Mecum Auctions’ occupation of central Florida wrapped up last weekend after a 10-day bender of sunshine and vehicle sales. Their first event of 2013 tallied 2,610 cars traversing the red carpeted auction block with roughly 70% of those going to new homes. A total of 402 Corvettes (15% of the total docket) were available and 62 of them drew bids of $100,000 or more.
Here’s another rare Corvette taking part in the January auction frenzy next month. This rare red on black 1963 Corvette Z06 out of collector Rick Davis’ stable is one of the 199 built that year and will traverse Mecum’s red carpet Saturday January 26th around 2:40pm eastern time. It’s completely unrestored and has claimed Bloomington Gold and Survivor awards as well as claiming NCRS Top Flight and Chevy Vettefest honors.
We know that for the 2014 model year, the high performance LS engines are going bye-bye for Corvette and in their place will be the new Generation 5 LT1 V8s. But that doesn’t mean GM is going to stop building the LS7 and LS9 engines for other applications. Thanks to some sleuthing at Camaro5.com, it does look like Chevrolet is planning on using the 505 hp LS7 engine for the 2014 Camaro.
What’s the more dangerous road? Doing 160 mph at a HPDE at Daytona International Speedway or going 50 mph on US 1 in the Florida Keys?
For Jeff Allen of Key West, Florida, it was the ride home that proved to be disastrous to his 2003 Corvette Z06 when he was hit head on by an alleged drunk driver.
Back in the first part of 2011, ProTeam Corvette Sales posted an article on their website seeking more information on Dick Lang’s 1963 Corvette Z06 racer which they had recently discovered. After several months and a $224,000 Nabers Brothers restoration, they unveiled the recently completed car last weekend during a NCRS-sponsored Corvette Seminar at their Napoleon, Ohio facility. This was the first time it had been seen by the public since being returned to its Daytona racing livery.
Mark Carlyle and his twin-turbo, atomic orange C6 Corvette just keep getting better and better.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a win to show for his outstanding performances.
In late October, Carlyle dropped below the 7 second mark with a record 6.99 time (at a record-setting 209 mph) in the semifinals of the LSX Drag Radial Class. But Carlyle ended up losing in the finals to Mark Brown.
We threw a picture of this 2007 Corvette Z06 up on our Facebook page last week and since it got a tremendous response there with nearly 500 likes, we figured it was worth a more in-depth review. Besides, we love double-threat custom as much as the next guy. Not only does this Corvette Z06 feature a gorgeous exterior, it also received some serious engine mods as well.
It’s time for the final segment in the Corvette Generations video series. Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles is at the Corvette Time Line display at Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise and he takes us through some of the biggest (and lightest) changes that occurred during production of the C6 Corvette generation that started in 2005 and ends in 2013.
Car and Driver Technical Editor Michael Austin recently put Chevrolet’s best Corvettes – the ZR1 and the Z06 – against one another, giving us what he loves about the Corvette but at the same time telling us what it needs to do to remain relevant as it enters its seventh generation.
He recently pushed the two flagship Corvettes to their limits at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, California and came away impressed but at the same disappointed.
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No one likes having to pay high insurance bills, but the latest status report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers some good news for Corvette drivers.
For the 2009-11 model years, the Z06 and the Corvette convertible were the lowest among all sports cars rated in the category for property damage (which insures against physical damage caused to other vehicles and property).