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C4 Corvette

[VIDEO] This Is No Way For A Corvette To Die

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2008

Vince McMahon's Corvette gets filled with Cement

I just came across this classic clip from a WWE Raw event that aired in October, 1998. I never followed wrestling but it appears that wrestler Steve Austin and WWE founder Vince McMahon have a love-hate relationship. That relationship must have been even more strained after this event which culminated in Austin filling McMahon’s early C4 Corvette Coupe with cement.

Of course this stunt was planned to boost ratings as this telecast was one of the first wrestling events to air on the USA network on a Monday Night, facing NFL Monday Night Football as well as WCW wrestling on TNT. In an LA Times interview about the stunt, McMahon says he picked a Corvette to make his entrance because, “if you’re going to destroy a car, make it worth destroying.”


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LA Times

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C4 Corvettes Damaged by Hurricane Ike

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2008

C4 Corvettes Damaged by Hurricane Ike

Here’s a photo of two C4 Corvettes that were severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. In addition to the physical damage, I am sure both cars were thoroughly waterlogged as well.

Unfortunately, having looked through some of the photo galleries of Ike’s fury and knowing what a huge state for Corvettes that Texas is, I am sure we’ll be seeing a lot more. Just hope everyone was okay. Cars can be replaced, people can’t.


Source:
Jalopnik

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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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1989 Corvette Destroyed by Fireworks

Chicago area resident Rich Szatkowski spent the 4th of July finishing the interior restoration of his prized 1989 Corvette: New seats, new carpet, new steering wheel and a new stereo. As he washed the carpet earlier in the day, he left the roof panel off so it could dry out properly. Unfortunately, a neighborhood firework found its way through the open roof, igniting the interior and destroying the Corvette.

The news gets even worse for Rich. Because the car was undergoing restoration and was not being driven, Rich did not have insurance on the Corvette.


Source:
http://www.CBS2Chicago.com

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1984 Corvette ZR1 – The Custom Vettamino Edition

by Keith Cornett on May 8, 2008

1984 Chevy Vetteamino

I haven’t checked to see if there is a full moon out or not, but for whatever reason we are coming across a full spectrum of Corvette oddities this week. Yesterday it was the 1954 custom Corvette Hardtop we spotted on Craigslist. Today its a Chevy Vettamino, a chopped 1984 Corvette with a very El Camino-like bed for those trips to Home Depot or for helping your friend move a couch.

The brains behind this $115,000 (no kidding!) modification was the original owner of Bayliner Boats who unfortunately has passed. Like most over-the-top customizations, the Corvette is listed for just a fraction of that amount at $35,000 or best offer which according to our Corvette Price Guide is still $14,000 higher than the $21,000 high price for a Condition 1 1984 Coupe.

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The Corvette does feature some nice upgrades like the 1991 rear end fashioned into a functional tailgate and the chrome C4 ZR-1 wheels. But its the ZR-1 badge on the back that makes us wonder exactly what is hiding under the hood.

The ad states that the sellers missed the deadline to have this car entered into the Barrett Jackson auto auction, which of course means “Only a drunk rich guy whose a member of the More Money than Brains club” would buy it. But hey, their loss is your gain, right? Now if it only had a topper…


Source:
ClassyAuto via Jalopnik.com

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1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary Coupe

I present this video from Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More April 26th auction for two reasons. The first is that the commentators are absolutely correct in saying Corvettes like this 1993 40th Anniversary Edition are a great way for get started in the Corvette hobby. They represent value and performance and should be nearing the end of declining prices. That being said, I wish I was in Indy with a bidder’s card when this Corvette stalled and then was hammered for $11,000.

The 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Coupes was a popular choice in 1993 with 6,749 out of 21,590 produced. This Corvette Coupe appears to be in regular driver condition and features the very reliable LT1 350 ci 300 hp V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average value of the 1993 Anniversary Coupe at $17,900 and while we show this model still depreciating at 4% per year, $11,000 for this Corvette is a great buy.


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Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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Supercar Mashup: 1993 Corvette Diablo FI Stingray

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2008

1993 FI Stingray

We are intrigued by this mating of two of the world’s most recognizable supercars – Corvette and Lamborghini – creating what the owner has renamed the FI Stingray. The car features a 1993 Corvette Chassis and custom front-end mated to the rear end of a Lamborghini Diablo. The Corvette was spotted at the 2008 Canadian International Autoshow last month in Toronto.

So, was this experiment successful? Click the Comment Link below and let me know what you think.

1993 FI Stingray


Source:
Madwhips.com

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Video: Building the Last C4 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this video which tells the story of the assembly of the last C4 Corvette, 1996′s VIN 21,477. The Corvette was purchased by Mid America Motorwork’s Mike Yager who was able to follow the corvette down the line as it was being assembled. Mike talked and joked with the workers and he encourged them to leave their signature somewhere on the car. The Corvette still resides in Mike’s collection to this day.


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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1986 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool:

1986 Corvette Convertible
Photo Credit: TW Collins
1986 Corvette Options and Facts 1986 marked the return of the Corvette Convertible, a body style last seen in 1975. The 1986 model year was third in C4 production with a total of 35,109 Corvettes produced. Production was split with 27,794 Coupes built vs 7,315 Convertibles. 1986 marked the first year that the price of a Corvette climbed over the $30,000 mark. MRSP for the Convertible $32,032 while the Coupe was modestly priced at $27,027. Only one engine option available:
     350 ci (L98)
      Aluminum head engines produced 235 hp
      Iron head engines produced 230 hp 17 Exterior Colors Available:
     Rarest Color was Copper Metallic. Only 4 produced.
     8 Interior colors were offered
How to Spot a 1986 Corvette:
Differences between the 1984-1990 Corvettes were very minor. The easiest way to spot a 1986 Corvette may be the wheels. In 1986, the wheel centers were unpainted. In 1984 and ’85, the wheel centers were painted black while in 1987 the centers were painted gray. The center-mounted third brake light also made its appearance on the Corvette in 1986. 1986 Corvette Highlights:
The 1986 Corvette paced the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet designated all convertible models as pace cars. Each convertible was sold with an Indy 500 Pace Car decal kit that could be installed by the dealer. Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) became standard as well as the new VATS vehicle anti-theft system which has a chip implanted at the base of the ignition key. Chevrolet paid tribute to New Jersey Chevrolet dealer Malcom Konner with a special run of 50 Malcom Konner Commemorative Edition Corvettes. 1986 Corvette Values:
The early C4 models are starting their appreciation curve and with the return of the roadster for Corvette, values for the 1986 model are strong. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average price of the 1986 Corvette Coupe at $9,300 with a one year appreciation of 2%. The Convertible model does even better with an average value of $13,000 and +8% appreciation over the year prior.
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Flickr.com
Corvette Black Book
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Corvette Values: 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on July 3, 2007

GH from Washington submitted the following car to Corvette Values:

1985 Corvette Coupe1985 Corvette Coupe, red with graphite leather interior. VIN is 1G1YY0784F5121XXX. 59,000 Miles, 383 Lingenfelter conversion with the original motor crated and stored. Manual transmission. Power steering, brakes, windows, A/C. Borla mufflers. Paint is in good condition and interior is excellent. No documentation available.
The VIN #1G1YY0784FS121XXX indicates it was built midway through the 1985 production year at which time a total of 39,729 Coupes were built. This Corvette is Bright Red in color with a Graphite leather interior. The Bright Red paint was selected by the majority of buyers in the 1985 production year. The paint can be considered good, however, a few ‘road chips’ in the paint were noted. It is powered by a modified 383 Lingenfelter built motor. A Lingenfelter conversion has been a growing modification for late model Corvettes especially the C5 Corvette (1997-2004). This one can be termed an early conversion. The original motor was retained and has been crated for future use should this Corvette be returned to factory original condition. The existing motor is coupled with a manual transmission. This Corvette is equipped with the expected power steering, brakes and windows and also has air conditioning. From a price perspective, few 1985 Lingenfelter Corvette conversions are found and offered for sale today. On a comparative basis, a Callaway Twin Turbo motor was offered in 1987-91 at an option price of $20-30,000 depending on the model year. In today’s market, the Callaway option will add $10,000 to the average resale price of a Corvette. We place a value of $19,000 on this 1985 described Corvette Coupe based on the Callaway Turbo price rationale above. Corvette Appraisals:
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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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