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Seeing Red: Friday’s Featured Corvettes For Sale

by Keith Cornett on September 14, 2007

Fall weather is rapidly approaching which means there are some great deals on Corvettes for sale at VetteFinders.com. We always see a burst of activity following the labor day weekend as sellers try to move their Corvettes before Winter approaches. The following six Corvettes were highlighted in September’s Features Corvettes Newsletter from our classified ads website. The old axiom that states “All Corvettes are Red, any other color is a mistake” is being celebrated today with our selection of six Red Corvettes. Red is the power color of Corvettes and buying a red Corvette will one day make it easier to sell. So without further ado, here are the Friday’s featured Corvettes for sale:

1962 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 1965 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1972 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1962 Hardtop
$61,500
1965 Convertible
$49,999
1972 T-Top
$16,900
 
1990 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2002 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2006 Corvette Hardtop For Sale
1990 ZR-1 Coupe
$32,000
2002 Convertible
$34,900
2006 Z06 Hardtop
$65,995
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Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2007

=I just ordered the new book by Mid America Motorworks’ Mike Yager, the aptly titled Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible. The book sounds like an interesting concept and I am looking forward to reviewing it. Every model year has its own chapter that delves into the historical and technical details and provides insider tips for buyers and sellers. The book is huge with over 300 pages of commentary, graphs and photos and is priced at $24.99 plus shipping. My NCM E-Newsletter says that for every copy sold through the end of the year, Mike will donate $5 to the National Corvette Museum. As an added bonus, Mike will also be personally signing each copy sold. I’m looking forward to receiving this book and after I’ve had a chance to review Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible, I’ll share my thoughts and observations. Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible can be ordered at Mid America Motorworks or by calling 800-500-1500.
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Mid America Motorworks Related:
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Take Control of Your 2008 Corvette’s NPP Exhaust

by Keith Cornett on September 12, 2007

One of the new options available on the 2008 Corvettes is the NPP Performance Exhaust. The exhaust features two ports on each side with one port on each side that remains closed by a butterfly valve while driving “normally” (a term loosely applied). When the driver demands more the closed valves spring wide open and unleashes the full volume from the 6.2 Liter LS3 V8. Corvette people dance to a different drum though and the first mod that an owner does to his NPP-equipped Corvette is pull the fuse on the butterfly valves which sets them open all the time. Enter Sunset Orange Creations. Recognizing the need for customization, they created the NPP/Z06 Exhaust Commander, the first RPM adjustable Bi-mode exhaust controller for the C6 and Z06 Corvette equipped with the NPP bi-mode exhaust. Using the Commander, you can set the butterfly valves to open at either a predetermined RPM or you can set them to full open. The commander works by tapping into the vacuum control solenoid to open and close the butterfly valves. Another connection is made with the Tachometer signal and a RPM control unit allows you to customize at what RPM the valves open. Really cool is the wireless remote that can be used to switch instantly between your predetermined RPM open setting and fully open setting. Sunset Orange Creations says the unit is 95% plug and play and installation instructions with detailed photos are provided. These kits work for all Z06, NPP and retrofitted NPP/Z06 Exhaust systems. The NPP Exhaust Commander is offered for $175 with free shipping in 48 states. For more information, visit Sunset Orange Creations.
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CorvetteConti.com has an interesting quote from a participant of the National Corvette Museum’s Performance Tour II. During the tour, the group was treated to a Blue Devil/SS “Fly-By”.

“Just got back from the NCM Performance Tour II. They treated us to a Blue Devil “Fly By”. 100-120 mph. The first thing that stuck out to me was the dual 4″ exhaust. You could hear the car approaching, going thru the gears, it sounded like a jet airplane.” “We were told we were the first Civilians to see the car. In the Track Rats trailer there was a assignment board with words just as BASE and yes ZR-1. Way TO SOON! Rumors are germany will not allow an “SS” to be tested do to the Nazi affliliation. So badge it Blue Devil in Europe.”
So there you have it. Another eyewitness of GM’s plan to resurrect the ZR-1 designation as reported last week by Motor Trend. There was one aspect the of the ZR-1 story that I failed to connect last week when Motor Trend broke the news. Back on January 1st of this year, we posted a story about GM renewing the ZR-1 trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In that post, it was reported that a trademark extension was filed on December 5, 2006 for the purpose of allowing GM the use of the moniker for merchandise and accessories related to the ZR-1 Corvette. A previous renewal was also made on November 3, 2006 for the ZR-1 trademark for the use of “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles”. So it appears the plan for resurrecting the ZR-1 name has been in motion for quite some time.
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CorvetteConti.com Related:
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August 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

This week’s release of August Corvette Sales by GM shows the demand for Corvette is very strong. Corvette sales in August totalled 2,877 units and for the calendar year (January-August) 23,012 Corvettes have been delivered.

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%

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GM.com Related:
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Corvette Racing’s ALMS Future Depends on Aston Martin

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

=With the 2007 Campaign coming to close next month, speculation about the future of Corvette Racing’s participation in the ALMS in 2008 is beginning to heat up. GM road racing manager Steve Wesoloski suggests if you want to know about Corvette Racing’s plans for 2008, just ask David Richards of Prodrive, who manages the Aston Martin GT1 DBR9 racing program. “As soon as they announce they are coming back, we’ll announce that we’ll be back,” he said. “I think you should ask that question to David Richards and George Howard-Chappell [who also runs Aston racing].” Prodrive completed a buyout of Aston Martin earlier this year and while indicating an interest in returning to the ALMS, you can bet that Aston will require some “Competition Adjustments” to lure the DBR9′s back to the States. Racing yourself isn’t all that fun, and without any meaningful competition in the GT1 Class, Corvette Racing may end its participation in the ALMS. “The only thing I can say with any confidence is that we will be at the Le Mans 24 Hour next year,” said Wesoloski. He also said that any operation built around Le Mans will not involve a full assault on the Le Mans Series in Europe, something that the team considered for this season. Before the start of this year’s ALMS campaign, the Corvette Racing team was in the same position. For now, there are multiple options on the table ranging from a move to GT2 to jumping into the FIA-GT series in Europe. Personally, I would love to see the Corvette Racing program take on the serious contenders that are assembled in Europe. Weekly battles with Ferrari, Saleen, Maserati and Aston Martin would immediately raise the competition for Corvette Racing’s C6.R Program, better preparing the team for the yearly assault at LeMans.
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AutoWeek
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New King of the Hill: Corvette Blue Devil/SS is now ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 6, 2007

Motor Trend is the latest to suggest the new supercharged 650 hp Corvette will have a name that looks to the past: ZR1, the King of the Hill, will be resurrected for the Blue Devil/SS Corvette currently being developed in anticipation of next year’s introduction. I like the name and it works for me, but don’t believe for a second that this is a done deal yet. Remember those previous monikers: Z07, Stingray, SS and now ZR1. There’s a couple good names in that list and while my vote would most decidedly go to Stingray, I wouldn’t be surprised if its none of them. Motor Trend also reports that the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008.
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Motor Trend Related:
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle 2007

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2007

Earlier this year, the Carlisle Events team decided to jettison long time auction partner Mecum Auctions in favor of taking the Corvettes at Carlisle auction in-house. At the time, the decision probably made a lot of sense. They were already doing auctions for their other events. And by keeping it in house, they merge the coordination of the auction with their current operations and collect the fees and commissions from buyers and sellers. But after the lackluster showing last weekend of having only 82 Corvettes consigned which then culminated in just 26 Corvettes being sold, one has to wonder just what went wrong in Carlisle. At last year’s event with Dana Mecum handling the gavel duties, just over 150 corvettes crossed the block with 53% selling, netting a sales total of over $3,000,000. This year, with a sales rate of 32%, sales totaled only $974,950. From all accounts, the new indoor venue was a hit. So let’s hope this was just a one year blip and that Carlisle will return next year with the powerhouse auction Corvette buyers and sellers have come to expect. Corvettes at Carlisle Auction Results:

Lot Yr Model High Bid Sold
S165 1954 CORVETTE $72,000.00 NO SALE
S116 1957 CORVETTE $71,000.00 NO SALE
S148 1958 CORVETTE $70,000.00 NO SALE
S141 1961 CORVETTE $96,000.00 SOLD
S150 1961 CORVETTE $41,000.00 SOLD
S153 1961 CORVETTE $34,000.00 NO SALE
S159 1961 CORVETTE $53,000.00 NO SALE
S152 1962 CORVETTE $44,000.00 NO SALE
S162 1962 CORVETTE $37,000.00 NO SALE
S167 1962 CORVETTE $92,000.00 NO SALE
S136 1963 CORVETTE $67,000.00 NO SALE
S173 1964 CORVETTE $47,000.00 SOLD
S118 1965 CORVETTE $54,000.00 NO SALE
S119 1965 CORVETTE $45,000.00 NO SALE
S151 1965 CORVETTE $39,000.00 SOLD
S166 1965 CORVETTE STINGRAY $86,000.00 NO SALE
S179 1965 CORVETTE $88,000.00 NO SALE
S117 1966 CORVETTE $91,000.00 SOLD
S138 1966 CORVETTE $68,000.00 SOLD
S144 1966 CORVETTE $62,000.00 NO SALE
S149 1966 CORVETTE $105,000.00 NO SALE
S154 1966 CORVETTE $180,000.00 NO SALE
S158 1966 CORVETTE $130,000.00 NO SALE
S161 1966 CORVETTE $105,000.00 NO SALE
S172 1966 CORVETTE $72,500.00 SOLD
S111 1967 CORVETTE $46,500.00 SOLD
S137 1967 CORVETTE $140,000.00 SOLD
S142 1967 CORVETTE $120,000.00 NO SALE
S146 1967 CORVETTE $42,000.00 NO SALE
S177 1967 CORVETTE $125,000.00 NO SALE
S169 1967 CORVETTE $53,000.00 NO SALE
S182 1967 CORVETTE $127,500.00 NO SALE
S186 1967 CORVETTE $145,000.00 NO SALE
S199 1968 CORVETTE $52,000.00 NO SALE
S130 1968 CORVETTE $55,000.00 NO SALE
S132 1968 CORVETTE $24,750.00 SOLD
S181 1968 CORVETTE $50,000.00 NO SALE
S195 1968 CORVETTE $18,500.00 SOLD
S113 1969 CORVETTE $9,000.00 NO SALE
S147 1969 CORVETTE $35,000.00 SOLD
S134 1970 CORVETTE $13,500.00 NO SALE
S176 1970 CORVETTE $37,000.00 NO SALE
S129 1971 CORVETTE $16,000.00 NO SALE
S115 1971 CORVETTE STINGRAY $16,000.00 NO SALE
S131 1972 CORVETTE $19,000.00 NO SALE
S123 1972 CORVETTE STINGRAY $0.00 NO SALE
S196 1972 CORVETTE $0.00 NO SALE
S139 1973 CORVETTE $21,000.00 SOLD
S174 1973 CORVETTE $17,500.00 SOLD
S140 1975 CORVETTE $12,000.00 SOLD
S217 1976 CORVETTE $13,500.00 NO SALE
S124 1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR $23,500.00 NO SALE
S109 1978 CORVETTE $4,000.00 NO SALE
S135 1979 CORVETTE $10,500.00 SOLD
S187 1979 CORVETTE $8,500.00 SOLD
S107 1979 CORVETTE $12,500.00 SOLD
S103 1982 CORVETTE $14,000.00 NO SALE
S197 1982 CORVETTE $14,750.00 SOLD
S112 1980 CORVETTE $19,500.00 NO SALE
S194 1980 CORVETTE $16,000.00 NO SALE
S198 1980 CORVETTE $20,000.00 NO SALE
S175 1982 CORVETTE $12,250.00 SOLD
S108 1985 CORVETTE $6,000.00 NO SALE
S192 1987 CORVETTE $6,500.00 NO SALE
S180 1989 CORVETTE $9,950.00 SOLD
S188 1990 CORVETTE $8,000.00 NO SALE
S156 1990 CORVETTE ZR1 $26,000.00 NO SALE
S178 1991 CORVETTE ZR-1 $19,000.00 NO SALE
S218 1993 CORVETTE $17,750.00 NO SALE
S105 1994 CORVETTE $13,000.00 NO SALE
S106 1995 CORVETTE $9,750.00 SOLD
S193 1996 CORVETTE $15,000.00 NO SALE
S189 1998 CORVETTE $67,500.00 NO SALE
S155 1999 CORVETTE $36,000.00 SOLD
S163 2000 CORVETTE $21,000.00 SOLD
S170 2003 CORVETTE $26,500.00 NO SALE
S200 2004 CORVETTE $28,000.00 SOLD
S101 2004 CORVETTE $25,500.00 NO SALE
S230 2004 WORLD CHALLENGE $42,500.00 NO SALE
S228 2005 CORVETTE $34,000.00 NO SALE
S183 2005 CORVETTE W / POWER TOP $42,000.00 SOLD
S229 2007 SUPERCHARGED 560 $45,000.00 NO SALE

Source:
Carlisle Auctions
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Shotgun in a Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Grand Prix

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2007

Check out the view of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle from the passenger seat of the Corvette Z06 pace car. The video, which features Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, shows us the track and its amazing just how tight this course is. With the amount of traffic from the LMP1 and P2 prototypes to GT2 cars, our boys in the GT1 Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them come Saturday.

The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the 10th round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 1. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
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New Corvette SS Spy Photos Show Design Refinement

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2007

Just a week ago I was lamenting about the lack of Blue Devil/SS Corvette news and made the observation that this was probably due to Chevrolet making changes based on their previous road testing. Low and behold Popular Mechanics caught up with the Velocity Yellow Corvette Blue Devil/SS and points out some of the changes they have seen on this latest incarnation that are different from previous mules.

Check out the hood bulge and carbon fiber roof Rear spoiler creates downforce at high speeds
 
With that hood, there's plenty of space for supercharger New wheel design with Michelin tires
These biggest change appears to be a bulge in hood that is much more pronounced than on previous versions. It’s always hard to tell with the black covering GM uses to hide, but on this yellow SS mule, the bulge is definitely larger than before. It also looks like GM is testing a carbon fiber roof. While harder to spot on previous spy photos, these new photos again show a black roof, not painted or tinted as a production Corvette would have. Going to a carbon fiber roof would be yet another way that Corvette engineers are shaving pounds off the SS. Other Changes include: A rear spoiler on the back is now extended across the back of rear. This is for added downforce at high speeds. Michelin tires are on the Corvette for the first time as GM has reportedly reopened the bidding between Michelin and Goodyear for the Blue Devil/SS contract. Mudflaps extend to the fenders to cover the width of these Michelin tires. The Wheel takes the traditional 5 spoke “star” in a split design and adds two more between each of the five points. Popular Mechanics surmises that these are actually a weight saving move that allows for lighter materials and more reinforcement.
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PopularMechanics.com
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