We may be a bit premature in talking about Corvettes at Carlisle and the Mecum auction held that same weekend as the events are still two weeks away. But we just can’t resist a good old fashion Corvette auction. We are a bit disappointed/concerned/shocked to see that the current auction list is only two pages long – totaling just over 50 Corvettes. We’re hoping to see more Corvettes added soon to this very important and historically well-attended auction.
Turning our attention to the current list, we see several gems that can’t be overlooked. We now bring you the first in a series of featured Corvettes available at Corvettes of Carlisle August 25-26th in Carlisle, PA:
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Lot # S39
Triple Black! Tuxedo Black exterior, Black Leather Interior and Black canvas convertible top. 4 speed, side exhaust, hard top, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, leather trim, redline tires, positraction and fender trim.
This Corvette is powered by the 350 ci/300 hp base engine and with a frame off restoration has loads of curb appeal. Auctions aren’t just for big blocks and the 1969′s are quickly becoming the new highly sought-after classic. This could be a good opportunity to get in at a very reasonable price. Our appreciation figures for the 1969 Convertible are an impressive 8% year to year growth.
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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We’ve featured some of the Corvette montage video work previously by director C6Q8 and his latest one doesn’t disappoint. Featuring burnouts, drag racing and cruise footage from mostly late model Corvettes (C4-C6) and the editing and music are top-notch. This is Part 1 of his trilogy entitled Power, Passion, Precision. Check it out.
The dog days of August are upon us and nothing will cool you down faster than cruising in your new Corvette. If you’ve been dreaming about getting behind the wheel of a Corvette, there is no better place to start looking than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our August Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available.
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In their latest survey, JD Power measures problems experienced by original owners of three year old vehicles (2003 model year). Corvette was listed in 2nd place in the Premium Sporty Car segment. The Lexus SC 430 was the highest-ranked car and the now discontinued Ford Thunderbird was third.
Corvette is the only passenger car from Chevrolet to show up in the top three of their respective category. The Suburban (SUV) and Express (Van) each were listed in the top three of their categories.
The 2003 model year was the second to last year of the C5 generation. It will be interesting to view the long-term results of dependability for the new C6 Corvettes.
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Corvette, as well as 56 other models under the GM corporate umbrella will soon have a factory device called the “Personal Audio Link” that allows owners to hook up their iPods and play them through their factory audio systems. Rollout of the PAL will begin in October this year and by then of 2007, most GM vehicles should be equipped with the device.
The Personal Audio Link uses existing radio software and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio bank. XM does not have to be activated for the system to work. Similar to FM Modulated systems, the XM integration offers improved sound and contents (artist, title, genre) are viewable on the radio’s display. The radio controls on the Corvette’s steering wheel will allow drivers to adjust the system volume.
Personal Audio Link Key Features â€“ At a Glance
- Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicleâ€™s factory installed audio system
- Charges iPod when ignition is on
- Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays
- Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist
- Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds
- Select “shuffle” function to mix music
- Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list
- Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title
- Control volume from steering wheel controls
- Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)
- Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
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I was browsing some blogs tonight when I came across a post at JeffSandquist.com about some photos on Flickr that depict the final resting place for a stolen Z06 Corvette. Obviously, our sympathy lies with the owner of the Corvette and not at all with the car thief if that was the case.
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The 505 hp Z06 Corvette has been named the Offical Pace Car of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 6th. While the Corvette has been a favorite pace car of the Indianapolis 500, pacing the most famous race in America a record 8 times, this will be the first time Corvette has earned pace car duties for the annual NASCAR event at the historic track.
“We’re excited to have the 505-hp Corvette Z06 back at the world-famous Brickyard speedway as the Allstate 400 pace car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette is so racing-ready that all we do is add strobe lights, racing safety belts and a fun paint scheme and it’s ready to pound the bricks at up to 198 mph.”The Brickyard 400 Pace Car has a paint scheme unique for the event. Pace car designer Kip Wasenko says of the exterior theme, “We’ve used the new sixth-generation Corvette to pace several races recently and its shape is so iconic that we’re comfortable getting a little more abstract and artistic with the pace car theme and not sticking to a design that follows the lines of the car.”
Photos: Ron McQueeney & Jim Haines Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Word on the street is that the MSRP for the 2007 Z06 Corvette has been increased from $66,465 to $69,175 for the base model that includes the 1LZ package. With the 2LZ package, MSRP rises to $73,485. I was just on Corvette.com and the lower prices are still listed, but visits to both DigitalCorvettes.com and CorvetteForum.com have comments from Dealers confirming the price change.
Z06 buyers on the forums who have order numbers have been calling their dealers to inquire about the price increase are also being told that its true. Rick Conti gives this advice to those with deposits: Look at your GM order sheet. If it has your name and address as the customer, then you should be price protected. If not, call your dealer immediately.
The Z06 is still a fantastic bargain for the price, and adding an additional 5% to the cost of the car will do little to slowdown the enthusiasm Corvette buyers have for it. The increase probably has very little to do with demand and more to do with covering the manufacturing costs due to increased energy costs.
Sadly, this increase will do little to stop the stem of gouging by certain dealers. Check out this window sticker from a dealer in Washington that added a $29,995 Adjusted Markup Value to the cost of a Z06 making the total $102,785! Wonder what his cost will be once the Blue Devil/Stingray arrives!
Source: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com | Corvette.com
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With gas prices now averaging over $3.00 per gallon there is much talk about what the average person can do to conserve. My advice? Sell your SUV and buy a Corvette. What most of the uninitiated don’t realize is how well the Corvette can do on gas mileage, especially highway mileage. It’s not uncommon to hear owners tell how they average in the high 20′s or low 30′s on their highway driving trips. And with Corvette’s onboard computer, mileage is easier than ever to review, not only between destinations, but over the life of the Corvette as well. Here are some quotes from a thread on CorvetteForum.com about owner’s gas mileage experiences:
Yesterday I decided to do a highway run solely to determine gas mileage per gallon. I fueled up at a station right off the expressway and drove 80 miles. (I know, maybe too short of a trip.) I set cruise control at the speed limit, 65, until approaching Chicago, then 55. (Got a lot of strange looks doing 55 on I355 around the City). Average MPG on the DIC, and verified by refilling at gas station after ride, was 31 mpg! I have a 2006 A6 with 9,800 miles on the odo. So yes, the Vette truly is an economy car. I made a trip from Jacksonville to Orlando a couple of weeks ago on Traffic Disadvantaged I-95 and Construction Challenged I-4. Managed 75-80 mph most of the way and got 28.5 mpg. The car does really great. On our 6300 mile trip we average 28 mpg, 31.3 mpg being the highest for a tank. Average speed for the whole trip was around 70 and I know I saw 105+ a few times. Just finished a 4358 mile trip, WI, MN, SD, ND, WY, MT, ID, and WA. Average mph 60.4, Average mpg 26.6. Yes, this is an economy vehicle with lots of perks. My car has about 5500 miles on it. According to the DIC, i am averaging 20.5 miles per gallon for the life of the car. That is pretty evenly mixed between freeway and city driving.Of course, if you drive it hard or do a lot of stop-and-go city driving, your miles per gallon stats will suffer, as it would in any car INCLUDING A PRIUS. Boy, that’s an oxymoron…the thought of someone performance driving a Prius. The next time you’re thinking about buying a new car and you want performance AND economy, think green…Bowling Green. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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