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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1986 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool:

1986 Corvette Convertible
Photo Credit: TW Collins
1986 Corvette Options and Facts 1986 marked the return of the Corvette Convertible, a body style last seen in 1975. The 1986 model year was third in C4 production with a total of 35,109 Corvettes produced. Production was split with 27,794 Coupes built vs 7,315 Convertibles. 1986 marked the first year that the price of a Corvette climbed over the $30,000 mark. MRSP for the Convertible $32,032 while the Coupe was modestly priced at $27,027. Only one engine option available:
     350 ci (L98)
      Aluminum head engines produced 235 hp
      Iron head engines produced 230 hp 17 Exterior Colors Available:
     Rarest Color was Copper Metallic. Only 4 produced.
     8 Interior colors were offered
How to Spot a 1986 Corvette:
Differences between the 1984-1990 Corvettes were very minor. The easiest way to spot a 1986 Corvette may be the wheels. In 1986, the wheel centers were unpainted. In 1984 and ’85, the wheel centers were painted black while in 1987 the centers were painted gray. The center-mounted third brake light also made its appearance on the Corvette in 1986. 1986 Corvette Highlights:
The 1986 Corvette paced the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet designated all convertible models as pace cars. Each convertible was sold with an Indy 500 Pace Car decal kit that could be installed by the dealer. Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) became standard as well as the new VATS vehicle anti-theft system which has a chip implanted at the base of the ignition key. Chevrolet paid tribute to New Jersey Chevrolet dealer Malcom Konner with a special run of 50 Malcom Konner Commemorative Edition Corvettes. 1986 Corvette Values:
The early C4 models are starting their appreciation curve and with the return of the roadster for Corvette, values for the 1986 model are strong. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average price of the 1986 Corvette Coupe at $9,300 with a one year appreciation of 2%. The Convertible model does even better with an average value of $13,000 and +8% appreciation over the year prior.
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On day 4 of the Cannonball One Lap of America, we find our self proclaimed Corvette Punishers in Utah at the Miller Motorsports Park. The DCZ does some fast laps around the 24 turn circuit and gets up to 140 mph in the straights. As a commentor suggested, when Patrick is on the track, watch his ignition keys as the Corvette is being subjected to some g-force through the curves.

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Country Music Star Auctioning His Corvette for Charity

by Keith Cornett on August 6, 2007

John Rich of the Country music duo Big and Rich has placed his 2005 Black Corvette for sale on eBay. The starting bid is $50,000 and any money raised over that amount will go to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

John Rich in his 2005 Corvette John Rich's 2005 Corvette Coupe John Rich's 2005 Corvette Coupe
The 2005 Black on Black Corvette Coupe has 17,800 “highway” miles and features a host of options. The Corvette was featured in the fall 2005 issue of Corvette Quarterly and on Country Music Television (CMT). Celebrity guest drivers have included Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock. Starting bid for the Corvette is $50,000 and as of now, there are no bidders. The auction runs through Wednesday, August 8th.
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Corvette Racing: Ready for Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 6, 2007

Road America has a quiet reputation as one of the great road courses in America. The 4 mile course near Elkhart Lake Wisconsin ranks high on the list of drivers for its fast straightaway’s through the rolling hills as well as its 14 corners with challenging names like the Carousel and the Kink. For the two Ollies, they just recently ran a road course very similar to that of Road America. The #4 C6.R drivers were in Belgium for the 24 Hours of Spa, finishing 6th in the Luc Alphand Adventures Corvette C6.R.

“Road America is a little Spa,” said Beretta. “It has very high-speed corners, it goes up and down the hills, and of course there is the Kink. It is a wonderful place, one of the best tracks in America, and I’m very happy to go there.” Gavin agreed: ” Road America is one of the last old-style, really challenging tracks that we race on,” said the Briton. “It’s quite open, it’s quite flowing, and it’s very fast. You’ve got good elevation changes, and some really demanding corners like the Carousel and the Kink. It’s picturesque, a great track to drive around, and one that I look forward to every year.”
For Jan Magnussen, this will be his first race at Road America in the Corvette C6.R. His last race came as a driver for a Ferrari 550 where he and co-driver David Brabham defeated the C5-R Corvettes in 2003.
“Road America has some really super-fast corners, and not many race tracks have fast corners anymore,” observed the Dane. “I’ve heard many racers say that it’s one of their favorite tracks, and I think that’s because it’s one of the last real race tracks that are left. “The last time I raced at Road America was with a Ferrari 550 in 2003,” Magnussen recalled. “The Corvette C5-Rs were faster than us at that race, but somehow we managed to win. The C6.R is faster than the C5-R was, so I’m looking forward to driving it. Road America is always a good experience.”
This weekend’s Road America will be a little more interesting since the announcement that Doran Racing will be fielding a Maserati MC12 for the race. It was at the 24 Hours of Spa that Maserati came in second to a Corvette C6.R after giving up the lead following a spinout with one hour remaining. The final tally in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Spa had four Maserati MC12′s finishing in the top 7 positions in class whereas the four Corvettes (C6.R and C5-R) finished in the top 10. The four-hour Generac 500 at Road America, the eighth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11. NBC Sports will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 12.
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Doran Racing's Maserati MC12Rumors had been circulating for weeks about the possibility of a Maserati competing in an ALMS race in the GT1 class. Finally we got the word that it would be happening this weekend at Road America. Doran Racing has entered a Maserati MC12, powered by a six-liter V12 engine. We saw last week how a Maserati MC12 had mastered the competition at the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, only to lose in the final hour to a Corvette C6.R due to a spinout. Drivers for the Doran Maserati team are Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys. While both have competed at various times in the ALMS, this will be a new type of race for the duo who are used to racing prototypes. Other than the opening week at Sebring has Corvette Racing faced a challenger for an ALMS race here in the States. At the 12 Hours of Sebring, the #4 C6.R and #3 C6.R were 1st and 2nd against an Aston Martin DBR9 privateer. The Corvettes also battled several marques at the 24 Hours of LeMans and came away with spot on the podium in the GT category, finishing in second place behind the Prodrive Aston team. So far the only race in the ALMS schedule for the Maserati is Road America, although we’re hearing that a run at the Petit LeMans may also be planned. The four-hour Generac 500 at Road America, the eighth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11. NBC Sports will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 12.
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Saturday Night Hangout: Corvettes @ Insty Tune

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2007

Saturday came and with it the quest to meet other local Corvette drivers. I hit the Corvette Florida forum and the consensus for a Saturday night cruise-in in Tampa is Andreh’s Insty Tune in North Tampa. Held every Saturday, the informal gathering meets from 5-8pm. Perfect. So leaving the house around 6pm I headed up to Insty Tune. When I got there, the parking lot held 15 other Corvettes, almost all of them backed into their parking space with the hoods up.

Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa
At the gathering I met some new people as well as saw some familiar faces from my Corvette club, Tampa Bay Vettes. Corvettes from nearly all generations were represented, with only the C1 missing. One of more interesting Corvettes was a 2004 Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06 which was also one of the loudest cars I have ever heard. The Z06′s license plate frame say’s it all “Loud Pipes Save Lives”. Yea, I think Zora would have approved.
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July 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2007

We got the July 2007 Corvette sales numbers from GM today which continue to show a month-to-month and year-to-year decline in sales based on last year’s numbers, but with the model change over and a two week hiatus at the factory last month we expect these numbers to rebound. In July 2007, total Corvette sales were 2,377 vs 2,794 in 2006. For the calendar year, sales are at 20,135 vs 21,857 at this time in 2006. With the new 2008 Corvette, we are staying focused on the excitement of the LS3 engine and the newly refreshed interior. According to various sources, constraints are coming to an end for the 3LT and 4LT packages and the new 2008 Corvette exterior colors – Jetstream Blue Metallic and Crystal Red – are slowly making their way to dealer showrooms.

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%

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2008 Z06 Wheel and Brake CaliperChevrolet has really done an awesome job over the last few years expanding the number of options that allow the customer the ability to customize their ride straight from the factory. A great example of this customer-centric approach is the number of wheel styles that Corvette buyers can choose from. In 2007 no less than nine wheel styles were available, although not every wheel was available for any Corvette. Regardless, the factory has come along was from the days of the C4 sawblades. Rick Conti received some insider news that says the option for color-coded calipers is seriously being considered. The do-it-yourselfers have been painting their own calipers for years, and admirers have the almost universal reaction of “That’s so cool, where can I get mine done”? Nothing can make a set of chrome or polished wheels look even more serious than a nice set of painted calipers with “CORVETTE” engraved on them. Of course the key phrase is “being-considered” with no decision on introduction or costs yet. But stay tuned as this option sounds like a no-brainer to us!
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Most of the major car magazines are now hitting the streets with their 2008 Corvette test drive articles and while exciting at first, once you’ve read a couple of them there are really no surprises left. So it wasn’t with any great enthusiasm that I clicked over to Motor Trend Magazine for their “first test drive” article about the 2008 Corvette. I read the article, which as always is very well written and entertaining but it was the images that are the most memorable part of this story. Check out this beautiful Velocity Yellow Z51 Corvette Coupe and then tell me I am wrong.

2008 Velocity Yellow Corvette Coupe 2008 Velocity Yellow Corvette Coupe 2008 Velocity Yellow Corvette Coupe
Photo Credit: David Freers
Some of the best automotive photographers work for the major magazines like Motor Trend, Car and Driver and Road and Track. I wonder when a photo shoot assignment comes up with Corvette as the subject, are they just as excited about taking the pictures as we are about seeing them? Click here for the Motor Trend 2008 Corvette test drive and then make sure you click here for the photo gallery. You won’t be disappointed with either offering.
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Corvette Poker: Trumping an Automatic Big Block

by Keith Cornett on July 31, 2007

I took a call today from Robert in Wisconsin who had some questions about early 1970′s Corvettes. His question was should he sell his 1972 Corvette Coupe with a 454 ci engine and an automatic transmission for a 1971 Corvette Convertible with a 350 ci engine and a 4-speed. Like many classic Corvette owners, he was torn between the big block power of the 1972 and the convertible/4-speed combo in the 1971. He wanted a convertible, loved the idea of a 4-speed, but thought he’d miss the power of the big block 454 engine. But in his reasoning, it always came back to what was the more valuable car, so Robert’s major concern was holding the right Corvette from an investment standpoint. Let’s look at the 1972 Corvette by the numbers. Robert had a T-Top Coupe with an automatic and the 454 ci 270 hp engine. 20,496 Corvette T-Top Coupes were produced in 1972, which accounted for 75% of Corvette production. The LS5 454 was chosen by 3,913 buyers, and had an option penetration of 14%. The horsepower ratings were lowered in 1972 from gross to net, which makes the horsepower output a more realistic “real-world” rating. A/C was an option chosen by 63% of buyers and the automatic transmission was chosen by 54% of buyers. Our Corvette Price Guide places an average 1972 T-Top Coupe at $18,900. We add $6,000 for the 454 and $3,000 for the factory air conditioning, so our average 1972 is now valued at $27,900.

1971 Corvette Convertible 1972 Corvette Coupe
A labor strike shortened production of the 1971 Corvette. Only 21,801 Corvettes were produced, with 33% being Convertibles. 67% of all Corvettes featured the base engine, a 350 ci 270 hp power plant, and the base 4-speed was installed in 42% of 1972 Corvettes. Our average price on a 1971 Corvette Convertible is $23,500 I confirmed these values with Bob Kroupa, who writes for several of the Corvette magazines and publishes his own monthly newsletter, the Vette-N-Vestment’s Corvette Market Letter and he agreed that the 1972 Corvette Coupe with the 454 and AC would be valued higher than the 1971 roadster with a standard 350 ci and a 4-speed. I initially thought the 1971 Convertible with a 4-Speed coupled to a 350/270 would be worth more than a 1972 automatic Coupe with a 454/270 and AC. But only 14% of ’72 Vettes have the big block option and combined with the C60 Air option, there was no chance in overcoming that hand. So what trumps an automatic big block Corvette Coupe? For Robert, it just may be that feeling of driving down a Wisconsin road with the top down and the summer air blowing around you while shifting through the gears of the 4-speed.
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