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Vettes in the News

Two Italian Designers Turn to Corvette for Concepts

by Keith Cornett on April 26, 2007

For fifty years the Corvette has been a favorite of custom coach builders and tuners and that tradition continues today. Two Italian designers are both using the C6 Corvette as the basis for their concepts. The Spada Codatronca concept is from Italian designer Ercole Spada. It is based off the C6 Corvette chassis and is powered by a 7.0 liter V8 tuned up to 700 hp. Top speed is claimed to be 208 mph and 0-60 mph is around 3 seconds. The car has a digital speedometer located on its wildly designed rear. Codatronca literally means “cut tail” and you can see why its aptly named. Three versions are expected from Spada.

The Spada Codatronca concept The Spada Codatronca concept The Spada Codatronca concept
Milanese coachbuilder Castagna has rebodied the C6 Corvette Z096 to produce a supercar it calls the Aznom. On display this week at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, the Aznom has a retro-look curved carbon fiber body plus the Corvette’s 700bhp V8: it’s capable of 218mph and 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds. Castagna will build a small number to order.
The Spada Codatronca concept The Spada Codatronca concept The Spada Codatronca concept
Both concepts will be extremely limited in production and so far no plans have been announced to sell the concepts inside the United States.
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Corvette ZR-1 Enters the Jalopnik Fantasy Garage

by Keith Cornett on April 17, 2007

1994 Corvette ZR-1Today we are thankful for Los Jalops. Those car crazy guys at Jalopnik.com have finally decided to add some American Muscle to their current foreign makes only fantasy garage. While I’m a bit surprised the honor didn’t go to an El Camino first, I am very satisfied with their first American choice: The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. With everyone having Z06′s and SS/Blue Devils on the brain, it’s nice to see the Jalops remembering Corvette’s first super car, the ZR-1. Built from 1990-1995, the ZR-1 was a marvel for its time. The C4-style Corvette came equipped with the exotic 32 valve 4 overhead cam engine that pushed the base Corvette’s horsepower from 250 to 375, and then eventually to 405 hp in later production years. As the first Corvette super car, the ZR-1 set records including its most famous: In a 24 hour span, stopping only for fuel and driver changes, the ZR-1 Corvette averaged 174 mph. As Jalopnik’s Jonny Lieberman reminds us, that’s New York to LA and back in just 30 hours. To be added to the Fantasy Garage, readers of Jalopnik.com must vote, and so far they have with 85% recommending the ZR-1 for admittance into the exclusive club. Current fantasy garage stall members include the RUF RT12 (I don’t know what that is either), Maserati’s Quattroporte Executive GT, a 1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9, a 1931 Daimler Double Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe and the Ferrari 288 GTO. So go read the ZR-1 profile at Jalopnik.com and then vote yes! Corvette fanboys everywhere are counting on you!
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Lotus AdvertisementA recent ad from a Lotus dealer compares the Elise to four other convertible sports cars in the same class. Unfortunately for Lotus, the ad is filled with several inaccuracies, and has become a joke among enthusiasts. The Corvette Convertible, for example is listed as having a 3.2L 6 cylinder engine. Not since 1955 has there been a 6 cylinder available in the Corvette. And secondly, the Corvette’s 0-60 mph time is blasphemous! 5.4 seconds! Humph. That wrong piece of data came actually came from Edmunds.com. Chevrolet lists the Corvette’s 0-6 mph time at 4.2 seconds. Lastly, who would want a BMW M3 Convertible? According to this Lotus advertisement, the M3′s city/highway mileage is 1/23!! If the dealer group continues to run ads like these, Lotus might as well hire pitchman extraordinaire Joe Isuzu.
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Corvette Performance Academy Launched Across Europe

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2007

The Z06 Corvette hits the trackIn a move to further position Corvette for the European sports car market comes the the Corvette Performance Academy. The Academy, which consists of a fleet of ten Corvette C6 models and four Z06 models, will give drivers the opportunity to see what the Corvette can do when pushed to its limits on a controlled track course. Three different levels of training are offered, aimed at both the potential Corvette driver as well as those more experienced Corvette owners. Level One is the Corvette Safety Training Course. With the Academy’s professional instructors, drivers will learn the basics of handling the Corvette test tracks in Germany. The day-long course includes four, 75-minute driving sessions. Slaloms, braking tests, low grip skidpans and learning about understeer and oversteer, make it an experience to remember. Level Two is the Corvette Performance Training course, and is aimed for more experienced participants. Four, ninety-minute driving sessions work on getting the best from the superb dynamics of the Corvette, balancing the car using the throttle and steering. The day-long course is offered at tracks in Germany, Sweden, France and Belgium. Level Three is the Z06 Advanced Training course. Only the most experienced and skilled drivers can participate, and they must have completed the first two levels of training. The Z06 course takes place at the Goodyear test tracks of Colmarberg in Luxembourg and Miréval in France. Each Z06 course is limited to just 12 participants to ensure maximum track time. The focus of the Z06 course is the development of basic racing techniques to transition drivers from the C6 to the Z06.
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1958 Dual Quad Corvette ConvertibleBarrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach Collector Car Auction begins tonight and Speed TV will be broadcast three hours of coverage beginning at 9pm eastern time. Tonight and Friday night’s 6 hours of coverage will be tape-delayed, but on Saturday, Speed TV will be broadcasting the auction live from 12 noon to 8 pm. Time to set the TIVO! Looking through the list of available Corvettes, this 1958 Convertible really caught my eye and will be one to watch when it crosses the auction block. Lot number 674 is a 283 ci/245 hp dual quad Corvette in Panama Yellow with White Coves and a charcoal interior. The engine is coupled to a 4-speed transmission and it has the rare power top option. Less than 12% of the Corvettes in 1958 had the RPO 473 Power Folding Top option. The Corvette was recently treated to a no expenses spared restoration to NCRS specifications. Check out the awards this Corvette has won over the last couple of years: Multiple NCRS Regional and National Top Flight Awards 2004-2006
NCRS Performance Verification Award 2006
Bloomington Gold Certification 2004
Gold Spinner Concourse Award 2004
TRIPLE CROWN 2004
NCRS Duntov Award 2006 The 1958 Corvette model year has seen its values skyrocket over the last five years, appreciating at a whopping 76%. Our average price is $46,200 but if this Corvette is well documented and with the awards it has won, it should be close to, if not surpass, our high price of $145,000.
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Where’s Johnny? Corvette Included in Chevy Print Ads

by Keith Cornett on March 26, 2007

Chevrolet launched a new series of print ads that ties back into the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl ad, which featured three Corvettes and included Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell rapping LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali”. The print ads we came across were in the April 2007 Wired Magazine that featured the three full page spreads starting with the inside front cover.

The Cobalt SS The 2007 Corvette Convertible in Monterey Red The Chevrolet HHR and a classic Impala.
It’s great to see Chevrolet include the Halo car in their marketing, as the Corvette needs no advertising and is almost guaranteed to sell out each model year. Chevrolet should be including Corvette in future advertisements by showcasing the sports car as an example of what is right with GM. If by chance that some of its magic can rub off to the Vette’s new siblings, then all the better for Corvette, right?
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Ethenol Corvette on Display for Lawmakers

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2007

1992 Ethanol CorvetteOn display for lawmakers Monday at the Advanced Vehicle Research Center in North Carolina was a Red 1992 Corvette. One look under the hood though would tell you that something is remarkably different about this C4 Corvette. The Chevrolet V8 engine has been replaced by a four-cylinder engine capable of producing 350 horsepower by running on ethanol instead of unleaded gasoline. That is a 50 horsepower gain over the original LT1 V8 that produced 300 horsepower. The experimental Corvette was rolled out Monday for North Carolina and Pennsylvania representatives who are looking into the merits of biofuels. Richard Dell, the Executive Director of the Advanced Vehicle Research Center said, “If you are going to go green, you might as well look good doing it.”
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Corvette Summer Promo Car Sells on eBay

by Keith Cornett on February 28, 2007

Corvette Summer Promo Car

Nearly 30 years after Mark Hamill and Annie Potts drove a hideous custom Corvette to B-Movie success, one of the movie’s promotional cars was offered up and sold on eBay this morning for $30,000. The buyer appears to be from the Volo Auto Museum based on his current listings.

This isn’t the original Corvette Summer car, as that had a right-wheel drive conversion and the cool bowtie tail lights. That car is part of the collection owned by MA Motorworks owner Mike Yeager.

You can also see a clip of the Corvette Summer car on YouTube.com


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2007 Corvette Pace Car Allocation Info

by Keith Cornett on February 23, 2007

2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car ReplicaCorvetteConti.com has posted some preliminary information about how Chevrolet will allocated the Pace Car Replica Corvette to its dealers. We do know that GM will begin producing the Pace Car replica’s for consumer purchase in May and June. A street date for availability has yet to be released but we do know that it won’t happen prior to the annual Memorial Day 500 race. If you are interested in obtaining a 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica, then here are some guidelines outlining how the Corvettes will be allocated:

“The intention is to provide a minimum of one Pace Car replica to each dealer who sold 24 or more Corvettes (including Z06) from 4/1/06 – 3/31/07. (Two Corvettes per month) It is anticipated that approximately 345 dealers will receive at least one Pace Car replica allocation. The balance of the available allocations will be distributed based on each Dealer’s percentage of total Corvette sales for the subject period so that the largest Corvette dealers will then receive multiple allocations. Pace Car allocation will be included within May 2007 estimated shipments and will be communicated as a constraint during the DOSP cycles for TPWs 6/4/07 ~ 6/18/07. Constraints will not be protected and any constraints not utilized by the originally assigned dealer will be made available to other dealers having May Corvette allocation. Using code CCR will help secure allocation. Final determination of individual dealer allocation cannot yet be communicated since a few dealers on the fringe may change between now and the end of March. However, it should be safe to use the 24 Corvette sales cutoff when providing generalized guidance as to whether or not a dealership will have allocation ”
So there you have it. Find yourself a dealer who has a larger allocation of Corvettes, and make sure you bring your checkbook.
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Video: Daytona 500 Z06 Corvette Makes TV Appearance

by Keith Cornett on February 17, 2007

On Friday, Fox News aired The Fox Report with Shepard Smith live from the Daytona International Speedway. In the background was the Z06 Corvette Pace Car. I captured a segment which just happens to included news that GM may be in talks to acquire Chrysler as well as the Waltrip-ping NASCAR cheating story.

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