Here is a Corvette ZR1 for sale on eBay that is worthy of collector car status. This Jetstream Blue Corvette was the first ZR1 produced in the 2010 model year. Wearing VIN #0001, it comes with a 3ZR package and features a Dark Titanium interior and chrome wheels. But here is the kicker: the selling dealer acquired this Corvette directly from General Motors. Although it has just over 3,500 miles, it has never been titled.
Les Stanford Chevrolet of Dearborn, MI posted these photos Wednesday on the Corvette Forum which show a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport painted in Carlisle Blue. Having seen just the bumper cover at the Bash, I wondered how it would look on a full car. Check out the larger photos after the jump and then let us know what you think of the new blue 2012 Corvette.
Automotive News’ product editor Rick Kranz wrote yesterday on the timeline for C6/C7 Corvette production. He says that according to a source at Chevrolet, the C6 Corvette will be offered in 2012 and 2013 while the C7 Corvette is expected in 2014. However, he writes that the 2013 model year may be abbreviated to allow plenty of time to retool the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for C7 production.
This “head-turning” traffic accident in El Cajon, California caught our attention as the picture shows the rear-ending of Dodge Neon by an Arctic White C6 Corvette with the Neon actually coming to rest on the hood of America’s favorite sports car. No one was injured in the accident which was allegedly caused by the Corvette driver talking on a cell phone.
Since the introduction of the Corvette ZR1 in 2009, carbon ceramic brakes have been available on production Corvettes. General Motors turned to Brembo to provide the brakes for the top of the line Corvette ZR1 and after the jump, you’ll see how they are made courtesy of the Science Channel.
Time and time again we see custom supercars built around the C6 Corvette. The Rossi 66 and Bertone’s Mantide are two that have successfully made the jump from vaporware to production. And last week we learned German-based Endora cars is planning on using the C6 Corvette as the basis for their supercar, the Endora SC-1.
We’ve noted several good Corvette buys this weekend at Dana Mecum’s Spring Auction in Indianapolis but I don’t think anyone was prepared to see a 2009 Corvette ZR1 sell for $70,000. But that’s what happened when the VIN #0006 crossed the auction block Saturday afternoon.
Here is a comparison video from Japan’s Best Motoring TV show that puts the Lexus LFA against the Nissan GT-R, Corvette ZR1, Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the Ferrari F430 GT3 for a 3-lap attack at Fuji Speedway.
The comparison is epic proof of why we don’t put too much stock into comparisons as this was all about the drivers and their lack of familiarity with any car that wasn’t Japanese. The Corvette driver seemed particularly tentative in the corners and really failed to utilize one of the ZR1′s core strengths: brakes. Despite that minor observation, it’s always fun to see these epic sports cars battling on a track. You have to watch the video to find out how it ends.
I’m not sure if there is something in the water or if the moon is out of alignment, but there seems to be a recent rash of people getting trapped in Corvettes whose battery has died. We already told you of the one of guy who called 911 after getting locked in his Corvette ZR1, but here is another frustrated gentleman whose calls for help to his friends result in this hilarious video being posted on youtube.
Corvette owners are known for customizing their rides and for many that starts with their license plate. Vanity plates are a way for Corvette owners to express themselves and their show pride in their car although some owners have a sense of humor. While at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, we encountered some many Corvettes sporting a custom vanity plates so we thought we’d share our favorites with you.