Here is your first look at General Motors newly-refreshed www.corvette.com for the 2011 Corvette model lineup. Contained within the new site is a series of videos by various Corvette Team members including Harlan Charles, Tadge Juechter, Kirk Bennion and Tom Peters. You can check out the new videos after the jump.
This ermine white and blue stripe 1961 Corvette was built for one reason – racing. A radio/heater delete car, this Corvette came from the factory equipped with a solid-lifter 315 horsepower fuel injected 283 ci engine and is one of 233 Corvettes with RPO 687 – the special heavy duty brakes and suspension package. Last weekend, this vintage 1961 Competition-spec Corvette Race car was sold at Mecum’s 2011 Kissimmee auction for $55,000.
GM released their first sales figures for 2011 and it shows 721 Corvettes were delivered to new owners in January. This is 15.6% off the 854 Corvettes sold last year in January 2010. In fact, the 721 Corvettes delivered in January is 2nd worst month for Corvettes sales since we began tracking the monthly sales figures in January 2006.
This custom C3 Corvette looks like the perfect vehicle to take to the beach for a little fishing, doesn’t it? Or, for just cruising down the street and watching people do double-takes. If you live around Ocean City, NJ, you’re probably familiar with Dewey Powell and his 4-wheel drive Corvette. Powered by a dual-quad 392 Hemi, the Corvette rides on the chassis of a 1969 Corvette while the body was donated from a 1981 Corvette.
You can read more about Dewey and his Corvette at: CorvetteReport.com
Car and Driver magazine has the following update on the next-generation C7 Corvette:
“The Corvette continues as front-engine, V-8 powered, but GM is reportedly working to reduce mass (or at least hold the line) to maintain C6 performance. Slightly longer than before, the C7 will have styling allegedly inspired by the split-widow ’63 Sting Ray. Interior quality, not a Corvette strength, is now a high priority, and GM has set Audi as the benchmark for materials and fits. Three versions will be offered: base, Z06 and ZR1 (base versions may be called Grand Sport). At launch, the V-8 portfolio will mirror today’s, ranging from 430 to 638 horsepower. Later, all three engines will undergo displacement reductions to improve fuel economy.”
This Riverside Gold 1969 Corvette equipped with a 427/435 hp L89 aluminum-head optioned Corvette was sold with no reserve at Saturday’s Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida for $62,000. A low mileage Corvette, this big-block is documented with the tank sticker as well as owner history and appraisals.
Article Contributed by Steve Burns
We’re on to Saturday, January 29th now in our taste of cars from Mecum’s annual Kissimmee, Florida sale. When it came time to pick 1 Saturday car from Mecum’s green sheet, it became obvious that just 1 car wasn’t going to be sufficient this time. So for today’s glance we’ll discuss 1 C2 racecar and 1 C3 L88 convertible.
Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Next up in our preview of Mecum Auctions’ 2011 Kissimmee Sale is a highly desirable C3. Mecum will be selling Lot F65, a rare Pewter Silver 1972 LT-1 convertible at approximately 12:30pm on Friday January 28th.
Barrett-Jackson wrapped up their week-long collector car auction last Sunday and when all was said and done, Corvette sales totaled $10.89 million. Prices seem to returning to “normal” (if you can classify a Barrett-Jackson sale as normal) after a couple of down years due to the poor economy. But most of all, we liked the selection of the 138 Corvettes available which was the highest we can remember at the Scottsdale auction in some time.
At one time, this 1984 Corvette was the pinnacle of automotive design. Introduced in 1983, the newly redesigned C4 Corvette took the world by storm. Over 51,000 coupes were produced with an MSRP of around $22,000. Unfortunately, time hasn’t been all that good for early C4 Corvettes as today you can find them pretty cheap. That brings us to this $3,000 White 1984 Corvette that is no doubt being used to class up the for sale inventory at Los Homies Auto Sales in Columbus, Ohio.