Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend was definitely the place to find some rare Corvettes. We already detailed the auction’s top Corvette seller, a low-mileage one owner 1969 L88 Corvette which sold for $446,250. The second highest sale from the October 5-7th auction went to a very special 435 hp ’67 Coupe which sold for $393,750. You know a Corvette is special when it’s known throughout Vettedom by a nickname. The Black ‘N Blue 1967 Corvette earned the name due to its Tuxedo Black exterior with the Bright Blue Stinger hood. What? You haven’t seen this color combo before? That’s because only four documented ’67 Sting Rays are known to share this very rare exterior color combination. This particular Corvette was restored by Houston’s famous Nabers Brothers, who also restored ProTeam’s Last Sting Ray. Featured options include the L71 427 ci/435 hp Tri-Power engine, factory side mounted exhaust, a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-Speed and 3:55 gears. Although not original on 1967 Corvettes, this Corvette has “Blue Line” Goodyears mounted to the factory original bolt-on wheels.
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An L88 Corvette is used to shaking the world around it, but at the Mecum High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend, an extremely low mile one owner 1969 Corvette L88 shook the auction world by selling for $446,250. Previous high of a 1969 L88 sold at an auction was set back in January 2006 at Barrett-Jackson for $334,800. The L88 engine was rated at 430 hp and featured an aluminum intake and heads, an 850 cfm dual feed Holley carb and mandatory options like an aluminum radiator, heavy duty brakes and the Muncie M-22 transmission. Power windows, power steering and radios were not included to discourage street use. The L88 added over $1,000 to the base price of a 1969 Corvette, which was $4,781. Only 116 L88 Corvettes were built in 1969. The Corvette that sold at St. Charles is one of the most highly documented, low mileage Corvettes in existence. Rare for any 1969 Corvette, much less an L88. The Corvette retains its original matching numbers engine, transmission, carburetor and interior. Only 2,248 miles are on the one-owner car.
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The story of these videos is that a section of streets in downtown Los Angeles was closed for a commercial shoot for the Project Gotham Racing video game. The commercial features a Tesla Roadster, a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, a Ferrari F430, a Yamaha motorcycle and our favorite, a 1963 Split Window Coupe Corvette. The cars were driven by professionals, but were “supposedly” driving in a manner that was to reflect the skills of everyday drivers. In other words, there were several near misses in the intersection and at one point the Ferrari (unintentionally, I believe) hit the retaining wall. (note: If the player asks you to click here to view more videos in the playlist, just reload the page)
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CorvetteBlog.com yesterday told us about the 2008 Corvette Recall that is being initiated in regards to the 2008 Corvette’s keyless access system. Here are the details of Service Bulletin regarding the keyless access system for the 2008 Corvette:
Subject: Bulletin GMP07-181 – 07260 Keyless Access System Inoperative
Models: 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Message #: VSU20071584 DESCRIPTION: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM #07260 DATED: OCTOBER 1, 2007 NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS IN EFFECT UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2008. On certain 2008 model year Chevrolet Corvette vehicles, the keyless access system may become inoperative at times. The doors may not automatically lock or unlock, and the vehicle may not start. The DIC will also display a “NO FOBS DETECTED” message. If this condition occurs, the driver can lock or unlock the doors by pushing the buttons on the keyless access transmitter. The vehicle can be started by placing the transmitter in the glove box transmitter pocket with the buttons facing towards the passenger’s side. Then, with the vehicle in PARK (P) for an automatic transmission, press the brake pedal and the START button. If the vehicle has a manual transmission, press the clutch and the START button. CORRECTION
Dealers are to install a new module for the keyless access system. Refer to Customer Satisfaction Program Bulletin #07260 for the service procedure and other detailed information. EFFECTIVE DATE:
Owner mailing is scheduled to begin OCTOBER 8, 2007. GENERAL INFORMATION:
PART IS RESTRICTED. PLEASE CONTACT PRODUCT QUALITY CENTER AT 1-866-654-7654 TO ORDER. The Parts list follows: Part Number Description Quantity/Vehicle
25882862 RECEIVER, R/CON DR LK & THEFT DTRNT 1 VIN RANGE IS: From 85105302 thru 85106987
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Since the GM-UAW agreement became available last week, tons of information usually kept close to the chest has been laid out for all to see and it seems as though a new nugget of information relating to the C7 Corvette is revealed every day. Earlier this week we read about plans to move the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant sometime after 2011. Yesterday we learned that the C7 Corvette could be offered with a dual-clutch transmission and today’s news? All Wheel Drive!
GM and Sweden’s Haldex already have a performance AWD system dubbed XWD that debuted on the Saab 9-3. The AWD system features an electronic differential and can send up to 85% of torque to an individual wheel to prevent slippage, whether it’s from a fast corner or when trying to put power to the ground.
Various accounts state that engineers have been seen testing a GM prototype with a very wide rear track, which is thought to be a test mule for the next generation Corvette.
We are still five years away from the production of the C7 Corvette and I am already dizzy trying to keep up with the details. If all these rumors are correct, in 2012 you’ll be looking at a kappa-based mid-engine Corvette with all wheel drive and some fancy Shmancy dual-clutch transmission.
Yep, that sounds like a Corvette to me…
Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know what a dual clutch transmission is:
A twin-clutch gearbox or dual clutch transmission (DCT) is a semi-automatic transmission with separate clutches for odd and even gears. The outer clutch drives the odd numbered gears and reverse, while the inner clutch drives the even numbered gears. Shifts can be accomplished without interrupting power, by applying the engine’s torque to one clutch just as the engine’s torque is being disconnected from the other clutch. Since the synchronizers that select an odd gear can be moved while driving the car in an even gear, and vice versa, DCT’s have been configured which shift faster than Formula One cars and other single-clutch AMT’s (automated-manual transmissions, a.k.a. single-clutch semi-automatics); the shift can also be made smoother and more suitable for street-driving than a single-clutch AMT is capable of.
Yet another tip from my new friend George led me over to Automotive News where a preview of an article that’s related to the recent GM-UAW agreement and the now famous summary outlining the distribution of future GM products states the following:
Two GM plants are left without long-term products
Orion Township, Mich., and Wilmington, Del., will wait
General Motors’ Orion Township, Mich., plant and its assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., did not have new vehicles designated for them as part of broad job guarantees in GM’s tentative new contract with the UAW. Wilmington does not have replacements for the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Opel GT roadsters after 2011. The contract says the next generation of Solstice and Sky will be built at Bowling Green, Ky.
Whoa, Kappa designated platforms will be moving to Bowling Green AFTER 2011? And the C7 Corvette is now slated to be introduced in 2012. And Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace is also the Vehicle Line Chief for GM Performance Cars, which in addition to the Corvette and Cadillac XLR includes the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and the Opel GT.
Do you see where I am going with this?
A year ago this month, a bomb was dropped by CorvetteConti.com who wrote about an inside source saying there was a possibility of a Kappa-based vehicle wearing a Corvette badge and sporting a V6. The enthusiast community cried NOOOOOO while Zora rolled over in his grave (I know his ashes are in a urn at the NCM, but that visual doesn’t work here).
But let’s drop the V6 aspect of that story for a minute and concentrate on the core concept: a Kappa-based Corvette. Sure we know economies of scale and the dollars saved when the brands share a platform. Motor Trend even mentions the Kappa C7 Corvette possibility in their Nov 2007 issue. We also know that the Kappa can handle a big V8, as Mallet proved by dropping an LS2 into the Solstice. The downside though is that one kappa looks like the others: The Opel GT looks like a Saturn Sky, which looks like a Pontiac Solstice. Imagine driving down the road, seeing a familiar looking car and throwing out a Corvette Wave, only to find out it wasn’t a Corvette at all. Remember the front view of the Fiero anyone?
Of course this is all just late night speculation on my part. I don’t have an account to Automotive News (help anyone?) so the complete story could be just the opposite. For all I know it could say that the Kappa platform vehicles are going to be sharing the Corvette platform in 2012. But I don’t even think “Maximum” Bob Lutz could sell that story…
A V6 Corvette? Hell No Chevy!!!
We are about 100 days out from January’s Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona and details are beginning to emerge about some of the “talent” that will be hitting the auction block. Corvettes are always well represented and that should remain the case despite plans to cut back the number of vehicles from around 1,200 to 1,000.
During the negotiations last week between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, the main sticking point which resulted in the 2 day walkout according to various press accounts was job security. The UAW was looking for assurances that jobs wouldn’t be sent abroad. A glimpse into the tentative agreement that GM and the United Auto Workers signed which ended the walkout also provides details about the GM lineup, the factories that will produce them as well as future target dates for production.
The summary of product commitments included in the agreement shows the C7 Corvette and the Cadillac XLR as arriving in 2012, making them products of the 2013 model year lineup.
We’ve already heard that GM has greenlighted the C7. In an interview earlier this year, Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace suggested the C7 Corvette could come as early as 2010, while a google search shows GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is all over the place with various target dates for the C7. Even future GM product watcher Ted Krygier’s website has the C7 (codename GMX711) being introduced during the summer of 2010.
The key point I’m making with these observations is that its important for the faithul not to get caught up with talk of “delays” as target production dates are simply “targets”. The good news is that the C7 is coming and will be here quicker than you think. If you have ever read about the development of the C5 corvette in James Schefter’s All Corvettes Are Red, you get a sense of the major undertaking for producing any new car, and then double or triple that when the new car is the Corvette.
Thanks for the tip, George!
A homeowner in Hiawatha, Iowa heard a loud crash early Thursday morning and upon investigating, found a yellow C5 Corvette in their house. The car crashed through the wall of the split level home before coming to rest fully in the basement. The driver, 52 year old Lee Francis Brown was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.
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