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The Corvette ZR1 at a German McDonalds

So you’re an American in Germany, home of the beerhouse and wiener schnitzel and you’re hungry. So where do you go to grab something fast and familiar? McDonalds of course! The Corvette ZR1 is shown here sitting in a parking lot at a local German McDonalds while the drivers are no doubt filling themselves up on “Royales with Cheese”.

More photos after the jump.

The Corvette ZR1 at a German McDonalds The Corvette ZR1 at a German McDonalds The Corvette ZR1 at a German McDonalds

Team Corvette has been in Germany with the ZR1 doing their high speed testing around the Nürburgring. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said that the “ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world” and that he expects a ‘ring lap time of around “seven minutes twenty something seconds.”

According to Autogespot.com, “Hij is gespot! Er zwerven al geruime tijd spyshots over het net en nu is hij open en bloot gespot op de parkeerplaats bij een McDonalds in Duitsland. De Corvette ZR1 zal volgens de heren van Corvette in staat zijn ieder record van productie-auto’s op ieder circuit te verbeteren. ”

Using Google’s Dutch to English transltor:

“He is spotted! There has long been spyshots wander through the net and now he is openly spotted at the parking lot at a McDonalds in Germany. The Corvette ZR1, according to the lords of Corvette capable of any record of production cars at any circuit.”

It appears that GM’s Corvette guys have a soft spot for fast food. Back in March, we brought you the video of a group of Corvette ZR1 drivers filling up at a Wendy’s in Bowling Green, Kentucky before making the long trek to Detroit.

Lastly, I’ve got to ask, what is up with that German McDonald’s parking lot configuration?


Source:
Autogespot.com

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1984 Corvette ZR1 – The Custom Vettamino Edition

by Keith Cornett on May 8, 2008

1984 Chevy Vetteamino

I haven’t checked to see if there is a full moon out or not, but for whatever reason we are coming across a full spectrum of Corvette oddities this week. Yesterday it was the 1954 custom Corvette Hardtop we spotted on Craigslist. Today its a Chevy Vettamino, a chopped 1984 Corvette with a very El Camino-like bed for those trips to Home Depot or for helping your friend move a couch.

The brains behind this $115,000 (no kidding!) modification was the original owner of Bayliner Boats who unfortunately has passed. Like most over-the-top customizations, the Corvette is listed for just a fraction of that amount at $35,000 or best offer which according to our Corvette Price Guide is still $14,000 higher than the $21,000 high price for a Condition 1 1984 Coupe.

1984 Chevy Vetteamino 1984 Chevy Vetteamino 1984 Chevy Vetteamino

The Corvette does feature some nice upgrades like the 1991 rear end fashioned into a functional tailgate and the chrome C4 ZR-1 wheels. But its the ZR-1 badge on the back that makes us wonder exactly what is hiding under the hood.

The ad states that the sellers missed the deadline to have this car entered into the Barrett Jackson auto auction, which of course means “Only a drunk rich guy whose a member of the More Money than Brains club” would buy it. But hey, their loss is your gain, right? Now if it only had a topper…


Source:
ClassyAuto via Jalopnik.com

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Spotted on Craigslist: Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop

by Keith Cornett on May 7, 2008

Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop

I spotted this oddity on Craigslist today. The seller states the following: “Unsure of origin. This top is wired for the lights to work. This was not made in someone’s back yard. It may be a GM original concept. Sold the car last year.”

Anybody got a clue? More photos after the jump.

Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop Unique 1954 Corvette Hardtop


Source:
Craigslist

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

BridgetoGantry.com has seen spotted Corvette’s ZR1 yesterday at the Nürburgring. Dale Lomas, writing for the officially unofficial track blog states that the weather has been warm and dry over the previous days and that has brought out Team Corvette and their supercharged 638 hp Corvette ZR1, this time dressed in red. Dale goes on to speculate that GM may have been looking for a lap time as he “spotted a helicopter chasing something that sounded very V8 and awfully supercharged…”

2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

Although that may be the case, the photos again show a passenger riding shotgun so its doubtful that an attempt to lap the ‘ring in “seven minutes and twenty-something seconds” as Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter alluded to last week was happening when these photos were taken.

As for the helicopter? The ZR1 has proven to be a boon for spy photogs and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see arial footage of the new supercharged bad boy making its way around Nürburgring’s Nordschleife.


Source:
BridgetoGantry.com

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Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette

Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines is offering his 1963 Corvette Coupe for sale on eBay. Keith is very well known in the collector car market and several of his publications feature photos of him with this Corvette, including his book “Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting“. The Corvette was part of the ever rotating stable of collectibles that are used by Sports Car Market staff and to make room for some new additions, the Sebring Silver split window has to go.

Martin has owned the 1963 Split Window Coupe for nearly three years and like all cars in the SCM collection, has kept the Corvette in driver ready condition. Any classic Corvette owner will tell you they need to be driven regularly and according to Martin, this one is ready for show or go. “We wouldn’t hesitate to get in it and hit Route 66 tomorrow.” says the eBay description.

Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette Keith Martin's 1963 Split Window Corvette

The cosmetics are very presentable with decent paint, chrome and panel gaps. The interior’s carpet, door panels and dash show very well. Heck, even the clock works!

It’s interesting to note that the 1963 Corvette Coupe features a non-matching engine that was cobbled together from various sources. Interchangeability is one of the hallmarks of Chevy’s smallblock V8s and the builder of this engine apparently took full advantage of that fact. The block (3892657) is from a 1967 car or truck, but was not offered in a Corvette. The heads come from a 1970-80 350 passenger car. Build date code on them shows September 30, 1974 and the intake is from a 1966-67 327/350 Nova/Chevy II/Corvette. What’s remarkable about this Frankenstein is how good it looks with the finned Corvette valve covers and chrome air cleaner.

The Corvette was subject of a detailed analysis by Colin Comer, a regular contributor to Corvette Market and author of the book “Million Dollar Muscle Cars”. You can read his walkthrough of the engine and drive train at Sports Car Market. As there is no original documentation to go on, the clues lead Comer to believe that the Corvette was originally equipped with a 327 ci 340 hp engine.

Although today was the first day the Corvette was available on eBay, it already broke through the reserve price and is currently listed at $40,100 with 17 bids place. The auction ends on May 12th.


Source:
eBay
Corvette Market

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1955 Pennant Blue Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 5, 2008

A Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette Roadster

1955 was the turning point for Corvette with two significant changes that kept the 2 seat roadster from becoming extinct. The first was the introduction of the V8 engine – a 265 ci 195 hp small block that ushered the beginning of continual performance upgrades in the Corvette. The second was the introduction of Ford’s Thunderbird. Ford sold just over 16,000 Thunderbirds in its inaugural year compared to the Corvettes 4,600 during its first three years of production. Some say GM execs were too embarrassed to quit in light of Ford’s success. Let’s be glad they persevered and built Corvette into the iconic symbol it is today.

The 1955 Corvette was the second lowest year of Corvette production with just 700 built. The new 265 cubic inch V8 was mated to a powerglide automatic, although the straight six Blue Flame was offered in seven cars. To signify the V8 change, an enlarged gold “V” was added to the Chevrolet script of those Corvettes offered with the new V8.

Five exterior colors were offered with Pennant Blue being the second least produced color with just 45 examples. Polo White remained the most popular of color choices at 325 while the rarest of all colors were the 15 painted in Corvette Copper.

This Pennant Blue 1955 Corvette was auction by Mecum during their Muscle Cars & More event televised on HD Theater. It features the V8 engine with a powerglide transmission. Other options include the Wonderbar radio, side windows, window bag, shielding and coil cover. It is sequence number 30 out of 700 produced and is just 1 of 45 Pennant Blues produced. In 2002 it was awarded the prestigious Bloomington Gold certificate.


Source:
Mecum Auctions
HD Theater

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Sounds of Long Beach

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2008

We’ve got a few weeks before the next ALMS race but lucky for us our friends at Bad Boy Vettes have put together a music video to help us pass the time.

Corvette Racing will be in Utah on May 18th for the Larry H. Miller Dealership’s Utah Grand Prix, held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. SPEED will be covering the 2 hour forty-five minute race live beginning at 3 pm EST.


Source:
BadBoyVettes.com

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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Nürburgring

When news hit last month of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 running the Nürburgring, many of us were a bit disappointed to hear that lap times were averaging in the low 7:40s. After all, Jan Magnussen took a 2005 Corvette Z06 around the ring in 7:42.9 and the new Corvette ZR1 should be faster than that, right? So we kept reminding ourselves about how the track was wet and cold and that the timing was by hand and that the car held two occupants. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter told us not to worry as the “ZR1 will beat the track record for production cars at any road course in the world.”

That’s a fairly tall order, especially in the light of the recent 7:29 Nürburgring performance by Nissan’s GT-R. Think about that for a minute. The Corvette Z06 piloted by a professional race car driver was nearly 14 seconds slower than the new AWD wonder. But does that make Tadge back down? Of course not, we’re talking about Team Corvette! According to Edmund’s Inside Line, Tadge said they’re expecting a lap time of “seven minutes, twenty-something seconds.”

Wow! I love the fact that our boys are confident in the ability of the Corvette ZR1 to perform and a lap of the 7:2X time would certainly make any sport car enthusiast familiar with the ‘ring say “%^$#!”

There’s no telling when the timed attempt at Nürburgring history will occur. Despite being at the famed 12.9 mile track last month, the ZR1 Corvette that GM used was a testing car and not a regular production model. And in the chat session early this week with Corvette enthusiasts, Tadge said in response to a question about the Corvette ZR1 taking on the World Speed Endurance Record like the 1990 ZR-1 that “we are currently focused on a perfect launch and getting the ZR1 into production. We will talk about record attempts later”.

So for now we’ll have to wait and see. My thoughts are that this will happen sooner rather than later, but it’s ultimately up to GM. Let’s just hope they add a bit of weight to the car in the form of an onboard camera when the attempt is made.


Source:
InsideLine.com

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April 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on May 1, 2008

GM released April 2008′s Corvette sales figures and for the third consecutive month, the total number of Corvettes delivered was larger than the month before. April 2008′s Corvette sales totaled 3,190 – nearly 500 Corvettes more than were delivered in March, an increase of 18.5%. Although the number was still behind April 2007′s delivery of 3,227 Corvettes, the gap in year to year sales shrunk to just 1.1%. For the calendar year (Jan-Apr) 9,968 Corvettes have been delivered, lagging 12.6% behind the 11,403 Corvettes sold during the same time period in 2007.

Chevrolet just offered its first rebate of the year for Corvette. For the next five days, Chevy is offering $1,000 Bonus Cash for cars already on dealer’s lots. The $1,000 rebate is exactly what we called for back in February to move existing stock and clearing the way for the 2009 Corvettes.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:
A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 6,770 2008 Corvettes on the ground. That’s an increase of just 28 Corvettes more compared with March’s 6,742.

  • 3,824 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,537 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,324 Corvette Z06

According to the site, there are 617 2007 Corvettes still available at dealers across the nation.


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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Spike TV to Air the Building of the Corvette Mach 5

by Keith Cornett on April 30, 2008

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette sans graphics

A couple of weeks ago we were knocked back on our heels as the Corvette Mach 5, the grand prize in a promotion for the new Speed Racer movie, raced onto the scene. The Corvette Mach 5 is actually a C5 Corvette that has been rebodied in the style of the C2 complete with chrome bumpers and a stinger hood. The Corvette was built by team of Spike TV’s Powerblock series and this Saturday, May 3rd, we’ll actually be able to watch the making of video.

But here’s the rub. I had to search several pages deep just to find out when the “Powerblock” series airs on Spike TV. Turns out that Powerblock runs on Saturday beginning at 11am and is made up of 6 :30 Minute shows with titles like Horsepower TV, Muscle Car and Trucks!. And since none of them have the Corvette Mach 5 in their description, we can only assume that the buildup happens between segments of the shows. So don’t be expecting a full hour of disassembly and reassembly.

Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette Speed Racer Mach 5 Corvette

I doubt I’m going to Tivo it and frankly I’ve already lost interest. Note to Spike TV. When you promote a series and a special project like the Corvette Mach 5, how about telling people when it will be on? I’m over it. The car was much cooler with the photoshopped Mach 5 logos anyways…

Check out the trailer for Speed Racer on YouTube.com


Source:
Carscoop

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