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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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US News & World Reports
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The Roby Price 1967 Corvette ConvertibleWith the release of the Bloomington Gold Auction Results from Mecum Auctioneers, we getting some interesting insight into what may be happening with the Corvette Market. 295 Corvettes crossed the auction block during the three day auction weekend, with 145 being sold for a total of $8.2 million in Corvette Sales. That is a 49% sales success rate for the 2007 Gold Auction. Comparing this year’s Gold auction to the 2006 Auction, we see declines in total cars available (295 vs 344), Sales totals ($8.2 million vs $10.4 million) and percentage sold (49% vs 56%). Okay, Keith. So what does that mean? It means that we may finally be moving back to an enthusiast-driven market, where Corvettes are being bought to be driven, instead of the Collector Market, where Corvettes are bought to be stored. Drivers almost always sell for less than trailer queens, which brings down the prices you see at auctions. A higher percentage of cars that don’t reach reserves and therefore don’t sell tell you that sellers were holding out for prices that didn’t materialize. So this may be a slightly simplistic view of what’s happening to the overall Corvette market, but it does fit with some of the indicators we’ve seen and heard. I am a believer in trends so we’ll have to see if this continues with auctions that deal primarily with Corvettes. But this auction did have Corvettes for the collectors. The top selling Corvette was lot #S67, a 1967 Corvette Convertible called “The Roby Price Car”. The Big Block 427 ci/435 hp Corvette carries a Bloomington Gold certificate and was part of the Special Collection back in 1991. It is one of the best documented 1967 Corvettes in existence, with Top Flight Awards in 1989, 2002 and 2003. The Corvette sold for $467,250 with commission. The second highest-selling Corvette at the auction was a Riverside Red 1963 Corvette Coupe Z06 which sold for $367,500. This Corvette is 1 of 199 Z06 Coupes made in 1963 and has the rare (1 in 63) Big Tank option. There was another 1963 Corvette Z06 that sold for only $139,650. However, there was no write-up available on the Mecum site for this Corvette, and chances are it wasn’t a tanker like the other Z06. The two 1953 Corvettes also did very well, maintaining the pricing trend we’ve seen over the last year. Lot #S91, Chassis #107, has a Bloomington Gold certificate and has just 120 on it since restoration. It sold for $296,625. Lot #S53, which sold for $283,500 is Chassis #210 and has been housed in a climate controlled garage with the same owner for the last 13 years. Here are the SOLD results from the 2007 Bloomington Gold Auction:

Lot # Year Description Color Sales Price
S531953Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$283,500
S911953Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$296,625
S541954Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$87,675
S551955Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$178,500
F751956Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,163
S321957Chevrolet CorvetteRed$152,250
S1171957Chevrolet CorvetteRed$76,650
S1251957Chevrolet Corvette FuelieRed$157,500
S1421957Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$110,250
U561957Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$53,550
F711959Chevrolet CorvetteSapphire$68,250
S431959Chevrolet CorvetteRed/White$82,950
S1391959Chevrolet CorvetteRed$30,975
S351960Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$102,375
S971960Chevrolet CorvetteBlue/White$57,750
F201961Chevrolet CorvetteRed/White$45,150
F691961Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$46,725
S611961Chevrolet CorvetteBlack/Silver$84,000
F1131962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$47,250
S4.11962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,950
S221962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$35,700
S371962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$49,350
S621962Chevrolet CorvetteBeige$91,875
S711962Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$85,050
S861962Chevrolet CorvetteRed$56,700
F791963Chevrolet CorvetteTan$56,175
F921963Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$45,675
S201963Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$92,925
S471963Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$50,925
S631963Chevrolet Corvette Z06Red$367,500
S1021963Chevrolet CorvetteRed$54,338
S1221963Chevrolet Corvette Z06Red$139,650
F651964Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$43,050
U451964Chevrolet CorvetteRed$39,375
F351965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$64,050
F1451965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,950
F1511965Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$60,900
S231965Chevrolet CorvetteRed$48,825
S61.11965Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$60,375
S651965Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$59,850
F451966Chevrolet CorvetteMaroon$46,200
F661966Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$46,200
F911966Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$48,300
F1251966Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$57,225
F1281966Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$53,550
S251966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$92,400
S881966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$48,038
S1321966Chevrolet CorvetteRed$47,250
F71967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$42,000
F1221967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$44,625
S71967Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$96,600
S271967Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$131,775
S401967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver/White$111,300
S461967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$136,500
S481967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$90,300
S671967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$467,250
S991967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$105,000
S1101967Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$61,425
S1121967Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$131,250
S1141967Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$136,500
U121967Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$52,500
F1021968Chevrolet CorvetteRed$21,000
S18.11968Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$73,500
S601968Chevrolet Corvette L-89Maroon$89,250
S681968Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$73,500
S1161968Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$25,200
S1461968Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$40,425
F81969Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$24,150
F91969Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$30,975
F311969Chevrolet CorvetteRed$43,050
F571969Chevrolet CorvetteGold$38,850
F601969Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$24,413
F771969Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$26,250
S24.11969Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$31,500
S391969Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$43,050
S691969Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$85,050
S731969Chevrolet CorvetteBurgandy$97,125
S1251969Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$27,300
S1481969Chevrolet CorvetteRed$40,425
F551970Chevrolet CorvetteRed$32,813
F55.11970Chevrolet CorvetteRed$37,800
S301970Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$27,300
F491971Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$21,000
S191971Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$42,000
S1111971Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$48,300
F441972Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$28,875
F1341973Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$15,225
S1.11973Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,325
S871973Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$28,875
U421973Chevrolet CorvetteBurgundy$12,495
F511974Chevrolet CorvetteOrange$16,013
F741974Chevrolet CorvetteRed$8,750
F64.11975Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$20,738
F851975Chevrolet CorvetteGreen$8,750
S841975Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$18,638
U461975Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$7,000
U261976Chevrolet CorvetteRed$16,800
F411978Chevrolet CorvetteBlack/Silver$18,900
F541978Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$11,025
F881978Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$8,500
F951978Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$11,288
F1001978Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$28,875
F1111978Chevrolet CorvetteNA$8,700
F371979Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$13,125
F931979Chevrolet CorvettePlatinum$10,763
U151979Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$7,500
U171979Chevrolet CorvetteBeige$8,500
F1521980Chevrolet CorvetteRed$10,763
U191980Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$8,750
F171982Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,850
F811982Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$30,713
F1331982Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$25,463
U331982Chevrolet CorvetteRed$17,640
F111984Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$5,500
F221984Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$24,150
U161984Chevrolet CorvetteRed$2,050
U181988Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$9,000
U551988Chevrolet CorvetteGrey$9,250
F891989Chevrolet CorvetteNA$11,550
F1051989Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$14,175
F1361989Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$14,700
F761990Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$25,463
S91990Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Black$60,375
F101991Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$14,175
F231991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1White$19,950
F821991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Red$25,988
S101991Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Blue$60,375
S211991Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$20,475
S111992Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1White$60,375
F361993Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Ruby Red$44,625
F1071993Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$18,638
S121993Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Red$60,375
F251994Chevrolet CorvetteWhite$40,950
F631994Chevrolet CorvetteCopper$17,063
S131994Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Green$60,375
U591994Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$11,655
S141995Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1Yellow$60,375
F161996Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$12,600
S161996Chevrolet CorvetteNA$34,125
S931996Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$80,850
S1001996Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$68,775
F1371999Chevrolet CorvetteBlue$18,900
U272000Chevrolet CorvetteSilver$111,300
F862007Chevrolet CorvetteYellow$55,620
S41.12007Chevrolet CorvetteBlack$$66,950
         
Total Sales: $8,255,306

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SEMA Corvette Super Coupe Concept

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2007

The V7 Super CoupeLos Jalops got us a pic of American Super Car’s Corvette Super Coupe Concept that is being built for the SEMA show in Las Vegas later this year. The concept, officially called the V7 Super Coupe will be powered by a Chevy LS motor with twin-turbos that should bring up the horsepower output to 1,000. Smoking!


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The Ten Commandments of Corvette Ownership

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2007

The Vatican’s release of a 10 Commandments on Driving has sure started a lot of conversations on the auto blogs and forums. The Church is hoping the list will remind drivers to be charitable to others and lessen the occurrences of Road Rage. Interestingly, the most common response I’ve seen to the list is that the Church only needed one commandment: “Move over when a faster car approaches you from behind”. But my favorite response has been the posting of The Ten Commandments of Corvette ownership by “Pewter Dream” on the Corvette Forum. They are:

  1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s Corvette.
  2. Thou shalt not worship any other car besides Corvette. For there is but one automotive God.
  3. Thou shalt not (tell) kill (stories).
  4. Thou shalt not adulterate your Corvette with ricer wings and flares.
  5. Thou shall honor all of the mothers and fathers in the history of the Corvette.
  6. Thou shalt not give false testimony…at your speeding ticket hearing or about your Corvette’s horsepower or 1/4 mile times.
  7. Thou shalt not misuse the name of Corvette.
  8. Thou shall remember the day your Corvette came into your life and keep it holy.
  9. Thou shalt not steal a glance at that shiny Corvette next to you at the car show and wonder if he is a Rejex, Adams or Zaino fanatic, and then go home and start another “which wax is best?” thread.
  10. Thou shalt not make for yourself a shrine to your Corvette.
Do you have a Corvette Commandment that should be on this list?
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Ron FellowsWithout so much as a chance to cool his jets following Corvette Racing’s 2nd place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ron Fellows has turned his attention to NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on Sunday. The road-racing specialist has five combined wins in NASCAR’s Truck and Busch series, but so far a Nextel Cup race win has eluded him.

“It’d be huge,” Fellows said of a possible win. “It’s why we keep pursuing it. It’s unfinished business for me. We’ve been fortunate enough to win in the Truck Series and the Busch Series, but I really want to get a win in Nextel Cup. “When you look at how big and popular Nextel Cup racing is, it’s impossible to ignore. It would be, without a doubt, one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had.”
Fellows will be substituting for Tony Raines in the Hall of Fame #96 Chevrolet. Ron has 15 starts in NASCAR cup races finishing in the top 10 4 times and twice in top 5.
“I thoroughly enjoy doing [NASCAR races], whether it’s Busch, Cup or Truck,” Fellows said. “The Nextel Cup Series is the cream of the crop and on the competitive side of it, these guys are all very, very good. The racing is incredibly close and that’s enjoyable. “It’s also a lot shorter than what I’ve been doing recently [Le Mans] — and I don’t have to get out of the car during the pit stops.”
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 starts at 3:30pm and will be televised on TNT.
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The sponsoring dealer of my Corvette Club (Tampa Bay Vettes) received their allocation of the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car this week and offered club members a preview of the limited edition convertible Friday Afternoon. Ferman Chevrolet is offering the Corvette on a first come – first serve basis. MSRP is listed at $67,420 plus the $825 delivery charge. The replica Pace Car is everything I thought it would be. The graphics are well done but not overpowering like the case in some previous years (remember 1998 anyone?). I especially liked the embroidered logos on the seats, the matching fuel rail covers and of course the “winged tire” Indianapolis 500 badge on the quarter panel. Someone told me when I was taking photos that I should just download them off the internet, because they would be better. I laughed and said “Yes, but these are mine!” So while this is old news, photos and all, the experience of seeing the car up close and personal makes it all new again. Car people would understand that.

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So after the preview and some free pizza, the ride home turned out to be an event all unto itself. As it was a club event, I wore my uniform, the 1966 Corvette Convertible pictured below. And while the ride home normally takes about 25 minutes, I got caught in the middle of Florida afternoon rain shower. This is only the second time since 1993 that I’ve been caught in the rain and the first time since having the car painted. Needless to say, the cockpit leaked horrendously so I pulled under the Crosstown overpass until the worst pass. The joke about Florida is true…if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. Soon, the heavy rain slowed to light sprinkles and I was able to finish my drive home.
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on June 22, 2007

Wow, I can’t believe we are nearing the end of June already. If you are wanting to get behind the wheel of a new or classic Corvette and have a little fun during summer, now is the time. The following six cars were highlighted in June’s Featured Corvettes Newsletter from VetteFinders.com. They are just a sampling of the 500+ Corvettes for sale on the internet’s first dedicated site for selling Corvettes.

1958 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Corvette For Sale 1972 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1958 Convertible
$89,999
1966 Corvette
$46,900
1972 Convertible
$27,995
 
1996 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2004 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2006 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1996 Coupe
$14,900
2004 Hardtop
$40,000
2006 Coupe
$42,995
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Patrick, Steve and DCZ arrive at South Bend for the Cannonball One Lap of America. The Team prepares by drinking all night and making disparaging remarks about the Hoosier state. Um, Patrick, I grew up in Indiana…??? Seriously, these shows are fun. We see the team check in and get their map and cool stickers for the Cannonball and then Patrick takes his turn on the skid pad!


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Le Mans: Corvette Racing’s Post-Race Recap

by Keith Cornett on June 20, 2007

The No. 63 Corvette C6.R team celebrates their 2nd place finish on the podium at Le MansLast week and throughout the weekend I set a goal to provide timely and interesting updates about Corvette Racing’s attempt to defend their GT1 championship at Le Mans. Truth be told, it was probably the most fun I’ve had on this blog since its inception in 2005. Despite the letdown that comes with your team falling short of the overall goal, second place is still an honor and the Corvette Racing streak of seven consecutive podium finishes is nothing short of amazing. Here are some related post-race links worth checking out, as the comments and stories come from the people that were there:

CorvetteRacing.com
The official press release about the Second Place Finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. GM FYI Blog
Listen to four podcasts from the the Corvette Racing Team. The post-race comments come from GM Racing Director Mark Kent, Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan and drivers of the 2nd place #63 C6.R Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. PaddockTalk.com
Oliver Gavin reflects on what’s it’s like when it goes wrong. The defending GT1 Class championship driver was piloting the #64 Corvette C6.R when the prop shaft failed. Unable to fix the car from the side of the track, Gavin was forced into an early retirement and found other ways to spend the time at Le Mans, including narrating this clip of the #63 Corvette C6.R making contact with a P1 Audi.
I’d like to congratulate the #63 Corvette C6.R team for giving the race their all, especially when 90 minutes into it you were suddenly shouldered with the sole responsibility of winning Le Mans. And for the #64 C6.R Team, you boys handled adversity and bad luck with class and dignity. We know you’ll be back next year with a vengeance! Lastly, I’d like to thank Richard Prince who loaned us three great Corvette Racing photos to use throughout the week as our Le Mans banner. You can view his work at Le Mans this year by visiting the Corvette Racing Photo Gallery.
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