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Leave it to Viagra to get us guys excited about a new commercial. Their new sixty-second spot features a man in the middle of washing his beautiful 1958 Blue Corvette. As the Viagra line goes, “They say that in life there is only room for one great passion…unless you’re really clever.” Of course you can’t show how Viagra works on TV, so the remaining :45 seconds is filled with the video of a sprinkler rinsing the suds off the classic straight axle Corvette.

Viagra also carried over the Corvette theme to their website. After the site loads, click on the “Play Video” button which shows the man and women in the Corvette as it drives down a tree-lined road. Lots of nice closeups.
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Two Italian Designers Turn to Corvette for Concepts

by Keith Cornett on April 26, 2007

For fifty years the Corvette has been a favorite of custom coach builders and tuners and that tradition continues today. Two Italian designers are both using the C6 Corvette as the basis for their concepts. The Spada Codatronca concept is from Italian designer Ercole Spada. It is based off the C6 Corvette chassis and is powered by a 7.0 liter V8 tuned up to 700 hp. Top speed is claimed to be 208 mph and 0-60 mph is around 3 seconds. The car has a digital speedometer located on its wildly designed rear. Codatronca literally means “cut tail” and you can see why its aptly named. Three versions are expected from Spada.

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Milanese coachbuilder Castagna has rebodied the C6 Corvette Z096 to produce a supercar it calls the Aznom. On display this week at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, the Aznom has a retro-look curved carbon fiber body plus the Corvette’s 700bhp V8: it’s capable of 218mph and 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds. Castagna will build a small number to order.
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Both concepts will be extremely limited in production and so far no plans have been announced to sell the concepts inside the United States.
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2008 Corvette Engine and Interior Photos

by Keith Cornett on April 24, 2007

Continuing on our 2008 Corvette post from yesterday’s wheel and exhaust photos are these engine and interior photos. The new base engine for the 2008 Corvette is the LS3 V8. The consensus from the photo is that the LS3 has the mass air flow integrated into the air filter housing like the Z06′s LS7. We’re expecting the new V8 to be rated somewhere in the neighborhood of 430 hp. The interior photo is also drawing a lot of comments on the forums with mostly decent reviews. However, we’re still waiting to see what the 4LT package and the “Custom Wrap Interiors” look like, especially in the new Sienna and Linen colors. This photo really just shows the matching center console lid, unless I am missing something.

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The 2008 Corvette makes its debut this Saturday at 1:00 pm at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 bash.
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2008 Corvette Wheel and Exhaust Photos

by Keith Cornett on April 23, 2007

Photos of the 2008 5-spoke wheel and exhaust have found their way to CorvetteConti.com. The 5-spoke wheel is one of four designs for the 2008 model year. This 5-spoke wheel will join the other wheel design that we speculated would be a 2008 option: The split 5-spoke wheel featured on the 2007 Indy 500 Pace Car replica. The exhaust photo is interesting in that it appears to be a Z06 exhaust setup on a regular Corvette coupe. The Z06 exhaust uses a butterfly valve that opens at higher RPM’s, so under normal driving only two of the four exhaust ports are open. This is the first I’ve heard of the Z06 exhaust migrating to the rest of the Corvette line.

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The 2008 Corvette makes its debut this Saturday at 1:00 pm at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 bash.
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#3 C6.R Drivers Johnny O'Connell and Jan MagnussenCorvette Racing’s #3 C6.R piloted by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen ended the three-race win streak of teammates Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta at the Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, Texas. Racing on the rough and rugged 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit was like riding a mechanical bull, but Magnussen and O’Connell held on throughout the two-hour and 45-minute race to stake their claim to the GT1 winner’s circle.

“You have to tip your hat to our engineer,” O’Connell said. “We went the wrong way before qualifying and then changed it significantly and I was able to turn laps faster than in qualifying. I had amazingly good in laps and a great out lap. It was enough to get us out front. We’ve had so much rotten luck with the 3 car and I’m glad to get this win.”
Magnussen took the checkered flag 50 seconds ahead of the other Corvette. It marked a breakthrough for a No. 3 crew that has been right on the heels of the sister car for much of the early season. Magnussen never felt secure as darkness fell in the closing moments.
“When we had the safety car, we had almost a lap lead on the other car and it was a matter of just staying out of trouble,” Magnussen said. “When it’s dark, all you see is headlights and you don’t know how far behind the other cars are.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Utah Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 4.5-mile road course will begin at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. EDT). It will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, May 20, from 1-3 p.m. EDT.
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Barn Find: 1968 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

As posted on the Corvette Forum, user Trophy Blue has a friend that found this 1968 Corvette Convertible with 34,000 original miles sitting in a barn. The Corvette was wrecked some 25 years earlier and the car was parked. According to the post, the Corvette sold for under $5,000.

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For those that love barn stories in general, check out the post. Someone replied with a photo that shows 16 Chevelles rotting in a field. Of course you know that someday the owner is going to fix them up and sell them at Barrett-Jackson. He’s just “storing” them until he’s ready. From a pricing perspective this could be a real good buy depending on how the new owner can turn it around. It was the 1968 Corvette T-Top model that led the way at 17% in this year’s Top Appreciating Corvettes from our Corvette Price Guide. The one year appreciation figure for the 1968 Corvette Roadster is 11%.
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Stingray TV Show Coming to DVD

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

1965 Corvette Sting RayStingray, the NBC show from the mid 1980′s is returning later this year on DVD, according to producer Stephen J. Cannell’s website. The show starred Nick Mancuso as the mysterious Ray, who travels from place to place in his classic 1965 Corvette, fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He accepts no money for his help, only the promise of a favor which Ray will come and collect at some future date. The show aired on NBC from 1986-1987 and 23 episodes plus the 2-hour movie pilot were shot. I remember an episode where Ray was being pursued by a black helicopter with mini-guns and they shot out the tinted black rear window on Ray’s Corvette. It will be a real treat to see these episodes again, and just in time for Christmas!
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Corvette Wins Even The Most Dubious Awards

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

As the saying goes, “When you’re hot, you’re hot”. Corvette is so hot right now, its racking up awards for categories that seem to come straight from a David Letterman Top 10 list. With the two latest wins for Corvette, we’re just wondering “who in their right mind is making this stuff up?” In the end we became inspired to hand out our own award for the most bogus use of Corvette as a prop. We planned to call it the Delaminated Roof Award but instead just refer to them as the Roofies. Our first Roofie goes out to a deodorant giant. A survey of 1,000 men over the age of 18 was sponsored by Right Guard, the deodorant brand that according to their press release is “legendary among U.S. males”. One of the questions was “Cars So Hot They Make You Sweat!” The results:

Corvette25%
Porsche 91122%
Aston Martin17%
BMW Z413%
Bentley Continental GTC7%
None of the above10%
Don’t know5%
Five percent of the sample, fifty people, actually said “Don’t know”. I can see someone answering “None of the Above”, but saying don’t know even after being prompted for the answers… The winner of our second Roofie award goes to Forbes Autos. In their pictorial essay entitled “In Pictures: Sexiest Luxury Cars“, Forbes Autos labels the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible as the “Sexiest Car for Newly Divorced Dads”. I’m not parsing words, but they said Dads, not Men:
Prince sung about it. Diddy has said the way to meet women is to put on a white T-shirt and drive around in one. The Corvette convertible is just the dose of self-esteem a newly divorced dad needs. And with its 400-horsepower, V-8 engine, it’s still one of the most fun cars to drive.
Corvette owners are still trying to shed the gold chain wearing, mid-life crises stereotype and along comes Forbes Autos putting it all into perspective for us. The Dad, you see, lacks self-esteem because SHE left him, hence he goes out and gets a Corvette to offset his little dick low self-esteem. In the end its all good because if Dad can still afford a $50K Corvette convertible, he obviously got the better end of the deal.
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Corvette ZR-1 Enters the Jalopnik Fantasy Garage

by Keith Cornett on April 17, 2007

1994 Corvette ZR-1Today we are thankful for Los Jalops. Those car crazy guys at Jalopnik.com have finally decided to add some American Muscle to their current foreign makes only fantasy garage. While I’m a bit surprised the honor didn’t go to an El Camino first, I am very satisfied with their first American choice: The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. With everyone having Z06′s and SS/Blue Devils on the brain, it’s nice to see the Jalops remembering Corvette’s first super car, the ZR-1. Built from 1990-1995, the ZR-1 was a marvel for its time. The C4-style Corvette came equipped with the exotic 32 valve 4 overhead cam engine that pushed the base Corvette’s horsepower from 250 to 375, and then eventually to 405 hp in later production years. As the first Corvette super car, the ZR-1 set records including its most famous: In a 24 hour span, stopping only for fuel and driver changes, the ZR-1 Corvette averaged 174 mph. As Jalopnik’s Jonny Lieberman reminds us, that’s New York to LA and back in just 30 hours. To be added to the Fantasy Garage, readers of Jalopnik.com must vote, and so far they have with 85% recommending the ZR-1 for admittance into the exclusive club. Current fantasy garage stall members include the RUF RT12 (I don’t know what that is either), Maserati’s Quattroporte Executive GT, a 1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9, a 1931 Daimler Double Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe and the Ferrari 288 GTO. So go read the ZR-1 profile at Jalopnik.com and then vote yes! Corvette fanboys everywhere are counting on you!
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Corvette Blue Devil/SS Enters Final Tuning Phase

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

Blue Devil/SS Corvette Mule - Photo by Chris DoaneIn a Car & Driver interview with GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, GM’s great pontificator spoke about the development process of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. Apparently, development of the fastest Corvette yet is moving through the development stages and nearling completion. That’s a good thing to hear considering that GM has frozen the development of other large and powerful rear-wheel drive cars due to the proposed new CAFE regulations. The freeze has put the brakes on the next Chevy Impala and several Cadillac models. But development of the Blue Devil/SS is very much on track, according to Lutz:

“It’s a very difficult vehicle development. This thing has so much power that we have to explore a dynamic envelope that we’ve never explored before. We want the vehicle to be safe and we want it to be predictable, even at speeds that no mortal is ever going to attain in the United States. That’s our obligation. We’re really into a speed and power realm that General Motors has never been in before. We’re way up there with Porsche Carrera GTs and Ferraris.”
One question not yet settled is the horsepower rating for the new Corvette.
In terms of horsepower, Lutz said: “We’re certainly not going to be at 600 because some of our competition is at 600. So, 600 is a number that is not satisfactory for us. I would say comfortably in excess of 600 is the way I would term it.” As for 700 horses, “that would be a stretch. Tom Stephens (GM’s head of powertrain) would say, ‘maybe in the second year.’”
Expectations are the Corvette Blue Devil/SS will make its debut early next year at one of the large autoshows (NAIAS anyone?) and will be produced as a 2009 model.
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