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Corvette Coupe Tops Strategic Vision's 2009 Quality List

Just a week after JD Power announced the Chevrolet Corvette as the best Sports car, Strategic Vision’s 2009 Total Quality Awards bestows the same title on the 2009 Corvette Coupe. Not only did Corvette perform better than any other car in its “Premium Coupe” class, its score of 938 was higher than any other class winner in the survey.

The Strategic Vision survey gathers its results differently than JD Power. While JD Power surveys approximately four times as many consumers, Strategic Vision rates the positive and negative aspects of buying, owning and driving vehicles.

“The difference between products that generate consideration, build brands and increase sales versus those that do not,” says Dr. Darrel Edwards, chairman of Strategic Vision, “is often how much delight and love the product generates with its customers.”

Other GM vehicles that ranked well in the survey include the Pontiac G8 (899), the GMC Envoy (859) and the GTM Yukon XL (899). Below are all the class winners as ranked in the 2009 Strategic Vision Total Quality Awards:

Segment Winner(s) TQI Score
Small Car Ford Focus Sedan 877
Small Multi-Function Volkswagen Rabbit 889
Mid-Size Car Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 891
Large Car Nissan Maxima 900
  Pontiac G8 899
Near-Luxury Car Volkswagen CC Sedan 923
  Audi A4 Sedan 922
Specialty Coupe Volkswagen New Beetle 924
Premium Coupe Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 938
Minivan Honda Odyssey 865
Entry Utility Volkswagen Tiguan 914
Mid-Size Crossover Utility Toyota Venza 925
Mid-Size Traditional Utility GMC Envoy 859
  Toyota 4Runner 858
Large Utility GMC Yukon XL 899
Near-Luxury Utility Infiniti FX 906
  Infiniti EX35 904
  BMW X3 904
Luxury Utility Land Rover Range Rover 920
Standard Pickup Honda Ridgeline 874
  Dodge Ram 1500 899


Source:
Motor Trend

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First Corvettes Rolled off Flint Assembly Line 56-years Ago Today

Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.

Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.

Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.

The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”

Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.


Source:
How Stuff Works

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1953 Corvette is American's Sensational Sports Car

Fifty-six years ago, the Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama in New York City. Following it’s showing at the Waldorf Hotel, the Corvette went on the road to major cities across the US as part of the 1953 model lineup. Here is an ad for the 1953 Corvette announcing its display at the Michigan Motor Show in early June.

Creating a sensation everywhere! The new Chevrolet Corvette has been received with a storm of enthusiastic approval where it has been shown.

The racy new Corvette sets a new style for a new field – the American sports car. Barely 33 inches high at door level, it has broad low lines and a road-hugging center of gravity. The smoothly contoured glass-fiber body is surrounded by a rakish back-swept windshield. A smart fabric top folds into a concealed compartment in the long rear deck just ahead of a commodious luggage locker. The spacious two-place cockpit is beautifully styled and finished throughout in typical sports car tradition.

As for performance…it’s thrilling. A 160 h.p. extra-high compression “Blue Flame” engine is teamed with the new Powerglide automatic transmission, a combination that makes the Corvette an outstanding performer on any road, under any condition.

This is a car of which we can say with complete sincerity, “You have to see it to believe it. The Corvette is schedule for limited production during the last half of 1953.

Click here for a larger version of the 1953 Corvette – America’s Sensational Sports Car.


Source:
Corvette Museum

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43 Years Ago Today a Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette

Today is the 43rd anniversary of my father’s purchase of a Tuxedo Black 1966 Corvette from Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey. If you are a new reader of CorvetteBlogger, my original post on this topic from June 2007 will tell you a lot about me and my love of Corvettes. It also gives me a chance to pay tribute to my day who I lost in 1982.

Read the original post: 41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

 

1967 Corvette Sting Ray Burnout at Bloomington Gold

It’s always fun when you see a guy riding a classic Corvette hard. In this video from last weekend’s Bloomington Gold parade, the owner of this Riverside Red ’67 Coupe decides to show how a real burnout is done.

From Corvette Forum Member 67-427ci:

Saturday evening we were invited to attend a picinic held by the Fox Valley Corvette Club which is quite a gathering out in the country. The parade of approximately 500 corvettes goes past the picinc site and is quite a site to see. A few volunteers are out at the road to help control traffic while more cars than I can count stop and do their best attempt at a burnout. Since there were no good C2 attempts made some old guy in a Red Coupe gave it a try.

Stones, indeed!


Source:
67-427ci@Corvette Forum

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Bloomington 2009:  Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette a No Sale at $985,000

The personal car belonging to legendary General Motor’s automotive designer Harley Earl was a no sale at Mecum’s 2009 Bloomington Gold auction. The Corvette convertible was the main attraction on Saturday where it was introduced with great fanfare. Bidding started at $400,000 for the custom Sting Ray and quickly climbed to the high bid of $985,000 before stalling. The auctioneer proclaimed a no sale (Mecum’s the bid goes on) as the seller set the reserve at $1.3 million.

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Bloomington 2009:  Twin-Turbo 1991 Corvette Callaway Speedster Sells for $115,000

One of more interesting time periods for Corvette came midway through the C4 production run when you could order a twin-turbo for your Corvette. In 1991, the B2K twin-turbo RPO was the only non-GM performance option that could be ordered on a Corvette. This limited edition 1991 Series 1 Corvette Callaway Speedster is #8 of 10 made and used to be part of the Otis Chandler collection before being acquired by Chevrolet dealer and Corvette collector Bob McDorman.

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Bloomington 2009:  1968 L88 Corvette Sets Auction High Selling Price at $300K

Sales were very few and far between on the second day of Mecum’s High Performance Auction at Bloomington Gold. We’ll discuss this later when we tabulate the sales results. So when this 1968 L88 Corvette Coupe crossed the auction block, we weren’t getting our hopes up that the big block would sell. But the checkbooks came out for an original Bloomington Gold Survivor L88 and the $300,000 selling price was the highest price paid for a Corvette all weekend.

Here is the description of the L88 from Mecum’s catalog:

The dominant force of its time in SCCA and FIA competition, the L88 Corvette is still one of the wildest of any generation. With over 560 horsepower on tap at 5600rpm, the L88’s thumping powerplant far exceeded its factory-rated 430. Add its requisite F41 suspension, heavy duty disc brakes and indestructible Positraction rear end and the L88 was without peer.

Formerly a prominent piece of the Steve Hendrickson collection, this fabulous 1968 coupe embodies all the qualities dedicated collectors are searching for in their quest for the Holy Grail of Corvettes. In 1991 it collected an amazing NCRS judging score of 95.5 out of 100, and today it counts Bloomington Gold Silver and Survivor Certification awards in its well-documented history.

The car’s all-conquering L88 427 engine is complemented with the best from the 1968 equipment list, incorporating transistorized ignition, an M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed, J50/J56 heavy-duty power disc brakes, N36 telescopic steering and N11 off-road exhaust. It all comes together wrapped in sparkling International Blue with a Dark Blue interior, both in extraordinary condition, and completed with Rally wheels with correct Red Stripe tires.

Climb into the Dark Blue cockpit, depress the clutch pedal and turn the key, and the L88 barks instantly to life, idling crisply and rewarding the driver with instantaneous throttle response. When everything is up to the right operating temperature, the car answers every command with immediacy only possible in a big block Corvette built specifically for competition.

Documentation includes the Bloomington Gold Survivor Certificate, NCRS judging sheet, chain of ownership, window sticker and Protect-O-Plate.

The L88 legend is still very much alive, and it absolutely thrives in this shining example of the King of Corvettes.

Highlights:

  • Rare 1968 L88 427 4-speed
  • International Blue with Dark Blue vinyl interior
  • All correct original codes and numbers
  • M22 “Rock Crusher” manual transmission
  • F41 suspension
  • J56 heavy duty brakes
  • N11 off-road exhaust
  • A01 Soft Ray tinted glass
  • Telescopic steering column
  • Red Stripe tires


Source:
Mecum High Performance Auctions

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2009

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on 

Fire!

In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Boris Said’s fire in the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette at Long Beach, this SCCA racer was recently tearing up the track at Road America when his C6 T-1 race car caught on fire.

Apparently oblivious to the fire raging underneath his Corvette, the racer lost control and swung around as the intense flames had melted the tires. Here’s how it all unfolded

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!    


Source:
Jalopnik

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Bloomington 2009:  1966 Corvette Convertible Sells for $83,500

This Ermine White 1966 Corvette Convertible was one of the high points on the first day of Mecum’s Corvette auction at the annual Bloomington Gold show in St. Charles, Illinois. The L72 427/425 hp V8 powered Corvette crossed the block early Friday and was sold for $83,500. Video of the sale is after the jump.

In 1966 the very first 427 engines found their way into Corvettes. Legend has it that the horsepower rating was over 450 but GM artificially deflated the numbers to please the insurance industry. The new power plant boosted the sting Ray’s street-cred immediately: 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a 14-sec quarter mile.

This Ermine White Corvette is a numbers matching original example featuring the L72 427/425 hp engine. The V8 is mated to a 4-speed transmission with aggressive 4.11 gears while the exhaust exits through its distinct shrouded side pipes. Original Kelsey Hayes knock-off wheels, two tops and a teak wood steering wheel complete the classic package.

Both buyer and sellers should be pleased with this sale. The $83,500 paid puts this car in the top 20 of 1966 Corvette 427/425 prices according to Corvette Market’s Database and our Corvette Price Guide has the 1966 Corvette appreciating at 7% per year. Not too shabby in this economy!


Source:
Mecum

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