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Corvette Museum Using Freebies To Drive eNews Signups

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2006

The National Corvette MuseumThe National Corvette Museum has teamed up with CorvetteCentral.com to offer a free gift for those who subscribe to the NCM’s weekly eNews newsletter. The free gift?  ”An attractive Fireworks and NCM Spire Magnet”. I’ve been a subscriber to the eNewsletter for over a year and I can tell you that it has some nice content and interesting Corvette tidbits each week. And if you are a raffle ticket buyer, the NCM will surely keep you up to date on which raffles they have going as well as ticket availability. So go ahead and become a subscriber. You’ll learn more about the activities of the National Corvette Museum and your refrigerator will thank you for the new Corvette magnet bling… Click here to Register for the NCM eNews Newsletter and get the free gift!
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Know Your Corvettes Before Buying

by Keith Cornett on September 21, 2006

1970 Corvette ConvertibleSo you want to buy a Corvette and you have a general idea of the Corvette generation you are interested in. Now it is time to narrow your choice. By narrowing your choices to one, two or a span of three model years, you can gain the knowledge you need prior to purchasing the Corvette of your dreams. Focusing in on that one to three year model span will allow you to make an informed buying decision. You don’t want to be blinded by the first Corvette you see. You’ll want to look beyond the style and paint to insure that you’re buying the right corvette with the right options that is right for you. Corvettes, like most cars, are always changing year to year. Sometimes those changes are design based, sometimes regulatory based. I had a customer who was once looking for a 1970 to 1972 LT1 engine car. He had heard that the LT1′s are more of a performance engine and liked the idea of having a Corvette that would appreciate faster if it had that optional engine. What he didn’t know was that the 1970 LT1 engine was very different than the 1972 LT1. In 1970, the LT1 350 ci engine produced 370 horsepower. In 1972, Chevrolet had lowered the compression and changed their formula for rating horsepower so the LT1 350 that year was reduced to 255 hp. In many respects, these two engines are similar, yet very different. Learning these subtle differences can assure you that you are buying the Corvette you want and not making a mistake that could end up costing you money later on. A great resource that every Corvette buyer needs is the Corvette Black Book by Michael Antonick. The Black Book breaks out each model year with options available, colors and a Fact Sheet which gives the major bullets of changes and enhancements over the previous model year. Here are some other resources for learning about the model year you have selected: Corvette Shows
Go to a Corvette show and talk to owners. Corvette owners love to talk about their cars and usually are very forthcoming about what they like and don’t like about their model year. They can also fill you in on any hidden problems or service issues that may have affected their model over the years. Most of the major shows also have auctions or a “Corvette Corral” where sellers display their Corvettes. It’s a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience of looking over models you are interested in. To find out where a Corvette show is in your area, keep reading. Go Online
Websites like the CorvetteForum.com and DigitalCorvettes.com are made up of thousands of Corvette Enthusiasts. These sites contain message boards and membership to join is quick and free. After registering, go to the generation “thread” (conversation) you are interested in to post questions you may have about your selected model year. Depending on your questions, you can generally have feedback within hours of your post. You can also learn a great deal just by lurking in the forum, reading all the different questions or comments from other owners. These forum sites are a great way to learn more about the Corvette lifestyle, restoring and modifying your selected year as well as finding out when a Corvette show may be in your area. NCRS
The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) is an organization that is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Corvettes made from 1953-1989. NCRS hosts a number of local and regional events around the country. Classic Corvette owners bring their Corvettes to these shows to be judged for the organization’s Top Flight Award, given to Corvettes that appear as they did when they rolled off the assembly line and dealer showroom floors. Seeing these Corvettes up close as well as having the ability to talk to current owners is a great way to learn more about specific Corvette models. The NCRS also has for sale on their website a number of restoration, technical and judging manuals which will help you in identifying the components of classic Corvettes. Corvette Magazines
Most of the major Corvette magazines have a service for ordering back issues, Using their index of issues, you will be able to find features and technical articles on the model year of your choice. After immersing yourself in Corvette Hobby, you’ll find yourself being able to spot the differences in the Corvettes you see on the road. Once you learned more about the model year(s) you would be interested in owning, then you can really start your search for your dream Corvette.
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The Z06 Corvette is a 427… Show Your Cubic Inches!

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2006

The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.

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If you are interested in adding your own 427 emblem, you have several options. Some have went the classic route, buying the 1960′s individual 427 numbers and repainting the inserts. These mount with posts and speednuts, so be prepared to drill. Others have taken the similar route but ground off the posts and used two sided adhesive tape. Genuine Corvette Accessories is coming out with a one-piece 427 emblem but the release date has been pushed back. Look for it to be available in early 2007. Why didn’t the Z06 just come with a 427 emblem? Dave Hill preferred the 7.0 liter moniker than 427 ci as it is more comparable to the sports car world internationally. The new 427 badges coming from Chevrolet were designed by Kirk Bennion, one of the C6 designers, and with their updated styling, they really look like they belong on the car. Sources: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com
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Overhauled ’57 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on September 19, 2006

Chip FooseOverhaulin’ on the TLC Network is airing a new episode this evening featuring a 1957 Corvette. Like the previous Corvette episode, you’ll either love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle road for Chip Foose when it comes to him redesigning the American classic sportscar. I am a fan of the show, but I tend to cringe whenever I see the “A Team” yank an original engine and replace it with a crate motor. No photos have yet surfaced of the Overhauled 1957 Corvette, yet one post on CorvetteForum.com claims the following: “Now that the cat is out of the bag, except for the steering wheel and matching engine trim (you’ll see), the ’57 is very nice and the brakes are to die for.” Tonight’s show is titled “Roadies Stole My ‘Vette!” The 1957 Corvette has been in Carl’s family for 46 years. But Carl and his wife are too busy with their family and business. Meanwhile, the Corvette sits in the garage, waiting for the time and money that will one day restore it to its original “cool”. The new episode will appear Tuesday night at 9pm EST. Source: TLC.com via CorvetteForum.com
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Corvette Wheelie

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2006

You don’t see that everyday. Noticed the name of the Corvette is called “High Risk”. What an understatement….

Corvette Wheelie
Source: Flickr
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Blue Devil Corvette To Run Nuerburgring?

by Keith Cornett on September 14, 2006

A 2006 Z06 Corvette at NuerburgringSoooo, could this be one of the firsts in a series of shake downs for the Blue Devil Corvette? Johnny O’Connell of Corvette Racing fame (#3 car) posted on his web site that he will be test driving some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring, a 12.9 mile closed road track in Germany. And how is Johnny prepping for his week abroad? He’s learning the course by practicing on his X-Box! I love it!! From Johnny O’ Connell’s Website:

Every now and then you get to do something really cool in this job. This Saturday I’m headed over to Germany to run some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring. I’ve been there once before back when I drove for Panoz, and did do one lap on the long circuit, but this is going to be several days driving on it and should be a blast. I’m getting to know the circuit beforehand by practicing on X-Box, so hopefully will have it memorized before I get there.
This isn’t something new for Chevrolet. Back in 2005, Jan Magnussen, another Corvette Racing driver tested the soon-to-be-released 2006 Z06 on the famed ‘Ring, posting one of the fastest laps ever recorded at 7:43. Also, I might be mistaken, but I am unaware of Chevrolet testing the regular C6 (Non-Z06) Corvette in Germany either. If I am wrong on that, please let me know. Source: JohnnyOConnell.com
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Corvette Values: 1976 Corvette T-Top

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2006

MT in Colorado recently submitted this 1976 Corvette for an Online Appraisal at VetteFinders.com: 1976 T-Top Corvette, VIN #1237L6S437xxx. Red with Red vinyl interior, original 350 ci with 4-speed, 135K miles. Power steering, brakes, windows. Factory air, tilt-tele steering column. Original luggage rack. All original and non modified. Never restored. Corvette is in average, street driven condition. No documentation.

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The VIN on this 1976 Corvette, #1237L6S437xxx indicates that this Corvette was built in early June 1976, which was towards the end of the production run for 1976 model year. The VIN also tells us that the Corvette is equipped with the L48 350 ci 195 hp engine as the sixth digit of the VIN is L. The Corvette is Red with matching Red vinyl interior. Both the paint and interior are considered to be in average street driven condition. The Red on Red combination does present an attractive profile and a Red Corvette, always a popular color choice, can help with the resale value. The engine is an original L-48 350 ci/180 hp power plant coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission and the original shifter. The manual transmission can be considered somewhat rare with only 21% of 1976 Corvettes built with the optional 4-speed. From an options perspective, this Corvette is equipped with many of the comfort and convenience features available including power steering, brakes and windows. Other conveniences include air conditioning and a tilt-tele steering column. This Corvette also has the dealer-installed chrome luggage rack. The tires are in like-new condition and are mounted on the standard Corvette wheels with the correct center caps and trim rings. The body is stock with no modifications. This is important in establishing the value of a Corvette. The appraised value of this Corvette is $8,900. This model year continues to appreciate with a 3% appreciation factor in average price during the past year. Corvette Appraisals:
With Corvette values rising yearly, make sure your insurance coverage keeps up with your Corvettes value by having it appraised online at VetteFinders.com. Our online appraisals are only $69.95 and are usually completed within three business days. Click here to start your Corvette appraisal now.
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle High Bid List

by Keith Cornett on September 12, 2006

The following is a list of Corvettes that were featured in the Corvettes at Carlisle auction that did not reach the reserve selling price. There are two Corvettes on the list that I’d be interested in knowing more about. The first is a 1967 Maroon Corvette that received a high bid of $220,000. Not out the the range for an L71 427/435 Tri-Power, but I am betting it’s something else. The second is a 1971 Orange Corvette that reached $95,000 and was still a no sale. As that high bid was nearly $40,000 more than our High Price for 1971 Corvettes in this year’s edition of the Vette-N-Vestments Corvette Price Guide, I am betting it was either a ZR1 (8 produced) or the ZR2 (12 produced). Because of their limited production, several years can pass between the time we see these rare Corvettes for sale. If anyone has any information on these two Corvettes, please let me know. Corvettes at Carlisle – The High Bid List:

Lot # Year Description Color High Bid
S32.11955CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S221958CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$45,000
S47.11958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$96,000
S571958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$45,000
S601958CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$53,000
S801958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,000
F361960CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$55,000
S5131960CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$75,000
S281961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,000
S507.11961CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$46,000
S411962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$42,000
S731962CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$47,000
S5031962CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$74,000
S681963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$36,000
F391964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$33,000
S851964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$38,000
S861964CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,500
S1131964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$40,000
S641965CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$72,500
S5151965CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,000
S511966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$49,000
S561966CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$50,000
S811966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$80,000
S5101966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$81,000
F411967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
S201967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$95,000
S271967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$46,500
S291967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$115,000
S451967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$62,000
S841967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$59,000
S1021967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$120,000
S1081967CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$135,000
S5041967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$220,000
S5111967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$69,000
F401968CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$20,500
S5211968CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$75,000
S71969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$33,000
S421969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$26,000
S441969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S621969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,500
S1091969CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$60,000
F311970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$17,000
F701970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBRONZE$31,000
S791970CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$35,000
S1011970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$11,000
S1071970CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,500
S91971CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$21,000
S5191971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$95,000
F291972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$24,000
S301972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$26,000
S401972CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
S9.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$17,000
S501973CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$30,000
S1001973CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$8,500
S1161973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
S81976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$10,500
S671978CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLK / SLVR$23,000
S1031979CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$8,000
S951980CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,800
S831982CHEVROLET CORVETTEBEIGE$26,500
S781987CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGANDY$27,000
S1151987CHEVROLET CORVETTEDARK RED$22,000
S1061988CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$22,000
S1051990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$6,500
S1121990CHEVROLET CORVETTEBURGUNDY$23,000
S761993CHEVROLET CORVETTETURQ$7,900
F551994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$29,000
F521996CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,000
S691996CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$39,000
S191999CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$25,000
F372002CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$30,000
S982003CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$29,000
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on September 11, 2006

Pennsylvania was the place to be in late August as Corvettes converged on the fairgrounds at Carlisle for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle show. Mecum handled the auction duties and once again the show proved to be one of the top Corvette auctions in the United States. Over 150 Corvettes crossed the auction block and the show had a 53% sales rate raking in over $3 million in Corvettes sales. Looking at the list of Corvettes that sold, it is nice to see the values of these sales weren’t astronomical and based on pricing only, it appears that there were some pretty decent deals. Of notable cars, three 1954′s were auctioned off for $46K, $69K and $70K. A couple other C1′s sold for under $40,000 including a Black 59 that sold for $35,963 and a maroon 1962 which sold for $38,325. Other good buys include a 1964 Corvette at $29,400, a Yellow 1966 which sold for $28,350 and 1969 Corvette that went for $9,500. Here is the complete list of Corvettes that sold during the Corvettes at Carlisle auction:

Lot # Year Description Color Sales Price
S541954CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$69,300
S871954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$70,875
S5201954CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$46,725
S551956CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$48,400
S5091956CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$78,225
S331957CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$118,125
S1111957CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$58,800
S321958CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$60,900
F471959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,963
S161959CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$63,000
S261959CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$48,300
S701961CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$55,650
S721961CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$65,100
S241962CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$38,325
F211963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$34,650
F301963CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,463
S5161963CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$70,875
S521964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$29,400
S5181964CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$52,500
S311965CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$56,700
S381965CHEVROLET CORVETTENASSAU BLUE$40,688
F251966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$70,350
F261966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$28,350
F491966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$41,475
S41966CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S36.11966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$73,500
S481966CHEVROLET CORVETTERALLY RED$46,725
S651966CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S5011966CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$52,500
S5051966CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$76,650
S5141966CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$76,125
F681967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$53,550
S171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$58,800
S431967CHEVROLET CORVETTEMAROON$54,600
S611967CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$81,900
S5071967CHEVROLET CORVETTESILVER$122,325
S5171967CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$110,000
S991968CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$18,113
F581969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$15,750
F601969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$9,500
S141969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$15,225
S181969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$34,650
S251969CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$13,650
S391969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$46,200
S741969CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$31,500
S211970CHEVROLET CORVETTEGRAY$18,900
S231970CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$27,825
S751970CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 BRONZE$43,050
S5021970CHEVROLET CORVETTEMONZA RED$55,125
S341971CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$36,225
S361971CHEVROLET CORVETTEORANGE$17,063
F561972CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,325
S461972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$35,700
S531972CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$17,850
F141973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$10,710
F321973CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$21,000
F431973CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,900
S40.11973CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$15,750
F51974CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$7,000
F81974CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$9,500
F591974CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$10,868
S1101974CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$4,700
F271975CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$12,338
S771976CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,500
F501977CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$5,550
S31978CHEVROLET CORVETTEYELLOW$6,500
S111982CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$18,375
S50.11984CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLUE$11,025
S891985CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$6,700
S941986CHEVROLET CORVETTEGOLD$4,800
F671990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$7,100
S661990CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$28,875
S821990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 BLACK$24,675
S961990CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$16,800
S1041990CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 RED$19,950
F571992CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$12,810
F331993CHEVROLET CORVETTERED$17,063
F531993CHEVROLET CORVETTEWHITE$11,025
F481994CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$8,750
S972000CHEVROLET CORVETTEGREEN$24,200
F352002CHEVROLET CORVETTETORCH RED$31,930
S1142004CHEVROLET CORVETTEBLACK$38,063
Tomorrow, we will post the list of the Corvettes which did not sell. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Video: 50 Years of Corvette Racing

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2006

50 Years of Corvette RacingGM released the following video in conjunction with the 50 year anniversary of Corvette racing. The video highlights the 50th anniversary by first focusing on Corvette’s class win at LeMans earlier this year, their fifth win in six years, and then discusses how the new Z06 was developed alongside the LeMans-winning race car, sharing many of the same technologies. My favorite part of the clip is the early footage showing Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and discussing how his strategy for Corvette Racing “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” worked famously for Chevrolet. Historical footage shows C1 Corvettes racing a Sebring and LeMans. Click here to view 50 Yeas of Corvette Racing Source: GM via MediaLink
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