GM released its sales figures today that show 1,027 Corvettes were delivered in February 2009. While the sales number is down 50% over February 2008′s 2,071 Corvettes delivered, the good news is that this is a 22% increase over the paltry 842 Corvettes delivered in January 2009.
This 1969 Corvette is well documented and best known for being the last L88 Convertible made. VIN # 36083 was special ordered by a dentist hailing out of El Cajon, CA. The Monza Red Corvette was built in November 1969, the second to last month of 1969 model year production, and was delivered to Guaranty Chevrolet in San Diego, California.
Since then this L88 Convertible has been well cared for, earning a Survivor award at Bloomington in 2006. In 2008, the Corvette returned to St. Charles as part of the Bloomington Gold “L88 Invasion” Special Collection and also participated in GM’s 100 year anniversary celebration.
The L88 was a special high performance engine built during 1967-1969. To ensure the racing engine only showed up in cars destined for the track, GM artificially downgraded the horsepower from an estimated 560 hp down to 430 hp, 5 hp less than the L71 427/435 engine, and deleted creature comforts like heaters and radios. During that three year run, only 216 examples would be produced with 116 coming during the final year of 1969.
Like most of the standard L88 cars, the last ’69 L88 Corvette roadster came equipped with the special front and rear suspension (F41), special heavy duty brakes (J56), transistor ignition (K66) and the heavy duty close ratio 4 speed transmission (M22). Other options included an auxiliary hard top, tilt/tele steering column, the UA6 alarm system and speed warning indicator.
The Corvette has been detailed by Naber Brothers of Houston and MasterWorks in Detroit. Long time Corvette collector Tom Marcucci is the current owner.
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The ACO has released the entry list for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. In what will be Corvette Racing’s final battle for GT1 glory at La Sarthe, the factory-backed Corvette C6.Rs will face off against two rival Aston Martin DBR9′s, two Lamborghini Murcielago’s and two other Corvette C6.R’s from privateer Luc Alphand Aventures.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment came a few weeks ago when the factory Aston Martin Racing team announced a move to a Lola Aston Martin LMP1, depriving the Corvette C6.Rs a final chance at retribution against the former GT1 class winners from the last two years. The two DBR9′s that will compete in GT1 this year come from Gigawave Motorsport and Jetalliance Racing.
The Eight GT1 Entries:
- #55 IPB Spartak Racing: Lamborghini Murcielago
- #60 Gigawave Motorsport: Aston Martin DBR9
- #63 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
- #64 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
- #66 Jetalliance Racing: Aston Martin DBR9
- #68 JLOC ISAO Noritake: Lamborghini Murcielago
- #72 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
- #73 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
* A Saleen S7R entered by Larbre Competition is on the reserve list
The ACO failed to deliver an invite to Lou Gigliotti’s #28 GT2 Corvette which according to Lou was the linchpin for funding their 2009 ALMS campaign. We’ll have to wait and see what the LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies plans will be for the American Le Mans series now that they know that Le Mans is no longer in the mix.
There are 14 entries in the GT2 category with a field that comprises nine Ferrari 430s. So a quick note to Pratt and Miller’s GT2 engineers – The Ferrari 430 is your obvious performance target so go get ‘em! The Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage will also be making its debut at Le Mans in GT2.
You can see the entire 55 car entry list at Crash.net
The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 13-14th.
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Here is yet another Corvette race car that’s now for sale. This 1957 Corvette roadster was raced back in the sixties and seventies but its most successful campaign came in 1998 when the owner competed in and won the SVRA Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.
Powered by a 283 cubic inch V8 built by Compton Race Engines, this yellow roadster is ready to race. The Corvette underwent a restoration following the 2006 season and is currently set up for competition as a vintage racer. In addition to the new 283 ci V8, the roadster features an upgraded T-10 transmission, new ram clutch, drive shaft and flywheel. A holly 750 delivers the fuel from an ATL 40 gallon fuel cell and cold air box insures plenty of oxygen to the powerplant.
On the outside, the Corvette was repainted in Chrome Yellow and has white racing stripes, racing numbers, grill bar and new ovals. The Corvette can be raced with or without its included hardtop.
We asked our friends at the Registry of Corvette Racecars for an honest opinion about the C1 roadster and they didn’t disappoint:
Keith – This is one of the better prepared straight axle vintage racers. The only thing holding back its value is lack of documented racing history. That would put it in a class with Bob Mouat’s 1957 COPO Air box Fuelie and other straight axles that were actually raced, most of which we know well and are now sitting in museums.
Mac Lyle of Rock Hill, SC built the car. I have not seen it on the circuit since 1998 when they blitzed the SVRA to win the Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.
The downside is that the car is way too race improved and would probably not be allowed in the Monterey Historic. And although it would be a fun car to drive in SVRA or HSR races, the asking price of $65K seems a bit steep compared with what else that will buy to go vintage racing.
Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Racecars
So that being said, here’s your chance to own a vintage Corvette race car that’s track ready. The current bid is $25,427 and the Corvette has a “Buy It Now” price set at $65,000. The auction runs ends Saturday.
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As the resident consulting engineer and test driver for Hennessey Performance, former GM performance guru John Heinricy gets to get behind the wheel of some serious vehicles. In this latest video, Heinricy does a warm up lap at MSR Houston with Hennessey’s latest Corvette creation, the 705 hp 2009 Hennessey Corvette ZR700.
With 705 hp under the hood, the Hennessey ZR700 is seen hitting speeds of 145 mph. On this day, Heinricy logs over 125 track miles and recorded a best lap of 1:38.4 seconds on the 2.3 mile road course.
Hennessey Performance introduced the ZR700 last month with great fanfare and a series of stats that would put a smile on any Corvette owner. One of the first tuner upgrades of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1 to come to market, the Hennessey ZR700 features 705 horsepower and 717 lbs-foot of torque. The ZR700 runs the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. Estimated top speed is 212 mph.
You can find all kinds of websites dedicated to displaying the more interesting photos that have come from Google’s Street View project and now you can add a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe to list. This Corvette was recorded by a street view camera in Spokane, Washington. From the looks of how this Corvette has been stored, the only thing missing from this barn car appears to be the barn.
You’ll see from the supporting photos that this is indeed a 1963 Corvette Coupe. A Washington state license plate and an extra set of taillights adorn the sting ray’s rear. Also, notice the Corvette is stored outdoors with the passenger window either down or missing. It rains a lot in Washington, doesn’t it? Instead of keeping the address to ourselves in case we feel the need to one day trek across the country in search of an allusive sting ray, you can find it here.
According to some at the NCRS Discussion Boards, this is a numbers matching fuelie that’s been sitting since 1975.
I got up this Saturday morning at 6am to make this month’s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry in St. Petersburg. The temperature was a brisk 45 degrees and so with the top up and heat on, I cruised across the Gandy Bridge and found a parking spot among the 100+ cars already parked.
Corvettes as usual were out in force today. A couple of Callaway Corvettes were brought in from Dimmitt Chevrolet and there was a custom black C3 Corvette that was just beautiful. But the highlight for me was seeing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 in the flesh for the first time. I must have stood in front of that car for 20 minutes admiring every detail. I still can’t get over how big the ceramic brakes are in person. Freakin huge!
In addition to the numerous Corvettes, there was everything from a couple Nissan GTRs, Audi R8′s and several Lambos in attendance. The Smart Car crowd was out as well with five or six member cars parked.
Starting around 8:30am, the cars start heading for the exit and a crowd gathers to watch the various sports cars burn rubber as drivers do some harmless showing off. After seeing a Mustang driver get a little swervy on the service road, I heard one guy remark “There’s sideways and then there’s stupid!”
Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry is held the third Saturday each month in St. Petersburg.
Come on, if you follow badboyvettes.com you would have expected this. What I really want to know is what’s the first they would duct tape to it?
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We got word last month of GM planning a second special edition Corvette for 2009 that would commemorate Corvette Racing’s successful 10 year run in the American Le Mans series. Now official, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition celebrates over 70 victories in the ALMS, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The GT1 Championship Edition is available in the Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models in either 45U Velocity Yellow or 41U Black. The series will have its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows which represent the #3 Corvette C6.R and 40001 for Black which represents the #4 C6.R. Only 600 will be produced this spring and those are limited to 200 for each body style and 100 in each color.
The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.
Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.
Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.
If you’re interested in this highly anticipated commemorative Corvette, you better give Dave and the gang at Kerbeck Corvette a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!