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Ad Watch: Virginia's Corvette Cash Lottery Commercial

The Virginia Lottery has introduced a new scratch-off game featuring a Corvette as the grand prize. To promote the scratch-offs, a commercial featuring four generations of Corvettes was produced. Here’s a look behind the scenes of the production of the Virginia Lottery’s Corvette Cash commercial shoot.


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Virginia Lottery via CorvetteConti.com

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APB: Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office just confiscated a Corvette Z06 from a baddie and turned it into an unmarked police car. This has been confirmed by several in the Raleigh area who have seen the car lit up like a Christmas tree along I40 as well as the guy who installed the light bar.

Posted on horsepowerjunkies.com was this quote supposedly from a Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy:

That SUM BITCH is BADD! It was a drug seizure vehicle, and the county nor the state spent a dime on that car except to put gas in it. All of the lights and equipment in the car is recycled from another cruiser that has been retired. The only way you will get away from this car is if you go through a parking lot with speed bumps, or cross a median.”

According to others that chimed in, the vehicle was donated by a local drug dealer who paid cash for the car. Other than time spent installing the light bar, no other expenses have been incurred in turning this Corvette into a police car.

“No expenses” may be the case, but wait until the Sheriff’s office needs to come up with $2K for a set of new tires!

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Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC    


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HorsepowerJunkies.com Related:
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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.


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GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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Hertz Selling Corvette ZHZ's at Dealer Auction

It appears that Hertz has starting to sell off a few of their special edition rental Corvette ZHZs. In an email to our friends at CorvetteConti.com, a visitor tells Rick that three of the specially-badged Velocity Yellow and Black striped coupes ran through the dealer-only Manheim auto auction in South Florida last Friday.

Hertz and other car rental agencies generally begin to sell off their inventory after a year or so of rental duty. These three Hertz ZHZ Corvette coupes each have between 22,000 to 25,000 miles and are described to be in “driver” condition with some scratches and worn seats.

The visitor tells Rick that the three Corvettes sold for $31,400, $31,500 and $31,600.

As Manheim is a registered dealer only auction, we expect these Corvettes to be offered for sale to the public in the near future. As Conti correctly points out, let’s hope that dealers aren’t getting one of these Corvettes:

Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia


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CorvetteConti.com

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Walk Around the Transformer's Corvette Stingray Centennial Concept

This is a short but sweet forty second walk around the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. The video appears to have been shot during production. For a brief instant I thought we’d finally get a look at the interior.

When the driver side door was opened, I was praying for that allusive interior shot. However, you can see the two-tone red/silver seats and it looks like the dash and steering wheel may be red as well.


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twitter.com/JT_Lewis

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Mecum Sells The First Corvette of the Sixties

by Keith Cornett on July 6, 2009

The First Corvette of the Sixties

One of selling features employed by the Mecum auction house is their “Bid Goes On” which allows bidding on Corvettes that did not sell on the block to continue in hopes that a sale can be reached. It gives buyers and sellers the opportunity to culminate a deal that otherwise would not have happened within the confines of a three-minute sale. One of Corvettes recently sold though this process was this 1960 Corvette with the serial #00001.

The first Corvette of the Sixties was Ermine White with a matching white convertible top. Like the first year 1953 Corvettes, a red interior compliments the white exterior. Vin #00001 is powered by RPO 579D – a 283 cubic inch fuel injected engine rated for 290 horsepower – and was coupled to a 4-speed transmission. Other options include the signal-seeking AM radio and classic wide whitewall tires.

At the auction, the Corvette reached a high bid of $290,000 without changing hands. Today we learned that the Corvette did sell after the auction at a slightly lower price of $275,000. We believe the seller, motivated by the no-sale changed his mind in regards to his reserve and took an offer through “the bid goes on” process.

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So is this a fair price for a solid-axle serial #00001 Corvette? At the 2008 Bloomington Gold auction, three serial #1 Corvettes were offered: 1955, 1956 and 1957. As a group, the three Corvettes reached a high-bid of $2.8 million but failed to reach reserve. The three Corvettes were then offered individually. The 1955 #0001 Corvette high bid was $850,000. The 1956 #0001 Corvette high bid was $900,000 and the 1957 #0001 Corvette reached a high bid of $950,000. All three Corvettes were no sales and haven’t been seen since.

So along comes the 1960 Corvette with serial #1 a year later and it sells for a fraction of the prices offered for the 1955-57 Corvettes. Will this price of $275,000 suck the wind out of those other cars when the resurface at another sale or will the 1960 Corvette be flipped when the market rebounds for a much higher price? This is what makes watching pricing so fun.

For a complete recap of the 2009 Bloomington Gold Auction, click here for the original post or here for just the auction results.


Source:
Mecum

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Ran Across a 2010 Corvette Grand While on Vacation

We’re spending this 4th of July weekend in Savannah and while taking a walk in the historic distric, low and behold I come across this 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. As it had a Michigan license plate and a “captured test fleet” sticker on the window, I figured some lucky GM engineer was also in town for the wonderful Southern atmosphere and holiday fireworks.

I tried to explain to my family the significance of running across one of these new Corvettes but frankly they think I’m crazy. I’m not crazy, I just have “Corvette Fever”. I took a pic right there on the spot and sent it to my Twitter account. I tried to explain that process to them too, but then realized I probably am crazy.

So what are the odds of a Corvette Blogger running across one of these CTF Corvette Grand Sports while on vacation? Slim to none is my thinking so I’m buying a lottery ticket tonight. Who knows, maybe lightning will strike twice!

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June 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 2, 2009

Chevrolet dealers delivered 1,396 Corvettes last month according to the latest sales report from General Motors. The number is slightly off last month’s 1,643 and ends five months of consecutive growth. GM finished second quarter with 4,446 Corvettes deliveries compared to 3,052 in the first quarter. For the calendar year, sales are off 49.9% compared to last year.

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Corvette Coupe Tops Strategic Vision's 2009 Quality List

Just a week after JD Power announced the Chevrolet Corvette as the best Sports car, Strategic Vision’s 2009 Total Quality Awards bestows the same title on the 2009 Corvette Coupe. Not only did Corvette perform better than any other car in its “Premium Coupe” class, its score of 938 was higher than any other class winner in the survey.

The Strategic Vision survey gathers its results differently than JD Power. While JD Power surveys approximately four times as many consumers, Strategic Vision rates the positive and negative aspects of buying, owning and driving vehicles.

“The difference between products that generate consideration, build brands and increase sales versus those that do not,” says Dr. Darrel Edwards, chairman of Strategic Vision, “is often how much delight and love the product generates with its customers.”

Other GM vehicles that ranked well in the survey include the Pontiac G8 (899), the GMC Envoy (859) and the GTM Yukon XL (899). Below are all the class winners as ranked in the 2009 Strategic Vision Total Quality Awards:

Segment Winner(s) TQI Score
Small Car Ford Focus Sedan 877
Small Multi-Function Volkswagen Rabbit 889
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 891
Large Car Nissan Maxima 900
  Pontiac G8 899
Near-Luxury Car Volkswagen CC Sedan 923
  Audi A4 Sedan 922
Specialty Coupe Volkswagen New Beetle 924
Premium Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 938
Minivan Honda Odyssey 865
Entry Utility Volkswagen Tiguan 914
Mid-Size Crossover Utility Toyota Venza 925
Mid-Size Traditional Utility GMC Envoy 859
  Toyota 4Runner 858
Large Utility GMC Yukon XL 899
Near-Luxury Utility Infiniti FX 906
  Infiniti EX35 904
  BMW X3 904
Luxury Utility Land Rover Range Rover 920
Standard Pickup Honda Ridgeline 874
  Dodge Ram 1500 899


Source:
Motor Trend

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First Corvettes Rolled off Flint Assembly Line 56-years Ago Today

Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.

Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.

Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.

The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”

Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.


Source:
How Stuff Works

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