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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

We got word last month of GM planning a second special edition Corvette for 2009 that would commemorate Corvette Racing’s successful 10 year run in the American Le Mans series. Now official, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition celebrates over 70 victories in the ALMS, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The GT1 Championship Edition is available in the Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models in either 45U Velocity Yellow or 41U Black. The series will have its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows which represent the #3 Corvette C6.R and 40001 for Black which represents the #4 C6.R. Only 600 will be produced this spring and those are limited to 200 for each body style and 100 in each color.

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The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

If you’re interested in this highly anticipated commemorative Corvette, you better give Dave and the gang at Kerbeck Corvette a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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Corvette ZR1 LS9 Crate Motor Priced at $21,000

by Keith Cornett on February 19, 2009

The 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8

GM Performance Parts teased us during 2008′s SEMA show about the coming availability of an LS9 crate engine and yesterday we received word that the heart of the ZR1 is now available through GM dealers. MRSP for the 6.2L Supercharged ZR1 V8 is listed at $28,000 with the GM dealer price set at $21,000.

The 6.2L LS9 is rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. A limited 24 month/50,000 mile limited warranty is included.

The package comes fully dressed including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and the dry-sump oil pan. The external oil and cooling tanks as well as an ECU/wire harness are not included. Also not included is the Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” engine cover. GM Performance Parts does plan to release a LS9 controller kit and a front accessory drive kit later in 2009.

From the GM Performance Parts Catalog:

The most powerful regular-production engine ever from GM! The New LS9 6.2L supercharged – the standard engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – is a technology marvel that holds the distinction of being the most powerful regular-production engine ever offered in a GM car. It helps propel the 3,324 pound ZR1 from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and through the quarter-mile in an astonishing 11.3 seconds at 131 mph – all the way to a top speed of 205 mph! Those stats make the ZR1 not only the most powerful car ever from GM, but the quickest and fastest, too! GM Performance Parts is thrilled to offer the LS9 6.2L in a fully dresses crate engine package. And while it shares the 6.2L displacement of other LS engines, this one is unique, with stronger block casting, stronger cylinder head castings and steel cylinder liners that are honed with a deck plate installed to maximize performance and cylinder seating. High-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, including titanium intake vales and connecting rods, are used along with high-flow cylinder heads that flow the charge forced on them by sixth-generation supercharger. A revised, higher-helix design delivers greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power whether off-idle or at speed. A dual-brick charge cooler is integrated on a unique manifold system that mounts the “blower” in the engine’s valley, with charge cooler on top.

Click here to view the GM Performance Parts 6.2L LS9 Crate Engine Catalog Page.


Source:
GM Performance Parts via YourAutoStuff.com

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C3 Corvette Coupe at RM Auction

RM Auctions was in South Florida earlier this month with 34 Corvettes for the two-day Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event. Unfortunately buyers were tight with their checkbooks and only 12 Corvettes sold bringing in a total of $707,025 in Corvette Sales.

Top seller was a 1963 Corvette Convertible Fuelie which sold for $110,000. Two Corvettes were bidded up to over $100,000 but resulted in no sales. A 1953 Corvette Roadster (VIN Unknown) reached $235,000 and a 1962 Corvette Roadster was a no sale at $130,000.

Here are the results for Corvettes at RM’s Collector Cars of Ft. Lauderdale:

LOT # YEAR MODEL DESC HIGH SOLD
SP75 1953 Corvette Convertible $235,000  
NR47 1954 Corvette Convertible   $57,200
SP86 1957 Corvette Convertible FI   $80,300
SP57 1958 Corvette Convertible $60,000  
SP69 1959 Corvette Convertible   $57,200
455 1960 Corvette Convertible $60,000  
SP118 1960 Corvette Convertible   $55,000
169 1962 Corvette Convertible $30,000  
SP60 1962 Corvette Convertible $130,000  
SP28 1963 Corvette Coupe FI   $110,000
426 1964 Corvette Convertible $32,000  
618 1964 Corvette Convertible $27,000  
SP90 1964 Corvette Convertible FI $57,500  
464 1964 Corvette Coupe $36,000  
SP48 1964 Corvette Coupe $70,000  
408 1964 Corvette Coupe   $64,900
445 1964 Corvette Coupe   $45,100
624 1965 Corvette Convertible $40,000  
SP95 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 80,000  
SP79 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 $90,000  
NR27 1966 Corvette Coupe Tanker   $52,250
447 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 $60,000  
SP31 1967 Corvette Coupe   $96,800
173 1969 Corvette Convertible   $35,200
433 1969 Corvette Convertible $32,000  
SP58 1970 Corvette Convertible $29,000  
105 1971 Corvette Convertible $16,500  
NR57 1971 Corvette Convertible   $17,600
623 1971 Corvette Coupe $21,000  
SP93 1972 Corvette Convertible $29,000  
414 1972 Corvette Coupe $18,500  
117 1982 Corvette Coupe $16,000  
432 2004 Corvette Convertible $61,000  
423 2005 Corvette Coupe   $35,475

RM Auctions will return to Florida next month for the prestigious Automobiles of Amelia Island auction at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel on March 14th, 2009.


Source:
RM Auctions

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[VIDEO] C6 Corvette Side Impact Crash Test

by Keith Cornett on February 18, 2009

Corvette Crash Test

A C6 Corvette Coupe is the subject of an NHTSA side impact crash test. Results not included but from all appearances, the Corvette holds up well in protecting the occupant. Video after the jump.


Source:
YouTube.com

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First Look: New Photos of the Corvette Museum’s Expansion

by Keith Cornett on February 18, 2009

National Corvette Museum's Expansion Nears Completion

CorvetteForum.com member “tsbbzm” posted some new photos showing the exterior and interior of the new addition at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. While the construction is slated to be completed in time for the NCM’s 15th anniversary celebration over the 2009 Labor Day weekend, the museum folks are allowing visitors into the new section which includes the Corvette Cafe, library and archives, expanded gift shop and new Corvette delivery areas.

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The expansion will add 47,000 square feet to the existing 60,000 square foot facility and is expected to cost around $9 million. We’ll be checking out the expansion first hand in April as we’ve officially made plans to be at the Museum during the C5/C6 Bash on April 24-25th.


Source:
CorvetteForum.com

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Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Air-Box Fuelie Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 17, 2009

Auction Preview: 1957 COPO Corvette Racer

Another week, another vintage Corvette race car hitting the auction block. We received word today that the ex-Bob Mouat 1957 Corvette COPO Air-Box Fuelie will be joining the 1965 Corvette 8-Ball Cobra Killer at Worldwide Auctioneer’s Houston Classic on Saturday May 2nd.

This 1957 Corvette was delivered new to Bob Mouat in 1957 and raced until 1965 achieving 21 victories and over 50 top ten finishes. Extensively documented, its one of 23 Air-Box examples known and this is only one of six factory COPO Airbox Corvettes aquired by known racing drivers.

Vette Magazine called the race car “an open-track threat right off the assembly line”. Worldwide Auctioneer’s Managing Partner John Kruse says “this splendid, factory big brake, ‘Air-Box Fuelie’ example is the most extensively raced and well documented ’57 Corvette race car of all time.”

Other notable Corvettes available at the Houston Classic include the 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer aka the 8-Ball Cobra Killer, the ex-Alan Sevadjian, John Mecum 1967/74 Corvette “Delmo Johnson Racecar”, a numbers matching 1968 Corvette L89 roadster offered at no reserve and a 1954 Corvette roadster.

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.


Sources:
Worldwide Auctions

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Oh Snap! Lambo Doors on the Corvette Stingray Concept!

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2009

Lambo Doors on the Corvette Stingray Concept!

As we learned from GM Design Chief Ed Welburn’s introduction of the Corvette Stingray Concept at the Chicago Auto Show last week, there are actually two of the Corvette Stingray concepts in existence. One is the non-working styling “buck” seen on display at the Chicago auto show, the other is a running concept that appeared in the movies. Thanks to a movie set extra, we see the movie Corvette Stingray Concept comes equipped with Lambo-style doors.

Not that I’m opposed to Lambo doors on a Corvette. They are a very popular mod for the late model Corvette crowd and it’s a nice surprise seeing it come from the design studio. It shows the designers are watching the aftermarket and have picked up on the supercar “status symbol” vertical door trend.

We read that the movie set extra posted this and over 100 other behind-the-scenes photos that have since been removed after a request from Paramount Pictures. Who knows what other surprises may be lurking under the hood of the Corvette Stingray Concept.


Source:
Seibertron

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[PICS] Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2009

Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

The 2009 Supercar Weekend was held along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida over January 24-27th. The gathering is billed as the largest supercar show in the world as collectors and enthusiasts showcase their modern and classic sportscars. Our friend Justin Society was there and provided us with a recap of the Corvettes that were in attendance.

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My 1966 Corvette Gets a Valentine Treat: A YOM License Plate

by Keith Cornett on February 14, 2009

My 1966 Corvette Gets a Valentine Treat: A YOM License Plate

I was on a mission at the NCRS Regional show in Kissimmee, Florida last month to find a vintage license plate for my 1966 Corvette. Florida allows the registration of these original license plates for cars older than 30 years. Richard Collins had a pretty large selection of original Florida plates (and plates from other states as well) and it was in his bin that I found one suitable for my Sting Ray.

Richard assured me the plate would register and told me what I needed to do to get the ball rolling. I followed his advice and had my plate registered by the state and returned to me in just over a week’s time. I enlisted some help with the install from “Son of CorvetteBlogger” and as you can see the plate makes a nice addition to the Corvette.

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The C/V on my new plate stands for Commercial Vehicle, but to me it looks like it could stand for CorVette. I thought it was pretty cool. As long as the plate is original and not registered to another entity, you can use it.

For those of you in Florida interested in registering an old license plate, these are the steps you need to take.

First, you need to find a good clean plate that was manufactured for the same year of your Corvette. As I mentioned, mine came from Richard Collins (941) 545-3558 and was just $25. I’ve also seen them on eBay and at LicensePlates.tv for a little more than that.

The plates are referred to by the state as a “Year of Manufacture” (YOM) plate and it must be the same year as your Corvette. You can’t put a 1967 Florida License Plate on a 1966 Corvette. The plate needs to be original and unrestored.

Once you have the plate, you need to write a letter to the State of Florida DMV requesting that you’d like to register the plate and include the following documentation: Copies of the Title, Current Registration, owner’s driver license and proof of insurance. Also include a $50 check made out to the Florida DMV. My plate ended up costing around $36 to register so I’ll be getting a check back from the state for the difference.

Put your name and contact information on the back of the plate in case it gets separated from your documentation. I used a business card and taped it to the back. Package all your info and the plate (I sent my in a USPS Priority Mail envelope) and mail it to the Florida DMV: Direct Mail & Title Correction Section; Bureau of Titles & Registration, Neil Kirkman Building #72, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0620.

I’ve included a template of the letter that worked for me:

February 2, 2009 Florida DMV
Direct Mail & Title Correction Section; Bureau of Titles & Registration
Neil Kirkman Building #72
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0620 To Whom It May Concern: Enclosed is a Year of Manufacture plate from [YEAR] that we would like to have authenticated and registered to our [YEAR] Chevrolet Corvette. Year of Manufacture Plate: [YEAR]
[PLATE NUMBER] Owners Information: [OWNER NAME]
[OWNER ADDRESS]
[OWNER CITY/STATE/ZIP]
[OWNER TELEPHONE #] [OWNER DRIVERS LICENSE #]
[OWNER BIRTHDATE] [OWNER SEX M/F] Vehicle Information: [YEAR] Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
VIN: [VIN]
Current FL Tag #: [CURRENT TAG]
Current Decal #: [CURRENT DECAL #]
Curb Weight: [CURB WEIGHT OF CORVETTE] [INSURANCE COMPANY NAME]
[INSURANCE POLICY #]


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GT2 Corvette C6.R To Hit Test Track in March

In a recent article highlighting Corvette Racing’s Green initiative, GM Road Racing Group Manager Steve Wesoloski said the development of the GT2 Corvette is on track and should be ready to test for the first time in mid to late March.

As the C6.R racing program readies for the 2009 season, the American Le Mans Series and Michelin announced their partnership for the Michelin Green X Challenge. It was last year that Corvette Racing adopted cellulosic E85 and in doing so helped transform the image of Corvette from a gas guzzler to an energy efficient race car. Wesoloski says GM will continue the Green initiative as the GT2 race car will offer additional efficiencies:

“Certainly there have been lessons learned,” Wesoloski said. “There is a cross over with the production powertrain group as they are taking a lot from the V8 engines we race to make them compatible with E85. Those are things we learned from racing. Another thing we are doing with the GT2 car is weight. We have embraced the aluminum frame from the Z06 and ZR1. You can put these materials in the race car and (embrace) new technologies.”

“It’s going to be a long time before the auto industry finds the one magic solution,” he admitted. “In the meantime we’re all looking for answers. This (cellulosic E85) is one. We’re saying you don’t have to be afraid of ethanol. It’s good enough to race and good enough to drive to soccer practice. And we’re not touching the food chain. We’re trying to send that message, and using a cellulosic process is a big deal.”

Based on Wesoloski’s time frame for testing the GT2 Corvette, I’m wondering if its possible we’ll see the new car at Sebring. And why not? The 12 Hours of Sebring happens March 21st and with the entire Pratt & Miller team in Florida for the event, why not get the car on the track a day or two after the race (and after the GT2 competition has left) for a couple of test sessions. I’m also sure the C6.R fans would go ga-ga if they could get up close and personal with the new GT2 Corvette that is expected to carry on the winning tradition of the GT1 program.

American Le Mans racing kicks off its 11th season at the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21. SPEED will televise the race live from 10 am – 12 noon and then from 2-11 pm EST.



Source:
Motorsport.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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