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Corvette Movie Poster: Dragstrip Riot (1958)

by Keith Cornett on March 9, 2009

Dragstrip Riot

Dragstrip Riot promises motorcycle gangs, hot rodders, death, romance and redemption! After a run-in with a tough motorcycle gang, Gary Clarke is blamed for the death of biker. The gang threatens him and his girlfriend and the story comes to a head with a full biker beach riot.

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Inspiration:
CruiserBlvd
Internet Movie Database

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1989 Corvette ZR-1

The scene is eerily familiar, yet we are talking about an event that happened twenty years ago today. After months of dodging spy photographers with the automotive magazines eager to capture a new supercar in the works, General Motors took the world by storm with the unveiling of the 32-valve 375 horsepower Corvette ZR-1 at the 1989 Geneva Auto Show.

The new ZR-1 represented Corvette’s return to the high performance automotive arena after decades of languishing under emission standards, reduced power and a corporate mentality that seemed to have no interest in further developing one of the most storied names in automotive history. And like the new 2009 Corvette ZR1, the heart of 1989 Corvette ZR-1 was what made this car special: The all-aluminum 32-valve 4 overhead cam LT5 V8.

Developed in conjunction with Lotus Cars of England and assembled by hand at Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the LT5 represented a technological leap for Corvette. With 375 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque on board, the Corvette ZR-1 could run 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds and had a top speed over 175 mph.

After the unveiling in Geneva, General Motors invited a select group of media from around the world to drive the Corvettes from Geneva to the walled city of Carcasonne in the southwest corner of France. A stop at the Goodyear test track in Mireval, France gave GM the opportunity to show off its new supercar’s performance and abilities in a series of high-speed cornering and wet-pavement tests.

The media fell in love with the new Corvette and the ZR-1 was on the cover of virtually every magazine in the world. This initial hype fueled demand and when the Corvette ZR-1 went on sale in September 1989, dealers were selling the new car for $10,000-$20,000 above the MSRP of nearly $60,000. Many collectors who purchased the Corvette had no intention of driving them, but to store them as a future classic.

The Corvette ZR-1 program lasted six years and during that time, the LT5s power was bumped from 375 to 405 hp. Almost 7,000 Corvette ZR-1s were built during those six years. The last “King of the Hill” rolled off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky with great fanfare in April 1995. Residing today at the National Corvette Museum, the Torch Red Corvette sports a windshield banners that reads “The Legend Lives”.


Source:
GMnext

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Corvette Values: 11-mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car

by Keith Cornett on March 4, 2009

1978 Corvette Pace Car

DM in Illinois submitted this 1978 Corvette Pace Car Replica to Corvette Values:

1978 Corvette Pace Car Replica, VIN #1Z8748592XXX. Optional L82 350/220 hp engine, automatic transmission. 11 original miles. Black and Silver with Silver interior. Indy 500 Pace car graphics not installed. Cruise control, power steering, power brakes, power windows. AM/FM Stereo CB and power antenna. Never been titled – still has original Country of Origin document.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN #1Z8748S902XXX indicates this is a Pace Car replica as they were the first Corvette model to receive their own unique VIN – the 8th digit is a ’9′. Production of the 1978 Corvette Pace Car was limited to 6,502 units. Initially 300 units were planned, however, demand was such that Chevrolet built one for each of its dealerships.

This was the first production Corvette to be identified as a ‘special edition’ as it was designated to be the Pace Car at the Indianapolis 500 Race. A lead story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal indicated this model would become an immediate collectable Corvette. There was a quick impact on the selling price of these Corvettes with the asking of $10,000 over the list price of $13,653 for the 1978 Pace Car.

Demand for this Pace Car peaked shortly after the 1978 Indy 500 Race. By this time, numerous Pace Cars had been sold at the premium price. Many of these owners thought this was an excellent investment and placed their Indy 500 Pace Car Corvettes in storage with the original delivered miles of under 20. In fact, many of these Corvettes remain in storage today, many have never been titled.

It appears that this 1978 Pace Car is one of those Vettes. The original list price included all of the desirable options and included the standard L-48 185hp motor and automatic transmission. This 1978 Pace Car Corvette includes the upgrade L-82 220hp motor which was a $525 option. It is also equipped with AM-FM stereo radio with a CB feature, a $170 upgrade for the Pace Car.

This 1978 Pace Car is in showroom condition as evidenced by the 11 original miles shown. In addition, it has not been titled.

The Pace Car had door decals indicating it was a Pace Car. These were a dealer installed feature. The decals are available, however, were not installed on this Pace Car.

We place a value of $29,000 on this 1978 Pace Car.

On a comparative basis, a 1978 Pace Car with the L-82 motor, automatic transmission and 16 original miles sold for $31,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction last January in Scottsdale, AZ. At this auction, the owner of the Corvette had to pay a consignment fee and the auction provided the sales hype as the bidding took place.


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VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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February 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on March 3, 2009

GM released its sales figures today that show 1,027 Corvettes were delivered in February 2009. While the sales number is down 50% over February 2008′s 2,071 Corvettes delivered, the good news is that this is a 22% increase over the paltry 842 Corvettes delivered in January 2009.

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eBay Find of the Day: Vintage 1957 Corvette Race Car

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2009

Ebay Find of the Day: 1957 Corvette Race Car

Here is yet another Corvette race car that’s now for sale. This 1957 Corvette roadster was raced back in the sixties and seventies but its most successful campaign came in 1998 when the owner competed in and won the SVRA Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

Powered by a 283 cubic inch V8 built by Compton Race Engines, this yellow roadster is ready to race. The Corvette underwent a restoration following the 2006 season and is currently set up for competition as a vintage racer. In addition to the new 283 ci V8, the roadster features an upgraded T-10 transmission, new ram clutch, drive shaft and flywheel. A holly 750 delivers the fuel from an ATL 40 gallon fuel cell and cold air box insures plenty of oxygen to the powerplant.

On the outside, the Corvette was repainted in Chrome Yellow and has white racing stripes, racing numbers, grill bar and new ovals. The Corvette can be raced with or without its included hardtop.

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We asked our friends at the Registry of Corvette Racecars for an honest opinion about the C1 roadster and they didn’t disappoint:

Keith – This is one of the better prepared straight axle vintage racers. The only thing holding back its value is lack of documented racing history. That would put it in a class with Bob Mouat’s 1957 COPO Air box Fuelie and other straight axles that were actually raced, most of which we know well and are now sitting in museums.

Mac Lyle of Rock Hill, SC built the car. I have not seen it on the circuit since 1998 when they blitzed the SVRA to win the Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

The downside is that the car is way too race improved and would probably not be allowed in the Monterey Historic. And although it would be a fun car to drive in SVRA or HSR races, the asking price of $65K seems a bit steep compared with what else that will buy to go vintage racing.

Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Racecars

So that being said, here’s your chance to own a vintage Corvette race car that’s track ready. The current bid is $25,427 and the Corvette has a “Buy It Now” price set at $65,000. The auction runs ends Saturday.


Source:
eBay

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1963 Corvette Split Window

You can find all kinds of websites dedicated to displaying the more interesting photos that have come from Google’s Street View project and now you can add a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe to list. This Corvette was recorded by a street view camera in Spokane, Washington. From the looks of how this Corvette has been stored, the only thing missing from this barn car appears to be the barn.

You’ll see from the supporting photos that this is indeed a 1963 Corvette Coupe. A Washington state license plate and an extra set of taillights adorn the sting ray’s rear. Also, notice the Corvette is stored outdoors with the passenger window either down or missing. It rains a lot in Washington, doesn’t it? Instead of keeping the address to ourselves in case we feel the need to one day trek across the country in search of an allusive sting ray, you can find it here.

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Update:
According to some at the NCRS Discussion Boards, this is a numbers matching fuelie that’s been sitting since 1975.


Source:
Classic Nation

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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

We got word last month of GM planning a second special edition Corvette for 2009 that would commemorate Corvette Racing’s successful 10 year run in the American Le Mans series. Now official, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition celebrates over 70 victories in the ALMS, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The GT1 Championship Edition is available in the Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models in either 45U Velocity Yellow or 41U Black. The series will have its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows which represent the #3 Corvette C6.R and 40001 for Black which represents the #4 C6.R. Only 600 will be produced this spring and those are limited to 200 for each body style and 100 in each color.

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The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

If you’re interested in this highly anticipated commemorative Corvette, you better give Dave and the gang at Kerbeck Corvette a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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[VIDEO] C6 Corvette Side Impact Crash Test

by Keith Cornett on February 18, 2009

Corvette Crash Test

A C6 Corvette Coupe is the subject of an NHTSA side impact crash test. Results not included but from all appearances, the Corvette holds up well in protecting the occupant. Video after the jump.


Source:
YouTube.com

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Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Air-Box Fuelie Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 17, 2009

Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Corvette Racer

Another week, another vintage Corvette race car hitting the auction block. We received word today that the ex-Bob Mouat 1957 Corvette COPO Air-Box Fuelie will be joining the 1965 Corvette 8-Ball Cobra Killer at Worldwide Auctioneer’s Houston Classic on Saturday May 2nd.

This 1957 Corvette was delivered new to Bob Mouat in 1957 and raced until 1965 achieving 21 victories and over 50 top ten finishes. Extensively documented, its one of 23 Air-Box examples known and this is only one of six factory COPO Airbox Corvettes aquired by known racing drivers.

Vette Magazine called the race car “an open-track threat right off the assembly line”. Worldwide Auctioneer’s Managing Partner John Kruse says “this splendid, factory big brake, ‘Air-Box Fuelie’ example is the most extensively raced and well documented ’57 Corvette race car of all time.”

Other notable Corvettes available at the Houston Classic include the 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer aka the 8-Ball Cobra Killer, the ex-Alan Sevadjian, John Mecum 1967/74 Corvette “Delmo Johnson Racecar”, a numbers matching 1968 Corvette L89 roadster offered at no reserve and a 1954 Corvette roadster.

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.


Sources:
Worldwide Auctions

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[PICS] Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2009

Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

The 2009 Supercar Weekend was held along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida over January 24-27th. The gathering is billed as the largest supercar show in the world as collectors and enthusiasts showcase their modern and classic sportscars. Our friend Justin Society was there and provided us with a recap of the Corvettes that were in attendance.

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