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Next-Generation C7 Corvette on Hold – Indefinitely

by Keith Cornett on October 18, 2008

C7 Corvette Rendering

It was just two weeks ago that Motor Trend reported the next generation Corvette would be pushed back to 2014. With turbulent economic crises threatening the very existence of the Big 3 automakers, word comes from AutoWeek that GM has put plans for the C7 Corvette on indefinite hold with no official word or set timetable.

Luckily, none of the sources are suggesting that the Corvette will go away. Corvette Vehicle-Line Executive Tom Wallace told AutoWeek “No one is saying we’re not doing Corvettes. We’re still bullish on Corvettes.” When asked directly if there was any chance the Corvette would die, Wallace stated emphatically “No way.”

Talk is now about the how the C6 Corvette’s run can be extended. One version of the story is that the C6 could be upgraded significantly in 2012 as a ’13 model. Wallace says we’ll see changes sooner than that. “There are changes, some neat stuff, coming for 2010 that I can’t talk about yet.”

Read the entire article at AutoWeek.


Sources:
AutoWeek

Related:
C7 Corvette Rumors: No Mid-Engine and C7 Pushed Back to 2014

 

1968 Corvette Auctioned by Barrett-Jackson

We really liked this 1968 Corvette that crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Collector Car Auction Thursday evening. The Corvette roadster offers drop-top cruising, a very fun 327/350 L79 V8, and maybe its biggest selling point: Originality. SPEED’s commentators made the comment during this auction that cars are only original once, and this 1968 Corvette seems to fit the bill.

This 1968 Corvette turned 40 this year and wears its years very well. In addition to original lacquer paint, interior and chrome, this Corvette is also unmolested under the hood and still retains all its original numbers matching components included the desirable L79 327/350 V8, S-Speed Muncie transmission and the original Rochester 7028219 Quadrajet carb. Only 54,000 show on the odometer. The first year C3 also comes with an original owner’s manual and warranty book. The car spent almost its entire life in California and Arizona and is solid and rust free.

The final gavel price of $31,000 amazed SPEED’s Matt Stone, who immediately added the Corvette to his “Well Bought” list.

We agree with Matt. The new owner should consider running this Corvette through Bloomington to see if it could earn the coveted Survivor award. That certificate alone would add to the value of the car. It’s only original once…


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

Related:
Corvette Auction: Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Las Vegas Event

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1966 Corvette Auctioned by Barrett-Jackson

One of the main reasons to pay close attention to this week’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas collector car auction is to see how the turbulent economy will play on Corvette values. Sure this is only the first of several midyears running through the auction, but judging from the gavel price of this nicely optioned 1966 Corvette Coupe small block, both buyer and seller should be pleased.

This Nassau Blue 1966 Corvette Coupe features a 327 cubic inch V8 rated at 350 horsepower and is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. The numbers matching engine has less than 500 miles since a restored-to-original rebuild. The ’66 Coupe has all new and correct suspension including springs, shocks and bushings. The nearly new Firestone Goldline tires are correct for 1966. Non-original knock-off wheels and side exhaust give the Corvette excellent curb appeal.

The bidding started at $10,000 and quickly rose to $30,000 before a more methodical climb to its gavel price of $57,000. This is in the range that we’ve been seeing quality 1966 small blocks sell for and we believe that both buyer and seller should be satisfied.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

Related:
Corvette Auction: Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Las Vegas Event

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2009 Corvette ZR1 at Milford

Last week we brought you the first instrumented test results on a 2009 Corvette ZR1 performed by Car and Driver. This week, Popular Mechanics strapped their Racelogic VBOX GPS-based data recorder to the new supercharged 6.2L Corvette and went at it on one of the test tracks inside GM’s Milford Proving Grounds. PM’s enthusiasm for the car can be summed up in one word: WOW.

One of the more interesting parts of this test is how Popular Mechanics goes into much detail about the ZR1′s launch control works, something we haven’t heard a lot about. Here’s their description of what it is and how it works:

The system automatically limits engine torque to keep the rear tires hooked up. It’s different from traction control because launch control actually allows some wheel spin and progressively feeds in power to produce jack-rabbit starts. With it, even novice drivers can maximize nearly all the thrust the ZR1 has to offer.

With the launch control engaged, the ZR1 hits 60 mph in 4 seconds and does the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 127 mph. Turning off the computer aids and relying on technique and driver skill, the Corvette ZR1 nailed 60 mph in 3.70 seconds, 100 mph in 7.80 seconds, 150 mph in 16.61 seconds. The quarter mile was run in 11.50 seconds at 127.82 mph.

Last week’s Car & Driver instrumented test also had the ZR1 running the quarter in 11.50 seconds at 128 mph.

As a further comparison, Popular Mechanics last test of the Z06 showed the 505-HP Corvette hitting 60 mph in 4.37 seconds and the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 120.90.

Finally, Popular Mechanics called the braking and skidpad results impressive with the ZR1 pulling a 1.04 g on the skidpad and braked 60-to-0 mph in 94.98 feet.

Here are the full results Popular Mechanics’ Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test:

Popular Mechanics' Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test


Source:
Popular Mechanics

Related:
Car and Driver’s Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test Results
[VIDEO] Another Corvette ZR1 on the Dyno pulls 549.9 RWHP!
Corvette ZR1 Wednesday: The ‘First Drive’ Reviews Are In

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C3 Corvette Auctioned by Barrett-Jackson

Known for its glitz, high rollers and unlimited checkbooks, Las Vegas is the perfect location for a Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. This week marks the company’s first foray into the town that never sleeps with three days of Corvettes, classics and the spectacle that surrounds any Barrett-Jackson auction. The three day event will be hosted at the Mandalay Bay Event Centers October 16-18 and will feature Live TV coverage courtesy of SPEED.

We count 57 Corvettes on the three day docket ranging in years from a 1954 roadster through a 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans Pace Car. This auction has a little bit of something for everyone with several non-matching number drivers, resto-mods and customs and of course, several big blocks are also on the menu.

Live coverage of Barrett-Jackson: Las Vegas is provided by SPEED with televised auctions running 7pm-12 midnight Thursday and Friday and 6pm with 12 Midnight on Saturday. Like always, we’ll be covering this Barrett-Jackson extensively as perhaps it will give us an indication of where Corvette pricing may be heading during these turbulent economic times.

We perused the list of cars and have the Corvette schedule listed below. Please note that the Daytona, Le Mans and Indy Pace cars were listed on Barrett-Jackson’s schedule for both Friday and Saturday nights. If we see it corrected, we’ll make that change here.

LOT # YEAR MAKE/MODEL STYLE AUCTION DAY
106 1979 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 16
139 1968 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 16
146 1989 CORVETTE CALLAWAY TWIN-TURBO COUPE OCT 16
158 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 16
164.1 1972 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE OCT 16
168.1 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 16
181 1966 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 16
187 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 16
203 1954 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE OCT 16
420.1 1990 CORVETTE ZR-1 COUPE OCT 17
421 1973 CORVETTE T-TOP OCT 17
428 1973 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
449 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
464.1 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
468 1958 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
471 1964 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
472 1966 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 17
478 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
479 1999 CORVETTE 1953 COMMEMORATIVE EDITION OCT 17
482.1 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
485 1965 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 17
490 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
497 1967 CORVETTE RESTO-MOD OCT 17
503 1968 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
504 1965 CORVETTE 2 DOOR CUSTOM COUPE OCT 17
505 1961 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
511.1 1966 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
512 1962 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
514 2005 CORVETTE DAYTONA PACE CAR OCT 17
514.1 1999 CORVETTE 24 HOURS OF LEMANS PACE CAR OCT 17
514.2 1995 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR #3 OCT 17
518 2003 CORVETTE AVELATE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
518.1 1958 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
519.1 1972 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 17
520 2000 CORVETTE AVELATE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
524.1 1958 CORVETTE RE-CREATION CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
526.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
528.1 1969 CORVETTE CUSTOM COUPE OCT 17
533.1 1962 CORVETTE RE-CREATION CONVERTIBLE OCT 17
721 1993 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
774.1 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
778.1 1962 CORVETTE RESTO-MOD CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
785 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
786 1956 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
786.1 1966 CORVETTE COUPE OCT 18
788 1958 CORVETTE RESTO-MOD CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
794.1 1957 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
795.1 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
807.1 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
818 1955 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
822 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
830 1954 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE OCT 18
832.2 2005 CORVETTE DAYTONA PACE CAR OCT 18
833 1999 CORVETTE 24 HOURS OF LEMANS PACE CAR OCT 18
833.2 2005 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR #3 OCT 18


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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2008 Corvette Z06

One of selling points of Corvettes is their broad appeal, not just here in the States, but in other Countries as well. Canadians in particular have a fondness for America’s Sports Car and we found a site in Québec that makes it easy for our friends in the Great White North to find and buy the Corvette of their dreams.

You can search and find late-model C5 and C6 Corvettes for sale in local classifieds or online, but try getting a private seller to offer an extended manufacturer’s warranty or 24-hour roadside assistance – and most importantly – how about a 150+ point inspection from qualified technicians? GM Optimum offers all this and more on their end-of-lease cars and trucks including the Chevy Corvette.

The GM Optimum Advantage:

  • Choose from the best of GM’s end-of-lease Corvettes
  • Every Corvette is subject to a 150+ point inspection to ensure quality
  • Each GM Optimum Corvette is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty
  • GM Optimum offers 24-hour roadside assistance including towing!
  • Not satisfied with your purchase? How about a 30 day exchange period?

Since I started visiting, I’ve noticed the site has a fairly quick turnover of Corvettes, so you’ll want to bookmark it and check back frequently if you’re in the market for a pre-owned Corvette. As fast as Corvettes are on the street, they seem to move even faster once listed on GM Optimum. Here are a few Corvettes that caught my eye:

2005 Corvette Convertible For Sale
2005 Corvette Convertible

$42,888 CDN
2006 Corvette Z06 For Sale
2006 Corvette Z06

$68,995 CDN
 
2001 Corvette Coupe For Sale
2001 Corvette Coupe

$25,995 CDN
2007 Corvette Coupe For Sale
2007 Corvette Coupe

$39,995 CDN

In addition to Corvettes, GM Optimum has listings for thousands of cars, trucks and vans from all GM brands – Chevys, Pontiacs, Cadillacs – as well as other makes and models. All inspected, with warranties and ready to go! If you’re in Canada and looking to buy a quality Corvette or other certified used car or truck, check out the used cars at GM Optimum.


Source:
GM Optimum

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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale: The Bruce Willis Collection

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Car and Driver’s Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test Results

by Keith Cornett on October 9, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

While many of the major car magazines have test driven the new 6.2L supercharged Corvette ZR1 and dubbed it the “Best Vette Ever”, Car and Driver took their test drive a step further by strapping their measuring equipment into the newest Corvette and recorded the first performance data by a neutral party. The verdict? How about one of the best super cars ever!

How’s this grab you for performance:

  • Zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
  • Zero to 100 mph in 7.6 seconds
  • 11.5 seconds, 128-mph quarter mile

Oh, but there is so much more. On the skidpad, the Corvette ZR1 pulled 1.07 g’s and those massive 15.5 inch ceramic rotors stopped the Blue Devil from 70 mph in just 142 feet – the shortest stopping distance Car and Driver ever recorded for a production car. The editors claim they tried to reach the Corvette ZR1s maximum velocity of 205 mph but ran out of room.

Calling the Corvette ZR1 the “giddy bargain among ultra high-performance automobiles”, the Car and Driver team says just one “stab of the accelerator pedal should serve as a reminder that not only is the ZR1 the best Corvette ever, but it is among the best sports cars available today.”

Check out the full review where some of the worlds best super cars including the Aston Martin DBS, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, Dodge Viper and the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano are compared to the new King of the Hill, the 2009 Corvette ZR1.


Source:
Car and Driver

Related:
[VIDEO] Another Corvette ZR1 on the Dyno pulls 549.9 RWHP!
Corvette ZR1 Wednesday: The ‘First Drive’ Reviews Are In

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Is the Sun Setting on the Corvette ZR1?

A proverbial bombshell was dropped last night when Patrick Gramm of DigitalCorvettes.com posted news about GM halting Corvette ZR1 production. Patrick was told by a source that ZR1 production was to be halted and the model may have been cancelled despite no known issues that would warrant a production stop.

The story was given credence with Corvette Conti’s post about Corvette ZR1 orders with production dates suddenly disappearing from the system. Corvette orders are assigned a Target Production Week (TPW) and when those TPWs start disappearing, people get nervous.

We confirmed the order process with Kerbeck Corvette’s Sales Manager Dave Salvatore who told us that not seeing a TPW is completely normal, especially on early production cars. Dave says they did the same thing to the Corvette Z06s when they came out. “They do this so as not to get people mad or nervous if there’s a delay during the early production.”

Fact is, production has been halted on the Corvette ZR1 as well as the other three models this week as GM idled the Bowling Green Assembly plant to allow for a bit of constriction in supply. Salvatore says that he is hearing that once the plant’s operations resumes next week, Corvette ZR1 production will be doubled to make up for the loss numbers during the shutdown.

Finally, Autoblog weighed in, pulled out the rolodex and called GM’s Terry Rhadigan, Global Communications Director for Chevrolet, who responded with a terse statement designed to put this rumor to bed: “Not True”.

Going back to the Digital Corvettes post, there are several members with “sources” within the Corvette program that have provided reliable information over the last few years when it comes to Corvettes in general and the ZR1 specifically. They are saying that this rumor is not true and not what they are hearing. One of the members said the following:

The huge amounts of money that were spent on the ZR1 were for R&D. In other words, most of the money was spent before the car even went into production. That money is spent and gone…it’s never coming back. Killing the ZR1 at this point won’t get that money back and wouldn’t really save that much money in the grand scheme of things. There might even be penalties to pay to suppliers for cancelling the parts contracts. Even if you do cancel the contracts, how much are you really saving by not paying for the parts for a 2000-3000 unit/year vehicle program? Again, not that much in the grand scheme. It makes more sense to keep building this super-limited run vehicle and get all the money out of it you can. They will sell every one they build.

We count Patrick of DC as one of our online friends and his information is usually reliable. But I feel for the guy who may have led him astray on this if that’s the case. Patrick followed up with a comment in the thread that mentioned “balls” and “chopping block” so we’ll see where this story goes.


Sources:
DigitalCorvettes.com
Corvette Conti’s
Kerbeck Corvette
Autoblog

Related:
GM: Corvette Production Being Cut to Reduce Supply

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Motor Trend C7 Corvette Rendering

Motor Trend’s Mike Conner is reporting that a mid-engine design for the next generation Corvette is out. Unfortunately, he also mentions the C7 Corvette is on hold and unlikely to launch earlier than 2014.

Mid-Engine Corvette supporters, including GM’s Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz, believe they can achieve better fuel economy utilizing gas-saving cylinder shutoff with an LS3 V8 mounted behind the driver as its hard to deactivate cylinders based on the current front engine/rear transaxle setup without adding a clutch to deactivate the driveshaft.

Detractors counter that the extra weight that comes with a mid-engine layout and its heavy rear cowl would offset any fuel-economy savings of cylinder shutoff.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on your outlook of a mid-engine Corvette) the accountants appear to be having the final say as the funding for a complete ground up redesign of the Corvette is just unavailable during this time of GM’s fiscal difficulties.

With all that being said, MT says don’t count out Tom Wallace and his team considering 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 for the base C7 Corvette.

Sources:
Motor Trend

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Lighter, Greener Corvette on the Horizon
Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

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Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

I warned you when we heard that Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was testing driving the Corvette ZR1 out on the Bonneville Salt Flats about his tendency to talk glowingly about Corvettes and then bashing them. It’s beginning to look like that’s what we’re in for after we saw this quote about Clarkson’s time in the Corvette ZR1 in his very unflattering review of the Chrysler Sebring Cabriolet.

In the Sebring review, which Clarkson calls the “worst car in the World”, he’s ranting about the poor quality of American cars when he drops this in eight paragraphs from the end:

“I spent most of my time in America this time in a new Corvette ZR1. It is a fabulous car. Mesmerisingly fast, good looking and amazing value. But after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate. It made me growl with annoyance and despair.”

The next seven paragraphs is typical Clarkson, bashing America and our lack of “history” as the root cause. I’m not going to go into any more details. His constant rants on the subject of American cars and therefore America itself is so tiresome. Unfortunately, he’s about to turn his sights on our favorite sports car and I for one could really care less…


Source:
UK Times Online via Motor Trend Forums

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