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May 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2009

The news about Corvette sales just keeps getting better. For the fifth straight month, Corvette sales were stronger than the month prior. Chevrolet dealers sold 1,643 Corvettes in May, a 14% increase over April’s 1,407 deliveries. The May 2009 sales figure was also the highest since 2,318 Corvettes were sold in September of 2008.

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Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette Roadster

As the legendary designer and former head of GM’s Color and Style department, Harley Earl will always be remembered for his contributions to automotive design he made during his reign at GM in the heyday of America’s automotive manufacturing era. It was Earl that envisioned the idea of a two-seater sports car in the early 50′s and that idea culminated with the unveiling of the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama Show in New York.

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport Launch Control Tested in Dealer's Lot

We showed you how the 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control works from the GM video shown at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash back in April. On Thursday, one of GM’s preproduction 2010 Corvette Grand Sports was at Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan and demonstrated the new feature – in their parking lot!

The new Launch Control system is very easy to engage. Just put your manual Corvette’s traction control into competitive mode and push the throttle to the floor. The system will hold a predetermined RPM and when the driver dumps the clutch, the launch control system modulates engine torque 100 times per second to get the best traction.

Les Stanford was quick to point out that this was a GM car and not a customers car or a car that would be for sale. The best news is that had this been an actual customer’s Corvette, using the launch control system will not void the warranty.


Source:
Autoblog

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Official 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released

by Keith Cornett on May 29, 2009

Offical 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing Released

We got word today from Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette that pricing for the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport has been released. When the Grand Sport was introduced at the National Corvette Museum in April, Team Corvette members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter both said that people will be pleased when the final price is announced. Having seen the numbers, we see again why Corvette beats all sports cars in the performance per dollar category.

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Pricing:

  • 2010 Grand Sport Coupe starts at $55,720 including DFC
  • 2010 Grand Sport Convertible starts at $59,530 including DFC

Going off the current year pricing, that’s $6,205 more than the base Coupe and $5,360 for the base Convertible. Taking into account that we are expecting to see a pricing increase on the base coupe and convertibles, as well as the fact that the Grand Sport takes the place of the Z51 option which costs $1,695 and you are essentially looking at $3,665-4510 upgrade for the new wide-body design, complete with Z06 brakes, tuned suspension and a better 0-60 mph performance of 4.0 vs 4.2.

A quick check on some of the forums show that people are generally pleased with the pricing of the new model. Considering that most garage wide body conversions cost around $10,000, this new model should sell well.

Pricing on the Corvette models for 2010 should be forthcoming shortly which will also include pricing for the Z15 GS Heritage Package which will be available sometime in the fall.

Thanks again goes out to Dave Salvatore for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.

SPECIFICATIONS OF THE 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

Overview

Models:

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe and Convertible

Body styles / driveline:

two-door hatchback coupe with removable roof; rear-wheel drive (Coupe and Convertible)

Construction:

composite body panels, hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components

Manufacturing location:

Bowling Green, Ky.

Engines

 

6.2L V-8 LS3

Displacement (cu in / cc):

376 / 6162

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

overhead valve, two valves per cylinder

Fuel delivery:

SFI (sequential fuel injection)

Compression ratio:

10.7:1

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

430 / 321 @ 5900* w/ std. exhaust
436 / 325 @ 5900* w/ opt. exhaust

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

424 / 575 @ 4600* w/ std. exhaust
428 / 580 @ 4600* w/ opt. exhaust

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended not required

EPA estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):

15 / 25 (automatic)
16 / 26 (manual)

Transmissions

 

six-speed manual

six-speed paddle-shift automatic

Application:

std.

opt.

Gear ratios (:1)

   

First:

2.97

4.03

Second:

2.07

2.36

Third:

1.43

1.53

Fourth:

1.00

1.15

Fifth:

0.71

0.85

Sixth:

0.56

0.67

Reverse:

3.28

3.06

Final drive ratio:

3.42

2.73

Chassis / Suspension

Front:

short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber

Rear:

short/long arm ( SLA) double wishbone, cast aluminum upper & lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite leaf spring, monotube shock absorber

Traction control:

electronic traction control; Active Handling

Brakes

Type:

front and rear power-assisted disc with ABS with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, cross-drilled rotors

Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 14 x 1.3 / 355 x 32
rear: 13.4 x 1 / 340 x 26

Brake swept area
(sq in / mm):

front: 309 / 1994
rear: 269 / 1735

Wheels & Tires

 

Wheel size:

front: 18-inch x 9.5-inch
rear: 19-inch x 12-inch

Tires:

front: P275/35ZR18
rear: P325/30ZR19

Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):

105.7 / 2685

Overall length (in / mm):

175.6 / 4460

Overall width (in / mm):

75.9 / 1928

Overall height (in / mm):

48.7 / 1236

Curb weight (lb / kg):

3311 / 1502 (Grand Sport Coupe)
3289 / 1492 (Grand Sport Convertible)

Weight distribution
(% front / rear):

51 / 49

Interior

 

Seating capacity

2

Interior volume (cu ft / L):

52 / 1475

Headr oom (in / mm):

38 / 962

Legroom (in / mm):

43 / 1092

Shoulder room (in / mm):

55 / 1397

Hip room (in / mm):

54 / 1371

Capacities

 

Cargo volume
(cu ft / L):

Coupe: 22 / 634
Convertible: 11 / 295 (top up); 7.5 / 212 (top down)

Fuel tank (gal / L):

18 / 68.1

Engine oil (qt / L):

5.5 / 5.2 (automatic transmission)
10.5 / 9.9 (manual transmission)

* SAE Certified


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Download the 2010 Corvette Order Guide
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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Karvajal's Corvette ZX-1 Corvette Widebody Conversion

New York-based Karvajal Design has just recently launched a new Corvette conversion package called the ZX-1. The page comes in two stages with the first being a complete body conversion while the second stage addresses performance. After reading the specs and checking out some of the photos, our exuberance for the ZX-1 is about on par with the facial expression on the model pictured above.

The ZX-1 starts with widening the Corvette C6′s body from 72″ to 80″. A copious amount of LEDs are added both front and rear and a custom exhuast, rear diffuser and 19/20″ HRE Aluminum wheels complete the look. Underneath the widebody, Karvajal added a Magnuson supercharger to produce over 600 horsepower and Brembo disc brakes, a Pfaft coil-over suspension and a full under-body aero design complete the package.

Inside the Corvette ZX-1, buyers can choose to go with a leather interior trim or do a premium upgrade that includes alcantara race seats and door panels, aluminum sill plates, floor mats and a leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel.

Karvajal Designs plans to build 300 ZX-1s with packages starting at $69,900. Customers supply the donor Corvette. The very first Corvette ZX-1 was built using a 2007 Corvette C6 and that car was recently listed on ebay with a buy-it-now price of $185,000.

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Source:
Karvajal Designs via Autoblog

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GM Delivers Corvette ZR1 to German Prince

by Keith Cornett on May 27, 2009

GM Delivers Corvette ZR1 to German Prince

Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis recently took delivery of a new Corvette ZR1 in Bonstetten, Switzerland. The Prince is a descendant of one of Germany’s old and wealthy noble families and is an avid race car driver who currently drives a Lamborghini in the FIA GT European Championship and the GT3 Class with Reiter Engineering. Owning a Corvette ZR1 was reportedly a “must-have” for the Prince.

Prince Albert’s racing pedigree includes the current European Lamborghini Cup title, vice champion of the German ADAC GT Masters 2008 and a stint in the FIA GT European Championship behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. He also currently races with Reiter Engineering, using the German firm’s GT3-class Lamborghini Gallardo race car. Despite his racing success, we understand the car will be used for personal driving as no plans have been announced to race the American super car.

Prince Albert joins the list of race car drivers who have purchased a 2009 Corvette ZR1. Other notable race car drivers include Mario Andretti, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon.


Source
MotorAuthority.com

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2010 Corvette Production Constraints

by Keith Cornett on May 21, 2009

2010 Corvette Production Constraints

The first list of order constraints on the 2010 Corvette are out and we are pleased to see that there are no major options constrained for the new Grand Sport models other than the expected delay of the Z15 Heritage package. It’s normal for the factory to limit some of the new options as production ramps up and for the most part that is what we are seeing. The allocation groups for 2010 have changed slightly as well so that all Corvettes except the ZR1 are in one group and the ZR1 is by itself in another.

Vette Group (Coupe, Convertible, GS Coupe, GS Convertible, Z06)

  • 70U Torch Red Exterior – limited to 54 available
  • US8 Audio System – Single CD with 12 months XM – 22 available
  • Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package – 0 Available

ZR1 Group

  • 70U Torch Red Exterior – 12 available
  • 10U Artic White Exterior – 3 available
  • 89U Crystal Red Exterior – 3 available

In regards to the Grand Sport Heritage Package, the Z15 option includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery and dealer-installed fender stripe hash marks. GM told us at the NCM’s C5/C6 Birthday Bash that this package probably wouldn’t be available until sometime in the Fall of 2009. We do understand that the Hash Marks will be available through dealers as part of the Corvette Genuine Accessories catalog.

Although 2010 Corvette pricing hasn’t been made public yet (expect another 2 weeks or so), dealers can and are taking 2010 Corvette orders. If you are interested in ordering a 2010 Corvette including the new Grand Sport, get in line now by calling Kerbeck Corvette’s Dave Salvatore today at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette online. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Assembly Plant Schedule

Finally, here is the latest schedule of operations for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant through the end of August. The schedule is subject to change based on GM’s ongoing restructuring:

June: Closed the weeks of June 1, June 8 and June 29. Open the weeks of June 15, June 22.
July:  Closed the weeks of July 6, July 13. Open the weeks of July 20, July 27.
August: Closed the weeks of August 3, August 10. Open the weeks of August 17, August 23.

The model year change over is expected around the end of July, however, new production could be postponed should GM go into bankruptcy proceedings this summer. We’ll know more about that process in the coming weeks as well.


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Geiger's 890 hp biTURBO Corvette Z06

Roughly a year ago, we were going gaga over German-based Geigercars Corvette Z06 Black Edition which upped the horsepower of the already potent LS7′s stock 505 horsepower to 592. It seems lately that tuners can’t get enough horsepower or so Geiger installed a couple of turbos on the now venerable Z06 and painted it neon green to make sure people see it coming. The result? Geigercar’s 890 horsepower biTURBO Corvette Z06.

The biTURBO is more than just a Z06 with twin-turbos. The package starts with increasing total displacement from 7.0 to 7.6 liters. Upgraded cylinder heads, valve springs, and cams were added as well as a less restrictive exhaust system. The rear wheels were upsized to 345/25s and adjustable coilover shocks and larger brakes helps keep the Corvette firmly planted to the road. To handle the additional horsepower, the drivetrain was beefed up with a new twin-disc clutch and a carbon fiber driveshaft.

Performance-wise this all ads up to 890 horsepower and 694 lb-ft torque and a reported top speed of 220 mph!

In addition to the performance upgrades, Geiger tops off the project with their body kit finished in a bright neon green with a black hood and roof. We particularly like the black headlights which adds a sinister look to a Corvette. We’d move over for sure if we saw it approaching in our rear view mirror.

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Sources:
Geigercars via AutoBlog.com

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Barn Find: 1960 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on May 18, 2009

1960 Corvette Barn Find

These pictures of a 1960 Corvette were posted online at the Corvette Forum by a member looking for some pricing help on what to offer the owner. According to the poster, the motor is gone, but 95% of the other parts that are off the car are in one of several boxes. At one time, a new front clip was installed. The Corvette has a 4-speed transmission and 31,200 miles are on the odometer. The owner has had it since 1970 and its been stored in this barn for the last ten years.

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Following the thread, we learned the seller said he was looking for $10,000 but wasn’t firm. The Forum member ended up buying the Corvette for $7,500. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the value of an average 1960 Corvette roadster at $50,400 and the 1 year appreciation is 7%. So let’s throw this question out to you. What do you think? Was this a good price for a 1960 Corvette in its present condition or should the buyer have run away from this potential basket case?


Source:
Corvette Forum

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Corvette Values: 1963 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2009

1963 Corvette Roadster

FA in Texas submitted this 1963 Corvette Convertible to Corvette Values:

1963 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible, VIN #30867S113XXX. 327/300 non-original motor, manual 4-speed transmission, 96K miles. Engine compartment in need of restoration. Transmission locked in reverse, mechanicals including brakes, clutch and suspension in poor condition. Electrical system needs to be rewired, Speedometer not working but tach, oil pressure and temperature gauges function correctly. The Corvette is painted Riverside Red and has a black vinyl interior. The Corvette was repainted sometime ago but is in excellent condition. The seats, carpet and dash are in good condition. Knock-off style wheels and a removable hard top that needs to be restored complete the options. The Corvette was purchased from a dealer and has mostly been sitting since 1984. No documentation or owner history available.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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1963 Corvette Roadster with VIN #30867S113XXX. The VIN indicates this Corvette was built in April 1963, the eighth month of 1963 Corvette production. The mileage is stated to be over 96,000 miles.

The paint color is Riverside Red, the original color, however the Corvette has been repainted. The condition of the paint can be termed good as are the seats, door panels and dash. The interior is Black in color. Also, the carpet appears to be in new condition but it was installed over a hole in the floorboard that was not properly repaired. The tachometer, oil pressure and temperature gauges are in working order.

The Corvette is powered by a non-original small block Chevrolet motor that has been modified. It is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission that is currently locked in the reverse position. Other mechanicals are in need of repair or replacement including the wiring harness, exhaust, suspension, brakes, clutch and headlight lid motors. In general, the exterior and interior of this Corvette have been addressed but the under carriage and engine compartment need restoration.

The exterior body panels are correct with no modifications. The chrome bumpers are correct and in good condition.

The curb appeal of the 1963 Roadster is enhanced with the addition of knock-off wheels and new tires. This Corvette also has the removable hardtop that is in need of repair.

This Corvette was purchased from a Corvette dealer in 1984 and has been in storage until this year. No owner history or documentation is available.

We place a value of $25,000 on this 1963 Corvette Roadster. It has the potential of continuing to increase in value at 5% in average price on an annual basis.


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