A video that’s been playing over at CamaroZ28.com features the entire Chevrolet SS lineup for 2007. And leading the cadre of high performance vehicles making the rounds of the Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School is a Monterey Red Corvette Coupe. The other cars in the SS lineup include the Cobalt SS, Malibu SS, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS and the TrailBlazer SS. The Corvette SS in this video is a fantasy of course and disappers midway through.
I didn’t realize that nearly all of the Chevy models had an SS version. Where’s the HHR SS? Oh, It’s coming in 2008. I now see why Chevrolet will call the new king of the hill Corvette the SS.
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One of the largest gatherings of Corvette owners and enthusiasts is held annually at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green in what is dubbed the C5/C6 Bash. This year’s event, to be held April 26-28th, will include the unveiling of the 2008 Corvette by Chevrolet’s Tom Wallace and Tadge Juechter.
Several 2008 Corvette models will be onsite and Tom, Tadge and other Chevrolet and Corvette notables will introduce the changes coming to the new model. The 2008 will have the most enhancements to the C6 generation since its introduction in 2004. The Corvette Museum will offer pre-registered guests the opportunity to be entered into a special drawing to win a “Ride Along” in one of the special 2008 display cars.
Pre-register for the C5/C6 Corvette Bash event scheduled for April 26-28 at the National Corvette Museum’s website. Pre-registration ends Sunday, April 16.
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Consumer Reports has just wrapped up what they are calling their biggest owner-satisfaction survey ever, and the Chevrolet Corvette won the top spot in the Sports Cars/Sporty Cars category, and was number 2 overall. The Corvette’s 89% was second overall only to the Toyota Prius’ 92%. The number represents the percentage of survey respondents who said they would definitely get their car again.
The survey is part of the Consumer Reports annual automotive issue that has taken some flak from many online automotive sites and their readers for their testing procedures that tend to favor Japanese brands over domestics and European models.
The only other GM Brands to make the Best Model list include the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs which both scored 82%, and the Buick Lucerne which scored an 80%.
Visit Consumer Reports to read the entire list of Best and Worst Models
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Despite the fact the this year’s Mecum Winter Classic was held a week after the NCRS Winter Regional Show in Kissimmee Florida, Mecum’s Winter Classic was a rounding success with over $5.5 million dollars in Corvette sales and a 68% sales rate. Of the 154 Corvettes that crossed the auction block, 105 found new homes.
A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Race car with a storied past posted the highest sales figure at $362,250. The car was raced by Bob Johnson of the famous Johnson & Johnson racing team. This Corvette won many races in 1967 alone and was notorious for tearing up the SCCA Central Division’s A Production Class in 1966-68. It features a 427/425 hp engine with side exhaust, a teak steering wheel and telescopic steering column.
Second on this year’s top sales chart is a 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This well-documented Marina Blue convertible has complete owners history, tank sticker, Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight with judging sheets. The Corvette sold for $204,750. Rounding out the top 3 was another 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This Corvette was White with a Black Stinger and black interior. The options include 4-Speed, Off-Road Exhaust, AM/FM Radio and the Auxiliary Hard top. The Corvette is a Bloomington Gold Survivor with just 39,000 original miles. The Corvette sold for $180,600.
Some interesting notes about the Corvettes that rolled through the Mecum Winter Classic. Of the top 10 Corvettes in sales prices, eight were from the C2 1963-1967 Midyear generation while the other two are C1′s. Three Corvettes sold under $10,000. They include a 1976, 1980 and a 1982. And finally, 31 of the 105 Corvettes that sold were Red, accounting for 30% of all sold Corvettes.
List of Sold Corvettes at the Mecum Winter Classic in Kissimmee, Florida:
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|S113||1969||Corvette Dark Green||$59,325|
|F80||1971||Corvette LT-1 Blue||$23,888|
|S262||1988||Corvette Grand Sport Red||$38,325|
|F82||1990||Corvette Dark Red||$14,175|
|F233||1996||Corvette LT-1 Purple||$17,588|
|S215||1996||Corvette CE Silver||$35,963|
|T25||2003||Corvette Dark Red||$32,188|
DS of Florida submitted this 1989 Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values:
1989 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1G1YY2187K5118XXX. 1,790 original one-owner miles. Red with red leather interior, L98 5.7 liter 245 hp engine. 6-Speed manual transmission and performance handling package. Leather sport seats, Blue tint removable top, power driver and passenger seats, and Delco Bose stereo system. Excellent condition inside and out. Docs include original bill of sale, temporary tag and installment contract.
This red Corvette coupe has only 1,790 miles and is in excellent condition. Few, if any, 1989 Corvettes are in existence today with this low, low mileage. The VIN # indicates it was built early in the second quarter of the 1989 production year. The curb appeal is excellent with the Red paint.
The Corvette is powered by the standard 5.7 liter L98 350 ci/240 hp engine coupled with a rare 6-speed manual transmission. Only 16% of 1989 Corvettes had the manual transmission. It has nearly all of popular options including Leather Sport Seats, Blue-Tint Removable Top, and Power Driver and Passenger Seats. It also has the rare Z51 Performance Handling Package, an option found in only 8% of 1989 Corvettes.
Important ingredients in establishing the value of a Corvette are mileage, condition, originality and original delivery documents. This Corvette meets all of these criteria including the original purchase document. We place a value of $25,000 on the described 1989 Sport Coupe. In addition, the average price of a 1989 Corvette Coupe today is showing a one year appreciation factor of 5%.
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Nearly 30 years after Mark Hamill and Annie Potts drove a hideous custom Corvette to B-Movie success, one of the movie’s promotional cars was offered up and sold on eBay this morning for $30,000. The buyer appears to be from the Volo Auto Museum based on his current listings.
This isn’t the original Corvette Summer car, as that had a right-wheel drive conversion and the cool bowtie tail lights. That car is part of the collection owned by MA Motorworks owner Mike Yeager.
You can also see a clip of the Corvette Summer car on YouTube.com
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Familiar faces in different places is how Corvette Racing refers to their driver lineup for the 2007 ALMS season.
Johnny O’Connell will be teaming up with Jan Magnussen as the two full-time drivers for the Number 3 Corvette C6.R. They will be joined by Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows for the three endurance races (Sebring, LeMans and Petit LeMans). Fellows will be taking on additional responsibilities with GM Racing and will attend all ALMS events as an Ambassador as well as providing technical input to the team’s drivers and engineers.
Defending GT1 Champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be driving the Number 4 Corvette C6.R and will be joined by Max Papis for the three endurance races.
The six Corvette Racing drivers have a combined 109 ALMS victories and 11 championships.
“The changes in our driver lineup will give us two strong and balanced entries that will both be racing for victories,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group manager. “We are very excited that Ron Fellows will be taking on new roles and responsibilities with GM Racing. We’ll continue to benefit from Ron’s vast racing experience as he drives the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in endurance races while he begins a new phase in his career as an ambassador for Corvette and a valued advisor to GM Racing.”
With Ron Fellows promotion, Jan Mangussen moves from the endurance-racing driver of the No. 4 C6.R to a full time driver of the Number 3 C6.R. Jan is well-known for not only as his stint as a Corvette Racing driver, but for also piloting the new Z06 Corvette in 2005 on the NÃ¼rburgring in Germany and posting an almost unheard of time of 7:42.99. Few cars have been timed faster on the famous German track.
Corvette Racing’s defense of their Drivers, Team and Manufacturers Championships will begin on March 17th at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
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Josh Oliver from TheGMSource.com has looked into the allegations that the Spy photographer of the Red Corvette SS mule was being held in police custody and claims that that simply isn’t the case.
“We did a little research of our own and can confirm, with the utmost certainty that the gentleman in question was NOT arrested or placed in police custody.
TheGMSource has been able to confirm that a civil complaint was filed today by General Motors in Romulus, Michigan. We can also confirm that no criminal charges have been filed by the Romulus Police Department and that…
…an investigation is still ongoing.
What is expected to happen next is a detective will be assigned to the case if it is deemed necessary. While we can not state specifics, we are told that the civil complaint is in regards to “a prototype being pictured by an employee.”
So, to set the record straight. The gentleman in question was NOT arrested, nor placed in Police custody, and criminal charges are pending depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.”
We’ll keep you up to date as the story evolves.
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