The Corvette brand continues to be well accepted in GM’s European Market. Sales totaled 1,257 Corvettes for 2006, which was on par with 2005 Sales. These numbers are significant to GM as prior to the C6 model, yearly Corvette sales were in 300-400 range.
Part of the GM strategy for introducing the Corvette to European buyers has been the building of a number of specialized dealerships for Cadillac/Corvette/Hummer. In 2006, Cadillac saw 22% growth in sales while Hummer H2 and H3 Sales tripled to 1,848.
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ProTeam Corvette, the Napoleon Ohio based Corvette dealer with a knack for finding and selling rare and highly optioned Corvettes announced that they are bringing a pair of 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe tankers to the the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona on Sunday, January 20th. The Corvettes are 2 of of only 63 manufactured that contain RPO N03, the 36 gallon fuel tank option. Corvettes with the option are commonly referred to as Tankers.
Both Corvettes are Riverside Red and lay claim to a wide array of awards and honors, including NCRS Top Flight certification. His and her ‘Vettes, one is a full-optioned car, while the other is a Z06 with a unique history.
The ladies’ car is a full-optioned Corvette that is one of only two 1963 Corvettes to feature the unique option combination of the 36-gallon tank and air conditioning. In 1963, the first year for air conditioning, only 278 factory air-conditioned Corvettes were produced. The number-matching model also features a 327-cubic inch/250-horsepower V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tinted glass, original Kelsey cast aluminum knock-off wheels and the original non-D.O.T. tires. It has bucket seats with a red interior. In addition to its extraordinary option combination, the car also comes with a copy of the original title, license registration dating to 1980, dealer delivery packet with ’63 owner protection plan, original operating instructions for the air conditioner and the original keys on the delivering dealer key chain. The NCRS certificate, ribbon, judging sheets and old magazine articles are also included.
Its fellow bookend, a man’s ‘Vette, is one of only 199 Z06 Corvettes manufactured in 1963 (and one of 63 produced with the 36 gallon gas tank option), and boasts an impressive past. In addition to being a Z06 package, the Corvette is also a radio delete car optioned with a 327 cubic inch/360 horsepower engine, power brakes, posi, fuel injection and a four speed transmission. It has a Tuxedo Black interior and 6.70×15 inch white stripe tires.
The Riverside Red pair of tankers – and their memorabilia – will be sold at no reserve as lot numbers 1280 and 1280.1. Early estimates have the pair going for as much as $1 million.
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British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.
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Need some parts for your Corvette? Of course you do. Now, not only can get what you need for your ride, but you can help keep the dream alive by purchasing your parts through the National Corvette Museumâ€™s auction listings on eBay.
A donation of several pallets of new manufactured Corvette parts from Guide Corporation is allowing the Museum a unique fundraising opportunity. The parts are being placed on eBay and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Museum.
Most of the Corvette parts are NOS and include grills, chrome pieces, headlamps, lenses and more. A current check of the auction shows 30 active listings with parts raging from C1 to C5. Also included are a few auctions for non-Corvette parts, but hey, the proceeds from all sales go to the Corvette Museum.
Make sure you check out the listings often as new parts are being added each week.
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The GM Style event was held last night in Detroit. The runway fashion show pairs up celebrities with new GM vehicles. While the Z06 Corvette didn’t strut down the runway for this show, it was used as a backdrop for all the stars as they entered the pavilion. Carmen Electra, shown in this photo, will walk the runway with the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe.
Check out AutoBlog.com’s Galleries for over 200 photos of the event or go to GM for Video Highlights.
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January 6th marks the 10th anniversary of a major milestone for both Corvette and the Corvette Museum.
At a time when the Museum was in default on its loan covenants, and was facing potential foreclosure, Chevrolet introduced the new C5 Corvette on January 6th, 1997 and the Museum was selected to be a satellite location for the special viewing.
Over 200 Corvette enthusiasts came to be a part of the unveiling event, and each paid a $25 admission fee, purchased merchandise in the Corvette Store, bid on auction items donated to the Museum, and enjoyed the day touring the Museum.
This event provided not only some much needed revenue for the Museum, but truly marked a turning point for us because of the enthusiasm and new found excitement for the Museum.
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Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin reflects on the up and down 2006 ALMS season in his end of the year race-by-race summary. Co-driving the number 4 Corvette with Olivier Beretta, the duo successfully defended their American Le Mans Series GT1 Championship despite the politics and performance balancing that appeared heavy-handed at times. And not only did the two “Ollies” have to fend off the challenges from their Aston Martin Racing competitors, but also their team mates Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell of the #3 Corvette.
Oliver confirms the Corvette Racing team is scheduled to run at Sebring in March. After that the schedule is up in the air as to whether the team will attempt to defend their ALMS Championship again, or head for other venues, casting off their ALMS performance-balancing sanctions to show the world just how good the C6.R Corvettes can be.
Click here to read Oliver Gavin’s 2006 Season Wrap-up.
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This 2000 Corvette started life as most Corvettes do, but then John Wargo of the Custom Shop got hold of it for a bit of an upgrade for the 2005 SEMA show in Las Vegas where it was featured at Sony’s Mobile Audio booth. Since the SEMA appearance it has been displayed at most of the major Corvette shows as well as featured in several Corvette magazines and calendars.
The Corvette was completely worked over and now features such amenities as a polished Vortech Supercharger, JBA Headers, Corsa Exhaust and a custom interior from Mid America Motorworks. And because the Corvette was built to be displayed at the Sony booth, it has an audio system containing an in-dash TV/DVD and 6,000 watts of power.
You can view a video of the Corvette being built for the SEMA show on Google Video.
The Corvette is being offered with a Buy It Now price of $69,900. Check out the auction for more photos.
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Paul Teutul Sr and his son Paul Jr, owners of the world famous Orange County Choppers, will be heading to Scottsdale later this month with six vehicles from their personal collection to sell at the equally world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Included in the mix is a 1960 Fuel Injected Corvette Convertible (Lot #1320) that will be paired with a 2005 Corvette Custom Chopper (Lot #1320.1). The Corvette is Ermine White with a 283 ci 290 hp fuel injected V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The chopper is an 88 cid Knucklehead V-Twin engine containing a 5-Speed transmission that matches the Corvette’s power and grace.
“This collection expresses two of my obsessions, motorcycles and muscle cars,” said Paul Teutul Sr. “Handing over the keys to these prized possessions is going to be tough, but I think there will be some worthy candidates at the Barrett-Jackson auction. Craig Jackson and his team have created one of the most impressive automotive events on the planet, and weâ€™re excited to be part of the action.”The Teutul’s will also be selling a 1968 Dodge HEMI Charger along with a matching Chopper, as well as two 1967 Shelby GT 500E Fastbacks. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction begins January 13th and runs through the 21st.
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