This C4 Corvette belonging to Laverne Nolting of Sunset Hills, MO was crushed in her parents garage when a tornado struck a week ago. The house and car appear to be a total loss. The irony is that Nolting had put the car in the garage to protect it from the weather.
A very cool new incentive to help boost Corvette sales was being by touted by several dealers over the weekend. With a purchase of any new 2010 or 2011 Corvette (coupe, convertible, Grand Sport or Z06), you will receive the complimentary two-day ZR1 Driving School at either Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving or the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain. Buyers of the ZR1 already get the two-day driving class so if you buy a new ZR1 during this incentive period, you’ll receive a complimentary third day. You must purchase a new Corvette between Jan 4 – February 28, 2011. More details of this great incentive are after the jump.
Check out this dash cam video capturing a C6 Corvette bursting into flames at Road Atlanta. It looks like the Corvette just rounded Turn 7 and was moving very fast down the backstretch when incident occurred.
A new commercial for Mountain Dew shot by Mouse McCoy and his Bandito Brothers production company features a C4 Corvette being “pipe-ramped” into a bullfighting ring. In the new spot, an obnoxious dude drives up to the arena and tosses his keys to a young man he assumes is a valet. Of course, the kid is not a valet and so he takes the Corvette on a joyride with culminates in a spectacular jump into the bullfighting arena. Trust me, its awesome!
December brought a ton of snow across the country as well as 974 Corvettes for new owners. And with these final sales numbers for 2010 which arrived from General Motors this week, we can officially report total Corvette sales down -9.4% for the 2010 calendar year. The total number of Corvettes delivered in 2010 was 12,624 vs sales of 13,934 Corvettes in CY 2009.
This yellow 1973 Corvette crashed into the Quality Inn and Suites on Marketview Drive in Champaign, Illinois late Tuesday morning. Police say the 17-year old driver hit a curb, overcorrected his steering and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic before whacking the side of the hotel. Although the hotel was structurally sound following the accident, the same can’t be said for the C3 Corvette. The driver was issued a ticket for improper lane usage.
Hagerty Insurance CEO McKeel Hagerty was asked which current crop of new cars will be the future’s most collectible. His list names the Corvette ZR1 as #2 behind the Dodge Viper. Rounding out the top 5 is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Ford GT and the Porsche Carrera GT.
For the past five years, Car and Driver magazine has featured an annual time trial competition at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) where cars are pitted against one another based on selling price. There are five classes and Corvettes can be found in both the LL2 class ($30,000-$60,000) and LL3 class ($60,000-$120,000). This latest test featured the new 2011 Corvette Z06 which was equipped with the Z07 package.
One of our favorite models of the C4 era is the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Just 1,000 Grand Sports were built and only 190 were convertibles. Combine the historical connotations of the 1963 Grand Sports with the 1996′s Admiral Blue and White exterior, unique VIN and a one-year-only optional V8 engine and you’ve got something that is a collector’s dream.
Normally our “Corvettes on the dyno” posts are reserved for new models like when the Corvette ZR1 first became available. But this video of a twin-turbo 2005 Corvette on the dyno is just too good to pass up. Dallas Performance is the tuner who built this 1250 hp coupe and in addition to their horsepower-increasing skills, they are pretty darn good with a camera and editing program too.