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Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The Competition

GM is unleashing another special edition built exclusively for the European Continent. The Corvette Competition is purpose-built to win both hearts and races for those enthusiasts living “across the pond.” Celebrating Corvette’s racing heritage, the Competition makes the most of the LS3′s 437 horses through maximizing Corvette’s superior power to weight ratio by keeping extras to a minimum. The Corvette Competition isn’t just a trim package like last year’s Victory Edition. It comes standard with an upgraded Z51 performance package, a Z06 rear spoiler and competition grey wheels. The Competition Corvette will be available only in Black and production will be limited.

The Corvette Competition delivers standard features like:

  • A precise 6-speed gearbox with a direct operating gear lever
  • Standard Z51 Performance Package with upgraded torsion bars, brakes and Eagle F1 Run Flat tires
  • Brake cooling ducts for the cross-drilled brake rotors
  • Active Handling System with a Competitive mode for advanced drivers
  • Z06 rear spoiler for improved downforce and high speed stability
  • Design touches that include front and rear sport mesh grilles, a carbon fiber central console, leather seats and Competition grey aluminum wheels

Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition
Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition Europe's Special Edition Corvette: The C6 Competition

This is the second special edition built exclusively for Europe. Last year’s Victory Edition gave European Corvette buyers their very own special edition that celebrated the Corvette’s success in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of LeMans. For more information, visit Corvette Europe.


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Corvette Europe

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Stolen 1959 Corvette VIN J59S100698

I received the following email last night from Jessica in Ronkonoma, New York about a 1959 Corvette that was stolen from her home garage last week. While I hope this post will help get the word out about the Corvette, my main purpose is to make sure the VIN from the Corvette comes up in Google and other search engines as belonging to a stolen Corvette. If you are familiar with this Corvette or hear anything about VIN #J59S100698 please contact Jessica directly.

Dear Keith,

My uncle found out he had cancer and died within two months, in December of ’07. Everything happened so quickly and before we knew it, my family was dealing with this tragic loss. He left behind a 1959 red corvette convertible as a family heirloom. My uncle didn’t have kids and he was never married. He saved his whole life to buy this car. On March 21, 2008, this car was stolen from our home garage in Ronkonkoma, NY. We have tried everything to get this car recovered, from airing interviews on local tv and radio stations to passing out 1,000 fliers and counting in the community.

Please help us get this car back. Can you post a blog about this car??

With kind thanks,

Jessica Pedersen
631-871-6323
jessicalpedersen@yahoo.com

1959 Corvette Roadster. Red with White Coves, Red interior and a white hard top. The Corvette is an automatic with spinner wheels and white wall tires. VIN J59S100698.


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March 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on April 1, 2008

With today’s release of delivery data outlining March’s 2008 Corvette sales, we see the delivery numbers starting to creep back to the norm we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years. 2,692 Corvettes were sold in March 2008, a 30% increase over February’s delivery figure of 2,071. The number is still off the 3,158 Corvettes sold in March 2007, but we’re happy to see the improvement during these increasingly difficult economic times.

In addition to the 2008 Corvette sales, we are still tracking the number of 2007 Corvettes that dealers have available. Chevrolet has several discount programs in place to move last year’s models and they appear to be working. At the end of February we saw 1,191 2007 Corvettes on dealer lots but as of March 31st, that number has dropped to 893.

Monthly Corvette sales data is after the jump.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 6,742 2008 Corvettes on the ground. That’s an increase of 287 Corvettes compared with February’s 6,455 total.

  • 3,843 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,424 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,475 Corvette Z06

According to the site, there are 893 2007 Corvettes still available at dealers across the nation.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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February 2008 Corvette Sales

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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.


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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.


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National Corvette Museum

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February 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on March 4, 2008

February’s Corvette sales were very similar to January’s number with just over 2,000 Corvettes being delivered. The Year to Year comparison is in stark contrast to the month to month figures with a change of -25.6% from February 2007 compared with February 2008. So what the heck is going on with Corvette Sales?

My analysis is purely antidotal based solely on the public data I have access to but this is what we are seeing. There has been a drastic reduction in new Corvettes being delivered over last year. Secondly, the amount of new 2008 Corvettes available has grown by nearly 1,000 units to 6,455 in February compared to January’s 2008 Stock Report.

External factors play an important role in sales of sports cars. Adverse weather conditions throughout much of the country can dampen sales as well as growing concerns with a slowing economy.

If the current trends remain constant over the next four months, then the 2008 MY could possibly have the lowest model year production total since 1997′s introduction of the C5 Corvette. Unless Chevy reduces output and allows the market to absorb the cars that are currently on the ground it’s likely well see incentives to move the 2008′s and make way for the 2009′s that will begin to hit dealers in late summer.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 6,455 2008 Corvettes on the ground. That’s an increase of 975 Corvettes compared with January’s 5,480 total.

  • 3,695 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,353 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,407 Corvette Z06

According to the site, there are 1,191 2007 Corvettes still available at dealers across the nation.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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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.


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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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427 Corvette Z06

CorvetteConti.com is telling us a new limited edition “427″ Corvette Z06 will be unveiled Thursday by General Motors at the Chicago Auto Show. The 427 Corvette Z06 is a trim package with the following options:

  • Crystal Red Metallic (89U) Tintcoat
  • Special Dark Titanium custom leather wrapped interior trim
  • 427 logo embroidered on seat backs and floor mats
  • Hydrographic patterned center trim plate
  • Unique chrome wheels
  • Special graphics package
  • Individually signed and numbered covered armrest
  • Certificate of Authenticity

The 427 Corvette Z06 is another “signature” edition, this time featuring the penmanship of outgoing Corvette assembly plant manager Will Cooksey who retires on March 1st. GM is already set to produce 500 30th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas with Emerson Fittipaldi’s signature.

A second source claims the special chrome wheels on the 427 Corvette Z06 will be one of the wheel options on 2009 Corvettes. We’ll have more details once GM makes the announcement.


Source:
CorvetteConti.com

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January 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2008

January in not typically one of the bigger months for sales of new Corvettes. Having said that, analysis of GM’s delivery stats from January 2008 show sales down from the previous January 2007 at nearly 10% with only 2,015 Corvettes delivered. In fact, there hasn’t been a lower number of deliveries in a month since the introduction of the C6 Corvette began in July 2005 when 1,872 Corvettes were delivered.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%


Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 5,480 2008 Corvettes on the ground in the following model configurations:

  • 3,145 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,163 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,172 Corvette Z06

There are still 1,433 new 2007 Corvettes available. Sure, they don’t have the new LS3 and some of the other refinements found in the 2008 Corvette, but these 2007 models are being heavily discounted.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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