Friday saw the release of GM’s monthly sales reports and for the straight sixth straight month the number of Corvettes sold has been north of 1,000 units. In September 2010, 1,109 Corvettes were sold. This was 30% lower than last year’s 1,585 Corvettes, but discount that due to extenuating circumstances surrounding the September 2009 sales total. Year to date, Corvette sales total 9,798, a 9% decrease from 2009′s 10,795 units.
Joel Rosen’s east coast-based Motion Performance Speed Shop was legendary for building unbeatable muscle cars in the Sixties and seventies. Teaming up with Baldwin Chevrolet, customers could order a Corvette which would be torn down and rebuilt into an 11.5 second drag car, complete with factory warranty.
One the creations of Rosen was the Phase III GT which made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York City in April, 1969. Motion Performance would build just 12 of the 500+ horsepower grand touring Corvettes with the last one leaving the shop in 1971. That last Phase III GT Corvette was recently purchased from the family of the original owner and has been restored back to original condition and will be displayed at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in November.
During the 2010 Corvettes at Carlisle event, 155 red, white and blue Corvettes were arranged to create an American flag. A portion of the proceeds along with donations received throughout the event raised almost $5000 for Homes for our Troops. Check out the video that shows the Corvettes being put into position and then the final presentation from the air.
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Back in July while responding to a domestic dispute call, Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards was tragically gunned down in the line of duty. The former Police Officer of the Year leaves behind a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet, the local Chevy dealer in the community has stepped up to offer a Corvette ZR1 which will be raffled with the proceeds to help the family.
Corvette Enthusiast becomes the latest Corvette magazine to close shop and merge with one of its sister publications. That’s according to an email that was sent on Friday to article contributors by Amos Automotive Publishing. The email announced a new title from Amos called Auto Enthusiast and then dropped the bomb that its seven automotive niche publications which include titles aimed at Corvette, Chevy, Mustang, Mopar and Pontiac enthusiasts would be consolidated under the new title.
Check out this excellent recap of Corvettes at Carlisle by Stu Schwartzapfel, who writes for the Man on the Move blog. In addition to describing the sites and sounds of Carlisle in detail, Stu tells the story of being on the hunt for a 1965 Fuelie. After finding a likely candidate, he ran into Corvette Repair’s Kevin Mackay whose quick look-over discovered some inconsistencies.
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Earlier this year in May, GM filed a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the name “Stingray” for use on “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles”. This is leading to speculation that GM may be registering the name in advanced of launching the C7 Corvette which is expected sometime between 2012-2014.
Corvette sales are holding steady according to the latest sales report from General Motors. Deliveries of Corvettes in August hit 1,135 units which was 64 cars less than July 2010′s 1,199 sales. Year to date, sales are up 52.1% over August 2009′s dismal 746 Corvettes sold. In fact, August 2010 marks the third straight month of increases over 2009′s deliveries. However, last year at this time, the cash for clunkers program was in full swing which heavily impacted the sales of Corvettes and other cars not covered by the program. For the calendar year, 8,689 Corvettes have been sold which is a decline of 5.7% from 2009′s 9,210 Corvettes sold.