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Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The Grand Sport returns! We’re at the Corvette Museum this weekend for the official unveiling and will have more details and exclusive photos as the new models are unveiled to the enthusiasts. In the meantime, read the offical press release from Chevy after the jump.

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PRESS RELEASE

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES NEW 2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Grand Sport. It’s one of the most storied monikers in Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage and it is returning the lineup. Chevrolet announced the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at the 12th annunal C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash, held at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

The new Grand Sport model combines the Corvette’s LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and a racetrack-bred suspension for a distinctive, starting grid-ready performer. It is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2L engine is rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).

The Grand Sport replaces the Corvette’s previous Z51 package and brings a greater degree of handling performance, with wider wheels and tires; revised shock, stabilizer bar and spring specifications and specific gearing. The equipment enables cornering capability of 1.0 g, as well as a 0.2-second improvement in 0-60 acceleration vs. standard LS3-powered models.

Grand Sport coupe models equipped with the manual transmission are uniquely outfitted for racetrack competition, too, with a dry-sump oiling system, differential cooler and a rear-mounted battery.

The complete list of content and special features for the Grand Sport includes

  • Wider front and rear fenders – including specific front fenders with integrated Grand Sport badges
  • Z06-style front splitter and tall rear spoiler
  • Functional brake ducts and extra cooling
  • Unique 18-inch front and 19-inch wheels; painted finish standard and chrome finish optional
  • Large 275/35ZR18 tires in front and 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear
  • Z06-size brakes, including 14-inch (355 mm) front rotors with six-piston calipers and 13.4-inch (340 mm) rear rotors with four-piston calipers
  • Specific manual transmission gear ratios
  • Specific rear axle ratio on automatic-equipped models

With its special equipment, the Grand Sport offers a unique blend of performance and amenities. Its suspension package approaches that of the Z06, but includes a removable roof on coupes (Z06 has a fixed roof) and, of course, the availability of a convertible body style. Also, the paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission is offered, while a manual transmission is the only choice with the Z06.

All of Corvette’s exterior colors are offered on the Grand Sport and an available Heritage package adds iconic front fender hash marks offered in four colors, as well as two-tone seats with Grand Sport embroidery. The Grand Sport can be ordered with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim packages, too.

Grand Sport history

Envisioned by legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov as a factory-built, lightweight and race-ready production model that would trump domestic and foreign road-racing competitors, the original Corvette Grand Sport was a promising idea stymied by GM’s agreement to stay out of manufacturer-backed motorsports.

The planned 125 production models required for racing-class homologation were never built, but five prototypes based on the styling of the 1963 Corvette were hand-assembled under Duntov’s watchful eye. And while they looked like production models, the prototypes were purpose-built racecars that shared little with their assembly-line cousins. Duntov also oversaw the Grand Sport engine program that featured a special, 377-cubic-inch small-block V-8 and used side-draft carburetors.

Although never officially sanctioned by General Motors, the five Grand Sport prototypes saw extensive racing experience throughout the 1960s in the hands of “private” racers who had strong contacts within Duntov’s engineering circle. All five original cars are accounted for today and are among the most valuable in the collector market.

Chevrolet offered a limited-edition Grand Sport production model in 1996, commemorating the original racing cars and marking the end of the C4 era in Corvette production. All of the 1,000 examples were painted Admiral Blue and featured a white center stripe and red “hash mark” graphics on the left front fender, a graphic scheme that mimicked the look of some of the original racecars.

*SAE certified.


Soure:
Autoblog

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

The new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport was unveiled to a standing room only crowd of Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the National Corvette Museum a little after 12pm today. While that was happening inside the Museum, six more Grand Sports in various colors and body styles were being parked outside the new conference center.

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All Photos © 2009 www.CorvetteBlogger.com

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What’s New for the 2010 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2009

What's New for the 2010 Corvette

The day spent at the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash was simply unbelievable. Thousands of Corvette enthusiasts mingling with GM personel and new Corvettes. We got so much information about the new Corvettes that its difficult to know where to begin. So to keep it simple we’ll begin with a list of bullets of what we learned today.

Here is what’s new for 2010 Corvettes:

  • NEW Grand Sport Model – Coupe or Convertible
  • Grand Sport Heritage Package with Iconic Hash mark Stripes and Seat Embroidery
  • Grand Sport coupe manual with Z52 Dry Sump Performance Package standard includes rear mounted battery and differential cooler
  • Torch Red is back – Z06 and ZR1 available in all 8 colors for the 1st time
  • Launch Control standard with all manual transmissions
  • 6-speed paddle shift automatic – Push and hold feature allows easy return to auto mode using’+’ paddle
  • Side Airbags standard on all Corvettes
  • New interior console trim plates – Orbit and Gunmetal patterns
  • Crossed flag logo embroidery seat option
  • Convertible includes Z06 style tall spoiler
  • Z06 and ZR1 now available with cashmere interior
  • Z06 3LZ package now includes power sport seats and power passenger seat
  • ZR1 includes PTM – Performance Traction Management Technology
  • 1 year XM subscription included with 3LT – 2LZ – 3ZR option packages
  • Cashmere custom leather wrapped interior – interim availability
  • Available Competition Gray wheels for ZR1

Some items on this list deserve additional attention:

First is that Launch Control is standard on all manual Corvettes. Tadge showed us several videos on how it works and its impressive. Tadge was also very clear that use of the Corvette’s Launch Control system won’t void your warranty either! We’ve got video of the seminar and will have that up in the next couple of days.

Secondly, the Performance Traction Management Technology for the ZR1 is an advanced system that integrates your Traction Control, Active Handling, and Selective Ride Control systems to enhance racetrack driving consistency and overall performance. With PTM you can now push full throttle while exiting a corner on a racetrack as the system automatically manages your overall acceleration dynamics. They tested the system and it even improved lap times of professional drivers.

Finally, the ability to order any car in any color cannot be overlooked. Want an Artic White or Crystal Red Z06 or ZR1? Now you can!

We’ve got a lot more info on everything from the 2009 Option penetration to Corvette Racing GT2 info. And with another full day at the Museum planned for tomorrow, we’ll be plenty busy over the next week.

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[VIDEO] Teaser Video of 2010 Grand Sport Reveal

We’ll be uploading more video once we return from our trip to the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. In the meanime, here is a quick video we took with our digital camera following the reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.

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Follow Live Coverage of Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

Heading to the Corvette Museum for the C5/C6 Bash
Later this afternoon I’ll be jumping a Southwest flight to Nashville and then renting a car for the trip to Bowling Green where we’ll be on hand for the 2010 Corvette reveal at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. While at the various NCM events, we’ll be updating the days activities live and posting exclusive photos via our Twitter account, which can be followed here after the jump.


Click here for the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash schedule of events

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Corvette Values: 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2009

1979 Corvette Coupe

ML from Indiana submitted this 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe to Corvette Values:

1979 Corvette, VIN #1Z8789S443XXX, original L48 350 cubic inch V8, automatic transmission, 58,905 miles. Power steering, brakes, door locks and windows, telescopic steeering and AC. Classic White paint is in good condition as well as the red interior. Original owners manual, but no other documentation exists.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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1979 Corvette T-Top, VIN #1Z8789S443XXX. The Vin indicates it was built late in the 1979 Corvette model production year assuring that any modifications or engineering changes would have been included in this Corvette.

Mileage of 58,905 is reported as original and correct; this is very low for a 1979 vintage Corvette.

This T-Top Corvette is Classic White in color, the paint being termed in good condition. The body panels are totally original reflecting no modifications. The White paint is complimented by a Red leather interior, also in good condition.

The 1979 Corvette T-Top is powered by the original L48 motor (350 ci/195 hp) that was the base motor in 1979 as indicated by the fifth digit in the VIN #, 8=L48 motor. This motor is coupled with an automatic transmission, a combination selected by the majority of the 1979 Corvette buyers.

This Corvette is well equipped with many of the comfort and convenience options including power steering, brakes, windows, door locks, tilt-telescopic steering column and air-conditioning.

The original radio has been replaced by an after-market unit, however the radio housing has not been modified.

From a documentation perspective, the original owner’s manual is intact.

We place a value of $12,000 on this Corvette. From a substantiation perspective, first quarter 2009 auction results indicate the appraisal value is correct. Also of interest is that the one-year appreciation factor for the 1979 Corvette is 4%.


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VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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GM Employees Inspect 1963 Corvette Clay Model

I came across this photo on a Spanish-language antique car blog similar to Hemmings called BLOG dos Carros Antigos. No caption needed, the photo pretty much says it all.

Click here for a larger version.


Source:
BLOG dos Carros Antigos

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1959 Corvette Custom Resto-Mod

At last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida, this 1959 Corvette Resto-Mod stole the show and ended up at the top of the Corvette pricing chart for the three day event. The custom C1 roadster hammered for $135,000 and with a 10% buyers commission, the total price rose to $148,500.

1959 Corvette catalog description from Barrett-Jackson:

Features a new custom body with a custom chassis, chrome C4 suspension, new C4 4-wheel disc brakes, new GM LS3 Cammer engine with 500hp and a 2 year GM warranty. Equipped with all chrome components from Street & Performance including a 4L60E 4-speed.

A 1959 custom Corvette that was just completed. Features a new custom body with a professionally-built custom chassis, chromed C4 front and rear suspension with 5-way dampened chrome Aldan shocks, new drilled and slotted C4 4-wheel disc brakes, a brand new GM LS3 Cammer engine with 500hp and a 2-year GM warranty. It is fully equipped with all chrome components from Street & Performance including a 4L60E 4-speed transmission. The car has power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel, air conditioning, power windows and custom polished stainless steel Magnaflow exhaust. It is also equipped with AM/FM/CD stereo with 7″ LCD screen for rear view camera plus DVD player,18″ Intro wheels on front and 20″ on back with Nitro Extreme tires, power activated hood and trunk. The custom Ivory and Red/Orange leather interior is beautifully done. Car does not come with a top, but a standard 1959 Corvette hard or softtop will fit. The car has attended 2008 Bowling Green Goodguys Show where it received a Fab 5 Pick. It drives like a new ‘Vette and is absolutely stunning.

Corvette Sales for the three day auction event raised over $2.15 million. Click here for the Corvette Auction Results from Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
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Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia

Police say a speeding Corvette lost control and hit eight parked cars along a street in a south Philadelphia neighborhood before coming to rest on a sidewalk. The Corvette is clearly from the Hertz ZHZ fleet and news reports confirmed a Hertz GPS unit was installed on the dash. After the crash, the driver fled the scene and its believed there were injuries as blood was seen on the driver-side airbag.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZ were made for Hertz. The Corvettes feature a velocity yellow exterior with a black strip painted on the hood and ZHZ emblems inside an out. This is the third ZHZ totaled that we are aware of since the Corvettes became available last summer.


Source:
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The Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com

I’ve been hanging out quite a bit lately at VetteBlock.com – a new Corvette social networking site that went live late last year. Over the last few weeks, Scott and gang have been entertaining us with the Corvette version of the Sweet Sixteen. After several weeks of voting, its all come down to two of the most iconic Corvettes ever produced: A 1963 Corvette Split Window vs the 1967 427 ci Roadster.

To get to the championship vote, the split window 1963 Corvette took on a rookie – the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette and then defeated the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 in round two of voting. In the final four vote, the SWC took on and defeated the 1971 Corvette armed with a 454 cubic inch engine.

For the 1967 427 Corvette, the path was much easier. In the first round, the hapless 1984 Corvette didn’t put up any defense whatsoever and round two saw the big block Corvette take on and defeat the 2004 Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06. In the final four vote, it was a battle of 427′s as the Sting Ray took on a 1968 big block Corvette and remained undefeated.

Click here for the large bracket version and view the road to the Corvette Championship game.

If you want your vote to count in this epic battle of midyear Corvettes, visit the Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com now. But you better hurry, the voting ends Thursday night at Midnight.

And after you vote, why not stick around and see what VetteBlock has to offer. You can set up your own home page, upload photos and videos of your Corvette, connect with other Corvette enthusiasts and you can even set up a Corvette blog of your own. Pretty cool!

And finally, make sure to check out CorvetteBlogger’s profile at VetteBlock.com!


Source:
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