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Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] A Tale of Two 1963 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2008

Two 1963 Corvettes crossed the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Thursday evening, and while they were both made in 1963 they were anything but alike.

Lot #709 is a Tuxedo Black convertible with a ’67 stinger hood and 20″ Foose rims. It has the 327 ci 340 hp L76 engine and is coupled to a 4-speed transmission. It’s bling was showing for a reason as it was recently used in the making of a music video by the rapper T.I.

The second 1963 Corvette in this highlight, Lot # 743 is a split window coupe, all original with a matching numbers base 327 ci 250 hp engine and a 4-Speed. It had some nice convenience options including power steering, power brakes and power windows. Finished in Riverside Red, the coupe is just stunning.

The reason I combined these two auctions into one video is not so much to compare the two as it is to contrast them: With different body styles, engine options and restoration goals, these two Corvettes are completely different cars.

So let me ask you a question. If you could have your choice between a very solid semi-celebrity (video ho!) Corvette roadster with nearly 100 horsepower more than a matching numbers base engine Split Window Coupe, which one would you choose? Leave a comment below and remember there is no wrong answer.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

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Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1958 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2008

Here is a really sharp 1958 Corvette that was sold at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The selling price was $75,000 + the 10% buyers commission of 10% for a total price of $82,500.

Lot #728 was the first C1 Corvette to cross the block at the 2008 auction. The Corvette’s exterior is Snowcrest White with Inca Silver coves and comes appointed with a Pebble Black interior. Powered by a 283 ci 270 hp dual quad small block V8, the sales literature lists the mileage at an incredible 30,500 miles.

There is kind of a funny aside to this story. The seller is John Howard, car collector and legendary cycling and triathlon star. Howard set the bicycle land speed record of 152 mph back in 1985 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, traveling at a speed greater than his 1958 Corvette is capable of in its stock form. No word on whether or not the bike was modded.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] A Tale of Two 1963 Corvettes
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2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

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Yes, Barrett-Jackson is finally here and we’re celebrating by watching wall to wall coverage of the super bowl of classic car auctions. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually considered the bargain nights, but here is a 1966 Corvette convertible that we believe was well sold.

This Corvette (Lot # 464) features a 327 ci 300 hp base engine with several rare options. Just 8.7% of 1966 Corvettes were equipped with the two-speed powerglide automatic transmission and only 12.7% came with factory air conditioning. The Corvette was finished with the most popular color in 1966, Nassau Blue (6,100) and features a black interior. The matching numbers Corvette is said to have undergone an extensive frame-off restoration.

I feel for the commentators though as it’s tough enough to talk on live television without occasionally getting something wrong. So for today’s trivia question, take a listen and leave a comment with what you think was incorrectly described during this auction.

For a list of Corvettes going through the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, check out our Corvette auction preview.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

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Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talks with FastLaneDaily.com about the 2009 Corvette ZR1 on location at the Detroit Auto Show. Tadge tells us the inspiration of the Corvette’s ceramic composite brakes was the Ferrari Enzo as well as the decision to hotlap the car during last year’s final ALMS race at Laguna Seca.


Source:
FastLaneDaily.com

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Video: In the CorvetteBlogger.com Garage – V1.2

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2008

This past weekend, we visited the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee (Orlando) Florida. It was a great show and the perfect way to spend a Saturday. I love watching the Corvettes being judged as well as trolling the swap meet area. I met the former chief engineer for Corvette Dave McLellan and also listened in as Tom Hill from Chevy’s Corvette Team spoke about the new 2009 Corvette ZR1.

Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan with CorvetteBlogger.com's Keith Cornett
A picture with the former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan

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Video: The Introduction of the Corvette ZR1 at GM Style

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2008

Here is some official GM footage from last night’s public debut of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. As we mentioned in yesterday’s liveblogging post Kid Rock got the room hyped up as NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon wheeled out the 6.2L Supercharged Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

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Video: GM’s Tom Wallace Discusses the 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’ve got a lot of information coming out of the General in advance of the Corvette ZR1′s public unveiling during the Detroit auto show. Here is a new video from Tom Wallace, Vehicle Line Executive – GM Performance Cars, discussing the engine, powertrain and brakes of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Tom walks us through the features that make this Corvette so special and then describes in very simple terms what that means for you. Wallace is obviously excited about this Corvette and his enthusiasm shows.

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Live: Watching Corvettes at the GM Style Party

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2008

We’re watching the GM style party tonight live on www.GM.com. We’ll be continuously updating this post at the evening progresses. Jeff Gordon is co-hosting the event and has alluded to a special car making an appearance tonight.

UPDATE: Video of the Corvette ZR1 introduction uploaded by SlashGear.com. More photos after the jump.

2009 Corvette ZR1

2009 Corvette ZR1 with Jeff Gordon Driving

GM did this introduction right. With Kid Rock on the mic, Jeff Gordon drove the new Corvette on stage. Here is the new 2009 Corvette ZR1!!

1953 Corvette and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is the first artist to take the stage and surprise, the first car of the evening is a 1953 Corvette.


Source:
General Motors

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Will Be Unveiled at GM Style Party

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Video: In the GM Design Dome with the Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2008

GM has invited several of the larger automotive blogs to visit with designers in the GM Design Dome in advance of its appearance at the North American International Auto Show next week. AutoBlog.com was one of the sites invited and here is the interview they did with Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennian.

According to AutoBlog, the Corvette you see here is actually a standard Corvette Z06 that the design staff used to test the fit of exterior parts, so its not fitted with its ceramic brakes and that is a LS7 under the hood. Don’t fret though, the real Corvette ZR1 with its state of the art LS9 supercharged V8 under the lexan window will be live Saturday night at the GM style party in Detroit.

I’d also like to add that it would be nice if GM would include a blog dedicated to the Corvette when it doles out these kinds of invitations. In fact, there is a fanatical blogger in Tampa that follows Corvettes and he has a video camera and is willing to travel. Just a thought…


Source:
AutoBlog.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash
2009 Corvette ZR1 Photo Gallery
The New King of the Hill: The 2009 Corvette ZR1
First 2009 Corvette ZR1 Heading to Barrett-Jackson

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I vaguely remember seeing this commercial for Chevrolet and the Corvette during Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve program and was just sober coherent enough to hit the Tivo’s record button. Seeing it now I can remember feeling the emotional tugs at the heartstrings that Chevrolet’s ad men do so well. But then again, that could have easily been the Crown Royal talking.

The commercial shows various Chevy’s and then we see a base red Corvette coupe getting put through its paces in a downtown setting. When the Corvette first comes on screen, the voice over says “We believe that passion leads to extraordinary things”. Another nice touch is having the halo car sandwiched between the Volt concept and the 2009 Camaro.

One observation I had was both the announcer and the on screen graphics at the end of the spot refer to Chevrolet at Chevy and even the web URL is Chevy.com. I do like the fact they used the sixty second format to feature all the vehicles in the Chevy stable while playing up the fuel solutions angle that we are starting to see in all their recent commercials. So while there is nothing in the spot that is ground-breaking, it is, in this former ad man’s opinion, a well done commercial.

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