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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1965 Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on July 1, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool.

1965 Corvette Coupe
Photo Credit: jryle79
1965 Corvette Options and Facts There were 23,564 Corvettes produced in 1965. Production was split between 8,186 Coupes and 15,378 Convertibles. Base Price for the Coupe was $4,321.00 while the Convertible model was priced slightly less at $4,106.00 6 different engine options available:
     327 ci 250 hp
     327 ci 300 hp (L75)
     327 ci 350 hp (L79)
     327 ci 365 hp (L76)
     327 ci 375 hp (L84 – Fuel Injection)
     396 ci 425 hp (L78) 8 Exterior Colors Available:
     Nassau Blue was most popular at 6,022 (26%)
     Tuxedo Black was the rarest at 1,191 (5%) How to Spot a 1965 Corvette:
The 1965 and 1966 both have three vertical vents behind the front tires. But the 1965 Corvette’s grill was unique to the C2 generation. Horizontal grill bars were changed to black, but the outer trim is bright. The 1966 Corvette’s grill is referred to as an egg crate because of its mesh design. The only logo on the 1965′s hood is the center-fixed Cross Flags. The 1966 Corvette has the Corvette Sting Ray script logo in the front right corner. Highlights:
The big block 396 ci 425 hp engine made its debut in March 1965, a mid year addition which required the need for a new hood with a center bulge. The ’65 Corvette was the last year of the fuel injected engine until the Cross Fire Injected engines were introduced in 1982. 1965 also marks the first year that four-wheel disc brakes were included as standard equipment. A power antenna was also standard. The instrument cluster was restyled with black flat faces and the center dash area where the radio was located was painted rather than vinyl covered.
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Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

With the conclusion of the 2007 Corvette Model Year, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant has released the final production numbers for the year. Corvette production for 2007 totaled an astounding 40,561 Corvettes. This is the most Corvettes produced since the introduction of the C4 model in 1984 and only the sixth time in 54 years that Corvette production crossed the 40,000 unit threshold. As with the last few years, Corvette owners still prefer Red Corvettes. The two shades of red, Victory and Monterey, combined for 28.9% of total production. However, the single most popular color for the third straight year was Black, accounting for 23.5% of Corvettes. Second place was Victory Red at 16.5% and Machine Silver third at 13.6%. Atomic Orange, the new color for 2007 that replaced Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic finished at 3,790 Corvettes or 9.3% of production nd more than doubled DSOM’s 1,729 units in 2006. The percentages of Corvettes with orders for the 6-Speed Manual, Paddle Shift Automatic and Z51 6-Speed Manual are relatively unchanged from 2006. I expected to see a decrease in true manual 6-Speeds in favor of the Paddle Shift as it has the Automatic modes, but that was not the case. The MN0 Paddle Shift had an option penetration of 55.3% vs 2006′s 56.1%. Here are the final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers:

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
         
Coupes 21,484 53%    
Convertibles 10,918 27%    
Z06 Hardtops 8,159 20%    
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Total 40,561 100%    
         
         
Exterior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
10U Artic White 2,387 1,312 676 399
19U Le Mans Blue 3,854 2,243 784 827
41U Black 9,526 4,908 2,091 2,527
45U Velocity Yellow 3,755 1,672 843 1,240
67U Machine Silver 5,518 2,887 1,589 1,042
74U Victory Red 6,708 3,556 1,701 1,451
80U Monterey Red 5,023 3,157 1,866 0
83U Atomic Orange 3,790 1,749 1,368 673
         
         
Convertible Top Colors Total      
         
35T Cashmere 2,813   2,813  
37T Storm Gray 979   979  
41T Ebony 7,126   7,126  
         
         
Interior Colors Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
02I Cobalt Red 3,071 1,066 622 1,383
19I Ebony 24,267 13,529 5,334 5,404
31I Light Cashmere 7,359 4,135 3,224 0
84I Light Titanium (Gray) 5,864 2,754 1,738 1,372
         
         
Transmissions Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
MN6 6-Speed Manual 12,670 3,433 1,078 8,159
MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle 22,422 14,093 8,329 0
MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51 5,469 3,958 1,511 0
         
         
Wheels Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
P4A Painted Alum Indy Car 500 0 500 0
QG6 Painted Aluminum 7,500 6,422 1,078 0
QG7 Polished Aluminum 3,461 2,452 1,009 0
QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum 3,459 0 0 3,459
QX1 Gray Painted Aluminum 1,091 945 146 0
QX3 Chrome 19,850 11,665 8,185 0
Q10 Z06 Base 1,457 0 0 1,457
Q44 Z06 Painted 545 0 0 545
Q76 Z06 Chrome 2,698 0 0 2,698
         
         
Other Options Total Coupe Convertible Z06
         
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg 13,696 8,966 4,730 0
C2L Dual Roof Pkg 3,558 3,558 0 0
F55 Magnetic Select Ride 5,619 2,777 2,842 0
UV6 Heads Up Display 22,948 13,022 9,926 0
U2K XM Satellite Radio 28,897 12,220 9,789 6,888
UE1 OnStar System 18,074 6,935 6,488 4,651
U3U Navigation Radio 20,653 7,661 6,849 6,143
R8C Museum Delivery 1,104 402 288 414
         
         
Export Units Total Coupe Convertible Z06
CV3 Mexican Export 34 23 11 0
MAE European Export 1,327 522 87 718
Z49 Canadian Export 860 286 256 318

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Bowling Green Assembly Plant via CorvetteConti.com Related:
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Corvette Coins and their Ilk Cheapen the Brand

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2007

Corvette CoinsI started seeing these coins on CNBC a couple of days ago. Some podunk country offers up their coinage to some “collectors” mint who designs a coin that is an exclusive legal, non-circulating tender. Oh, and it’s such a limited deal that you can only buy five. Give me a break. These are simply trinkets that are designed to do one thing and one thing only. Separate you from your money. And since when is .925 considered pure? As a Corvette owner, you obviously have some discretionary money to spend. Are you so gullible to allow these predatory companies think they can separate you from your money simply because it has a Corvette logo on it? Reminds me vaguely of the dialogue in the Chris Farley movie Tommy Boy. Rewritten, it would sound like this, “You could take a dump in a box and then slap a Corvette logo on it and then some sap would feel good about it, and would buy it.” See what I’m saying? In the end, all you really have left is a box of crap that won’t get you three bucks on eBay. You’d be better off putting the $19.95 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling) in your gas tank and going for half a days cruise. Or buy that one little part that you’ve been putting off forever. Me? I think I’m finally going to order that hubcap inset that I lost oh, three or four years ago. For those of you who haven’t see the commercial, it’s playing on Jalopnik.com For those of you who just have to have it because, gasp, it celebrates the 100 year anniversary of GM, order your box of crap Corvette Coins at CorvetteDollar.com
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Today is National Drive Your Corvette To Work Day and so I thought I would do just that. Despite the fact that I work in a home office, I was able to get the Corvette out on my weekly trip to our server hosting center to change out my backup tapes. As I mentioned in my earlier post today, this is also the 41st anniversary of my father buying the Corvette, so it was a nice way to celebrate that milestone as well.

Even if you didn’t or couldn’t drive your Corvette to work today, just get it out soon and enjoy yourself. These cars were meant to be driven!
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41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

by Keith Cornett on June 29, 2007

The date was June 29, 1966 and that young man was my father. Little did he know that his actions, 41 years ago today, would set into motion a chain of events that would forever change the life of his yet unborn son. Think I’m being dramatic? Read on…

Phillip Cornett was working for Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson. That year, J&J awarded the top salesman from each of their divisions a 1966 Ford Mustang. My father won the Mustang, but being a Chevy man he said “What would I do with an old Ford?” The day he picked up the Mustang, he drove it Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey and traded it in for a 1966 Corvette.

1966 Corvette Sales InvoiceThe 1966 Corvette he purchased was the base model, a 327 cubic inch 300 horsepower engine coupled to a 4-speed transmission. It was a convertible, painted Tuxedo Black with Silver interior. The only options including the 4-speed were positraction, an AM/FM radio and whitewall tires. Total cost for the Corvette was $4,639.15. Phillip received $2,439.15 for the Mustang and agreed to make 36 payments of $70.28 per month to cover the difference. With Tags, Title and interest on the GMAC loan, his out-of-pocket cost was $2,530.08

My mother, who was dating Phillip at the time, used to refer to the Corvette “Phillip’s Last Fling”. They traveled up and down the east coast in that Corvette, visiting family and friends on Chesapeake Bay or cruising through the mountains to eastern Kentucky for family reunions.

Phillip and Carole got married the following year, and I came along a year after that.

I grew up in that car, going on drives with my dad, to car shows at the town square, or on parts runs to the local speed shop. The file on the Corvette grew as he rebuilt the engine in the mid seventies. It’s funny now that I’m involved in the same hobby to see who he was dealing with back then. I have receipts from all kinds of parts companies including a couple from “T Michaelis Corvette Supplies Inc”, which we know today as ProTeam.

My father passed away in 1982 at the age of 44. The Corvette sat in a barn in Indiana for eleven years. We would joke with my mother that she was the “Widow” with an old Corvette in the barn. Many tried to buy it but none succeeded. Just prior to Thanksgiving in 1993 she said “Come get it if you want it”. I don’t remember what triggered that conversation, but I do know that my wife and I flew to Chicago from Tampa that following weekend, picking it up before she could change her mind. We made the trip back to Tampa by towing the Corvette on a u-haul car hauler with a pickup truck borrowed from a friend.

Two years later I was doing what I had set out to do in college, selling advertising for a major market television station. But I came to hate that job and frankly it hated me, so in the fall of 1995 we went our separate ways. Filling my free time by surfing the web and teaching myself HTML, I built my first website, The Route 66 Corvette page which was of course dedicated to my 1966 Corvette.

My second website was built for a guy in Colorado who wanted to help people buy and sell Corvettes through a dedicated classified ads website. It was February 1996 and that site was www.VetteFinders.com. Four years later I bought out the owner and as of today, over 12,000 Corvettes have been bought and sold through the website. Other sites came later, www.CorvetteImages.com in 2003 and then www.CorvetteBlogger.com, the first dedicated Corvette blog was launched the summer in 2005.

Someday my son Phillip will know what it’s like to be behind the wheel of this car, shifting quickly though the 4-speed while the wind blows through the open cockpit and the exhaust roars. Perhaps he will think of me the same way I think about my father, riding shotgun silently beside me like Private Malone.

But that’s the future.

Today I sit at the computer in my home while my kids play close by. The phone will ring and I will answer a question from someone wanting to buy or sell a Corvette. And this story that I posted on my blog will be read by a couple thousand people.

All because a young man bought a 1966 Corvette Convertible 41 years ago today…

Thanks, Dad.


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Photo: 2008 Crystal Red Metallic Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 28, 2007

Just last night I was hoping to see a 2008 Corvette with the new 89U Crystal Red Metallic exterior and this morning our Corvette Muse named Conti came through again:

2008 Corvette in Crystal Red Metallic
Now this color will be a hit because it’s not that big a leap from the color it replaced, Monterey Red. Besides all Corvettes are Red, right?
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The DC Team finds out that a mighty wind is blowing their way as they travel across the state of Iowa. If they said Indiana sucks, I’m sure they’re thinking Iowa blows.

This was my favorite episode yet. Keep it up, Vette Dogs!
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Photo: 2008 Jetstream Blue Metallic Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on June 27, 2007

CorvetteConti.com brings us the new 2008 Z06 Corvette in Jetstream Blue Metallic. The color already has its own acronym: JSB, but since its the successor to LMB I guess it should. Reaction on the forums is mixed with many taking a wait-until-I-see-in-person approach.

2008 Corvette in Jetstream Blue Metallic
Personally, I like the new color as it harkens back to the days of Nassau Blue, one of my personal favorites. Jetstream Blue will never be a hit though. GM will churn out a several thousand per model year and then will see a return back to a darker blue in a couple years from now. We’re also still waiting to see an 89U Crystal Red Metallic Corvette. As the 2008 Corvette production kicked off this week, it shouldn’t be too much longer until those photos hit.
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Winding Road Brings Us The C7 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2007

Winding Road socks Corvette Fans in the eye again. But this time its a good thing. In their August 07 issue, which is available for download by subscription, Winding Road rounds up a group of automotive insiders and former execs to discuss the next generation Corvette. In addition to the artist renderings of where the C7 Corvette’s design may possibly evolve, the panel is focused on answering the questions about the viability of a mid-engine Corvette. Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McClellan joins Reeves Callaway, Jim Mussler, David Welch and John Wolkonowicz on the panel and each gives their pros and cons for a mid-engine Corvette. The general consensus appears to be that a mid-engine Corvette would be good for the portfolio, and especially good for the racing program, but that the front-mounted engine Corvette is just better for everyday drivers and in the end, better for General Motors. Reeves Callaway puts it most succinctly: “The current car is such a good value. There is no better example of great engineering at an expeditious cost. It’s remarkable to me that they do it at $40,000.” That just about sums up the reason why we think Chevrolet should continue to build Corvettes with engines up front.

Here Come the C7's
Turning again to the photos, these are just artist renderings that will probably have no bearing on the final design of the C7 Corvette, codenamed GMX711. Winding Road tells us that final designs were to be presented to GM Design Chief Ed Welburn this month while the introduction is set for 2011. A significant date for sure as the bowtie celebrates 100 years in 2011. We concur…what’s a better gift than a new Chevrolet Corvette!
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Colin Powell’s Passion for Corvettes and Speed

by Keith Cornett on June 25, 2007

Colin Powell and the 2005 Indianapolis Pace CarYou know you’re still a public figure despite a three year retirement from public service when word of your shopping for a new Corvette makes “Washington Whispers“, a political rumors column at US News and World Report. That’s what happened this week with former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell presently owns a red 2005 Corvette but is looking to upgrade to the new 436 horsepower 2008 Corvette. According to the column, Colin Powell said this about Corvettes:

“You know they have this Z06 that’s 500 horsepower,” he says with awe. “They loaned me a Z06 for three days to see if I liked it,” he tells us. “I loved it, but I would be in jail by the end of the week because that thing was going 90 mph in second gear, and I didn’t know how I was going to use the other four gears.” Afterward, he made this mental note: “Powell, you are 70 years old. Stick to 400 horsepower. You don’t need 500.”
If shopping for a Corvette makes this much news, imagine when the retired General actually takes delivery. Perhaps he would consider an R8C delivery at the Corvette Museum?
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