Johnny Depp just wrapped up production for his upcoming new movie, “The Rum Diary” based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. To show his appreciation to the actor, the movie’s producer Graham King presented Depp with the keys to the red 1959 Corvette roadster that was used in movie.
There are some people who have been blessed with the do-it-yourself gene and then there’s Corvette Forum member “Mewn” who has taken the art of custom fabrication to a new level. Mewn’s 1981 Corvette was already a head turner with its huge high-rise 505 big block sticking out of the custom hood. Mewn had been working on the interior and already had installed a custom stereo controlled by a touch screen DVD player, but that quite wasn’t good enough and so he decided to install an Apple iPad2 instead.
We’ve been hitting the official GM website for Corvette every couple of weeks to see when they were going to make the switch from the 2011 to the 2012 model year Corvette and this weekend we were rewarded with the new website. In addition to the pictures and model comparisons, GM has added a new “Customize Your Vehicle” configurator which allows potential Corvette buyers to see all the options available on the car.
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A custom 1964 style Corvette that was once owned by Chevrolet General Manager Semon E. “Bunkie” Knudsen will be on display at Mid America Motorwork’s SEMA booth in Las Vegas next month. The Corvette will be the centerpiece display by the Corvette catalog company and will showcase MA Motorwork’s Performance Choice interior products.
Vette Testarossa – $16500 (las vegas)
Found that headline while browsing Craigslist this week and for some reason, I got a kick that out of all places, the car is in Vegas. Now its got to stay there, right? Our black faux-testarossa sits on a 1984 Corvette chassis and the merged kit car looks to be well executed, down to the prancing horse logo on the rear. If you’ve got $16,500 or a 2000 or newer limousine to trade, the Vette Testarossa could be yours!
With the C7 Corvette under development, we’ve taken a sudden interest in the pipeline of future products coming from General Motors. So after we watched the demo video of the new Cadillac CUE infotainment center and the futuristic customizable gauge cluster, we’re holding out hope that the next generation C7 Corvette will benefit from similar technology.
Paragon Reproductions hosted their annual open house a couple of weekends ago at their sprawling facility in Rankin, MI. Attendees were able to wander each of the several buildings on the grounds, buy a host of C1 – C4 Corvette parts, and enjoy a complementary lunch. Of course, one could also check out the 100 or so Corvettes that showed up too. We made a late summer road trip up to Paragon and you see can see some of our photos from the event after the break.
Terry Michaelis from Proteam Corvette has got a mystery car on his hands and is turning to the internet to see if anyone is familiar with VIN #816, a low mile and unrestored 327/340 hp 1963 Corvette Coupe that has lived its life in the Detroit area. Have you seen this split-window?