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 individual Corvette seller.
Mike’s delivery post starts off on a somber note this week as he tells us that another long-time Chevrolet dealer, Bill Stasek of Wheeling, Illinois passed away last week. Mike shows a photo of him and Bill together at Le Mans with Ron Fellows. With that news, Mike talks about two of his mentors in the business, Ken Allen and Gary Konner. And speaking of Konner, Mike came up with another great photo of the Konners at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where Gary and RJ Konner picked up their 50 Malcolm Konner Edition Corvettes that were built to honor their father for the 1986 model year. As always, a great collection of new Corvette deliveries plus vintage and throwbacks awaits you below.
Make sure to visit Mike’s facebook page for even more photos and videos of his new Corvette deliveries: CorvetteFurman.
~I had two great mentors while growing up in the Car business, Ken Allen and Gary Konner. Ken was about 20 years older and Gary is only 6 years older. Thru out the 80’s I watched, listened and learned unbeknownst to them. Everything I do today with Corvette sales/customers is directly related to what I learned under their wing. Ken passed away approx 4 years ago and Gary and his wife live in Florida. I miss Ken tremendously as we talked several times per year after he retired and I’m thankful that Gary reached out to me a few years ago and we reconnected and speak/text often. Gary’s Father was of course Malcolm Konner, simply a pillar in the business world and a leading Chevrolet dealer for many decades.
I mention all of this as the Chevrolet world lost another great dealer out of the Chicago area this week, Bill Stasek. I first met Bill at Spring Mountain Race Track in Nevada for a Callaway meeting and then spent a week at Lemans in 2011 with him. We didn’t stop talking the whole week and I’m sure our wives were rolling their eyes. We spoke several times per year right up to just a few weeks ago as he always enjoyed my Corvette posts etc. Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed by all that met you. (below is a picture of Bill and I with Ron Fellows at Lemans 2011)
~Fred M. Of North Potomac, MD bought a 2011 Callaway Corvette GS Cpe from me and this time he opted to factory order a 2019 Z06 Convt! Fred chose a Watkins Glen Gray 2019 Z06 Convt with Black Competition Seats, 2LZ Pkg, satin black stinger stripe, 7 Spd manual trans, chrome wheels and Navigation/PDR. Fred had a 11:30am appt. and was gone in under 45 minutes! I could see his perma grin for miles as he drove off.
~Tom J. Of Houston, Texas called me 10 weeks ago to special order a Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic 2019 Grand Sport Convt. Thursday was Corvette Museum delivery day and I am sure Tom is still grinning ear to ear. Web cam #4 was his Corvettes position and I watched much of his delivery! Tom ordered 3LT Pkg, Red calipers, 7spd manual trans, Black Wheels with red stripe, Jake logo Center Caps,Red stitching, Black top, Red seat belts with code 198 Black interior and the GS Heritage Pkg. This is one Corvette that is a Car Show all by itself! Call 301-212-4420 and I will explain how seamless a Museum delivery is…and FUN…just ask Tom!
~Sukhdeep G. Of Yuba City, California called me 9 weeks ago to factory order his very first Corvette. Sukh chose to order a 2019 Torch Red Stingray Cpe with Adrenaline Red interior, 1LT Pkg, CF badges, Red calipers, Auto trans, Performance exhaust and Black Wheels. This is one Corvette that really pops off the page! I had it drop shipped at his local Chevrolet dealer in Davis, California for Courtesy delivery. In Sukhs own words “I want to thank you for everything. Your service was probably the best I’ve had not just in the auto industry but any customer service industry. You were always quick in answering my questions. Very polite, respectful and knowledgeable. It’s a dream come true for me” Thanks, Sukhdeep G.
~Dail R. Of Menifee, California contacted me to place his 2019 Stingray Corvette Cpe factory order in January. Dail was seeking a Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic with Black interior, Black Wheels , 1LT Pkg, Auto transmission. I had it drop shipped to their local Chevrolet dealer in Chino and they took Courtesy delivery on Friday. Here in Dail’s own words… “I want to thank you for the way you handled the ordering of my C7. Corvette owners that have posted on Corvette Forums have nothing but good to say about you. This is how I learned about you and your record number of deliveries. Congratulations by the way. I’d like to add my name to that list of satisfied customers. Below is a picture of the wife and I picking the car up. What a wonderful car. Thanks again. Dail R. – Menifee, California
~Keith W. Of Boonsboro, MD was referred to me by three different Corvette customers. Keith and his Father Jesse drove down in a 2008 Nissan Titan and left in a brand new 2018 Camaro SS in my favorite Blue!
~Other deliveries that left the yard…
Local company needed a used Silverado 1500 for their job foreman.
Another l7ocal company bought two new Express vans, probably the 20th pair of vehicles they have bought from me over the last 10 years.
~Andy T. of Ontario, Canada did his Z06 engine build two weeks ago and his new 2019 Z06 will be in his garage in a couple of weeks. I can’t sell new vehicles to Canada but I certainly have made many friends there. Last August I met Andy and his wife at Carlisle and then in December he flew to LA for the Auto show and I am sure I will see him this year at Carlisle…and he has already reserved a spot in the Corvette Furman driving experience at Spring Mountain in Pahrump, Nevada for my October class.
~March 1987 my best friend in New Jersey wanted to order a new 1987 Olds 442 (he kicks himself that he didn’t get a Corvette!)…I took these pictures as it came off the truck…much like I do today! Some things never change.
~The Frank Class Corvette barn find/Throwback section. Please post up which picture is your favorite.
Have a great week!
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Mike can deliver new Corvettes at Criswell Chevrolet 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, the new ZR1, or any of the offerings from Callaway, give Mike Furman a call. You can reach him at 301-212-4420 or via email at [email protected].
Corvette Delivery Dispatch with National Corvette Seller Mike Furman for March 18th
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