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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

Related:
Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers
Official 2009 Corvette Pricing Announced

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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

Related:
eBay: Charlton Heston’s 1999 Corvette For Sale
Another Celebrity-Owned Corvette Heading for Barrett-Jackson

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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

Related:
[VIDEO] Sixties Corvette To Make Warp Speed in Next Star Trek Movie?

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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.


Related:
Project 79 – Back From The Paint Shop

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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.


Related:
Corvette Responsibilities Shift to GM’s Gene Stefanyshyn
Corvette Chief Tom Wallace Set To Retire

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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

Related:
1984 Corvette ZR1 – The Custom Vettamino Edition
Spotted on Craigslist: Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop
When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

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Corvette Auction Results: 2008 Mecum St. Charles

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1967 Corvette Auctioned by Mecum

Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers held their muscle car and Corvettes auction in St. Charles, Illinois last month and in spite of the fact the auction was held during turbulent economic times, the results may surprise you. Over half the Corvettes entered were sold and sales topped $1.53 Million. The top selling Corvette of the auction is also the hottest, newest collectible Corvette on the market – the 2009 Corvette ZR1.

73 Corvettes were listed for three day event and 38 were hammered sold for a success rate of 52%. Four Corvettes crossed the $100,000 sales plateau with a brand spankin new red 2009 Corvette ZR1 bringing in $137,500 as the weekend’s top selling Corvette. Second on the list was a Cascade Green 1957 283/283 Fuelie that sold for $115,500. Third and fourth were two factory AC 1967 Corvette roadsters powered by the 427/400 hp L68: The Red/White/Black ’67 Corvette sold for $112,350 and an Elkhart Blue ’67 Corvette with power steering sold for $110,250.

What I find telling is that this auction was held about week into the current financial breakdown which started around September 25th. Despite the gloomy news and daily stock market free falls, over half the Corvettes sold and pricing didn’t really seem to suffer that greatly. From a buyer’s perspective there appeared to be some good deals. A 1970 Coupe went for $13,125 while a 1967 Coupe sold for $35,000. Not being at the auction, we cannot attest to the quality and originality of either cars.

Here are the total sold results for Mecum’s St. Charles Auction:

LOT # YEAR MAKE/MODEL STYLE SALE
S101954Corvette ConvertibleWhite$51,450
S941957Corvette ConvertibleBlack$73,500
S1501957Corvette ConvertibleGreen$115,500
S2341957Corvette ConvertibleGreen$46,200
U26.11958Corvette ConvertibleGreen$41,475
F2161961Corvette ConvertibleWhite$42,525
F1471964Corvette CoupeBlack $44,100
S1831964Corvette ConvertibleBlue$48,300
F2381965Corvette ConvertibleGreen$52,500
S1741965Corvette ConvertibleBlue$90,300
S1651966Corvette ConvertibleBlue$53,550
F871967Corvette CoupeMarina Blue$35,000
F1931967Corvette ConvertibleWhite$94,500
F2251967Corvette ConvertibleSilver Blue$68,250
S1441967Corvette ConvertibleBlue$110,250
S1671967Corvette ConvertibleRed$112,350
S1291969Corvette AA/GSBlue$38,325
F121970Corvette CoupeSilver$13,125
U521971Corvette CoupeRed$16,800
F1361973Corvette T-TopOrange$14,963
S2451973Corvette StingrayGold$12,075
F321975Corvette ConvertibleRed$13,388
F651975Corvette CoupeBurgundy$12,075
S31977Corvette T-TopRed$11,288
F741978Corvette CoupeSilver$8,100
F531981Corvette T-TopSilver$12,338
F301988Corvette ConvertibleBlue$7,000
S2221988Corvette CoupeRed$9,000
U961988Corvette ConvertibleBlue$7,000
F551990Corvette ConvertibleBlue/White$9,400
S441990Corvette ZR1 CoupeRed$18,900
U891992Corvette CoupeBlack$9,700
S1191993Corvette ConvertibleRuby Red$29,400
F331994Corvette CoupeMaroon$10,400
S2262008Corvette Z06 427 EdtRed$59,850
S99.12209Corvette CoupeRed$137,500
 
Total Corvette Sales    $1,530,377


Source:
Mecum

Related:
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Corvette Auction Results: 2008 Bloomington Gold

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Corvette Assembly Plant to Layoff 110 Workers

by Keith Cornett on November 10, 2008

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

General Motors has announced the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky will undergo another shutdown in January and will layoff 110 workers as the company slashes production of the iconic sports car amid lower sales. Production is expected to be cut as well from 15 Corvettes an hour to 11.

The assembly plant is slated to be shutdown during the first week of December and it was just announced the plant will now be idled the week of January 5th and the week of January 12th.

In addition to idling the plants, cuts in production have brought the number of Corvettes completed per hour down from 18.5 to 15. New production targets in January will lower that figure to 11 Corvettes completed each hour.

The production cuts will also force GM to layoff 110 workers in January. 70 workers were laid off after the first production cut and another 30 will be temporarily laid off as GM shuts down production of the Cadillac XLR for the month of December. The plant employs 800 workers.

“Most of our employees knew that more changes would be made to our production schedule, based upon more recent sales figures,” said Andrea Hales, communication director for the Bowling Green plant. “I just don’t know if they expected it to be as big of an impact as what we announced this morning. At this time, nothing is certain and we really just take it in stride and watch our sales figures, our sales results and the overall market.”

Corvette sales took a dive last month, dropping 53 percent compared with sales from October 2007.

“Corvette sales, they were doing fairly well until the last few months,” said Tom Wilkinson, spokesperson for General Motors. “A lot of luxury segments have been pretty heavily impacted. The people who have the money are not spending it,” he said. “And the people who don’t have the money are having trouble getting credit. Production cuts are difficult, but we need to keep the company viable,” he said. “And we think the Corvette will definitely take off again.”


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News
Photo Credit: Robin Proctor

Related:
Corvette Assembly Plant to be Idled in December GM: Corvette Production Being Cut to Reduce Supply
October 2008 Corvette Sales

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[VIDEO] Top Gear: Clarkson Loves the Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on November 10, 2008

Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

The Top Gear episode that featured the 2009 ZR1 aired on Sunday and from the start you could see that Clarkson was absolutely bowled over by the power and refinement of the 638 horsepower Corvette. With no America bashing or usual snarkiness shown other than to the US Government for issues relating to the host’s visas, the show was fun to watch and very entertaining.

We expected to hear the comments that surfaced last month in which Clarkson says about his time spent in the Corvette ZR1 was fabulous, “but after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate. It made me growl with annoyance and despair.” There was none of that. Instead we got the following quotes:

“This is made by two fat blokes in Kentucky.” “I’m starting to like this Corvette…it isn’t the power, it’s the surprise of the power. When you’re driving a Ferrari Enzo, you’re expecting it. This though, it’s quiet, it’s comfortable, it’s beautifully air-conditioned…so you’re simply not ready for the savagery when you put your foot down. I’ve got a heads-up display with your lateral G…and the best stereo in the world…!” “Man, this is great. ” “How can a car as docile as this one be as exciting when the road gets this twisty.” “A proper manual gearbox.” “Are you listening Ferrari? Well done fat man from Kentucky…this…is…a masterpiece!”

Unfortunately, most of the show has been pulled from YouTube due to trademark issues, but one of the segments remains. Better watch it while you can. We’ll attempt to embed the other segments as they become available:

Not to ruin the ending for you, but in the last segment, Clarkson runs the Corvette ZR1 on the Bonneville Salt Flats from 0 to the One Mile Marker in 176.549 MPH.


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
Top Gear’s Clarkson Offers Glimpse Of His Corvette ZR1 Review
UK’s Top Gear to Test Drive The 2009 Corvette ZR1

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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

Related:
Rossi 66 Melds Sting Ray Design to C6 Corvette Technology
South African Designer Creates Stir With Corvette ZR1 Fireblade

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