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Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

2008 Corvette Production

2008 was a banner year for the Corvette. The model year received a mid-cycle upgrade that featured the new 6.2 Liter LS3 engine with 436 horsepower, new interior choices and two exciting new colors, Jetstream Blue and Crystal Red Metallic. Two special edition Corvettes were built, the Z44 Corvette Z06 427 edition and the Z4Z 30th Anniversary Indianapolis Pace Car. Demand for new Corvettes translated into 35,310 Corvettes produced, and for the first time since its re-introduction in 2001, the Z06 outsold the convertible.

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s release of 2008′s Corvette Production Figures shows that 7,731 (22%) Corvette Z06s were built compared to 7,549 (21%) Corvette Convertibles. This is lowest output of Convertibles since 1996 when only 4,369 were produced. The Coupe made up the majority of production with 20,030 (57%) Corvette Coupes assembled.

When it comes to colors, 1 out of every 4 Corvettes is Black (9,380 – 26.6%). The two shades of red, Victory Red (5,638) and the new Crystal Red (5,420) make up 31.3% of colors produced. The other new color for 2008 was Jetstream Blue, which accounted for 3,728 Corvettes (10.26%). That figure was in line with 2007′s LeMans Blue in which 3,854 were made. What’s also interesting is how this report from the assembly plant references the two new colors: Jetstream Blue is called Bluestream and Crystal Red is called Crystal Claret. Hmmmm.

Corvette’s popularity abroad remained strong for 2008. Exports to Europe were 1,300 (3.7), Canadian Units totaled 643 (1.8%), and Corvettes exported to Mexico totaled 32 (0.1%).

Here are selected highlights from the final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 20,030 57%    
Convertibles 7,549 21%    
Z06 Hardtops 7,731 22%    
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Total 35,310 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 1,974 1,320 654 0
41U Black 9,380 4,977 1,818 2,585
45U Velocity Yellow 3,264 1,816 550 898
67U Machine Silver 3,660 2,088 753 819
74U Victory Red 5,638 3,120 1,116 1,402
83U Atomic Orange 2,246 1,272 458 516
85U Bluestream 3,728 2,067 655 1,006
89U Crystal Claret 5,420 3,370 1,545 505
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Gray Beige 1,779   1,779  
37T Titan Gray 630 0 630  
41T Black 5,140 0 5,140  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 2,207 989 506 712
19I Ebony 20,730 12,837 3,242 4,651
24I Ebony/Brick 689 256 138 295
31I Light Cashmere 4,940 2,952 1,988 0
42I Ebony/Lt Linen 1,669 632 367 670
78I Ebony/Dk Titanium 505 0 0 505
84I Light Titanium 4,570 2,364 1,308 898
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MM6 6-Speed Manual 11,760 3,235 794 7731
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 19,136 13,304 5,832 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 4,414 3,491 923 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
QG6 Base Aluminum 7,828 6,701 1,127 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 5,412 3,973 1,439 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 970 0 0 970
QX1 Comp. Gray Painted Aluminum 1,781 1,588 193 0
QX3 Chrome 9,626 6,063 3,563 0
Q10 Z06 Base 760 0 0 760
Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray 395 0 0 395
Q76 Z06 Chrome 5,101 0 0 5,101
Q8A Z06 427 SE 505 0 0 505
Q9V Forged Chrome 2,932 1,705 1,227 0
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 2,773 2,773 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 4,666 2,959 1,707 0
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 13,454 9,254 4,200 0
R8C Museum Delivery 954 471 284 199
UV6 Heads Up Display 25,493 10,973 6,789 7,731
U2K XM Satellite Radio 33,561 19,086 7,348 7,127
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 10,706 7,757 2,949 0
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 32 24 8 0
MAE European Export 1,300 656 172 472
Z49 Canadian Export 643 212 181 250
         


Source:
Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com

Related:
Official 2008 Corvette Pricing Announced
Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

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Taxicab Corvette Z06: When You Need To Be Somewhere Fast

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

Corvette Z06 Taxicab

If I was ever late to catch a flight, seeing this taxi pulling up in front of the CorvetteBlogger Compound would be a welcome site. But in reality, this Corvette Z06 isn’t a taxicab all. It’s actually one of the 120 cars participating in the 10th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. Gumball 3000 participants are known for plastering outrageous exterior graphics on some of the world’s top supercars.

Additional photos after the jump.

The previously Black Corvette Z06 was reskinned by the UK’s Raccoon auto branding company in the motif of “The Speeding Cab Company” for the rally. Here are the photos that show the car being wrapped in the parking garage of the Fairmont Hotel in San Fran as well as the finished taxicab parked down on the street.

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The Gumball 3000 takes participants on an 8 day, 3000 mile road rally across two continents. This year’s rally was billed as “East Meets West” as the Gumballers cruised through China and portions of the American West.

Participating in a Gumball Rally isn’t cheap. For one fee of £60,000 pounds (or the price of a Corvette ZR1) all your accommodations, vehicle transportation and of course, admission to the famous Gumballer parties are all covered.

There was also a midyear Corvette Coupe participating in the rally, but I have yet to see any pictures other than a glimpse of the front clip lurking in the background. If anyone has seen a photo of it, please send it over.
Source:
Supercars.net
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Corvette Values: 1961 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2008

1961 Corvette Roadster

RD in New Jersey submitted his 1961 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1961 Corvette Roadster, VIN 10867S106XXX. Original dual quad 283 ci 245 hp engine, 4-Speed transmission, Fawn Beige with Fawn Beige interior. Auxillary hard top and Fawn Beige soft top. 11,468 miles since restoration in 1999. Corvette is in average street driven condition with paint and fiberglass termed as “good”. The interior’s vinyl seating is also in good condition. All original with no body or engine modifications. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates this vehicle was built in March, 1961, well into the 1961 production year. Any factory modifications or engineering changes would have been included during the assembly of this Corvette.

This Corvette Roadster is Fawn Beige in color. There were 1,363 Corvettes painted this color during the 1961 production year. The Fawn Beige paint was unique as it was only available for two production years, 1961 and 1962. The paint can be termed in good condition.

This paint is complimented by a matching Fawn vinyl interior. This interior is in original presentable condition.

The chrome bumpers and bright trim are termed in average condition.

The Corvette is powered by the original 283-245 dual carburetor motor. This motor was one of the optional motors offered in the 1961 production year. It, too, was unique as 1961 was the last year Corvette would offer a desirable optional motor with dual carburetors. The motor is coupled with an optional 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter and linkage.

Additional options include the removable hardtop, a neat feature for the winter months and inclement weather.

This Corvette is all ‘stock’ with no body or interior modifications. The wheels have the correct wheel covers and the tires are in good condition.

The owner reports this Corvette was restored in 1999. It has excellent ‘curb appeal’.

We place a value of $53,800 on this 1961 Corvette Roadster. Adding to its value is the one and two year appreciation factor in average price for a 1961 Corvette. The one year appreciation is 6% and the appreciation over a two year period is 15%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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Corvette Values: An Unrestored 1967 Corvette Roadster
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GM Delaying Corvette ZR1 Deliveries For Quality Assurance

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2008

The 2009 Corvette ZR1

After each new Corvette ZR1 rolls off the assembly line in Bowling Green, it undergoes what is being billed as “extreme quality control” in an attempt to deliver the car to customers as problem free as possible. While some are looking at the delay as a negative, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles tells us that this is just to make sure the ZR1s are as perfect as possible for everyone.

Harlan says this intensive scrutiny of early production Corvettes is part of the normal quality process that GM does with each new Corvette model introduction. They did it with first C6 Corvettes and they did when the new Corvette Z06 was introduced.

There is no denying that the delay is causing angst among some new owners who know that their new Corvette ZR1 has been built, but has yet to leave Bowling Green. We checked around and have been told that other than Dave Ressler who picked up the very first Corvette ZR1 last month, no cars have been delivered to retail customers.

That doesn’t mean the factory isn’t shipping the new supercharged Corvette. Truckloads of Corvette ZR1s have been sent to Detroit but these are captured test fleet cars and not assigned to customers. Those fleet Corvette ZR1s are being driven and evaluated to ensure that the quality Corvette owners have come to expect is represented on the newest Corvette.

Our opinion is that the attention to quality is a good thing as long as the delay doesn’t go on too much longer. We are feeling for those owners with the low VINs whose cars have been on the ground for a while. People aren’t used to paying $105,000 to $150,000 for a Corvette so making sure that it’s as perfect as possible and lives up to the hype makes good business sense.

The new 2009 Corvette ZR1s are coming. Harlan tells us it’s an awesome car and it’s worth waiting just a little bit more.


Photo Credit:
Jalopnik’s Corvette ZR1 Mega Gallery

Related:
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C7 Corvette Rumors: Is A Twin Turbo V6 In The Mix?

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

Popular Mechanics recently played the guessing game on the 2012 C7 Corvette and since we’re all about Corvettes here (hence the name – CorvetteBlogger), we decided to reprise our role of irresponsible speculators. Besides, now that the supercharged ZR1 is rolling off the assembly line, we need something new to dream about. With the changing times brought on by $4/gallon gas, we know two elements that will become the mantra for those in charge of developing the next Corvette – reduced weight and fuel efficiency. How GM gets there will be the trick.

Development for every generation of Corvette since the C4 has started out with engineer’s dreaming of a mid engine layout. And every single time its tried its ruled too expensive. As one of the hallmarks of the C7 program will be weight reduction, a mid engine Corvette will not be in the cards for the C7. Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics tells Popular Mechanics “The mid-engine Corvette is simply too expensive. It would need costly new tooling and offers little weight savings because it requires an extra, metal-intensive firewall.” So count on the next Corvette being like the first Corvette – front engined and rear wheel drive.

So what will go in that engine compartment? GM’s recently foray into supercharged engines could mean a smaller V8 with displacement returning back around 5.7 liters instead of the 6.2 liter and 7.0 liters we see on the C6 Corvette. But superchargers, turbo charging and variable valve timing will still make the smaller V8′s much more powerful than their predecessors.

Can a Corvette be a Corvette without a V8? Another bold idea being floated is a twin-turbo version of the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 that’s currently in the Cadillac CTS. That engine could easily pump out 400 hp, just 36 less than today’s LS3 V8. Drop that engine into a Corvette that weighs several hundred pounds less than today’s C6 and you’ll have something moves.

And speaking of weight, the new C7 Corvette will have to be several hundred pounds lighter to maintain that all important performance to weight ratio. The Corvette Z06 is already considered relatively light at 3200 pounds and technology exists to cut this figure even more. Katech recently announced that their ClubSport Z06 in its ultimate performance configuration has a weight of 2825 lbs, so we know its doable.

We could see the next generation Corvette make more extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, especially as these materials mature and higher production levels can be achieved. The hydroformed steel frame found on the Coupe and Convertible models could be dumped altogether in favor of the aluminum frame used on the Z06 and ZR1 models. Titanium and Magnesium are two other pound saving materials that have found their way onto Corvettes in limited production but the cost factor for these metals is higher so use may still be limited to wheels and exhaust.

Popular Mechanics also believes that despite the fuel savings that could be gained from Corvette moving to a dual clutch gearbox, one with seven gears and a wide ratio spread, the development dollars for such a project, estimated at half a billion dollars, has already been shifted to other more pressing projects like the Chevy Volt. We’ll have to wait and see if this is the case as that UAW agreement that ended the strike last fall calls for such a transmission to be built.

And finally, the next Corvette will be drawn by the same talented designers who’ve been on a roll lately with efforts including the Cadillac CTS, Pontiac’s Solstice Coupe and the new Chevrolet Camaro. The Corvette Centennial Design Concept that will make its movie debut in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may provide some insight to the limits that GM’s designers are willing to push for the 2012 Corvette C7.


Source:
Popular Mechanics

Related:
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GM-UAW Deal: C7 Corvette Planned for 2012

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The VoltVette: Man Builds a Plug-In Electric Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2008

Michael Shoop and his Electric 1978 Corvette

What do you do if you want an electric car but don’t want to pay the more than $26,000 for a Prius? Oh, and you want a car that looks cool too? If you’re Michael Shoop, you enlist a few buddies, buy a 1987 Corvette and build your own. A year after envisioning a 100% electric-powered car, the VoltVette was born.

According to Shoop, the 1987 Corvette is the perfect platform for the do-it yourself project. Its fiberglass body is lightweight, and the clamshell hood which opens forward which makes it easier to work on. Shoop removed the 240-hp engine and replaced with a specially designed electric car motor. The Corvette is now powered by 13 lead 12-volt batteries which produce 156 volts of power that translates to 200 horsepower. The batteries weigh 70 pounds each are a stored in both the engine compartment and cargo area for balance.

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Performance unfortunately is lacking. The 1987 Corvette was designed with a top speed of 149 mph. The VoltVette reached 30 mph on its maiden drive. Shoop could reprogram the Volt Vette to boost the horsepower up to 800, but there’s a catch – he’d need an additional 40 batteries.

And then there’s the torque factor. Like all electric powered cars, the VoltVette generates a massive amount of torque. While trying to increase the power to hit 70 mph he cracked the driveshaft. With a new driveshaft installed as well as some down-home ingenuity that now gives the ’87 Corvette power steering, the VoltVette can reach a top speed of 40 mph.

Shoop estimates the VoltVette costs around 3-cents per mile to operate. Not bad considering the Toyota Prius costs around 7-cents per mile based on $3.50/gallon gas. Electric motors are more reliable as well according to Shoop, “The car industry makes money on parts, repairs and maintenance, and that’s why it hates the electric car.”

The VoltVette was built for under $26,000 which included the cost of the car. “I figured I would get it done, and have the pleasure of cruising by a gas station and maybe waving.”

Read more about the VoltVette on Shoop’s blog hosted by the Minnesota Electric Auto Association.


Source:
TwinCities.com

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2008 Corvette Pace Cars Now Discounted with Employee Pricing

One of the most successful incentive programs offered by GM is now back and the good news is Corvettes are included. Employee pricing for everyone runs through September 2nd and Corvette buyers can save a significant amount on 2008 Coupes, Convertibles and the Z06.

Usually Corvettes are excluded from most of GM’s incentive programs but due to the number of 2008 Corvettes available on dealers lots – 5,854 as of yesterday – the General wants them sold to make room for the 2009 Corvettes now rolling off of the Bowling Green Assembly line.

The discounts are fairly significant too. In the case of the 505 horsepower Z06 where base prices start around $72,000 the discounts can be close to $10,000 off!

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette only have a few 2008′s left including a Black Z06 and a Indianapolis 500 Pace Car coupe so if you want to get in on the discounts you better give Dave and the gang a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Sponsored by:
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1962 Gulf Oil Corvette

One of the most dominating Corvettes in auto racing history was sold over the weekend at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction for an astounding $1.485 million. Grady Davis’ Gulf Oil Racing Team purchased the Corvette in 1962 from Yenko Chevrolet and the car was campaigned by none other than “The Flying Dentist”, Dr. Dick Thompson in the 1962 SCCA-A Production Class. In 14 races, the Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.

The Corvette was sold at the end of the 1962 season to Tony Denman who successfully raced the car throughout 1963, finishing second in class at Daytona while battling against newer Corvettes, Ferrari GTOs and Porsches. At the end of the 1963 season, Denman removed most of the high performance racing parts in order to sell the car as a typical street Corvette.

Almost 20 years later, the Corvette was discovered by the Rev. Mike Ernst who found the Corvette, now painted red, being driven by a college student who was using the Corvette as a daily driver. In researching the Corvette, Ernst found the car came with the rare and highly sought after RPO 687 package which includes the heavy duty brakes, suspension and steering. The Corvette also had a 37-gallon fuel tank which was common for RPO 687 Corvettes that were raced at the time.

Ernst began restoration of the 1962 Corvette in the early 1980′s. The disassembly and paint-stripping process revealed the car to be none other than Dick Thompson’s 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette. Ernst was able to track down Tony Denman who had stored most of the high performance racing parts from the Corvette in his parent’s garage before selling them in 1979. With Denman’s assistance, Ernst tracked down the buyer of the parts and bought them back, reuniting them with the Corvette in May of 1985.

Among the list of parts were Stewart Warner gauges, roll bar, some of the Yenko extra-heavy-duty suspension pieces, aluminum bell housing, separate scatter shield, engine block, cylinder heads, exhaust manifolds, Posi-Traction units, ring and pinions and various hardware. After these racing parts were reassembled, the Corvette was painted its original Ermine White and Blue livery and became the first recipient of the NCRS American Heritage Award.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette returned to the track and raced at Laguna Seca and Palm Springs. It was shown at the Carlisle of Corvettes Racer and Race Car reunion and in 2002 underwent a complete restoration by Doug Prince and Jerry Roman.

In 2005, the Corvette was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame and was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum and was shown at Corvette’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Last year the Corvette underwent another restoration by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in New York.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette features a number of astonishing details including an original Motorola two-way radio, allowing car on-course-to-pit communication. It’s believed to be the first use of such equipment in a race car. Other details include correct Koni shock absorbers, finned heavy-duty brakes, painted steel wheels wearing period-correct Goodyear tires, enormous fiberglass scoops for brake cooling. The driveline reveals its content to consist of original date-stamped parts, including the original matching-numbers engine.

The Corvette is highly documented with a collection of publications that featured articles about the race car and an extensive collection of photos from its racing days. In addition to its NCRS and Bloomington Gold certificates, a bill of sale from Yenko Chevrolet to Grady Davis is also included.

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Gooding & Company estimated the sale of the Gulf Oil Corvette would bring between $950,000 – $1,250,000. When the gavel dropped on Saturday, August 17th, the final price was $1,485,000, well above the presale estimates. With its winning pedigree in FIA sanction events which included the 1962 Daytona and Sebring races, the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette is eligible for any international FIA historical events including the LeMans Classic 24 and Goodwood Revival races.


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Gooding & Company Related:
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Rossi 66 Melds Sting Ray Design to C6 Corvette Technology

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2008

The Rossie 66

When we first saw the photos of the Rossi 66, we were blown away by how good this Corvette looks compared to some of the other retro rebody’s we’ve seen lately. The Rossie 66 borrows the best exterior design features from the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe and melds them to the chassis of the C6 Corvette. Currently the Rossie 66 exists as a design concept only but the company has the set a goal for producing a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 this fall.

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A Corvette ZR1 at the Milford Test Track

At 12:01 am this morning, the embargo was lifted and those lucky magazine and blogger stiffs who were invited by GM to the Milford test track (also known as the Lutzring) were free to post their experiences of driving the new 638 hp supercharged Corvette ZR1. And what a drive it must be. The four reviews that we link to after the jump toss around short missives like “best ever” and “total pussycat”. Taking a poll of the reviewers found that they were “surprised”, “shocked” and “blown away” by the driving experience the new Corvette ZR1 delivers, not only on the test track, but on the public roads as well.

Jalopnik

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the best car ever made. It redefines what performance cars are capable of, not by its numbers (the 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds and a 205 MPH top speed figures are no longer noteworthy north of $100,000), but by how it makes those numbers so accessible. Simply put, the ZR1′s most remarkable achievement is how easy and unintimidating the chassis makes exploiting the car’s 638 HP.

Autoblog

The ZR1 may well be the best supercar bargain in the world, while at the same time being as mechanically sophisticated as any of the best supercars from Europe or Asia. Unlike most engines, the ZR1 doesn’t really have a torque curve. It’s more like an electric motor — massive torque is everywhere. In fact, it has so much twist you almost don’t need shift. Put the gear lever in third and roll on the throttle until you’ve accumulated enough speed as your license can tolerate and then lay on the brakes as hard as you please.

Motor Trend

Okay, so we’re shocked (and more than a little proud) that America’s sports car established a lap-record at the Nurburgring. We’re awed by its high handling limits and overall tractability. And 15 or 20 hot laps of a circuit like the Lutzring could probably convince any skeptic that $30K worth of hardware value has been added to the already impressive Z06.

Edmunds

Possibly the only thing more surprising than the existence of a $100,000-plus, 638-horsepower factory-built Corvette is that the car is a total pussycat. Don’t get us wrong, this 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can kill you quite completely dead. We mean like augured-in, test-pilot kind of beyond-recognition dead. It is capable of such stunning velocity in such a short distance that if things go wrong at even a fraction of its ultimate speed, it’ll tear a ragged hole in just about whatever it encounters.

The Jalopnik test drive article was our favorite review of the four and should be read first. Reviewer Wes Siler approaches the Corvette ZR1 drive from an enthusiast’s point of view and really takes you inside the emotions of driving Chevrolet’s new supercharged 638 horsepower halo car.

The only downside we read from the reviews is the same tired old argument about the interior not being on par with cars costing 2-3x as much. As with every new Corvette introduction we prefer to challenge these statements by spinning it as part of the “Chevrolet” experience. Who buys a Corvette for the interior anyway?


Sources:
Jalopnik | Autoblog | Motor Trend | Edmunds
Photo Credit: Motor Trend Related:
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