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Walk Around the Transformer's Corvette Stingray Centennial Concept

This is a short but sweet forty second walk around the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. The video appears to have been shot during production. For a brief instant I thought we’d finally get a look at the interior.

When the driver side door was opened, I was praying for that allusive interior shot. However, you can see the two-tone red/silver seats and it looks like the dash and steering wheel may be red as well.


Source:
twitter.com/JT_Lewis

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First Corvettes Rolled off Flint Assembly Line 56-years Ago Today

Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.

Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.

Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.

The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”

Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.


Source:
How Stuff Works

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Corvette Movie Poster: Corvette Summer (1978)

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2009

Corvette Summer

It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.

You’re going to have the most turbo-charged, chrome-plated, plush-lined,
high-gloss, super-speed customized time of your life.

Click here for a larger version of the Corvette Summer movie poster.


Inspiration:
movieposter.com
Internet Movie Database

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Corvette Movie Poster: Stingray (1978)

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2009

Stingray

Plot summary from Internet Movie Database:

Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers, shoot two cops who attempt to set them up, and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader, Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals.

Click here for a larger version of the Stingray movie poster.


Inspiration:
CruiserBlvd
Internet Movie Database

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Featured FART: 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2009

FART Magazine

FART was a magazine published in Sweeden back in the sixties. While the title is funny to us here in the States, it actually means “Speed” when translated from Swedish. Issue 2 in 1963 showed off this New York registered Riverside Red split window Corvette coupe with two happy stewardesses. A Boeing jet from Pan Am provides the backdrop for this classic magazine cover shot.

Click here for a larger version of the cover.


Source:
Grandprix63 via Martin Klasch

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Corvette Movie Poster: Dragstrip Riot (1958)

by Keith Cornett on March 9, 2009

Dragstrip Riot

Dragstrip Riot promises motorcycle gangs, hot rodders, death, romance and redemption! After a run-in with a tough motorcycle gang, Gary Clarke is blamed for the death of biker. The gang threatens him and his girlfriend and the story comes to a head with a full biker beach riot.

Click here for a larger version of the poster.


Inspiration:
CruiserBlvd
Internet Movie Database

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Oh Snap! Lambo Doors on the Corvette Stingray Concept!

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2009

Lambo Doors on the Corvette Stingray Concept!

As we learned from GM Design Chief Ed Welburn’s introduction of the Corvette Stingray Concept at the Chicago Auto Show last week, there are actually two of the Corvette Stingray concepts in existence. One is the non-working styling “buck” seen on display at the Chicago auto show, the other is a running concept that appeared in the movies. Thanks to a movie set extra, we see the movie Corvette Stingray Concept comes equipped with Lambo-style doors.

Not that I’m opposed to Lambo doors on a Corvette. They are a very popular mod for the late model Corvette crowd and it’s a nice surprise seeing it come from the design studio. It shows the designers are watching the aftermarket and have picked up on the supercar “status symbol” vertical door trend.

We read that the movie set extra posted this and over 100 other behind-the-scenes photos that have since been removed after a request from Paramount Pictures. Who knows what other surprises may be lurking under the hood of the Corvette Stingray Concept.


Source:
Seibertron

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Corvette Stingray Concept Revealed in Chicago

Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen rolls into theaters this summer and one of the main Autobot characters is Sideswipe, who’s alt-car mode is the Corvette Centennial Design Concept. After months of only seeing the Corvette concept in spy shots, the car finally made its official public debut at the Chicago Auto show.

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Initially known as the Centennial Design Concept, we are seeing references to the unveiled car as the “Corvette Stingray Concept” so until we see something different, that’s how we’ll refer to it as well.

After seeing the photos I still think that this concept is a great starting point for work on the C7. I’m sure the front and rears would be reworked but overall the concept is a home run. Just imagine this Corvette Stingray in Black or Red. Smokin!


Source:
Jalopnik

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Corvette Movie Poster: High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977)

by Keith Cornett on February 10, 2009

High Rolling in a Hot Corvette

High Rolling in a Hot Corvette was an Australian film released in 1977. The plot? A stolen Corvette with a “trunk” full of pot. Hi-jinks ensue. You can read a review of the movie, however, the reviewer sort of makes the point that the movie sucked and it’s really not worth your time. So much for wild, outrageous and loveable!

Click here for a larger version of the poster.


Inspiration:
Screengrab @ Nerve.com

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Transformers Corvette Concept Revealed as Sideswipe

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept on Set of Transformers

Since the mysterious Corvette Centennial Design Concept was spotted on the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, there has been much speculation about the identity that the car would portray when in Robot mode. At a recent Hasbro Licensing summit in Malaysia it was revealed that the Corvette was in fact Sideswipe.

Producer Michael Bay has had to jump through some hoops to appease the Transformers fan base (we know all about rabid fan bases) because GM has an exclusive agreement to provide the vehicles for the movies. In the original cartoon, Sideswipe was one of original crew members of the ARK, although he was a red Lamborghini when in auto-mode.

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I’m the first to admit that I’m not really up on Transformers trivia. I’d rather have a hunk a junk that can make the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs any day than a car that transforms into a robot. But I digress. I’m just still trying to understand that if you’re a robot hiding on earth, why pick a Corvette Concept car as your secret identity?


Source:
Seibertron

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