In keeping with our “glass is half full” optimism regarding monthly Corvette sales, we are happy to report that the March 2009 sales report released by GM yesterday shows the third straight month of growth for 2009 in new Corvette deliveries. In March 2009, 1,183 Corvettes were sold which was a 15% increase over February’s 1,027 deliveries and was 41% higher than the 842 Corvettes sold in January 2009.
Back in January, we brought you news that GM was considering a Grand Sport Widebody for 2010 and now the interwebs have blown up again with the news following a Corvette Forum post by Billings, Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner. I guess a rumor is much more official when you can back it up with the internal model codes from GM. We’ve also got some additional information about the Grand Sport and it’s about the color blue.
Ken’s post on the Forum went viral pretty quick. Here is what he said:
Chevrolet will offer the 2010 in 6 models:
1YY07 Corvette Coupe
1YY67 Corvette Convertible
1YY87 Corvette Z06
1YY87 Corvette ZR1
1YG07 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe
1YG67 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
I haven’t any other information on colors, trim, powertrain, packages, or options.
I will keep you updated as information is available.
Well, we do have some brand new info regarding the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette:
- It will be offered as a widebody (like the Z06/ZR1)
- It will be offered in different color combinations, not just blue/white.
- It will be offered with the LS3 – no engine upgrades.
- Some parts/pieces of Z06/ZR1 may be offered on the GS.
Regarding that last bit of info, we are hearing a brake package may be available but we could also see other items like a differential cooler.
And if you want a blue Grand Sport, you can get one but it will come in Jetstream Blue only. No other new colors are slated for 2010 other than Torch Red replacing Victory Red.
We heard from Corvette Marketing Manager Harlan Charles say at Sebring that the new 2010 models can be seen at the Birthday Bash on April 24th at the Corvette Museum so we are assuming the Grand Sports will be there as well. CorvetteBlogger will be making the trip to the Bash specifically to witness the 2010 introductions and will bring the coverage to the web that weekend.
In the video presentation from GM Road Race Manager Steve Wesoloski at Sebring, we got an update on the building of the GT2 Corvette. Steve said the following that should put a smile on any Corvette Racing fan: “They (Pratt & Miller) hung the body last week… It’s a ZR1 body. At the doors, it’s got flares front and rear to fit the racing wheels and tires. I got to tell you that it looks more aggressive than the C6.R. But It looks purposeful, it doesn’t look gaudy and it fits that class.”
We turned to BadBoyVettes.com to begin our “GT2 Watch” and sure enough, Eddie and the boys have offered a preview of what the GT2 Corvette might look like with the above cad rendering of a ZR1-based GT2. Gone of course is the hood with the polycarbonate window. Wesoloski says the GT2 will be powered by the LS7 destroked to 6 liters this year and next year the rules require another step down to 5.5 liters. Wesoloski says Pratt & Miller will be using an LS3 modified to 5.5 liters with output of around 500 horsepower to reach those goals.
Stay tuned for more GT2 news as it comes available.
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UPDATE: Autoblog spoke with Andrea Hales, GM Bowling Green Assembly Communications manager, who informed them that while there will be six weeks of down time from now until the end of June, the plant actually has about 600 workers and they will continue to build 11 Corvettes per hour, not eight.
Earlier this week it was announced that GM would idle the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for 6 weeks over the next three months. What we are hearing now is that when the plant is open, hourly production of the sports car will fall from 11 to 8 cars an hour.
UAW Local 2164 Secretary Cindy Shelton confirmed the slowing of the assembly line to 8 cars an hour, a far cry from the 18 cars an hour produced a year ago. “We are hardly running”, she said as the workforce has been trimmed to 400 workers, down from nearly 1,000 workers two years ago. “We are all worried and we are all waiting.” Shelton said in response to news about Rick Wagoner’s departure and President Obama’s comments about General Motors earlier this week. “Retirees are worried about their pension if GM goes bankrupt and the rest of us are just worried if we will be here next week.”
The slow down in production and plant idling comes as Corvette sales continue to run about half of what they were a year ago. In February 2009, Corvette sales were down 50% over 2008 sales. Just 1,027 Corvettes were sold in February compared with 2,071 the year prior.
Later this week we are expecting similar numbers when GM announces March 2009 sales.
Corvettes have a long history with Geneva Motor Show. Twenty years ago the famous motor show was used by General Motors as the launch point for the 1989 Corvette ZR-1. Earlier this month, Chevy was in Geneva again and they brought all four C6 Corvettes models to tour the Old World, and from all accounts, the C6s gave the Europeans a show.
American performance was on display as the entire Corvette lineup – Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1 – made their presence known. Whether at the show, on the road or at the track, stock or upgraded with Aftermarket Corvette parts, the latest C6 is a dominant force to be reckoned with on either continent.
Historically, the European stage has been dominated by the elite sports car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin. But GM has turned the tables and the gauntlet has been thrown down. The base coupe and convertibles now deliver up to 436 horsepower yet cost thousands less than the European establishment. The Corvette Z06 with its big 7.0 liter LS7 V8 is the quintessential American – loud, brash and fast. The widebody styling that flows seamlessly from the front fascia, to the ground effects to the signature Z06 wheels is a true testament to the marriage of style and performance.
But the real show-stopper at the GM stand in Geneva in 2009 was the all new Corvette ZR1. Making its European debut a year earlier at the 2008 Geneva show, this supercar-slaying Corvette totes a relatively hefty price tag compared to its siblings of $105,000 for an entry-level ZR1. But with that price tag you get the most powerful and fastest sports car ever produced by GM. Based on the already impressive Z06, the ZR1′s power-to-weight ratio is better than other noteworthy superstars like the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640.
When gazing at the Corvette ZR1, lucky onlookers might catch a glimpse of the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 through the polycarbonate window on the ZR1′s hood. With the carbon fiber chin spoiler and hood scoop, most aficionados agree it’s worthy of the same respect as a work of fine art. In fact, it’s almost a crime to put a Corvette cover over it. Catching a glimpse of the ZR1 is a must, because this is Corvette history in the making.
So the Geneva Motor Show wrapped it up for another year. The 2009 Corvettes on display will be transported to other shows and then eventually sold, and Europeans will have to wait until next year to see the newest Corvettes.
JH in New York submitted this 1972 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:
1972 Corvette Roadster, VIN # 1Z67W2S517XXX. Matching numbers LS5 454 ci V8 with 270 horsepower, automatic transmission, 48,100 miles. Factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, tilt-telescopic steering column. Exterior is in good condition and painted Steel Cities Gray. The chrome bumpers are in excellent condition as well as the black leather interior. No documentation.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
1972 Corvette Convertible, VIN # 1Z67W2S517XXX. The VIN indicates this Vette was built in April, 1972, the ninth month of the 1972 production period. This late production date indicates that any engineering changes or modifications were most likely included in this Corvette.
The mileage is reported to be 48,100 which is stated as original. This is quite a low number considering this Corvette was built 35 years ago.
This 1972 Convertible is powered by the original matching numbers 454-270 motor that is coupled with an automatic transmission. The 454 motor can be termed rare with only 14% of the buyers opting for this high performance motor option during the 1972 production.
The exterior is Steel Cities Gray in color and is combined with the Black leather optional interior. The paint and interior are both in good condition. The chrome bumpers are in excellent condition. It is equipped with several desirable options including power steering, power brakes, tilt-telescopic steering column and A/C.
In establishing an appraised value for this 1972 Corvette Convertible, many factors have been considered. First, the paint is unique and not a common color seen today despite the fact that 2,346 Corvettes were painted this color in 1972.
Second, the original matching numbers high performance motor was desirable. Adding to this Vette’s drivability was the addition of power steering and power brakes, the tilt and telescopic steering column as well as A/C. This is a nice combination of features.
Third, the original low mileage is a very positive factor in the value.
Taking all these factors into consideration, the appraised value of this 1972 Corvette Convertible is $35,800. Of further interest is the one-year appreciation factor of 5% in average price for this model Corvette.
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Now in its sixth generation, the Chevrolet Corvette is being offered in its most powerful version ever, with the label ZR1 attached. The 638-horsepower ZR1 is the long-awaited addition to the Corvette line and it joins the the other three 2009 Chevrolet Corvette models, the Coupe, Convertible and Z06.
For the 2009 Corvette, all models gain two new color options, “blade silver metallic” and “cyber gray metallic,” while an older color, “machine silver metallic” has been discontinued. The options list now includes Bluetooth capability, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard. The convertible has a base 1LT package available, which reduces the introductory price to $51,700, and the 2LT version now includes power-operation for the top.
The base Corvette coupe starts even lower, at $47,045, making it less than half the price of (and half the trouble in finding car loans for) the ZR1, though it still comes equipped with a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.5-inch dual-chamber exhaust system available as an option. The Z06 comes with the same 505 horsepower 7-liter V8 as last year’s model, while the much-anticipated ZR1 ships with a supercharged 638 horsepower 6.2 liter engine.
All through the 2009 Corvette lineup the suspension options are carry-overs from the 2008 models, with a Z51 performance package that adds Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, stiff springs, aggressive damping, and large (13.4 inches in front, 13 inches in back) cross-drilled brake rotors with shortened ratios for first, second and third gears, but there’s also the Magnetic Selective Ride Control option that allows the driver to adjust damping on the fly, should road conditions warrant.
More specifically, the Z06, which has a starting MSRP of $72,405, receives the larger dry-sump oiling system already in use on the Z01, a 10-spoke wheel design that comes in four fashion colors, and an upgraded audio system.
The base-model six-speed Corvette is the most fuel efficient of the line, rated at 16mpg city/26 highway, though with the automatic transmission that number is reduced by one on each side. The Z06, with its all-aluminum mill has even lower fuel economy (15 city/24 highway) while the supercharged ZR1 really demonstrates that power does NOT equal efficiency with numbers coming in at 14 city/20 highway, though it’s still better than Ferrari’s F430, if that helps.
What does this lack of major changes mean for Chevrolet in general and the 2009 Corvette in particular? Well, it means that the focus is on the new guy, the ZR1. Even though it might not have the splashy look one might expect from a super car, loyal Corvette fans won’t have to adjust to major changes.
Source: Elaine Newland
GM Road Race Group Manager Steve Wesoloski spoke to a group of enthusiasts at the 12 Hours of Sebring’s Corvette Corral about the state of Corvette Racing entering the 2009 season. The conversation was wide ranging and Wesoloski talks at length about how production Corvettes share technology with their racing counterparts. We also get an update on the GT2 C6.R. – did he say ZR1 body?
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Coachbuilder n2a Motors has been dabbling in rebodied Corvettes like the 789 and the Anteros, but we think their latest project dubbed the Stinger is right on! Still in development, n2a just released the latest renderings and model photos of the Stinger, which finds inspiration from the 1963-67 midyear Corvettes.
The n2a Stinger is based and built on the C6 Corvette platform, using the chassis and LS3 drive train. n2a Motors gives the C6 donor all new carbon composite body panels, custom interior, wheels and cat-back exhaust. The standard C6 Corvette Coupe with its 430-hp V8 is the base model and customers can have the treatment done to Z06 and ZR1s as well.
The Stinger pulls in different design elements from the midyear Corvette and puts them together in this attractive package. According to n2a (which stands for no 2 alike), the front end and hood scoop comes from the 1967 Corvette, the mid-section finds inspiration from the 1965 Corvette and the famous split-window 1963 gives the Stinger one of the most iconic rear window treatments in automotive history.
Although pricing details are still vague, n2a Motors says production of the Stinger is expected to begin October 1st. We’ll keep our eyes out for more of the Stinger…We think its a winner!
n2a Motors announced today that it is accepting deposits on the Stinger, the latest model in their line of critically-acclaimed coachbuilt automobiles. Slated for January 2010 delivery, the Stinger is inspired by the 2nd generation 1963, ’65, and ’67 Corvette Sting Rays and is built atop the 2009/2010 C6 Corvette chassis.
The ’63-67 Corvettes are among the most revered, iconic, and beautiful cars in automotive history. The Stinger pays homage to the historic 2nd generation Corvette with a sleek, carbon-composite body featuring the front end and hood scoop from the 1967 Corvette, a mid-section reminiscent of a ’65 Corvette, and the famous split-window rear end of the ’63 Corvette, and has a level of performance and safety that engineers of the era could never have dreamed possible. Utilizing a new Corvette donor car, the Stinger achieves 0-60 in 4.3 seconds with a 430 hp/424 lb.-ft. torque LS3 V8 engine rated at 16 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. Since the chassis and safety equipment remain unmodified, GM’s 100,000 mile powertrain warranty remains completely intact and the Stinger can be serviced at any GM dealership.
n2a Motors starts by removing the donor Corvette’s body panels and installing the new carbon-composite Stinger body, a process that takes over 800 hours for n2a’s coachbuilding craftsmen to complete. The interior is entirely new with re-contoured leather seats, leather dash, wool carpeting, and leather-wrapped interior panels. Wheels and cat-back exhaust are removed and replaced with n2a’s custom-made components. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations, ensuring that each customer receives a unique car customized to his or her tastes.
n2a Motors has reserved serial numbers 001,002, and 003 for ZR1-based Stingers. Featuring the 638-hp LS9 engine, the ZR1 is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever produced. Stingers built on the ZR1 platform rocket from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 205+ mph. Serial numbers 004-010 are reserved for Z06-based Stingers, which are 505 hp with a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds. n2a Motors is accepting deposits to reserve a serial number and a place in the production order. Production is expected to commence October 1st.
The Stinger is n2a’s third model, following the successful 789 and Anteros models that debuted in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Both are built on the C6 Corvette platform and utilize carbon-composite bodies, a carry-over from n2a’s background in stealth technology prototyping for military contractors. About n2a Motors
n2a Motors was founded in 2004 to revive the art of American coachbuilding. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations. Kanter Concepts, n2a’s parent company, produces concept cars for Detroit and foreign automakers and stealth technology prototypes for military contractors.
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While many dealers are offering special deals and financing to help sell Corvettes during this sluggish economy, leave it to Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis to offer a real incentive to save on 36 Corvettes. Dubbed the Stimulus Sale, Proteam has dropped the prices significantly on a number of Corvettes in their inventory and we’re not just talking about junk. On the list are fuelies, big blocks, matching numbers/Bloomington Gold examples and the savings are as much as $50,000.
Here are a few examples from Proteam Corvette’s Stimulus Sale:
146X..1967 Corvette Coupe, 327-300 hp, 4 speed, numbers match with the original factory body/trim tag, three owner car. Marlboro Maroon paint with Black interior. Very nice older paint (showing minor patina) with a mostly original interior in very nice condition reflecting 40 years of exceptional care. Newer chrome, brakes, exhaust, and tires. Optioned with factory side exhaust, 3.36 posi, SS brakes, tinted glass, B.O. aluminum wheels, and red stripe radials. Most all factory correct type components including the jack, jack tools, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the tank sticker (still on tank). Just in from Arizona. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 Regularly priced at $69,995 – Now $49,998. Click here to view more
186Z..1960 Corvette Convertible, 283-230 hp, (2×4′s), 3 speed, numbers match. Ermine White paint with Silver coves, Red interior, and White soft top. Body-on restored with newer paint, interior, top, chrome, stainless, and exhaust. Multiple award winning car. Optioned with Wonderbar radio, dual fours, aluminized exhaust, sunvisors, windshield washers, courtesy light, heater, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack tools, trunk mat, trunk liner, rebound straps, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, generator, carbs, fuel filter, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with show awards, GM manuals, owners manual, assembly manual, NCRS judging manuals, and a box of related receipts and registrations. Also editorialized by Vette Vues magazine. Three owner car that looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 $69,995 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more
273Z..1955 Corvette Convertible, 265-195 hp, powerglide, numbers match. Gypsy Red paint with Ivory/Red stitched interior and Beige soft top. One of 180 produced of the total (700) in Gypsy Red in 1955. Body-off restored in show condition. NCRS Top Flight certified, Bloomington certified, many best in show and concours awards. Showcased at Bloomington Gold and Corvettes at Carlisle in 2005. Editorialized by Corvette Fever and Corvette Enthusiast magazines. Optioned with powerglide, Wonderbar radio, e-brake warning light, windshield washers, courtesy lights, heater, dual mirrors, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, floor mats, trunk mat, trunk liner, side windows, side window bags, rebound straps, spiral shocks, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, braided wires, air cleaner, generator, hood pop-ups, coil cover, guide Y-50 mirrors, owners manual, and sales brochure. This is an opportunity to own one of the best 1955 Corvettes in the world. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $169,000 – Now $138,000. Click here to view more
1009A..1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible, two tops, fuel injected 350 with parade friendly automatic, factory original body/trim tag. Custom Dark Blue replica painted to emulate one of nature’s most feared creatures, the “Mako Shark”, of which, the original multi-million dollar Mako Shark is owned by the GM Heritage Collection. Miss Mako is a one-of-a-kind feminine replica of Bill Mitchells’ original Mako Shark I concept car. Mr. Mitchell caught a Mako shark while he was shark fishing and it sparked the idea in him to style the next Corvette after the sleek and speedy fish. Internationally famous Miss Mako toured the USA over a two year period covering over 80,000 miles raising money for local charities at national Corvette and car shows cementing its place in Corvette folklore. Optioned with unique Mako Shark side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, auxiliary hardtop, AM/FM stereo cassette radio, back-up lights, seat belts, polished American torque thrust II wheels and blackwall radials. Most all factory correct type components. This car has been featured in Corvette Fever, Vette Magazine, Vette Views, Cars and Parts magazine and the National Corvette Museum American Sports Car Magazine. Its past owner was Joan Spoerndle known as MakoMama. For more information on Miss Mako and its Corvette folklore, just google Miss Mako. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:+2 $69,998.00 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more
Visit Proteam Corvette to view the list of Corvettes being offered in the Stimulus Sale. Terry tells us that prices are firm and no trade ins will be accepted. The Stimulus Sale ends on March 30th so you better get moving if you want to save on some of the finest classic Corvettes offered for sale.