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Holiday Traffic Brings Corvette Fans Together

by Keith Cornett on November 26, 2007

Charlie's 1965 Nassau blue ConvertibleThe Thanksgiving holiday found me driving a rented GMC Acadia from Tampa to Southeastern Kentucky for our annual family reunion. Friday kicked off the second leg of our trip as the family and I journeyed down I26 in South Carolina, picking up I95 on our way to Savannah Georgia. The round trip is about 1,800 miles and offers a lot of time for reflection. Seeing a couple of old cars including a first gen Mustang and a cool candy apple red Oldsmobile 442, I lamented the fact that you don’t see many C2 Corvettes on the highway anymore. Then I came across Charlie and his 1965 Corvette Convertible. Settling in behind the Nassau Blue 1965 Convertible, I set the cruise to 75 and kept a respectful distance. It was in the mid 50′s on Friday, a bit chilly for top-down driving as you can see. And because of the chill in the air and my six year old sleeping in the back seat, I decided against putting down the windows to hear the sound emanating from the side exhaust of the blue Convertible. The feeling of driving a midyear Corvette down a highway is something that can’t easily be explained. It’s just one of those things that has to be experienced for yourself. Seeing Charlie made me wish I was on a road trip in my 1966 Corvette, driving down the highway on my way home from what must have been a cool adventure. I snapped a couple photos of the 1965 Convertible and then made my Savannah exit, leaving Charlie to continue on by himself, never knowing a Corvette brother-in-arms was in that white GMC that tailed him for those few miles. Monday morning came and I was reviewing the photos from the long weekend. Seeing that the 1965 Corvette had a Florida vanity plate, I decided to see if I could track down the driver. Looking first to see if he was a member of any of the forums, I struck gold on my first attempt with the Corvette Forum and sent Charlie the following message:

Charlie: Very nice 1965 Corvette. I was lucky enough to fall in behind you for about 20 miles on I95 in South Carolina just before the Georgia border. I was driving a white GMC SUV. Send me your email and I will forward you a couple of photos I took. Keith
aka keith@vettefinders on the forum…
Charlie responded back within the hour:
Keith: I remember a white SUV that stayed with me for a while. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good. I was headed home from Thanksgiving with my family in Charlotte. I spent the night in St. Augustine and the next morning I stopped at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona. Too many cars to see in one day. I had to be home in Ft. Lauderdale by Saturday night.
I sent Charlie the two photos I took of him in his Corvette, both from the rear as he headed down the highway. Turns out he was on the final leg of an extended road trip which took him and other members of the Sting Rays Corvette Club up to Deals Gap North Carolina for a run on the Tail of the Dragon. Charlie’s Corvette is ideal for highway driving as he dropped a Tremec 5-Speed into it during the second restoration. You can see the former barn car for yourself on page 80 of December 2007′s Corvette Fever Magazine. We passed a couple of more emails during the day and I suggested the two of us meeting up in January at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida to say hello. Charlie, I was tired and bored from the long ride and then I saw you and your beautiful Corvette driving down the road. Thanks for allowing me to tag along! Related:
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Corvette Z06 Chosen to Pace 50th Daytona 500 in 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2007

The 2008 Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace CarThe Daytona 500 is arguably the most prestigious race on NASCAR’s seemingly endless yearly racing schedule and for the last four years, Corvette has led the pack of race cars as the Official Pace Car. 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, flanked by representatives of the Daytona International Speedway and General Motors, made a surprise appearance at last week’s Central Florida International New Car Show in Orlando, Florida to announce that Corvette would be back for the fifth consecutive year as Pace Car for the 2008 Daytona 500. Next year’s race will be even more special as 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. The 2008 Corvette Z06 Pace Car pays tribute to Daytona’s golden anniversary by being decked out in a stunning “Anniversary Gold” exterior paint with Red, White and Blue racing stripes. Like previous years, the Daytona 500 logo adorns the doors while the Chevrolet bowtie graces the hood in red. The current top-of-the-line Corvette is ideally suited for the pace car duties at Daytona. The Corvette Z06, with 505 horsepower, has more horsepower than the NASCAR sprint cup race cars it will pace. Other than the integrated light bar and strobe system, the Corvette Z06 Pace Car is nearly identical to the street version.

“Chevrolet has been inextricably linked to NASCAR from its inception and we are honored to support the golden anniversary of the sport’s premier race – the Daytona 500 – with a very special Corvette Z06 Pace Car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette Z06 has established a tradition in leading the pack at Daytona, which reflects Chevrolet’s commitment to racing and the fans.” “Talk about a ‘wow-factor,’” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “It’s the perfect piece of machinery to help pace a star-studded field at ‘The World Center of Racing’ for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500.”
The 50th Anniversary running of the Daytona 500 will be held Sunday February 17, 2008.
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The 2008 Corvette Z06Kelly Blue Book has released their list of 2008 model year vehicles with the best resale value and Corvette was front and center. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the inclusion of the Corvette Z06 in the newly created High Performance category. Last year’s survey omitted that category, but still said this about the 2007 Corvette Z06:

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards exclude expensive, high-performance, low-volume vehicles, because of the program’s emphasis on serving the typical consumer. The No. 1 vehicle would have been the 2007 Corvette ZO6, holding the greatest percentage of its original value after a five-year ownership period.
This is what Kelley Blue Book says about the 2008 Corvette Z06 in this year’s survey:
Replace the standard Corvette’s 430-horsepower V8 with a 505-horsepower V8—an engine hand-assembled by a single technician—and you’ve got what many consider the best of the best in American sports cars. The added power is managed by a reworked suspension that delivers improved handling with very little sacrifice in highway ride comfort.
In addition to the Corvette Z06 holding the best resale title in the High Performance Category, Chevrolet’s Corvette also got the nod in the top 10 list for 2008 vehicles with the Best Resale Value.
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The 1953 Corvette Convertible1953 Corvettes continue to fetch big money at collector car auctions around the country. Over the weekend, a 1953 Corvette hit the auction block at Hilton Head’s Concours d’Elegance and sold for $440,000, a figure that ties the high price set earlier this year for the first year mark at the McMullen auction in Detroit. The selling price includes the 10% Buyers Premium. The Hilton Head auction was gaveled by the Worldwide Group. With 1953 Corvette prices up sharply compared to 2005 and 2006, collectors are striking while the iron is hot. Only two 1953 Corvettes were sold at auction in 2006, including the #003 Corvette which changed hands for $1,080,000 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. So far this year, seven 1953 Corvettes have hit the market, with six resulting in sales. Here are the sales results for 1953 Corvettes for 2007:

Auction Model Price Result
       
Hilton Head 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
Mecum St. Charles 1953 Corvette $225,000 High Bid
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $283,500 Sold
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $296,625 Sold
McMullen 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
WW – Seabrook, Tx 1953 Corvette $396,000 Sold
Barrett-Jackson (Scottsdale) 1953 Corvette $298,350 Sold
       
  Total Sales: $2,154,475  
This year alone, over $2 million dollars has been generated on the sale of six of these first year Corvettes. The strong results has pushed the Corvette investment market into a new era where being the first Corvette is now on average more valuable than fuelies or big blocks. This trend all but guarantees that we will see more 1953 Corvettes come out of the shadows and into the auction paddocks in 2008.
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ZR-What? Corvette C6RS coming April 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Pratt & Miller's Corvette C6RSPratt & Miller wants you to forget all about the ZR-1, the 650 hp supercharged Uber-Vette due sometime next year. The big hype over the last view days has been reverberating from SEMA with the revelation that the famed race car builders will be producing an ultra limited number of Corvette C6RS, the 8.2 liter E85 powered Corvette with an exterior inspired by Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs. Only 25 Corvette C6RS are planned with deliveries beginning April 2008, however the entry fee into this unique club is stiff: $185,000 plus a C6 donor car. The Corvette C6RS is unique in so many ways and the E85 angle must drive environmentalists crazy. Yet, for the cost of two new ZR-1 Corvettes, is the Corvette C6RS worth the price? As someone pointed out. You’re essentially buying into the association with Pratt & Miller more than the car itself so if you can pony up the $200 large for an ultra cool C6RS, make sure you do it right by providing a velocity yellow donar car and then slapping a number #4 (or #64) on its side and painting Jake on the B-Piller when its complete. With Chevrolet offering what will essentially by four models next year: coupe, convertible, Z06 and ZR1, the tuners in the Corvette enthusiast market will need to push their designs to a new level if they want to succeed in their niche. Despite the costs of ownership, Pratt & Miller has created a winner with its 600 horsepower E85 powerplant and race-inspired carbon fiber panels.
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Video: Building the Last C4 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this video which tells the story of the assembly of the last C4 Corvette, 1996′s VIN 21,477. The Corvette was purchased by Mid America Motorwork’s Mike Yager who was able to follow the corvette down the line as it was being assembled. Mike talked and joked with the workers and he encourged them to leave their signature somewhere on the car. The Corvette still resides in Mike’s collection to this day.


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V7 Twin Turbo Corvette Concept Makes SEMA Splash

by Keith Cornett on November 1, 2007

V7 Twin Turbo Corvette Concept Makes SEMA Splash

For months we’ve been watching the progress on American Supercars 1963 split window inspired Mid-engine Corvette Concept called the V7 Twin Turbo and finally the car was ready for its introduction at SEMA. The concept is an engineering marvel, boasting an LS1 with twin turbos in a mid-engine layout. On the dyno, the V7 churned out 1,067 horsepower and 980 pounds of tourque.

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LeftLaneNews Details GM’s LS Engine Plans

by Keith Cornett on October 31, 2007

Leftlanenews.com did a query of their sources at GM to provide a detailed look of future plans for GM’s LS engines. For our purposes, we’ll cover the three that have implications for Corvette: The LS7, LS8 and LS9. The LS7
The LS7 is a naturally aspirated 7.0 liter motor and is the current top of the line performance engine for GM, appearing exclusively in the Corvette Z06. It is hand built at GM’s Wixom Performance Center, and therefore very expensive to make. The LS7′s days are numbered according to Leftlanenews sources, ceasing production sometime during late 2009 or mid-2010. Previous rumors of the Cadillac CTS-V getting the LS7 appear to be false. Instead, the performance Cadillac sedan will get the new LSA motor next year with the Corvette Z06 upgrading to the supercharged small block LS8 in 2010. The LS8
The LS8 is a 6.2 liter smallblock V8 with a supercharger. This motor will be dropped into the top-end Zeta platform cars with the Camaro Z28 being the most likely candidate. Initial specs have it at 475-500 horsepower with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. As mentioned above, the Corvette Z06 will receive this power plant in 2010 with a possibility of an uptuned version to ensure Corvette’s horsepower superiority over the Zeta cars. The last thing a Corvette owner who plunks down $75K for a Z06 is going to want to hear is that they bought the Corvette with the Camaro engine. The LS9
So much has already been written about the LS9 that is seems like it’s already in production and out on the streets. Another 6.2 liter smallblock V8 with a supercharger, it has an integrated intercooler on the intake manifold. Estimated horsepower is speculated to be 650 hp with 700 hp in reach. The ZR-1 may also feature an optional automatic with paddle shifters. Earlier this year it was said that the LS9 would come only equipped as an automatic, but the run by the ZR-1 with an LS9 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission at Laguna Seca earlier this month quashed that rumor. The LS9 will be hand built starting in July 2008 at Wixom Performance Center alongside the LS7 as no more than 2,000 units are expected per year.
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Video: 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Quick Drive

by Keith Cornett on October 16, 2007

Cars.com’s Dave Thomas reviews the new 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Nothing ground breaking here, but this is a very nice video review of the Corvette Z06:


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Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois last weekend was definitely the place to find some rare Corvettes. We already detailed the auction’s top Corvette seller, a low-mileage one owner 1969 L88 Corvette which sold for $446,250. The second highest sale from the October 5-7th auction went to a very special 435 hp ’67 Coupe which sold for $393,750. You know a Corvette is special when it’s known throughout Vettedom by a nickname. The Black ‘N Blue 1967 Corvette earned the name due to its Tuxedo Black exterior with the Bright Blue Stinger hood. What? You haven’t seen this color combo before? That’s because only four documented ’67 Sting Rays are known to share this very rare exterior color combination. This particular Corvette was restored by Houston’s famous Nabers Brothers, who also restored ProTeam’s Last Sting Ray. Featured options include the L71 427 ci/435 hp Tri-Power engine, factory side mounted exhaust, a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-Speed and 3:55 gears. Although not original on 1967 Corvettes, this Corvette has “Blue Line” Goodyears mounted to the factory original bolt-on wheels.

The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette The Black 'N Blue 1967 Corvette
The Corvette’s original color was changed early in its life. Luckily, fate would lead to an inspection of the original trim tag by Corvette Hall of Fame member Dan Gale, which revealed the rare factory code 900 Tuxedo Black and Bright Blue stripe combination. Today the Corvette, with its Code 415 Bright Blue Leather interior is correct and outstanding in every detail, earning a Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight and the Chevy Vette Fest Triple Crown Award. A check of prices for 1967 Corvettes sold at auction against Keith Martin’s Corvette Auction Results Database shows we have a top 10 Corvette based on the selling price of $393,750. Truly a beautiful and unique 1967 Corvette Coupe.
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