Here is a former 2006 SEMA car that was ahead of its time. The Genaddi Design Group heard the requests from Corvette owners early on and built this one-off custom roadster out of a Corvette Z06. It can now be yours for the low, low price of $175K.
Continuing our informal series on all the cool production and delivery experiences available to new Corvette buyers, let’s pretend you just bought yourself a Corvette ZR1, the fastest and most exciting car ever produced by General Motors. Before you start flogging the 638-hp supercharged King of Hill around your neighborhood, take advantage of the free track time and driving instruction offered by Bondurant and Spring Hill. Ron Fellows, Corvette Racing Ambassador and head of the Ron Fellows Performance Driving Academy at Spring Hill properly demonstrates how to wring every bit of performance out a Corvette ZR1 in this video after the jump.
As we all know by now, this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans marked Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing in the world’s most prestigious sports car race. Earlier this year, Chevy introduced the one of one 2011 Corvette Z06 Le Mans 50th Anniversary edition to celebrate the achievement. At this year’s Anniversary Celebration at the Museum, the White with Blue Corvette Z06 will be united with one of the Corvettes that started it all – the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette owned by Lance Miller.
Can you name any other car company that allows buyers to assemble their own engines, travel the assembly line along side their car, take delivery in a museum and then receive a photo book of the assembly process? With the new Engine Build Experience option introduced this week, Corvette absolutely raises the bar with the opportunities it affords to new buyers. Here is a nice recap of the available production/delivery experiences along with links for more info.
We heard back in January that GM was considering adding a program that would allow owners the opportunity to build the engine that would be installed in their new Corvette. Yesterday, GM announced that the Corvette Engine Build Program would be available starting in 2011 for customers who order a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
I was looking back at some of the raw video I took in May when I test drove a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. One of the features any C6 Corvette owner enjoys is watching the gauge cluster light-up on startup. At night, the effect is even more dramatic.
Here is a neat video package from WKYC that profiles Molded Fiberglass Companies based in Ashtabula, Ohio. MFG was founded in 1948 by Robert Morrison who initially was using glass reinforced plastic to make shelves for Wonder Bread. Morrison recognized the many benefits of fiberglass and made several attempts to convince GM that it was suitable for automotive bodies. In 1953 following the introduction of the Corvette at the Motorama show in New York City, GM gave MFG the contract to build the bodies for the Corvette.
Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Orange County auction went pretty well despite being held the same weekend as Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction. The choice of Corvettes at the OC auction was on par with previous Barrett-Jackson events as the docket contained a nice mix of classics, resto-mods and several late model Corvettes. At the end of the three day no-reserve auction, the sales from the 31 Corvettes combined for $1,799,300.
Corvettes from various years returned to the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed held in England on July 2nd-4th. Although Chevrolet had a 2010 Corvette ZR1 on display as well as a new Camaro, it was a 1963 Grand Sport Corvette Coupe that stole the show.