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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2006

June is here and Corvette season is now in full swing. If you’ve been dreaming about a new Corvette, there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our June Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:

1966 Convertible
$105,750
1972 Convertible
$28,900
1980 T-Top
$17,900
 
1996 Coupe
$16,500
2002 Z06
$33,900
2005 Coupe
$47,500
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May’s Corvette Deliveries Up 3.5%

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

GM reported today that Corvette deliveries were up 3.5% with 3,317 total sales in May 2006 vs 3,078 total sales in May 2005. For the year, GM has sold 16,125 Corvettes, up 13.4% from 2005 figures of 14,217. Source: GM
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Corvettes Go Irish

by Keith Cornett on June 1, 2006

Corvette and Cadillac dealers have been appointed for 4 Irish cities including Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford said Eddie Kavanagh, who is the Sales Director for Cadillac and Corvette Ireland. “These are two of the best know car brands worldwide and we are delighted to bring them to Irish motorists” said Kavanagh. The move continues GM’s expansion into foreign markets. Last month it was reported that GM was also considering setting up a sales distribution chain in Australia for Corvette. Source: Roscommon Herald
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Holy Cow Batman! The Batmobile is a Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on May 31, 2006

Something’s are just not meant to be. Taking a limited-edition 1978 Pace Car and tuning it into a styrofoam and fiberglass-laden hero’s supercar should be on the top of your list of things not to do to a Corvette. But when Mark Shields (who goes by the moniker of Super Genius) saw that someone had created the Keaton-era replica, he just had to have it. While (thank god) there are no kits available for you to turn your highly collectable 78 Pace car (or similar corvette) into a Batmobile, Mark will sell his for the paltry sum of $50,000.

For a laugh, check out the comments about this car on Fark or visit the Super Genius website.
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ProTeam Corvette Opening Annex in Auburn

by Keith Cornett on May 30, 2006

ProTeam Corvettes, the largest classic Corvette dealer in the world, will be opening a 30,000 square foot showroom in Auburn, Indiana. The space will allow ProTeam to showcase between 70-100 Corvettes. The ProTeam annex will be located in the American heritage Village across from the Kruse International Auction Park.

“The annex will mirror what we’re doing in Napoleon,” said ProTeam President Terry Michaelis. “We’ll draw off each other’s inventories, selling from stock in both locations.”
ProTeam chose Auburn because of its proximity to the company’s headquarters in Napoleon, OH and Fort Wayne, IN, which is home to a large number of Corvette collections can enthusiasts. Another big selling point was the closeness of the Kruse International Auction Park.
Dean Kruse, President of Kruse International said, “We are enthused about having the world’s largest Corvette operation as part of our overall automotive complex. We hope that this expansion will greatly benefit ProTeam, and we are willing to do whatever to ensure his success in Auburn.”
ProTeam has assembled the largest collection of classic Corvettes for sale in the world with 150-200 Corvettes for sale at any one time. Their headquarters in Napoleon features 60,000 square feet of showrooms and restoration facilities. Click here to visit ProTeam Corvette Source: FortWayne.com
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Jalopnik.com was up at Indianapolis for coverage of the 500 and one of the boys scored a lap around the Brickyard in the Z06 Corvette Pace car with Chevrolet’s pace car guru Gary Mulder. While not quite hitting the track with the gusto one would expect if equipped with the 505 hp Z06, it was still a fun lap around and it’s amazing to see just how big this fabled track is. Click here for Wert and Austin’s official I Am Indy posts.


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Z06 Corvette Engine Plant Running at 120% Capacity

by Keith Cornett on May 29, 2006

While most automotive pundits would not usually call an engine plant “cool”, that is exactly how the GM Powertrain Build Center in Wixom, Michigan is being described by Auto123.com writer Jonathan Yarkony of the Canadian Auto Press. GM’s PBC is considered a boutique factory with 100,000 square feet facility and 58 employees when compared with the Ford factory down the road with nearly 4 million square feet. And while the Ford plant will soon be idled, the PBC’s engine production is running at over 100% of capacity for the two high performance engines it produces. The plant currently builds for two models: The Z06 Corvette’s LS7 and the Cadillac’s V-Series LC3. The LS7 production is running at 120% while the V-Series LC3 is at 140%. How these powerplants are built are also unique: One master builder will assemble the entire engine from start to finish, and when they are finished, their name is affixed to the block on a small plaque. This method of building engines has produced an unforeseen consequence: Groupies. Some owners who have visited the PBC have the builder of their engine sign their engine covers or have given rides – a very cool fringe benefit. Click here to read the entire article at Auto123.com. Related: LS7 Factory Tour
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Video: Corvette Montage

by Keith Cornett on May 28, 2006

It’s a slow day here at CorvetteBlogger.com. While I am tempted to further discuss the Corvette roof recall, instead I took a different, lighter path into the world of YouTube.com and found this very cool Corvette video montage authored by a guy calling himself C686 who proudly proclaims “My work is dedicated mainly on Corvette Montages and short films.” C6Q8 has several films which you can view at his website. We liked this one the best so enjoy.


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GM Recalls 30,000 Corvettes for Roof Issue

by Keith Cornett on May 27, 2006

After receiving 21 reports of roofs detaching from 2005 and 2006 Corvette coupes, GM issued a formal recall to fix what is being called a delamination problem. Initially thought to effect only 2005 Corvettes, for which a recall notice was already issued, GM expanded it to include 2006 Coupes after learning that roofs also flew off those coupes as well. The recall applies only to 2005 and 2006 Corvette Coupes with the painted removable roof panel, not the transparent panel. The unintentional separation occurs when adhesive that holds the base of the roof to the car frame weakens and fails, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its Web site. GM spokesman Alan Adler said that owners with problem roofs may notice water leaks or a snapping noise when going over a bump. In addition to the 21 reports of the roof actually flying off, GM received 395 reports of partial separating of the roof.
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CorvetteConti.com shared some interesting statistics about the current 2006 production including a breakdown of options and colors ordered on the Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvette through April 7, 2006. Top colors continue to be Black and the two reds: Monterey Red and Victory Red. Daytona Sunset and Artic White are the colors least chosen. 2006 Corvette Exterior and Interior Colors:

Exterior Colors Coupe Convertible Z06
       
Artic White 6% 6%  
Black 19% 19% 26%
Daytona Sunset Orange 7% 5% 5%
LeMans Blue 11% 9% 11%
Machine Silver 14% 14% 16%
Monterey Red 18% 20%  
Velocity Yellow 9% 10% 23%
Victory Red 16% 17% 19%
       
Interior Colors      
       
Ebony 61% 52% 61%
Cashmere 23% 32%  
Titanium Gray 12% 12%  
Red 4% 4%  
Ebony/Gray     25%
Ebony/Red     14%
       
Visit CorvetteConti.com to see the breakdown of selected option penetrations on the 2006 Corvette.
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