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Dale Jr: Member of Corvette Lunatic Fringe

by Keith Cornett on March 12, 2007

Dale Jr with his 2005 CorvetteThe Lunatic Fringe is what the engineers and designers at Chevrolet call the Corvette enthusiast community, according to the book “All Corvettes Are Red” by James Schefter. In a recent conversation with Dale Earnhardt Jr, The Las Vegas Sun’s Brian Hilderbrand asks Dale about his street-legal rides. Dale Jr’s personal fleet of cars consists of a 2005 Chevy pickup, a brand new Corvette, three Camaros, two Suburbans, a ’64 Impala and a ’55 Bel Air. Oh, and he owns a Jeep Cherokee that he turned into an orange monster truck. His two favorites are the new Corvette and the 1967 Camaro. About the Corvette, Dale says “The brand-new Corvette is a great car. They’re really, really fast but lightweight. Chevrolet, as a company, finally built the baddest car they could. They had always stayed on the conservative side and they finally let their hair down a little bit with this car and I’m really proud of them for that.” Want to know the real reason Dale sold his Mini Cooper last year on eBay? Read Take Five: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Corvette Featured in 2007 Chevrolet SS Auto Show Video

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2007

A video that’s been playing over at features the entire Chevrolet SS lineup for 2007. And leading the cadre of high performance vehicles making the rounds of the Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School is a Monterey Red Corvette Coupe. The other cars in the SS lineup include the Cobalt SS, Malibu SS, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS and the TrailBlazer SS. The Corvette SS in this video is a fantasy of course and disappers midway through.

I didn’t realize that nearly all of the Chevy models had an SS version. Where’s the HHR SS? Oh, It’s coming in 2008. I now see why Chevrolet will call the new king of the hill Corvette the SS.
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The 2007 Corvette unveiling at the NCM last year.One of the largest gatherings of Corvette owners and enthusiasts is held annually at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green in what is dubbed the C5/C6 Bash. This year’s event, to be held April 26-28th, will include the unveiling of the 2008 Corvette by Chevrolet’s Tom Wallace and Tadge Juechter. Several 2008 Corvette models will be onsite and Tom, Tadge and other Chevrolet and Corvette notables will introduce the changes coming to the new model. The 2008 will have the most enhancements to the C6 generation since its introduction in 2004. The Corvette Museum will offer pre-registered guests the opportunity to be entered into a special drawing to win a “Ride Along” in one of the special 2008 display cars. Pre-register for the C5/C6 Corvette Bash event scheduled for April 26-28 at the National Corvette Museum’s website. Pre-registration ends Sunday, April 16.
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Corvette Takes Top Spot in Owner-Satisfaction Survey

by Keith Cornett on March 7, 2007

Consumer Reports has just wrapped up what they are calling their biggest owner-satisfaction survey ever, and the Chevrolet Corvette won the top spot in the Sports Cars/Sporty Cars category, and was number 2 overall. The Corvette’s 89% was second overall only to the Toyota Prius’ 92%. The number represents the percentage of survey respondents who said they would definitely get their car again. The survey is part of the Consumer Reports annual automotive issue that has taken some flak from many online automotive sites and their readers for their testing procedures that tend to favor Japanese brands over domestics and European models. The only other GM Brands to make the Best Model list include the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs which both scored 82%, and the Buick Lucerne which scored an 80%. Visit Consumer Reports to read the entire list of Best and Worst Models
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Despite the fact the this year’s Mecum Winter Classic was held a week after the NCRS Winter Regional Show in Kissimmee Florida, Mecum’s Winter Classic was a rounding success with over $5.5 million dollars in Corvette sales and a 68% sales rate. Of the 154 Corvettes that crossed the auction block, 105 found new homes. 1966 427/425 Corvette CoupeA 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Race car with a storied past posted the highest sales figure at $362,250. The car was raced by Bob Johnson of the famous Johnson & Johnson racing team. This Corvette won many races in 1967 alone and was notorious for tearing up the SCCA Central Division’s A Production Class in 1966-68. It features a 427/425 hp engine with side exhaust, a teak steering wheel and telescopic steering column. Second on this year’s top sales chart is a 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This well-documented Marina Blue convertible has complete owners history, tank sticker, Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight with judging sheets. The Corvette sold for $204,750. Rounding out the top 3 was another 1967 427/435 Corvette Convertible. This Corvette was White with a Black Stinger and black interior. The options include 4-Speed, Off-Road Exhaust, AM/FM Radio and the Auxiliary Hard top. The Corvette is a Bloomington Gold Survivor with just 39,000 original miles. The Corvette sold for $180,600. Some interesting notes about the Corvettes that rolled through the Mecum Winter Classic. Of the top 10 Corvettes in sales prices, eight were from the C2 1963-1967 Midyear generation while the other two are C1′s. Three Corvettes sold under $10,000. They include a 1976, 1980 and a 1982. And finally, 31 of the 105 Corvettes that sold were Red, accounting for 30% of all sold Corvettes. List of Sold Corvettes at the Mecum Winter Classic in Kissimmee, Florida:

Lot # Year Description Sales Price
S1751954Corvette Red$89,250
S1601956Corvette Red$61,950
F1971957Corvette Green$105,000
S1331958Corvette Red$65,100
S262.11960Corvette Red$86,100
T39.11961Corvette Red$41,475
T301961Corvette White$45,150
F2231961Corvette White$92,400
S2871962Corvette Red$47,250
S1951962Corvette Red$62,475
F147.11962Corvette Black$84,000
T321963Corvette Red$39,900
F1921963Corvette Red$76,125
F2191964Corvette Blue$35,700
F1041964Corvette Red$42,000
F1261964Corvette Red$43,757
S2321964Corvette White$72,450
S1781965Corvette Red$42,000
S161965Corvette White$45,150
S1381965Corvette Blue$53,025
S1761965Corvette White$70,350
S2241965Corvette Red$72,500
F2221965Corvette Maroon$76,125
S941965Corvette Red$150,150
T391966Corvette Maroon$29,400
S2731966Corvette Red$43,050
S191966Corvette Blue$43,575
F1341966Corvette Red$46,725
S2861966Corvette Red$47,250
F1031966Corvette Silver$54,075
S841966Corvette Yellow$56,700
T381966Corvette Yellow$62,475
F2051966Corvette Wht/Blue$69,300
S171966Corvette Black$69,300
S150.11966Corvette Yellow$70,875
T331966Corvette Red$73,500
S1351966Corvette Yellow$73,500
F2321966Corvette Red$126,000
S831966Corvette Black$362,250
F1551967Corvette Black$44,625
T361967Corvette Yellow$52,500
F1621967Corvette Maroon$60,375
S1141967Corvette Yellow$63,000
S2841967Corvette Red$65,625
S2851967Corvette Blue$65,625
S1061967Corvette Yellow$68,250
S2831967Corvette Maroon$73,500
S1031967Corvette White$74,550
S861967Corvette Red$157,500
S1271967Corvette Blue$162,750
S1811967Corvette White$180,600
S1491967Corvette Blue$204,750
F511968Corvette N/A$29,925
S1711968Corvette White$61,950
S205.11969Corvette Yellow$18,900
F2761969Corvette Green$21,525
S1411969Corvette Yellow$40,425
F1521969Corvette Red$58,800
S1131969Corvette Dark Green$59,325
S1071969Corvette Orange$64,575
S1281969Corvette Red$106,050
S101970Corvette Maroon$27,300
F1101970Corvette Grey$43,575
S1551970Corvette Silver$57,750
F2421971Corvette Green$18,375
F801971Corvette LT-1 Blue$23,888
F1741971Corvette Red$30,450
S1961971Corvette Red$33,600
S1621971Corvette Red$34,650
S91972Corvette Orange$24,150
S1471972Corvette Yellow$27,825
T341972Corvette Orange$40,950
F188.11973Corvette Blue$19,425
T51.11973Corvette Orange$21,525
F2171973Corvette Gold$34,650
F2971974Corvette Red$14,175
F1941974Corvette Red$20,213
F2531974Corvette White$25,752
F631975Corvette Blue$33,075
T361976Corvette Red$7,600
T351976Corvette Yellow$14,700
F211978Corvette Silver$10,500
F401978Corvette Silver$15,488
F1511978Corvette Black/Slvr$18,638
F192.11978Corvette Silver$21,000
F2031978Corvette Charcoal$26,250
F20.11979Corvette Yellow$22,838
T39.11980Corvette Silver$9,700
T221982Corvette Crossfile$9,800
F231982Corvette Red$14,175
F311982Corvette Gold$14,438
F461982Corvette Pewter$17,325
S29.11982Corvette Red$18,900
S141982Corvette Silver$19,688
F291986Corvette Black$13,125
S2621988Corvette Grand Sport Red$38,325
F821990Corvette Dark Red$14,175
F921991Corvette Red$14,963
F2331996Corvette LT-1 Purple$17,588
F1021996Corvette Silver$18,900
F2681996Corvette Green$22,575
S2151996Corvette CE Silver$35,963
F2501999Corvette Black$21,263
F452001Corvette Yellow$25,200
T252003Corvette Dark Red$32,188
    Total Sales: $5,589,115

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Corvette Values: 1989 Corvette Coupe

by Keith Cornett on March 6, 2007

DS of Florida submitted this 1989 Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values:

1989 Corvette Coupe 1989 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1G1YY2187K5118XXX. 1,790 original one-owner miles. Red with red leather interior, L98 5.7 liter 245 hp engine. 6-Speed manual transmission and performance handling package. Leather sport seats, Blue tint removable top, power driver and passenger seats, and Delco Bose stereo system. Excellent condition inside and out. Docs include original bill of sale, temporary tag and installment contract.
This red Corvette coupe has only 1,790 miles and is in excellent condition. Few, if any, 1989 Corvettes are in existence today with this low, low mileage. The VIN # indicates it was built early in the second quarter of the 1989 production year. The curb appeal is excellent with the Red paint. The Corvette is powered by the standard 5.7 liter L98 350 ci/240 hp engine coupled with a rare 6-speed manual transmission. Only 16% of 1989 Corvettes had the manual transmission. It has nearly all of popular options including Leather Sport Seats, Blue-Tint Removable Top, and Power Driver and Passenger Seats. It also has the rare Z51 Performance Handling Package, an option found in only 8% of 1989 Corvettes. Important ingredients in establishing the value of a Corvette are mileage, condition, originality and original delivery documents. This Corvette meets all of these criteria including the original purchase document. We place a value of $25,000 on the described 1989 Sport Coupe. In addition, the average price of a 1989 Corvette Coupe today is showing a one year appreciation factor of 5%. Corvette Appraisals:
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February 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on March 5, 2007

GM Sold 2,784 Corvettes in the month of February, 550 more than were sold the month prior. However, sales were -9% off the February 2006 mark of 3,058. For the 2007 calendar year to date, Corvette sales remain -11% off of the 2006 pace. 5,018 Corvettes have been delivered in 2007 compared with 5,637 Corvettes for 2006. Monthly Corvette Sales Report:

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%

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Corvette Summer Promo Car Sells on eBay

by Keith Cornett on February 28, 2007

Corvette Summer Promo Car

Nearly 30 years after Mark Hamill and Annie Potts drove a hideous custom Corvette to B-Movie success, one of the movie’s promotional cars was offered up and sold on eBay this morning for $30,000. The buyer appears to be from the Volo Auto Museum based on his current listings.

This isn’t the original Corvette Summer car, as that had a right-wheel drive conversion and the cool bowtie tail lights. That car is part of the collection owned by MA Motorworks owner Mike Yeager.

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Corvette Racing Announces 2007 Driver Lineup

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2007

Familiar faces in different places is how Corvette Racing refers to their driver lineup for the 2007 ALMS season. Johnny O’Connell will be teaming up with Jan Magnussen as the two full-time drivers for the Number 3 Corvette C6.R. They will be joined by Corvette Racing veteran Ron Fellows for the three endurance races (Sebring, LeMans and Petit LeMans). Fellows will be taking on additional responsibilities with GM Racing and will attend all ALMS events as an Ambassador as well as providing technical input to the team’s drivers and engineers. Defending GT1 Champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be driving the Number 4 Corvette C6.R and will be joined by Max Papis for the three endurance races. The six Corvette Racing drivers have a combined 109 ALMS victories and 11 championships.

“The changes in our driver lineup will give us two strong and balanced entries that will both be racing for victories,” said Steve Wesoloski, GM Road Racing Group manager. “We are very excited that Ron Fellows will be taking on new roles and responsibilities with GM Racing. We’ll continue to benefit from Ron’s vast racing experience as he drives the No. 3 Corvette C6.R in endurance races while he begins a new phase in his career as an ambassador for Corvette and a valued advisor to GM Racing.”
With Ron Fellows promotion, Jan Mangussen moves from the endurance-racing driver of the No. 4 C6.R to a full time driver of the Number 3 C6.R. Jan is well-known for not only as his stint as a Corvette Racing driver, but for also piloting the new Z06 Corvette in 2005 on the Nürburgring in Germany and posting an almost unheard of time of 7:42.99. Few cars have been timed faster on the famous German track. Corvette Racing’s defense of their Drivers, Team and Manufacturers Championships will begin on March 17th at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
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2007 Corvette Pace Car Allocation Info

by Keith Cornett on February 23, 2007

2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car has posted some preliminary information about how Chevrolet will allocated the Pace Car Replica Corvette to its dealers. We do know that GM will begin producing the Pace Car replica’s for consumer purchase in May and June. A street date for availability has yet to be released but we do know that it won’t happen prior to the annual Memorial Day 500 race. If you are interested in obtaining a 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica, then here are some guidelines outlining how the Corvettes will be allocated:

“The intention is to provide a minimum of one Pace Car replica to each dealer who sold 24 or more Corvettes (including Z06) from 4/1/06 – 3/31/07. (Two Corvettes per month) It is anticipated that approximately 345 dealers will receive at least one Pace Car replica allocation. The balance of the available allocations will be distributed based on each Dealer’s percentage of total Corvette sales for the subject period so that the largest Corvette dealers will then receive multiple allocations. Pace Car allocation will be included within May 2007 estimated shipments and will be communicated as a constraint during the DOSP cycles for TPWs 6/4/07 ~ 6/18/07. Constraints will not be protected and any constraints not utilized by the originally assigned dealer will be made available to other dealers having May Corvette allocation. Using code CCR will help secure allocation. Final determination of individual dealer allocation cannot yet be communicated since a few dealers on the fringe may change between now and the end of March. However, it should be safe to use the 24 Corvette sales cutoff when providing generalized guidance as to whether or not a dealership will have allocation ”
So there you have it. Find yourself a dealer who has a larger allocation of Corvettes, and make sure you bring your checkbook.
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