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Customized Corvettes

eBay Find of the Day: The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2008

The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled ’86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and you’ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J “Sucker Vette” is the result of over 3,000 hours of hard work and advanced engineering skills and now it can be yours as the Corvette is being offered on eBay with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

A group of engineers at Proctor & Gamble got together and built this one of kind of custom Corvette to compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The Challenge pits competitors in a number of events in a car that must cost less than $2,007.

The Cheaparral team found their 1986 Corvette parked in a nearby barn and purchased the wreck for $1,400. They then had to put their creative talents to work in keeping the costs to under the $2,007 spending limit. After the Corvette was made rode worthy and twin turbochargers were added for power, the engineers decided they needed a little something extra to give them more of an edge in the autocross competition.

The solution came in the form of an M1 Abrams tank cooling fan that was mounted in the passenger seat and powered by a snowmobile engine. The fan evacuates 10,000 cfm of air from underneath car which generates 1,000 lbs of downforce and allows the Corvette to pull 1.3g on a skidpad. The concept is similar to racing legend Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J vaccum enhanced “sucker” car from the 1970 Can Am Racing series which served as inspiration for the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette”.

The Cheaparral team competed against 50 others at the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge in Gainsville, FL and won every category including the autocross, concourse, best-engineered award, top finishing team and the 2007 Challenge Overall Champion award.

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Following the Challenge, the Sucker Vette has been featured in a number of magazines and at car shows including the Corvette Homecoming event in Bowling Green. The Cheaparral recently made a trip out to the west coast to Jay Leno’s garage where the noted auto enthusiast proclaimed the Corvette “cool”.

The ebay auction of the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette” will benefit the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Corvette features the signitures of Jay Leno and Jim Hall who both had the opportunity to give the “sucker Vette” a drive. Bidding started at the team’s investment of $2,007 and the auction runs through December 11th.

For more information on the Sucker Vette including a ton of videos, check out the Cheaparral.com


Sources:
Cheaparral.com via KYPost.com
ebay.com

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2nd Look: The Corvette C3R Retro Stingray

by Keith Cornett on December 1, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Last month we took a look at the Corvette C3R Stingray, a computer rendering by Christian Cyrulewski that wrapped a modern day Corvette C6 with a new yet retro-inspired bodywork of a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Christian is back in the news with a second version of the C3R that features a few tweaks to the original rendering including lengthening the car to give it a more aggressive stance and flattening the rear deck.

The retro cues of a 1969 Corvette are of course all over the place, hence its name, but the new skin feels very modern as well. I’m not sure how the headlights will be pulled off as Christian says they are not pop-ups. The only other issue we believe to be a problem is the lack of access to the rear storage area from the removal of the rear storage hatch. However with this second group of renderings, I have become a certified fan of the C3R Stingray.

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Here’s what Christian had to say about the newest version:

The changes were mostly on the rear end, I added a chamfer where the body meets the rear diffuser to visually lift the rear, I extended the rear about 25mm and narrowed it by more than 50mm to visually give it a more aggressive and planted stance. I also flattened the rear deck area and added a chamfer to the spoiler to match the profile of the 69 stingray better and also to give it a more modern look. The last change was to the front fender in front of the wheel, I added some fullness to give it better lead-in to the grill area.

The dimensions on the C3R are the same as the z06 except the length, my car is 4 inches longer. I also wanted to mention that the headlights are not pop-up, I don’t want to say right now how they work because I going to create an animation that shows the process. One of the main complaints was that people thought it was going to have the pop-up lights.

Now that the main surfaces are done I am going to focus on the details like if it is possible to have 69 style door handles and the possibility of moving the location of the fuel filler to the rear deck, again like the C3.

With General Motors in its current funk and no plans to update the current C6 Corvette body style until at least 2014, we’re hoping progress continues on the C3R Stingray and Christian will be able to bring his prototype to the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise as planned. Until then, we’ll just have to live vicariously through these awesome computer renderings.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Serious Wheels

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Custom 4-Door Corvette is Fun for the Whole Family

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

One of the curses, or blessings depending on your outlook is the fact that the Corvette is a 2-seat sports car. Room enough for you and a buddy or your significant other, but no more. Gene Swatek thought the Corvette should be a car that could be enjoyed by the whole family, so he custom built what I am sure is the world’s only 1987 four-door Corvette.

The father of four girls got the idea for the custom 4-seater after going to Corvette shows and wishing he could take more of his family. To create his 4-door sports car, Gene took a driver quality stock 1987 corvette and it in half. He made his own steel extension frame members to stretch the Corvette an additional 38 inches. The rear suicide doors were added as well as the rear leather seats and custom ground effects.

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Gene says the Corvette took about 18 months to build and while he had plans to custom build a convertible top that could stretch over the extended passenger area, time got away from him and he never got around to doing it. According to Gene, the convertible is so much fun, who needs a top or windows anyways!

The FamilyVette II as its called is the second of Gene’s elongated Corvette creations, hence the II. His first FamilyVette was a red 1984 limo-styled Corvette made from 2/3′s of the front of one Corvette and 2/3′s of the rear from another. You can see more of his work at www.familyvettes.com.

The white 1987 Corvette is currently for sale with a listing on eBay but no bids have yet to have been laid on the custom car yet. The auction ends on November 18th and the starting bid is $12,000.


Source:
FamilyVettes.com via TopSpeed.com

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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

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1981 Custom Corvette

There are a lot of ways a Corvette can be modified to suit the tastes of the owner, but sometimes just one look can make you shudder, wondering WTF was the owner thinking. In celebration of today being Halloween, we bring you these Corvettes for sale we found on ebay that we think have crossed that line from tasteful to being just downright scary.

1985 Ferrari style Corvette For Sale
1985 Ferrari style Corvette

Bid: $4,000
1978 Greenwood Corvette For Sale
1978 Greenwood Corvette

Buy It Now: $29,900
1972 Corvette For Sale
1972 LS-5 Corvette

Bid: $7,600
1977 Corvette For Sale
1977 L82 Corvette

Bid: $610
1981 Corvette For Sale
1981 Super Rare Batman Edt

Bid: $5,900
1967 Corvette For Sale
1967 327 Corvette

Bid: $16,700

Although its not a custom modified Corvette, I threw that last C2 into the mix because A) its been living in a box for 30 years and B) if you saw the engine compartment you would run away as fast as you could, clutching your wallet in fear.


Source:
eBay.com

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Split Window 1961 Corvette Headed for SEMA

by Keith Cornett on October 20, 2008

Custom 1961 Corvette Split Window

Macon, Illinois based Street Rods Only specializes in building custom C1 Corvette resto-mods. This 1961 Corvette they are currently working on may be one of the most original trans-generational Corvette designs we’ve seen. Utilizing a 1961 Corvette body which features essentially the same duck-tail rear end of the C2 Corvette, the guys have customized a 1963 style split-window removable hard top to give the car a look that’s truly one of a kind.

The SEMA show is coming up in early November so this Custom Corvette should be nearing completion. We’ll check back to see if we can lay our hands on any completed photos once the car is finished.

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Source:
Street Rods Only via CarDomain.com

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Corvette Centennial Design Concept: Lutz Comments

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

As another set of high quality photos featuring the Corvette Centennial Design Concept make their way to our friends over at Jalopnik, we finally get a comment from GM’s Bob Lutz regarding the significance of the concept in relation to the next generation C7 Corvette.

Since the first photos surfaced earlier this year of the Centennial parked behind a car hauler on the Transformers movie back staging area, the Concept has fueled rumor and speculation about this being a C7 Corvette prototype.

Leftlane News recently posed the production question to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz:

Leftlane: “Is there any significance to the Chevrolet Corvette Centennial concept, aside from the role in Transformers 2?”

Mr. Lutz: “No, I would say that is in the realm of ‘pure concept.’ At this point, there’s zero intention to produce.”

Leftlane goes on to point out that Lutz said the very same thing about the Camaro beginning as “pure-concept” so anything may be possible.

The Corvette Centennial Design Concept was developed as part of GM’s 100 Year celebration. This design study integrates key design elements of previous Corvettes as well as other GM vehicles.

Once of the more fascinating elements is the stingray emblem on the rear deck behind the split window. It’s a very minor element but it gives the Corvette Centennial an attitude and a sense of identity that is sometimes lacking in design concepts. Bottom line? We think its a great starting point for the C7.

Make sure you view the entire gallery of new Corvette Centennial Design Concept photos at Jalopnik.


Sources:
Jalopnik
Leftlane News

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Taxicab Corvette Z06: When You Need To Be Somewhere Fast

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

Corvette Z06 Taxicab

If I was ever late to catch a flight, seeing this taxi pulling up in front of the CorvetteBlogger Compound would be a welcome site. But in reality, this Corvette Z06 isn’t a taxicab all. It’s actually one of the 120 cars participating in the 10th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. Gumball 3000 participants are known for plastering outrageous exterior graphics on some of the world’s top supercars.

Additional photos after the jump.

The previously Black Corvette Z06 was reskinned by the UK’s Raccoon auto branding company in the motif of “The Speeding Cab Company” for the rally. Here are the photos that show the car being wrapped in the parking garage of the Fairmont Hotel in San Fran as well as the finished taxicab parked down on the street.

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The Gumball 3000 takes participants on an 8 day, 3000 mile road rally across two continents. This year’s rally was billed as “East Meets West” as the Gumballers cruised through China and portions of the American West.

Participating in a Gumball Rally isn’t cheap. For one fee of £60,000 pounds (or the price of a Corvette ZR1) all your accommodations, vehicle transportation and of course, admission to the famous Gumballer parties are all covered.

There was also a midyear Corvette Coupe participating in the rally, but I have yet to see any pictures other than a glimpse of the front clip lurking in the background. If anyone has seen a photo of it, please send it over.
Source:
Supercars.net
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The VoltVette: Man Builds a Plug-In Electric Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2008

Michael Shoop and his Electric 1978 Corvette

What do you do if you want an electric car but don’t want to pay the more than $26,000 for a Prius? Oh, and you want a car that looks cool too? If you’re Michael Shoop, you enlist a few buddies, buy a 1987 Corvette and build your own. A year after envisioning a 100% electric-powered car, the VoltVette was born.

According to Shoop, the 1987 Corvette is the perfect platform for the do-it yourself project. Its fiberglass body is lightweight, and the clamshell hood which opens forward which makes it easier to work on. Shoop removed the 240-hp engine and replaced with a specially designed electric car motor. The Corvette is now powered by 13 lead 12-volt batteries which produce 156 volts of power that translates to 200 horsepower. The batteries weigh 70 pounds each are a stored in both the engine compartment and cargo area for balance.

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Performance unfortunately is lacking. The 1987 Corvette was designed with a top speed of 149 mph. The VoltVette reached 30 mph on its maiden drive. Shoop could reprogram the Volt Vette to boost the horsepower up to 800, but there’s a catch – he’d need an additional 40 batteries.

And then there’s the torque factor. Like all electric powered cars, the VoltVette generates a massive amount of torque. While trying to increase the power to hit 70 mph he cracked the driveshaft. With a new driveshaft installed as well as some down-home ingenuity that now gives the ’87 Corvette power steering, the VoltVette can reach a top speed of 40 mph.

Shoop estimates the VoltVette costs around 3-cents per mile to operate. Not bad considering the Toyota Prius costs around 7-cents per mile based on $3.50/gallon gas. Electric motors are more reliable as well according to Shoop, “The car industry makes money on parts, repairs and maintenance, and that’s why it hates the electric car.”

The VoltVette was built for under $26,000 which included the cost of the car. “I figured I would get it done, and have the pleasure of cruising by a gas station and maybe waving.”

Read more about the VoltVette on Shoop’s blog hosted by the Minnesota Electric Auto Association.


Source:
TwinCities.com

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Corvette Z06 Police Car

Folks in Michigan are getting all gitty about this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise that runs through the heart of Detroit. From the look of Royal Oak’s newest police interceptor, I’d say the cops should be pretty excited about the cruise as well. This Corvette Z06 in Jetstream Blue Metallic is actually a loaner from the General Motors Police Fleet and will be used to maintain law and order throughout the weekend. More photos after the jump.

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Source:
Jalopnik.com Related:
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