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C1 Corvette

1953 EX-122 Corvette at New York's Motorama Show

It was fifty-seven years ago today that thousands of Americans gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to catch a glimpse of Chevrolet’s new two-seater sports car. The EX-122 concept was such an instant hit with the public that GM rushed into production the revolutionary fiberglass-bodied car. Six months later, the first Corvette was completed at a makeshift assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. Just 300 Corvettes were produced in 1953 with a sticker price of about $3,500.

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Holiday Corvette Ideas: The 2/3 Scale 35 MPH C1 Classic Corvette

Looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for your junior Corvette enthusiast this year? Look no further than Hammacher Schlemmer’s 35 MPH Junior C1 Corvette. The 2/3 scale gasoline powered replica of a 1956 Corvette is an impressive recreation of the first Corvette to race at Sebring.

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[PICS] Corvettes of 2009′s La Carrera Panamericana

by Keith Cornett on November 4, 2009

eBay Find of the Day: Corvettes of 2009's La Carrera Panamericana

La Carrera Panamericana is a 7 day/2,000 mile road rally run in stages along Mexico’s Panamerican Highway. Here are two Corvettes that recently competed in the classic south-of-the-border race.

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Corvettes of 2009's La Carrera Panamericana Corvettes of 2009's La Carrera Panamericana Corvettes of 2009's La Carrera Panamericana
Photo Credits: David Leah, MEXSPORT/ESPECIAL


Sources:
La Carrera Panamericana
Mexsport Online


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1961 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2009

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1961 Corvette Convertible

As we moved we deeper into the docket of Corvettes available at Barrett-Jackson’s collector car auction in Las Vegas, we’re starting to see more classic Corvettes on the auction block. This 1961 Tuxedo Black Corvette appeared late on Friday night’s auction and was the first C1 Corvette to be featured this weekend.

The 1961 Corvette featured a restyled front grill without the “heavy teeth” and on the rear there are now 4 taillights instead of 2, a Corvette tradition to this day. This 1961 Corvette features the 283/230 hp V8 and a 3-speed manual transmission – all included on the base model that sold for $3,934 when new. Tuxedo black was the 5th most popular color (out of 7) and was chosen by 12% of buyers.

This 1961 Corvette was purchased by a woman who the SPEED commentators said had one of the busiest pens all day. Sort of breaks from the stereotype of Corvettes owners are all balding middle-aged men suffering through a mid-life crisis. The Corvette was hammered at $52,000 and with the buyers commission, total price was $57,200. Even though the Corvette comes equipped with just the basics, the price is spot-on for a base 1961 Corvette with major curb appeal.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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Corvette Ad Watch: 1961 Corvette Catalog Shoot

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2009

1961 Corvette Catalog Shoot

Former Chevy ad man Jim Bernadin gives us the details from this classic photo shoot for the 1961 Corvette Catalog Folder.

This is the cover of the Corvette Catalog Folder for 1961. It was shot at the GM Proving Grounds near Milford, Michigan. Shooting there was a real challenge because there was so much security involved. Arrangements to shoot there had to be made far in advance and approved by about a hundred people–or so it seamed. Each person to be there had to have been cleared in advance. There was always a wait when everybody arrived at the gate office and had to have their identity checked and approved once more. Then you had to have a special driver to get you around the facility. Only these guys knew all the regulations and could keep you from trouble. Your pre- selected location had to be cleared and closed to other traffic. Someone from Chevrolet had to be with you and responsible for all you did. You were not allowed to see into any of the other divisions buildings.

Our location was a good one in that it didn’t look like the proving grounds. It could have been almost any smaller road in America. The person standing with the camera is Warren Winstanley’s assistant. Warren was the photographer for this and all the other shots in the catalog. The two fellows in the car were models. The rear view was on the cover because it represented the newest thing about the Corvette. Not only was the styling new but there was a real trunk for the first time. The rear styling gave a good look at what the Stingray would be like in a couple of years but nobody knew that at the time. The car isn’t really moving but the illusion of some dust was created by throwing some cement powder at just the right time. I even helped with that on occasion. I had all the fake rally signs made back at our office along with the ’61 sign that eliminated the need for other cover copy. This and the picture to follow are often used in publications about Corvettes. I wish I could remember who wrote the copy–maybe Vic Olsen.

Click here for a larger version. Visit Old Chevy Ads for page two of the 1961 Corvette Catalog Folder.


Source:
Old Chevy Ads

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Vintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2009

CVintage Picture: Corvette Rally (1955)


Source:
Life Magazine

 

Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 8, 2009

Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

As found over at the Bat-Blog, one of their readers bought a custom batmobile made from a 1958 Corvette. The car has 8,019 original miles as it was stored for 30 years. According to the buyer, “BATCAR” is listed as the type of vehicle on the Corvette’s title. Blasphemy or Cool?

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Source:
Bat-Blog

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Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2009

Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.

Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.

 

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1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

Every once in a while a custom Corvette will come along that knocks your socks off and this is definitely one of those moments. Named the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, this 1962 Corvette was built by The Roadster Shop for customer Barry Blomquist and showed at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where it apparently made a huge impression on the judges and crowd alike.

The custom Corvette is dubbed the “C1RS” and as you can see, very few of the original components remain. Just about every part of the body was custom built, from the aluminum front end to the hand-formed hood. Carbon fiber and billet trim are featured throughout the roadster while inside the cockpit, Italian read leather seats, alcantara suede accents and an aluminum dash complete the look.

Under the hood you’ll find an LS7 from Turnkey Engines that produces 618 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the Z06 engine is a T-56 transmission. The custom Corvette features a custom suspension components from Detroit Speed & Engineering while Brembo 14 1/2 inch, 6-piston brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year 1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

While technically a show car, this Corvette was built to go and that’s what it did at the Goodguy Nationals. Each of the entries is required to run 3 laps on the autocross course and this 1962 Corvette C1RS smoked the field of 31 competitors and came in first.

“We’ve had this car in our minds for a long time,” Jeremy Gerber smiled. “Our guys at the shop worked tirelessly over an entire year getting this car to Columbus. Barry Blonquist gave us the resources and opportunity to build our vision. We’re thankful to win this award for Barry and the Roadster Shop.”

The only disappointment we have is that we were only provided two photos. Hopefully one of the Corvette magazines will get together with The Roadster Shop’s Phil and Jeremy Gerber for a well deserved photo shoot. If that happens, we’ll be more than excited to share more of the 1962 Corvette C1RS with you.


Source:
GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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