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Corvettes

2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car Corvette

On Saturday I took a drive across Tampa to my Corvette Club’s sponsoring dealer Ferman Chevrolet to see the two special edition 2008 Corvettes: The 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car replica and the 427 Edition Corvette Z06. While the promotional pictures and other people’s photos have already appeared online, it’s quite a different thrill to actually see these two unique Corvettes up-close and personal.

Ferman’s Corvette specialist Tommy Farruggio told me they ordered two of the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas, a convertible and a coupe. I’ve mentioned it before and seeing it in person has only reinforced my belief that this is the best looking Corvette Pace Car since the original one appeared back in 1978. What really stands out is the green trim on the Indy 500 side logos and the stripe running along side the hood bulge. The Pace Car replica’s feature the signature of Emerson Fittipaldi, two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and are numbered. The Pace Car coupe that I viewed was number 245 out of 500. This Corvette has already been sold but interestingly the buyer is also in the market for a sub-1000 mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car. If you know of one available, let me know.

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The other special edition of 2008 is the Crystal Red 427 Corvette Z06, a tribute car that celebrates the heritage of the 427 cubic inch engine. In Chevrolet history, the 427 engine was the pinnacle of performance for Corvettes and other muscle cars of the late ’60s. As the pushrod V8 has matured and technology advanced, Chevrolet is able to once again offer the potent power plant, this time in the form of the LS7 7.0 liter 505 hp small block. The 427 Editions are unique with the Crystal Red paint and custom black hood strip as well as the bevy of the old-style horsepower logos on the hood and embroidered on the seats. The 427 also pays homage to Wil Cooksey, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s manager who just retired. Wil’s focus on quality is one of the reasons why the Corvette scores so well on owner satisfaction surveys. Tommy said this was third 427 Edition to come through Ferman with other two already sold and delivered to customers. This 427 Corvette is signed by Wil Cooksey and is number 370 out of 505.

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LeMans Blue Corvette Z06 in Italy

SuperCarMovies.com has turned their high-definition camera lenses on the Corvette Z06 and the result can only be summed up simply as “breathtaking”. This isn’t just another YouTube video showing the comings and going of America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads, its a full cinematic experience showing America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads.

While previous SuperCarMovies.com came complete with a plot line, with this movie, the Z06 is the plot line. From the beginning you get a sense that the video you are about see will exceed your expectations. They even filmed the Corvette Z06 in the rain! I didn’t see that coming…

Leaving the confines of a parking garage, the Corvette Z06 is shown first in the rain outside a gorgeous Italian estate. The action then moves to surrounding roads. The Corvette looks very comfortable sliding around the switchbacks and sloping mountainside curves. The views are wonderful and after watching the video, you’ll have a strong urge to go online looking to book travel to southern Europe.

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Some have referred to this video as Car Porn. We’re very happy to report that the video is “Safe for Work”. Enjoy some of the photos from the gallery and visit SuperCarMovies.com to watch the movie, available in both High or Standard definition. For those of you who actually prefer YouTube styled movies, I bring you our own 5 Bridges Run video shot last year.


Source:
SuperCarMovies.com via Autoblog.com

Related:
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2008 Corvette Convertible

Strategic Vision has released their annual Total Quality Awards and the 2008 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles over $30,000″ class besting 3 models from Mercedes-Benz and the BMW Z4 Roadster with a score of 940. This is the second year in row that the Corvette Convertible has won this class, and like last year, finished second overall behind the 950 scored by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Luxury Sedan. The score represents new vehicle owner satisfaction.

The top 5 of the Convertibles over $30,000:

  1. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (940)
  2. Mercedes-Benz SL (939)
  3. Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet (909)
  4. BMW Z4 Roadster (907)
  5. Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (891)

A number of prominent 2008 cars were not included in the results as Strategic Vision claims that the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient to be included.

Quality and owner satisfaction are two hallmarks of the latest generation of Corvettes. This year’s total quality index score of 940 is up 10 points over 2007′s quality score of 930.

Chevrolet also scored a class win in large pickups with two models tying for the top class score. The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 and the Silverado 1500 both had a total qaulity index score of 880.


Source:
Strategic Vision

Related:
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Corvette Convertible Named Intellichoice Best Overall Value

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Split Window inspired Corvette Speed Boat

So let me get this straight…A car named after a boat is used as the design inspiration for another boat? Swedish designer Bo Zolland takes the classic design cues from a 1963 Corvette split window coupe and applied it to this ultra cool speed boat design. It’s the ultimate Corvette Corvette! While these boats are just concepts, there is actually a swedish company taking orders to build you the real deal.

More photos after the jump.

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Zolland offers up several different power plants that these retro speed boats can be powered by, including the 496 or 502 Mercruiser, LS9 Marine or the 550 hp Volvo Penta Diesel. In the red example about, we believe Bo goes off the deep end by mounting what appears to be dual Viper V10s just feet behind the passenger cockpit. We think if you are going through the process of recreating the original sting ray, it should at least be powered by a pair of modern 7.0L Chevy LS7s, right?


Source:
AutoUnleashed

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1967 Corvette Roadster

MB in Minnesota submitted his 1967 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1967 Corvette Roadster, VIN #194677S105XXX. L71 427-435 engine, 4-Speed Transmission. 52,436 original miles. Goodwood Green with Saddle vinyl interior. The Corvette’s options include power steering, M21 transmission, factory side exhaust, headrests, shoulder harnesses and a Black Vinyl hardtop. The exterior paint is good, mechanicals are excellent and the Corvette is all original and has never been restored. Documentation includes the original bill of sale, protecto plate and owner history.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates it was built in December, 1966, early in the 1967 production year. The owner indicates the mileage, 52,435 is original and correct.

This Corvette is rare from a number of perspectives. The first being it is all original and has not been restored. It is Goodwood Green in color, the most popular paint color in the 1967 Corvette model year. The paint is classified in good condition. The interior is in excellent condition, including the door panels, carpet and Saddle vinyl seats with optional headrests. In addition, this Vette has the optional shoulder belts. Both the headrests and shoulder belts can be considered rare with less than 8% of the 1967 models ordered with these options.

This Corvette is powered by a very desirable high performance, 427-435, original motor coupled with a four-speed close ratio manual transmission.

Other options include the correct side-mounted exhaust system, power steering, AM/FM radio and cast aluminum bolt-on wheels (added, not ordered when the Corvette was built). Another rare option is the black vinyl covered hardtop.

From a curb appeal standpoint, this Corvette presents an excellent profile with its Green paint and White ‘stinger’ trim on the hood and the optional wheels and bright side exhaust.

Adding to its value, this Corvette’s originality is substantiated by the available bill of sale, protecto plate and owner history.

We place a value of $125,000 on this very original, low mileage 1967 Corvette Roadster.

As a side-note, the one year appreciation factor in average price for a 1967 Roadster is 11%. Also, this Corvette appears to be ready for NCRS and/or Bloomington certification that could enhance the value of this Corvette by an estimated $25,000.

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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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1984 Corvette ZR1 – The Custom Vettamino Edition

by Keith Cornett on May 8, 2008

1984 Chevy Vetteamino

I haven’t checked to see if there is a full moon out or not, but for whatever reason we are coming across a full spectrum of Corvette oddities this week. Yesterday it was the 1954 custom Corvette Hardtop we spotted on Craigslist. Today its a Chevy Vettamino, a chopped 1984 Corvette with a very El Camino-like bed for those trips to Home Depot or for helping your friend move a couch.

The brains behind this $115,000 (no kidding!) modification was the original owner of Bayliner Boats who unfortunately has passed. Like most over-the-top customizations, the Corvette is listed for just a fraction of that amount at $35,000 or best offer which according to our Corvette Price Guide is still $14,000 higher than the $21,000 high price for a Condition 1 1984 Coupe.

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The Corvette does feature some nice upgrades like the 1991 rear end fashioned into a functional tailgate and the chrome C4 ZR-1 wheels. But its the ZR-1 badge on the back that makes us wonder exactly what is hiding under the hood.

The ad states that the sellers missed the deadline to have this car entered into the Barrett Jackson auto auction, which of course means “Only a drunk rich guy whose a member of the More Money than Brains club” would buy it. But hey, their loss is your gain, right? Now if it only had a topper…


Source:
ClassyAuto via Jalopnik.com

Related:
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When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

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Spotted on Craigslist: Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop

by Keith Cornett on May 7, 2008

Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop

I spotted this oddity on Craigslist today. The seller states the following: “Unsure of origin. This top is wired for the lights to work. This was not made in someone’s back yard. It may be a GM original concept. Sold the car last year.”

Anybody got a clue? More photos after the jump.

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Source:
Craigslist

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

BridgetoGantry.com has seen spotted Corvette’s ZR1 yesterday at the Nürburgring. Dale Lomas, writing for the officially unofficial track blog states that the weather has been warm and dry over the previous days and that has brought out Team Corvette and their supercharged 638 hp Corvette ZR1, this time dressed in red. Dale goes on to speculate that GM may have been looking for a lap time as he “spotted a helicopter chasing something that sounded very V8 and awfully supercharged…”

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

Although that may be the case, the photos again show a passenger riding shotgun so its doubtful that an attempt to lap the ‘ring in “seven minutes and twenty-something seconds” as Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter alluded to last week was happening when these photos were taken.

As for the helicopter? The ZR1 has proven to be a boon for spy photogs and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see arial footage of the new supercharged bad boy making its way around Nürburgring’s Nordschleife.


Source:
BridgetoGantry.com

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Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette

Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines is offering his 1963 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Keith is very well known in the collector car market and several of his publications feature photos of him with this Corvette, including his book “Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting“. The Corvette was part of the ever rotating stable of collectibles that are used by Sports Car Market staff and to make room for some new additions, the Sebring Silver split window has to go.

Martin has owned the 1963 Split Window Coupe for nearly three years and like all cars in the SCM collection, has kept the Corvette in driver ready condition. Any classic Corvette owner will tell you they need to be driven regularly and according to Martin, this one is ready for show or go. “We wouldn’t hesitate to get in it and hit Route 66 tomorrow.” says the eBay description.

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The cosmetics are very presentable with decent paint, chrome and panel gaps. The interior’s carpet, door panels and dash show very well. Heck, even the clock works!

It’s interesting to note that the 1963 Corvette Coupe features a non-matching engine that was cobbled together from various sources. Interchangeability is one of the hallmarks of Chevy’s smallblock V8s and the builder of this engine apparently took full advantage of that fact. The block (3892657) is from a 1967 car or truck, but was not offered in a Corvette. The heads come from a 1970-80 350 passenger car. Build date code on them shows September 30, 1974 and the intake is from a 1966-67 327/350 Nova/Chevy II/Corvette. What’s remarkable about this Frankenstein is how good it looks with the finned Corvette valve covers and chrome air cleaner.

The Corvette was subject of a detailed analysis by Colin Comer, a regular contributor to Corvette Market and author of the book “Million Dollar Muscle Cars”. You can read his walkthrough of the engine and drive train at Sports Car Market. As there is no original documentation to go on, the clues lead Comer to believe that the Corvette was originally equipped with a 327 ci 340 hp engine.

Although today was the first day the Corvette was available on eBay, it already broke through the reserve price and is currently listed at $40,100 with 17 bids place. The auction ends on May 12th.


Source:
eBay
Corvette Market

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Introducing Keith Martin’s Corvette Market Magazine

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1955 Pennant Blue Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 5, 2008

A Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette Roadster

1955 was the turning point for Corvette with two significant changes that kept the 2 seat roadster from becoming extinct. The first was the introduction of the V8 engine – a 265 ci 195 hp small block that ushered the beginning of continual performance upgrades in the Corvette. The second was the introduction of Ford’s Thunderbird. Ford sold just over 16,000 Thunderbirds in its inaugural year compared to the Corvettes 4,600 during its first three years of production. Some say GM execs were too embarrassed to quit in light of Ford’s success. Let’s be glad they persevered and built Corvette into the iconic symbol it is today.

The 1955 Corvette was the second lowest year of Corvette production with just 700 built. The new 265 cubic inch V8 was mated to a powerglide automatic, although the straight six Blue Flame was offered in seven cars. To signify the V8 change, an enlarged gold “V” was added to the Chevrolet script of those Corvettes offered with the new V8.

Five exterior colors were offered with Pennant Blue being the second least produced color with just 45 examples. Polo White remained the most popular of color choices at 325 while the rarest of all colors were the 15 painted in Corvette Copper.

This Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette was auction by Mecum during their Muscle Cars & More event televised on HD Theater. It features the V8 engine with a powerglide transmission. Other options include the Wonderbar radio, side windows, window bag, shielding and coil cover. It is sequence number 30 out of 700 produced and is just 1 of 45 Pennant Blues produced. In 2002 it was awarded the prestigious Bloomington Gold certificate.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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