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Vettes in the News

2005 Corvette Production Stats

by Keith Cornett on September 27, 2005

The first production year for the C6 officially came to a close on September 8, when the last 2005 Corvette came off the end of the assembly line. A total of 37,372 cars were built during the model year, with no ZO6 production. Coupes proved to be more popular than ever with 72 percent of total production and convertibles taking the remaining 28 percent. The most popular exterior color was Black (21.4 percent), followed by Light Tarnish Silver (18.4 percent), Victory Red (15 percent), Luxo Blue (10.1 percent), Magnetic Red (9.1 percent), Sunset Orange (8 percent), Millennium Yellow (5.4 percent), White (5.3 percent), Precision Red (3.5 percent), Velocity Yellow (2 percent) and Red Jewel (1.9 percent). Most convertible customers opted for the black top (86 percent), with only 11.3 percent choosing beige followed by 2.7 percent who chose gray. Interior color options are as follows: Ebony 60.9 percent, Light Cashmere 24.5 percent, Steel Gray 10 percent, and Cobalt Red 4.6 percent. Once again proving most popular, automatic transmissions accounted for 60 percent of the cars. Six-speed manual transmissions accounted for 17 percent, while 23 percent opted for the six-speed with the Z51 option. Export cars, other than Canada and Mexico, totaled 4.7 percent. Other popular options included: Memory Package (92 percent), Passenger and Driver Reclining Bucket Seats (98.4 percent), Telescoping Steering Wheel (87.3 percent), Polished Aluminum Wheels (72.5 percent), OnStar (52.5 percent), Heads Up Display (92 percent), and XM Satellite Radio (58.6 percent).

AutoWeek Drives the Z06

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2005

Autoweek hits the newstands this week with their review of the 2006 Z06 Corvette. As their title suggests, “Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06 enters the supercar segment – and changes the game.” The review starts with an incredible play-by-play (shift-by-shift?) of the Z06 running at the famed Spa-Francorchamps, a 4.3 mile road race course in Belgium: “An atomic forward rush presses flesh and bone into the seat, interrupted only when the brain protests the car cannot possibly enter the approaching bend this fast, even though Chevy claims the Z06 will maintain a 1.04 g lateral load during steady-state cornering…But time and again the Z06 proves it can.” “The Z06′s $65,800 base price marks it as the greatest value in supercar history, and the performance means those poster-buying kids should now lust after a Corvette, value or not. ” While there is some lamenting of the lack of refinement for the interior, we are entertained with the quote by Corvette’s Chief Engineer Dave Hill who says the development team did not think the Z06 needed an interior upgrade, given the car “would come in substantially less expensive than the Viper but with substantially more performance and refinement.” He acknowledges that “may not have been the right thinking, but we didn’t want to get the car too pricey.” Click here to read the entire Autoweek Review.

GM To Match Donations

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2005

General Motors will be matching contributions by their employees who donate to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz made the statement on the GM FastLane Blog yesterday. For non-GM employees, there is a list of the links to other relief organizations. Thanks you GM, Bob Lutz, and GM Employees for supporting our fellow Americans in this time of need.

Car and Driver Z06 Road Test

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2005

This month’s Car and Driver Magazine has a Road Test of the 2006 Z06 Corvette and GM scores another stunning review of their new “Supercar”. In fact, C&D uses the supercar term several times as they describe the Z06′s handling and performance.

At the Milford Proving Ground outside Detroit, C&D put the Z06 through the paces and the results were comparable or better to the Porsche 911, Ferrari F430 and domestic rivals Ford GT and Dodge Viper SRT10: 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0-100 mph in 7.9 seconds and 0-150 mph in 17.5 seconds.

According to the Road Test, the Z06 “… exposes the majority of European sports cars for what they are: overpriced, underperforming snobs.” My favorite quote though is in regards to the Z06′s price/performance: “Spending double the ZO6′s price does not guarantee you’ll have a car that can beat it”

The Road Test article is not yet available at Car & Driver’s website, but a scanned version of it can be read at DigitalCorvettes.

Blue Devil Corvette Lives

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2005

Rumors of the SuperVette appear to be true. GM is developing what is being called the Corvette Blue Devil: Take a 2006 Z06, add enough Carbon Fiber to bring the curb weight down to 2900 pounds, put a supercharger on the LS-7′s V8 engine for a reported yield of 600-650 hp and then sell it for $100,000+.

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1953 Corvette Stamp

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2005

The U.S. Postal Service hopes you’ll park a ’53 Corvette and four other classic cars on an envelope near you.

The post office is releasing five commemorative stamps featuring the sporty look of American cars designed in the 1950s: a 1952 Nash Healey, a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1953 Studebaker Starliner, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

The stamps will be dedicated Saturday in Detroit. They will be available nationwide beginning Sunday.

“Referring to photographs of each car and his own cache of landscape images for the stamp backgrounds, artist Art Fitzpatrick has rendered each stamp in meticulous detail,” the post office said in a news release.

Fitzpatrick is a former car designer and a long-time advertising designer and illustrator for General Motors. Some of the stamps were modeled after cars in existence today.

The collection is called “America on the Move: 50′s Sporty Cars.”

Flying Car Wrecks Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on August 8, 2005

I find it amazing when searching some of the aggregator sites for Corvette news, all I can find are stories about how some guy dies while speeding in his Corvette. This blog will not be the place for these types of stories, but in some cases when a Corvette is involved in a spectacular crash, and nobody was injured, it may be worth commenting on.

And such is the story behind Pat and Mike Shannon, owners of a 1990 and 1995 Corvette, as well as a 1993 Cadillac Seville.

Imagine waking up and hearing a horrendous crash in the middle night and finding out that all three of your cars were destroyed by a drunk driver.

A New Paltz, NY man had left a party down the street from the Shannon house. He lost control of his car, drove up a lawn and went airborne with his car over a steep dropoff.

Getting air for at least 15 feet, his car landed on top of all three vehicles the Shannon’s owned, a 1993 Cadillac Seville, a blue 1990 Corvette and a red 1995 Corvette. The impact pushed the Cadillac into the SShannon’s garage.

The Shannons had purchased the red Corvette only two months earlier. They had made arrangements to sell the blue Corvette, and the buyer was scheduled to arrive in a few days to complete the purchase.

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