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Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2009

Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.

Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.

 

Final 2009 Corvette Production Stats

by Keith Cornett on July 29, 2009

2009 Corvette Production

2009 was a year of highs and lows for Corvette. The high was most definitely the introduction of the Corvette ZR1. With a supercharged 638 horsepower engine, it’s the most powerful production Corvette ever built by GM. The new ZR1 garnered the attention of automotive journalists everywhere who showered the car with awards and accolades. When we talk about the low points, it’s the global automotive recession that resulted in a 52% decline in sales from the 35,310 Corvettes built in 2008 to just 16,956 built in 2009.

The Corvette Coupe remains the best selling model in the Corvette lineup with 8,737 produced (49.4%). For the second year in a row, the Z06 outsold the Convertible albeit with a much smaller margin 3,461 vs 3,342 (20.4% vs 19.7%). Finally, the ZR1 model with its base price slightly north of $100,000 saw 1,415 produced for an 8.3% market share.

Black remains the most popular exterior color with a 21.6% of Corvettes produced. However, the real surprise was Cyber Gray, which was a new color addition to the Corvette lineup in 2009. Cyber Gray was selected on 18.3% of all Corvettes and was the most popular color chosen for the combined Z06/ZR1 model. Victory Red was a solid third with a 13.2% share. Just one Corvette was painted LeMans Blue – the very first Corvette ZR1 built – purchased by Dave Ressler for $1 million at 2008′s Barrett-Jackson auto auction.

Here are selected items from the final 2009 Corvette production stats. Click here to download the complete 2009 Corvette Production Statistics.


Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 8,737 49.4%    
Convertibles 3,343 19.7%    
Z06 3,461 20.4%    
ZR1 1,415 8.3    
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Total 16,956 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
10U Artic White 863 603 260 0
17U Blade Silver 1,642 937 269 436
19U LeMans Blue 1 0 0 1
41U Black 3,665 1,833 560 1,272
45U Velocity Yellow 1,370 439 565 366
57U Cyber Gray 3,104 1,416 393 1,295
74U Victory Red 2,231 1,108 369 754
83U Atomic Orange 726 409 91 226
85U Jetstream Blue 1,367 650 191 526
89U Crystal Red 1987 1,342 645 0
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
35T Gray Beige 676 0 676 0
37T Titan Gray 212 0 212 0
41T Black 2,455 0 2,455 0
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
02I Red 852 409 158 285
19I Ebony 11,192 6,178 1,829 3,185
31I Light Cashmere 1,764 1,026 738 0
42I Ebony/Lt Linen 358 135 69 154
78I Ebony/Dk Titanium 946 142 91 713
84I Light Titanium 1,611 781 439 391
         
         
Equipment Packages Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
1LT (Coupe & Conv) 3,271 3,033 238 0
1LZ (Z06) 424 0 0 424
1ZR (ZR1) 213 0 0 213
2LT (Coupe & Conv) 1,879 1,193 686 0
2LZ (Z06) 1,654 0 0 1,654
3LT (Coupe & Conv) 5,230 3,256 1,974 0
3LZ (Z06) 1,163 0 0 1,163
3ZR (ZR1) 1,202 0 0 1,202
4LT (Coupe & Conv) 757 449 307 1
4LZ (Z06) 50 0 0 50
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
MH3 6-Speed Manual (ZR1) 1,415 0 0 1,415
MM6 6-Speed Manual 5,225 1,455 309 3,461
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 8,560 5,822 2,738 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 1,756 1,460 296 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
QG6 Base Aluminum 3,039 2,537 502 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 1,989 1,497 492 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 13 0 0 13
QX1 Comp. Gray Aluminum 1,028 945 83 0
Q10 Z06 Base 378 0 0 378
Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray 372 0 0 372
Q6A ZR1 Comp. Gray 283 0 0 283
Q6B ZR1 Chrome 1,132 0 0 1,132
Q76 Z06 Chrome 795 0 0 795
Q8A Z06 Chrome Var1 1,903 0 0 1,903
Q9V Forged Chrome 5,649 3,258 1,891 0
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
         
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 1,051 1,051 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 3,520 979 1,126 1,415
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust 6,238 4,205 2,033 0
R8C Museum Delivery 392 126 83 183
US8 Single CD/Radio 5,882 4,487 930 465
US9 Multi CD/Radio 3,139 1,668 779 692
UV6 Heads Up Display 11,591 4,302 2,413 4,876
U2K XM Satellite Radio 15,983 8,058 3,274 4,651
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 4,515 3,516 999 0
         
         
Special Editions Total Coupe Conv Z06/ZR1
CSC Comp Sport 72 52 0 20
GT1 GT1 Edition 125 53 17 55
ZHZ Hertz 375 0 375 0
Z06 3,461 0 0 3,461
ZR1 1,415 0 0 1,415


Source:
Bowling Green Assembly Plant

Related:
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Corvette Z06 Pace Car Leads The Pack at NASCAR's Allstate 400

Yesterday was the running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. As in the past, the Corvette Z06 was chosen as the Pace Car and we got to say that the graphics package consisting of red and charcoal work very well. The Festival Corvettes, which are the silver Convertibles, were also on hand for the weekend and are used for ferrying drivers and track officials and VIPs to various events during the week leading up the race.

Check out the gallery of photos from Corvettes at the Allstate 400.

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Source:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Photo Credits: Bret Kelley, Chris Jones, Ron McQueeney

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[VIDEO] What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

by Keith Cornett on July 27, 2009

What is this Corvette ZR1 Chasing?

That’s the questions being posed by UK-based Autocar in this video showing a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 going flat out through the English countryside in pursuit of the unknown chase car. With the narrow twisty roads, the ZR1 gives the thought of a pass now and again, but always backs off, but not before unleashing the 638 horses for a few seconds. Watch closely at the 1:53 mark as the ZR1 catches some serious air that lifts all four wheels off the road.

You can see what kind of car people are guessing is the lead car by visiting the page on Youtube.


Source:
Autocar.co.uk

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PK Carsport Corvette C6.R Wins the 24 Hours of Spa

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2009

PK Carsport Corvette C6.R Wins the 24 Hours of Spa

It was a battle between Corvette and Maserati for what could be the final run of GT1 race cars at the 24 Hours of Spa. In the end, it was the PK Carsport C6.R driven by Mike Hezemans, Anthony Kumpen, Jos Menten and Kurt Mollekens that finish a comforable 11 laps ahead of the Vitaphone Racing Team (DHL) Maserati MC12.

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin was driving at Spa this weekend for the Belgian FIA GT Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT). Gavin was leading at 21 hours when the car developed a serious oil problem and spent the majority of the final hours in the garage. It would come out and complete a final lap for certification and finished 19th overall.

Another member of the Corvette Racing Team, Marcel Fassler, faired much better with the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS. Fassler and co-drivers Henri Moser, Alexander Margaritis, and Marc Besseng dominated the G2 category and rose up the standings during the cool night hours. Unable to hold off the resurgent Vitaphone Maserati, the Audi R8 finished 15 laps down for third overall.

This is the second win in two years for PK Carsport Corvette at the 24 hours of Spa.


Source:
Autosport.com
Photo Credit: Corvette Motorsport

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Corvette Jumpsuits and the History of Douchebaggery

by Keith Cornett on July 24, 2009

Corvette and the Cannes

Designed for people like you who make things happen.

If you’re following Corvettes on twitter you’ve probably seen the term “douchebag” mentioned on more than one corvette-related tweet. The good news is after searching google the historical archives, we’ve discovered where the term first originated and how it unfortunately became associated with Corvette owners.

Click here for a larger version of The Corvette and the Cannes.

Hood or no hood? Comments?


Source:
Mercury on Design

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Corvette Museum to Raffle One-of-a-Kind 2010 Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration

The National Corvette Museum will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary celebration in early September and one of the high points of the 4-day event will be the raffle of this one-of-a-kind NCM 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe.

The Corvette to be raffled is a collector’s dream. The Arctic White 2010 Corvette Grand Sport features a unique black hood treatment featuring Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost painted in the center bulge, much like those found on the 2009 GT1 Championship Editions. A red stripe outlines the hood graphics and compliments the Grand Sport’s red hashmarks on the fender. The National Corvette Museum logo on the B-pillar adds the finishing touch on this special edition.

Museum to Raffle Unique 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration Museum to Raffle Unique 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration

Other options on this Corvette is a 6-speed manual transmission, chrome wheels, dual mode exhaust, black headlights and a ZR1 rear spoiler. Inside you’ll find red two-tone leather seats and a audio system with touch-screen navigation.

“You can summarize the car this way,” Tadge Juechter, Chief Engineer of the Corvette said, “Zero to sixty in four seconds; 26 miles a gallon.”

Only 2009 tickets will be sold at a cost of $150 each making your odds of winning very good. The Corvette will be raffled on the final day of the 15th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 6th at 10:00am CST. Cash prizes are also part of the raffle with a 2nd place winner receiving $10,000 and a 3rd place winner taking home $5,000.

“This special ‘one off’ NCM Corvette Grand Sport coupe was created and inspired by the hard work and dedication of the people who work at the National Corvette Museum,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette Designer. “The chosen colors of white, black, and red were based on the NCM logo. The stripe design embodies the true ‘passion for competition’ that the Museum has for Corvette’s long racing heritage. The Corvette Museum not only displays Corvette’s history but is also dedicated to presenting Corvette’s latest offerings. This is why we chose the new for 2010 Corvette Grand Sport for NCM’s 15th Anniversary!”

The Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration begins on Thursday, September 3rd when over 5,000 Corvettes will convene in Bowling Green, caravanning from all 48 States. During the 4-day celebration, enthusiasts can participate in events which include seminars, road tours, special displays, parades, auctions, a live concert and the main event which is the official grand opening of the newly expanded National Corvette Museum.

Details of the raffle and the Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration can be found on the National Corvette Museum’s website.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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[VIDEO] The Experimental Chevrolet Corvette SS

by Keith Cornett on July 23, 2009

 

Upgrade Your Corvette’s Rear with LED Brake Lights

by Keith Cornett on July 23, 2009

Upgrade Your Corvette's Rear with LED Brake Lights

One of the hot new upgrade trends for Corvette owners is replacing the standard tail lights with new LED lights. The benefits of LED lighting are many. They are very reliable and will last for a long time. Lights containing many LEDs are brighter than standard bulb-powered lights and because they draw less power than standard bulb lights, they are easier on the battery.

We checked with our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts and they gave us this list of their best selling LED tail lights. The good news is that the process of installing these lights isn’t complicated and can be completed in an hour or two.


Corvette Custom Bubble Taillight, LED, 1974-1982

Easy To Install, Brighter Than Original 1157 Bulbs, Complete Lens & Housing. $49.99 ea.
Click here for details
 
Corvette LED Taillight, Red, 1980-1982

Replaces Original Taillight & Bulb. 19 Red LED’s With Red Lens. Installation As Easy As Changing A Bulb. $41.99 ea.
Click here for details
 
Corvette LED Taillight, 1984-1990

Replaces Original Taillight Assembly & Bulb. 19 Red LED’s For Brighter Light. Installation As Easy As Changing A Bulb. $49.99 ea.
Click here for details
 
Corvette LED Taillight Kit, 1991-1996

The kit includes 4 tailllight housing assemblies, one electronic flasher and instructions and all necessary installation hardware. $289.99 kit
Click here for details
 
Corvette Taillight Kit, LED, 1997-2004

This kit provides a unique red hexagon pattern. The LED’s light faster than conventional bulbs thus alerting drivers behind you sooner that you’re braking or turning. $349.99 kit
Click here for details
 


Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Official Price List for the 2010 Corvette Model Year

GM has been letting out the official pricing for the 2010 model year in piecemeal fashion, but we now have the full pricing list for the 2010 model year Corvette which includes prices for the various equipment packages and individual options like radios, wheels and colors.


2010 Corvette Coupe $49,880
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $1,195
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705
     
2010 Corvette Convertible $54,530
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $3,190
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700
     
2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe $55,720
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $1,195
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $4,205
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $7,705
     
2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible $59,530
  1LT Base Equipment Group $0
  2LT Equipment Group $3,190
  3LT Preferred Equipment Group $6,200
  4LT Premium Equipment Group $9,700
     
2010 Corvette Z06 $75,235
  1LZ Base Equipment Group $0
  2LZ Preferred Equipment Group $2,665
  3LZ Premium Equipment Group $7,170
     
2010 Corvette ZR1 $107,830
  1ZR Base Equipment Group $0
  3ZR Premium Equipment Group $10,000
     
OPTIONS  
     
C2L Roof Package – Includes Painted and Glass Tops $1,400
CC3 Glass Roof instead of Painted Roof $750
CCR Special order option $0
D30 Color Combination Override
$590
F55 Magnetic Ride Control with Drilled Rotors $1,995
MN6 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
MXO 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatic Transmission $1,250
NPP Dual Mode Exhaust $1,195
PYD Grand Sport Competition Gray Wheels $395
PYE Grand Sport Chrome Wheels $1,995
Q44 Z06 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q6B ZR1 Chrome Wheels $2,000
Q6J ZR1 Competition Gray Wheels $395
Q76 Z06 Original Chrome 10 spoke Wheels $1,495
Q8A Z06 Spider Chrome Wheels
$1,995
Q9V Chrome 5 Spoke Wheels – Coupe and Conv Only $1,850
QX1 Split Spoke Competition Gray Wheels $395
R8C Museum Delivery $490
U3U Navigation 6.5” Screen $1,750
US9 6 Disc CD Changer $395
Z15 Grand Sport Heritage Package $1,195
**6 Two-Tone Seating $695
0B1 Cross Flag Embroidery on Headrests $300
45U Velocity Yellow Premium Tintcoat $850
85U Jetstream Blue Premium Tintcoat $850
89U Crystal Red Premium Tintcoat $850


Thanks goes to Dave Salvatore @ Kerbeck for supplying us with the pricing. If you are interested in ordering a new 2010 Corvette or are looking to deal on remaining 2009′s, give him a call at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette.


Source
Kerbeck Corvette

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