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Rarest Corvette Small Block: The 1970-72 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2008

The 1970 Corvette ZR1

Obviously we’re big on Corvette ZR1′s here at CorvetteBlogger because the car has pushed the boundaries of performance compared to the regular Corvette. But we also love classic small block Corvettes as well. So with the help of Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis, we thought we’d combine our interests and travel back in time to take a look at the very first Corvette ZR1, the 1970-72 Street Legal Racer.

Although it would be another 20 years before the Corvette ZR1 would earn the title of King of the Hill, its predecessor set the bar high in terms of performance. In 1970 Chevrolet introduced this limited production radio delete car to the racing world. Dubbed the ZR1 based on the name of its RPO package, this successor to the L88 Corvette came equipped with the potent LT1 350 ci 370 hp small block and all the specialty options that were found on the L88s that were retired the previous year.

In addition to the LT1, the ZR1 package included an M22 rockcrusher 4-speed heavy duty transmission, J56 Heavy duty power brakes, transistorized ignition, special aluminum radiator and a suspension that included special springs, shocks and front and rear stabilizer bars.

Production of the ZR1 was limited to 1970-1972, the same three year time span of the LT1 engine. During that three year run, only 53 cars were ordered with RPO ZR1: 25 in 1970, 8 in 1971 and 20 in 1972. The ZR1′s of the 1970′s are the rarest small block Corvette ever produced.

Identification features of the 1970-72 Corvette ZR1 include:

  • LT-1 engine, suffix CTV-1970, CGY-1971, or CKY-1972,
  • J-56 heavy duty brake package with dual pin front brake calipers (power),
  • F-41 heavy duty suspension package, 7 leaf rear spring, heavy duty shock absorbers, heavy duty 5/8 front sway bar and heavy duty rear spindle struts,
  • M-22 (rockcrusher) transmission,
  • large aluminum radiator with expansion tank (no other LT-1 equipped car has an expansion tank),
  • steel fan shroud, other than 1972’s (most),
  • radio delete (no fenders drilled for antenna). The ZR-1 package could not be ordered with any creature comforts, ie: air conditioning, power windows, power steering, radio, alarm system, rear window defroster, or special trim items like P02 wheel covers.

As an investment, the C3 Corvette ZR-1 is poised for growth, especially those from the first year (1970) where horsepower was at its highest mark. For the cost of a 1967 L71 Big Block, you can own a performance Corvette with a production limited to just 25!

This Corvette ZR1 has been marked down from $149,000 to $130,000 as part of Proteam Corvette’s 911 Emergency Sale. But if you’re interested, you better move fast because the sale ends on September 30th.

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UK’s Top Gear to Test Drive The 2009 Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2008

Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

The three hosts of the UK’s wildly popular Top Gear show arrived in San Francisco and then headed out to Reno where they picked up their rides for an all-American edition of the show. Frequent critic of all things American Jeremy Clarkson was spotted getting into a 2009 Velocity Red Corvette ZR1 while co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May had to settle with a Cadillac CTS-V and a Dodge Challenger SRT8 respectively.

Following their drive through Reno, billed as the Biggest Little City in the World (figure that one out), the three ended up at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Despite the fact that we’ll hear Clarkson make stupid quips about leaf springs, push rod V8s and plastic-fantastic interiors, we might just be treated to seeing the Corvette ZR1 pushed to its 200+ mph maximum velocity.

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I am sure the show will offer plenty of Corvette ZR1 eye candy and we’ll be treated to some sort of stunt that only Top Gear can deliver, but Clarkson’s boorish comments and his bash-America attitude will make watching the segment a chore at best.

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NASCAR’s Hendricks Team Perk: Corvette ZR1s for Everyone!

by Keith Cornett on September 19, 2008

Hendricks Motorsports Corvette ZR1s

Corvette Conti brings us the news that NASCAR’s Hendricks Motorsports team was at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green this week to take delivery of five 2009 Corvette ZR1s. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were in attendance as well as Rich Hendricks. One of the Corvettes is also going to Dale Jr, but he wasn’t available to make the trip. At $120K a pop, that’s a serious perk!

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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle 2008

by Keith Cornett on September 18, 2008

1967 Corvette Sold at Corvettes at Carlisle 2008

We got the auction results from last month’s Corvettes at Carlisle auction and despite the fact the auction was held on Friday and featured a sales success rate of just 36%, I am going to take a “glass is half full” approach. For the collector with less than deep pockets, the first time Corvette buyer or an enthusiast looking for a decent quality driver, the auction at Corvettes at Carlisle may just be the place to buy your next Corvette.

First the specifics: The auction at Corvettes at Carlisle is not what it once was in year’s past. Since the auction was moved in-house last year, it’s been reduced to a one-day event, and this year it was held on Friday of all days. 80 Corvettes crossed the block and 29 sold, earning a sales success rate of 36%. The 29 Corvettes totaled $731,050 in sales. Although these numbers are comparable to 2007′s auction, total sales were down almost $244,000 from last year’s $974,950.

In an attempt to shake up the auction landscape, Carlisle made some changes this year benefiting both sellers and buyers by offering free consignment as well as waiving bidder registration fees. The fact that Corvettes aren’t selling at Carlisle like the rates of other primarily Corvette auctions is just as much related to seller expectations as to the current market: Sellers are holding on to cars and may be waiting for better times and many buyers are primarily searching for a deal and passing on anything else. The simple fact is that it takes two to move a Corvette at an auction, a motivated seller and a buyer with cash in hand.

But as I look down the list of cars that did sell at this year’s event, I am seeing what appears to be some pretty good deals. So it just may be that auction at Corvettes at Carlisle could very well turn into the enthusiast auction where decent cars are sold for a fair price. Call it the anti-Barrett-Jackson auction. So let’s take a look at some of the cars that did sell.

The top seller was a 1967 Corvette Convertible with a 427/390 hp engine and a close ratio 4-speed transmission. Red with a black top and black stinger hood, this Corvette gets an A in curb appeal. Documented with owner history and the original Protect-O-Plate, this big block sold for $86,500. Well bought and sold.

Looking for a unique piece of history? How about a Supercharged 1954 Roadster. This Corvette features one of less than two dozen McCulloch supercharged engines produced in 1953/54. McCulloch cars are identified by the “SUPERCHARGED” script on the front about the Corvette emblem. This Corvette had some wear, but for the collector looking for something a bit different, $65,000 was enough to take this cool little roadster home.

Finally, the late Chip Miller’s personal 1994 Corvette ZR-1 was offered up by his son Lance at no reserve. This exceptional Polo Green Metallic Corvette ZR-1 is number 200 of only 448 produced in 1994 and features just 11,700 miles. Chip loved the ZR-1 for its unique LT-5 engine which all but guaranteed collectibility in future years. The Corvette was sold for $30,000. Again, this was a great price for a Corvette owned by one of the giants in the hobby.

Here are the full results from the 2008 Corvettes at Carlisle Auction:

1954 Corvette Convertible SOLD $65,000
1956 Corvette Convertible High Bid $71,000
1956 Corvette Convertible High Bid $39,500
1957 Corvette Convertible High Bid $72,000
1958 Corvette Convertible High Bid $75,000
1958 Corvette Convertible SOLD $47,500
1958 Corvette Convertible High Bid $85,000
1960 Corvette Convertible High Bid $59,000
1961 Corvette Convertible High Bid $49,000
1962 Corvette Convertible High Bid $75,000
1962 Corvette Convertible High Bid $87,000
1963 Corvette Split Window High Bid $75,000
1963 Corvette Split Window SOLD $46,000
1964 Corvette Coupe High Bid $90,000
1964 Corvette Coupe High Bid $110,000
1964 Corvette Coupe SOLD $32,000
1964 Corvette Coupe High Bid $35,000
1965 Corvette Convertible High Bid $69,000
1965 Corvette Convertible High Bid $45,000
1965 Corvette Coupe High Bid $94,000
1966 Corvette Convertible High Bid $74,000
1966 Corvette Coupe High Bid $72,500
1966 Corvette Coupe SOLD $30,000
1966 Corvette Convertible High Bid $42,000
1966 Corvette Convertible High Bid $30,000
1967 Corvette High Bid $45,000
1967 Corvette High Bid $41,000
1967 Corvette Coupe High Bid $95,000
1967 Corvette Coupe High Bid $45,000
1967 Corvette Convertible High Bid $47,000
1967 Corvette Coupe SOLD $47,500
1967 Corvette Convertible High Bid $52,000
1967 Corvette Convertible SOLD $86,500
1968 Corvette Coupe SOLD $16,000
1969 Corvette Convertible High Bid $27,000
1969 Corvette Coupe High Bid $94,000
1970 Corvette Coupe High Bid $74,000
1970 Corvette Convertible SOLD $28,500
1970 Corvette Coupe High Bid $27,500
1970 Corvette Stingray SOLD $15,250
1971 Corvette Stingray High Bid $7,000
1972 Corvette Convertible High Bid $40,000
1972 Corvette Convertible High Bid $27,000
1972 Corvette Coupe SOLD $17,500
1972 Corvette LT-1 Coupe High Bid $32,000
1972 Corvette Stingray SOLD $13,000
1972 Corvette Convertible High Bid $46,000
1973 Corvette Coupe High Bid $18,000
1974 Corvette Coupe High Bid $14,500
1975 Corvette Convertible SOLD $16,000
1976 Corvette High Bid $6,700
1978 Corvette High Bid $5,500
1978 Corvette SOLD $11,500
1978 Corvette Coupe SOLD $19,000
1978 Corvette High Bid $13,000
1979 Corvette Coupe High Bid $11,500
1980 Corvette Coupe (T-Top) SOLD $8,100
1980 Corvette Coupe High Bid $8,000
1981 Corvette Coupe SOLD $3,900
1981 Corvette Coupe SOLD $11,000
1982 Corvette Coupe SOLD $13,750
1982 Corvette Coupe SOLD $10,500
1985 Corvette Coupe High Bid $6,500
1986 Corvette Coupe SOLD $4,500
1986 Corvette SOLD $6,300
1987 Corvette Callaway Coupe High Bid $20,000
1989 Corvette Callaway Coupe High Bid $25,000
1990 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe High Bid $28,000
1992 Corvette Coupe SOLD $8,750
1994 Corvette ZR-1 Coupe SOLD $30,000
1999 Corvette Convertible High Bid $87,000
1999 Corvette Convertible SOLD $16,000
2003 Corvette Convertible SOLD $36,000
2003 Corvette Convertible SOLD $28,500
2005 Corvette Covertible High Bid $38,000
2005 Corvette Coupe High Bid $30,000
2006 Corvette Convertible SOLD $37,500
2007 Corvette Coupe High Bid $32,500
2007 Corvette Z06 SOLD $55,000
2007 Corvette Convertible High Bid $49,000

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C4 Corvettes Damaged by Hurricane Ike

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2008

C4 Corvettes Damaged by Hurricane Ike

Here’s a photo of two C4 Corvettes that were severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. In addition to the physical damage, I am sure both cars were thoroughly waterlogged as well.

Unfortunately, having looked through some of the photo galleries of Ike’s fury and knowing what a huge state for Corvettes that Texas is, I am sure we’ll be seeing a lot more. Just hope everyone was okay. Cars can be replaced, people can’t.


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[VIDEO] Cindy McCain – Corvette Drifter?

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2008

Cindy McCain Drifting a Corvette

There are many things we don’t know about the personal lives of the Presidential candidates and that extends to their spouses as well. ESPN’s E:60 took some time with Cindy McCain and I was surprised to learn that she has a serious passion for all kinds of motor sports and has even pursued drifting.

According to her son Jack, after seeing a drifting race, Cindy was taken immediately with the sport and the two of them flew to Japan to learn from one of the Country’s highly regarded instructors.

Unfortunately, due to a wrist injury suffered on the campaign trail, we don’t get to ride along with the wife of the Republican Presidential candidate behind the wheel and sliding sideways around the corners of a track, but we do see video we’re assuming to be Cindy drifting one of the yellow Corvettes at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix.

Cindy apparently has a soft spot for NASCAR as well. The video shows her behind the wheel of Corvette Z06 Pace Car, which she drove at a NASCAR race at Pocono in August.

Cindy and her son Jack are finishing building a Nissan 240 SX with a “tricked out engine” as she calls it and promises to continue her passion for motor sports if her husband is elected.


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Corvette ZR1 and the Camaro SS

Here is the 2009 Corvette ZR1 joining her much anticipated sibling, the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS for a few laps around the track. The video shows the Camaro SS first and then is joined by the Corvette ZR1.

The video is raw though and when the two cars are shown together, the sound goes blank. Zero, Nada. Time for a voiceover? Maybe that silence is a good thing considering the sound emanating from the 6.2L LS3 V8 Camaro SS is a little lame. But with the starting price of the SS anticipated to be around $30,000, you’ll have a few dollars left over to add a Corsa exhaust system.

This is the second time in recent memory that we’ve seen the Corvette paired with a new Chevy car, the other being the Cobalt. Like that commercial, the Corvette is the scene stealer, especially in closing seconds as you’ll see. While some are wondering if the new Camaro SS will siphon sales from the Corvette, it’s important to remember that the Corvette is a Corvette and the Camaro SS, well, isn’t.

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GM: Corvette Production Being Cut to Reduce Supply

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2008

Corvettes on a dealer's lot

Not since the mid-Nineties has production of the Corvette been slowed due to oversupply, but now it appears that GM will halt production of the iconic sports car next month to lessen supplies during this so-called automotive downturn. Often billed as “recession-proof”, Corvette’s production will be cut by an estimated 20-30 cars per day and layoffs will effect up to 9% of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s workforce.

Automotive News has confirmed with GM that production of the Corvette will be halted the week of October 6th and when assembly resumes on October 13th, the assembly line will be slowed from 18.5 to 15 Corvettes per hour. The slower production will result in roughly 20-30 Corvettes per day being eliminated from the supply while the one week shutdown will remove an estimated 700 Corvettes from supply.

Eldon Renaud, President of the UAW Local 2164 in Bowling Green said up to 75 people of the 800 hourly workforce could be laid off. “We’ve weathered a lot of downturns but I think this one has finally lasted long enough and people are concerned enough about the economy that it’s probably having a minor effect.”

Through the first eight months of 2008, Corvette sales fell 8.5% to 21,066. While we saw a 47.4% rebound in August sales when the 2008 Corvette was included in GM’s employee pricing incentive program, GM Spokesperson Sharib Basel says “you can’t count on incentives holding down inventories through the balance of the year.”

Automotive News via Autoblog

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Only in Vegas: Rent A Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2008

C6 Corvette Z06 For Rent on the Vegas Strip

I was in Las Vegas for a long weekend to attend the wedding of a friend. Walking the strip, we came across an exotic car rental service which had this Corvette Z06 parked out front.

I couldn’t take it for a spin though as my lucky streak was limited to picking good restaurants and fast taxi lines. I was lucky to leave with a Corvette shirt on my back. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – including my money! Related:
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2009 Corvette ZR1 on the Autobahn

Dutch automotive site rides along with GM engineer and test driver Patrick Herrmann as they shakedown the very first European 2009 Corvette ZR1 on the autobahn. Before Patrick goes full throttle, we see him checking all the fluids and air pressure, as well as the DIC readouts once the Corvette is warmed up. Then all hell breaks loose as Patrick unleashes the 6.2L supercharged Corvette ZR1 on the autobahn, easily reaching speeds up to 310 kph or 192 miles per hour.

Usually we just share the video and you can watch it here in the wonderfully crappy youtube format. But for this drive, we recommend visiting where you’ll be able to see the Corvette ZR1 presented in widescreen HD glory. Oh, and when Patrick’s ready to start the Corvette for the very first time, you will want to have your speakers volume set to 10. This is one awesome ride!

We also grabbed some frames as the Velocity Yellow Corvette makes for some great eye candy. Besides, American’s aren’t used to see a speedometer that goes up to 330 kph.

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Only 70 Corvette ZR1s are expected to be exported to Europe this year. Dutch importer Kroymans, the company that handles the sales of Corvettes in Europe, has set the price for the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 at 136,000 Euros. At current exchange rates, that translates to over $214,000 US Dollars.

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