The 2006 Corvette model year is wrapping up. The final day for dealers to access 2006 Corvette orders will be Tuesday, May 23rd. No additional 2006 orders may be accepted or changed after that date. Dealers should be receiving their final allocations of the 2006 model year. June 26 is slated to be the last production date of the 2006 model.
2007 Production orders are now being accepted. Click here to view the
2007 Corvette Ordering Guide (.pdf) Source: Ken Fichtner’s Newsletter
Noted automotive consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. released the results of their annual Owner Satistaction survey and the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette won Best in Class for the Sports car category. The Hyundai Azera was named the Top Car while the Lincoln Navigator won the Top Truck award. In addition to the Corvette, GM has two other models win their categories. Cadillac CTS was #1 in Entry Luxury and the Chevrolet Silverado HD was #1 in Large, Heavy Duty Trucks.
“Owners of the new C6 Chevrolet Corvette return the car to the top of the Sports Car category with a decisive class-winning performance for 2006. The new Corvette is perhaps the best value in the entire Sports Car arena. The C6 Corvette is a more satisfying car than any previous Corvette — great styling, more finesse, super performance, great handling and a more supple ride. Still immediately identifiable as a Corvette, the C6 is clearly new across the board.” said George Peterson of AutoPacific.In addition to identifying segment winners, VSA also establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. This results from calculating owner satisfaction across 44 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2006 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September 2005 through January 2006. Click here for full results of the survey. Image Credit: CorvetteImages.com
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Leave it to Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear to completely miss the point of the new Z06 Corvette. The first clip has Jeremy driving the Z06 on their test course and from the looks of it, he couldn’t be happier than throwing the Vette through a couple of 1.2 + lateral G curves, or from a dead stop he puts the car in 5th gear and goes from 0-175 mph before he has to back it down because he is out of runway. The second clip has the Corvette in the Top Gear studio and this is where Clarkson misses the point. He complains the car is unmanageable off the track and “…the ride is awful, the engine sounds like it’s being fuelled by spanners, it’s too wide, it will shake your bones to dust and the gearbox feels like it’s out of a tractor.” Jeremy, while the above description is certainly not as bad as you portray (or perhaps your English roads are just quite up to the par of American roads), that experience is why you spend the $25K more for the Z06 than a regular Coupe. The Z06 even ranks 12 on your Power Lap board, all this for just Â£60,000. What’s amazing is that the only thing you didn’t bash was the interior. And one last thing, jeremy. It’s pronouced ‘Zee-Oh-Six’, not ‘Zed-Oh-Six.’
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Corvette Racing took first and second place in the GT1 class and were second and third overall in the Lone Star Grand Prix. The #4 Corvette driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished just ahead of the #3 Corvette piloted by Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. The win was made even more impressive due to 176 pound weight penalty over the Aston Martin team. Motorsport.com is featuring a review of the race by #4 Corvette Oliver Gavin:
I followed Johnny for 1hour 15 minutes out of my time in the car (98 minutes) and was almost mesmerized sitting behind him. He was driving brilliantly in the No. 3 car, and he didn’t make a mistake, not one inch. It couldn’t have been any closer between us and the Aston Martins.The next challenge for Corvette Racing will be the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio May 19-21 in Lexington, Ohio.
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With summer just a month away, now is the time to find that Corvette you’ve been dreaming about and there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our May Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:
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The inaugural Lone Star Grand Prix will be held Friday night, May 12th and the two Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them as they battle the ALMS competition. The Lone Star Grand Prix marks the first street race since Miami Beach in 2003. The course is set up on a temporary 1.7 mile track through Houston’s Reliant Park. The C6.R Corvettes will be battling the close quarters and unforgiving concrete barriers that define the Houston Circuit. Another factor that has tilted the playing field in favor of Corvette Racing’s competition is that series officials have granted Aston Martin Racing a 55 pound advantage in addition to the weight concessions announced prior to the start of the season. As a result, the C6.R Corvettes must weigh 176 pounds more than the Aston Martin DBR9s.
“The Corvette C6.R is at a point in its development where we’re very comfortable going to a street race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The challenge we have isn’t with the race track, it’s with the competition. Aston Martin has received additional performance concessions. That’s the challenge. “A weight handicap is magnified on a street circuit,” Fehan explained. “Generally the speeds are slower and the demands on braking and acceleration are greater. In those circumstances, a lighter car has an advantage.”The Lone Star Grand Prix, the second round of the 10-race 2006 American Le Mans Series, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 12. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports. Visit CorvetteRacing.com for more information.
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A stolen Corvette equipped with a LoJack vehicle tracking device led investigators to crack a major auto-theft ring based in northern Illinois that specialized in the theft of high end muscle cars.
Illinois State Police picked up the LoJack signal in March and tracked it to a house in Grand Detour, Illinois. When police converged on the house, they found not only the Corvette they were looking for, but a second stolen Corvette, a Honda motorcycle and other stolen vehicle parts. A suspect was arrested and the investigation that followed led police to other stolen cars including Z06 Corvettes, Ford Cobra’s, Dodge Vipers and Ford F-250 Diesels.
Police tracked down another suspect and found a stolen Ford Mustang Cobra, along with 23 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns, cash and $30,000 in chop shop tools. The Mustang was one of three Cobra’s stolen from the same dealership in one night. Additional searches led to the recovery of a computer that was used to program Ford transponder keys that had been stolen from a dealership.
Read the entire account of this story.
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Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers held their annual Spring Kansas City Dream Classic Auction on April 28th and 29th in Kansas City. Over 250 cars crossed the auction block including 22 Corvettes. Of the Corvettes, 14 sold. Notable Corvettes included a rare 1954 which sold for $66,150 while two C3′s, a 1976 and 1978, sold for $6,500. Auction Results:
|Lot #||Year||Description||Sales Price||Status|
|S526||1954||CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE||$66,150||Sold|
|S31||1961||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$60,000||Bid|
|S59||1963||CHEVROLET CORVETTE L-75 BLUE||$50,400||Sold|
|S80||1963||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$28,350||Sold|
|S533||1965||CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER||$45,675||Sold|
|S47||1967||CHEVROLET CORVETTE MAROON||$64,000||Bid|
|F19||1968||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$24,000||Bid|
|S63||1968||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$25,200||Sold|
|S25||1969||CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK||$33,500||Bid|
|S554||1969||CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK||$33,500||Bid|
|S521||1971||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$30,450||Sold|
|F81||1972||CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE||$18,060||Sold|
|F16||1973||CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLUE||$20,500||Bid|
|S70||1973||CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLUE||$21,525||Sold|
|F79||1976||CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER||$6,500||Sold|
|F89||1978||CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER||$6,500||Sold|
|S23||1978||CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER||$11,000||Bid|
|F20||1979||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$8,600||Sold|
|F77||1981||CHEVROLET CORVETTE MAROON||$12,600||Sold|
|S512||1992||CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK||$31,000||Bid|
|S90||1994||CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE||$16,800||Sold|
|S19||1997||CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED||$23,888||Sold|
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KF of South Carolina submitted this 1966 Convertible to Corvette Values:
1966 Corvette Convertible, VIN 194676S1108XX. Recent “Frame-Up” Restoration including new Nassau Blue (original color), rebuild of the original 327 ci 300 hp engine, new suspension and new disc brakes front and back. Options include 4-Speed transmission, posi, AM/FM radio with power antenna and a teak steering wheel. Car is in excellent, show condition and won best of class at local car show. Interior is all new and all gauges work properly. Restored hard top. Corvette is mechanically sound and drives great. Corvette has 51,000 miles.
This 1966 Corvette Roadster, VIN# 194676S1108XX has had a recent “frame-up” restoration. The restoration included a Nassau Blue repaint, Nassau Blue being the original color. It was the most popular of all paint colors for the 1966 Corvette model year. This exterior paint is termed in “show-Ready” condition documented by a “Best in Class” award at a local car show. The interior has a new dark blue vinyl seat coverings, a newly installed White convertible top, and restored dash dials, radio and clock all in working order. This 1966 Roadster is powered by the original, matching numbers base 327-300 motor that is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission. The front and rear suspension has been rebuilt and new disc brakes were added, front and rear. The mileage shown on the odometer is 51,000 which is considered low for a 40 year old car.
Options on this Corvette are minimal, however, they include a restored removable hardtop, teakwood steering wheel, and Positraction rear axle and AM/FM radio with a power antenna that is functional. The tires appear to be new and the wheels have the correct standard wheel covers.
We place a value of $49,000 on this 1966 Corvette Roadster. During the past year, this model and body style Corvette has shown a 3% appreciation factor.
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Robert Cummings house is for sale. Three bedrooms and four baths, 2525 square feet and access to a 600 acre lake in a suburb of Detroit. The house features a home theater with built-in flat panel televisions and a multi-room audio and intercom system. But what really separates his house from the many others for sale is what’s in the garage. Robert is offering a 1995 Red Convertible Corvette as part of the package.
“I just thought it would be a unique approach to selling a home,” he said. “It’s a way to differentiate the house from other houses.” “The Corvette is flawless inside and out with about 40,000 miles.” The car is not driven in the winter or even in the rain. It features automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and a CD player.While I’ve seen this once or twice of the last couple of years, this is the first time I’ve seen the offer with a Corvette. Robert’s real estate agent was obviously thrilled with the idea. “If it make us stand out above our competition, then we’re all for it,” Christy Brown-Ambrose of RE/MAX 100 said. “If it motivates a buyer to pick up the phone and make that call, then it’s a good incentive.” Interested? Click here for the article from the Novi News
Photo by John Heider/Novi News
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