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VH1 Once Gave Away a Collection of Corvettes From Every Single Model Year


In 1989, back when music television was still something people wanted, VH1 — which was a music television channel — gave away a Chevy Corvette from every single year. And I don’t mean one Corvette per winner. I mean they gave away 36 vehicles, representing every single Corvette model year, all to one lucky individual. See the used Chevrolet Corvette models for sale near you

And when I say lucky, what I really mean is overwhelmed.

Here’s what happened: VH1 ran a promotion in 1989 to give away 36 Corvettes, one from each model year, in order to attract a larger audience. To enter the promotion, you placed a two-dollar phone call to a 900 number that added your name to the hat and then, after a little while, they picked the winner from a pool of 4 million applicants.

This seemed like a good idea (did it?), except that the guy who won — a carpenter from Long Island named Dennis Amodeo — didn’t have anywhere to put 36 vehicles, because nobody has anywhere to put 36 vehicles, unless of course they are not the type of person who would spend two dollars to enter a VH1 giveaway contest.

Although many articles have been devoted to what happened next, the basic story is this: An artist named Peter Max immediately purchased the Corvettes from Amodeo, intending to create something artistic with them. Instead, the cars sat in various New York City garages for the next two decades — as you can tell, from the photo above — until finally, in 2014, they were rescued by car enthusiasts eager to get the Vettes back into pristine condition.

To learn more about the famous VH1 Giveaway Corvettes, head over to, a website maintained by the Corvettes’ “rescuers,” where you’ll see some images of a few of the cars in fully restored condition. Find a used Chevrolet Corvette for sale


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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. my last year of high school, i remember this re-donk-uious promotion. im about to cry looking at the photo, at least, they were kept together.

    • Today I have Picture, yesterday I had nothing…

      Teething troubles…
      I’m still figuring out the commenting system, so I don’t know if you get notified of my response or not.

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