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[PICS] The Corvettes of the 2013 Detroit Autorama

by Steve Burns on March 11, 2013

[PICS] The Corvettes of the 2013 Detroit Autorama

Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. 2013 marks the 61st rendition of the massive indoor custom car show. It was also the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ridler Award. We made our annual trek down to Cobo Hall last weekend to check out all of the custom rides. Hit that magical Read More button below to see our gallery of some the best custom Corvettes around.

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[PICS] Experimental 1964 Rear Engine Corvette Prototype XP-819 Shows Its Stuff at Amelia Island

In 1964, Chevy engineers imagined hanging an aluminium Corvette engine off the back of the frame as part of an engineering study on safety and crash zones. Zora wasn’t really on board with the project until Larry Shinoda penned a design that many claim was the genesis for the C3 Corvette. The result was XP-819, a radical looking rear wheel drive prototype.

The Corvette was famously wrecked on the GM proving grounds after a tire test and while it was put back together, Chevy pretty much washed it hands of XP-819 after the accident and moved on in developing several other notable rear-engine prototypes.

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Great Automotive Rivalries: 911 vs. Corvette

by Mitch Talley on March 8, 2013

Great Automotive Rivalries: 911 vs. Corvette

Corvettes and 911s have been going up against each other for decades, but the rivalry really is more for bragging rights rather than trying to win one side over to the other.

Really, you Corvette owners out there, would you trade your ’Vette for any Porsche? And vice versa.

Still, the automotive world has turned the two cars into serious competitors over the years. CarBuzz.com recently took a trip down Memory Lane and reflected on the long-running battle.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles Featured on Faces of GM

You couldn’t blame Harlan Charles for pinching himself every now and then, just to make sure he’s not dreaming.

As a child, he loved reading the sports car books that his father would bring to him from Europe.

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Chuck Jordan’s 1967 Corvette Batmobile

by Mitch Talley on March 2, 2013

Chuck Jordan's 1967 Corvette Batmobile

Randy Leffingwell’s outstanding book – Corvette Sixty Years – offers this rare photo of a 1967 427 “Corvette Batmobile” that apparently was the result of a request from officials with the 1960s TV show, Batman.

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[PIC] Here's a Sneak Peek of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible

At this moment, a caravan of Corvettes is following a Chevy transport vehicle across Europe as it heads to the Geneva Motor Show. Inside that transport are both the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe and the not-yet-seen Convertible model. However, at a recent stop in Germany where the Stingray Coupe was rolled out and displayed for enthusiasts, we got this sneak peek of the Convertible under its car cover.

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SANLUIS Rassini Two-Piece Brake Rotor Chosen for 2014 Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet has packed a lot of new technology into the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and now comes word that the carmaker has selected a Plymouth, Michigan company to produce the industry’s first-ever brake rotor with a ductile iron hat and gray iron brake plates for the C7′s Z51 Performance Package.

The Corvette engineering team chose SANLUIS Rassini, the world’s largest producer of suspension components for light commercial vehicles and the largest fully integrated brake disc producer in the Americas, to produce the unique two-piece rotor design, which offers significant weight savings and extreme performance at high speeds.

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End of an Era: The Last C6 Corvette Rolls Off the Production Line in Bowling Green

Early Thursday morning just after 8 am, an Arctic White 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible rolled off the assembly line at Bowling Green’s Corvette Assembly Plant. Not only was it the final Corvette of the 2013 model year, but it was also the very last C6 Corvette made.

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Reminder: 2014 Corvette Stingray to Make West Coast Debut at the Petersen Automotive Museum

If you’re like most Corvette enthusiasts and can’t wait to see the C7 in person, we’ve got some good news if you happen to live on the West Coast.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Corvette with a special weekend of events on Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2).

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[VIDEO] General Motors Debuts New Shape Memory Alloy Smart Material on C7 Corvette

Since its inception Corvette has been known for showcasing new and innovative technologies. From the 1953′s fiberglass body to the C3′s fiber optic light monitoring system to the more recent Magnetic Ride Control systems Corvette continues to set the technological pace for GM. The C7 follows suit by using an aluminum frame and more stealthily, a new Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wire to control the hidden rear hatch vent.

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