Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis recently took delivery of a new Corvette ZR1 in Bonstetten, Switzerland. The Prince is a descendant of one of Germany’s old and wealthy noble families and is an avid race car driver who currently drives a Lamborghini in the FIA GT European Championship and the GT3 Class with Reiter Engineering. Owning a Corvette ZR1 was reportedly a “must-have” for the Prince.
Prince Albert’s racing pedigree includes the current European Lamborghini Cup title, vice champion of the German ADAC GT Masters 2008 and a stint in the FIA GT European Championship behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. He also currently races with Reiter Engineering, using the German firmâ€™s GT3-class Lamborghini Gallardo race car. Despite his racing success, we understand the car will be used for personal driving as no plans have been announced to race the American super car.
Prince Albert joins the list of race car drivers who have purchased a 2009 Corvette ZR1. Other notable race car drivers include Mario Andretti, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
A Le Mans EVO prototype model was spotted by a Ten-Tenths.com forum member while taking a tour of the Pratt & Miller facility in New Hudson, Michigan. If you remember, in 2007 the ACO (the organization that governs Le Mans) was looking to combine the GT1 and LMP1 classes into the single “Evo” class. However, some LMP1 teams balked at the idea and so the EVO rules were eventually shelved. However, during the time the EVO was being considered, Pratt & Miller developed a model for the proposed Evo class.
The last photo shows an ACO-provided mockup of an EVO LMP1 in Corvette Racing Livery. While similar in design, if you look closely you will see that its different than the wind tunnel model on display at Pratt & Miller.
Following the ACO’s decision to leave the LMP1 rules in place, GM suspended development of the Evo program last year and has since made the decision to move to GT2. And while we would much rather see the Corvette battling Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Aston Martin in a class that more closely resembles production cars, we are left to wonder how a mid-engined LMP1 Corvette would have competed against the likes of Audi and Peugeot for the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Memorial Day weekend is here which means that the Corvette cruise and show season is officially open. What? You don’t have a ride yet for Summer? You need to look no further than VetteFinders.com to find your new Corvette and the market has never been more favorable than now. The classic Corvette segment continues to shine and the preowned market is providing some of the best deals in a generation.
You’ll find the greatest selection of new and classic Corvettes at VetteFinders.com, the Internet’s original Corvette classifieds website. The beautiful C1-C6 examples you see here are just a sample of the 500+ Corvettes available now. Want to learn more? Click on the photo or link to read the full ad, view more photos and contact the seller.
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Mecum Auctions just wrapped up their 22nd annual Spring Classic last weekend in Indianapolis and Corvette sales were rather brisk during the five day event. We counted 146 Corvettes available on the docket with 68 selling for a total of $2,879,150 and a sales success rate of 46%. Those are fairly strong numbers considering the economy.
The top selling Corvette was the 1954 EX-87 mule (Lot #F208) used by Zora to set a record at the Arizona proving grounds. The restored engineering car sold for $310,000. The second best seller is an auction favorite, a 1967 Corvette convertible (Lot #F236) powered by an 427/435 hp V8. Described as a matching numbers masterpiece, the Nabors Brothers restored C2 convertible has three NCRS Top Flight awards. The Lynndale Blue Corvette sold for $162,500. Third on the list was a 1958 Resto-mod (Lot #S33) that sold for $137,500. The C1 tubular frame Corvette is powered by a Z06 engine from an ’01 C5 and finished in a bright yellow exterior.
There were several significant Corvettes that failed to meet reserve during the 5-day auction and went unsold. The Corvette receiving the highest bid for Vettes during the entire weekend was a documented 1969 Fathom Green L88 427/430 Coupe (Lot #F229) that topped out at $425,000. A split-window 1963 Ermine White Corvette Z06 Tanker (Lot #S173) reached $300,000 and the very first Corvette on the 1960′s, 1960 Corvette roadster VIN #00001 reached $290,000.
Here is the Auction Results Sold List for the 2009 Mecum Spring Classic:
|W53||1986||Corvette Convertible 350/230 HP, Auto||$7,500|
|W66||1984||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$5,750|
|W75||1966||Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP||$55,000|
|W89||1989||Corvette 5.7L, Automatic||$10,000|
|W96||1993||Corvette 2-door 350 CI, Automatic||$13,250|
|W110||1987||Corvette Convertible Z-52 Package, 4-Speed||$12,000|
|W113||1976||Corvette L82 Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$16,000|
|T9||1966||Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP, Automatic||$35,000|
|T48||1993||Corvette 40th Anniversary||$18,000|
|T65.1||1972||Corvette 2-door 454/270 HP, Automatic||$19,000|
|T74||1958||Corvette Convertible 283/245 HP, 4-speed||$52,000|
|T75||1974||Corvette Convertible 454/270 HP LS4, 4-Speed||$25,000|
|T94||1995||Corvette Pace Car Convertible 5.7 V-8, Auto||$27,500|
|T102||1972||Corvette Coupe 454 CI, 4-Speed||$22,500|
|T106||1979||Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 3-Speed Auto||$5,400|
|T126||1975||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic||$14,250|
|T138||1971||Corvette 454/500 HP, Baldwin Motion Replica||$28,500|
|T153||1963||Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed||$38,500|
|T159||1962||Corvette Convertible 327/250 HP, 4-Speed||$45,500|
|T176||1979||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 3-speed Automatic||$11,500|
|T232||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-speed Manual||$63,000|
|T267||1963||Corvette Coupe 327/250 HP, 4-Speed Manual||$60,000|
|F13||1974||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic||$16,500|
|F38||1961||Corvette Convertible 283/315 HP FI, 4-Speed||$52,500|
|F43||1957||Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP FI, 4-Speed||$79,000|
|F45||1967||Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-Speed||$80,000|
|F76||1979||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 4-speed||$9,500|
|F78||1980||Corvette Coupe 350/190 HP, 4-Speed Manual||$15,000|
|F86||1972||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 3-speed Automatic||$18,750|
|F104||1967||Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP, 4-speed||$80,000|
|F110||1958||Corvette Convertible 283/290, 4-Speed Manual||$59,000|
|F114||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/550 HP, 6-speed||$73,000|
|F125||1965||Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP, 4-speed Manual||$41,000|
|F128||1977||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$14,250|
|F134||1972||Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 3-Speed Automatic||$15,750|
|F141||1969||Corvette Coupe 350/300 HP, 4-Speed Manual||$18,000|
|F151||1976||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$11,250|
|F152||1996||Corvette Collector’s Edition Convertible||$18,500|
|F181||1968||Corvette 427/435 HP, 4-Speed||$43,500|
|F195||1998||Corvette Convertible First C5 Convertible||$38,000|
|F197||2007||Corvette Z06 Coupe Ron Fellows Special Edition||$80,000|
|F198||1994||Corvette Convertible Inaugural Brickyard 400 Festival Car||$37,500|
|F199||2003||Corvette Convertible Indy Festival Car||$33,000|
|F200||2005||Corvette Convertible Indianapolis 500 Track Car||$43,500|
|F203||1966||Corvette Coupe Owned by Roy Orbison||$33,500|
|F207||1988||Corvette Challenge Car, 1 of 56||$40,000|
|F208||1955||Corvette Duntov Test Mule EX-87||$310,000|
|F230||1957||Corvette Convertible 283/250 HP Fuelie, Auto||$74,000|
|F235||1956||Corvette Convertible 265/225 HP, Automatic||$52,000|
|F236||1967||Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-Speed||$162,500|
|F243||1999||Corvette Coupe Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo||$80,000|
|S9||1975||Corvette 4-door Custom 350 CI, Automatic||$25,000|
|S33||1958||Corvette Resto Mod 350/400 HP, 6-Speed||$137,500|
|S78||1969||Corvette Coupe 427/435 HP, 4-Speed||$36,500|
|S79||1966||Corvette Convertible 427/450HP 4-Speed||$97,500|
|S89||1967||Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, 4-Speed||$71,000|
|S90||1969||Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP, 4-Speed||$29,500|
|S217||1978||Corvette Indy Pace Car, 350 CI, Automatic||$23,000|
|U5||1972||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 3-speed Automatic||$19,000|
|U8||1991||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$16,500|
|U34||2001||Corvette Convertible 350 HP, Automatic||$19,000|
|U71||1969||Corvette AA/GS Flip Top Gasser Stone Woods & Cooke Gasser, 454/1247 HP||$22,000|
|U94||1968||Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed||$41,000|
|U165||1958||Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, 4-speed||$46,000|
The first list of order constraints on the 2010 Corvette are out and we are pleased to see that there are no major options constrained for the new Grand Sport models other than the expected delay of the Z15 Heritage package. It’s normal for the factory to limit some of the new options as production ramps up and for the most part that is what we are seeing. The allocation groups for 2010 have changed slightly as well so that all Corvettes except the ZR1 are in one group and the ZR1 is by itself in another.
Vette Group (Coupe, Convertible, GS Coupe, GS Convertible, Z06)
In regards to the Grand Sport Heritage Package, the Z15 option includes two-tone leather seats, Grand Sport logo seat headrest embroidery and dealer-installed fender stripe hash marks. GM told us at the NCM’s C5/C6 Birthday Bash that this package probably wouldnâ€™t be available until sometime in the Fall of 2009. We do understand that the Hash Marks will be available through dealers as part of the Corvette Genuine Accessories catalog.
Although 2010 Corvette pricing hasn’t been made public yet (expect another 2 weeks or so), dealers can and are taking 2010 Corvette orders. If you are interested in ordering a 2010 Corvette including the new Grand Sport, get in line now by calling Kerbeck Corvette’s Dave Salvatore today at 877-537-2325 or visit Kerbeck Corvette online. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!
Assembly Plant Schedule
Finally, here is the latest schedule of operations for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant through the end of August. The schedule is subject to change based on GM’s ongoing restructuring:
June: Closed the weeks of June 1, June 8 and June 29. Open the weeks of June 15, June 22.
July: Closed the weeks of July 6, July 13. Open the weeks of July 20, July 27.
August: Closed the weeks of August 3, August 10. Open the weeks of August 17, August 23.
The model year change over is expected around the end of July, however, new production could be postponed should GM go into bankruptcy proceedings this summer. We’ll know more about that process in the coming weeks as well.
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Roughly a year ago, we were going gaga over German-based Geigercars Corvette Z06 Black Edition which upped the horsepower of the already potent LS7′s stock 505 horsepower to 592. It seems lately that tuners can’t get enough horsepower or so Geiger installed a couple of turbos on the now venerable Z06 and painted it neon green to make sure people see it coming. The result? Geigercar’s 890 horsepower biTURBO Corvette Z06.
The biTURBO is more than just a Z06 with twin-turbos. The package starts with increasing total displacement from 7.0 to 7.6 liters. Upgraded cylinder heads, valve springs, and cams were added as well as a less restrictive exhaust system. The rear wheels were upsized to 345/25s and adjustable coilover shocks and larger brakes helps keep the Corvette firmly planted to the road. To handle the additional horsepower, the drivetrain was beefed up with a new twin-disc clutch and a carbon fiber driveshaft.
Performance-wise this all ads up to 890 horsepower and 694 lb-ft torque and a reported top speed of 220 mph!
In addition to the performance upgrades, Geiger tops off the project with their body kit finished in a bright neon green with a black hood and roof. We particularly like the black headlights which adds a sinister look to a Corvette. We’d move over for sure if we saw it approaching in our rear view mirror.
Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving is holding a special Rapid Precision Maneuvers Program (RPM) to coincide with Fathers Day on June 20, 2009. The four hour program is a perfect opportunity to give Dads a chance to drive a C6 Corvette, Pontiac Solstice and a Cadillac CTS-V in a controlled environment.
The Rapid Precision Maneuvers is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross event, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn 1.6 mile Bondurant track. Bondurant’s instructors are renowned for their experience and expertise in training and have taught everyone from professional race car drivers to police officers to teenage students.
“Our Father’s Day course teaches valuable driving skills in a fun, action-packed experience,” said Ken Thom, president and general manager, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. “For instance, Bondurant’s exclusive autocross course will show drivers the basics of vehicle balance and visual skills, while the Accident Avoidance simulator poses lane change and braking situations that prepare drivers for quick decision making and evasive maneuvering.”
In addition to driving the Solstice, Corvette and Cadillac, Dad will also have an opportunity to drive the 45 mph racing Bondurant ProKart.
If you want to give Dad a day he’ll remember forever, sign him up for Bondurant’s Rapid Precision Maneuvers program. The cost of the event is $349 if you register before June 1. After that, the price goes to $400. Check program availability and register by visiting www.bondurant.com or contacting Travis McClure at 480-403-7648.
These pictures of a 1960 Corvette were posted online at the Corvette Forum by a member looking for some pricing help on what to offer the owner. According to the poster, the motor is gone, but 95% of the other parts that are off the car are in one of several boxes. At one time, a new front clip was installed. The Corvette has a 4-speed transmission and 31,200 miles are on the odometer. The owner has had it since 1970 and its been stored in this barn for the last ten years.
Following the thread, we learned the seller said he was looking for $10,000 but wasn’t firm. The Forum member ended up buying the Corvette for $7,500. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the value of an average 1960 Corvette roadster at $50,400 and the 1 year appreciation is 7%. So let’s throw this question out to you. What do you think? Was this a good price for a 1960 Corvette in its present condition or should the buyer have run away from this potential basket case?
Corvettes and related aftermarket products have always been a big draw at the annual Las Vegas-based Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show. Exhibitors brought 30 customized Corvettes to the 2008 SEMA show and 58 Corvette specific products have been displayed during the past four shows. To find out more about owners and their car customizing habits, SEMA’s research arm profiled Corvette owners and gathered a significant amount of demographic and lifestyle which they shared through a SEMA E-News report earlier this year.
Registration data from Experian Automotive shows that nearly three quarters of a million Corvettes ranging from 1967-2009 are registered throughout the United States with California, Florida and Texas leading the way.
Corvette owners are passionate about customizing, presenting their cars and the automotive lifestyle. 87% claimed to have purchased a custom part or accessory within the last 12 months. Compared with other sports car owners, Corvette enthusiasts are more likely to purchase accessories and electronics.
The top products purchased by nine out of 10 Corvette owners were automotive polishes and waxes (90.7%), followed by exhaust upgrades (54.6%). Nearly half of the top 25 products purchased by Corvette owners are performance related, including intakes, brakes and tires.
One in four Corvette owners modify their engine control systems, valvetrains and electrical systems, while the most popular accessories include floor mats, license plate frames and alarm systems. Corvette owners who make purchases of specialty equipment often do so within a short span of time after obtaining the vehicle.
Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) owners surveyed made their first purchase during the first two months of ownership. And split nearly in half, Corvette owners buy from both traditional brick-and-mortar outlets, including from mail order, installers and at shows, while 51% purchase from Internet retail.
Other demographic data on Corvette owners includes: