Corvette sales took a bit of dip last month as GM reported 966 deliveries in the month of July. The 966 units is the lowest since January’s 842 deliveries and was 30% lower than the 1,396 Corvettes sold in June 2009. However, based on July sales of Corvettes in 2007 and 2008, the decline is most probably due to smaller dealer inventories and consumer anticipation for the 2010 model which the factory started building last week.
A week ago we introduced you to the SV 9 Competizione, the new Corvette-based custom coach from SV Motor Company. The SV 9C was conceived, designed and assembled in just 10 months which is an amazing feat in the automotive industry. To make the concept happen, SV Motors teamed up with an all-star team that included Pratt & Miller, Corvid Technologies and others. Today we’re happy to present you with real-world pics from the car’s debut last week in San Francisco.
The 9 Competizione mixes US performance with the aesthetic characteristics the finest Italian road cars. While the exterior features the most radical changes with its new carbon fiber body, we really like what SV has done on the inside. Check out the two-tone leather and burlwood interior and particularly the wood finished accents on the steering wheel. Nice.
The 9C will be limited to just 1,000 cars and the cost is just under $100,000. Check out SV Motor Company for reservations and further details.
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Our friends at BadBoyVettes have alerted us to a GM Press conference on Tuesday August 4th at 1pm EST for the introduction of the new ZR1-homologated GT2 Corvette C6.Rs. BBV says the new Corvettes will be sporting a new livery created by the GM Design Center.
We can tell you the Corvettes will be yellow and Jake will be there. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan confirmed as much back in April while talking about the GT2 Corvettes at the Corvette Museumâ€™s Birthday Day Bash:
“Yellow will be the predominant color. We have a tremendous amount of equity built up in that and its not just here in the United States, its around the world…Photographers love it, magazine publishers love it, art people love it, so when you look at all the ancillary stuff that we are able to achieve by retaining that velocity yellow color, that will be the base color on the car but I can assure you that graphically, they will be very distinguishable in the way they look.”
The Corvette Racing team returns to the ALMS grid this weekend for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio August 6-8th. The two-hour, 45-minute race is scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8. The race will be televised same-day tape-delayed on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.
We are checking with some of the Chevrolet communications people to see if the press conference will be available online. We’ll share any details we learn as well as provide full covereage of the unveiling on Tuesday afternoon. Until then, you can catch up again on some of the GT2 Corvette’s details by watching the Doug Fehan/GT2 Corvette video.
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The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.
Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.
2009 was a year of highs and lows for Corvette. The high was most definitely the introduction of the Corvette ZR1. With a supercharged 638 horsepower engine, it’s the most powerful production Corvette ever built by GM. The new ZR1 garnered the attention of automotive journalists everywhere who showered the car with awards and accolades. When we talk about the low points, it’s the global automotive recession that resulted in a 52% decline in sales from the 35,310 Corvettes built in 2008 to just 16,956 built in 2009.
The Corvette Coupe remains the best selling model in the Corvette lineup with 8,737 produced (49.4%). For the second year in a row, the Z06 outsold the Convertible albeit with a much smaller margin 3,461 vs 3,342 (20.4% vs 19.7%). Finally, the ZR1 model with its base price slightly north of $100,000 saw 1,415 produced for an 8.3% market share.
Black remains the most popular exterior color with a 21.6% of Corvettes produced. However, the real surprise was Cyber Gray, which was a new color addition to the Corvette lineup in 2009. Cyber Gray was selected on 18.3% of all Corvettes and was the most popular color chosen for the combined Z06/ZR1 model. Victory Red was a solid third with a 13.2% share. Just one Corvette was painted LeMans Blue – the very first Corvette ZR1 built – purchased by Dave Ressler for $1 million at 2008′s Barrett-Jackson auto auction.
Here are selected items from the final 2009 Corvette production stats. Click here to download the complete 2009 Corvette Production Statistics.
|10U Artic White||863||603||260||0|
|17U Blade Silver||1,642||937||269||436|
|19U LeMans Blue||1||0||0||1|
|45U Velocity Yellow||1,370||439||565||366|
|57U Cyber Gray||3,104||1,416||393||1,295|
|74U Victory Red||2,231||1,108||369||754|
|83U Atomic Orange||726||409||91||226|
|85U Jetstream Blue||1,367||650||191||526|
|89U Crystal Red||1987||1,342||645||0|
|Convertible Top Colors||Total||Coupe||Conv||Z06/ZR1|
|35T Gray Beige||676||0||676||0|
|37T Titan Gray||212||0||212||0|
|31I Light Cashmere||1,764||1,026||738||0|
|42I Ebony/Lt Linen||358||135||69||154|
|78I Ebony/Dk Titanium||946||142||91||713|
|84I Light Titanium||1,611||781||439||391|
|1LT (Coupe & Conv)||3,271||3,033||238||0|
|2LT (Coupe & Conv)||1,879||1,193||686||0|
|3LT (Coupe & Conv)||5,230||3,256||1,974||0|
|4LT (Coupe & Conv)||757||449||307||1|
|MH3 6-Speed Manual (ZR1)||1,415||0||0||1,415|
|MM6 6-Speed Manual||5,225||1,455||309||3,461|
|MX0 6-Speed Auto Paddle||8,560||5,822||2,738||0|
|MZ6 6-Speed Manual w/Z51||1,756||1,460||296||0|
|QG6 Base Aluminum||3,039||2,537||502||0|
|QG7 Polished Aluminum||1,989||1,497||492||0|
|QL9 Z06 Polished Aluminum||13||0||0||13|
|QX1 Comp. Gray Aluminum||1,028||945||83||0|
|Q10 Z06 Base||378||0||0||378|
|Q44 Z06 Comp. Gray||372||0||0||372|
|Q6A ZR1 Comp. Gray||283||0||0||283|
|Q6B ZR1 Chrome||1,132||0||0||1,132|
|Q76 Z06 Chrome||795||0||0||795|
|Q8A Z06 Chrome Var1||1,903||0||0||1,903|
|Q9V Forged Chrome||5,649||3,258||1,891||0|
|C2L Dual Roof Pkg||1,051||1,051||0||0|
|F55 Magnetic Select Ride||3,520||979||1,126||1,415|
|NPP Dual Mode Exhaust||6,238||4,205||2,033||0|
|R8C Museum Delivery||392||126||83||183|
|US8 Single CD/Radio||5,882||4,487||930||465|
|US9 Multi CD/Radio||3,139||1,668||779||692|
|UV6 Heads Up Display||11,591||4,302||2,413||4,876|
|U2K XM Satellite Radio||15,983||8,058||3,274||4,651|
|Z51 Performance Handling Pkg||4,515||3,516||999||0|
|CSC Comp Sport||72||52||0||20|
|GT1 GT1 Edition||125||53||17||55|
Bowling Green Assembly Plant
Yesterday was the running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. As in the past, the Corvette Z06 was chosen as the Pace Car and we got to say that the graphics package consisting of red and charcoal work very well. The Festival Corvettes, which are the silver Convertibles, were also on hand for the weekend and are used for ferrying drivers and track officials and VIPs to various events during the week leading up the race.
Check out the gallery of photos from Corvettes at the Allstate 400.
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Photo Credits: Bret Kelley, Chris Jones, Ron McQueeney
That’s the questions being posed by UK-based Autocar in this video showing a 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette ZR1 going flat out through the English countryside in pursuit of the unknown chase car. With the narrow twisty roads, the ZR1 gives the thought of a pass now and again, but always backs off, but not before unleashing the 638 horses for a few seconds. Watch closely at the 1:53 mark as the ZR1 catches some serious air that lifts all four wheels off the road.
It was a battle between Corvette and Maserati for what could be the final run of GT1 race cars at the 24 Hours of Spa. In the end, it was the PK Carsport C6.R driven by Mike Hezemans, Anthony Kumpen, Jos Menten and Kurt Mollekens that finish a comforable 11 laps ahead of the Vitaphone Racing Team (DHL) Maserati MC12.
Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin was driving at Spa this weekend for the Belgian FIA GT Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT). Gavin was leading at 21 hours when the car developed a serious oil problem and spent the majority of the final hours in the garage. It would come out and complete a final lap for certification and finished 19th overall.
Another member of the Corvette Racing Team, Marcel Fassler, faired much better with the Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS. Fassler and co-drivers Henri Moser, Alexander Margaritis, and Marc Besseng dominated the G2 category and rose up the standings during the cool night hours. Unable to hold off the resurgent Vitaphone Maserati, the Audi R8 finished 15 laps down for third overall.
This is the second win in two years for PK Carsport Corvette at the 24 hours of Spa.
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The National Corvette Museum will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary celebration in early September and one of the high points of the 4-day event will be the raffle of this one-of-a-kind NCM 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe.
The Corvette to be raffled is a collector’s dream. The Arctic White 2010 Corvette Grand Sport features a unique black hood treatment featuring Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost painted in the center bulge, much like those found on the 2009 GT1 Championship Editions. A red stripe outlines the hood graphics and compliments the Grand Sport’s red hashmarks on the fender. The National Corvette Museum logo on the B-pillar adds the finishing touch on this special edition.
Other options on this Corvette is a 6-speed manual transmission, chrome wheels, dual mode exhaust, black headlights and a ZR1 rear spoiler. Inside you’ll find red two-tone leather seats and a audio system with touch-screen navigation.
“You can summarize the car this way,” Tadge Juechter, Chief Engineer of the Corvette said, “Zero to sixty in four seconds; 26 miles a gallon.”
Only 2009 tickets will be sold at a cost of $150 each making your odds of winning very good. The Corvette will be raffled on the final day of the 15th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 6th at 10:00am CST. Cash prizes are also part of the raffle with a 2nd place winner receiving $10,000 and a 3rd place winner taking home $5,000.
“This special ‘one off’ NCM Corvette Grand Sport coupe was created and inspired by the hard work and dedication of the people who work at the National Corvette Museum,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette Designer. “The chosen colors of white, black, and red were based on the NCM logo. The stripe design embodies the true ‘passion for competition’ that the Museum has for Corvette’s long racing heritage. The Corvette Museum not only displays Corvette’s history but is also dedicated to presenting Corvette’s latest offerings. This is why we chose the new for 2010 Corvette Grand Sport for NCM’s 15th Anniversary!”
The Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration begins on Thursday, September 3rd when over 5,000 Corvettes will convene in Bowling Green, caravanning from all 48 States. During the 4-day celebration, enthusiasts can participate in events which include seminars, road tours, special displays, parades, auctions, a live concert and the main event which is the official grand opening of the newly expanded National Corvette Museum.
Details of the raffle and the Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration can be found on the National Corvette Museum’s website.
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