GM released their first sales figures for 2011 and it shows 721 Corvettes were delivered to new owners in January. This is 15.6% off the 854 Corvettes sold last year in January 2010. In fact, the 721 Corvettes delivered in January is 2nd worst month for Corvettes sales since we began tracking the monthly sales figures in January 2006.
Madison, Alabama’s police department unveiled their latest weapon for combating crime and building community relations – a Torch Red Corvette Grand Sport Coupe. The Corvette was donated by Jeff and Nilmini Thompson, owners of Systems, Products and Solutions, to give back to their community.
The Corvette Museum’s Motorsport Park project got a shot in the arm on Friday night following the sale of the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. The sale of the White/Blue one-off VIN #001 Corvette Z06 for $210,000 to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was probably a little lower than what the NCM was looking for, but every little bit helps!
Article and Photos Contributed by Steve Burns
Each year in early January the auto industry descends upon snowy Detroit to kick off the annual car show season. Automakers from around the world debut new models, special editions, and future technologies. This year’s show featured roughly 40 new vehicle introductions as the auto industry continues to recover from the events of the last couple of years. Over 700,000 people will visit Detroit’s Cobo Center over the course of the 9 public show days.
I was perusing some Corvette salvage classifieds when I came across this ad for a 2007 Corvette Z06. It was listed as a theft recovery but obviously only part of the Corvette was recovered! This made for some interesting reading when describing the vehicle’s condition: Won’t Start, Missing Key. Dang! I was hoping to test drive it too.
Check out more salvage Corvettes at Insurance Auto Auctions.
At the Corvette Museum’s 2010 C5/C6 Bash, GM unveiled a special 2011 Corvette Z06 that was a tribute to Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Painted white with blue racing stripes, the Z06 Corvette matches the livery of the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won its class and finished 8th overall. The NCM announced today that the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 will be auctioned next week at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the proceeds will go to the NCM’s planned 500-acre motorsports park.
Serial #003 of Chevrolet’s new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition will be raffled tomorrow by the National Corvette Museum at 2pm Central. Tickets are $300 each and the raffle is limited to just 1,000 tickets. As of Tuesday, only 324 tickets have been sold.
Check out this custom 2008 convertible Corvette Z06 for sale by Canadian tuner John Caravaggio of Caravaggio Corvettes. This Z06 is John’s personal Corvette and he just posted it for sale on Corvette Forum. With only 15,000 miles on the clock, the Corvette features a variety of upgrades – the most obvious was taking the Z06 topless. You don’t see one of these everyday!
A very cool new incentive to help boost Corvette sales was being by touted by several dealers over the weekend. With a purchase of any new 2010 or 2011 Corvette (coupe, convertible, Grand Sport or Z06), you will receive the complimentary two-day ZR1 Driving School at either Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving or the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain. Buyers of the ZR1 already get the two-day driving class so if you buy a new ZR1 during this incentive period, you’ll receive a complimentary third day. You must purchase a new Corvette between Jan 4 – February 28, 2011. More details of this great incentive are after the jump.
Check out this dash cam video capturing a C6 Corvette bursting into flames at Road Atlanta. It looks like the Corvette just rounded Turn 7 and was moving very fast down the backstretch when incident occurred.