GM released the first sales figures for the new year and for the first time since we started keeping track in 2006, Corvette deliveries dropped below 1,000 units to close at 842 for the month of January. Unfortunately for both GM and the assembly workers in Bowling Green, 842 Corvette sales does little to alleviate the supply of Corvettes on the ground and the slow sales could force the company to keep the factory’s doors closed longer than planned.
Are you and your Corvette snowbound? Now is the time a lot of guys work on their cars because old man winter is keeping their Corvettes off the roads. Want to spend some quality time upgrading your Corvette without breaking the bank? We turned to Ecklers Corvette Parts for some seriously easy Corvette restoration projects to get you through the winter while keeping some green in your pocket.
Corvette Emblem Assembly, 1958-1960 Front, 1958-1961 Rear
Reproduction Of Original. Includes Gold Emblem, Bezel, Gasket, Speed Nuts & Silver Backplate. This Corvette reproduction front and rear emblem assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and finish will work superbly for your restoration. In addition, using a reproduction front and rear emblem assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette. Did you know? Many people in our hobby refer to the front emblem as a nose emblem.
Corvette Clock, Quartz, 1958-1962
Impress your friends and fellow Corvette club members by replacing your broken clock with this original looking replacement which features a modern reliable quartz movement. As the clock is one of the focal points in your C1 Corvette, why not have one that works? You’ll be able to drive with pride know that ALL gauges are working and your wife will appreciate your new found ability to tell time while driving your Corvette! Just pop out your old clock and install the new one and never be late your club gathering again.
Corvette Parking Light Assembly, 1963-1967
Reproduction Of Original with Correct Lens Markings On Outer Edge “AMBER 595440″ & “CRYSTAL 5950982″ Center Markings “GUIDE F2=60″. This Corvette reproduction parking light assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and function will work superbly for your restoration and the installation process couldn’t be easier. In addition, using a reproduction parking light assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette.
Corvette Taillight Set, With Back-Up Lights, 1963-1966
Over time Corvette taillights dim and the lenses darken. New lights and signals will improve visibility as well as make your Corvette look great. These reproduction lights are made in the USA with original GM tooling and they are quite simple to install.
Corvette Power Window Switch, 1968-1982
Are your power windows switches not working correctly or has the finish worn off? Many times a replacement switch will solve your power window woes. For about $20 each, you’re looking at a cheap way to add that sparkle and bling back your window switches. For what its worth, I just installed these on my 1979 Corvette and couldn’t be happier with the good response and great looks.
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.
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Our friends at Badboy Vettes are telling us that the Black and Flames #28 GT2 Corvette belonging to LG Motorsports and Lou Gigliotti has applied to the ACO for a GT2 entry in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. As for the rest of the season, Lou says its all about Le Mans.
With continued support from car builder Riley Technologies and several new French sponsors including the French Corvette Club, Lou feels they will get strong consideration from the ACO, the organization that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“Our season hinges directly on our Le Mans application. If we do get accepted, we have funding for Le Mans, Sebring, St. Pete, Long Beach, Mid-Ohio, Petit and Laguna.”
The #28 Corvette and the LG Motorsports team were at Sebring last week for the winter test session. According to Lou, it was track time well spent:
“We were there and got down to a 2:03.5 which was about 1.5 seconds off the fastest Michelin time of the 3 day test. We were on last year Dunlop compound which is behind what the BMW team now has.”
“I ran almost 8 hours of testing in two days during 4 two hour sessions. I only got out of the car between two hour sessions. ”
“We didn’t have our proper 1st gear for the hairpin but we will for the race.”
We saw the new GT2 team make great strides last year before funding problems took them out of several races. Seeming to show improvement after each race, we were much impressed with the #28 Corvette during last year’s Utah Grand Prix where the car was in contention for much of the race.
Should the LG Motorsports team get its invite to France, then we are assured of seeing the Lou and his #28 GT2 Corvette at the ALMS opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st.
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
These photos come to us from English Russia showing the aftermath of a Corvette that burned while parked along a residential street in the Ukraine. Despite a police report that states that traces of arson were not detected at the scene, English Russia believes the car was burned because people “canâ€™t stand those rich punks riding their hundred thousand dollar cars when around everything looks ruined and school teacherâ€™s salary is $100/month.”
We’re hoping the Corvette C6 wasn’t burned as a result of class warfare. The site of the American-born sports car should lift up people up with visions of freedom and liberty – a shining 4-wheel version of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, due to huge European taxes and shipping, Corvettes can sell for double or even triple their costs in the States and so there is a certain resentment from the locals.
For some the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower is simply not enough. Hennessey Performance solves that problem with their latest creation, the Corvette ZR700. An extensive list of bolt-ons and a custom tune unleash the fury of the ZR1 by boosting horsepower to 705 and torque to 717lb-ft. The numbers are awe-inspiring.
Hennessey’s Corvette ZR700 rips through the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. The estimated top speed is 212 mph.
To squeeze the extra performance out of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9, Hennessey increases the supercharger boost from 11psi to 14psi and then adds a K&N air filter, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters, upgrades the intercooler system and finishes up with a dyno test and tune session. Watch the Corvette ZR700′s quarter mile run at Lonestar Motorsports Park:
The 2009 Mecum Kissimmee Auction was without a doubt a success with 160 Corvettes crossing the block over the 3 day event. Corvette sales totaled $3.95 million and with 82 Corvettes sold, Mecum’s Corvette sellers enjoyed a 51% success ratio. We also enjoyed the new facilities which allowed Mecum to move in-doors and create a much more visitor friendly event.
Six Corvettes crossed the $100,000 threshold with the 1963 Corvette Z06 “Gulf One” racer bringing in $1.05 million. Second on the list was another race car, the 1969 L88 COPO Convertible, which sold for $305,000. Rounding out the top three was a 1957 Corvette powered by a 283 ci fuelie that sold for $250,000.
There were bargains to be had as well during the weekend. Two numbers matching 1966 Corvettes powered by 427/425 big blocks sold for $52,000 and $55,000. Bob McDorman sold the last C5 convertible, a 2004 Commemorative Edition with just 2600 miles for $32,500. Also on our good buy list was a 1973 Corvette Coupe driver that sold for $10,000.
Here is the SOLD list from Mecum’s Kissimmee auction:
|T34||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-speed Manual||$62,000|
|T106||1974||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$6,200|
|T107||1968||Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-speed Manual||$20,000|
|T110||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-speed Manual||$47,000|
|T111||1961||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-speed Manual||$30,000|
|T112||1971||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$12,500|
|T113||1971||Corvette Convertible 454/365 HP, 4-speed Manual||$33,000|
|T126||1968||Corvette 327/300 HP, 3-speed||$25,500|
|T139||2000||Corvette Coupe Lingenfelter, 346/650+ HP Twin Turbo||$34,500|
|T145||1959||Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP, Automatic||$54,000|
|T166||1964||Corvette Convertible 350/310 HP, Automatic||$35,000|
|T167||1978||Corvette Coupe Pace Car Replica, 350 CI, Automatic||$13,250|
|T170||1996||Corvette Callaway Coupe 383/435 HP, LT-1 Supernatural||$16,000|
|T188||1958||Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP||$60,000|
|F10||1994||Corvette Coupe 350/300 HP, 6-speed Manual||$12,000|
|F23||1971||Corvette Coupe 454/365 HP, Automatic||$19,000|
|F49||1988||Corvette Convertible 350/240 HP, 4-Speed Automatic||$11,750|
|F63||1976||Corvette Coupe 350/400 HP L-82, 4-speed Automatic||$11,500|
|F91||1973||Corvette Coupe 454/275 HP, 4-Speed||$24,500|
|F92||1990||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$12,000|
|F101||1979||Corvette Coupe 1 of 2,357 made, L-82||$12,000|
|F116||1987||Corvette Callaway Coupe 350/345 HP Twin-Turbo||$14,000|
|F121||1969||Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-speed||$40,500|
|F123||1978||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 4-speed, Silver Anniversary||$11,000|
|F139||1973||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$10,000|
|F143||1958||Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, Dual Quad, 4-speed||$64,500|
|F151||1972||Corvette Convertible 350/200 HP, Automatic||$24,000|
|F154||1971||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$20,000|
|F155||1972||Corvette Coupe 454 CI, 4-Speed||$29,500|
|F156||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-Speed Manual||$125,000|
|F165||1965||Corvette Convertible 27/350 HP||$53,000|
|F201||1966||Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-speed||$46,000|
|F235||1964||Corvette Stingray Coupe 454 CI w/ Blower, 4-Speed||$47,000|
|F237||1975||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic||$23,000|
|F246||1963||Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP 4-Speed||$62,000|
|F250||1970||Corvette Convertible 350/370 HP LT-1, 4-Speed||$37,000|
|F258||1992||Corvette Coupe Special Chevrolet Color Test Car||$29,500|
|F259||2004||Corvette Coupe Next to the Last C5 Corvette Made||$32,000|
|F260||1998||Corvette Convertible Pilot Car #6||$29,000|
|F262||1997||Corvette Coupe LS1, 6-Speed Manual, VIN #007||$22,500|
|F263||1986||Corvette Convertible 5.7L, Automatic||$35,000|
|F264||1987||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Automatic, 238 Actual Miles||$21,000|
|F265||1984||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic, 781 Actual Miles||$14,500|
|F266||2004||Corvette Convertible Last C5 Convertible, 2,600 Miles||$32,500|
|F268||1984||Corvette Coupe Owned by Jim Gilmore||$12,500|
|F270||2002||Corvette Convertible Indy Track Car #40||$32,500|
|S24||1962||Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-speed Manual||$42,000|
|S25||1981||Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Automatic||$10,000|
|S30||1982||Corvette T-top 350 CI, Automatic||$11,500|
|S31||1962||Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-Speed||$60,000|
|S37||1968||Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, Automatic||$25,500|
|S45||1965||Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-speed||$55,000|
|S66||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed||$100,000|
|S94||1962||Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-speed Manual||$67,000|
|S96||1966||Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed||$65,000|
|S98||1957||Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP, 3-Speed||$102,500|
|S99||2001||Corvette Convertible 350/350 HP, Automatic||$25,000|
|S105||1962||Corvette Convertible 327/340 HP, 4-Speed||$62,500|
|S109||1967||Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed||$56,500|
|S110||1963||Corvette Z06 Coupe Gulf One Race Car||$1,050,000|
|S123||1954||Corvette Convertible 235/150 HP 3-Carb Blue Flame||$80,000|
|S124||1962||Corvette Convertible 327/250 HP, 4-speed Manual||$46,000|
|S137||1966||Corvette Convertible 425 HP||$78,500|
|S138||1957||Corvette Convertible 283/283 HP Fuelie, 4-Speed||$250,000|
|S142||1969||Corvette L88 Convertible Race Car, 1 of 1 COPO||$305,000|
|S153||1967||Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP Tri Power, 4-speed||$112,500|
|S166||1986||Corvette Convertible 350/235 HP, Automatic, Pace Car||$20,000|
|S184.1||1974||Corvette Convertible 4-speed||$15,000|
|S187||1994||Corvette Coupe 6-speed Manual||$10,500|
|S218||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-speed Manual||$55,000|
|S230.1||1966||Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP||$52,000|
Mecum Auction’s next event will be held indoors at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO on March 20th and 21st.
Tom Hill, Quality Engineering Manager at the Corvette Assembly Plant announced to NCRS members attending the Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida last weekend that a new limited edition package called the GT-1 Edition would be produced this Spring. Like the Competition Sport Package, the GT-1 Edition centers around the Corvette Racing theme with team mascot “Jake” prominently displayed.
The package will reportedly be available on Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models. They will include your choice of either 45U Velocity Yellow with Black Stripes or 41U Black with Yellow Stripes. Both colors feature the now familiar “Jake” mascot as well as other graphics inspired by the Corvette Racing C6.Rs like the distinctive yellow windshield banner.
Another unique feature will include graphics that will have the driver’s names on the roof just like the C6.R. The championships that the Corvette Racing C6.R team has won will be displayed on a lower door script graphic. Other features include black headlamps on the Velocity Yellow models and Genuine Corvette Accessories (GCA) body colored door handles and carbon fiber patterned engine covers.
All GT-1 Championship models include the ZR1′s full width spoiler in body color and Q9V Forged Chrome Wheels. The Coupe and Convertible models will come equipped with the Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance Exhaust.
Each of the GT-1 Edition interiors will receive exclusive GT-1 embroidery on the seats and console lid. Ebony 4LT (Coupe and Convertible) and 3LZ (Z06) interiors and shifter will be accentuated with yellow stitching. Included will be a Special Console Trim Plate with specific VIN sequencing and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Pricing and availability are expected sometime in February.
With 2009 being the end of Corvette Racing’s reign of the GT-1 class in the ALMS and Le Mans, collectors and Corvette Racing fans alike will have the opportunity to show their support when driving this unique tribute to the C6.R team to a Corvette corral later this year and beyond.
2009 Corvette Competition Sport Package Pricing Revealed
Introducing the Limited Edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette
Japan’s Special Edition Corvette: The Corvette S-Limited
The Competition: A Unique Special Edition 2008 Corvette for Europe
This 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible made its presence known like no other car during last weekend’s Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. When it fired up the race-prepped 427 cubic inch big block and rolled into the auction ring, the packed house was paying close attention. Here was a documented authentic factory L88 race car and Proteam Corvette wanted it sold!
Included in the documentation of this vintage racer was the tank sticker, early photos of the Corvette and its racing log books, trophies and awards. The tank sticker documents the L88 engine and special COPO request for this Corvette NOT to be equipped with the Big Brake options like all other L88 Corvettes, making it a one of one car.
The Corvette saw combat in SCCA events regularly from 1972-1976 and raced in such storied venues as Daytona and Sebring. It’s listed in the roster of cars that raced in the 24th Annual 12 hours of Sebring in 1976. The car is currently certified for SVRA vintage races.
Towards the end of the auction the race car seemed to stall at $300,000 but it only took another $5,000 to drop the reserve and sell the Corvette at $305,000. Tom Abrams of Reliable Transports was the buyer and is shown getting the Mecum treatment there at the end.
The 2009 Corvette ZR1 was one of 10 performance cars to be nominated by an international panel of 59 journalists to win the coveted 2009 World Performance Car of the Year award. With its 638 hp supercharged V8 engine and a performance to dollar ratio unmatched anywhere, the ZR1 has catapulted the Corvette into the ranks of the top supercars.
The World Performance Car has been awarded since 2006 with previous winners being the Porsche Cayman S, the Audi RS4 and the Audi R8. The World Performance Car awards are held in conjunction with the World Car of the Year Awards. Of the twenty cars nominated to both lists, the Corvette ZR1 is the only car made in the United States.
2009 World Performance Car finalists:
- Audi RS 6 Avant
- BMW 135i Coupe / Cabriolet
- Corvette ZR1
- Lamborghini LP560-4 Gallardo
- Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
- Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
- Mitsubishi Evo X / Evo MR
- Nissan GT-R
- Porsche 911 Carrera
- Subaru Impreza WRX STI
The cars are chosen by a select international panel of 59 journalists who first select the top 10 vehicles, and then narrow the list to just three. The final winner is chosen from three that make the final cut.
While still waiting for an official announcement from GM regarding pricing for the 2009 Corvette’s Competition Sport package, sources told Jalopnik that the Z51-Equipped 1LT Coupe version will run $55,655 while the Z06 1LZ model will set you back $77,500 including charges.
Chevy is aiming this limited edition Corvette for the owner who attends driving schools and track events. Available in Z06 or Z51 configurations, the CSC package is ready for some serious performance driving. With the focus on keeping the Corvette lightweight for performance driving, you’ll see some serious track-influenced design features:
2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC)
Chevrolet introduces a new Corvette package available for a limited time. The Competition Sport package is for the Corvette purist and driving enthusiast. Perfect Corvette for the enthusiast who attends driving schools and track events. Focus on lightweight and performance driving. Serious track influenced design features. Excellent value pricing – Limited build scheduled for Spring ’09 only.
Included in the package:
- Competition Gray Exterior Stripes, Wheels, and Headlamps
- Corvette Racing â€˜Jakeâ€™ and CSR logos on b-pillar, headrest, and center armrest
- Ebony Interior with titanium embroidery
- Corvette Racing Pedals from GCA
- Special engine cover
- Racing style numbers with number based on build sequence to be installed by customer
The Competition Sport Corvette is available in either a 1LT Coupe with 436 horsepower or as the 1LZ Z06 with 505 horsepower. The Z06 version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 41U Black. The Coupe version is available in 17U Blade Silver or 10U Arctic White.
Also included in the coupe version is the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance Exhaust, Differential Cooler, Head-Up Display, Red Painted Brake Calipers and a Z06 tall spoiler.