Each week, Criswell Chevrolet’s Mike Furman delivers new Corvette Stingrays, Grand Sports and Z06s to his customers who come from all parts of the country to work with the nation’s top Corvette seller.
In this week’s Delivery Dispatch, Mike first shares some new Corvette deliveries with some interesting color combos and then he dives into nostalgia with throwback photos to the day’s of Malcolm Konner Chevrolet where he first started selling Corvettes.
As always, you can follow his deliveries on his facebook page, CorvetteFurman.
~Feb 23rd-27th I will be a guest of Chevrolet attending the Daytona 500 for the very first time. I’ve attended the 24 hrs of Lemans and Sebring care of Chevrolet and Mobil 1 and now I am really looking forward to The Daytona 500 as it is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. The winner of the Daytona 500 is presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane…and we all know what Harley Earl meant to GM back in his day. Todays throwback pictures will be a nod to Malcolm Konner, his son Gary Konner forwarded me some rare family pictures from back in the day. More on that later.
~Mike G. From Fleetwood, PA factory ordered his 4th Corvette, 2017 Z06 Cpe in Sterling Blue with Kalahari interior and 7spd manual trans, Navigation and 2LZ pkg. This is one cool color combo.
~Throwback picture time with a nod to the Malcolm Konner. Malcolm Konner Chevrolet was the premier Corvette dealership from the 50’s thru the early 90’s which is when the dealership was Sold. A big Thank You to Gary Konner for providing many of these pictures and great info.
Malcolm Konner inc. (DeSoto, Plymouth & GMC Truck) opened in 1935 at the age of 21 in Caldwell NJ. In 1955 the Chevrolet dealer in town went out of business so it was purchased and became Malcolm Konner Chevrolet and soon after began selling British sports cars (Triumph, MG & Jaguar) in a separate showroom at the other end of town along with Corvettes. Eventually the dropped the British cars and the showroom was exclusive to Corvette.
There is plenty of history to go around when you think about the Chevrolet Corvette, I was fortunate to work for the Konner Auto Group all thru out the 80’s and Gary Konner sent me a ton of photo’s this past week from his archives. Gary Konner although only 5 years older then I was one of my two early mentors in the Car Business. Gary’s Father of course was the legendary Auto dealer Malcolm Konner. These pictures depict a different era, in 1959 Malcolm Konner rounded up a group of his Corvette customers and chartered a plane to fly to St Louis and get a tour of the Corvette plant. They also got to pick up their new Corvettes at the Plant and road rallye back to New Jersey. Gary even sent me a home movie of their escapades driving a couple dozen new 1959 Corvettes on the highways of the USA back home… with the tops down of course! Talk about seeing the USA in a new Chevrolet! Pat Boone was one of the Konner customers and he is seen in a few of the pictures. My memory of Mr Konner is nothing short of being a true Gentleman and a class act on every level. Gary’s Mother Florence Konner was always extremely nice to me as well. To me they were Chevrolet Corvette family royalty and always will be. For decades the Konner’s would have a yearly Corvette show the first week of June. Zora Duntov was a regular every year and even stayed at the Konner home. In 1986 Chevrolet built 50 "Malcolm Konner Commemorative Editions" Corvettes. They were built in special arrangement honoring Malcolm Konner. Each Corvette had a special two tone paint scheme, Silver beige over black coded "SPEC’. Window stickers reflect 4001ZA as the RPO code and it was a $500 charge. All were Cpe’s, 20 with manual transmission and 30 with Auto transmissions. 20 had RPO Z51 suspensions, divided equally between the two transmissions. All had Graphite leather interior. One became the First Callaway twin turbo engine conversion. Konner Corvettes were not built in sequence as serial numbers ranged from 8043-8343. All 50 were caravanned back to Konner Chevrolet in Paramus by the new owners and by truck carrier. The Meadowlands Grand Prix ( Cart Race ) had a support Corvette Challenge race that was marketed as the Corvette Challenge Race for the Malcolm Konner Cup. The crashed & burned #33 was as you can see on the front hood was a Malcolm Konner sponsored car. The picture in front of the Miller Racing Malcolm Konner tractor trailer were the 3 drivers that ran the entire season for us. In red left to right was Mark Wolocatiuk (car #8), Robin Dallenback (car #58) & Doc Bundy (car #80)
"FYI, we were the series official supplier for the GM Goodwrench parts & I made the initial order for all the 1988 Challenge cars so the series could happen. Later the cars were distributed to various dealers." Gary Konner
Enjoy these rare some never seen pictures.
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Mike can deliver new Corvettes at Criswell Chevrolet in in Gaithersburg, MD or through the National Corvette Museum’s R8C delivery program. He can also deliver new Corvettes via covered transport direct to your door or a courtesy delivery to the Chevrolet dealer near you.
If you are interested in a new Corvette Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06 or any of the offerings from Callaway, give Mike Furman a call. You can find him at Criswell Corvette in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-212-4420 or via email at [email protected].
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