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Stolen Corvette Returned After 37 Years

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2006

Alan Poster was 26 when he bought his first Corvette. The Corvette, painted International Blue, was purchased for $6,000. The year was 1968. Three months later, it was stolen from a parking garage. Alan thought his 1968 Convertible was gone forever. Fast forward to December 2005. Alan gets a call from officers’ Cliff Bieder and William Heiser of the NYPD Auto Crimes Division based in Queens. They said to Alan ” ‘You had a car stolen in ’69? A Corvette? What color was it?’” Mr. Poster recalled. “I said, ‘Blue.’ He said, ‘We have your car.’ ” Almost 37 years after the car was stolen, it was found, just days before being shipped to a buyer in Sweden. It was flagged during a routine Customs Service check of the vehicle identification number, sending the two New York City detectives on a long-shot search through thousands of crime reports to connect the car to its first owner. Not much is currently know as to what happened to the Corvette over the past 36 years. During that time, it was repainted and the blue interior changed to red. The engine was replaced and currently it is missing its transmission and gas tank. According to the detectives, no one ever tried to register it or insure it, or the same flags that alerted Customs would have been triggered as well. Alan says the whole experience was a miracle. He says fondly that it was “probably the only car I’ve ever really loved.” Alan picked up the Corvette during a news conference in Carson, Calif on Tuesday, January 17th. Click here to view the video of the reunion. Credits: CBS5.com

Corvette Breaks Sales Records

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2006

There were 3,271 Corvettes sold in December which is an all-time Corvette record for December beating the December 1977 sales of 3259. Corvette had a 26.1% segment share up from 20.4% last year. R8C Museum Deliveries were at an all-time high for the month of December as well, with over 90 Corvette owners taking delivery as part of the program. General Motors also announced that European sales of Corvettes registered significant growth in 2005, achieving their best ever sales in Europe. With well over one thousand registrations, the sixth-generation Corvette more than tripled 2004 sales levels.

Desktop Corvette Computer

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2006

Am I seeing a trend here? Last week it was a software upgrade, today I’m talking hardware. How about a Corvette that is a computer. The Corvette compucar is a fully functional desktop computer packed with a Pentium 4, 40Gb HardDrive, 512Mb DDRII Ram and wireless connections for a keyboard and mouse. When building your Corvette Compucar, you can select options including your choice of colors (from a list of nearly 70!), real rubber wheels and your choice of Rims. Oh yea, you can get a bigger hard drive, more RAM and all the other goodies that make this computer run like, well a Corvette! While cost is a bit pricey with the base model starting at $1,750, it would look good on any Corvette enthusiasts desk. Hey, isn’t that how I justified buying my 79 Coupe? For the non Corvette faithful, you can select other compucars including Escalades, Hummers, Mustangs and Camaros. The Corvette compucar specs include: Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHZ Prescott processor
40GB SATA HDD
4 SATA connections with RAID 0,1
Intel 915G integrated GMA (Graphic Media Accelerator – 900 Technology) supports up to 224 MB
512MB DDRII 533MHZ RAM
Slim Line Slot Load CD-RW/DVD
Intel ICH6R Integrated Audio with Realtek ALC655 5.1 CH AC97 Codec
2 Integrated Gigabit Network Adapters
Intel Pro/Wireless 2200B/G Mini-PCI Network Adapter
4 USB 2.0 Ports
2 IEEE 1394 Ports (Firewire)
Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard
Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse
Microsoft Windows XP Home
PowerDVD (DVD player software)
McAfee VirusScan 9.0 w/1yr subscription
1yr parts and labor warranty Click here to view the Corvette Compucar.

Corvette Navigation Software Update

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2006

GM has released a software update package for upgrading the 2005 Corvette’s Navigation system. The package consists of two CD’s and can be performed at your Chevrolet dealership or you can order the CD’s and install the upgrade yourself. The software updates performs the following upgrades: 1. Modifies the signal interface with the ARS Module to correct poor reception.
2. Adds an onscreen message to remind you that a destination is required before a route can be planned.
3. Adds MP3 CD functionality. As the system is still under warranty, there is no charge for the service call but there is a nominal charge for the CD’s if you decide to upgrade the system yourself. The ability to upgrade the system via software is great for Chevy’s customers. How many times have you purchased an item when it was initially released, only to have the manufacturer make it better in subsequent years. While you expect companies to make enhancements to their products, it’s rare they are made available to previous customers.

Jay Leno and Corvette Z06 To Pace Daytona 500

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2006

A specially outfitted 2006 Corvette Z06 will serve as the official pace car of the 48th running of the Daytona 500, on Feb. 19. “Tonight Show” host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno will drive the pace car. The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s premier race and traditionally kicks off the Nextel Cup racing season. Selection of the Z06 model marks the second consecutive year that a Corvette has been selected as the Daytona 500 pace car. The Corvette Z06 that will serve as the Daytona 500 pace car is mechanically identical to those available at Chevrolet dealerships. It is the fastest vehicle ever offered by Chevrolet and General Motors. With 505 horsepower (377 kw) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm) from its 7.0L all-aluminum, racing-inspired engine, the Corvette Z06 leaps from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph. It also differs from other production Corvette models with extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber front fenders and a chassis comprised of aluminum and magnesium. A racing-ready suspension and large, 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels help keep it glued to the tarmac, so it requires no drivetrain modifications to satisfy its role in front of the racing pack. In its official capacity, however, the pace car is outfitted with a variety of safety equipment and highly visible strobe lights. Interestingly, the Corvette Z06’s 505-horsepower (377 kw) output is actually more than the power produced by the race cars that will compete in the Daytona 500 – a first for a pace car. This is because of the unique “restrictor plate” rule established for the Daytona and Talladega , Ala. racetracks. On these 2.5-mile-long super speedways, the restrictor plate reduces airflow into the engine to limit horsepower and keep race car speeds below 200 mph. With a restrictor plate, racing engine power is reduced from about 750 horsepower to about 450 horsepower. Race cars can still average more than 190 mph on Daytona’s long straights. The Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 wears a unique paint scheme, inspired by the hot-to-cool color transition of a space capsule entering Earth’s atmosphere at a high rate of speed. The paint scheme is carried out with an elaborate, interlocking scallops design – a twist on hot rod-style flames – that blends “hot” Lemon Drop yellow at the nose of the Corvette with Lemon Glow, Amber Ecstasy, Blazing Copper and Hot Poppy. The colors culminate with a cool Sapphire Trance blue color at the rear of the vehicle. DuPont, the sponsor of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Monte Carlo, supplied the colors, which are from the company’s “Hot Hues” line of automotive paint. “As if the Corvette Z06 needed help in looking fast, the intricate paintwork of the pace car gives it the appearance of tremendous speed,” said Peper. “It is one of the most elaborate and stunning vehicle designs we’ve created.” Leno behind the wheel Jay Leno, host of the “Tonight Show” and an unabashed auto enthusiast, will drive the Corvette Z06 during opening ceremonies and the pace laps that start the race. Leno, who has a large collection of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, has previous experience as a pace car driver.Chevrolet returns to the Daytona 500 with 18 victories – the most of any manufacturer – including last year’s champion Jeff Gordon. Chevrolet also returns as the defending manufacturer’s cup champion, an award that has been bestowed 29 times. Also, defending Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart drives the No. 20 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Joe Gibbs Racing. “The Corvette Z06 already is a performance legend and the fans will enjoy seeing it lead their favorite drivers around Daytona’s famous tri-oval,” said Robin Braig, president of Daytona International Speedway. “It promises to be a great race, and kicking it off with a Corvette at the head of the pack is the best way to start.” The Daytona 500 is one of the largest events in motorsports, drawing more than 168,000 fans to the track and attracting nearly 11 million American television viewers. It also is broadcast around the world. Credit: National Corvette Museum

Daytona 500 Z06 Corvette Pace Car Photos

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2006

The Daytona 500 Z06 Pace Car. These images were released today from GM. Click the image to view larger photo.

 
 
Credit: Ankur

Corvette Values: 1996 CE Convertible

by Keith Cornett on January 4, 2006

JM from IN submitted the following to Corvette Values: 1996 Collector’s Edition Convertible. VIN 1G1YY325OT51053XX. Sebring Silver with Black interior, Black top. LT4 Engine, 6-Speed Manual Tranmission. 29,705 Miles. Power Braks, Steering, Windows. Exterior and interior are in Good condition. No original sales documents or owner history. This corvette is a genuine 1996 Collector Edition Corvette Convertible, VIN #IGIYY3250T51053XX. The VIN indicates it was built early in the 1996 Corvette production year. As with all Collector Edition Corvettes, the exterior paint color is Sebring Silver Metallic, code #13. The interior of the Convertible as well as the convertible top are Black. The overall condition for this Corvette is termed “good”. The current mileage is 29,705, considered low for a 1996 vehicle. It is powered by the LT4 motor rated at 330 HP and coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. During the 1996 Corvette production year, 30% of the Corvettes built had this engine and transmission combination. The Collector Edition option was available for both the Coupe and Convertible. A total of 5,412 Corvettes were ordered with this option of which 1,381 were convertibles. Total production of convertibles for the 1996 model year was 4,369, thus only 32% had the Collector Edition option, in total a somewhat rare option especially coupled with the LT4 motor. The “curb appeal” of this 1996 Corvette is excellent with its Silver paint and contrasting Black top and interior. This Corvette is equipped with many of the feature options that were available for the 1996 model year. No original delivery documentation or owner history is available with this Corvette. We place the value of this 1996 Corvette convertible at $26,000. In our pricing database we actually show an increase of 1% year to year for Collector’s Edition Convertibles while average 1996 Convertibles are still depreciating in value. Submissions:
Send your submissions to info@CorvetteBlogger.com with “Corvette Values” in the subject line. We can’t answer them all, but if we find your Corvette interesting to both us and our visitors, we may use it. Feel free to submit a photo as well.

Color Change for 07 Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on January 3, 2006

You either loved or hated the Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic exterior paint that was on 2005 and 2006 Corvettes. CorvetteConti.com has reported on his site that GM will be replacing the Daytona Sunset with Atomic Orange (Code 83U). While never being a real big fan of Orange Corvettes (or brown for that matter) the change is one that I guess we will have to wait and see if it is indeed an improvement over the Daytona Sunset. According to Rick Conti, the new color will be available for all models. The colors for 2007 Corvettes: 10U – Artic White
19U – LeMans Blue
41U – Black
45U – Velocity Yellow
67U – Machine Silver
74U – Victory Red
80U – Monterey Red
83U – Atomic Orange Credits: CorvetteConti.com

Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community

by Keith Cornett on January 1, 2006

1967 Shriner Corvettes at the St. Louis Factory

You got to love Corvette people. They are the backbone of this great hobby and it’s great to see them rally around a cause. What’s the cause you ask? After spotting an apparently fraudulently represented 1967 L88 Corvette for sale on eBay, the message boards on both the CorvetteForum.com and NCRS.org started lighting up with news and information about this Corvette and its checkered history.

The 67 Corvette in question was listed with a reserve on eBay December 21st. The description lists the car as a real L88 Corvette – one of 20 in existence. The ad also has 17 photos showing different angles of the car, engine pad stamps and documentation including the dealer bill of sale and protect-o-plate.

As word spread of the L88 Corvette’s eBay listing, details slowly emerged that put the originality of the car into question. First, many users on the Corvette Forum started sharing photos of the stamped engine pad from the L88 and comparing those with other known L88′s and big block Corvette engines. The eBay L88′s stamp looked straight and flawless. The etchings were shiny as well and looked nothing like the other examples being shown.

And then came a post from GL Anderson whose father was the dealer that received the Corvette from the St. Louis factory and drove it in parades with the Shriners as one of their Patrol Corvettes. GL says when his dad picked up the car, it was originally a 350 small block and that everything the about the ’67 being represented as an L88 is false.

“Well he only got maybe 3 things right in his eBay ad. He did talk to me, it was sold to a William Neeck and it is a 1967 Corvette. Not only was it a 350hp small block car when produced and we picked it up at the factory, but it was also my Fathers Shrine Corvette Patrol parade car. Since my dad was the dealer and also in the patrol he never had to license his Shrine car but rather drove it on a dealer plate. The first true owner would have been Mr. Neeck. There are several photos out there showing the 67 Shrine cars and members standing by their car. I can point out that exact car in the pics. It had a blue interior from the factory. Everything about it being an L88 is a fake. The buyers invoice is fake, I don’t know about the repair order so maybe he got 4 things right. He came to me in the early 90s and wanted me to back his story about the supposed L88. I told him no way. By the way I was 21 in 1967 and between my twin brother and I put several thousand miles on that exact car. As to paperwork no I don’t have the factory invoice but I do have other documentation on that car. I don’t hang out on other Corvette boards but if anybody wants to know the truth, let them know it is a fake. I will be happy to provide the documentation I have and point out a number of errors he has made in his paperwork, but only to someone I trust won’t take that info back to him so he can do a better job next time.”

Gar Anderson, GL’s twin brother also was heard from. Gar had accompanied his father to the St. Louis plant when the cars were picked up in person. He said the documentation pictured in the listing is a fake as well. He said the seller tried to get Gar and his brother to collaborate with him on trying to sell this car as original, but Gar refused.

“The car is a complete fake. It was originally one of the Order of Shriner’s cars. All were white with blue interiors and all were small blocks. The L88 option wasn’t even available until January of 1967. This car was built in October of 1966. GL Anderson is my twin brother, and he and I were very involved with Anderson Auto at the time. The Ebay seller tried to minimize that fact. As a matter of fact, in 1967, my brother and I purchased our grandfather’s Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealership which was located across the street from Anderson Auto. Although we were in college and owned the Buick store, we continued to work at the Chevy store. If we would have sold a real L-88, you’d think we would be helping the seller, not trying to stop him.”

So being Corvette people and not content to just let an apparent fake be sold to an unsuspecting buyer, GL went to eBay and posted an auction that would show up if someone was searching 67 Corvettes and L88′s. The item for sale was a photo showing the Shriner cars being picked up at the St. Louis assembly plant. (See Photo) In the photo GL claims that his Dad is shown standing next to the Corvette in question and has other documents that will prove the Corvette is a fake.

So did the Corvette sell? In the closing minutes of the auction, the bid jumped from $185,000 to $450,000. While speculation was that the seller upped the price to save face, the high bid was placed by another Corvette guy to make a point:

“I bid on it knowing it was fake. Mainly I did it just to cost him some more money or at least the hassle of getting a refund through eBay. I figure if he wants to misrepresent the car then he deserves to have to spend some extra money and/or effort on his advertising. If the seller actually expects me to buy the car he will first have to present evidence which proves the car is not one of the Shriner’s cars. If he can do that then I’ll gladly pay his reserve price.”

What can we learn from a story like this? If you are going to clone a ’67 L88 Corvette, advertise it as such. Otherwise, seller beware! The Corvette community can and will police itself whenever possible.

 

Twas the Night Before Christmas – Corvette Style

by Keith Cornett on December 24, 2005

‘Twas the night before Christmas and out in the garage,
There wasn’t a trace of a Honda, Toyota, or Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I’d mess with my classic Corvette for a bit.

I popped the release and lifted the hood,
When a deep voice behind me said “looks pretty good.”
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick!

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
Then he said “don’t suppose that you’d trade for my sleigh?
“No way, Santa” I said with a grin,
“But if you’ve got the time we can go for a spin!”

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
Turned into a smile and he said “Sure! Let’s go!!”
So as not to disturb all the neighbors’ retreat,
We quietly pushed the Vette out to the street,

Then, taking our places to coast down the hill,
I turned on the key and I let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted took him quite by surprise,
But he liked it a lot, by the look in his eyes.

With tires a’ screaming and side pipes aglow,
We headed on out to where the hot rodders go.
And Santa’s grin widened, approaching his ears,
With every shift up as I banged through the gears.

Then he yelled “can’t recall when I’ve felt so alive!”
So I backed off the gas and asked Santa if he wanted to drive.
Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!

The Corvette exploded with side exhaust sound!
And when Santa let out the clutch and the tires shook the ground!
Power shift into second, again into third!
I sat there just watching, at loss for a word,

Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, it’s one hell of a night!!!”


Credits: CorvetteForum.com, FFCobra.com