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Corvette Z06 Chosen to Pace 50th Daytona 500 in 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2007

The 2008 Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace CarThe Daytona 500 is arguably the most prestigious race on NASCAR’s seemingly endless yearly racing schedule and for the last four years, Corvette has led the pack of race cars as the Official Pace Car. 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, flanked by representatives of the Daytona International Speedway and General Motors, made a surprise appearance at last week’s Central Florida International New Car Show in Orlando, Florida to announce that Corvette would be back for the fifth consecutive year as Pace Car for the 2008 Daytona 500. Next year’s race will be even more special as 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. The 2008 Corvette Z06 Pace Car pays tribute to Daytona’s golden anniversary by being decked out in a stunning “Anniversary Gold” exterior paint with Red, White and Blue racing stripes. Like previous years, the Daytona 500 logo adorns the doors while the Chevrolet bowtie graces the hood in red. The current top-of-the-line Corvette is ideally suited for the pace car duties at Daytona. The Corvette Z06, with 505 horsepower, has more horsepower than the NASCAR sprint cup race cars it will pace. Other than the integrated light bar and strobe system, the Corvette Z06 Pace Car is nearly identical to the street version.

“Chevrolet has been inextricably linked to NASCAR from its inception and we are honored to support the golden anniversary of the sport’s premier race – the Daytona 500 – with a very special Corvette Z06 Pace Car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette Z06 has established a tradition in leading the pack at Daytona, which reflects Chevrolet’s commitment to racing and the fans.” “Talk about a ‘wow-factor,’” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “It’s the perfect piece of machinery to help pace a star-studded field at ‘The World Center of Racing’ for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500.”
The 50th Anniversary running of the Daytona 500 will be held Sunday February 17, 2008.
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#3 Corvette C6.R For Sale. One Owner, Low Miles…

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2007

The #3 Corvette C6.RAs our primary focus is bringing you unique information about Corvettes that are for sale, here’s an ad that appeared on the American LeMans website: Pratt and Miller Corvette C6.R #3 Race Car
Driven by Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows
Price: $650,000.00 SKU: #***CORV5504

Corvette Details: No bling but much zing. Special everything, including things we can’t tell you about. 1 owner, 1 seat. Low miles, but driven very fast. Always garaged. Never driven on public roads. Cared for by loving owners, cursed by the competition. One of only a few. Available only in Velocity Yellow. Championships and Drivers not included. Only for sale because Ms. Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage. Yes this is really for sale. For more information please call or email. Specifications: Chassis 005 that raced in LeMans (finished 2nd in class) and in the 2007 American LeMans series.
575 Horsepower, 6000-rpm redline
7-liter small block V8
2425 lbs hydoformed steel chassis with composite body
Longitudinal front engine, rear wheel drive
Tunable to the low drag demands of LeMans or the high downforce requirements of Mosport.
I don’t know what’s funnier, the verbage of the ad which includes “Ms.Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage.” or the fact that the ad is in a shopping cart format, which allows you to add the car to the shopping cart basket (only after selecting yellow in the drop-down box) and then checkout. The only follow up questions I would have as a buyer is if I can get a CarFax report and a Bad Boy Vettes repaint
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The 2008 Corvette Z06Kelly Blue Book has released their list of 2008 model year vehicles with the best resale value and Corvette was front and center. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the inclusion of the Corvette Z06 in the newly created High Performance category. Last year’s survey omitted that category, but still said this about the 2007 Corvette Z06:

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards exclude expensive, high-performance, low-volume vehicles, because of the program’s emphasis on serving the typical consumer. The No. 1 vehicle would have been the 2007 Corvette ZO6, holding the greatest percentage of its original value after a five-year ownership period.
This is what Kelley Blue Book says about the 2008 Corvette Z06 in this year’s survey:
Replace the standard Corvette’s 430-horsepower V8 with a 505-horsepower V8—an engine hand-assembled by a single technician—and you’ve got what many consider the best of the best in American sports cars. The added power is managed by a reworked suspension that delivers improved handling with very little sacrifice in highway ride comfort.
In addition to the Corvette Z06 holding the best resale title in the High Performance Category, Chevrolet’s Corvette also got the nod in the top 10 list for 2008 vehicles with the Best Resale Value.
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October 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2007

Corvette Sales declined significantly in month to month sales according to the latest General Motors monthly sales figures. October 2007 totaled 2,484 compared to September 2007 sales of 2,837. As the UAW strike affected production in late September, this monthly decline is almost directly attributable to the two day walkout. As for Calendar year sales, it looks like we are closing in on around 35,000 Corvettes produced for the year, which has been roughly the average yearly production of Corvettes over the last decade.

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%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%

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More Corvette ZR-1 Video from Laguna Seca

by Keith Cornett on November 7, 2007

Our friends at Winding Road have posted another look at the Corvette ZR-1 that took Laguna Seca by storm two weeks ago. This video captures the sound of the Corvette as it rounds a couple of turns.


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The 1953 Corvette Convertible1953 Corvettes continue to fetch big money at collector car auctions around the country. Over the weekend, a 1953 Corvette hit the auction block at Hilton Head’s Concours d’Elegance and sold for $440,000, a figure that ties the high price set earlier this year for the first year mark at the McMullen auction in Detroit. The selling price includes the 10% Buyers Premium. The Hilton Head auction was gaveled by the Worldwide Group. With 1953 Corvette prices up sharply compared to 2005 and 2006, collectors are striking while the iron is hot. Only two 1953 Corvettes were sold at auction in 2006, including the #003 Corvette which changed hands for $1,080,000 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. So far this year, seven 1953 Corvettes have hit the market, with six resulting in sales. Here are the sales results for 1953 Corvettes for 2007:

Auction Model Price Result
       
Hilton Head 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
Mecum St. Charles 1953 Corvette $225,000 High Bid
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $283,500 Sold
Bloomington 1953 Corvette $296,625 Sold
McMullen 1953 Corvette $440,000 Sold
WW – Seabrook, Tx 1953 Corvette $396,000 Sold
Barrett-Jackson (Scottsdale) 1953 Corvette $298,350 Sold
       
  Total Sales: $2,154,475  
This year alone, over $2 million dollars has been generated on the sale of six of these first year Corvettes. The strong results has pushed the Corvette investment market into a new era where being the first Corvette is now on average more valuable than fuelies or big blocks. This trend all but guarantees that we will see more 1953 Corvettes come out of the shadows and into the auction paddocks in 2008.
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ZR-What? Corvette C6RS coming April 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Pratt & Miller's Corvette C6RSPratt & Miller wants you to forget all about the ZR-1, the 650 hp supercharged Uber-Vette due sometime next year. The big hype over the last view days has been reverberating from SEMA with the revelation that the famed race car builders will be producing an ultra limited number of Corvette C6RS, the 8.2 liter E85 powered Corvette with an exterior inspired by Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs. Only 25 Corvette C6RS are planned with deliveries beginning April 2008, however the entry fee into this unique club is stiff: $185,000 plus a C6 donor car. The Corvette C6RS is unique in so many ways and the E85 angle must drive environmentalists crazy. Yet, for the cost of two new ZR-1 Corvettes, is the Corvette C6RS worth the price? As someone pointed out. You’re essentially buying into the association with Pratt & Miller more than the car itself so if you can pony up the $200 large for an ultra cool C6RS, make sure you do it right by providing a velocity yellow donar car and then slapping a number #4 (or #64) on its side and painting Jake on the B-Piller when its complete. With Chevrolet offering what will essentially by four models next year: coupe, convertible, Z06 and ZR1, the tuners in the Corvette enthusiast market will need to push their designs to a new level if they want to succeed in their niche. Despite the costs of ownership, Pratt & Miller has created a winner with its 600 horsepower E85 powerplant and race-inspired carbon fiber panels.
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Former Corvette Engineering Chief to Launch Podcast

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan who led the Corvette platform from 1975 through 1992 is planning on launching a Corvette podcast on his forthcoming website CorvetteChief.com. Appearing on the Podcast Answer Man, Dave says his 18 years at the helm of Corvette in addition to his close proximity with Corvette fans will be the basis of planned topics. McLellan followed in the very big footsteps of Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov who retired in 1975. Under McLellan’s watch, new technologies were introduced to Corvette including ABS, traction control, airbags, keyless entry and extended mobility tires. He produced the first 140 mph Corvette in more than a decade and his crown achievement was development of the original King of the Hill, the Corvette ZR-1.

“I interact with enough Corvette folks in a years time that I have a pretty good sense of the kinds of questions that people want to ask about the car, or about me or about you know the guys who are doing the car today.” Said McLellan, “It makes the most sense to start out just talking about things I know and are interesting to me and that I think will be interesting to other people and then let it branch from there and that’s where feedback is very useful.”
The new podcast will be produced by BitCastMedia.com and will be appearing on Dave’s soon-to-be-released website, CorvetteChief.com. We’ll keep an ear to the intertubes for more details when the site goes live.
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Video: Building the Last C4 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this video which tells the story of the assembly of the last C4 Corvette, 1996′s VIN 21,477. The Corvette was purchased by Mid America Motorwork’s Mike Yager who was able to follow the corvette down the line as it was being assembled. Mike talked and joked with the workers and he encourged them to leave their signature somewhere on the car. The Corvette still resides in Mike’s collection to this day.


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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

There is a change in the air as Fall seems to have finally arrived. If you’re looking to get behind the wheel of your favorite sportscar, now is the time and VetteFinders.com is place. With over 500 Corvettes for sale, from C1s to C6s, you’re sure to find the Corvete of your dreams. Below is just a sampling from our bi-weekly “Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com” email newsletter, representing a Corvette from each generation:

1960 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1964 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1980 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1960 Convertible
$79,999
1964 Coupe
$54,990
1980 Coupe
$8,900
 
1991 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2000 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2008 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1991 Convertible
$17,900
2000 Coupe
$27,900
2008 Coupe
$41,500
Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
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