Kirk Bennion – GM’s Corvette Exterior Design Engineer – attended the 30th Annual Corvette Beach Caravan and Car Show in Panama City hosted by the Circle City Corvette Club at the end of March. In his presentation, Kirk shows the evolving design of the Corvette that became the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. You’ll see a couple of designs that didn’t make the cut as well as learn how the movie “Underworld” played a role in creating the overall look of the Z06 Carbon.
Here is a cool promotional video from our friends at the SmokinVette Corvette forum.
Some collectors will say that when it comes to Early C1 Corvettes (1953-55) the 1954 Corvette is the red-headed step child compared with the 300 1953 Corvettes produced the year earlier or the 700 V8-powered 1955 that came a year after. Truth be told, the 1954 Corvette featured a number of upgrades over its model year predecessor that improved fit and finish during assembly as well as improved drivability and comfort.
Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows takes us on a tour of various features of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. He then gets behind the wheel of the Velocity Yellow GS Coupe and has some real fun on the track including a demonstration of launch control.
General Motors will be giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win a new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a trip to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can register for the sweepstakes by visiting www.RaceToWinCorvette.com. You’ll have to answer three simple questions to fill out the entry form, but trust me – they are easy! The Grand Prize drawing will take place on July 7, 2010. There is also a “Refer-a-Friend” contest in which the winner will receive a PRS SE Model Guitar signed by the Corvette Racing Team. PRS Guitars is a sponsor of Corvette Racing.
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One of the easiest ways to give your Corvette a custom look is with a new set of wheels. Corvette Guys has a huge selection of custom and replica wheels in all sizes and colors. You can choose from Chrome, Hyper Silver or Black and with free shipping, you’ll save with their already low pricing. In addition to rims, Corvette Guys carries performance tires and TPMS sensors. Order a set of rims with fresh rubber and Corvette Guys with mount and balance for free and then will ship your wheels direct to you free of charge. Check out these current Corvette wheel specials from Corvette Guys:
Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter discuss the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and show us how technology transfers from Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs to the production street cars and then back again.
Most of our Corvette Values submissions deal with classic Corvettes so its refreshing when we get to take a closer look at something a bit more modern. MW of Nebraska submitted this 1998 Silver Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values because his bank required a Corvette Appraisal to cover the value of the loan:
1998 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1g1yy22g3w5120XXX. Silver with Black leather interior. 6-Speed manual transmission. 64,400 miles. All original with no mods other than a Corsa exhaust. Mechanicals and body listed as in Good condition. Original owner history is available but no sales documentation exists.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic next month in Indianapolis will feature Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette roadster. The personalized car was a gift to the brilliant designer and father of the Corvette following his retirement from General Motors. The “Harley Earl” Corvette appeared last June at the Bloomington Gold auction where it was a no sale at $985,000.
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