So you want to buy a Corvette and you have a general idea of the Corvette generation you are interested in. Now it is time to narrow your choice. By narrowing your choices to one, two or a span of three model years, you can gain the knowledge you need prior to purchasing the Corvette of your dreams. Focusing in on that one to three year model span will allow you to make an informed buying decision. You don’t want to be blinded by the first Corvette you see. You’ll want to look beyond the style and paint to insure that you’re buying the right corvette with the right options that is right for you.
Corvettes, like most cars, are always changing year to year. Sometimes those changes are design based, sometimes regulatory based. I had a customer who was once looking for a 1970 to 1972 LT1 engine car. He had heard that the LT1′s are more of a performance engine and liked the idea of having a Corvette that would appreciate faster if it had that optional engine. What he didn’t know was that the 1970 LT1 engine was very different than the 1972 LT1. In 1970, the LT1 350 ci engine produced 370 horsepower. In 1972, Chevrolet had lowered the compression and changed their formula for rating horsepower so the LT1 350 that year was reduced to 255 hp. In many respects, these two engines are similar, yet very different. Learning these subtle differences can assure you that you are buying the Corvette you want and not making a mistake that could end up costing you money later on.
A great resource that every Corvette buyer needs is the Corvette Black Book by Michael Antonick. The Black Book breaks out each model year with options available, colors and a Fact Sheet which gives the major bullets of changes and enhancements over the previous model year. Here are some other resources for learning about the model year you have selected:
Go to a Corvette show and talk to owners. Corvette owners love to talk about their cars and usually are very forthcoming about what they like and donâ€™t like about their model year. They can also fill you in on any hidden problems or service issues that may have affected their model over the years. Most of the major shows also have auctions or a “Corvette Corral” where sellers display their Corvettes. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience of looking over models you are interested in. To find out where a Corvette show is in your area, keep reading. Go Online
Websites like the CorvetteForum.com and DigitalCorvettes.com are made up of thousands of Corvette Enthusiasts. These sites contain message boards and membership to join is quick and free. After registering, go to the generation â€œthreadâ€ (conversation) you are interested in to post questions you may have about your selected model year. Depending on your questions, you can generally have feedback within hours of your post. You can also learn a great deal just by lurking in the forum, reading all the different questions or comments from other owners. These forum sites are a great way to learn more about the Corvette lifestyle, restoring and modifying your selected year as well as finding out when a Corvette show may be in your area. NCRS
The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) is an organization that is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Corvettes made from 1953-1989. NCRS hosts a number of local and regional events around the country. Classic Corvette owners bring their Corvettes to these shows to be judged for the organization’s Top Flight Award, given to Corvettes that appear as they did when they rolled off the assembly line and dealer showroom floors. Seeing these Corvettes up close as well as having the ability to talk to current owners is a great way to learn more about specific Corvette models. The NCRS also has for sale on their website a number of restoration, technical and judging manuals which will help you in identifying the components of classic Corvettes. Corvette Magazines
Most of the major Corvette magazines have a service for ordering back issues, Using their index of issues, you will be able to find features and technical articles on the model year of your choice. After immersing yourself in Corvette Hobby, you’ll find yourself being able to spot the differences in the Corvettes you see on the road. Once you learned more about the model year(s) you would be interested in owning, then you can really start your search for your dream Corvette.
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The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.
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Overhaulin’ on the TLC Network is airing a new episode this evening featuring a 1957 Corvette. Like the previous Corvette episode, you’ll either love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle road for Chip Foose when it comes to him redesigning the American classic sportscar. I am a fan of the show, but I tend to cringe whenever I see the “A Team” yank an original engine and replace it with a crate motor.
No photos have yet surfaced of the Overhauled 1957 Corvette, yet one post on CorvetteForum.com claims the following: “Now that the cat is out of the bag, except for the steering wheel and matching engine trim (you’ll see), the ’57 is very nice and the brakes are to die for.”
Tonightâ€™s show is titled “Roadies Stole My ‘Vette!” The 1957 Corvette has been in Carl’s family for 46 years. But Carl and his wife are too busy with their family and business. Meanwhile, the Corvette sits in the garage, waiting for the time and money that will one day restore it to its original “cool”. The new episode will appear Tuesday night at 9pm EST.
Source: TLC.com via CorvetteForum.com
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Soooo, could this be one of the firsts in a series of shake downs for the Blue Devil Corvette? Johnny O’Connell of Corvette Racing fame (#3 car) posted on his web site that he will be test driving some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring, a 12.9 mile closed road track in Germany. And how is Johnny prepping for his week abroad? He’s learning the course by practicing on his X-Box! I love it!! From Johnny O’ Connell’s Website:
Every now and then you get to do something really cool in this job. This Saturday Iâ€™m headed over to Germany to run some Corvette street cars around the Nuerburgring. Iâ€™ve been there once before back when I drove for Panoz, and did do one lap on the long circuit, but this is going to be several days driving on it and should be a blast. Iâ€™m getting to know the circuit beforehand by practicing on X-Box, so hopefully will have it memorized before I get there.This isn’t something new for Chevrolet. Back in 2005, Jan Magnussen, another Corvette Racing driver tested the soon-to-be-released 2006 Z06 on the famed ‘Ring, posting one of the fastest laps ever recorded at 7:43. Also, I might be mistaken, but I am unaware of Chevrolet testing the regular C6 (Non-Z06) Corvette in Germany either. If I am wrong on that, please let me know. Source: JohnnyOConnell.com
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MT in Colorado recently submitted this 1976 Corvette for an Online Appraisal at VetteFinders.com: 1976 T-Top Corvette, VIN #1237L6S437xxx. Red with Red vinyl interior, original 350 ci with 4-speed, 135K miles. Power steering, brakes, windows. Factory air, tilt-tele steering column. Original luggage rack. All original and non modified. Never restored. Corvette is in average, street driven condition. No documentation.
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GM released the following video in conjunction with the 50 year anniversary of Corvette racing. The video highlights the 50th anniversary by first focusing on Corvette’s class win at LeMans earlier this year, their fifth win in six years, and then discusses how the new Z06 was developed alongside the LeMans-winning race car, sharing many of the same technologies.
My favorite part of the clip is the early footage showing Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and discussing how his strategy for Corvette Racing “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” worked famously for Chevrolet. Historical footage shows C1 Corvettes racing a Sebring and LeMans.
Click here to view 50 Yeas of Corvette Racing
Source: GM via MediaLink
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Earlier this year, GM’s Vice Chairman asked readers of the FastLane blog for input on their turnaround. Overwhelmingly, readers pointed to the quality issue as a major concern when buying a GM car or truck. What is telling about GM’s turnaround is the fact that they are listening to their customers and are addressing their concerns.
Today GM announced that beginning with the 2007 model year, it will be extending its powertrain warranty in the United States and Canada to five years or 100,000 miles. Previously the warranty was three years or 36,000 miles. The warranty is transferable and has no deductible. GM is also extending the roadside assistance and courtesy transportation programs to five years or 100,000 miles. These changes apply to Corvette as well as every passenger car and truck across GM’s eight divisional brands.
In addition to the powertrain warranty, GM still provides three year or 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty for the Corvette and other Chevrolets, GMCs, Pontiacs and Saturns. Buicks and Cadillacs get a four year or 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty.
GM will begin promoting the new warranties during Thursday nightâ€™s NFL season opener between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. Also, a dedicated web site (www.gm.com/warranty) is available for you to read up on the coverage.
Source: GM Fastlane Blog | GM Warranty
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