The first sales report of the new year hit yesterday and the good news is that Corvette sales are up 1.4% over last year. January 2010 deliveries totaled 854 – 12 Corvettes more than the 842 sold in January 2009. Historically, Corvette sales tend to a breather in January anyway so we are okay with this number. The other significant number for the month is the availability of the Corvette ZR1. National inventories of the supercharged ZR1 have grown by 27% to 191 units.
Here is an interesting unofficial rendering of the C7 Corvette by designer Andrei Avarvarii that takes some of the best features of the Transformer’s Stingray Concept and morphs them with the best features of the C6.
One of the more popular fundraisers for The National Corvette Museum is their new Corvette raffles. I wanted to make sure to highlight this raffle coming up on Thursday as the entry price is something we can all afford. This 2010 Torch Red Corvette is being offered for just $10/ticket. And this isn’t some stripped down base model either. This Corvette features the 3LT package and includes delivery at the museum. Check out the Corvette’s specs after the jump and follow the links to order your tickets.
Once again, GM has stepped up to the plate to do something good for the neighborhood. During Saturday’s broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction, a beautiful 2008 Corvette Z06 427 Special Edition was offered for sale with 100% of all proceeds going to the Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti. Joining the Red Cross representatives on the stage was GM VP of Global Design Ed Welburn.
It was fifty-seven years ago today that thousands of Americans gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to catch a glimpse of Chevrolet’s new two-seater sports car. The EX-122 concept was such an instant hit with the public that GM rushed into production the revolutionary fiberglass-bodied car. Six months later, the first Corvette was completed at a makeshift assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. Just 300 Corvettes were produced in 1953 with a sticker price of about $3,500.
If something doesn’t quite look right with this 1963 Corvette Coupe, you get a gold star! That’s because this was a prototype for a “four place” Corvette. That’s right, a Corvette with back seats! The idea came from Ed Cole who wondered if a four-place Corvette could rival the successful four-seat Thunderbird.
A Corvette ZR1 , ZO6 and Supercharged Indy 500 Pace Car do doughnuts. Goes perfectly with your morning coffee so enjoy!
The “accident” at the end of this video has been up on YouTube for a while but it was just today I learned that the driver had picked up the C5 Corvette Z06 from a dealer and was on a test drive. In this extended version, the Corvette driver is being an absolute ass by tailgating, fishtailing and doing donuts on public roads leading up to the crash.
The announcer says the dealer decided not to press charges which leads me to wonder if they ever saw this tape? Well one thing is for certain. Unlike the guy who fried the clutch in a Z06, our driver here at least knows how to do a burnout!
TB in Montana submitted this 1964 Corvette Convertible to Corvette Values:
1964 Corvette Convertible, VIN 40867S109XXX. Powered by a NOM 350 ci engine. Believed to be an ex-365 hp car as Tach redline is 6,500. 4-speed transmission with Hurst shifter, 68,500 original miles. Exterior is Riverside Red with Red leather interior and is in excellent condition. Corvette’s mechanicals, exterior paint and chrome are in average driver condition. Options include power brakes, factory hard-top and aftermarket wheels. No documentation, but owner history and receipts back to 1983 are available.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.