QUICK SHIFTS: Collector Car Values, Car of the Year Award, Brad Paisley’s Corvette Obsession and More

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QUICK SHIFTS: Collector Car Values, Car of the Year Award, Brad Paisley's Corvette Obsession and More

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Quick Shifts is a content feature here at CorvetteBlogger featuring links to Corvette and automotive-related stories of interest.

Check out these automotive quick shifts featuring in-depth looks at collector car values, the C8 gets another check in the W column, how the C8 can be so fast, your chance to win one of 36 classic Corvettes, Brad Paisley’s love of Corvettes, farewell to the C7, and a 1991 ZR-1 takes on its then-contemporary, turbocharged foe.

FIRST GEAR

The end of the year is always a fun time to be a Haggerty reader. All of the data that they are able to accrue in a calendar year about the values of collector cars leads to some fantastic posts like: 10 Cars that Made a turnaround in 2019, the 11 Hottest Collectables under $20k, 2019’s Biggest Winners and Losers, and more (check the “Related Articles” section on the left of each of these links if you love to follow the market as much as we do!). But the cream of the crop is their “Bull Market” list where they guess what the hottest cars of the next 12 months will be for investors who want to see a quick ROI. Last year’s list was highlighted by the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport, be sure to check it out if you haven’t yet.

This year’s list came with a fun “How’d we do?” article about how the values of their ten recommended cars performed. How’d the GS do? Click the link below to find out!

Read the 2020 Bull Market List and a Review of the 2019 List by clicking the links.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

The 1996 Corvette GS made the 2019 Bull Market List. How did it fare?


SECOND GEAR

Another week, another award for the C8. The Detroit News just named the 2020 Corvette Stingray their vehicle of the year. Once again, congrats to everyone at General Motors who made the new, affordable, dream-exotic into a reality!

Check out the full piece here.

2020 Corvette Stingray

Photo Credit: Henry Payne


THIRD GEAR

Speaking of the C8, Road & Track ran another great C8 article by Jason Cammisa that breaks down how the newest ‘Vette is so dang quick with “only” 495 ponies to propel it forward. The whole thing is a must-read for enthusiasts of America’s Sports Car but we especially loved how he ended with this: “I don’t know about you, but I’d be fine with a manual-transmission C8 capable of 3.2 to 60. On second thought, there’s no reason to celebrate the death of the Corvette’s manual transmission. Now get off my lawn.” We couldn’t agree more!

Get the full story at RoadandTrack.com while we yell at a cloud.

2020 Corvette Stingray

Photo Credit: Jason Cammisa


FOURTH GEAR

In history’s finest year, 1989, a man by the name of Dennis Amodeo won a VH1 contest. The prize? A Corvette from each year of production, for a whopping collection of 36 cars! You’ll have to click the link below for the full, extremely interesting, story (complete with 36ish more links to deepen the tale), but these cars matter to us and our readers because now, through a new sweepstakes, each car can be re-won individually!

Get all of the story and giveaway details over on Autoblog. You can also read our previous account of The Lost Corvettes.

The Lost Corvettes of the Peter Max/VH1 Collection

Photo Credit: Richard Prince


FIFTH GEAR

Fifth gear takes us inside the Corvette obsession of one half of the best sales duo over at Nationwide Insurance. Brad Paisley doesn’t just sling insurance with Peyton Manning either, he is also a famous country singer who loves Corvettes! “The Things,” a website who always shows up in my Google feed with click-baity headlines like “Wait until you see formerly famous person X now” is actually on to something here. It turns out that Mr. Paisley is quite afflicted with the Corvette virus that infects all of us here. The Things even has 20 facts to prove it to everyone!

Scroll through them here.

Brad Paisley's Corvette Obsession

Photo Credit: thethings.com


SIXTH GEAR

Finally, we would like to make you aware of a nice writeup over at Sportscar365 where they do a final test drive and send-off of the C7 Corvette with some extra emphasis on the C7.R and C8.R in an accompanying interview with Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner.

Bid farewell to one of best ‘Vette generations here.

Photo Credit: Richard Prince for Corvette Racing


REVERSE

Shifting back in time we are going to reminisce about that time when Car and Driver hosted a head to head between our Decade champion from last week, the C4 ZR-1, and the 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Awesome stuff that can be reviewed right here!

C4 Corvete ZR-1 vs Porsche 911 Turbo

Photo Credit: CarandDriver.com


Previous Quick Shifts:
40 MPG C5 Corvette, Ode to the Burnout, 1963 Found on Christmas Tree Farm, Catsburg Tapped for C8.R, Corvette Trivia
Camaro vs Corvette, C8 Understeer, Top Gear USA, Investment-Quality C2s, Cannonball Run Record
MT Car of the Year Finalist, C8 Turns Hater Into Fan, Z06 Steering Wheels, Grand Sport History, Corvette Trivia