
04-17-13, 07:25 PM
:beguiled:
Why don't you go back to sleep. Sounds like Mr grumpy needs his nap;)

Right! Just getting too late and tired of subjects going nowhere. To find out; why don`t "someone" just fint out the chassis numer on the cars Jimi bought? Over in Europe every vehickle has it own uniqe chassis number.. there must be a copy of the receipt from where the car were bought?? Didn`t it end up in a auction a few years back?? .. or we know the store it/they were boght?? There are vintage cars forums and so forth who would help out??

Pederpropell

hyper_hippie
04-17-13, 11:07 PM
... the 1st one wasn't "dark blue" it was Le Mans blue, a beautful bright blue metallic finish.

I agree. As an owner of a Corvette from that period - mine was Ontario orange - I know that many of the colors were named after U.S. motor speedways, and LeMans was what General Motors called its blue for their 1968 Corvette..... there were many other speedways used as the first word in the 2 word color description, including Bryar, Elkhart, Sebring... each came with a corresponding interior color arrangement for door trim, dash, seats, carpeting, etc. For LeMans Blue, it would have had black seats; at least, that's what came with the 350cc model, and yes, it wasn't dark blue but a glowing softer blue.


I remember when we discussed Jimi's Corvettes at some length on Electric Sky Church.


I know that the film Terms of Endearment was later in 1983, where Jack Nicholson drives his Corvette on the beach by sitting on the roof behind the removed T tops, and steering with his feet, but perhaps Jimi thought of it on his own, and that was the reason for him crashing... I have firsthand knowledge that this is fairly easy and fun, as long as the Vette has automatic transmission, which the 350's had... but you can't drive too fast, or be really stoned, ha ha.... I wouldn't recommend trying it if you're tripping...

RobbieRadio
04-29-13, 07:51 PM
Jimi Hendrix 1969 vehicle registration sells for $2,250 on Ebay.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-vehicle-registration-sells-over-two-grand-ebay/

Ezy Rider
10-14-16, 11:41 PM
http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot.jp/2012/05/lost-star-cars-jimi-hendrix-corvettes.html

Lost Star Cars: The Jimi Hendrix Corvettes -Slight Reprise
By: Patrick Smith
Several years ago, I did an article on Jimi Hendrix's two Corvettes. Some better information has come alight since the original article from 2011. Consider this the Jimi Hendrix's Corvettes—Slight Reprise; a nod to his Voodoo Chile Slight Reprise song. It is a revised account with corrections and additional new information which has come to light from contacts who read the original story. In fact, two new fronts of investigation have opened up. This article covers the Corvettes; another one covers the Hawaii angle which turned out to be a surprise all on its own.

Some stars just don't mix well with cars. When you're a young musician and the career is taking off, loads of time is gobbled up doing performances, interviews and touring. Leisure time is scarce and that means not much of it to enjoy cars. However, James Marshall Hendrixm known world wide as Jimi Hendrix did own a muscle car. It was a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe. In fact he owned two of them. More on that later.
It was 1968 and the Jimi Hendrix Experience band was on tour of America promoting the album. Jimi was in Cleveland, Ohio when he went new car shoping. I'll let Mitch Mitchell, his drummer, describe the scene for us. “In the afternoon, Jimi, Noel went out with our publicist, Mike Goldstein who was a local lad and knew the neighborhoood car dealers. He took Noel and Jimi out to order their first cars. It was the first time we'd actually had any money to spend. Jimi ordered a Stingray and Noel ordered a Mercury Cougar which he never took delivery of. The Corvette was a 1969 coupe finished in LeMans Blue Metallic paint.
Leon Dicker, attorney for Yameta, Jimi Hendrix's music company at the time, recalled that Jimi didn't have a driver's licence and when he was caught driving down a one way lane the wrong direction by a cop, he was fined for the infraction and not having a licence. Since Jimi had to go to Indiana for a concert, the fines and shipment of car to New York City was handled by management. Jimi didn't really get to drive his car until the end of his tour in October.
By that time, the band was based in a nice rental house in Benedict Canyon above Los Angeles. A roadie was summoned to drive the Corvette to LA in an banzai run. Hendrix arrived at the rental house September 16th, 68. Mitch continues the narrative, “One Saturday night we went to see Cream and had a part that didn't break up until five am and at about seven I'd just gone off to sleep. I'd heard Jimi's voice, 'guess what, I just crashed my car.' I thought I was dreaming and went back to sleep. Several hours later I discovered it was true, How the hell he survived, I've no idea. He'd completely demolished the car. Luckily he'd turned right and gone into some rocks. If'd he'd turned left he'd gone straight over the edge of the canyon, a 300 foot drop.”

Hendrix in a Corvette, this would be his replacement ride, not the first car.
Mitch's story checks out except for the date. Since Cream played Oakland California on October 4th and a party was held afterwards, the car would've perished on October 5th. One problem is that Oakland is across the bridge from San Francisco which was 200 miles away from LA. Cream's farewell tour also shows the band playing at Inglewood in LA on October 18th and 19th. The Corvette had to be totaled on one of those dates. There's another reason it had to be then. From October 1-16, the band was in Oahu, playing concerts and doing promotional work.

Another completely different story of Hendrix's first Corvette has made the rounds but it is suspect on a couple of details. Famous photographer, Ron Raefaelli, was with Hendrix in Maui, Hawaii. Rafaelli claimed Hendrix crashed his car there. The Experience did play dates in Honolulu and vacationed in Maui but they were only there for two weeks. It's unlikely the car was shipped to Hawaii for two weeks only to be sent back when the band continued to tour.Thanks to extra research and a contact in Honolulu, we can verify the car cracked up in Hawaii wasn't a Corvette, but a dune buggy. More on this story soon.

This is the VIN and licence plate registration of Jimi's totaled Corvette.We now know
both cars were 1969 models.
The blue Corvette was totalled and the VIN number of that car is now known. A registration envelope addressed to James Marshall Hendrix had been mailed to his Benedict Canyon address but was never opened and it appeared on eBay auction decades later. The VIN number of the car can be clearly seen on the back. That VIN number is 194379S701311 with licence plate XWN 099. As you can see it was a rather early production car. We also have an account of the alleged car's dismantling at an LA wrecking yard submitted by Roy Elliot from San Bernardino to the author. Here is his account. 10/07/2015
"Hi, a friend at one of our cruise nights told me about your story on the Jimmy Hendrix Corvettes. I read it because I worked in a compound yard in the 1960s, handling cars hauled off the highways and city streets of Los Angeles as abandoned, accident damaged and vandalised cars. One section of the compound just kept totals and those were parted out and sold through the building out back. Most of the yard was just storage space used for Police contracted tow truck drivers to hold vehicles until paperwork was done to move them out...either to the owner's place, a shop for repairs, or in many cases just a few hundred yards East to the wrecker yard.
One day, I got in at 8 and saw a blue Corvette coupe that was mangled pretty good on both sides. The driver side fender and door was smucked. The passenger side was just shredded fiberglass. The front wheels didn't even sit straight. It caught my eye because it was new and the only place I saw new Vettes were downtown near Wilshire and Sunset or up in the ritzy 'burbs like Brentwood or Malibu. Only word I got on that car was someone from the Canyon area drove into a wall going downhill too fast. A few weeks later, two guys from high school were climbing inside and around the doors trying to lever the hood open. It was stuck quarter way but wouldn't budge from the damage. I asked if they needed help. The older looking guy said they made a deal in the office to buy the engine and transmission and wanted to look it over to see what needed replacing. The older guy was tall skinny blonde with crew cut and owned a 30's hot rod.... wanted to use the engine and tran to power it.
I told him to wait a sec while I get a cutting wheel to rip open the hood. I got the cutting wheel, made em move back while I zipped the hood off the car. They were all over that engine in minutes, making list of busted parts and any cool stuff they could use. They seemed pretty happy with what was there. The older blonde hassled the office to get a SOLD tag on the engine and trans so they wouldn't be parted out to someone else. I worked elsewhere the rest of the day. Next morning, I showed up and they were already at the car with tools. They used one of our pickers to lift the block out. It was in the bed of their pick up by mid morning and they were gone by 11. The rest of the car was crushed. Can't say for sure if it was Jimmy's car but the pick up address for the tow came from the Canyon area. Car didn't have licence plates on it. Car was there maybe a month, tops. That place sawed up a lot of cool cars. Even got some S Shelbys and Maseratis a few times. Thought you'd like to know." Roy

aftermarket cassette player from Japan was installed in Hendrix's car. He was ahead of the curve in
music technology as most cars used 8 track players. Phillips hadn't convinced many music companies
in cassette reproduction of albums. It was strictly a dictaphone deal to them.

I wrote back to Roy to ask details but he hasn't replied. What's interesting about this story is it can be confirmed if someone beats the bushes checking old street rods with 350 Chevy engines for a Vette serial number. If it matches the one printed above Roy's story, the first Hendrix Vette engine would be found. That may well be all that's left of it! Let's look now at Jimi's replacement Corvette as it is more likely to have survived the passage of time. We also have fresh information about it.

New Information!: Hendrix's replacement vette was a Cortez Silver coupe with a 350 small block V8 and automatic transmission. Inside was a molded steering wheel and an aftermarket
Japanese cassette player. The interior color could have been a number of colors. From I can see of the picture, I believe it was either black, gunmetal silver or blue vinyl. Musician Al Marks, recalled moving Hendrix's second vette from a no parking zone to somewhere on the Record Plant's property one night when Hendrix was there recording tracks for Electric Ladyland. "I was scared to move his car because I couldn't drive a stick shift. However, it was an automatic and the passenger seat was littered with cassettes for the player in the dash." Hendrix lived in New York City in 1969 when he wasn't touring. He drove it around town and later in the summertime he moved to a secluded house in Shokan, New York where he rehearsed a band to perform at Woodstock Music Festival. He also was seen driving the car in Harlem for the Harlem Street Festival where he played a benefit concert. After August 1969, Hendrix went on tour again to pay for mounting bills related to the construction of Electric Ladyland Studio, his dream project. We now have information from long time NY Woodstock resident, Leslie Aday who worked for rock manager, Albert Grossman about Hendrix's replacement Corvette. According to Leslie it was a red convertible. Leslie asserts that no one in Woodstock drove any such car and that it stood out like a sore thumb. Most residents were more into the organic vegetables and making their own clothes trip. Well, this is an interesting observation. I'd like to be able to discount it but Buddy Miles, one of Hendrix's close friends and drummers also said it was a convertible and recalls cruising with Jimi Hendrix near the beaches looking over girls. I contacted Rockman about this development and also talked to him about any leads on the car supposedly sold in Staten Island from the Eveready Carb Reman company. Nothing new there. Rockman is excited about this new info and is returning to the trenches to dig harder.
His second Corvette was metallic silver in color and spent time in Shokan and New York City in 1969-1970.
Car was last seen in public at Harlem Music Festival in 1969.
Hendrix died in London on Sept 17th, 1970 after an arduous European tour. The car was sold by his manager, Micheal Jeffreys to pay off massive bills owing against the Hendrix Estate related to construction. Hendrix's NYC apartment was whisked clean of personal effects within two days of his death. There is a strong chance this Corvette still exists today. I have shown a 1968 vette in Cortez Silver above for reference. Hendrix's interior appears to be either black or dark gunmetal. His car would also have the Stingray script and 1969 door handles. To recap, it was Cortez Silver with automatic transmission, a/c, tinted glass, 350 V8 engine molded steering wheel with some kind of dark color vinyl interior. The original windshield will have a parking permit dated 1969 and 1970. A good title search could turn up this car if you knew which company name it was registered under. It could be Bella Godiva Music, Yameta Music Corporation, Yameta Publishing or Micheal Jefferys. Seeing as to how quickly the apartment and personal effects were seized as well as the general murkiness of Micheal's overseas tax dodge set ups, Jeffrys likely owned the car on paper. Hendrix never got actual royalty checks when he was alive. He just contacted Yameta Corporation for cash on major purchases and sent all bills to same.

Update: Possible Jimi Hendrix Corvette found???
I got an email from a car owner in New York State asking a lot of questions about Jimi's last Corvette, the silver one. Curious of the line of questions I asked him point blank, "do you think you've found it?" He admitted he wasn't sure by any means but was hopeful. The car he has is Gunmetal Gray interior, a 350 V8 an automatic transmission with aftermarket tape player. His registration ownership listed some one whose name isn't connected to Jimi Hendrix as far as I know. From there the trail goes cold. Farthest he can go back on ownership is in 1974. It is a factory silver/grey interior car and is said to be numbers matching but needing a rebuilt engine and transmission from sitting so long. There was an apartment parking decal on the windshield but is long gone. Currently the owner and I are looking into the age and model of tape player to see if it's a unit installed when car was new as it would have to be when Jimi was alive, or a later 1970's unit. I have urged him to contact shark era Corvette experts to help him with any paperwork he has. If he can find a build sheet or some document telling him the selling dealer, that would go a long way to answering his questions. It sounds as if it's mostly original, the tires and rad hoses being the only noticeable changes. He believes it hasn't been repainted. I have doubts it is Jimi's car
A false lead: Two years ago I've heard from the owner of a possible Jimi Hendrix Corvette and this time he sent me a pic of the data plate. This particular car was built too late to be Jimi's actual car. By the time this one left St Louis, Jimi was already seen at the Harlem Music Street Festival with his car in the summertime. So while it's not happy news for the owner, he still has a desirable Stingray. Oddly enough, his Japanese tape player is an old unit, assembled in summer of 1968. The search goes on.

A new update on Hendrix's Silver Corvette!
and about the car wreck in Hawaii:
Things are picking up. A break came today in the search for Hendrix's Lost 1969 'vette. A contact in New York State told me a very interesting story about the silver vette and what may have happened to it after Jimi's sudden death in England. What we know so far is Michael Jeffreys cleaned house tout suite, basically emptying Jimi''s New York City apartment and contents within 48 hours. As Jeffreys perished in a private plane crash in the mid 1970s, any leads from him are impossible. However, we now have an idea what happened. This happened very soon after his death.

To
pa67smith@yahoo.com

Jan/ 31/ 2016 at 6:40 PM

"I can tell you more about Jimi Hendrix’s corvette. At the time of his death, I was working for an auto electric company, Eveready Carburetor was the name. They were located in Great Neck, Flushing New York. My boss, Albert Abney bought the corvette from Head limousine in Manhattan. They must have bought it from his manager whom you said sold it real fast. To me, back then, it looked like it was silver metal flake, it was blinding in the sunlight. I took a ride in it, my first in a vette, in exchange, my boss drove my ’66 Harley Davidson chopper. I felt honored because I was a fan of Jimi’s. Loved his music then, still do. My boss offered to sell it to me, but I was pretty poor at the time and couldn’t do it. I forget what he wanted for it. Anyway, my boss knew an owner of a Chevy dealer who took the car in and under warranty replaced the small block with a 454 big block. He then sold it to someone in Staten Island. Believe me, it was Jimi’s vette. I even took 2 of the hubcaps and exchanged them for hubcaps I had on my 1955 Chevy, It had vette wheels on the rear and they were the same. I have no proof of this, but I know for myself, that’s all that matters. Hope this helps." Rich Vignola

There are a couple of issues to deal with. Usually you replace an engine under warranty with the same type power plant. One has to wonder if the original warranty would even apply so late in the year? Hendrix passed away late in 1970, the car was in action before summer of '69 making it a year old and out of coverage before he died. We do know New York City and surrounding neighboring cities were a hot bed of street racing activity and it seems possible this car joined the ranks of the interconnecting highway street racing fraternity following a 454 install. I talked to RockMan in Astoria and when I vented my doubts about a big block swap he said, "it's possible, it was a very hot competition scene back then. L88s were impossible to get already so 427s and 454s were on with Chevy nuts."
Rockman is combing Staten Island, Yonkers and Long Island areas for possible leads. Meanwhile you Hendrix 'vette searchers had better adjust your search into the New Jersey, New York City areas and start asking questions about big block swapped vettes. I've done some follow up inquiries with this contact and will add to it when answers are forthcoming.

The Hawaii car total was just a VW dune buggy. Jimi refused to wear glasses in spite of being blind as a bat.
He's borrowing Leon's specs here. The real mystery is how this guy became a Screaming Eagle airborne paratrooper with
such poor vision?
The Hawaii car total: It was mentioned in some accounts that Hendrix totaled a Corvette while vacationing in Hawaii. It was only described in passing in some accounts as a sports car.Somehow the passage of time grew that into a Corvette. After intense research, the focus clears up. The car in question was a VW dune buggy A whole new front has opened up thanks to a solid contact in Honolulu, we may have a new find to deal with. Stay tuned.
*Article copyright 2011 by Patrick Smith Pics by PHS Media Archives.
Posted 11th May 2012 by Patrick Smith
Labels: 1968 Corvette Stingray 1969 Corvette Stingray 327 Chevy V8 350 Chevy V8 Japanese electronics Jimi Hendrix Corvette star cars
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DJ TriptronikDecember 23, 2013 at 5:18 AM

This would have the vin. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-vehicle-registration-sells-over-two-grand-ebay/
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DJ TriptronikDecember 23, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Heres a quote from an article. Hendrix received $18,000 for the two shows but will leave a reported $8,000 here. He bought a blue Corvette with all the trimmings at Blaushild’s Chevrolet earlier yesterday.
Patrick SmithDecember 24, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Interesting that the dealer mailed his title to the Benedict Canyon residence. It would have been neat to see the post mark! Likely it arrived before Hendrix's tour was over,
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Doctor NoeMarch 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I am Creative Director of the Jimi HendrixFoundation (www.facebook.com/JimiHendrixFoundationLLC). It would be an honor to include this story in our Archive.
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UnknownJuly 4, 2016 at 4:36 PM

OK, here’s the thing: I met Jimi in his Corvette at the corner of 8th St. just this side of the “Cooper Square Cube”, in the summer of 1970. When I saw it, iit had been repainted a particularly nice shade of Candy Metallic Green, so anyone looking for this car in silver -good luck. The only reason I went over to look at it (at the stoplight) was the paint job -damn few custom painted cars in Manhattan in 1970. He rolled the window down (Devon Wilson was in the passenger seat) and we had a nice conversation about “the new album” (?) he was working on, this “new festival” he was getting ready to play “Isle of Wight, man, you ought to come over” – yeah, sure, on my pay from General Motors – and how this “studio thing” (Electric Ladyland, just two blocks away) was changing his music. I had callled my then-girlfriend/now wife over, and she was tapping me on the shoulder -apparently we had talked through three lighht changes. He said “See you, man” and drove off. So if anyone finds a car they think is this one (I believe it was a small block automatic), look for Candy Green paint…

DDF!!
10-15-16, 02:22 AM
Did Jimi have a rainbow colored corvette?

stplsd
10-15-16, 07:05 AM
Did Jimi have a rainbow colored corvette?

No. And regarding above article: how did he buy a 1969 car in 1968?;)

Sharpstat
10-15-16, 10:26 AM
No. And regarding above article: how did he buy a 1969 car in 1968?;)

The American car companies have always sold next year models the previous year. They release them early to charge MSRP or over sticker for those few that have to have the car "now"! Corvettes were and still real popular with American males. I have a 2013 ZL1 Camaro that was purchased in 2012 off the showroom floor.

J.Lucas
10-15-16, 11:24 AM
"The blue Corvette was totalled and the VIN number of that car is now known. A registration envelope addressed to James Marshall Hendrix had been mailed to his Benedict Canyon address but was never opened and it appeared on eBay auction decades later. The VIN number of the car can be clearly seen on the back. That VIN number is 194379S701311 with licence plate XWN 099."


So the Corvette seen at the end of 'Flight into '68' compilation is NOT Jimi Hendrix?
the license plate number doesn't match