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[VIDEO] Take a Lap of Sebring in a 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2008

IGotShotgun gets a hot lap in a 2008 Corvette Coupe with Team Corvette Member Jason Altsman at last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Jason takes us turn by turn, 17 in all, through the historic 3.7 mile road course as he describes both the layout of the raceway and how the Corvette C6.Rs will perform at the various turns and straight-aways.

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IGotShotgun

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Supercar Mashup: 1993 Corvette Diablo FI Stingray

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2008

1993 FI Stingray

We are intrigued by this mating of two of the world’s most recognizable supercars – Corvette and Lamborghini – creating what the owner has renamed the FI Stingray. The car features a 1993 Corvette Chassis and custom front-end mated to the rear end of a Lamborghini Diablo. The Corvette was spotted at the 2008 Canadian International Autoshow last month in Toronto.

So, was this experiment successful? Click the Comment Link below and let me know what you think.

1993 FI Stingray


Source:
Madwhips.com

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2007 Corvette Convertible

Avis Car Rentals has announced they will offering the 2008 Corvette Convertible as part of their “Cool Cars” fleet. Avis’ Cool Cars are a series of popular high-end vehicles which include the Cadillac CTS, Hummer H3 and Saab Convertible. The Corvette is already in the system and can be rented with guaranteed reservations at select Avis locations in Arizona, California, Florida and Las Vegas.

“Many Avis renters say that, given the opportunity, they would choose to rent an Avis Cool Car as a special treat for themselves,” said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing for Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent company of Avis. “The fabled Corvette is a dream car for many people. Adding it to our Cool Car Collection gives our customers a chance to enjoy the ultimate experience of getting behind the wheel of this one-of-a-kind ride. It’s just another way that ‘We Try Harder’ to help make Avis your ‘other car.’”

I hit Avis.com for more info and immediately saw a yellow Corvette Z06 on the site. But the press release specifically says Corvette Convertible so I entered a couple of dates and was presented with a red convertible Corvette. I had seen accounts that said Corvette rentals would start around $165 but in reviewing the website and plugging in some dates, I was presented with a one day rental cost in Tampa at a stiff $299 without any discounts. When I plugged in some dates in May, my one day rental cost was $229.

Despite the steep price of admission, this is a great way to test drive a Corvette for a day and will allow more people the opportunity to get behind the wheel of America’s favorite sports car.


Source:
Avis.com

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Fittipaldi Leaves Mark at the Corvette Assembly Plant

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2008

30th Anniversary Corvette Pace Car

Emerson Fittipaldi was in Bowling Green to make his mark on the limited edition 2008 Corvette Indy Pace Cars. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and driver of this year’s official Pace car is signing and numbering each of the 500 30th Anniversary pace car replicas.

That’s great news for those waiting to place their orders as Fittipaldi’s visit leads to the conclusion that GM has production well underway. We know from recent reports that the 2008 Corvette Pace Car has been entered into the dealer’s ordering system but as of last week there were 0 allocations.

The 30th Anniversary Pace Car will be available in both Coupe and Convertible configurations as well as your choice of a 6-speed manual or paddle shift automatic. Unlike last year’s limited edition Pace Car that was produced after the race, GM has promised these Corvettes will be ready for customers prior to the May 25th race day.

While Fittipaldi was in Bowling Green, he stopped in at the National Corvette Museum for lunch and a guided tour. Fittipaldi said, “This is my first time to the plant and Museum and I can feel the passion for this sports car. The new Pace Cars are beautiful and so much fun to drive. What a muscle car the Corvette is.”

Like the 427 Edition Z06 that opened for orders last week, there will be demand for the 30th Anniversary Pace Cars so you better get in line now. It’s my opinion that this is the best looking Pace Car since the original. For ordering information visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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1964 RightHand Drive Corvette

Vette Magazine has a great feature about this 1964 Corvette barn car. What’s unique about the story is that the barn (and car) was located in Australia. Peter Bowen, a finance broker in Toowoomba, Queensland went to buy a ’67 Camaro, but it was full of rust. Then he saw the distinctive shape of the 1964 Corvette and negotiated the sale over the course of several weeks.

Bowen had the Corvette converted to righthand drive by Corvette Queensland, a company that specializes in LHD to RHD conversions. With the interior flipped to RHD as well, it almost gives you the sensation of looking into a mirror. The Corvette underwent a body-off restoration that took some six years to complete, but as you can tell from the photo it was worth the wait.

Visit Vette Magazine to read the entire article and view the photos.


Source:
Vette Magazine

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1954 Corvette

With all the attention the 1953 Corvettes have been getting recently, we thought we’d take a look at what some are calling the best value of the early C1s – the 1954 Corvette.

The rising values of the 1954 Corvette has surprised many as it appears the 2nd year model is finally making its move. Many factors justify the appreciation of the 1954s, none more significant than the fact that the model year is sandwiched between the skyrocketing values of the 1953 Corvette and the V8 Powered 1955 Corvette. In the past, the 1954 Corvette was in many ways considered the stepchild of the early C1 generation, but no more as collectors are beginning to appreciate the Corvette on its own merits.

Production of the 1954 was moved to its own renovated assembly plant in St. Louis and benefited greatly from the lessons learned from the mostly hand assembled 1953 Corvette. GM’s estimated 10,000 units would be produced but only 3,640 constructed. While the sales projection was way off for the time, this production number is over 10 times the number of 1953 Corvettes produced and over 5 times greater than the 1955 Corvette that followed it.

As there were no real drive-train options offered, the 1954 Corvette is one of those rare years where the values are driven almost exclusively by the exterior color. Of the 3,640 1954 Corvettes produced, it’s estimated that the colors were broken down as: 3,230 Polo White, 300 Pennant Blue, 100 Sportsman Red and 4 Black. Therefore with similar cars (condition, documentation, etc) any color other than Polo White will be valued at $10,000-$15,000 more while the ultra-rare Blacks could command three to four times that.

Our Corvette Price Guide documents the rising values of the 1954 Corvette with an average price of $65,000 and a high of $143,000. However most astounding is the appreciation figures. The 1954′s 1 year appreciation is 30% and the 5 year appreciation figure is 85%. Who’s the stepchild now!

In perusing the market in search of examples we found the following:

1954 Polo White Corvette1954 Corvette Convertible, Blue Flame Six, powerglide, numbers match. Polo White paint with Sportsman Red interior and Beige Soft top. Body-off restored over a five year period with the top and interior being done by professional restorer, John Kennedy of Bountiful, Utah. Show condition! Optioned with powerglide, 3.55 rear, Wonderbar radio, e-brake warning light, windshield washers, courtesy lights, heater, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, trunk mat, trunk liner, side curtain, side curtain bag, rebound straps, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, air cleaners, generator, side draft carbs, and #241 head. A very correct spectacular first generation Corvette that was a recent Bloomington Gold feature car. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. Offered by Proteam Corvette. $119,000

1954 Sportsman Red CorvetteFinished in stunning and rare Sportsman Red with correct Red interior. One of only 100 built, this spectacular motorcar was purchased in Southern California from a professor who acquired the car from its original owner, a GM factory engineer. This museum-quality Corvette is one of the very first three red Corvettes ever built by General Motors. It has only been driven 25,000 miles and has recently undergone a cosmetic restoration, including show quality paint, new interior, new tires and new top (original tires and interior are now boxed and goes with the car!). This spectacular motorcar has been examined by many Corvette experts and is believed to be one of the nicest original examples on the market today. It has the correct, numbers matching engine, correct carburetors and many early unique features such as dual hood releases, ultra-short (pre-Duntov) exhaust tips, correct date-coded side curtains with the storage case, original factory spare and so much more. eBay Buy-It-Now Price: $119,900

1954 Polo Blue Corvette2-owner 1954 Chevy Corvette. 1954 was the first year this car was produced in a color other than white. This Pennant Blue sportster will turn heads at every corner. Except for the paint, this baby is all original. The side curtains, the spare tire, the soft top, gauges, Wonder-Bar Radio, hub caps and even the original windshield-washer fluid container – all original!!! The radio works but the speaker needs to be connected. The Blueflame engine is all original and all numbers match. In 1954, 3230 whites were produced. Only 300 Pennant Blues were produced. This is truly one of the rare ones!!! There are some areas that can use some TLC – for example, the carpeting and driver’s seat. The driver’s side curtain is missing a small screw and both curtains need some work on the rubber trim. The car starts on first try and sounds like a dream. The Powerglide Automatic transmission shifts smoothly. eBay Current Bid: $25,655.00


Source:
Proteam Corvette
eBay

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2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06

Today’s the day dealers can begin submitting orders for the 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06. The Crystal Red Wil Cooksey signature edition pays homage to the fabled sixties big block and is limited to just 427 units in the US and 78 outside North America.

There are two ordering cycles for the 427 Limited Edition with the second cycle opening in two weeks. Only dealers who were allocated Z06s today are getting 427s, so all of this week’s Z06 allocations nationwide are for the 427 Limited Edition Z06.

The Z44 Option features a unique exterior paint scheme including a black “Stinger” hood, special chrome wheels, Dark Titanium Leather Wrapped interior and special 427 badges throughout. MSRP begins at $84,195.

The previous two limited edition Corvettes, 2007′s Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 and the Indianapolis Pace Car both sold out very quickly and there is every indication that demand will be high for the first of two planned 2008 Limited Edition Corvettes. Making its debut in May will be the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

If you are interested in placing a deposit on the 427 Corvette Z06, better jump on the phones today and give our friend Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette a call at 1-877-537-2325. The nation’s #1 Corvette dealer has joined CorvetteBlogger.com as a sponsor and we are honored to be associated with perennial Corvette sales leader.


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Introducing the 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06

by Keith Cornett on February 14, 2008

Paying respect to a classic is a great way to promote the future and GM has done that with their new 427 Limited Edition Z06 Corvette. The 427 remains as one of the most iconic car culture status symbols of the Sixties – in fact, there is probably no Corvette more coveted and collected than a Corvette with 427 big block engine. Today, Chevrolet’s Z06 also features a displacement of 427 cubic inches yet 21st century technology allows them to offer that power compacted into the 7.0 liter small block. The 427 Limited Edition Corvette also takes some styling cues from the Sixties 427 – featuring a Crystal Red exterior and 427 emblems affixed to the Black Stinger hood.

2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06

Each of these limited edition Corvettes is numbered and signed by the retiring Wil Cooksey, the man in charge of the Corvette Assembly Plant for the last 15 years. 505 of these Limited Edition Corvettes will be offered with 427 available in the US and Canada and 78 exported outside North America. The Corvette will retail for $84,195 and features the 3LZ premium equipment with a custom leather wrap interior and new chrome wheels.

Read the full press release from GM after the jump.


Chevrolet’s Special ’427 Limited Edition Z06′ Salutes Classic 427 Corvettes

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced the 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06, a limited-production model that pays homage to the big-block Stingray models of the mid-1960s. The 427 designation refers to the cubic-inch displacement for the highest-performance engines offered between 1966 and ’69 – and is also the cubic-inch equivalent of the Z06’s 7.0L LS7 small-block V-8.

The 427 Limited Edition Z06 features a Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior, the first Z06 ever offered with a red metallic tintcoat paint. It also features graphics on the hood and fascia that evoke the style of the famed “stinger” hood design and graphics that were offered with 1967 models equipped with the 427 engine. Also unique to this model are “427″ hood badges. Each example is numbered and signed by Wil Cooksey, the Corvette assembly plant manager who is retiring after 15 years on the job, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

“The heritage of the 427 designation with the Corvette is legendary,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Recognizing the tie-in of the original 427 engine and the LS7’s 427-inch displacement has been on the Corvette team’s mind since the Z06 was introduced, and we’re thrilled to express it in this special model.”

Available under order code Z44, this special Z06 enters production this spring. Only 427 will be offered in the United States and Canada, with 78 more exported outside North America. That’s a total of 505 production vehicles – the same number of horsepower produced by the LS7 engine.

The special-edition Corvette carries a MSRP of $84,195 and includes the 3LZ premium equipment package with a custom, leather-wrapped interior. A navigation system is the only option ($1,750). As with other Corvette models, customer delivery is available at the Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.

A breakdown of the 427 Limited Edition Z06’s unique content includes:

  • Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint with stinger-style graphics and 427 hood badges
  • Exclusive, new chrome wheels
  • Body-color rear spoiler and door handles
  • Exclusive dark titanium custom leather-wrapped interior
  • Special Crystal Red interior trim plate graphic pattern
  • Console armrest signed and numbered by Wil Cooksey
  • “427″-embroidered seats and floor mats
  • “Z06″ sill plates

The 427 Limited Edition Z06 joins the Indy 500 Pace Car replica – available in coupe and convertible configurations – as the second limited-production Corvette model introduced for 2008, giving enthusiasts and collectors a wealth of choices. In January, Chevrolet also announced the 2009 Corvette ZR1, which enters production later this summer.

“There’s never been a better time to be a Corvette enthusiast,” said Charles. “The performance and refinement are exemplary and special editions, like the 427 model, enrich the heritage of America’s sports car.”


Corvette Z06 details

The Corvette Z06 that is the foundation for the 427 Limited Edition offers carefully executed levels of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market.

The Z06’s LS7 7.0L engine reintroduced the 427-cubic-inch engine to the Corvette lineup. It uses racing-derived lightweight technology, including titanium connecting rods and intake valves, to help boost horsepower and rpm capability – it is rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW).* The only transmission offered with the Z06 is a six-speed manual.

In the car’s 3,162-pound (1,437 kg) package, the LS7 engine helps deliver 0-60 mph performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany’s Autobahn) – the Z06 also circuited Germany’s famed N ü rburgring racetrack in a time of 7:43.

The Z06 has a unique aluminum body structure for optimum stiffness and light weight for the fixed-roof body style. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum members featuring cast suspension nodes, which replace many welded steel components on other Corvette models. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. Wider front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.

A firm, race-proven suspension works harmoniously with large 18 x 9.5-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires in the front, and 19 x 12-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear to achieve lateral acceleration of more than 1 g. Complementing the suspension system and large rolling stock is an equally capable four-wheel disc brake system, consisting of 14-inch (355 mm) vented and cross-drilled front rotors and 13.4-inch (340 mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors.

The front rotors are acted upon by large, red-painted six-piston calipers that use six individual brake pads. Individual brake pads are used because they deliver more equalized wear compared to what would otherwise be a pair of very long single-piece pads. For the rear brakes, four-piston calipers with four individual brake pads are used. A Delphi four-channel ABS system is standard, as is a very competent active handling system – complete with a Competitive Driving mode.


History of the Corvette and the 427 engine

The Chevrolet Mark IV V-8 debuted in the Corvette in 1965 and was dubbed the big-block, because it was physically larger in all respects than Chevy’s other V-8 engine, which became known as the small-block. In ’65, the big-block was offered in a 396-cubic-inch displacement, with a maximum rating of 425 gross horsepower (317 kW). In 1966, the big-block received larger cylinder bores and grew to its legendary 427-cubic-inch form. It came in two power levels: 390 hp (291 kW) and 425 hp.

By 1967, the Corvette’s 427 engine was a legend in its own time and was offered with a unique induction system that featured an inline trio of two-barrel carburetors. Known as the “L71″ (its order code), it was characterized by a large, chrome triangular air cleaner assembly. It was rated at 435 gross horsepower (324 kW). The ’67 big-block Corvettes were easily distinguished from their small-block brethren by a raised “stinger” hood.

A handful of Corvettes with the “L88″-code 427 engine slipped out of the factory in 1967, each rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW), but the L88 would be more closely associated with the redesigned 1968 and ’69 models. The L88 breathed through a single four-barrel carburetor rather than the L71’s three two-barrels. The triple-carburetor induction system was still available, however, as the Corvette was offered with both the L88 and L71 versions of the 427.

No less than six versions of the engine were offered in 1969, the final year for the 427. They included the L88, the L71 and a very rare ZL1 427 that was built with a lightweight aluminum cylinder block. Only two regular-production Corvettes were built with the ZL1 engine, putting them on the short list of the most collectible Corvettes in history.

The big-block increased in size to 454 cubic inches in 1970, and the original big-block engine family exited the Corvette lineup after the 1974 model year. The 2008 Corvette Z06’s LS7 engine offers big-block displacement and horsepower, but in a more efficient small-block architecture.


Source:
GM.com

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GM Announces Production Dates for 2008/2009 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on February 13, 2008

GM has released to dealers the following dates regarding the end of production for 2008 Corvettes as well as the beginning of production for the 2009 model year:

The 2008 model year for Corvette will come to a close on June 20th with the sold order cut-off date set for April 25th. These dates are for all body styles: Coupe, Convertible and Z06. If you’re still looking to place an order for a 2008 Corvette, you better get moving now.

More exciting is the dates for production of the 2009 model year Corvette. For Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvettes, the startup date for production is planned for June 23rd. ZR1 Corvette production is expected to start three weeks later on July 14th.

What’s interesting about the 2009 model is how little we know about any changes in the works. We do know about two new colors: Cyber Gray and rumored new “blade” silver. We also have hints that a 2009 wheel will make its debut early on the Z44 “427″ Edition Z06. It could just be that after the mid cycle upgrades presented on the 2008 Corvette, the only changes in store for 2009 are paint and wheels.

The four models will be introduced to the Corvette public at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash in April.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

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Corvette Values: 1966 Convertible Project Car

by Keith Cornett on February 12, 2008

1966 Corvette Convertible Project Car

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is about the pricing of project Corvettes. These are cars defined as non-running and in many cases they may contain damage and rust to the body and frame. Placing a valuation on a project car is done for the most part just as you would do a running Corvette: determining the condition, options and documentation. However, emphasis should be placed on the condition of the Corvette as well as surveying the car’s current components and determining what, if any parts may be missing. And of course the question you should always ask whether the Corvette is a project or NCRS Top Flight is about documentation, because a project car with documentation will always be more valuable than one without.

Having said that, we were contacted by KR in Kansas who inquired about the value of his 1966 Corvette Convertible that hasn’t run in over 15 years.

1966 Corvette Convertible, VIN 194676S113XXX. Nassau Blue with black vinyl interior. 4-speed transmission. The Corvette has a replacement, non matching numbers 327-300 hp block with the original engines heads, intake and carburetor. 61,553 miles are shown on the car. The engine hasn’t run since 1993. The body has several problem areas. Clock is missing but most other parts are either still on the car or stored with it. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

The VIN # indicates it was built in February 1966, midway through the production year. The mileage of 61,553 is stated as correct by the owner of the vehicle.

This 1966 Roadster is Nassau Blue in color and the paint can be considered as being “marginal.” The fiberglass body panels need minor repair in several areas, however, they have not been modified.

The frame of the Corvette has surface rust partially due to not being driven and sitting in a non-heated storage facility since 1979.

The bumpers and wheel covers are original, but not on the vehicle. The tires definitely need replacing.

This Corvette Roadster is powered by a non-original 327-300 motor. The original motor threw a rod through the side of the block. The replacement motor has the original heads, intake manifold and carburetor from the original motor. The original radiator was removed but is available. The engine has not been run since 1993. It is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter.

The interior of this 1966 Roadster is the standard Black vinyl. The instrument panel is missing the clock and will require minor repairs. The door panels and seats can be considered in acceptable condition.

This 1966 Corvette Roadster has the optional removable hardtop that is in place.

Bottom Line: The Corvette will take a considerable amount of work to become roadworthy. In addition to the motor not running and the radiator not being in place, the brakes will need to be completely redone as well as the electricals.

As this 1966 Corvette Roadster sits today, we place a value of $20,000 on it. In today’s market, one in average condition will command a price in the mid-forty’s.


Source:

VetteFinders.com Corvette Appraisals

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