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Six Great Christmas Gifts for Corvette Owners

by Keith Cornett on November 25, 2008

2009 Vette Custom's Calendar

With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Monday just a week away, we gave our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts a call and asked them for a list of some cool Corvette apparel and accessories that would fullfill the Christmas wishes of any Corvette enthusiast. Our recommendation is to print these pages and leave them some place conspicuous for the wife and kids to find. Of course there is always Plan B: Shop for yourself.

Cutter & Buck C6 Tournament Polo
No Corvette owner should be without a polo shirt and Cutter & Buck make one of the finest available. The Black Corvette C6 Tournament Polo features an embroidered C6 Corvette logo on a 100% cotton pique shirt that stays soft wash after wash. The Tournament Polo is available for just $39.99 each.
   
2009 Vette Customs Calendar
A Corvette calendar is a great gift for any Corvette enthusiast. With 12 exciting high quality Corvette photos each month, you’ll be remembered fondly for that great gift all year long! The Vette Custom’s 2009 Corvette Calendar also includes details about each Corvette presented as well as trivia questions on each month. $13.99 each.
   
Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels
These Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels will protect your leather seats from damage due to UV rays, sweat and day-to-day in and out wear. Each heavyweight terry velour seat towel features the C6 Corvette logo and is designed to slip off and on with ease. Machine washable and great for every day use, your expensive Corvette seats will thank you for the thoughtful gift. $49.99 a pair.
   
1974-82 Corvette Custom Bubble LED Taillight
LED Lights are all the rage for C5/C6 Corvettes and now they are available for select C3 Corvettes. The Custom Bubble LED taillight will fit 1974-82 Corvettes. Brighter than the original bulbs, they’ll improve your visibility and give a slight custom look to your rear end. The Bubble Taillights come complete with lens and housing and install easily. $49.99 each.
   
Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone Watch
A Corvette watch is one of the most popular gifts for the Corvette enthusiast in your life and Ecklers has a large selection of men’s and women’s watches to choose from. The Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone watch sports a calendar and features the C5 logo. $59.99 each.
   
Corvette Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket
The Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket with an embroidered C6 Corvette logo will keep you warm and the super soft micro suede-like polyester resists water in case it starts to snow. The Corvette C6 Suede jacket is what Santa wears around the North Pole wears 364 days a year. $99.99
   

When it comes to Corvette gifts and merchandise, Ecklers Corvette Parts is your holiday headquarters. Check out their full catalog online or request your free catalog now.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Mario Andretti Selling His Corvette Z06 for a Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on November 24, 2008

Mario Andretti in his 2006 Corvette Z06

Continuing his quest for speed and performance, noted race car driver and long time Corvette owner Mario Andretti is selling his 505 horsepower 2006 Corvette Z06 to make room for a 638-horsepower 2009 Corvette ZR1. Mario considers the Corvette Z06 to be on his very favorite cars although we are sure he’ll love the new supercharged Corvette as well. And how about this personal touch on his new Corvette ZR1 pruchase: Mario is reportedly in line to get VIN #500.

Mario Andretti’s Machine Silver Corvette Z06 has all the features you would want: 2LZ preferred equipment package, navigation system, polished aluminum wheels, and a Magnaflow Exhaust. With just 8,660 miles on the odometer, the Corvette is well-priced at $54,500.

Paul Teutul Sr and his 2009 Corvette ZR1

The selling of Corvette Z06′s for Corvette ZR1′s is becoming an interesting trend among those who until this summer already owned the top-of-the-line performance Corvette. Paul Tuetul Sr of Orange County Choppers fame becomes the latest celebrity to join the ranks of the ZR1 owners club after taking delivery of his 638 horsepower Corvette over the weekend from Kerbeck in Atlantic City. Paul Sr put his 2006 Corvette Z06 up for auction on eBay last week to make room for his new Cyber Gray ZR1. Unfortunately, the bidding stalled at $48,000 and failing to reach reserve, the Black Z06 went unsold.

If you are interested in Mario Andretti’s Corvette Z06 or perhaps upgrading to the 2009 Corvette ZR1, visit Kerbeck Corvette or call Corvette Specialist Dave Salvatore at 877-537-2325.

Thanks Larry for the tip!


Source:
Kerbeck Corvette

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2009 Corvette Makes Car And Driver’s 10Best List

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2008

The 2009 Corvette Makes Car and Driver's 10Best List

Car and Driver’s staff continue to show the love to Corvette by including the standard Coupe and Convertible on the magazine’s 2009 “10Best” list. Despite falling head over heels for the new Corvette ZR1, the supercharged 638-horsepower doesn’t make this list due to its base price being $34 grand north of the $71,000 MSRP cutoff. That same cutoff drops another previous Corvette inductee off the 2009 list, the 505-horsepower Z06.

But despite the fact the two performance models – the ZR1 and Z06 – didn’t make the list but the standard 430-hp Coupe and Convertible did says something about the magic that is Corvette. Listen up Congress – Car and Driver says they were “impressed by the ongoing improvements in Corvette assembly quality, materials and everyday comfort.” Fact is, the Chevrolet Corvette “continues to deliver a level of performance and stlye that’s unbeatable for the money.”

Hopefully, some members of Congress are subscribers to Car and Driver and will read in the January 2009 issue that an American automaker does make a quality, fuel efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Unfortunately, the only way some members of Congress would ever see Corvette quality first hand is to get run over by Robert Novak, but now I’m ranting. Sorry.

This is the third straight year that Corvette has made the “10Best” list. Last year’s list included the Corvette Z06 while in 2006 the standard Coupe was listed.

The only other American-made car to make the Car and Driver “10Best” list is the 2009 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. But the Car and Driver also points out that while Cadillac coined the phrase “American Standard of the World”, in the world of sports cars, those words describe the 2009 Corvette. We couldn’t agree more.


Source:
Car and Driver

Related:
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Opportunity Rumbles Like a 427: Proteam Corvette Is For Sale

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2008

Proteam Corvette Collection

I received the monthly email from Proteam Corvettes and had to read the first paragraph three times to make sure it was saying what I thought it was. I still didn’t quite believe it so I fired off an email to Terry Michaelis and he confirmed what I read: Terry and his brother Fred are putting the world-renowned dealership and its collection of 200 classic Corvettes up for sale.

Terry says they’ve been kicking around the idea for several years and now they’ve made it official. That first paragraph stated the following:

And speaking of opportunity… why not consider buying all ProTeam’s Corvettes at cost and the engine (company) that has driven impressive cash flow and profits for over 20 years. Yep! That’s right! Fred and I have been banging the sell idea around for several years and we feel confident that capable, informed and interested parties are right here in our database… well poised to acquire the ProTeam business and take it to the next level.

Proteam’s collection of classic Corvettes, many with NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Crown designations, is truly second to none. Terry is a well known fixture at all the classic Corvette and muscle car auctions and only bids on and buys the best cars. He also doesn’t let emotions get in the way and will pass on a Corvette if he feels the bid went higher than his target. Not seeing him working the paddock or sitting front row at a Mecum auction with that detached look on his face will take some time to get used to.

Let’s take a look at exactly is included in opportunity:

  • Inventory – The world’s largest collection of over 200 classic Corvettes, with many being beautifully restored to like-new condition and carrying prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, the coveted NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation.
  • People – A highly competent management team and operating personnel secured by employment contracts with key personnel.
  • Customer Base – A customer list spans all 50 states and 38 countries around the globe.
  • Contact Lists – A conventional mailing list that includes 350,000 contacts and an e-mail list that includes 40,000.
  • Marketing Foundation – Ownership of the ProTeam brand and its extensive bank of marketing concepts and strategies, as well as the ProTeam website (operative since 1995) and more than 60 domain names/URLs.
  • Facilities & Equipment – Approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of storage buildings to house the inventory as well as the facilities, transportation and capital equipment required to restore, repair, service, maintain and display purchased Corvettes as they arrive.
  • Processes & Systems – Proprietary sales, service, and accounting systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Cash Flow – The ongoing annual cash flow generated from the business due to effective application of people, processes, and assets.

It took all of a nanosecond to realize that my pockets are a little light to take advantage of this opportunity. The price needed to buy this world renowned Corvette dealership is undisclosed but if you’re interested in finding our more, here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  1. Indication of Interest – Email David Rupp with your indication of interest at rupp@mccannrupp.com
  2. Pre-Qualification – To pre-qualify, you must provide your credit references, your basic plan for funding a purchase of this magnitude, and your permission to discuss your funding capability with your banker or similar folks at the appropriate time.
  3. Confidentiality Agreement – Once you’re pre-qualified, you will be sent a confidentiality agreement.
  4. Information Packet & Bid Instructions – Subsequent to receiving your signed CA, Proteam will send you a detailed information packet on the company as well as further instructions regarding the bid submission process.

We’ll be following this story closely and will see if we can get any updates when we see Terry at Mecum’s Kissimmee Florida auction in January, assuming that the dealership hasn’t changed hands at that time.


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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2009 Corvette Production By The Numbers (So Far)

by Keith Cornett on November 18, 2008

2009 Corvette Z06 in Cyber Gray

I continue to hope that 2009 will go down in history as the year that production started on the Corvette ZR1 instead of the year that the last Corvette was made. There are buyers out there and even in a bad economy Corvettes will continue to be sold. With that said, we do have some preliminary production numbers of Corvettes for the first five months or so of the 2009 model year.

Our numbers come by way of “Zippy” who is an ambassador with the National Corvette Museum and is a well known source of info on several forum sites. He says that to date there have been 9,230 Corvettes produced for the 2009 model year. They breakdown as:

  • 4,959 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,696 Corvette Convertibles
  • 2,213 Corvette Z06s
  •    362 Corvette ZR1s

Some additional facts regarding 2009 Corvette production:

  • 362 ZR1s have been produced with a total of 509 in the ordering system.
  • 9.7% of Convertibles were built with the new 1LT Package.
  • NPP Performance Exhaust has been ordered on 51% of all Coupes and 59% of all Convertibles.

The top three colors ordered for the Corvette ZR1 were:

  • 40% Cyber Gray
  • 20% Black
  • 17% Jetstream Blue

Cyber Gray is the most popular 2009 color to date with 20% of all Corvettes ordered in the new color. Second is Black at 20% and third is Victory Red at 14%.


Source:
Z06Vette.com

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Paul Teutul Sr's 2006 Corvette Z06

Orange County Chopper’s Paul Teutul Sr is parting with another one of his Corvettes and this time he turns to ebay to sell his personal 2006 Corvette Z06. Paul Sr bought this Corvette new and has since put only 8,700 miles on her. Every option was ordered and he added some personal touches with the custom interior and the black wheels. The car has been featured on several episodes of American Chopper and the buyer will receive DVD copies signed by Teutul.

Is this not the blackest black Corvette you’ve ever seen? It comes loaded with heads up display, navigation, power drivers seat and more. Featuring the 505 horsepower LS7 V8 engine coupled to the six speed manual transmission, this Corvette is ready to roll.

Paul Teutul Sr's 2006 Corvette Z06 Paul Teutul Sr's 2006 Corvette Z06 Paul Teutul Sr's 2006 Corvette Z06

Teutul is no stranger to the auction scene when it comes to unloading part of his collection. In January 2007, Paul and his son turned to Barrett-Jackson to sell six vehicles including a 1960 fuel injected Corvette paired with a custom 2005 chopper. In this round of eBay auctions, Paul is also unloading a 1969 COPO Camaro tribute car.

In addition the signed DVD’s, the buyer may take delivery of the Corvette Z06 at Paul Sr’s estate and have the opportunity to view his personal collection of motorcycles and cars. A tour of the Newburgh NY shop is included and Paul will take photos and sign the Corvette. Pretty cool.

The eBay auction ends on November 20th and 18 bidders have the Corvette up to $48,500 currently. The reserve price has yet to be reached.


Source:
eBay via Celebrity Cars Blog

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[VIDEO] Midyear Corvette Boldly Goes in New Star Trek Movie

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2008

Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie

Back in April we learned that J.J Abram’s reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise would feature a 1965 Corvette convertible. The new movie trailer for Star Trek XI was released today and it opens with a young James Tiberius Kirk being pursued by the police and bailing out of the Sting Ray just before it careens off a cliff.

Luckily computer graphics have progressed to the point where a movie director doesn’t necessarily have to throw a Corvette off a cliff just to get a desired shot. Still, driving at 70 mph on a gravel road is a sure way to guarantee a few rock chips and a whole lot of dust.

The new movie with Kirk and Spock is due in theaters May 8, 2009. Check out the official Star Trek site here where you can view the trailers in HD.

And speaking of HD, check out these stills I grabbed from the 1080i HD trailer. To view them best, scroll down until the YouTube video is off the screen as the flash player will lay on top of the images.

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Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie

Sources:
Official Star Trek Website via TrekToday.com

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The 1979 Corvette Project: Seatbelt Solutions Delivers

by Keith Cornett on November 13, 2008

Our 1979 Corvette's Seatbelts

This is a quick note of thanks to Jeff and his staff at Seatbelt Solutions. I called Jeff a week ago to get a quote on rewebbing the seatbelts for our 1979 Corvette project car. He gave me a good ballpark price so I boxed them up and sent them to his shop in Jupiter, Florida. After he received the belts, he called and we discuss our options and what I was looking for. After agreeing on a price, Jeff went to work and one week later they were returned to us and I couldn’t be happier with the work.

I always like to tell other Corvette people when I get surprised by a vendor that offers good prices and more importantly, great service. After Jeff received our belts, he called and we spent 20 minutes on the telephone where we discussed exactly what I wanted. He took us through the process of what his staff would do in terms of rewebbing and changing the color over from beige to black. I very much appreciated his attention to detail and our concerns regarding price. As this was a driver quality resto, price was an important factor.

One week later, we got a call saying the belts were completed and after paying the exact amount quoted, they were shipped out the same day. Jeff and his staff did a fantastic job on the project and I can’t thank them enough.

If you have a C1-C4 Corvette whose seatbelts need to be rewebbed, repaired or rechromed, call Jeff of Seatbelt Solutions toll free at 866-904-2358.


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Corvette's Tom Wallace

This is an open post to General Motors, and I’m going to be blunt about what I have to say.

Tom Wallace, Performance Vehicle Line Executive and head of the Corvette team retires suddenly after a 38 year career at GM and you can’t issue one official press release thanking him for his service?

Gene Stefanyshyn is unofficially confirmed by sources to become the new head of the Corvette program and you can’t put out a statement welcoming him to the fold?

You have a whole communications department and can’t issue one statement concerning huge changes in your “Halo” car’s leadership? That’s pretty pathetic…

Wallace joined GM as a cooperative student with Buick in 1970. He finished his career as head of the Corvette program – a job description that we think should officially contain the phrase “greatest job in the world”. We don’t know the circumstances of why he left, and perhaps its none of our business, but you owe it to Tom, the customers who purchased Corvettes during his tenure and the enthusiast community in general to show a little class by thanking him for giving his entire working life to you.

It’s also come out through unofficial sources that Wallace’s replacement is Gene Stefanyshyn, the global vehicle line executive for rear wheel drive vehicles. How about an official press release welcoming Gene to the great community that is Corvette?

This is only the 5th leadership change in 56 years of Corvette history – it’s kind of a big deal to be mentioned in the same breath as Zora Arkus-Duntov, Dave McLellan and David Hill. An official statement would also be nice to clarify exactly where Corvette stands. Is Gene moving to Performance Vehicles or is Corvette moving to Rear Wheel Drive?

News is bad out there. We get it. Sales of Corvettes were down 52% last month. We hear the C7 program is now on an indefinite hold with nothing new expected until 2014. Rumors, innuendo and speculation is endless. With the financial crisis that threatens GM and talks of bailouts and bankruptcy, Corvette owners are concerned about the future direction of the car we love so much and a company that we respect.

It’s been exactly three weeks since the Wallace announcement. During that time, GM issued a press release regarding changes in management in the Service and Parts Operations (SPO) following the retirement of Doug Herberger who was with the company for 35 years. You owe the same to Tom Wallace and Gene Stefanyshyn.

Update: GM issued an offical statement today: Crystal Windham Named General Motors First African American Female Director of Design. Congratulations, Crystal. I would not have heard about your promotion without the wonderful staff at GM’s communications department doing their job!


Back me up on this my friends. Leave a comment with your thoughts about GM’s handling of the management changes. You may also offer thanks to Tom for his service or welcome Gene to club.


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Custom 4-Door Corvette is Fun for the Whole Family

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

One of the curses, or blessings depending on your outlook is the fact that the Corvette is a 2-seat sports car. Room enough for you and a buddy or your significant other, but no more. Gene Swatek thought the Corvette should be a car that could be enjoyed by the whole family, so he custom built what I am sure is the world’s only 1987 four-door Corvette.

The father of four girls got the idea for the custom 4-seater after going to Corvette shows and wishing he could take more of his family. To create his 4-door sports car, Gene took a driver quality stock 1987 corvette and it in half. He made his own steel extension frame members to stretch the Corvette an additional 38 inches. The rear suicide doors were added as well as the rear leather seats and custom ground effects.

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1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors 1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors 1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

Gene says the Corvette took about 18 months to build and while he had plans to custom build a convertible top that could stretch over the extended passenger area, time got away from him and he never got around to doing it. According to Gene, the convertible is so much fun, who needs a top or windows anyways!

The FamilyVette II as its called is the second of Gene’s elongated Corvette creations, hence the II. His first FamilyVette was a red 1984 limo-styled Corvette made from 2/3′s of the front of one Corvette and 2/3′s of the rear from another. You can see more of his work at www.familyvettes.com.

The white 1987 Corvette is currently for sale with a listing on eBay but no bids have yet to have been laid on the custom car yet. The auction ends on November 18th and the starting bid is $12,000.


Source:
FamilyVettes.com via TopSpeed.com

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