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Leave it to Viagra to get us guys excited about a new commercial. Their new sixty-second spot features a man in the middle of washing his beautiful 1958 Blue Corvette. As the Viagra line goes, “They say that in life there is only room for one great passion…unless you’re really clever.” Of course you can’t show how Viagra works on TV, so the remaining :45 seconds is filled with the video of a sprinkler rinsing the suds off the classic straight axle Corvette.

Viagra also carried over the Corvette theme to their website. After the site loads, click on the “Play Video” button which shows the man and women in the Corvette as it drives down a tree-lined road. Lots of nice closeups.
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Barn Find: 1968 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

As posted on the Corvette Forum, user Trophy Blue has a friend that found this 1968 Corvette Convertible with 34,000 original miles sitting in a barn. The Corvette was wrecked some 25 years earlier and the car was parked. According to the post, the Corvette sold for under $5,000.

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For those that love barn stories in general, check out the post. Someone replied with a photo that shows 16 Chevelles rotting in a field. Of course you know that someday the owner is going to fix them up and sell them at Barrett-Jackson. He’s just “storing” them until he’s ready. From a pricing perspective this could be a real good buy depending on how the new owner can turn it around. It was the 1968 Corvette T-Top model that led the way at 17% in this year’s Top Appreciating Corvettes from our Corvette Price Guide. The one year appreciation figure for the 1968 Corvette Roadster is 11%.
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Callaway C16 To Go Topless in New York

by Keith Cornett on March 19, 2007

Callaway C16 ConvertibleCallaway Cars announced they will be building a convertible version of the Z06 Corvette based C16 Coupe. The C16 Convertible will debut at the New York International Car Show in April. Like the C16 Coupe, the convertible version is available with either the 560 hp Supercharged V8 or the optional high performance 616 hp Supercharged 6.0 Liter V8. According to Callaway Cars, the C16 Convertible is capable of 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.2 sec while top speed is estimated at just over 200 mph.

“Customers who want the exhilaration of a convertible and the daily driver convenience of a paddle-shift automatic without sacrificing the performance capabilities of a Z06 and beyond, can only get it here,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “With this car we have maintained the C16’s class-leading performance, while creating a gorgeous convertible version, based on one of the best sports car platforms ever made. In true Callaway tradition it incorporates our race-proven technologies and superlative craftsmanship in an arresting and appealing style.”
Pricing for a fully loaded C16 Convertible is $128,765 USD. All Callaway C16 Convertible components are available individually, for both new and currently owned Corvettes, through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: Penny and Her 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 16, 2007

Last night I found this wonderful photo and story of an 86 year old Corvette owner named Penny who daily drives a 1958 convertible. The photographer is also a neighbor who said the following about her subject:

“Penny is our 86 year old neighbor and friend. She is the most youthful 86 year old I’ve ever met and she drives a 1958 Corvette in mint condition which she bought new 48 years ago.” “I asked Penny if I could take photos of her with her beloved Corvette. She graciously agreed, and said, “It needs a new paint job, but so do I!” Penny is a lovely woman and a role model of what it can be like to be a senior young-at-heart.”
86 year old owner with her 1958 Corvette
There are three photos in the Penny series and you can view them here and here. The comments are worth reading as well.
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Corvette Featured in 2007 Chevrolet SS Auto Show Video

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2007

A video that’s been playing over at CamaroZ28.com features the entire Chevrolet SS lineup for 2007. And leading the cadre of high performance vehicles making the rounds of the Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School is a Monterey Red Corvette Coupe. The other cars in the SS lineup include the Cobalt SS, Malibu SS, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS and the TrailBlazer SS. The Corvette SS in this video is a fantasy of course and disappers midway through.

I didn’t realize that nearly all of the Chevy models had an SS version. Where’s the HHR SS? Oh, It’s coming in 2008. I now see why Chevrolet will call the new king of the hill Corvette the SS.
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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.

Click here to see our growing collection of Corvette videos at youtube.com
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Video: Special Edition Corvettes at the Chicago Auto Show

by Keith Cornett on February 13, 2007

MotorTrend has a nice video of the two special edition Corvettes that were introduced last week at the Chicago Auto Show. The video has an interview with Corvette Project Manager Harlan Charles who discusses the build and release dates as well as selected highlights of each Corvette. Harlan says that most of the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 Corvettes will be built in March with release to dealers and the public in April and May. The Indy 500 Pace Car Replica will have a few early cars built for the race committee but those slated for consumers will be built during May and June and will only be available only after the race on Memorial Day weekend.

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Check out the video at MotorTrend.com
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Flickr Photo of the Day: Corvettes ‘N Clouds

by Keith Cornett on January 31, 2007

Something about this photo just stopped me dead in my tracks. Of course I am a sucker for Cross Flag emblems and I like a highly-polished paint job. Perhaps it was the blue contrasting with the colors of the flags and the reflections of the clouds. Whatever the case, I thought it was worth sharing. Extra credit is given for those who can name the year(s) of the Corvette this emblem was used.

Corvettes N Clouds
Check out Smenzel’s photostream on Flickr, who seems to have a thing for classic automotive badges and hood ornaments.
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Barrett-Jackson: Good Buy 1966 427/425 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 20, 2007

When watching the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, we often see Corvettes being sold at the high end of the pricing spectrum or even beyond (Pluto anyone!). But often, there are some very good deals that go unnoticed, and I think this Corvette belongs in the “Good-Buy” category. This Matching-Numbers 1966 Nassau Blue Corvette Coupe (Lot #1011.1) features an L72 427 ci 425 hp big block engine coupled to an M21 4-Speed Transmission. Comfort options include Power Brakes, Power Windows and Telescopic Steering Wheel Column. Finally, Knock-Off Wheels with Gold Line Tires and Side Exhaust complete the options. The car is being sold by Dave Ressler, a dealer and major car collector, who is shown taking the family photo during the bidding. I do believe that it was Dave that purchased the #003 53 Corvette that sold at last year’s auction for $1 million. But I digress… Purchasing the 1966 Corvette Coupe was ProTeam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis. A review of the ProTeam Corvette website shows pricing for comparable L72 Condition 2 Corvettes starting in the $90,000 range and Condition 1 Corvettes as high as $169,000. Terry is a major Corvette buyer and obviously knows when to hold them and when to fold them. It will be interesting to see where the price will be set for this Coupe once he gets it back to Ohio.

Saturday night is when we’ll see the major action including ProTeam selling The Last Corvette. Check it out on Speed. But don’t worry if you miss it. We’ll have the details here.
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Barrett-Jackson: The Last Sting Ray Fetches $660,000

by Keith Cornett on January 20, 2007

For the last year, Terry Michaelis of ProTeam Corvette has created the ultimate buzz for a particular 1967 Corvette Coupe. The Corvette just happened to be the last Corvette produced in the 1967 model year, officially making it the Last Sting Ray. The Corvette was given a body-off restoration by the Nabers Brothers in Houston, and the entire process was filmed by Speed TV for a 6-part documentary that aired last November. After the restoration was completed, the Corvette was judged at Bloomington, where it was awarded Gold, and the NCRS, which awarded it Top Flight. The last chapter in this story, as Terry called it, was the trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to be auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. The Last Sting Ray (Lot # 1285) was offered up and the bidding quickly climbed to $600,000 and when the gavel fell, Ron Pratt was the new owner. With the addition of the $60,000 buyers commission, the final sales total was $660,000. For this price, the buyer gets a very nicely restored Corvette as well as all the awards, press clippings, videos and apparel that accompanied it.

Our congratulations go to Terry and ProTeam Corvette, who not only continue to find some of the best Corvettes to resell, but know how to market them as well.
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