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Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

2007 Daytona 500 Corvette Pace CarWith little fanfare (and no press anywhere), a specially-outfitted Corvette was unveiled as the 2007 Daytona 500 Pace Car. The Corvette features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood. The unveiling was earlier this month as part of NASCAR’s Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Standing with Corvette in this photo are NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Raines and Jeff Green and Daytona Speedway President Robin Braig. 2007 marks the fourth straight year that a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500, as well as the 35th straight year that a GM model has paced the field.
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Vette Magazine: A Conversation with Reeves Callaway

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

Reeves Callaway and the 2007 Callaway C16Back in the 80′s, Callaway Cars became the first GM Authorized tuner of new Corvettes offered through Chevrolet dealerships. Callaway’s twin-turbo B2K program (the RPO code for the Callaway option) became the genesis for a company that would go on to produce the 254 MPH Corvette Sledgehammer, the 450 HP SuperNaturals and the radically modified C12. Basking in the glow of his latest project, the Callaway C16, Reeves Callaway takes some time to talk with Vette Magazine about why one of the most recognized brands in the Corvette tuner industry has gotten back into the game. In addition to the C16 program, Callaway offers a variety of performance options for the C6 Corvette, most notably the Callaway Superchargers. And talk about turnkey! A customer can order a new Corvette, have it shipped to a Callaway facility where it is modified and tested, and then shipped to the dealer for delivery. The modified Corvettes carry a 5-Year, 100K Mile warranty to boot! But perhaps some the biggest news out of the interview is Callaway’s intention to return to LeMans with 2 Callaway cars competing in the GT2 class. Reeves claims there are a lot of hurdles to cross before the final commitment is made, most notably development and sponsorship issues. Click here to read the entire interview at Vette Magazine.
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Corvette Assembly Plant Wants Owner Feedback

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2007

Bowling Green Assembly Plant's WebsiteThe Bowling Green Assembly Plant has launched a new feature on their website called owner feedback. Tom Hill, the Vehicle Assembly Engineering Manager was at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee a week ago to meet with owners and to get the word out about the Owner Feedback section. The Corvette team has made a big commitment to listen to owners opinions, comments and problems. They especially want your thoughts on how GM can make future Corvettes better. To participate, visit and click the yellow Owner Feedback button at the bottom. You will be required to enter your Corvette’s Year, VIN and mileage. Tom said that Chevrolet has given the green light for developing the the C7 Corvette. Now is your opportunity to help shape the next generation Corvette.
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Integrate Your Ipod To Your Corvette With IConnect

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2007

Integrate Your Ipod To Your Corvette With IConnectA few months ago, news came from GM about the Personal Audio Link (PAL) that would allow you to “plug-in” your iPod and give you control of the player through your stereo and steering wheel controls. Of course, like all GM announcements, months or even years can pass between the announcement and the actual availability of the product. If you want to play your iPod though your stereo now, you have a variety of choices but none seem to have the integration with factory GM radios like’s iConnect. Corvette Forum member Bill aka “wmhpmp” was looking for just a solution for connecting his iPod to his 2006 Corvette convertible and had heard about the IConnect. Like GM’s PAL, the IConnect is attached through the XM radio control unit and allows full control of your iPod player. You don’t have to be an XM subscriber to use the IConnect, just have a radio that is XM capable. Check out Bill’s photos and text of his installation of the iConnect on the Corvette Forum. The iConnect is an approved Apple device. Full song/Artist and playlist information is shown, and your iPod is recharged while plugged into the iConnect. The iConnect retails for $249 and carries a three year warranty. It is available through new car dealers.
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Is A Ron Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette On The Way?

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2007

Ron Fellows Special Edition Z06 CorvetteRick “Corvette” Conti has been hinting at this for quite some time and it appears that the pieces are starting to fall into place. He is reporting that GM may be building the first “special edition” Corvette of the C6 era, a Ron Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette. The special edition Z06 is Artic White, a first-time color for the Z06, and will feature a fender stripe, high polished wheels and a wide racing spoiler. Interior color may be Cobalt Red and feature a carbon fiber signature plate. The Fellows Edition Z06 Corvette would be very limited in production with 399 units initially planned. Ron is one of the first drivers of the Corvette Racing program and has had a prolific career in GT1 racing. He won the AMSL GT1 Drivers Championship in 2002 and with teammate Johnny O’Connell in both 2003 and 2004. Victories include class wins at Sebring and LeMans. Ron also drives the road course races for NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick Inc in the Busch series as well as for PPI Motorsports in the NEXTEL Cup series. Unsubstantiated as this rumor is, it is quite possible that GM will be unveiling the Special Edition Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette at an upcoming auto show. Stay tuned for details!
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Led by a lineup the included Gus Grissom’s 1967 427 Corvette and a bevy of big blocks, the Russo and Steele Scottsdale action totaled $2,249,500 in Corvette sales. Twenty-four Corvette crossed the auction block over the two day event. Several Resto-Rods were included in this auction. These are classic Corvettes built on modern or fabricated chassis that are usually powered by a crate or later model Chevrolet engine like an LS1. These Corvettes are becoming a common site at auctions as more are being built and then resold. Here are the total Corvette results from Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2007:

Year Description Sales Price
1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-Rod
1961 Chevrolet Corvette FI Resto-Rod
1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340
1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300
1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Custom
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/ 425HP
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Gus Grissom 427
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 454/550
1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Duntov
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390
1972 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1
1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector’s Edt.
1992 Chevrolet Corvette Lister
2001 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-53
Total Sales: $2,249,500.00
Russo and Steele’s next auction takes place in Monterey, California on August 17th & 18th, 2007.
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Correction: Gus Grissom Corvette Sold for $275,000

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2007

Just a quick note to explain our correction on the price that was fetched when Gus Grissom’s 1967 Red Corvette Convertible was sold last weekend at the Russo and Steele Auction in Scottsdale. Earlier this week I called the offices of Russo and Steele and spoke with a representative. I inquired about the price the Grissom Corvette sold for and sales figure I was given was $232,500. I asked a few more questions about the sale and the presentation, and then posted our account of the sale. When reviewing the Russo and Steele results list of the Scottsdale auction, the Final Bid price for the Grissom Corvette was listed at $275,000. I called their offices on Thursday for clarification and was told that the amount we were originally provided was actually the “potential” amount the seller received after the seller’s commission was factored. The actual gavel price was $250,000 and with a buyer’s commission of 10%, the total sales price amounted to $275,000. I apologize for any confusion.
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Z06 Corvettes Modified with Right-Hand-Drive for Australia

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2007

Z06 Corvette with Modified Right-Hand-DriveWhenever the Z06 Corvette is exported to a new country, the mystic of the Corvette legend goes along for the ride. Most blokes in Australia just don’t see them with the regularity we are accustomed too because they’re expensive to import and the steering is set-up American Style: Left-Hand Drive. But now a small business in Queensland has managed to do what the biggest car maker on the planet, General Motors, cannot: build a right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Corvette. With an allocation of roughly 24 new Z06 Corvettes per year, Corvette Queensland has engineered a custom right-hand-drive system that looks so good, you’d be convinced it was built that way. The cost of importing and converting a Z06 isn’t cheap. They are $240,000 Australian Dollars once the Ausssie Government gets its share of import duty, luxury car tax and GST. That’s the equivalent of $186,000 US Dollars. The conversion from Left-Hand-Drive to Right-Hand-Drive takes about three weeks. Interior tweaks also meant moving the gear shifter over to the right side of the center console which eliminated the cup holders. Other exterior modifications are needed for the Corvette to comply with local regulations. Side indicator lamps from the 2005 Holden Commodore have been added under the Z06 badge while the fog lights house aftermarket parking lamps. So how is Corvette Queensland doing so far? Three Corvettes have already been sold and demand appears to be high. GM’s Bob Lutz indicated last year that with the next incarnation of the Corvette, the C7, GM does intend to engineer a Right-Hand-Drive version for export.
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Vincentric Names Corvette Best Value in America

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2007

Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive value. Their eight cost factors measure depreciation, fuel, insurance, opportunity cost, financing, maintenance, taxes and state fees, and repairs, and then applies a statistical model against evaluated vehicles in all 50 states. The company identified the Best Value in America by measuring which vehicles have a lower than expected ownership cost given their market segment and price. The outcome? Corvette was recognized in two categories as part of Vincentric’s 2007 Best Value in America Awards: Convertible, over $29,000 and Sports Car, over $41,000. General Motors truck line did extremely well, winning four of the eight Pickup categories with their Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra lineup. The Saturn Vue Greenline also made the list as a category winner for Crossovers, under $29,000.
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Autoextremist: GM Debating over Mid-Engined Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 24, 2007

Corvette Indy and CERV IIIAutoextremist Peter DeLorenzo is a man with connections to the big 2.5 automakers. Those connections with GM are reportedly saying there is a debate over the direction of the next generation Corvette (C7) and whether or not development of a limited production mid-engined Corvette should be built. The mid-engine debate seems to come up once a decade and the last discussions resulted in the Corvette Indy and CERV III concepts. According to DeLorenzo, the talk he is hearing is about diversifying the Corvette lineup by offering a regular-edition Corvette with a smaller displacement V8, a high performance V8 (evolving from the LS7) and:

“Then look for an extremely limited production run (less than 500) of an advanced, mid-engined Corvette that will play in the plus six-figure category – and deliver blistering performance that will surpass exotic sports cars from around the world costing hundreds of thousands more. This will be the technological ‘statement’ car from GM that the ‘True Believers’ within the corporation have long been waiting for.”
This debate also fits the talks we’ve been hearing about for some time about the creation of a multiple model Corvette line-up. Not just the same models with different engine sizes, but multiple model styles and multiple engines, essentially turning the Corvette from model to brand. CorvetteBlogger would be very much interested in seeing a new mid-engine concept. It’s been years since the development of the Corvette Indy and CERV III and GM has made technological leaps since then. Just look at the development of the new Z06 Corvette compared to the first C5 Corvette. Whether or not GM could afford to spend the money on the development of the concept that then translates into yearly sales of only 500 units is another matter.
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