Friday saw the release of GM’s monthly sales reports and for the straight sixth straight month the number of Corvettes sold has been north of 1,000 units. In September 2010, 1,109 Corvettes were sold. This was 30% lower than last year’s 1,585 Corvettes, but discount that due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the September 2009 sales total. Year to date, Corvette sales total 9,798, a 9% decrease from 2009′s 10,795 units.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineeering is a name that is synonymous with world-class performance and their newest performance package builds on their 30 year history of taking Corvettes to the next level. The Lingenfelter LS3 C6 Corvette E-Force Supercharged Engine package makes 670 horsepower out of the 436 horsepower base LS3 and vaults a standard or Grand Sport Corvette into one of the most powerful sports cars in the world.
For some, the look of the Corvette is timeless. In fact, I haven’t seen a 2010 Corvette look this good since 1995!
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Joel Rosen’s east coast-based Motion Performance Speed Shop was legendary for building unbeatable muscle cars in the Sixties and seventies. Teaming up with Baldwin Chevrolet, customers could order a Corvette which would be torn down and rebuilt into an 11.5 second drag car, complete with factory warranty.
One the creations of Rosen was the Phase III GT which made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York City in April, 1969. Motion Performance would build just 12 of the 500+ horsepower grand touring Corvettes with the last one leaving the shop in 1971. That last Phase III GT Corvette was recently purchased from the family of the original owner and has been restored back to original condition and will be displayed at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in November.
While most of the horses found at the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY will be of the four-legged variety, the National Corvette Museum will be offering 436 horses under the hood of Kentucky’s official sports car to one lucky raffle winner on Sunday, October 10th. This one of a kind 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is VIN #14 and was used extensively by Chevrolet at shows promoting the new Grand Sport model.
After 10 years of Corvette Racing’s dominance in the American Le Mans Series GT1 Class, a run which resulted in 70 victories, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy commemorated the end of the GT1 era with the 2009 ALMS GT1 Championship Edition. 600 of the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes were planned, but the financial downturn and the market turmoil surrounding GM’s bankruptcy resulted in just 125 of the Black and Yellow Corvettes being built. So when we find one of the 125 for sale, it’s kind of a big deal.
Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman takes the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Corvette ZR1 out to Willow Springs Raceway and the Mojave Spaceport’s 12,000-foot runway and put both cars through a lineup of instrumented tests. The wheelman for the tests was 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and GT2 world champion Justin Bell. Both cars excelled in different parts of the test but one of the cars broke and was unable to run the standing mile. Lastly, Bell is the first race car driver I’ve seen to really play with the Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management System. Can it make a professional driver better? Get his opinion and more in the video after the jump.
Here is a fairly original 1959 Corvette that was stored away in a barn somewhere in Wisconsin since the mid-sixties. The Corvette was recently willed to a nephew following the death of the owner and the nephew’s friend shared these pictures on the Corvette Forum. Many times, we’ll see barn cars only after they’ve been pulled out of their cocoon so it’s great to see the new owner documenting the classic C1 straight-axle in its surroundings where its been stored for 40+ years.
I was perusing the Corvettes on eBay (over 1,400 Corvettes for sale btw) a little after midnight and came across this stunning custom Corvette coupe. The combination silver/black matte custom paint immediately jumped off the screen to grab my attention. Black Matte seems to be all the rage currently and this Corvette pulls it off brilliantly. Check out more pics and additional information after the jump.