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Bloomington 2009:  1966 Corvette Convertible Sells for $83,500

This Ermine White 1966 Corvette Convertible was one of the high points on the first day of Mecum’s Corvette auction at the annual Bloomington Gold show in St. Charles, Illinois. The L72 427/425 hp V8 powered Corvette crossed the block early Friday and was sold for $83,500. Video of the sale is after the jump.

In 1966 the very first 427 engines found their way into Corvettes. Legend has it that the horsepower rating was over 450 but GM artificially deflated the numbers to please the insurance industry. The new power plant boosted the sting Ray’s street-cred immediately: 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and a 14-sec quarter mile.

This Ermine White Corvette is a numbers matching original example featuring the L72 427/425 hp engine. The V8 is mated to a 4-speed transmission with aggressive 4.11 gears while the exhaust exits through its distinct shrouded side pipes. Original Kelsey Hayes knock-off wheels, two tops and a teak wood steering wheel complete the classic package.

Both buyer and sellers should be pleased with this sale. The $83,500 paid puts this car in the top 20 of 1966 Corvette 427/425 prices according to Corvette Market’s Database and our Corvette Price Guide has the 1966 Corvette appreciating at 7% per year. Not too shabby in this economy!


Source:
Mecum

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Mecum's Two-Day Corvette Auction at Bloomington Gold Show

The live internet feed of Mecum’s Corvette auction at the Bloomington Gold show in St. Charles, Illinois just kicked off a few minutes ago and the HD Theater coverage will start at 6pm EST. Over 300 Corvettes are expected to cross the selling block today and tomorrow. You can watch the internet feed via ustream.tv.

For a complete list of Corvettes for sale, click here to download the car list.

 

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2009

Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on 

Fire!

In a scene somewhat reminiscent of Boris Said’s fire in the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette at Long Beach, this SCCA racer was recently tearing up the track at Road America when his C6 T-1 race car caught on fire.

Apparently oblivious to the fire raging underneath his Corvette, the racer lost control and swung around as the intense flames had melted the tires. Here’s how it all unfolded

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Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire! Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!
Hot Racing Action Features Corvette on Fire!    


Source:
Jalopnik

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Ninth Annual

I hope all of you are aware that Friday is the 9th annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day. On this day, Corvette enthusiasts are urged to take to their Corvette to the road as a way to say happy birthday to the Corvette, which first rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30th, 1953.

The idea for the “Drive Your Corvette to Work” comes from Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks, who launched the event in 2001. The yearly event is held on the Friday closest to June 30th. This year, Mid America Motorworks wants to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible to show support for General Motors. Many believe (us included) that the Chevrolet Corvette is GM’s greatest contribution to the automotive world.

“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Yager. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. Wave to other Corvette owners: it’s a perfect chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”

If you participate in “Drive your Corvette to Work”, take some pictures and submit them to Mid America Motorsports via clubs@mamotorworks.com and they will be posted at www.mamotorworks.com/corvette

Check out the video of us driving our Corvette to work from 2007′s “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day.
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Mid America Motorworks Related:
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Motor Trend Video: Corvette Blue Devil vs Blue Angel

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2009

Corvette Blue Devil vs Blue Angel
Motor Trend answers the age old question: Why race a 638-horsepower Corvette ZR1 against a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet? Well, after defeating a Ferrari 599 GTB, the Porsche 911 GT2 and the Nissan GT-R in various head-to-head Motor Trend tests, the Blue Angel is about the only competition up to the challenge. This is the third such time MT has put a Vette against a Jet the video is fun to watch. I won’t give away the results, so sit back and enjoy this 19-minute video of Blue Devil vs Blue Angel.

 

Corvette Assembly Plant Moving to 4-Day Work Week

by Keith Cornett on June 22, 2009

Inside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant

We got a bit of news this morning regarding changes to the Corvette plant’s operations schedule. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be moving to a new work schedule effective the week of July 20th. Assembly workers will be on the job for 10 hours per day, 4 days per week instead of an 8 hour/5 day workweek. We also got word that the planed operational schedule (ie shutdowns) has been revised.

The New Work Week Schedule:

The new schedule starts the week beginning July 20th and calls for the plant to be in operation Monday through Thursday for 10 hours per day. Assembly plant workers will start their shifts at 6:12 am and the end at 4:42 pm.

Revised Work Schedule.

  • The Plant will work the week of June 22nd.
  • The Plant will be closed for three weeks: the weeks of June 29th, July 6th and July 13th.
  • The Plant will work for two weeks: the weeks of July 20th and July 27th
  • The Plant will be closed for three weeks: the weeks of August 3rd, August 10th and August 17th.
  • The Plant will return to work the week beginning August 24th.

Plant Tours

The morning tour times should remain the same (9 am and 11:30 am). The afternoon tour time will be changed and the plant will let us know in the near future what the new time will be.


Source:
Corvette Museum
Photograph by Michelle Rindels

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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on June 19, 2009

1971 Corvette Convertible for Sale at VetteFinders.com

Check out these six great Corvettes we are featuring today from VetteFinders.com, the Internet’s original Corvette classifieds website. Each day thousands of buyers turn to our sister website to find the Corvette of their dreams as we have one of the best selections of both classic, preowned and new Corvettes available anywhere.

1959 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1971 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1959 Convertible
Email for Price
1966 Convertible
$70,000
1971 Convertible
$34,500
 
1995 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2002 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2006 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1995 Coupe
$13,900
2002 Coupe
$25,995
2006 Coupe
$34,995

Thinking of selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads start at only $25 and your Corvette will run until its sells. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.


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VetteFinders.com

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Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell in the Corvette Racing Garage at Le Mans
Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell at Le Mans
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

As the official photographer of Corvette Racing, Richard Prince has unlimited access to the team and the events surrounding last week’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His photos really give us a sense of the commitment it takes to win the most famous 24 hour endurance race. Check out his photo gallery on Badboy Vettes.

Corvette Racing Trivia:

Here’s a little something to look for: How was Ron Fellows on board the #63 Corvette C6.R at Le Mans? Be the first to leave a comment with the answer and I’ll send you a Corvette Price Guide gratis!

 

2010 Corvette Z06 Details and Pricing Announced

by Keith Cornett on June 18, 2009

2010 Corvette Z06

Once the toast of the town, the Corvette Z06 has recently been overshadowed in the news by its two stable mates, the supercharged 638-hp Corvette ZR1 and the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. But that doesn’t mean the Corvette Z06 performance and looks have been diminished in any capacity. Far from it. The 505-hp Corvette Z06 remains one of the best performance values on the market and to make sure the Corvette stays within reach of its target market, GM is only upping the price of the 2010 Z06 by $360 over the 2009 model.

Like the other 2010 Corvettes, new to the Z06 is Launch Control and side airbags. On the 3LZ package, buyers will also get power sport seats and power passenger seats. As for the trim, the Corvette Z06 will be offered in all eight standard Corvette colors including Arctic White, Crystal Red Metallic and the new Torch Red.

One the inside, buyers will be able to select a new Cashmere interior later this year and two new console trims called Orbit and Gunmetal will debut. The cross-flags logo can also be embroidered on the seat headrests.

Pricing for the 2010 Corvette Z06 starts at $75,235 which is an increase of $360 over 2009′s MSRP of $74,875.

Here is the full press release from General Motors on the 2010 Corvette Z06

Corvette Z06 details

With racing-inspired powertrain and suspension features, t he Corvette Z06 delivers exceptional levels of capability and technology, making it one of the best performance values on the market. It has an aluminum frame, with carbon-fiber fenders and door panels, making it the lightest Corvette model available.

Design – The Z06 has an unmistakable and aggressive appearance, with design cues that include:

  • A wide front fascia with a large, forward-facing grille opening, a splitter along the bottom and wheel opening extensions along the sides to provide aerodynamic downforce
  • A cold-air scoop in front of the hood that integrates an air inlet system for the engine
  • The trailing edge of the front wheel opening is radiused to achieve improved drag, but protects the body finish with a tough molding, and a large air extractor is behind the wheel
  • A fixed-roof body style optimizes body rigidity and mass
  • Wide rear fenders with flares cover the massive rear tires and a brake cooling scoop in front of the wheels visually balances the fender extractor
  • A tall rear spoiler houses the CHMSL on the top of the rear fascia
  • 10-spoke spider-design wheels (18-inch front; 19-inch rear)
  • Four large stainless steel exhaust outlets
  • Z06 badging on the carbon-fiber front fenders

The aerodynamics of the Z06’s exterior were shaped by the experiences of the Corvette racing program, where high-speed stability and cornering capability are paramount. While the race cars use large rear wings, the Z06’s elevated spoiler provides sufficient downforce to balance the road-worthy front splitter without adversely affecting aerodynamic drag.

For all of its race-inspired functionality, the Z06 is designed to be a daily-drivable high-performance vehicle. To that end, comfort and convenience are held to a very high standard. High-Intensity Discharge lighting, fog lamps, leather seating, dual-zone air conditioning, cabin air filtration and head-up display (HUD) with track mode and g-meter are standard.

The Z06 gauge cluster displays the Z06 logo on the 7000-redline tachometer, and has a readout on the oil pressure gauge to reflect the higher standard pressure of the dry-sump oiling system. The seats feature two-tone leather surfaces with Z06-logo embroidery and contrasting stitching.

LS7 engine – The Z06’s LS7 7.0L (427 cubic inches) engine delivers 505 horsepower (377 kW) in a 3,175-pound (1,440 kg) package – a combination that delivers 0-60 performance of 3.7 seconds in first gear, quarter-mile times of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph and a top speed of 198 mph (as recorded on Germany’s Autobahn).

Drivetrain – The Corvette Z06’s powertrain and drivetrain systems are matched to the LS7’s performance capability. The light, four-into-one headers discharge into close-coupled catalytic converters and through two-mode mufflers. The mufflers each feature a vacuum-actuated outlet valve, which controls exhaust noise during low-load operation but opens for maximum power.

At the rear of the LS7 engine, a single-mass flywheel and lightweight, high-capacity clutch channel torque to the rear transaxle. The six-speed manual transmission has been strengthened to handle the LS7’s increased torque load. The transmission includes a pump that sends transmission fluid to the front radiator for cooling. Upon its return, the fluid removes additional heat from the differential lube before returning to the transmission. The six-speed transmission connects to a limited-slip differential, with enlarged ring and pinion gears. Stronger axle half-shafts with tougher universal joints transmit power to the rear wheels.

Structure – The Z06 has a unique aluminum body structure for optimum stiffness and light weight for the fixed-roof body style. Perimeter rails are one-piece hydroformed aluminum members featuring cast suspension nodes, which replace many welded steel components on other Corvette models. Advanced structural composites featuring carbon-fiber are bonded to the aluminum structure. The wider front wheelhouses, for example, are carbon composites and the passenger compartment floors combine carbon-fiber skins with an ultra-lightweight balsa wood core.

The Z06 has a magnesium cradle that serves as the attachment point for the engine and some front suspension components. Magnesium is lighter than aluminum, yet incredibly strong. The magnesium cradle helps improve the front-to-rear weight distribution, as do carbon-fiber front fenders and wheelhouses. Engineers also moved the battery from underhood to a position in the rear cargo area, behind one of the rear wheels.

Suspension and brakes – The Z06 retains the 105.7-inch (2,686-mm) wheelbase of other Corvette models, as well as the short-long arm suspension and transverse spring design, but it rides on all-new wheels, tires and brakes, as well as its own rear spring and roll stabilizer.

The firmer suspension works harmoniously with large 18 x 9.5-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels and 275/35ZR18 tires in the front, and 19 x 12-inch cast-spun aluminum wheels with 325/30ZR19 tires in the rear. The tires use the latest extended-mobility technology from Goodyear to provide a satisfactory ride, but still allow the vehicle to achieve lateral acceleration of more than 1 g.

Complementing the suspension system and large rolling stock is an equally capable four-wheel disc brake system, consisting of 14-inch (355 mm) vented and cross-drilled front rotors and 13.4-inch (340 mm) vented and cross-drilled rear rotors.

The front rotors are acted upon by large, red-painted six-piston calipers that use six individual brake pads. Individual brake pads are used because they deliver more equalized wear compared to what would otherwise be a pair of very long single-piece pads. The rear brakes use four-piston calipers with four individual brake pads. A four-channel ABS system is standard, as is a very competent active handling system – complete with a Competitive Driving mode.

*SAE certified.

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Source:
General Motors

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Corvette Gets Fished Out of Lake

Corvette Hall of Famer Myron Scott is best known as the man who named the Corvette. According to the National Corvette Museum, Myron was reading the dictionary under “C” looking for a name to call a new Chevrolet sports car when he came across Corvette, a speedy pursuit ship in the British Navy.

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