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First Built 2006 Corvette Z06

The 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at Palm Beach gets underway this Thursday and currently 39 Corvettes are listed on the auction docket. The list is an interesting mix of classics and newer Corvettes because, like January’s Scottsdale auction, General Motors is selling 100 vehicles from its Heritage Collection which includes 11 Corvettes and prototypes.

The earliest Corvette on the list is a black 1954 Corvette roadster (Lot #664). The Corvette is off a fresh frame off restoration and is powered by the 235 ci straight 6 Blue Flame engine. With only 4 Corvettes thought to be original black cars in 1954, we doubt this Corvette is one of them as there is no mention of documentation or certification from NCRS/Bloomington.

Another early Corvette we think will do well is a 1966 Corvette Coupe (Lot #646) equipped with a 427/390 V8 and a 4-speed. The matching numbers coupe comes with factory air conditioning, J56 power brakes, power antenna, day/night mirror, back-up lights, traffic hazard warning, AM/FM radio, knock-off wheels and correct General tires. This Corvette was awarded an NCRS Top Flight at the Dallas Texas Regional in October 2008.

There are a couple unique GM Heritage Collection cars here as well. While many will like the 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car (Lot #675) that is 1 of 4 Corvettes used at the race, we like several of the prototypes and mule cars being made available. In that category, collectors can choose from the 1999 First Built Hardtop (Lot #678.1) stuffed with an LS7, the 1990 ZR-1 “Active” prototype (Lot #676.1) and a 2005 C6 Coupe Test Mule (Lot #57) that still features its camouflage coverings.

Also of interest is the first built 2006 Corvette Z06 (Lot #679.2) driven at Nurburgring in 2005 by Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen. We recommend you take a couple of minutes and read up on the description of this historic C6 Corvette.

SPEED TV will be providing 22 hours of auction coverage with the live action starting at 12 noon on Thursday, April 9th. Download our 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Schedule for auction and coverage times.

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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Auction Results: Barrett-Jackson Corvette Sales Total $10 Million

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#28 LG Motorsports GT2 Corvette Qualifying in St. Pete

We trained our camera today on the LG Motorsports #28 GT2 Corvette and drivers Lou Gigliotti and Eric Curran who were in St. Petersburg for the second stop on the American LeMans Series – the Acura Sports Car Challenge. This afternoon’s session was for practice and laying down qualifying times.

The #28 Corvette ran a fastest lap time of 1:14.633, qualifying for eighth position in GT2 and 10.857 seconds behind the pole-winning #62 Risi Ferrari 430 GT.

Eric Curran, Driver, LG Motorsports, Corvette C6: “In my first race with the team at Miller Motorsports Park last year I got the car up to third place, the team’s highest running position to date. The team has shown constant improvement and we feel we have the potential to get on the podium. This week at St. Pete, the LG Pro Long Tube Header Corvette will be partnering with Whelen Engineering. Plus, we’re really happy that Corvette fans will have our GT2 Corvette flying the Corvette banner for them.”

Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body
LG Motorsports Makes Bid to Race GT2 Corvette at Le Mans

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New Corvette Rebates and Incentive Offers

by Keith Cornett on April 3, 2009

Corvettes for sale at Kerbeck

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette wanted us to help spread the word about the special rebates and incentives being offered by GM. Last month’s Corvette sales were the best since September 2008 and GM really wants to build on the momentum with these rebates and incentives. The good news is that you can thousands on both 2008 AND 2009 Corvettes.

For 2009 Corvettes

  1. 4.9% Financing for up to 60 months, OR
  2. $1,000 rebate

For 2008 Corvettes

  1. 0% Financing for up to 60 Months, OR
  2. 2.9% financing for up to 72 months, OR
  3. $4,000 rebate, OR
  4. $2,000 rebate and 5.9% financing for 60 months.

Want to take advantage of these special rebates or financing deals on new Corvettes? call Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!

Kerbeck Corvette

March 2009 Corvette Sales

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March 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2009

In keeping with our “glass is half full” optimism regarding monthly Corvette sales, we are happy to report that the March 2009 sales report released by GM yesterday shows the third straight month of growth for 2009 in new Corvette deliveries. In March 2009, 1,183 Corvettes were sold which was a 15% increase over February’s 1,027 deliveries and was 41% higher than the 842 Corvettes sold in January 2009.


More Details Emerging on the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 1, 2009

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Back in January, we brought you news that GM was considering a Grand Sport Widebody for 2010 and now the interwebs have blown up again with the news following a Corvette Forum post by Billings, Montana Chevy dealer Ken Fichtner. I guess a rumor is much more official when you can back it up with the internal model codes from GM. We’ve also got some additional information about the Grand Sport and it’s about the color blue.

Ken’s post on the Forum went viral pretty quick. Here is what he said:

Chevrolet will offer the 2010 in 6 models:

1YY07 Corvette Coupe
1YY67 Corvette Convertible
1YY87 Corvette Z06
1YY87 Corvette ZR1
1YG07 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe
1YG67 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible

I haven’t any other information on colors, trim, powertrain, packages, or options.

I will keep you updated as information is available.

Well, we do have some brand new info regarding the 2010 Grand Sport Corvette:

  • It will be offered as a widebody (like the Z06/ZR1)
  • It will be offered in different color combinations, not just blue/white.
  • It will be offered with the LS3 – no engine upgrades.
  • Some parts/pieces of Z06/ZR1 may be offered on the GS.

Regarding that last bit of info, we are hearing a brake package may be available but we could also see other items like a differential cooler.

And if you want a blue Grand Sport, you can get one but it will come in Jetstream Blue only. No other new colors are slated for 2010 other than Torch Red replacing Victory Red.

We heard from Corvette Marketing Manager Harlan Charles say at Sebring that the new 2010 models can be seen at the Birthday Bash on April 24th at the Corvette Museum so we are assuming the Grand Sports will be there as well. CorvetteBlogger will be making the trip to the Bash specifically to witness the 2010 introductions and will bring the coverage to the web that weekend.

Corvette Forum

Rumor: 2010 Corvette to Include a Grand Sport Widebody
CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

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Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Body

In the video presentation from GM Road Race Manager Steve Wesoloski at Sebring, we got an update on the building of the GT2 Corvette. Steve said the following that should put a smile on any Corvette Racing fan: “They (Pratt & Miller) hung the body last week… It’s a ZR1 body. At the doors, it’s got flares front and rear to fit the racing wheels and tires. I got to tell you that it looks more aggressive than the C6.R. But It looks purposeful, it doesn’t look gaudy and it fits that class.”

We turned to to begin our “GT2 Watch” and sure enough, Eddie and the boys have offered a preview of what the GT2 Corvette might look like with the above cad rendering of a ZR1-based GT2. Gone of course is the hood with the polycarbonate window. Wesoloski says the GT2 will be powered by the LS7 destroked to 6 liters this year and next year the rules require another step down to 5.5 liters. Wesoloski says Pratt & Miller will be using an LS3 modified to 5.5 liters with output of around 500 horsepower to reach those goals.

Stay tuned for more GT2 news as it comes available.


[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Steve Wesoloski: “Racing Sells Cars”
Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R To Hit Test Track in March

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Hourly Corvette Production Slashed Again

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

UPDATE: Autoblog spoke with Andrea Hales, GM Bowling Green Assembly Communications manager, who informed them that while there will be six weeks of down time from now until the end of June, the plant actually has about 600 workers and they will continue to build 11 Corvettes per hour, not eight.

Earlier this week it was announced that GM would idle the Bowling Green Assembly Plant for 6 weeks over the next three months. What we are hearing now is that when the plant is open, hourly production of the sports car will fall from 11 to 8 cars an hour.

UAW Local 2164 Secretary Cindy Shelton confirmed the slowing of the assembly line to 8 cars an hour, a far cry from the 18 cars an hour produced a year ago. “We are hardly running”, she said as the workforce has been trimmed to 400 workers, down from nearly 1,000 workers two years ago. “We are all worried and we are all waiting.” Shelton said in response to news about Rick Wagoner’s departure and President Obama’s comments about General Motors earlier this week. “Retirees are worried about their pension if GM goes bankrupt and the rest of us are just worried if we will be here next week.”

The slow down in production and plant idling comes as Corvette sales continue to run about half of what they were a year ago. In February 2009, Corvette sales were down 50% over 2008 sales. Just 1,027 Corvettes were sold in February compared with 2,071 the year prior.

Later this week we are expecting similar numbers when GM announces March 2009 sales.

Louisville Courier-Journal

Corvette Assembly Plant Facing Further Downtime
Corvette Assembly Plant to Layoff 110 Workers

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Corvettes Make Strong Showing at Geneva Motor Show

by Keith Cornett on March 31, 2009

2009 Corvette ZR1 at the Geneva Motor Show

Corvettes have a long history with Geneva Motor Show. Twenty years ago the famous motor show was used by General Motors as the launch point for the 1989 Corvette ZR-1. Earlier this month, Chevy was in Geneva again and they brought all four C6 Corvettes models to tour the Old World, and from all accounts, the C6s gave the Europeans a show.

American performance was on display as the entire Corvette lineup – Coupe, Convertible, Z06 and ZR1 – made their presence known. Whether at the show, on the road or at the track, stock or upgraded with Aftermarket Corvette parts, the latest C6 is a dominant force to be reckoned with on either continent.

Historically, the European stage has been dominated by the elite sports car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin. But GM has turned the tables and the gauntlet has been thrown down. The base coupe and convertibles now deliver up to 436 horsepower yet cost thousands less than the European establishment. The Corvette Z06 with its big 7.0 liter LS7 V8 is the quintessential American – loud, brash and fast. The widebody styling that flows seamlessly from the front fascia, to the ground effects to the signature Z06 wheels is a true testament to the marriage of style and performance.

But the real show-stopper at the GM stand in Geneva in 2009 was the all new Corvette ZR1. Making its European debut a year earlier at the 2008 Geneva show, this supercar-slaying Corvette totes a relatively hefty price tag compared to its siblings of $105,000 for an entry-level ZR1. But with that price tag you get the most powerful and fastest sports car ever produced by GM. Based on the already impressive Z06, the ZR1′s power-to-weight ratio is better than other noteworthy superstars like the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640.

When gazing at the Corvette ZR1, lucky onlookers might catch a glimpse of the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 through the polycarbonate window on the ZR1′s hood. With the carbon fiber chin spoiler and hood scoop, most aficionados agree it’s worthy of the same respect as a work of fine art. In fact, it’s almost a crime to put a Corvette cover over it. Catching a glimpse of the ZR1 is a must, because this is Corvette history in the making.

So the Geneva Motor Show wrapped it up for another year. The 2009 Corvettes on display will be transported to other shows and then eventually sold, and Europeans will have to wait until next year to see the newest Corvettes.

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Corvette History: Corvette ZR-1 Debuts at 1989 Geneva Auto Show

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Corvette Values: 1972 Corvette Roadster with a 454ci V8

by Keith Cornett on March 30, 2009

1972 Corvette Roadster

JH in New York submitted this 1972 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1972 Corvette Roadster, VIN # 1Z67W2S517XXX. Matching numbers LS5 454 ci V8 with 270 horsepower, automatic transmission, 48,100 miles. Factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, tilt-telescopic steering column. Exterior is in good condition and painted Steel Cities Gray. The chrome bumpers are in excellent condition as well as the black leather interior. No documentation.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

1972 Corvette Roadster 1972 Corvette Roadster 1972 Corvette Roadster

1972 Corvette Convertible, VIN # 1Z67W2S517XXX. The VIN indicates this Vette was built in April, 1972, the ninth month of the 1972 production period. This late production date indicates that any engineering changes or modifications were most likely included in this Corvette.

The mileage is reported to be 48,100 which is stated as original. This is quite a low number considering this Corvette was built 35 years ago.

This 1972 Convertible is powered by the original matching numbers 454-270 motor that is coupled with an automatic transmission. The 454 motor can be termed rare with only 14% of the buyers opting for this high performance motor option during the 1972 production.

The exterior is Steel Cities Gray in color and is combined with the Black leather optional interior. The paint and interior are both in good condition. The chrome bumpers are in excellent condition. It is equipped with several desirable options including power steering, power brakes, tilt-telescopic steering column and A/C.

In establishing an appraised value for this 1972 Corvette Convertible, many factors have been considered. First, the paint is unique and not a common color seen today despite the fact that 2,346 Corvettes were painted this color in 1972.

Second, the original matching numbers high performance motor was desirable. Adding to this Vette’s drivability was the addition of power steering and power brakes, the tilt and telescopic steering column as well as A/C. This is a nice combination of features.

Third, the original low mileage is a very positive factor in the value.

Taking all these factors into consideration, the appraised value of this 1972 Corvette Convertible is $35,800. Of further interest is the one-year appreciation factor of 5% in average price for this model Corvette.

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Corvette Values: 1978 Corvette Pace Car
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2009 Chevy Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 30, 2009

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Now in its sixth generation, the Chevrolet Corvette is being offered in its most powerful version ever, with the label ZR1 attached. The 638-horsepower ZR1 is the long-awaited addition to the Corvette line and it joins the the other three 2009 Chevrolet Corvette models, the Coupe, Convertible and Z06.

For the 2009 Corvette, all models gain two new color options, “blade silver metallic” and “cyber gray metallic,” while an older color, “machine silver metallic” has been discontinued. The options list now includes Bluetooth capability, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard. The convertible has a base 1LT package available, which reduces the introductory price to $51,700, and the 2LT version now includes power-operation for the top.

The base Corvette coupe starts even lower, at $47,045, making it less than half the price of (and half the trouble in finding car loans for) the ZR1, though it still comes equipped with a 430 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 2.5-inch dual-chamber exhaust system available as an option. The Z06 comes with the same 505 horsepower 7-liter V8 as last year’s model, while the much-anticipated ZR1 ships with a supercharged 638 horsepower 6.2 liter engine.

All through the 2009 Corvette lineup the suspension options are carry-overs from the 2008 models, with a Z51 performance package that adds Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, stiff springs, aggressive damping, and large (13.4 inches in front, 13 inches in back) cross-drilled brake rotors with shortened ratios for first, second and third gears, but there’s also the Magnetic Selective Ride Control option that allows the driver to adjust damping on the fly, should road conditions warrant.

More specifically, the Z06, which has a starting MSRP of $72,405, receives the larger dry-sump oiling system already in use on the Z01, a 10-spoke wheel design that comes in four fashion colors, and an upgraded audio system.

The base-model six-speed Corvette is the most fuel efficient of the line, rated at 16mpg city/26 highway, though with the automatic transmission that number is reduced by one on each side. The Z06, with its all-aluminum mill has even lower fuel economy (15 city/24 highway) while the supercharged ZR1 really demonstrates that power does NOT equal efficiency with numbers coming in at 14 city/20 highway, though it’s still better than Ferrari’s F430, if that helps.

What does this lack of major changes mean for Chevrolet in general and the 2009 Corvette in particular? Well, it means that the focus is on the new guy, the ZR1. Even though it might not have the splashy look one might expect from a super car, loyal Corvette fans won’t have to adjust to major changes.

Source: Elaine Newland

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