You know it, we know it and now the readers of AskMen.com know it. When putting together their list of the Top 10 American Inventions, the first uniquely American Sports Car made the cut. The Top 10 list is made up of what the editors call American inventions that impacted the culture so much so that they’ve become synonymous with the character of the nation. I’ll buy into that premise. Besides, where else could I combine three of my favorite all-American inventions: The Corvette (#10), Bourbon Whiskey (#9) and the Colt .45 (#8). Whoo Hoo!!!
About the inclusion of the Corvette at number 10, AskMen.com says:
The sports car brings to mind many things, such as speed, freedom, sex, and the open road. And since the first Corvette rolled out of the Chevrolet factory in 1953, it has been all of those things and more to generations of Americans. Itâ€™s the great American sports car for everyone, from teenage boys dreaming about one day owning one to middle-aged men who make their teenage dreams come true and finally have the privilege of storing one in their garage.
The Corvette is the first sports car built by an American car manufacturer. After six generations, itâ€™s been made into coupes, hatchbacks, and convertibles, and branded as roadsters, Grand Sports, Sting Rays, Z06s, and more.
The Corvette found a place in pop music when Prince released “Little Red Corvette” in 1983, and in 2001 Chevrolet responded, sort of. Specifically, they featured a red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray on a number of billboards with the caption, They donâ€™t write songs about Volvos.
Visit AskMen.com to see the entire Top 10 List of All-American Inventions
Three Corvettes Make Top Gearâ€™s 100 Sexiest Cars List
Since it is 1969 Corvette week at CorvetteBlogger.com, what a better way to display your models and other Corvette paraphernalia than on a replica three dimensional shelf. The shelf measures 20″W x 8″H and 6Â½”D and features an authentic reproduction of a ’69 Vette grille, headlights and finish.
Click here for details: WhatOnEarth.com
Last week we brought you the Chevy V8 Bar-B-Que Grill, the ultimate mod for the outdoor gearhead chef. Well today, we bring out your inner geek with the V8 computer case mod. Take a couple of computer cases and strap them together in a V configuration, add some valve covers, an 8-pack and a Corvette emblem (another 1969 Corvette reference, btw) and presto, you got the fastest looking computer on the block. Love the ignition key!
From our friends at Gizmodo.com
Flickr Photo of the Day: Corvettes ‘N Clouds
Corvette Values: 1969 Corvette Convertible
Last week we shared the dyno numbers from an LG Motorsports test of an automatic 2008 Corvette. This week, Corvette tuner MTI puts another LS3 2008 Corvette to the test and the numbers we see are even higher. MTI’s test vehicle is a bone stock 6-speed manual 2008 Corvette with the Z51 package and new NPP Dual Mode Exhaust. Only 6 miles were on the odometer at the time of the test.
According to Zach@MTI, the Corvette made an additional 50 rear wheel horsepower over the last 2007 stock model tested. Results for the 2008 Corvette finished with a Max Rear Wheel Horsepower of 395.3 and Max Torque was 384.5. LG Motorsports test of their Automatic 2008 was 370.8 Rear Wheel HP and 363.8 Max Torque.
Unfortunately, all these dyno tests on the new LS3 Corvettes are having an unintended consequence for 2007 Corvette owners, many of whom now seem to be experiencing buyer’s remorse.
LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette
My name is Keith Cornett and I have a problem. My addiction began long ago but it has now grown to the point that it is all I think about. I’ve tried getting help but so far nothing has work. I have subscriptions to multiple “self-help” magazines and have joined several online support forums where those with a similar addiction can meet, swap stories and generally not feel out of place in our society.
Symptoms of my addiction include “the fever”, a twitch in my right foot and a constant sound in my ears that can only be described as a roar.
Recently a friend told me about Corvettes Anonymous. Another support group I moaned. What can they offer that no else has in the past? Well, there are the informal meetings and get-togethers, and they teach you to embrace your problem, not hide in the shadows.
So I read up about Corvettes Anonymous and I liked what I saw.
Corvettes Anonymous is a group of like minded individuals from varying backgrounds and club affiliations who get together and have fun. What could be better than that. Best of all, several events are planned each year with the goal of raising money for a Florida food bank and an Alzheimer’s care-giver support service.
In fact this Wednesday evening is one of their larger events called Steak-Out 3, a Corvette show held from 6-9pm at a Steak-N-Shake restaurant in Clearwater Florida. Steak-Out 3 features a Best of Show award, a 50/50 Raffle, plus Goodie Bags and a Silent Auction. If you are in the area, check it out as all the proceeds go to the RCS Food Bank.
So back to Corvettes Anonymous. The long and short is I joined the group, have admitted that I have a problem, and am now seeking treatment via their online couch. The good news is if you afflicted with the same addiction for Corvettes, you can get help too. Just visit CorvettesAnonymous.com and say “My name is ___________ and I have a problem.”
Corvette Cruise: The 5 Bridges Run
From the Flickr Corvette Pool:
1969 Corvette Options and Facts
There were 38,762 Corvettes produced in 1969. Production was split between 22,129 Coupes and 16,633 Convertibles. Base price for the Coupe was $4,781.00 while the Convertible model was priced slightly less at $4,438.00
6 different engine options available:
350 ci 300 hp
350 ci 350 hp (L46)
427 ci 390 hp (L36)
427 ci 400 hp (L68)
427 ci 430 hp (L88)
427 ci 435 hp (L71)
10 Exterior Colors Available:
8 Interior colors were offered
No quantitiy records for exterior colors available for 1969 model year
How to Spot a 1969 Corvette:
The 1969 Corvette was very similar to the 1968 Corvette, the first of the C3 generation. In 1968 and 1969, there were four vents behind the front wheels. Only in 1969 did a Stingray script appear about those vents. Side mount exhaust and trim inside the four vents also differentiated the 1969 model from the 1968 Corvette.
1969 Corvette Highlights:
The Stingray moniker was reintroduced on the 1969 Corvette, however this time it was spelled as one word instead of two. The 1969 Corvette featured the first base engine with a displacement of 350 cubic inches. The steering wheel was reduced in size from 16 inches to 15 inches. A strike caused production of the 1969 Corvette to run an additional four months, through December 1969, which resulted in the largest single year production of Corvettes at that time.
1969 Corvette Values:
The 1969 Corvette has become one of the most popular Corvettes to own in the last few years, so much so that the five year appreciation rate for the Convertible model is an astounding 51% while the Coupe is 46%. Average prices are in the affordable mid $20,000′s and it is not uncommon to see the Big Block collectibles upwards of $80,000.
Corvette Black Book
Corvette Price Guide
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1965 Corvette Coupe
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1959 Corvette
Academy Award winner and salad dressing king Paul Newman shares a passion for speed and despite being 82 years old, is still actively competing in SCCA sanctioned auto racing. After appearing in the film “Winning” back in 1969, Newman developed an interest in amateur racing has been competing since the early seventies. Today he drives in the GT-1 class and his race car of choice is the Chevrolet Corvette.
This weekend Newman will be competing at the 60th Annual Glen Nationals at Watkins Glen International. Test day was Friday and driving the #82 Corvette, a reference to his age, Newman drove a best lap of 1:55.7, which was a half second off the time posted by his 62 year old teammate Mike Brockman, also driving a Corvette.
Paul is no stranger to the winners circle. Just this year he has scored one pole, two SCCA regional-class wins and a second place finish. Newman has won four amateur national championships, the last being in 1986 and in 1995, at 70 years old, became the oldest driver to win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Newman’s crew chief, Bill Lloyd says “His competitors are amazed at how quick he is at his age. He’s an inspiration for a lot of drivers, both young and old.”
Newman’s #82 Corvette produces 640 horsepower and has a top speed of 185 mph. In addition to car’s number referencing his age, his trademark initials “PLN” (Paul Leonard Newman) are scripted above the door.
Update: Paul finished in 4th position at the Glen Nationals. He had his work cut out for him after his cool suit failed. His racing team mate, Mike Brockman finished in second place just 10.410 seconds behind the 1st place finisher Simon Gregg. All three drove Corvettes…
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Bad Boy Vettes learned a costly lesson at LeMans last month: Until you can find a way to protect a hood mounted camera, mount it on the inside. But that didn’t stop the boys from trying something else new. During last week’s ALMS race at Lime Rock, BBV took racing videography to a new low…as in FootCam! With Johnny O’Connell taking a few practice laps around the short, bumpy 1.5 mile track that is Lime Rock, we see the in-car camera view and within a picture-in-picture screen is Johnny O’s foot going gas, brake, gas, brake.
While I kept reading the knock on Lime Rock is that is small, tight and congested, seeing the video makes you realize it’s all that and more. And with speeds over 100 mph and top speeds at 150, that beautiful V8 sound the Corvette C6.R produces is just awesome.
BBV is open to suggestions on other camera placements. How about ShifterCam or Driver’s FaceCam.
Visit Bad Boy Vettes
to view the video. Thanks for the tip, Dan!
Best Video Yet: C6.R Corvette Lapping Le Mans
We’re kicking off a new feature for Friday’s here at CorvetteBlogger.com. We spend endless hours each week on the internet and we look at hundreds of different Corvettes for sale, both at VetteFinders.com, our classified ads site as well as Corvette dealers and other car websites. In that search we come up with some really interesting Corvettes that are available for purchase. Our Friday Features will be Corvettes for sale that are both unique, rare and collectible, as well as those that are common, affordable drivers. So buckle up and get your checkbooks ready because these featured Corvettes won’t be available for long…
1979 Corvette AKA Project Shark Attack
This 1979 Corvette was built for and featured in 20 issues of Corvette Fever Magazine as their “Project Shark Attack” Corvette. Built by Corvette Fever contributing Technical Editor Chris Petris, the 1979 Corvette was documented from start to finish. The Corvette features a 383 ci engine with just about every dream component from top manufacturers including Crane Cams, Hooker, Holley, Edelbrock and more. The Corvette was appraised at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2006 for $62,000. The seller will consider a best offer over $55,000. Click here for more on the 1979 Corvette Project Shark Attack.
2007 Corvette – Indy 500 Festival Cars
In addition to the 500 Corvette Pace Car Replicas manufactured by GM this summer, which by the way have mostly been snapped up, were the pre-public production of the 2007 Corvette Replicas used at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 for drivers and race officials. Rick Conti at EVS Chevrolet got a shipment this week of six of these barely used Festival Corvettes. Each Corvette features an Indy 500 Festival sticker. The six Corvettes range in pricing from $61,995 to $64,995, well under the MSRP of a new 2007 Indy 500 Replica Corvette. Visit CorvetteConti.com for details.
1965 Corvette – Bloomington Gold BenchmarkÂ®
The most elusive of Bloomington’s awards is the Benchmark, and this 1965 Corvette Coupe became only 1 of 12 1965 Corvettes to achieve BenchmarkÂ® status. To achieve Benchmark status, a Corvette must first earn the SurvivorÂ® award and then be Bloomington GoldÂ® certified. This 1965 Coupe features the very first Corvette big block engine, the 396 ci 425 hp L78 and has just 21,000 actual miles. The Coupe has a very desirable color combination of Rally Red with a Black interior. Offers over $200,000 are being accepted by ProTeamCorvette.com
1969 Corvette Coupe – SCCA Tribute Car
This very unique 1969 “SCCA Vintage Racing Tribute” Corvette Coupe has only 19,900 original miles. It is not set up for racing and that is why it’s called a “tribute Corvette.” It still has its original L46 engine coupled to an M20 four speed and a positraction 3:55.1 rear end. Options include factory air (not installed), PB, PW, T&T, AM/FM, and headrests. Several boxes full of original and NOS parts and manuals are included with the sale. Available for $32,990. Click here for more details and photos at VetteFinders.com
Do you have a Corvette for sale that you think would be worthy of being featured? Drop me an email and let me know where we can find out more about it. And stay tuned for next week’s Friday’s Featured Corvettes.
eBay Find of the Day: Mystery Men 1979 Corvette Limo
The coming of the Corvette SS has generated a buzz on the interwebs that hasn’t been seen since… well, perhaps never. When you’re talking about a brand new $100,000 Corvette, truth and rationale seem to go right out the window. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, who has taken his share of the uber-Corvetteâ€™s spy photos has decided to give readers a reality check by debunking the top five Corvette SS rumors.
Myth 1: The Corvette SS will be offered in a manual transmission. False. The LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmissions, so the SS will only be offered in an Automatic.
Myth 2: The Corvette SS will use twin turbochargers to develop 650 hp. False. The LS9 has a single supercharger mounted between the cylinder banks. The intercooler appears to be mounted above the supercharger just under the air scoop.
Myth 3: Chevrolet will produce 3,000 units of Corvette SS. True. The company is planning 1,500 units each year for two years and then will halt production.
Myth 4: The New Corvette will cost $100,000. True. That price point may actually be higher and could end up between $100,000 and $125,000.
Myth 5: The Corvette Z06 will be dropped from the Chevrolet lineup. Don’t Know. This story goes both ways with either the Z06 continuing to be placed on the moderate end of the high performance lineup or that it will be gone all together.
Here is my take on these five myths:
Myth 1: If the Corvette SS will only be offered in an automatic, then there will surely be tears shed by the enthusiasts who believe high end sports cars need a manual shifter to compete with the exotics and other high end competition. On the other hand, there has been a constant drumbeat from the same base to have Chevy offer the Z06 as an automatic. Myth 2: I don’t think anyone believed the Blue Devil/SS was going to be turbocharged. Myths 3 & 4 appear to be dead on. The two year run would take the program to 2011, which is when the C7 is slated for production. My guess is that depending on how well the SS program is received will determine its place in the future C7 lineup. Myth 5: The demise of the Corvette Z06 would cause a lot of consternation among the fan base, especially if the SS program is slated to run only two years. Corvette fans like options, and the idea of a Base/Z06/SS lineup has a lot of appeal.
PopularMechanics.com via Autonewsguide.com
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Usually the combination of the words “engine” and “barbeque” bring out the worst fears in any gear head, with visions of a torched engine compartment full of burnt metal and molten plastic. However, two enterprising guys have turned the negative combination of words into a delectably positive one.
Trent Whatley and Terry Bacon converted a real Chevy V8 engine into a propane gas grill capable of 60,000 BTU’s. It’s the ultimate grill for any die-hard Chevy fan. And I love the fact that it’s mounted to an engine stand.
I think these guys may have just stumbled onto a business. Imagine the possibilities. The big block grill for people who like entertaining, the small block grill for everyday use, or customize an old battery into a grill for the greenies. Extending the brand, you got the Hemi grill or the Ford 350 Cleveland grill. The idea is awesome and it sure beats the Weber I got out back.