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April 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2009

We received good news regarding new Corvette sales via GM’s monthly sales report. GM posted 1,407 deliveries of new Corvettes last month, the highest amount since September 2008 and the fourth straight month of growth. Sales of Corvettes climbed 18.9% over March 2009′s figure of 1,183. During the month, the total inventory of Corvettes available fell 9.4% to a total of 6,416 units available nationwide.

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Wrecked 2009 Corvette ZR1 for Sale on eBay

by Keith Cornett on May 3, 2009

Wrecked 2009 Corvette ZR1 for Sale on eBay

There is a reason that new Corvette ZR1′s come with a free 2-day driving course at schools like Bondurant. There is a lot of power in the 638-hp supercharged Corvette and while there are many technological features designed to keep you in control, sometimes shit happens that can be hard to do. While we don’t know the details of what happened to this Corvette ZR1, we did surmise the following:

Man stomps on accelerator, Corvette ZR1 gets sideways and whacks something really hard. Insurance covers accident and Corvette is put up for sale on eBay.

So we finally have come to the moment in the Corvette ZR1 timeline that we can check-off seeing the first damaged car being sold on eBay. VIN #00427 is a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 that looks like it took a hit to the driver’s rear quarter panel. From the looks of things, that back wheel is gonna need a serious alignment.

The auction details tell of some of the damage:

  • Cracks on the left side in the rear tub assembly
  • Rear bumper cover is TORN.
  • The lower control arms on the left rear are bent.
  • This is a fantastic Corvette with numerous features. A sure to please.

The ZR1 in the auction does please with its ZR3 Premium Package and the low 1,227 miles on the odometer. So what does a slightly used, slightly damaged Corvette go for? The opening bid is $75,000 and there is a “buy-it-now” at $97,500.

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The auction ends on May 12th. For details, check out the full auction listing on eBay.


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eBay

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Europe’s FIA GT Championship gets underway this weekend with the season’s first race at Silverstone. Four Corvettes will be going up against the likes of Maserati, Saleen, Ford and the new kid in the series: Nissan’s GT-R. You can follow the coverage through Corvette Motorsport’s live video feeds all weekend long.

At the time of this post, round 2 of qualifying is on and the Corvettes are currently running 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th.

The two-hour race at Silverstone gets underway Sunday at 2:15pm local time which I think works out to be 9am Eastern Standard.

From the image gallery, check out the cool Jake suit:

Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake



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CorvetteMotorsport.com

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake

Corvette Racing’s Program Manager spoke last week at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash about the racing program. In this video clip, Doug talks about the final GT1 race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Green Challenge and one of our favorite topics, the emergence of “Jake”. Doug is joined on stage by retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

We’ll be hearing more from Doug in the next few days including progress of the GT2 Corvette C6.R and his take on the current state of the auto industry and GM.



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Indy 500 Corvettes Help Kickoff Festival on the Circle

The annual kickoff to the 500 Festival was held today at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Despite the soggy weather, a contingent of 2009 Festival Corvette convertibles made their appearance on the Circle. For the first time in five years Corvette will not be handling pace car duties.

This year the all new 2010 Chevy Camaro is sporting the cool paint job while the Festival Corvette’s graphics are bit more subtle, if you can call a Corvette with a huge Indy 500 logo on the side subtle. The Festival Corvettes are used to shuttle dignitaries and track officials around to various 500-related events and then are usually sold.

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[VIDEO] SmokinVette.com Featured on Jay Leno’s Garage

by Keith Cornett on April 30, 2009

SmokinVette.com Featured on Jay Leno's Garage

We’ve always known TV host Jay Leno was into Corvettes, but how cool is it that he invited Alex and Greg from the SmokinVette.com Corvette Forum to bring their Corvettes down to his Garage for a little show and tell. Both these Corvettes are highly modified and Jay seemed to be extremely interested in Greg’s rear mounted turbo setup. After the show and tell, Jay takes the Corvettes for a ride.

We just recently joined the SmokinVette.com Corvette forum and we’ve found another cool place to hang out and talk Corvettes. Make sure you take a look at the Virtual Car Show that is currently running as you can win some of the $10,000 in cool cash and prizes.


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www.SmokinVette.com

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NCM to Auction First Competition Sport Corvette Z06

The National Corvette Museum will be raffling the very first 2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC) which is a Blade Silver Z06 with Black stripes. The drawing will be held today at 2pm CST and according to an email sent yesterday, only 270 of the 500 tickets total have been sold so your odds of winning are extremely favorable. As the CSC Corvettes all come with a number signifying the build sequence, some lucky winner will get the chance to win #01.

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The Competition Sport Corvette Z06 Package features:

  • Blade Silver/Black exterior
  • Ebony interior with Titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing “Jake” and “CRS” logos
  • Corvette Racing pedals from Genuine Corvette Accessories
  • Differential Cooler
  • Red painted brake calipers
  • Z06 tall spoiler
  • Head Up Display
  • R8C Museum Delivery

The winner will have the opportunity to take delivery at the Museum and participate in the R8C Delivery Program.

“We are excited to have the first produced representing this extraordinary Corvette model to use as a fundraiser,” states NCM Executive Director, Wendell Strode. “We appreciate the allocation from our friends at GM allowing us the chance to purchase this car for use as a fundraiser, and look forward to meeting the winner when they take delivery at the Museum. We hope that by continuing to offer these raffles to benefit the Museum, we are also giving someone an opportunity to become a Corvette owner that might not have had the opportunity.”

The Corvette raffles have become an important fundraising tool for the museum. The muesum actually purchases these Corvettes from the factory and then makes money from the difference in what it collects from the raffle ticket sales.

Tickets for the 2009 Competition Sport Z06 are $425 each and available online at at the Corvette Museum or by calling us at: (800) 538-3883.

Update

Congratulations to William Leighton of The Woodlands, TX drawn this afternoon as the winner of the limited edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06! William held winning ticket number 054 and his odds were even better than expected because this raffle did not sell out. We sold 464 of the 500 tickets that were made available. William was shopping online in the Corvette Store and decided to take a chance. He has never visited the Museum before and looks foward to coming and taking delivery of this special edition Corvette. Thanks to everyone who participated in this raffle. Your next chance to win is coming up on May 7 when we will draw a winner for the 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette Coupe. Only 500 tickets are being sold at $250 each.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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Legendary EX87 Corvette Test Mule Offered at Mecum's Spring Classic

Chevrolet Dealer and noted Corvette Collector Bob McDorman will be bringing 25 unique cars to Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis in mid-May. Among those cars is the first true high-performance Corvette in history, the 1954 EX87 test mule that Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov drove to 163 mph at the Arizona Proving Grounds.

It was in the mid-1950’s that Zora Arkus-Duntov had Daytona legend Smokey Yunick install an experimental V8 engine into a 1954 Corvette test mule. Following that test, EX87 was reissued a new tracking number of 5951 and was returned to Zora at Chevrolet Engineering to prepare for a high-speed record run at Daytona Beach in January 1956.

Duntov modified the Corvette by replacing the windshield with a curved Plexiglas windscreen and fitting a fiberglass tonneau cover over the passenger side of the cockpit. Zora also fabricated a fiberglass headrest-tailfin for high speed stability.

Zora then went to work on the engine, increasing displacement from 283 to 307 ci and ordered a special camshaft from Engineering before loading EX87 onto a trailer and heading for GM’s Arizona Desert Proving Ground.

Engineering delivered “Duntov’s Cam” to the proving grounds and once installed, the test mule set a new record of 163 miles per hour. That cam became know as the “Duntov Cam”.

Once testing at the proving grounds was completed, the engine was pulled and installed in another famous Corvette #6901 which set a new record at Daytona with a run of 150.583 mph.

Following the death of Smokey Yunick in 2001, his widow called friend Steve Tate and said she had “some stuff around the shop” and to come see if there was anything he wanted. Among that “stuff” was an engine marked “Record Run”, the same engine Smokey installed in EX87/5951.

Tate tracked down the car and purchased it and its original Chevrolet experimental log book. Tate restored the Corvette and reunited it with the engine that set records so long ago. Upon completion, the Corvette was featured at the 2003 Bloomington Gold Corvette show.

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The 1954 EX87 Corvette is one of the featured cars being auction by Mecum at the company’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis on Friday, May 15th. The auction will be part of the Mecum’s Muscle Cars and More TV show on HD Theater. Visit Mecum Auctions for more info and the car list for the Original Spring Classic Auction.


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Mecum Auctions

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Walkaround

I was able to get some quality “alone” time with this new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. This car is VIN #5 and was built the week of the April 20th. The Corvette features a Cyber Gray exterior with the new chrome Grand Sport wheels. This GS doesn’t have the Z15 RPO Heritage Package which includes the fender hash mark graphics and embroiderd “Grand Sport” on the seats. Instead it has the new 0B1 Crossed Flags headrest embroidery. Also inside you’ll see the Dark Titanium/Ebony two-tone interior.

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 Corvette Production Schedule with Plant Mgr Paul Graham

While at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, we heard from the manager of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant Paul Graham about GM’s plan to close factories over the summer. Paul informs us that the only change for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be an additional week added to the normal two week shutdown in July. We also hear from Corvette’s Chief Engineer about the production targets for the Corvette ZR1 and how its production has been affected with these closures.

Paul also commented on how the factory was able to work with Corvette engineering and marketing to be able to provide all these different options for Corvette buyers. Paul reiterates that capacity is available to build all the models: Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1 as well as the special editions like the GT1 Championship and the Competition Sport.

Tadge takes a amount to address the rumors around the closure of the high performance vehicle unit and says they had nothing to do with building the Corvette ZR1 and Z06. Those cars were built by Corvette’s engineering team and that team is still in place.

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