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We’ve seen Rod Saboury’s 1963 Split Window Corvette he calls “Black Widow” when he first showed it at the 2012 SEMA show. Here it is at OC Cruisin:

Insane C2 Corvette with a LS9 engine swap out of a 2013 Zr1

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Destino is a Reborn Fisker Karma with Corvette Power

by Mitch Talley on October 23, 2013

Destino is a Reborn Fisker Karma with Corvette Power

Thanks to some Corvette transfusions and the support of former General Motors’ vice chairman Bob Lutz, the beleaguered Fisker Karma will apparently live on.

Fisker sold about 1,800 Karmas before having to shut down in November 2012 when the company ran out of money and couldn’t make loan payments to the Department of Energy.

VL Automotive, backed by Lutz, plans to use two different Corvette engines to convert 25 unsold Karmas from hybrid power.

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SEMA 2012: Rod Saboury's 1963 Split Window Black Widow Custom Corvette

One of the draws of SEMA is that you know you are going to see some cool custom cars and in our opinion, one of the best custom vettes on display at this year’s show was Rod Saboury’s 1963 Split Window Corvette he calls “Black Widow”. If Rod’s name rings a bell, it’s because Saboury was also the man behind the World’s fastest street Legal 1963 Corvette drag car which we featured just last month.

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Best of Both Worlds: LS9-powered 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe

It wasn’t easy combining the beauty of a 1963 Split Window with the mechanical prowess of a modern-day ZR1. But builder Anthony Luca managed to pull it off for car owner Joe Bongiorno – after more than 2,000 hours of work and much improvisation and deep thinking.

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GM Builds its 100-Millionth Small Block Engine

General Motors has celebrated a major milestone today at Wixom’s Performance Build Center by building its 100-millionth small block engine. The engine chosen as the milestone motor is none other than the Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower LS9. Since 1955, the small block has been used in GM vehicles around the world and can also be found marine and industrial applications as well.

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SEMA 2011: 1959 Corvette ZR59 Concept

by Keith Cornett on November 1, 2011

SEMA 2011: 1959 Corvette ZR59

There are some nice custom show cars at the SEMA automotive convention in Las Vegas and then there is the 1959 Corvette ZR59 on display at the Wilwood Disc Brakes booth. Starting as a humble 1959 Corvette, the ZR59 now boasts modern supercar performance without losing the original distinctive look of a C1 roadster.

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New Renderings of the Corvette-based Endora SC-1

by Keith Cornett on August 9, 2011

New Renderings of the Corvette-based Endora SC-1

It was back in May we first learned about the Endora SC-1, a new German custom coach that will be powered by America’s finest V8 Small block engines. Sure we’ve seen custom supercars built on the Corvette chassis before. The Bertone Mantide and Rossi 66 are two of our favorites. But with these latest renderings, the German-based SC-1 is beginning to look distinctly Corvette-like and is moving up our charts of favorite vaporware vettes.

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CorvetteBlogger Visits the GM Performance Build Center

by Guest Contributor on July 30, 2011

CorvetteBlogger visits the GM Performance Build Center

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

As part of the NCRS national convention last week we were able to participate in a tour of GM’s Performance Build Center. The facility is located about an hour northwest of Detroit in Wixom, MI. The low-volume plant hand assembles all of the dry sump motors for Corvettes. Previously, they also made the powerplants for the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V. You can learn more about this unique facility and take a photo tour with us after the break.

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LS9 Gets Dropped into a Warbonnet Yellow 1971 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 19, 2011

LS9 Gets Dropped into a Warbonnet Yellow 1971 Corvette

It seems our new favorite tuners in Houston have a thing for LS9 crate motors. We featured Fastlane last week as wicked photos of a Chevy Silverado with an LS9 surfaced on their facebook page. Now we’ve got some photos of another LS9 install, this one more appropriate as the supercharged 6.2 liter V8 finds a new home in a classic 1971 Corvette.

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Chevy Silverado Gets A Corvette ZR1 Heart Transplant

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2011

Chevy Silverado Gets A Corvette ZR1 Heart Transplant

If you’ve ever met a custom tuner, you’ll find they are some of the most optimistic people on this earth. Case in point? Houston tuner Fastlane managed to stuff a 638-hp supercharged LS9 Corvette ZR1 engine into a Silverado pickup truck. We’re not sure why it was decided that a Silverado get this kind of power upgrade, but now that it’s in there, we think the end result is pretty awesome.

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