Did Chevy ever really seriously consider developing a turbine-powered Corvette? The short answer is “No!”. They may have talked about it over lunch, but Chevy never got into the turbine craze of the late sixties. But just because Chevy was never on-board doesn’t mean others haven’t looked to build their own turbine powered Corvette.
Chevrolet’s Corvette has once again made the Consumer Report’s Owner Satisfaction survey. Although specifics weren’t discussed, Corvette ranked third overall behind the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Rounding out the top 6 was the Porsche 911, Toyota Prius and the all-wheel drive Acura TL.
Chance Mayfield walked out of the Broadway Barn honky-tonk in Nashville on a night in November 1970 and found that his Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette Convertible had been stolen. The Corvette was worth about $2,200 at the time of the theft. With no insurance, Mayfield thought the Corvette was gone forever. Fast forward to this summer when a Detective from the Scottsdale Arizona police department called Mayfield to tell him they located the classic sting ray after a routine inspection revealed the stolen car.
Mecum’s final auction of the year will be taking place this Friday and Saturday in Kansas City at the Kansas City Convention Center. Forty-four Corvettes are on the auction dockett and along with a host of classics and near classics you find at any auction, Mecum has included these two Karl Kustom C6 Corvettes.
German-based tuner Loma Performance takes the term “wide body” to a whole new realm with its “BlackforceOne” Corvette package. The only thing that falls flat here is the press releases comparison that this Corvette is somehow “reminiscent” of Boeing’s Air Force One. Clearly the Corvette is more of stealth fighter than passenger jet with its 783 hp bi-turbo V8 engine and copious carbon fiber body parts.
GM released the figures yesterday for November 2009: 952 Corvettes were delivered in the month, a decline of over 200 units from October 2009′s 1,154. Year to year, Corvette sales are down 12% from the 1,093 deliveries in November 2008. For the calendar year (Jan-Nov 09) 12,901 Corvettes were sold compared with 25,647 sold over the same time period in 2008. That’s a decline of 49.7%.
Back in May we revealed the Corvette Dream Giveaway raffle to benefit the Kids Wish Network was pairing a unique 1 of 1 Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 with a classic 1967 Corvette Convertible that will be given away to one lucky winner on Christmas day. While the focus on that blog post was the special edition Corvette ZR1, we thought it appropriate to take a closer look at the big block Sting Ray that will also be given away to help make a child’s dream come true.
GJ in Florida submitted this 1998 Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values:
1998 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1G1YY22G8W5109XXX. Rare RPO 58U Aztec Gold exterior paint, Light Oak leather interior and black dash. 345 hp LS1, automatic transmission, 35K Miles. Corvette is in Show condition. Documentation includes internal GM memos regarding Aztec Gold paint. Signed by Wil Cooksey. Multiple trophy winner, displayed at National Corvette Museum.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
Autoblog had the rare opportunity to visit GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan where they worked along side master engine builder Mike Armstrong to assemble an LS9 engine. The PBC is unique to GM’s other engine assembly centers as each engine is assembled by hand from start to finish by a single engine builder as opposed to sending the engine down an assembly line where multiple workers add the same part over and over.
Looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for your junior Corvette enthusiast this year? Look no further than Hammacher Schlemmer’s 35 MPH Junior C1 Corvette. The 2/3 scale gasoline powered replica of a 1956 Corvette is an impressive recreation of the first Corvette to race at Sebring.