We got the February 2011 sales figures from General Motors and its been a rare moment when we can say Corvette sales are up over the previous month as well as up in the year to date figure. Last month, 955 Corvettes were delivered to new homes, a 53% increase from the mere 624 Corvettes sold in the same month in 2010. For the calendar year, 1,676 Corvettes have been delivered which is a 13.4% increase over the first two months of 2010.
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During last week’s Detroit Autorama, Cobo Hall was wall-to-wall hot rods and many of those hot rods were Corvettes. The classic hod rod Vettes ranged from originals and restomods to full blown customs like the 1962 Corvette named “Elegance” that won a spot in the Ridler Great 8. Not to be outdone, later model Corvettes included the SEMA Z06x track Corvette and a sinister Black Lingenfelter C6 Convertible were also on full display. Even Jake was in the house! Check out the full gallery after the jump.
Canada. The great white north. The country that brought us back bacon, Molson beer and Ron Fellows is also home to Elite Tuners of Canada (ETC) and their Gold Rush colored C6 Corvette. The tuning company made their first appearance at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto last week with a display of two cars in front of the Chevrolet area. Dubbed the “Top Tuner 5″ project, the Corvette and its Chevy Cruze counterpart “Top Tuner 5.5″ turned a lot of heads with the race-inspired tuning projects.
Corvette Conti says that 2011 will be the last year for Jetstream Blue Metallic (RPO 85U). GM will phase the color out early and has already issued a final order date for those that still wish to build a 2011 Corvette in Jetstream Blue. The last Dealer Order submission process to submit orders with Jetstream Blue will occur during the cycle that starts Thursday, March 3, 2011, and ends Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Last October, GM announced that it would be introducing a new convertible top color for Corvettes. Well that day is here as we have pictures of the first 2011 Corvette Grand Sport convertible made with the new Blue soft top. This 2011 SuperSonic Blue Corvette not only features the first blue convertible top, but open the doors and you see the first Corvette to have the blue accent stitching.
Okay, who ordered the 10 Velocity Yellow Corvette Grand Sport Coupes? These were spotted on a hauler heading south on I-65 just North of Nashville.
Motor Trend put together an interesting comparison test for finding the best sub-$100,000 supercar. Stepping up to the challenge was Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06, Ford’s Shelby GT500 and Nissan’s GT-R. The three cars met at the Streets of Willow where World Challenge GT champion Randy Pobst spent the day hot-lapping these cars in the high desert of California.
We think Corvette enthusiasts are some of the greatest people in the world. Unfortunately, we also have our share of morons who think they can do whatever they want. Case in point? A police officer cruising the Lenox Mall in Atlanta saw a C6 Corvette parked in the fire lane. As he pulls behind it, the car’s driver comes out of the mall. The officer attempts to question him and the man jumps in the car, locks the doors and takes off at a high rate of speed.
The next three episodes of The Speed Business from Gramm Productions are now online. The video series follows race team owner/driver Tony Gaples and his silver C6 Corvette as he campaigns Blackdog Racing through 2005′s SCCA Pro Racing “Speed World Challenge”. Where the first three episodes took place at Infineon raceway in Sonoma, CA, Episodes 4-6 of the The Speed Business follow the team as the prepare, qualify and race at Portland.
We got great news tonight from General Motors regarding the production status of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon limited edition. Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles has confirmed that the Supersonic Blue or Inferno Orange Z06s will be available for ordering from your Chevrolet dealer beginning on February 21, 2011.