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Hennessey Unleashes the 705hp Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2009

Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

For some the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower is simply not enough. Hennessey Performance solves that problem with their latest creation, the Corvette ZR700. An extensive list of bolt-ons and a custom tune unleash the fury of the ZR1 by boosting horsepower to 705 and torque to 717lb-ft. The numbers are awe-inspiring.

Hennessey’s Corvette ZR700 rips through the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. The estimated top speed is 212 mph.

To squeeze the extra performance out of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9, Hennessey increases the supercharger boost from 11psi to 14psi and then adds a K&N air filter, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters, upgrades the intercooler system and finishes up with a dyno test and tune session. Watch the Corvette ZR700′s quarter mile run at Lonestar Motorsports Park:

If the 705 hp ZR700 isn’t enough for you, Hennessey adds even more upgrades and goes into the engine with high flow cylinder heads and an agressive cam shaft that boosts horsepower to an astonishing 755.


Source:
Hennessey via MotorAuthority.com

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Racer

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2009

1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible

This 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible made its presence known like no other car during last weekend’s Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. When it fired up the race-prepped 427 cubic inch big block and rolled into the auction ring, the packed house was paying close attention. Here was a documented authentic factory L88 race car and Proteam Corvette wanted it sold!

Included in the documentation of this vintage racer was the tank sticker, early photos of the Corvette and its racing log books, trophies and awards. The tank sticker documents the L88 engine and special COPO request for this Corvette NOT to be equipped with the Big Brake options like all other L88 Corvettes, making it a one of one car.

The Corvette saw combat in SCCA events regularly from 1972-1976 and raced in such storied venues as Daytona and Sebring. It’s listed in the roster of cars that raced in the 24th Annual 12 hours of Sebring in 1976. The car is currently certified for SVRA vintage races.

Towards the end of the auction the race car seemed to stall at $300,000 but it only took another $5,000 to drop the reserve and sell the Corvette at $305,000. Tom Abrams of Reliable Transports was the buyer and is shown getting the Mecum treatment there at the end.


Source:
Mecum Auction

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2009 GT-1 Championship Edition Corvette

Tom Hill, Quality Engineering Manager at the Corvette Assembly Plant announced to NCRS members attending the Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida last weekend that a new limited edition package called the GT-1 Edition would be produced this Spring. Like the Competition Sport Package, the GT-1 Edition centers around the Corvette Racing theme with team mascot “Jake” prominently displayed.

The package will reportedly be available on Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models. They will include your choice of either 45U Velocity Yellow with Black Stripes or 41U Black with Yellow Stripes. Both colors feature the now familiar “Jake” mascot as well as other graphics inspired by the Corvette Racing C6.Rs like the distinctive yellow windshield banner.

Another unique feature will include graphics that will have the driver’s names on the roof just like the C6.R. The championships that the Corvette Racing C6.R team has won will be displayed on a lower door script graphic. Other features include black headlamps on the Velocity Yellow models and Genuine Corvette Accessories (GCA) body colored door handles and carbon fiber patterned engine covers.

All GT-1 Championship models include the ZR1′s full width spoiler in body color and Q9V Forged Chrome Wheels. The Coupe and Convertible models will come equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance Exhaust.

Each of the GT-1 Edition interiors will receive exclusive GT-1 embroidery on the seats and console lid. Ebony 4LT (Coupe and Convertible) and 3LZ (Z06) interiors and shifter will be accentuated with yellow stitching. Included will be a Special Console Trim Plate with specific VIN sequencing and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Pricing and availability are expected sometime in February.

With 2009 being the end of Corvette Racing’s reign of the GT-1 class in the ALMS and Le Mans, collectors and Corvette Racing fans alike will have the opportunity to show their support when driving this unique tribute to the C6.R team to a Corvette corral later this year and beyond.


Source:
Corvette Forum

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The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe

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2009 Corvette Competition Sport Package Pricing Revealed

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2009

2009 Competition Sport Corvette

While still waiting for an official announcement from GM regarding pricing for the 2009 Corvette’s Competition Sport package, sources told Jalopnik that the Z51-Equipped 1LT Coupe version will run $55,655 while the Z06 1LZ model will set you back $77,500 including charges.

Chevy is aiming this limited edition Corvette for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. Available in Z06 or Z51 configurations, the CSC package is ready for some serious performance driving. With the focus on keeping the Corvette lightweight for performance driving, you’ll see some serious track-influenced design features:

2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC)

Chevrolet introduces a new Corvette package available for a limited time. The Competition Sport package is for the Corvette purist and driving enthusiast. Perfect Corvette for the enthusiast who attends driving schools and track events. Focus on lightweight and performance driving. Serious track influenced design features. Excellent value pricing – Limited build scheduled for Spring ’09 only.

Included in the package:

  • Competition Gray Exterior Stripes, Wheels, and Headlamps
  • Corvette Racing ‘Jake’ and CSR logos on b-pillar, headrest, and center armrest
  • Ebony Interior with titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing Pedals from GCA
  • Special engine cover
  • Racing style numbers with number based on build sequence to be installed by customer

The Competition Sport Corvette is available in either a 1LT Coupe with 436 horsepower or as the 1LZ Z06 with 505 horsepower. The Z06 version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 41U Black. The Coupe version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 10U Arctic White.

Also included in the coupe version is the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust, Differential Cooler, Head-Up Display, Red Painted Brake Calipers and a Z06 tall spoiler.


Source:
Jalopnik

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Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Japan’s Special Edition Corvette: The Corvette S-Limited
The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe

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2009 Corvette ZR1

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.

The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.

2009 World Performance Car finalists:

  • Audi RS 6 Avant
  • BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
  • Corvette ZR1
  • Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
  • Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
  • Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI

The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.


Source:
Jalopnik

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[VIDEO] Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Sells for $1.05 Million

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2009

Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist” dominated SCCA racing in 1963 with this factory-backed 1963 Corvette Z06 race car. On Saturday afternoon at the Mecum High Performance Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, the “Gulf Oil” Corvette dominated the field once again with an auction-high gavel price of $1,050,000!

Dr. Thompson was on hand to sign autographs and introduce his old Corvette. He joked that the Corvette looked better today than it did when he was driving it. Noted Z06 historian Eric Gill was also on the stage and showed the original starting lineup for the 1963 24 hours of LeMans that had “Gulf One” in the #1 position followed by Mickey Thompson’s Z06 in position #2. Unfortunately, GM pulled out and “Gulf One” never made it to France to compete on the world stage.

Bidding on the “Gulf One” Corvette Z06 opened at $400,000 and quickly climbed to $900,000. When the bid topped $1 million the crowed cheered and that seemed to elicit one more bid of $1,050,000 which removed the reserve. No other bids came in and the hammer dropped on this historic race car.

Although the $1.05 million selling price of “Gulf One” is significant, it was still less than the $1.485 million paid for the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette that sold in August of 2008 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. That Corvette was also driven by Dr. Dick Thompson who finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 SCCA-A production championship.

Sources:
Mecum

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2004 Corvette Convertible - The Last C5 Convertible

Chevrolet dealer and noted collector Bob McDorman has brought nearly a dozen of his Corvettes to the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida this weekend to sell. Unlike many of McDorman’s Corvettes that feature low VIN’s, lot #F266, a 2004 Corvette Convertible, has a high VIN at 31,945, but it is unique as it holds the distinction of being the last C5 convertible produced.

The last C5 Convertible is a 2004 Commemorative Edition Corvette, painted in LeMans Blue and outfitted with Shale interior, special embroidery and badges. Following production, the Corvette was sent over to the Museum where it was used as a “Give-Away” car. We are unsure of exactly how the Corvette came into possession of Bob McDorman, but like many Corvettes in his collection, the mileage is low with just 2,600 miles reading on the odometer.

This Corvette hit the Mecum auction block a little after 9pm on Friday night and was sold for $32,500. We thought it was a good deal for both buyer and seller as the price was in-line for a low mileage, condition 1 2004 Corvette convertible. The fact that it’s the last C5 Convertible and a former Bob McDorman Corvette will undoubtedly make it more valuable as time goes by.


Source:
Mecum Auction

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[VIDEO] Auction Preview: Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

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Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Mecum Auctions calls “Gulf One” the most desirable 1963 Corvette Z06 of them all! Delivered from Yenko Chevrolet to Gulf Oil’s Grady Davis in October 1962, this Corvette Z06 was race prepared and rushed down to the Puerto Rico Grand Prix where it scored its first class win. With the “Flying Dentist” Dr. Dick Thompson at the wheel, the Gulf Oil sponsored Z06 became the most successful factory-backed production racing Corvette of the C2 era.

In addition to the Z06′s historical racing achievements, the Corvette itself is significant as it represented at the time the most dramatic advance in production Corvette performance. Of the 21,513 Corvettes produced in 1963, Gulf One was 1 of only 14 regular production Corvette Serial Numbers assigned specifically for competition and it was the first of 2 Serial Numbers assigned to Yenko Chevrolet specifically for competition.

After the win at Puerto Rico, Gulf One took the A-Production class win at Marlboro, Maryland in January 1963 and then was prepped for FIA competition for races at Daytona and Sebring. Thompson and Gulf one placed third overall and first in GT3 class at Daytona in February behind two Ferrari GTO’s, but a disappointing gearbox failure at Sebring marred the car’s impressive qualifying performance.

Thompson barnstormed Gulf One across the country, winning 1st place overall at the SCCA President’s Cup at Marlboro, Maryland and the A/Production class at Danville, Virginia and Road America. In all, Gulf One saw more racing combat in more venues than any of the other “Specially Assigned” factory Z-06’s and was always at the front of the pack.

Today, the Gulf One Corvette Z06 has been restored and appears as it did on the starting grid of the 1963 Sebring 12 Hours. Mecum will auction the Corvette this Saturday around 2:30pm at the annual Mecum Kissimmee auction in Central Florida. On hand to witness the sale as well as meet and greet fans is the “Flying Dentist” himself, Dr. Dick Thompson.

CorvetteBlogger will be spending some quality time in Orlando with both the NCRS Winter Regional Meet and the Mecum auction featuring 750+ cars. I’ll have results and auction videos early next week.

Sources:
Mecum

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Corvette Ad Watch: Vintage 1960 Corvette Poster

by Keith Cornett on January 22, 2009

Vintage 1960 Corvette Poster

This vintage poster features five 1960 Corvette Roadsters driving in formation and poses the question: “For ten seconds try to imagine what owning a Corvette would be like…” As Corvette owners, we can agree with the answer: “You’re close, but it’s better than that!”

Click here for a larger version of the ad.


Source:
Fun House @ Flickr

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Rumor: 2010 Corvette to Include a Grand Sport Widebody?

by Keith Cornett on January 21, 2009

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Update: The Corvette Grand Sport was introduced on April 24, 2009 at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. We have updates which include:

Exclusive Photo Gallery: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport


Talk of “Change” is in the air, but luckily our focus is on Corvettes and what may be coming our way in 2010. A CorvetteForum member was perusing the GM computer system and claims he saw a Grand Sport option for both Coupes and Convertibles in 2010. The RPO Z16, used in 1996 to describe the Grand Sport package was also mentioned. However, something else is afoot, as we are seeing how just one word is causing the Corvette enthusiast community to swoon: widebody.

A widebody describes the Corvette Z06′s increased width over the Coupe and Convertible models due to the flared front and rear fender panels that house the larger Z06’s wheels and brakes. A Widebody conversion, especially the rear portion which when done by itself is referred to as a “widebooty, is one of the more popular C6 Corvette body modifications which can cost upwards of $10-$15K.

The last few special editions rolled out by GM have been nothing more than special paint schemes and embroidered seats, no doubt conceived by marketing types to sell more Corvettes. Normally, we are okay with that but some special edition Corvettes require a little something extra to make them special. As in the case of the coming 2009 Competition Sport Corvette, is it more of a performance model over that of a regular Coupe because it comes with a user-affixible numbers to paste on the doors?

A Grand Sport widebody on the other hand changes the game. A unique body style would make the Corvette special. Add some goodies like the Z06’s brakes and then wrap it up in the Grand Sport livery with special paint and interior trim and you’ve got a guaranteed winner.

Like any rumor, those that know aren’t talking and those that don’t anything are talking too much. Watching the chatter over the next couple months will be interesting and it gives us something to look forward to. Hopefully as we get closer to the Corvette Bash in April we will start to get some solid news that will surely please the enthusiast community: The return of the Grand Sport Corvette.

Sources:
Corvette Forum

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