CORVETTES OF FRESNO, INC
President: Jon DeVoe
Phone: 559- 683-7003
Vice Pres.: Nick DiLiddo
CORVETTES OF FRESNO, INC
Is a non-profit organization formed by Secretary: Terri Cavanaugh
those owners who are proud to drive E-mail: email@example.com
America’s only true sports car – Phone: 559-439-7519
Treasurer: Harry Bellow
Our club meetings are held at 7:00 pm on Phone: 559-294-7740
the third Tuesday of the month at the
American Legion Hall located at 3509 N. Membership: Valerie Merritt
First Street, (North of Shields on the S/W E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
corner of First Street & Dayton), Fresno. Phone: 559-294-1762
If you are an interested Corvette owner,
we invite you to attend. Webmaster: Al Hall
Newsletter: Jim Agar
WSCC Representative: Roger Merritt
CORVETTES OF FRESNO, INC IS A PROUD
MEMBER OF THE WESTERN STATES
CORVETTE COUNCIL (WSCC)
The television show "Route 66" premiered with a story of
two young men driving a 1960 Corvette around the US in
search of adventure.
And while deep see fishing in the Bahamas, Bill Mitchell
lands a shark and thinks of the idea for the body shape of
the XP-775, the Corvette Shark.
FIBERGLASS FOREVER IS A MONTHLY
PUBLICATION. The 1960 Corvette was the last to feature tail lights formed
into the rounded fenders, and the last with the heavy
PLEASE SUBMIT ARTICLES NO LATER
THAN THE BOARD MEETING OF EACH
MONTH VIA EMAIL TO: The base exterior of the 1960 Corvette continued the
email@example.com smooth look of the previous years.
Valerie reported that as of today CoF has 101 members and 74 cars.
Guests - Buddy & JoEllen Maguire (2010 Red) Lawrence Coelho (2007 Silver) Mark
Townsend & Kristen Anstead (2008 Black & 1978 Silver Ann) James Kell (78 Daytona Red).
Dave Cavanaugh’s name was drawn, he was not present, he missed $10. Next month's
drawing will be $20.00
Remember to wear your nametag at the meeting for a chance to win.
Club Directories and Updates
The 2010 electronic copy of the club membership directory is available online at VALERIE
www.corvettesoffresno.com (contact Al Hall for the new access info) MEMBERSHIP
Patti Stevens was given her new Teri Rothchild was given her
WELCOME new member packet by
by Valerie Merritt TO COF Valerie Merritt
RICHARD & DARLENE WAGNER 5 - RICHARD & JACKEY FRONK 7
MIKE & SHARON HANEY 7 - DAVE & TERRI CAVANAUGH 9 - LEWIS & MARTHA DANN 16
AL & MARIA HALL 18 - GARY & NINA GAGNEBIN 29 - CHUCK & GERRI WARE 29
HELEN JOLLY 8 - DON DOSHER 10 - NONIE DELAP 13 - STEVEN PROFERA 13
LEWIS DANN 14 - LEE DELAP 15
CORVETTES OF FRESNO
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
MAY 18, 2010
CALL TO ORDER: President Jon DeVoe called the meeting to order at 7:12 pm. Board Members present were Jon
DeVoe, Nick Diliddo, Harry Bellow, Jim Agar, Al Hall, Valerie Merritt & Terri Cavanaugh
Members received an update on Gene Fox he is currently in Kaiser Fresno and working very hard to beat this.
MEMBERSHIP: Valerie reported that as of today CoF has 101 members and 74 cars. The following new members were
introduced: Teri Rothchild & Patty Stevens. Guests Buddy & JoEllen Maguire (2010 Red) Lawrence Coelho (2007 Silver)
Mark Townsend & Kristen Anstead (2008 Black & 1978 Silver Ann) James Kell (78 Daytona Red). May birthdays &
Anniversaries were announced.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: Jon called for a motion to forego the reading of the minutes of the April Meeting. It was
motioned and seconded and passed to forego the reading of the minutes. It was motioned to accept the minutes as
printed seconded. Minutes accepted as printed.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Harry Bellow reported the account activity which is on file to be reviewed by members only.
Frank Stafford made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report and Bruce Looney seconded. Treasurer’s report
COMMUNICATIONS: Jim told everyone the printed copy of the bulletin were on hand for the visitors. Cliff & Jerry Shall
were announced as new members and given an apology for the misspelling of her name.
WEBMASTER: Al mentioned that the website had 6983 visits last month. The bulletin in March had 513 downloads and
1376 in April. Photos of Kingsburg Run, Relay 4 Life, are on line. A manual for Chevrolets is also available on line.
Update on Skip Hurlimann’s & Judy Wilkins Hurlimann’s accident, it was not in a corvette but a motorhome.
ACTIVITIES, Future: Please refer to the Calendar of Events in the club newsletter or on the Club website,
www.corvettesoffresno.com for more details and up to date information.
June 1 Board Meeting Dennys Blackstone & Herndon
June 6 Progressive Dinner Run= Mike Haney & Billie Talley leaving Wells Fargo Bank Fresno & Friant at 1pm Pls be
early. $17 per person cks to Billie will incl a poker run
June 13 Mystery Dinner Run leaving Wells Fargo Friant & Fresno at 11:30 am $20 per person
July 10 COF Picnic – Nick & Angie Diliddo
July 16 Vandenberg Air Base Run John Johnson leaving Jensen & Hwy 99 at 7am. Tour is 3 ½ hrs Staying at the
Embassy Suites $130 a night. Dinner at the Hitching Post John needs your driver’s license number for security clearance
at the airbase prior to leaving—the sooner the better.
TAHOE REPORT: Harry Bellow said registrations are ready to be mailed Sept 9-11 . Check the website very soon.
OLD BUSINESS: Chuck Robb welcome back from surgery and a setback. He thanked everyone for the plant he
received. Thanks to Al Hall & Jim Agar for the great job they do on the website and newsletter. Angie mentioned Bill
Hedrick’s picture in the newsletter. Thanks to all that helped with the Relay 4 Life many people helped and walked and
babysat Jon for 2 days. Jeannie Dehmel made a banner that everyone carried while they walked. They did not do so well
in the car race but the Dollars collected was very good. 4 Cars followed the Hedrick’s float – Looney, Dann, Najarian,
Peloian. Allen & Jon carried the COF banner
Don’t forget the car show & visit in the lot at Ft Washington & Friant parking lot. Chubbys at Sierra & Blackstone on
Friday night and First & Gettysburg and Saturdays.
Jim Kozera shared the binder that Jim Agar made for the trip to the Nethercutt Museum.
Charity for 2010 has been picked as Nancy Hines Hospice by the voting of the membership. Mystery Dinner runs are just
that show up and be surprised.
NEW BUSINESS: Dennis Christiansen spoke about Judy Verbeck’s memorial which was attended by he and Patty
Gwen Cox’s mother passed last week.
The next board meeting will be held at Denny’s at Herndon and Blackstone on June 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm. All members are
welcome to attend. The next general meeting will be held at The American Legion at 7:00 pm on June 19, 2010. The
address is 3509 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93726 (north of Shields on the SW corner of First Street at Dayton).
NAME TAG DRAWING: Dave Cavanaugh’s name was drawn he was not present he missed $10. Next month drawing
will be $20.00
RAFFLE: Angie Diliddo sold the tickets and then managed to win the raffle. (FIX)
It was motioned the meeting be adjourned and it was seconded. The meeting adjourned at 8:35
Respectfully Submitted, TERRI CAVANAUGH
Terri Cavanaugh - Secretary
June 18th to 20th Friday to Sunday Lake Tahoe Corvette Club , having there annual event
in beautiful Lake Tahoe.
July 10th Saturday Corvettes of Fresno annual Meadow Lakes Family & friends Picnic.
Come and enjoy a fun day at MEADOW LAKES PICNIC AREA by the lake.
More info to follow . Questions call Nick 4397267 or Dave 4397519.
July 16-17 Vandenberg Air Force Base overniter run. ALL INFO IS ON OUR WEBSITE,
C.O.F member John Johnson, is the man in charge
July 25th Sunday Softin`s 2nd Annual car/bike/Truck show, will be at the WWII Aviation
Museum @Camarillo Air Field in Camarillo Ca. 100% of all proceeds to Handicapped
Young and old.
August 20th-22nd Fri-Sat-Sunday The new Bloomington Gold Tours 2010. Register now,
tour space is limited for three- 4 day tours, SEE FLYER FOR MORE INFO, to download
entry forms, www.BloomingtonGoldTours.com.
December 10th Friday Corvettes of Fresno Annual Christmas Dinner/ Party.
Will be at Pardini`s on Shaw Ave, More info to follow. Billie Talley is chairman of event.
ANNUAL CORVETTES OF FRESNO TAHOE TOUR NICK'S PICKS
Mardi Gras September 9 – 12, 2010 CALENDAR OF
The Horizon Casino EVENTS PAGE
Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Accommodations: You will receive a registration number after
you send in your registration, then call FIBERGLASS
Horizon Casino: (800) 648-3322 FOREVER
Room Rates: All Nights: $80
Mention “Corvettes of Fresno” and give them your registration
number for special rates
Register now so you don’t miss out on the 42nd Tahoe Tour-
Register by August 23 to avoid late fee of $20.
Registration packets are $165 per couple, or $95 per single,
which include one T-shirt, one poker hand, Thursday evening
Welcome Social; Friday Corvette Run, Slot Tournament, No-
Host Social Gathering; Saturday Car Show, Poker Run, BBQ
Lunch, Awards Dinner. NICK DILIDDO
COVERED PARKING WITH SECURITY
C5 Tail Lights - Keep Water/Dirt Out of Edges
This tech tip is for those of you who, like me, are sick
of having water, dirt, dust, etc. accumulate around
the edges of our C5's tail lights. After trying a few
things, I found that a silicone rubber door gasket did
The product is made by "M-D Building Products" and
called "Tear Drop Profile Ultra Weather seal: Silicone
Rubber Door Gasket - 1/4" Thick by 1/2" Wide and
20" Long." I found this stuff at Lowe's for about $15-
20 bucks. It has a self-adhesive backing that keeps it
stuck to the tail lights.
It does a great job in keeping dirt, water, dust, grass, etc. from getting in between the tail
lights and the rear bumper. It looks very clean and professional and as if factory original.
C5 Tire noise reduction... and cabin heat reduction
This tech tip will reduce cabin tire noise and also heat from the tunnel area... I went to Lowes
home improvement and bought this aluminum product. it looks like the aluminum products
used to deflect heat from windshields.. I bought a roll 2 ft by 25 ft.. for 25 dollars and a roll of
I removed the rugs in the trunk and covered the trunk area with this product.. it is moldable
and I taped the sections together using duct tape. I also did the wheel well tubs. the vertical
wall behind the seats.... removed the seats and the console and the surround panel around the
shifter and radio.. I covered all this area with the silver stuff and added some batting around
the shifter and the radio and some along the sides of the tunnel... I did the floor under the
seats...then I moved to the outside of the car.. jacked up the rear wheels removed the 8 screws
that hold on the inner wheel wells...there are seven inside the wheel well and one under the
rocker panel about six inches forward of the tire.. I stuffed batting between the fender and
then inner cabin area... making sure I did not cover the drain for the gas fill compartment ..
and on a coupe make sure you do not cover the drain holes for the hatch.... after stuffing as
much batting as I could I covered the wheel wells with the silver stuff then put the inner wheel
wells back.. and found a great reduction in the tires noise level..
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
IN LAST MONTHS ISSUE ON THE
MEMBERSHIP PAGE THERE WAS A
SPELLING ERROR ON THE NAME OF
ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBER
COUPLES. THE CORRECT SPELLING
CLIFF & JERRI SHAUL
WE'RE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVIENCE
THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED
CORVETTES OF FRESNO WILL BE DOING A RUN TO VANDENBERG AIR
FORCE BASE ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY - JULY 16 & 17 2010
THE RUN WILL BEGINE ON FRIDAY AS THE BASE DOES NOT DO TOURS ON
WEEKENDS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO STAY LONGER YOU MAY
BOOK ADDITIONAL NIGHTS
WE WILL BE STAYING IN LOMPOC AT EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL
FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS CALL TOBY or MEGAN @ 1-805-735-8311 &
MENTION CORVETTES OF FRESNO. THE COST IS $129.95 PER NIGHT WHICH
INCLUDES HOSPITALITY FRIDAY NIGHT & A COOKED TO ORDER
BREAKFAST SATURDAY MORNING
COF WILL BE LEAVING AT 7:00 AM FROM DENNEY'S AT JENSEN & 99 ON
FRIDAY JULY 16, 2010
IN ORDER TO TOUR THE BASE, WHICH TAKES APPROX 4 HOURS, THERE IS A
SECURITY CHECK. THEREFORE, YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE ME WITH
YOUR FULL NAME AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE AS WELL AS
YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE # SO I CAN OBTAIN A SECURITY CLEARANCE FOR
YOU TO ENTER THE BASE
I MUST HAVE THIS INFORMATION TO THE BASE HOST NO LATER THAN
JUNE 30, 2010
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TOUR WE WILL HAVE DINNER AT THE
"HITCHING POST" RESTAURANT IN CASMALIA WHICH IS A 20 MIN DRIVE
FROM THE BASE.
NEED MORE INFO?
CONTACT: JOHN JOHNSON @ 559-434-1395 or 559-274-8778
42 CORVETTES OF FRESNO
Mardi Gras 42 - September 9 - 12, 2010
Last Name ____________________________________ First Name __________________________
Spouse/Guest Last Name________________________ First Name__________________________
Mailing Address ____________________________________________________________________
City_______________________________ State ______________ Zip_______________________
Telephone Home _______________________________ Cell ______________________________
Email Address (Needed for confirmation number) _________________________________________
Car Year _________ Model ______________ Club Affiliation ______________________________
Registration fee for the 42nd COF Mardi Gras $165.00 per couple $95.00 per single
1 T-shirt included with Sm M L XL XXL 3XL 1 Included 1 Included
registration – circle size
Additional T-shirts Additional T-shirts
Additional T-shirt(s) Sm M L XL XXL 3XL _________@$16 each _________@$16 each
XXL & Larger @ $18 each XXL & Larger @ $18 each
Sweat Shirts Sweat Shirts
Sweat Shirt(s) Sm M L XL XXL 3XL _________@$21 each _________@$21 each
XXL & Larger @ $23 each XXL & Larger @ $23 each
Zp Hded Swt Shirts Zp Hded Swt Shirts
Zipper Hooded Sweat Sm M L XL XXL 3XL _________@$26 each _________@$26 each
Shirt(s) XXL & Larger @ $28 each XXL & Larger @ $28 each
Pls indicate size Pls indicate size
Slot tournament Friday 4:00 pm at Horizon
Must be 21 Can also sign up at registration #________@ $10 ea. #________@ $10 ea.
$10 per person
Shine and Show Car Show Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 am at Yr of Car: Yr of Car:
The Horizon. Can also sign up Model: Model:
at registration Color: Color:
1 Poker hand included in Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 pm 1 Included 1 Included
packet Extra poker hands can be Additional Hands: Additional Hands:
purchased at the event ______@ $5/each ______@ $5/each
50/50 Tickets—5 for $20 Winning Ticket will be drawn # of Tickets: ______ # of Tickets: ______
BBQ lunch included with Saturday 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Will need name tag Will need name tag
registration Horizon Pool Area
Awards Dinner Buffet at Horizon Will need name tag Will need name tag
Sat. 6:00 pm – Social No
Host Extra Dinner(s) Extra Dinner(s)
Sat. 7:00 pm – Dinner and _______@ $ 65 /each _______@ $ 65 /each
Please make checks payable to “Corvettes of $ $
Total Amount Please see Page 2 for Liability Release
Both Driver and Passenger MUST SIGN Liability Release
LIABILITY: In consideration of the acceptance of the right to participate, registrants and
spectators by execution of this registration form, release and discharge Corvettes of Fresno
and Tahoe Tour 42 from any and all known or unknown damages, injuries, losses, judgments
and/or claims from any cause whatsoever that may be suffered by any registrant or guest to
his person or property. Further, each entrant expressly agrees to indemnify all of the
foregoing entities, firms, persons and bodies from any and all liability occasioned or resulting
from conduct of registrants or any participant assisting or cooperating with the registrant
under the control of the registrant.
Driver’s Signature and Date Passenger’s Signature and Date
Mail Registration Form and Check to:
Ruth Looney Official Club Sponsor Since 1963
1712 W. Palo Alto
Fresno, CA 93711
CORVETTES OF FRESNO, inc.
SEPTEMBER 9, 10, 11, 12, 2010
THE HORIZON CASINO
HIGHWAY 50, SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
ROOM RATES ARE $80.00 ALL NIGHTS
THE PACKAGE PRICE REMAINS THE SAME
AS THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS AT $165.OO
THE THEME FOR THIS YEARS EVENT WILL BE
EVENTS WILL INCLUDE:
SHOW & SHINE
BBQ BY THE POOL
42nd ANNUAL CORVETTES OF FRESNO TAHOE TOUR
Mardi Gras September 9 – 12, 2010
The Horizon Casino
Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Thursday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm Early Registration in the Horizon Lobby
Welcome Social in the Elvis Room
Friday: 7:00 – 9:00am Complimentary Breakfast from Horizon
9:00 – 2:00pm Registration in the Elvis Room
9:00 - ?? Corvette Run
4:00 – 5:00pm Slot Tournament, $10
6:30 – 8:30pm No-Host Social Gathering (BYOB) in the Elvis Room
Saturday 7:00 – 9:00am Complimentary Breakfast from Horizon
8:30 – 9:30am Participant’s Choice Shine “N” Show
9:00 – Noon Registration in the Elvis Room
10:00 – 12:00pm Poker Run
12:00 – 2:00pm BBQ Lunch by Pool at the Horizon
6:00pm Pre-dinner Social at Horizon Casino – No Host Bar
7:00pm Awards Dinner and Ceremony
8:30 – 11:00pm Dancing the Night Away
Sunday 7:00 – 9:00am Complimentary Breakfast from Horizon
Go to our website at www.corvettesoffresno.com for the latest show updates
Accommodations: You will receive a registration number after you send in your registration,
Horizon Casino: (800) 648-3322
Room Rates: All Nights: $80
Mention “Corvettes of Fresno” and give them your registration number for special rates
Register now so you don’t miss out on the 42nd Tahoe Tour-Register by August 23 to avoid
late fee of $20.
Registration packets are $165 per couple, or $95 per single, which include one T-shirt, one
poker hand, Thursday evening Welcome Social; Friday Corvette Run, Slot Tournament, No-
Host Social Gathering; Saturday Car Show, Poker Run, BBQ Lunch, Awards Dinner.
COVERED PARKING WITH SECURITY
If you have any registration questions, please email Ruth Looney at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call her at (559) 439-4951
Please make checks payable to “Corvettes of Fresno” and mail to:
Ruth Looney, 1712 W. Palo Alto, Fresno, CA 93711
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR & PREPARE
TO HAVE A GREAT TIME IN TAHOE!
CORVETTES OF FRESNO 42nd TAHOE TOUR
“Mardi Gras” September 9 – 12, 2010
SAME LOW PRICE, BETTER LOCATION
We have kept our registration fee at the same low price for the past 5 years!! We are switching
locations to the Horizon and the bonus there will be lower room rates. The majority of our events will be
at or near Horizon, which is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and casinos.
♣ Thursday there will be a Welcome Social in the Elvis Room after registration in the lobby of the
Horizon. This is always a great time to mingle and get to know each other!
♣ A Corvette Run has been scheduled for Friday morning.
♣ A slot tournament will be held Friday afternoon at the Horizon Casino. The fee to enter this
fun event is $10. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
♣ Friday Evening there will be a Social Gathering (BYOB) in the Elvis Room at the Horizon. A
perfect way to unwind and get ready for an event-filled Saturday!!
♣ Saturday morning will start out with the Participant’s Choice Shine “N” Show Car Show which
will be held at the Horizon.
♣ The Poker Run will begin in the Horizon parking lot and end up ??????. This is a great
opportunity to see the fabulous scenery around Lake Tahoe.
♣ The BBQ Lunch will be at the Horizon pool area and is always a huge success.
♣ The dinner dance on Saturday evening will be held at the Horizon Casino. This special buffet
offers a wide variety of delectable entrees, salads, vegetables and desserts. No one ever goes
♣ Last year some people wanted to order extra t-shirts and after seeing them, the sweat shirts.
Pl ease order these at the time y ou reg ister. We only order a very small amount of extra shirts,
and it is impossible to order after the event. So please order them at the time you register. We
don’t want anyone disappointed!
YOU WI LL NEED TO HAVE YOUR EVENT NAME TAG WI TH YOU FOR ALL OF THE EVENTS.
♣ Registration packets are $165 per couple, or $95 per single, which include one T-shirt, one
poker hand, Thursday evening Welcome Party (if you arrive early), Friday morning Corvette
Run, Friday evening Social Gathering, Saturday Car Show, Poker Run, BBQ Lunch, Awards
COVERED PARKING WITH SECURITY
As always, the proceeds from our car show are donated to local charities.
Keep checking our web site, www.corvettesoffresno.com for current updates regarding the car show.
Some activities and times could change. We look forward to seeing you at the 42nd Mardi Gras Tahoe
Western States Corvette Council
Calendar of Events – 2010
As of June 1, 2010
DATE EVENT NAME TYPE/SANCTIONED CLUB SPONSOR CONTACT PHONE
6/5 Vette Magic 35 Car Show I S NCCA Stephen Logan 415-425-3105
6/6 Vette Magic 35 Drags VS NCCA Chuck Gerughty 650-799-1975
6/13 SCC Autocross I S SCC Mim Petersen 408-313-8990
6/19 Vette-O-Rama 40 Car Show I S/P&S DVC Mike Brown 925-308-7544
7/10 SCC Autocross IS SCC & NCCA Mim Petersen 408-313-8990
7/11 SCC Autocross IS SCC Mim Petersen 408-313-8990
7/17 Onion Peel Autocross IS VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
7/18 Nord Fjord Autocross IS VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
7/24 Glass Packs CS VS Glass Jim Neylan 925-676-1422
7/28-30 Thunderhill NCM/HOD VS WSCC Buzz Marston 408-353-5300
8/7 Marina Autocross I S SCC Mim Petersen 408-313-8990
8/14 Onion Peel Autocross I S VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
8/15 Nord Fjord Autocross I S VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
8/21 Glass Pack Picnic VS Glass Jim Neylan 925-676-1422
8/22 Corvette Spectacular I S/P&S SCC Gary Rost 510-409-4144
8/28 CCCC Corvette Show I S/P&S CCCC Dale Mowery 209-402-7268
9/9-12 Tahoe 42 VS Fresno Roger Merritt 559-294-1762
9/12 Cal Corvette Cruisers CS I S/P&S CCC Kim Hills 707-469-7387
9/25 SCC Autocross I S SCC Mim Petersen 408-313-8990
9/26 Vettes & Jets IV VS RioVista Rolf Sabye 707-374-6235
10/9 Onion Peel Autocross IS VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
10/10 Nord Fjord Autocross IS VVV & NB Mike Walter 707-449-4702
Alice and Frank were bungee jumping one day. Alice says to Frank, 'You know we could make a lot of money running our own Bungee-
jumping Business in Mexico.
Frank thinks this is a great idea, so they pool their money and buy everything they need: a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc. They
travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and
more people gather to watch them at work. When they had finished, there was such a crowd, they thought it would be a good idea to give
a demonstration, so Alice jumps.
She bounces at the end of the cord, but when she comes back up, Frank notices that she has a few cuts and scratches. Unfortunately,
Frank isn't able to catch her and she falls again, bounces, and comes back up again. This time, she is bruised and bleeding. Again, Frank
misses her. Alice falls again and bounces back up. This time, she comes back pretty messed up -- she's got a couple of broken bones
and is almost unconscious.
Luckily, Frank finally catches her this time and says, 'What happened? Was the cord too long?'
Barely able to speak, Alice gasps, 'No, the Bungee cord was fine...it was the crowd!....What the HECK is a piñata?!'
John Fitch is well known as a true pioneer in Corvette racing, and is considered racer extraordinaire. He was the
Sports Car Club of America's first national champion; he won the second Sebring 12-hour race in 1953, and in
the same year was declared "Driver of the Year" by Speed Age Magazine. Fitch was the
only American ever to drive for the Mercedes-Benz factory team, and also raced the
Corvette "SS" and the test mule, which later became the Sting Ray Racer. He was the first
manager of Connecticut's Lime Rock Park Raceway, and is noted as one of the prime
movers behind the project's beginning, and is still involved with the raceway's
After retiring from racing, Fitch became a successful specialty car builder and safety
engineer, and developed the "Fitch Barriers", the familiar yellow crash barrels we see on
highways and racetracks, which have saved the lives of many motorists. Fitch was also
responsible for conducting the world's first Advanced Driving School.
"Dan Gale was driven by a passion for the Corvette unlike any I have ever seen," wrote Jerry Burton, Editorial
Director for Corvette Quarterly. "I first met him on the pit wall at Laguna Seca. … He talked incessantly about
Corvette history and his love for a man named Zora Arkus-Duntov."
"Dan ate up everything having to do with the car," recalls Karen Gale, who first met her future husband when he
sold her a Corvette. They were married 24 years until his death in 2000.
Gale was a cofounder of the Northeast Chapter of the NCRS and a charter member of the Library, Archives and
Museum Committe formed in 1986. As the idea evolved from a simple library to a multifaceted museum, Gale
became increasingly excited with the possibilities. He was spurred on by Zora Arkus-Duntov’s plea to preserve
the artifacts of the Corvette’s history.
"He wanted to get it up and done so that Zora could actually see it," said Karen. "Dan loved him. Nobody could
match that friendship."
The friendship began with a phone call. With a number he had obtained from directory assistance, Gale phoned
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and was ecstatic to hear a Russian-accented voice answer. When he finally hung up the
phone, he turned to Karen and said, "I just talked to God."
Gale was elected president of the NCM Foundation’s board of directors in 1991 and oversaw the "Capital
Campaign" that sought to raise the remaining millions still needed to build the museum.
In March of 1992, impatient to see the dream realized, Gale left behind his family and business in Massachusetts
and moved to Bowling Green to bring the project to completion — by sheer force of will, if necessary.
As a man totally consumed by the vision of getting the National Corvette Museum built," commented Burton,
"Dan was often misunderstood. He had a style that was easily off putting if you didn’t know where he was
coming from. … But Dan knew that nice guys weren’t going to get the museum built,
especially during the early 1990s when the economy was in terrible shape and corporate
donations were sparse. Dan knew the job had to get done within a certain window of time
in order to maintain credibility with the corporate donors. He had a sense of urgency on
the project unmatched by anyone."
To Gale’s great satisfaction, on June 5, 1992, Zora mounted a bulldozer with a Corvette
cutout on the side and broke ground for the National Corvette Museum. More fund-raising
hurdles were cleared, the structure was raised, exhibits were created, a national Corvette
caravan was organized, and amidst great fanfare, the Museum opened on September 2,
1994. Zora was there.
The night before the grand opening, Gale told a reporter: "It has not been an easy trip, but seeing the museum
become a reality has been a source of great pride and accomplishment."
Corvettes of Fresno - Caravan Rules
AS WE ENTER OUR SUMMER RUN SEASON WE THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR EACH
OF US TO REVIEW THE CORVETTES OF FRESNO CARAVAN RULES
SAFETY FIRST SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY ON ALL COF RUNS!
1. Turn on your cell phone. Have the leader and other members’ numbers handy.
2. Your vehicle should have a good FRC/GMRS radio. Be prepared to relay messages to those around
or behind you that may not be in range of the event leader’s radio signal when asked to do so. While
participating in an event, try to use your radio sparingly so as not to interrupt necessary directions from
the event leader.
3. Mystery run sponsors should provide their cell phone number, sealed directions, and
4. Enter traffic safely. Safest way to pull onto the roadway is the Lemans method: all vehicles angle 45
degrees onto road and move forward together at the same time.
5. Be courteous to other drivers. This includes both personal and on-air etiquette. You are representing
COF while on runs. Watch your language and don’t give COF a bad rap.
6. Follow instructions. The leader knows the best route; any changes, hazards and/or detours should be
7. Caravan leader should select a “sweeper” with a strong FRS/GMRS radio to be at the rear of the
group. The sweeper’s role is to keep the group together, notify the leader of situations that arise, and
notify the leader if anyone needs assistance or plans to separate from the group. The leader then can
decide what action to take for a disabled vehicle. If the group becomes spread out beyond radio range,
the sweeper should have the leader’s cell phone programmed in his/her cell in order to make calls to the
leader as necessary.
8. Don’t tailgate or lag too far behind. Tailgating creates dangerous situations and does not allow time
to react or room for civilians to maneuver through the column. Lagging too far behind can cause those
behind you to become lost and/or separated from the group.
9. Communicate. If you are having car or any other type of problems, or if you observe a dangerous
situation, inform the leader and others in the group of the situation and the available options. It is the
responsibility of the leader to set a safe pace. If you feel that the pace is too fast for you, do not slow down
and separate the group. Communicate with the leader. The leader will then make a decision as to what
action to take. Remember, an overly slow group can be more dangerous than a fast one. The CHP will
pull over a group that becomes a traffic hazard.
10. Keep in single file with enough room for traffic to maneuver through the column when
necessary. In heavy traffic areas, the leader may call for multiple groups if appropriate. The caravan can
re-group when traffic thins out. Safety is more important than keeping cars in formation. If you become
separated from the group, communicate with the leader with your FRS/GMRS radio or your cell phone.
11. The practice of pulling the group over to wait for others to catch up is not recommended and is
discouraged. The leader should try to anticipate areas where a separation might occur and plan for them.
When this is not possible, other strategies should be used, such as slowing down or picking a rendezvous
point. If pulling over is necessary, do so only where the group can do so safely - where the cars are fully
off of the roadway and re-entry can be done safely. Also see #14.
12. Absolutely no passing of other members unless that member waves you around. If you have a
reason to be at the front, arrange this with the leader before leaving.
13. If you need to separate from the group before the event is over, be sure to inform the event
leader. If you are unable to reach the leader or others in the group by radio, be sure to use a cell phone to
make contact with the event leader. He/she is responsible for you and your actions for the duration of the
event. If you leave the group and don’t tell anyone - others will be going back to look for you.
14. Divide and Conquer. In today’s traffic, it is becoming impossible to keep a large group together even
on short runs. The event leader should assess the route and decide what size group is manageable.
Divide the column into groups (about 5 to 7 cars) each with a leader. Each member in that group can then
communicate with that sub-leader. That way, communication errors and lost members can be avoided or
Top this one
Every Chevrolet convertible since 1912.
Wow ! What do you suppose this collection is worth ?
This collection belongs to Dennis Albaugh in Ankeny , Iowa , just north of Des Moines ...
The personal and private collection consists of 110 + Chevrolet convertibles.
all years from 1912 to 1975 and Corvette convertibles from 1953 to 1975.
That is a Chevy convertible from every year of manufacture EXCEPT 1939...
The reason? - Chevy didn't make a convertible in '39 -- and ended its convertible line in '75!
His 'boy toys' include his own 18 hole golf course, copied somewhat after Augusta National.
He is what you call a REAL Chevy guy, but his passion seems to be convertibles !
This billionaire made his fortune selling farm chemicals !
What a collection.. ....gorgeous !!! Enjoy the trip down Memory Lane !!!
• Tony DeLorenzo's Corvette finishes first in GT category and fourth overall at the 24 Hours of
Daytona race. This will stand as the Corvette's best placing at this race.
• A full-size fiberglass model of a Wankel-engined Corvette prototype is completed, and shown to
top management of General Motors. General Motors President Ed Cole approves construction
of a complete running car.
• Car and Driver magazine's Readers' Choice Poll votes the Corvette "Best Sports/GT Car
(Category III)", and "Best All-around Car".
• General Motors' president anticipates the upcoming Clean Air Act by ruling that all of General
Motors' cars should be designed to run on no more than 91-octane gas, which would be lead-
Total Production = 21,801 (14,680 Coupe, 7,121 Convertible)
No Corvettes were painted Black at the factory from 1970 to 1976.
The only outside difference between the 1971 and a 1972 Corvette is the appearance of the amber front
turn signals and vertical chroming on the egg-crate grills both on the 1972 - that's it. Minor stuff most
The 1970 - 1972 Corvettes were the last to feature chrome bumpers front and rear.
Sales rebounded from the previous year's short production cycle, despite the lowering of engine
compression ratios to compensate for low lead fuels. Fortunately, the
454 LS6 engine still produced a respectable 425 horsepower.
FIBERGLASS FACT: 1971 was the last year for fiber optic warning
lights, first introduced in 1968.
The last year you could order a Corvette with the Muncie M-22 (Rock
The Winner's Circle
The Story Behind The Most Successful Corvette Race Team Ever
For many of us, Corvette race cars over the years have created much of
the mystical attraction to America's only sportscar. The racing team with
the longest winning streak in Corvette racing history is a huge part of this
rich racing heritage. The V.V. Cooke Chevrolet SCCA racing team actually
got its start with the meeting of V.V Cooke Jr. and the Barker brothers,
Allan and Donald, in 1958. At the time, V.V. Jr. was competing in his
personal '58 fuelie, while the Barkers were racing their Austin Healeys. To
some Vette owners, an afternoon drive on a rural road with the sounds of
a dual exhaust and the feel of a four-speed shifter in your hand is heaven
on earth, while others, like the Barker brothers, had to prepare and take their Corvettes to the limit
The V.V. Cooke Chevrolet SCCA racing team officially commenced with the purchase and preparation
of a '63 Z06 fuel-injected roadster with which they dominated the B-production class in 1969 and
1970. The next move for the team was the purchase and frame-off preparation of a '69 Corvette
roadster for the '71 SCCA season, again for the B-production class. This '69 Corvette was a very rare
special-order (only documented black/saddle interior L88 roadster still in existence) L88 roadster
that was delivered by Williamson Chevrolet to the original owner, Doug Bergen in Marietta, Ohio.
This L88 was destined to race from the very beginning; the car's first
outing was the 24 hours of Daytona in 1970. Unfortunately, the car did
not finish the race. Next up was the 12 hours of Sebring where it placed
second in the GT class in 1970, behind the famous Owens-Corning L88
car. Under the careful guidance of the Barker brothers, Donald, the chief
mechanic, and Allan, the driver with sponsorship from V.V. Cooke
Chevrolet, the SCCA B-production class was dominated by this race team
for four years with 26 race wins in a row and four national
championships from 1969 to 1972 with the '63 roadster and the '69.The
'69 car was then sold to Bill Jobe of Dallas, Texas, who continued the
car's winning ways with two more B-production titles in 1973 and 1974.
In the late '70s, the L88 was sold to David Preston, who stored it in
his front yard on a car trailer with only a car cover to protect it from
the elements for almost two decades.
Kevin Mackay, an L88 expert from Valley Stream, New York,
eventually found the car (still sitting in the front yard) and struck a
deal with David in 1995 to purchase the car and the extra parts.
Kevin carefully prepared the engine for starting after returning to his
shop, and start it did, running just as well as it had over two decades
prior. After much detailing, the race-winning Corvette was returned
to its original appearance as it ran during the mid-'70s. The car still
carried the original paint and interior. Father Time had taken its toll on the original decals, but help
reapplying them was cheerfully supplied by the Barkers.
The next owner for this historical Corvette was Larry Bowman, who sent it to Legendary Motor
Company for restoration and preparation for the '02 Monterey historic races at Laguna Seca
raceway. After a thirty-two-year retirement from competition, Allan Barker was commissioned to
drive the No. 80 Corvette once again. Donald was there overseeing the mechanical needs, creating a
reunion of the race team and a rare opportunity to relive the past again at full speed!
Larry Bowman still owns the car today.
V.V. Cooke Chevrolet, The Sponsor
Recently, the interest in dealer involvement in the '60s performance market has reached an all-time high. Prominent dealers in
the Midwest and northeast United States are now well known to the performance-oriented crowd, primarily due to the
numerous articles that have documented their place in performance history. Across the country there were other dealers who
also played roles in the horsepower wars. V.V. Cooke Chevrolet in Louisville, Kentucky, was one such dealer. High-
performance cars and performance enhancements were daily activities in the sales and service departments for Chevelles,
Chevy IIs, Corvairs, Corvettes, and Yenko-prepared cars as well.
With public interest in racing high, V.V. Cooke Chevrolet also sponsored another race team. Gerald Newman built and Roy
Wathen drove a number of stock cars for eight years, beginning with a '62 Chevrolet 409-powered Belair. Next up was a '65
Impala, followed by the '69 Z/28 Camaro that was pictured on the cover of the Fairgrounds Motor Speedway program from
Louisville, Kentucky. This team's winning ways led to four track championships locally, as well as wins in the ARCA series.
One such win with the '65 Chevrolet was on October 1, 1967, at Louisville Downs, a one-half-mile horse track with a crushed
limestone surface. The hundred-mile ARCA race was the first time Roy Wathen had ever driven on anything but asphalt!
Gerald Newman by day was a very competent front-end mechanic at V.V. Cooke, retiring after 30 years with the company.
The Winner's Circle
The dealership was established in 1930, operating with great success for two decades in two locations as it grew. A new state-of-the-
art facility was designed and built for the '52 model year. The opening of this operation was announced to the public with a twelve-
page supplement to the local newspaper and an eight-day celebration.
Mr. V.V. Cooke Sr. ran a very tight ship and in doing so garnered respect and dedication from his employees, which at one time in
the '60s exceeded one hundred. His technicians were so well trained and proficient that performance-seeking customers came from
all over Kentucky, as well as Indiana and Tennessee, for their expertise. An in-house apprentice program placed young mechanics
with a seasoned veteran for 1-2 years upon arrival.
The sales department was second to none, as were all the members of the staff. In 1990, a list was comprised of over 75 automotive
businesses spawned by previous mechanics, salesmen, and bodymen who had learned their automotive trade there.
As V.V. Cooke Sr. eased into retirement, V.V. Jr. took the reins in the '60s during the performance era. This fit V.V. Jr.'s interest
perfectly, and the Corvette was his car of choice for his personal drivers. They were always modified and painted with a tasteful
combination of red, white, and blue, which were also the chosen colors of the '63 and '69 Corvette race cars. At the close of the
business in 1981, V.V. Jr.'s Corvette collection was an even dozen, one for each era and each body style. Advertisements for the
performance business with his own winning B-production Corvette and oval track '69 Camaro clearly identified V.V. Cooke
Chevrolet as the high-performance leader.
One Such Two-Page Ad Stated:
"Does our racing give us an edge? We think you'll agree that it does because it shows that our service department has the mechanical
know-how and skill to compete successfully in the demanding world of high-performance racing. Because of the extra effort
required, our parts people are probably better equipped with technical know-how on what parts your car needs for its best
performance. Our racing reputation keeps our sales department on their toes with the knowledge and the experience to help you
choose the right car for your specific needs. Ok, racing does develop skills and knowledge that make our mechanics top drawer, but
the real 'edge' comes from the teamwork experienced throughout the company, keeping our cars winning.
"Allan Barker took the V.V. Cooke Chevrolet race Corvette to the top at the American road race of champions last Sunday at road
Atlanta. This is the contest that settles all the arguments. Our car, with Allan at the wheel, has brought home the top honors in this
class for three years in a row. No one has ever done this before. We not only beat all of the cars in our class (B-production) but we
also clobbered 11 class A-production cars in the process. To tell the truth, we're so tickled at having won this very important event
that we have declared this coming week 'Corvette Champion Week.' Our entire showroom will be devoted to these great cars. Right
in the center, all shined up for the occasion, will be the winning car itself. Allan will be on hand at certain times to talk racing with
anyone interested. One other thing: The red carpet is out for Corvette shoppers this week because we think we've got a big edge on
knowledge, understanding and experience with these magnificent automobiles. To help spread enthusiasm around, we've made a
substantial reduction in the price of all Corvettes now on hand for this week only. We've got the best selection of Corvettes in this
area including coupes, convertibles, automatics and four speeds, some with air, stereo and electric windows."
Inside the History of Corvette's ZR1
The all-new 2009 ZR1 isn’t the first Corvette to carry that super-powered, three-digit nameplate—the ZR1 of the
1990s had a legendary reputation on the streets. Few cars in the world, in fact, were quicker for even hundreds of
thousands of dollars, but still none provided such performance at a Corvette sticker price.
The first-ever Corvette ZR1 performance option package appeared in 1970 and
ran until 1972, some 20 years before the more infamous “King of the Hill” ZR1.
It included the 370-hp LT1 engine and other performance equipment. But that
early ZR1’s LT1 engine was a hotrodded version of the basic small block,
pushrod V-8. While running strong, it wasn’t exactly the harbinger of the all-
new, tech-heavy V8 that would power the ZR1 of the 1990s.
The far better known generation of the ZR1 began to take shape in
the 1980s. The Corvette development team, under the leadership of
chief engineer Dave McLellan, had some exploratory meetings with
Lotus Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM at that time.
The idea was to have the small, fast-moving Lotus group work with
the Corvette team to build a completely new, 4-cam, 4-valve-per-
cylinder V-8 engine. That engine would be installed in a very small
production run of very special Corvettes based on the existing C4
(fourth-generation) Corvette. Other than Indy Pace Cars, anniversary
cars and those ZR1 Corvettes in the early 1970s, special low-volume,
high-performance Corvettes were relatively rare. The C4, already radically different from the C3 with its central
backbone, rear-mounted transaxle, 250-pound lighter weight and transverse leaf spring suspension, was to
become even more special and sophisticated as the ZR1.
The engine that resulted from that Corvette/Lotus collaboration was
called the LT5. It was an all-aluminum-block V-8 with the same
displacement, 5.7 liters or 350 cu. in., and the same bore centers (4.4
in.) as the normal Corvette’s L98 pushrod engine. It had an unusual
low-rpm/high-rpm intake tract (fort the time) on top of the engine,
with solenoids that closed eight of the 16 intake runners and shut off
the fuel injectors anytime the engine operated at less than at full-
throttle. At full-throttle, all 16 intake runners and fuel injectors were
open for business. A valet key in the instrument panel kept the
engine in the low-power mode, making only about 250 hp. The LT5,
intended to run at much higher rpm than the pushrod engine, was
rated at 375 hp at 6000 rpm. It was among the most potent V-8
engines in the world at the time and just 5 hp shy of the Ferrari
Testarossa. By comparison, the normal L98 Corvette engine was
rated at only 250 hp at 4400 rpm. In 1989, Chevrolet built a few Corvettes with the LT-5 engine as a test fleet.
Once they were satisfied with the engine’s performance, drivability and durability, the Corvette team had to find a
way to build the engines here in the U.S., instead of Lotus doing the job in England. Mercury Marine, which had
by that time built thousands of GM small-block V8s for pleasure boats, was selected to build the LT-5 engine at
the Mercury plant in Stillwater, Okla.
The special LT-5-powered Corvette was given the option code RPO ZR1,
and first offered for sale in the 1990 model year. Technically, it wasn’t a
separate model, but rather a $27,000 option package on the base Corvette.
(Starting in 1991, the option price jumped to more than $31,000 and stayed
there throughout the rest of the car’s life.) The ZR1 had wider rear
bodywork, wider doors, 11-in.-wide rear wheels, rectangular exhaust
outlets and different, rounded-square taillamps than the regular Corvette.
So if you looked hard enough, you could tell that it was a ZR1 that just
blew your doors off. The ZR1 also carried a ZF-built 6-speed manual transmission, and huge (at the time)
P315/35ZR17 Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires on wide alloy wheels. The engine, doors and rear end weren’t the only
special features on the ZR1—underneath each one was an entirely new FX3 suspension system that was also
developed by Lotus Engineering.
Inside the History of Corvette's ZR1
The ZR1 was an overnight sensation, even at the outrageous price in 1990 of
$59,000. It was about twice the price of the standard L98 Corvette. Magazine tests at
the time indicated a top speed approaching 180 mph, a 0-60 time of 4.2 to 4.6
seconds, a quarter-mile time of 13.2 seconds at 110 mph, and an astonishing
skidpad performance of 0.93g. More than 3000 ZR1s were sold in that first year of
production. To get the ZR1 even more publicity, a team of Corvettes and GM factory
drivers was dispatched to the 7.5-mile circle track in Ft. Stockton, Texas. On March
1, 1990, a stock ZR1 set three open-class world speed records for both speed and
endurance: 5000 kilometers at an average speed of 175.710 mph; 5000 miles at an
average of 173.791 mph; and 4,221.256 miles at 175.885 mph.
In 1991, all production Corvettes received ZR1-style updates
to the exterior bodywork, a new interior and new wheels. The
third brake light was moved to the rear fascia on regular
Corvettes, but still located at the top of the hatch on ZR1s,
where it was on the original 1990 model. In 1992, ZR1 badges
were put on the front fenders, and traction control was added
as a standard feature. In 1993, Lotus redesigned the cylinder
heads and valvetrain of the LT5, with a concomitant
horsepower increase from 375 to 405. Torque climbed to 385 lb.-ft. up from 375 and 370, respectively.
The LT5 was the first mass-produced V-8 engine in the post-smog era to be rated at over 400 hp.
In spite of the power improvements, ZR1 production
ended in 1995, with a grand total 6939 cars built. From
1990 through the end of production in 1995, all ZR1-
option cars carried special vehicle identification numbers
(VINs) that did not sequence with regular production
The ZR1 was an utterly thrilling car to drive, with an engine wail that was
unique. It wasn’t as throaty sounding as a regular, small-block Corvette V8,
nor was it as shrill as the smaller-displacement Ferrari V8s. No, the ZR1 hit a
sweet spot right in between. The transmission was sturdy and up to the
task. Those monster Goodyears were about the best tires you could get at
the time for this level of high-performance work, and combined with the FX3
suspension, they were able to generate phenomenal handling numbers.
Statistical data dredged up from past magazine tests showed a 0-150 mph
time of less than half a minute. That makes for one wild ride.
The new ZR1 will, of
course, blow away any old one in every respect. And
it had better. After all, Chevrolet has had a dozen
years to work on the ZR1 since the original went out
of production. Still, we’re sure those that have an
original ZR1, and spent the $60,000 or more to get
one, think they’re plenty special. One expert
predicts that a 1995 ZR1 will be worth $80,000 or
more in a couple of years—worth every penny in our
Inside the History of Corvette's ZR1
After a hiatus of more than 12 years, the ZR1
Corvette is back. The 2009 "King of the Hill"
promises to be the quickest production car in
the Corvette's long history. Here are the details
we know so far.
The ZR1 is based on the Corvette Z06's
aluminum chassis, but there are quite a few
unique body panels. The fenders, hood, B-pillar
and roof are all carbon fiber, as are the new
front splitter, rocker extensions and rear
spoiler. This lightweighting should keep the ZR1 close to the Z06's 3132 pounds—perhaps only a bit
Under the hood is a new supercharged LS9 6.2-liter V8. It's a different motor than the Z06's normally
aspirated 505 hp 7.0-liter LS7, but GM uses much of the same hot-rodded internals—a forged
crankshaft, titanium intake valves, sodium-filled exhaust valves (for better heat management) and
titanium connecting rods—to increase durability. Atop the engine is an all-new R2300 Eaton four-lobe
roots-type supercharger with an intercooler visible through the polycarbonate hood bulge. The result,
according to Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, is "comfortably above 600 horsepower." He told
PM the Vette team's goal is 100 hp per liter of displacement, which means it should deliver right around
620 hp. If they reach that goal, the ZR1 will be more powerful than Dodge's legendary 600-hp Viper and
more powerful than most production supercars (click here for supercar showdown video). By
comparison, the limited-volume Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano makes 612 hp, and Lamborghini's Murciélago
LP640 delivers 631 hp. But both of these cost well over $300,000, while we expect the ZR1 to sticker for
around $100,000 when its 2000 production units arrive next summer.
The LS9 sends power to a heavily modified six-speed manual through a new dual disc clutch and
stronger driveshaft. Juechter says the gearbox uses exotic steels in load-bearing areas—and the ratios
are different, too. He insists that you can hit 65 mph in first gear, but the rest of the ratios are more
closely spaced together than in the regular Corvette's transmission. The rear differential is built to
handle that power as well, with the differential case itself having a unique cast with reinforcements and
additional ribs. The ring-and-pinion is shot-peened for durability.
This drool-worthy list of hardcore parts would indicate the ZR1 is built to be the ultimate track-day
weapon—surpassing the edgy performance of the Z06. But the ZR1 was conceived to deliver a more
relaxed and refined driving experience. The idea was to create a supercar with no compromises for
daily driveability, Juechter says, so the ride rates of the ZR1 are closer to a base Corvette than a Z06.
And because of this, all ZR1 Corvettes come standard with Magnetic Ride Control dampers.
Despite the softer suspension tune, the ZR1 gets 285/30ZR19 front tires and simply giant 335/25R20
rear tires wrapped around unique wheels. Those rear tires are wider than just about any production
car's and should help get those 600-plus horses to the ground. The brakes are upgraded, too: Each
ZR1 comes with a ceramic brake package with 15.5-in. rotors up front and 15-in. units in the rear.
Interestingly, these are the same basic brakes Ferrari lists as an option for the 599 GTB.
Inside, the ZR1 is very similar to a standard Corvette, with the exception of a supercharger boost
gauge. But that doesn't mean that we still can't wait to finally drive the thing.
6 Generations of Corvettes
The Corvette generations are referred to as C1 through C6 (current). Three generations have been used
as pace cars for the long-running Indianapolis 500 beginning with the 1978 C3 Coupe. The C6 includes
the ZR1, which has the most powerful engine used to date in a production Corvette.
C1 Generation (1953–1962)
1954 Corvette Convertible
The first generation Corvette was introduced late in the 1953 model
year and ended in 1962. It is most commonly referred to as the
"solid-axle", as the independent rear suspension was not available
until the 1963 model Sting Ray. 300 hand-built Corvettes were
produced for the 1953 model year making it the rarest and one of
the most sought after of all Corvettes. The 1955 model saw the
introduction of the 265 cu in V8 engine offered as an option,
however the first seven off the production line featured the
standard "Blue Flame" Inline-6. Additional colors were offered.
Despite the changes only 700 were sold. The 1955 model can be differentiated by its logo—the "V" in
Corvette is enlarged and gold colored, signifying the V8 engine under the hood.
The 1956 Corvette had a new body. One noteworthy addition was the optional fuel injection made
available in mid-1957 (also available on the Chevrolet Bel Air). Fuel injection first saw regular use on a
gasoline engine two years prior on the Mercedes-Benz 300SL "gullwing" roadster. Although the
Corvette's GM-Rochester injection used a constant flow system as opposed to the diesel style nozzle
metering system of the Mercedes', it nevertheless produced about 290 hp (216 kW) (gross). The number
was listed by Chevrolet's advertising agency for the 283 hp/283 CID (4.6L) "one hp per cubic inch"
slogan, making it one of the first mass-produced engines in history to reach 1 hp/CID. Other early
options included power windows (1956), hydraulically operated power convertible top (1956), four speed
manual transmission (late 1957), and heavy duty brakes and suspension (1957).
1960 Corvette Convertible
The 1958 Corvette saw another body freshening. This year
had the most exterior chrome of the C-1 generation. From its
quad headlights and hood louvers to its twin trunk spars and
bumper exiting exhaust, it was the flashiest Corvette built.
1959-60 saw little changes except decreasing chrome and
For 1961 a complete redesign to the rear of the car was made,
with a preview of a design to come. It was a "boat tail" with four round lights. The four tailight
treatment continues to this day. In 1962, the Chevrolet 283 cu. in. (4.6L) small block was enlarged to
327 cu in (5.4 L) and produced a maximum of 340 hp (254 kW) making it the fastest of the C1 generation.
1962 was the last year for: wrap around windshield, solid rear axle and convertible-only body style. The
trunk lid and exposed headlights disappeared for decades. The oldest Corvette in existence is believed to
be the EX-122. The EX-122 is a pre-production prototype that was hand built and first shown to the
public at the 1953 GM Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on January 17, 1953. That car
can now be seen at the Atlantic City Showroom and Museum of Kerbeck Corvette.
C2 Generation (1963–1967)
1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe
The second generation, or mid-year Corvette was designed by Larry
Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous un-produced design called
the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann, under the styling
direction of Bill Mitchell. The design had several inspirations-The first was
the contemporary Jaguar E-Type, one of which Bill Mitchell owned and
enjoyed driving frequently. Mitchell also sponsored a car known as the
"Mitchell Sting Ray" in 1959, because Chevrolet no longer participated in
factory racing. This vehicle had the largest impact on the styling of this generation, although it had no
top and did not give away what the coupe would look like. The third inspiration was a Mako Shark that
Mitchell had caught while deep-sea fishing.
Production started for the 1963 model year and ended in 1967. Introducing a new name, Sting Ray, the
1963 model was the first year for a coupe with its distinctive split rear window , non-functional hood
vents as well as an independent rear suspension. Duntov never liked the split rear window because it
blocked rear vision. Bill Mitchell however thought it to be a key part of the entire design. Duntov got his
way on the 1964 model. The decorative hood vents were also eliminated for '64. Maximum power for
1963 was 360 hp (268 kW) and was raised to 375 hp (280 kW) in 1964.
1965 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe
Four-wheel disc brakes were introduced in 1965, as was a "big block"
engine option (the 396 CID (6.5 L) V8). Side exhaust pipes became
optional in 1965 and continued through 1967. The introduction of the
425 hp 396 CID big block in '65 spelled the beginning of the end for the
Rochester fuel injection system. The 396 CID option cost $292.70 while
the fuel injected 327 CID engine cost $538.00. Few people could justify
spending $245.00 more for 50 hp (37 kW) less. With only 771 fuel-injected cars built in 1965, Chevrolet
discontinued the option. Chevrolet would up the ante in 1966 with the introduction of an even larger
427 CID (7 L) version, creating what would be one of the most collectible Corvettes ever. Other options
available on the C2 included the Wonderbar auto-tuning AM radio, AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air
conditioning (late 1963), a telescopic steering wheel (1965) and headrests (1966).
1967 Corvette Sting Ray 427 Convertible
The 1967 Corvette was originally intended to be the first of the C3
generation; however, due to quality issues the C3 was delayed until the
following year. 1967 was also the first year for the L-88 engine option
which was rated at 430 hp (321 kW), but unofficial estimates place the
actual output at 560 hp (418 kW) or more. Only twenty such engines
were installed at the factory. From 1967 to 1969, the Holley triple two-
barrel carburetor, or Tri-Power, was available on the 427.
Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov came up with a lightweight version of the C2 in 1962.
Concerned about Ford and what they were doing with the Shelby Cobra, GM planned 100 Grand Sport
Corvettes but only five were built. They were driven by historic drivers such as Roger Penske, A. J. Foyt,
Jim Hall, and Dick Guldstrand among others. Today the cars 001-005 are all held by private owners.
They are among the most coveted and valuable Corvettes ever built.
C3 Generation (1968–1982)
1969 Corvette Stingray 427 Convertible
The third generation was patterned after the Mako Shark II
concept car. The C3 was introduced for the 1968 model year
and lasted through 1982, and at 15 years was the longest
running Corvette generation. It came out on top of the
performance era of the 60's, sold in record numbers through the
EPA rules and gas crunch of the 70's, and stood its ground
against its competition into the early 80's. It saw monikers now
revived such as LT-1, ZR-1, and Collector Edition. It became
the first Indy 500 pace car and celebrated Corvette's 25th
anniversary with a limited edition Indy Pace Car replica and a two-tone Silver Anniversary Edition. The
15 year run shows an extreme contrast. The list price for the Corvette in 1968 was $4,663. By 1982 due
mostly to inflation, the base price had increased to $18,290. In 1968 there were six engines, two small-
block V8s and four big-block V8s. By 1982 due to government emission standards and fuel economy
concerns, there was only one small block V8 engine available. In '68 there were four transmissions,
including three manual choices. By '82 there was one, a four-speed automatic.
The "Sting Ray" nameplate was not used on the 1968 model, however Chevrolet still referred to the
Corvette as a Sting Ray, and 1969 models had "Stingray" fender nameplates. The 350 cu in (5.7 L)
engine replaced the 327 cu in (5.4 L) engine in 1969, and it was the only year for a C3 side exhaust option.
(right) 1969 was also the only year the all-aluminum ZL-1 427 cu in (7 L) was available. The special big-
block engine was reported to produce 550 horsepower and only 2 cars so-equipped were produced. In
1970 small-block power peaked with the optional high compression, high revving LT-1 producing 370 hp
(276 kW). The '71 and '72 LT-1 was rated at 330 hp (246 kW). 1971 was the 454 big block's peak in
power with the 425 hp (317 kW) LS6 rating. An even more powerful LS7 454 CID engine rated at 465 hp
(347 kW) was planned and even included in early GM assembly manuals, but was never installed in any
production cars. The ZR1 special engine package was an option available exclusively with the LT-1
engine option. It included the solid-lifter small-block engine, heavy-duty four-speed transmission, power
brakes, aluminum radiator, and a revised suspension with special springs, shocks, stabilizer bar, and
spindle-strut shafts. Only 53 1970-1972 ZR1's were built the 427 big block was enlarged to 454 cu in
(7.4 L) The ZR2 special engine package was a (1-year only) option released in 1971. It included
equipment for the big-block LS-6 engine. Only 12 were built.
1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe
In 1972, GM moved to the SAE Net measurement for power
(away from the previous SAE Gross standard), a more
realistic rating which included installing all the power
consuming accessories (alt. fan, water pump) and mufflers on
the engine during testing which resulted in lower HP values .
Along with lowered compression ratios from 1971 in
anticipation of unleaded fuel, emission controls, and catalytic
converters in 1975, power continued to decline and bottomed
out in 1975 — the base ZQ3 engine produced just 165 hp (123 kW), and the optional L82 engine
produced 205 hp (153 kW). Power in 1982 was the 200 hp (149 kW) L83 engine. Early model years came
standard with an innovative Fiber-Optic light monitoring system. Strands of fiber optic wire went from
the center console to the headlights, turn signals, tail lights and license plate light monitoring a total of
nine lights. It was discontinued after the 1971 model year.
1974 Corvette Stingray Coupe
Styling changed subtly over the generation and minor trim changes
occurred through the 1972 model. An aluminum wheel option (left) was
seen on '73 and '74 pilot cars but was withheld for quality issues and
wouldn't be available until the 1976 model year.
In 1973, due to government regulations, the Corvette's chrome front
bumper was changed to a 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h) bumper system with a urethane cover. The rear
chrome bumpers remained unchanged. In 1974, a 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h) rear bumper system replaced
the chrome bumpers and matched last year's front system with a 2-piece urethane cover with recessed
tailights. 1975 saw the last year for the convertible, which did not return until 1986. In 1977, Dave
McLellan succeeded Zora Duntov as the Corvette's Chief Engineer. In that year, the word Stingray was
no longer used, ending the 13 year run where the names Corvette, Sting Ray and Stingray were
synonymous. 1978 saw a 25th "Silver Anniversary" edition, the first Corvette Indy Pace Car, the
introduction of a "fast back" glass rear window, and a new interior and dashboard. The highest
production year was 1979, lasting to this day with the 1984 C4 introduction model year a close second in
production. In 1980, the Corvette received an integrated aerodynamic redesign that resulted in a
significant reduction in drag. In 1982, an opening rear hatch was offered for the first time exclusively on
the Collectors Edition. A new engine featuring cross fire injection, a fuel injection carburetor hybrid, was
also introduced that year as the L83. It was the only engine available in 1982, and was not offered with a
C4 Generation (1984–1996)
1988 Corvette Coupe
The fourth generation Corvette began production in March 1983 as a
1984 model and ended with the 1996 model. 44 prototype 1983
models were completed. The 23rd produced is displayed at the
National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In 1981, GM's Chevrolet initiated plans to change the Corvette for 1983. Due to engineering problems
and technology issues, the redesigned Corvette did not hit showroom floors until 1984, but toymaker
Mattel and its Hot Wheels division obtained a picture of the new Corvette design and produced a 1/64
model of the future production 1984 Corvette. A GM executive saw the Hot Wheels version at a Detroit
Area toy store and was infuriated, nearly causing GM to end its licensing agreement with Mattel's Hot
The 1984 C4 was a complete and total redesigned Corvette except for its engine, and the emphasis was on
handling with the introduction of the front transverse composite leaf spring (still used today). This
handling focus came with the penalty of a harsh, uncompromising ride in the 1984 model. This first year
C4 carried over the 350 cu in L83 V8 engine from the 3rd generation Corvette. The L83 had a unique fuel
delivery method dubbed "Crossfire": a dual throttle-body injection system. With the first major body,
chassis and suspension change since 1963, the new C4 coupe incorporated a rear glass hatch for much
improved cargo access, all new brakes with aluminum calipers, an all aluminum suspension for weight
savings and rigidity, and the first one piece targa top with no center reinforcement. It came standard
with an electronic dashboard with digital liquid crystal displays for the speedometer and tachometer.
1988 Corvette Convertible
1984 through 1988 Corvettes utilized a "4+3" transmission—a 4-speed manual
coupled to an automatic overdrive on the top three gears. It was designed to help
the Corvette meet U.S. fuel economy standards. The transmission was problematic
and was replaced by a modern ZF 6-speed manual gearbox in 1989. Beginning in
1985, the 230 horsepower (170 kW) L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection was
the standard engine.
In 1986 the 2nd Corvette Indy Pace Car was released. It was the first convertible Corvette since 1975. It was also the
first pace car fast enough in stock form to pace the Indianapolis 500. A Center High Mounted Signal Light
(CHMSL, a third center brake light) was added in 1986 to comply with federal law. All 1986 convertibles had an Indy
500 emblem mounted on the console making any color a pace car edition. The color of the actual pace car (used in the
race) was yellow.
In 1987, the B2K twin-turbo option became available from the factory. The Callaway Corvette was a Regular
Production Option (RPO B2K). The B2K option coexisted from 1990 to 1991 with the ZR-1 option, which then replaced
Early B2Ks produced 345 hp (257 kW) and 450 ft·lbf (610 N·m) of torque; later versions boasted 450 hp (336 kW) and
613 ft·lbf (831 N·m).
1988 saw the 35th Anniversary Edition. Each of these featured a special badge with an identification number mounted
next to the gear selector. These Corvettes were easily identified with their white exterior, wheels and interior.
In 1991, all Corvettes received updates to the body, interior, and wheels. The convex rear fascia that set the 1990 ZR-1
apart from the base model was now included on L98 Corvettes, making the styling of the expensive ZR-1 even closer to
that of the base cars. The most obvious difference remaining between the base and ZR-1 models besides the wider rear
wheels was the location of the CHMSL (center high mounted stop lamp), which was integrated into the new rear fascia
used on the base model, but remained at the top of the rear-hatch on the ZR-1's.
For the 1992 model year, the 300 horsepower (220 kW) LT1 engine was introduced, an increase of 50 hp (37 kW) over
1991's L98 engine. Also new for 1992 was Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), a form of traction control which utilized
the Corvette's brakes, spark retard and throttle close-down to prevent excessive rear wheel spin and possible loss of
control. The traction control device could be switched off if desired.
1993 Corvette Coupe
1993 saw a special 40th Anniversary Edition featuring a commemorative Ruby
Red color, 40th anniversary badges and embroidered seat backs. The 1993
Corvette also marked the introduction of the Passive Keyless Entry System, the
first GM car to feature it. Production of the ZR-1 ended in 1995, after 6,939
cars had been built.
1996 was the final year of C4 production, and featured special models and
options, including the Grand Sport and Collector Edition, OBD II (On-Board
Diagnostics), run flat tires, and the LT4 engine. The 330 hp (246 kW) LT4 V8 was available only with a manual
transmission, while all 300 hp (224 kW) LT1 Corvettes used automatic transmissions.
Chevrolet released the Grand Sport (GS) version in 1996 to mark the end of production of the C4 Corvette. The
Grand Sport moniker is a nod to the original Grand Sport model produced in 1963. A total of 1,000 GS Corvettes
were produced, 810 as coupes and 190 as convertibles. The 1996 GS came with the high-performance LT4 V8
engine, producing 330 hp (246 kW) and 340 lb·ft (461 N·m) of torque. The Grand Sport came only in Admiral Blue
with a white stripe down the middle, and black wheels and two red stripes on the front left wheel arch added to its
C5 Generation (1997–2004)
2003 Corvette Coupé
Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004
model year. The C5 was a major change from the long-running C4. Gone
were most of the squeaks and rattles of the C4. The new C5 has a top
speed of 186 mph and was judged by the automotive press as improved in
nearly every area over the previous Corvette design.
Also introduced with the C5 was GM's new LS1 small block. This third-generation small block was a
completely new design, including a distributor-less ignition and a new cylinder firing order. It was initially
rated at 345 horsepower (257 kW) and 350 ft·lbf (470 N·m) torque, but was increased to 350 horsepower
(260 kW) in 2001.
Corvette Z06 Hardtop
For its first year, the C5 was available only as a coupe, even though the new
platform was designed from the ground up to be a convertible. The
convertible returned to the lineup in 1998, followed by the predecessor to the
Z06, the fixed-roof coupe (FRC), in 1999. Originally, the 1999 FRC was
considered to be a stripped-down model with a possible V6 engine (nicknamed
in-house as the "Billy Bob"). The powers to be eventually overturned the idea
and opted to keep the FRC up to par with both the coupe and convertible. It
would later pay off, as the FRC laid the groundwork for the return of the Z06,
an RPO option not seen since Zora's 1963 race-ready Corvette.
A successor to the FRC C5 made its debut in 2001 as the Z06, a nod to the high performance Z06 version of
the C2 Corvette of the 1960s. The Z06 models replace the 1999–2000 FRC (Fixed Roof Coupe) models as the
highest performance C5 Corvette. Instead of a heavier double-overhead cam engine like the ZR-1, the Z06
used an LS6, a high-output version of the standard LS1 Corvette engine producing 385 hp (287 kW).
Although the Z06's total power output was less than that of the last ZR-1's, the Z06 was lighter and therefore
quicker than the ZR-1.
C6 Generation (2005–present)
The new C6 gets an overhaul of the suspension geometry, all new bodywork
with exposed headlamps (for the first time since 1962), a larger passenger
compartment, and a larger 6.2 L (~378 cu in) engine. Overall, it is shorter and
narrower than the C5 to gain wider appeal to the European market. The 6.0 L
LS2 V8 produces 405 hp (298 kW) at 6000 rpm and 424 ft·lb (542 N·m) of
torque at 4400 rpm. Its redline is increased to 6500 rpm. Giving the vehicle a 0-
60 time of less than 4.2 seconds
The C6 comes close to retaining the relatively good fuel economy of the C5, due in part to its relatively low .28
drag coefficient and low curb weight, achieving 16/26 mpg (city/highway) when equipped with an automatic
transmission. The manual version is the same at 16/26; like all manual transmission Corvettes since 1989, it is
fitted with Computer Aided Gear Selection (CAGS) to improve fuel economy by requiring drivers to shift from 1st
gear directly to 4th in low-speed/low-throttle conditions. This feature is what helps the C6 avoid the gas guzzler tax
while achieving better fuel economy.
The new Z06 arrived as a 2006 model in the third quarter of 2005. It has a 7.0 L (7,008 cc/427.6 CID)
version of the small block engine codenamed LS7. Officially certified
output is 505 hp (377 kW). The Z06 was the official pace car for both the
2006 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 race. For 2008, the Corvette
received a mild freshening: a new LS3 engine with displacement
increased to 6.2 L (~378 cu in), resulting in 430 hp (321 kW) and 424 lb·ft
(575 N·m) of torque (436 HP and 428 TQ if ordered with the optional
performance exhaust). The 6-speed manual transmission also has improved shift linkage and a 0-60 time
of 4.0 seconds, while the automatic is set up for quicker shifts giving the C6 Automatic a 0-60 time of 4.3
seconds, faster than any other production automatic Corvette. The interior was slightly updated and a
new 4LT leather-wrap interior package was added. The wheels were also updated to a new five-spoke
The ZR1 was formally announced in a December 2007 press statement by
General Motors, where it was revealed that their target of 100
horsepower/liter (1.64 hp/cu in) has been reached by a new "LS9" engine,
an Eaton-supercharged 6.2-liter engine producing a confirmed 638 hp
(476 kW) and 604 foot-pounds force (819 N·m) of torque with a sticker
price of about US $100,000. The engine is the most powerful engine to be
put into a GM production sports car. Top speed is 205 mph
In 2010, the popular Grand Sport name returns to the Corvette lineup. As an entirely new Corvette
series, the Grand Sport combines the wide body from the Z06 with the C6 powertrain in both targa
coupe and convertible versions. With suspension and brake upgrades now included, the Grand Sport
replaces the Z51 option. Also for 2010, there is now a launch control system that will allow for more
optimal launch across the whole Corvette model range.
Over the years the Corvette has won awards from automobile publications as well as organizations such
as the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Motor Trend magazine named the Corvette Car of the Year in 1984 and 1998.
Car and Driver magazine selected the Corvette for its annual Ten Best list fifteen times: the C4 from
1985 through 1989, the C5 in 1998, 1999, and 2002 through 2004, and the C6 from 2005 through 2009.
Car and Driver readers selected the Corvette "Best all around car" nine of 11 years in Car and Driver's
Reader's Choice Polls including 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975.
Automobile Magazine ranked the 1963–1967 Sting Ray first on their "100 Coolest Cars" list, above the
Dodge Viper GTS, the Porsche 911, and others.
Sports Car International placed the Corvette at number 5 on their list of the "Top Sports Cars of the
Society of Automotive Engineers publication Automotive Engineering International. selected the 1999
Corvette Convertible, (along with the Mercedes-Benz S500) "Best Engineered Car of the 20th century".
The 2005 Corvette was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award and was named "Most
Coveted Vehicle" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year contest.
U.S. News & World Report selected the 2010 Corvette the "Best Luxury Sports Car for the Money".
A Corvette has been selected as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 ten times: 1978, 1986, 1995, 1998,
2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
According to research by Specialty Equipment Market Association and Experian Automotive, as of 2009,
there were approximately 750,000 Corvettes of all model years registered in the United States. Corvette
owners were fairly equally distributed throughout the country, with the highest density in Michigan (3.47
per 1000 residents) and the lowest density in Utah, Mississippi, and Hawaii (1.66, 1.63, and 1.53
registrations per 1000 residents). 47% of them hold college degrees (significantly above the nationwide
average of 27%), and 82% are between ages of 40 and 69 (median age being 53).
Mike Connor of Motor Trend said that the next generation of Corvettes will not debut until 2012. Connor
indicated that GM executive Bob Lutz favored a mid-engine design for the C7 to more easily implement
cylinder deactivation, but the company stopped considering it due to high redesign costs. In May
2007, Bob Lutz stated he is not at all opposed to the idea of a Corvette sedan. This would follow in the
footsteps of the Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide, and Lamborghini Estoque.
A GT1 C6-R on the back straight of Long Beach
The C5-R racer was built by Pratt & Miller for GM Racing. It was
based on the C5 road car but had a longer wheelbase, a wider
track, an enlarged engine and more aerodynamic bodywork with a
rear wing and exposed headlamps. It took part in the American Le
Mans Series in the GTS Class and competed in five 24 Hours of Le
Mans races as a Corvette Racing entry.
In 2005, the factory Corvette Team began racing the C6.R to coincide with the new sixth generation (C6)
Corvette being released to the public. Private teams, primarily in Europe, continued to race the C5-R.
Corvette C6.R went on to win its class at every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season.
Indianapolis 500 pace cars
The 2008 edition of the Indianapolis 500 represents Corvette's 10th time as the official pace car – and a
record fifth-consecutive year – and Chevrolet's 19th time as the manufacturer selected to lead the field.
Corvette's pace years and details include:
• 1978 – Driven by 1960 race winner Jim Rathmann; Chevrolet produced 6,502 production replicas
• 1986 – Driven by famed pilot Chuck Yeager; all 7,315 production convertibles were considered
pace car convertibles and included official graphics (to be installed at the owner's discretion)
• 1995 – Driven by then Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins; 527 production replicas
• 1998 – Driven by 1963 race winner Parnelli Jones when an injury prevented golfer Greg Norman
from performing the duty; 1,158 production replicas produced
• 2002 – Driven by actor Jim Caviezel; no production replicas produced but graphics were available
through SPO – approximately 300 sets sold
• 2004 – Driven by actor Morgan Freeman; no production replicas produced
• 2005 – Driven by General Colin Powell; no production replicas produced
• 2006 – Driven by cycling champion Lance Armstrong; first Corvette Z06 pace car; no production
• 2007 – Driven by actor Patrick Dempsey; 500 production replicas – all convertibles
• 2008 – Driven by Emerson Fittipaldi; 500 production replicas – coupes and convertibles
Year Production Notes
First generation (C1) begins; production starts on June 30; polo white with
1953 300 $3,498 red interior and black top is only color combination; Options were interior
door handles; "clip in" side curtains were a substitute for roll-up windows.
Production moves to St. Louis; blue, red, and black are added; beige top,
1954 3,640 $2,774
longer exhaust pipes.
Both inline-6 and 265 in³ V8 engines produced; 3-speed manual transmission
1955 700 $2,774
added late in the model year.
New body with roll-up windows; V8-only; 3-speed manual transmission
1956 3,467 $2,900
becomes standard equipment and Powerglide moved to option list.
1957 6,339 $3,176 283 in³ V8; Optional 4-speed manual and fuel injected engine option added.
Quad-headlights and face-lifted body; new interior; fake louvers on hood and
1958 9,168 $3,591
chrome strips on trunk lid; number of teeth in grille reduced from 13 to 9.
First black interior and dash storage bin; only year with a turquoise top; louvers
1959 9,670 $3,875
and chrome strips from '58 removed.
Very minor changes to the interior: red and blue bars on the dash logo, vertical
1960 10,261 $3,872
stitching on seats
1961 10,939 $3,934 New rear styling, bumpers, and round tailights. New fine-mesh grill.
327 in³ V8 engine; last year with a trunk until 1998. New black grill with chrome
1962 14,531 $4,038
surround, chrome rocker panel moldings.
Second generation (C2) begins;new coupe body style introduced (only year for
1963 21,513 $ 4,037
split rear window); coupe more expensive than convertible
rear backlite windows of coupe changed to single pane window; hood louvers
1964 22,229 $ 4,037
396 in3 Big-Block V8 added; last year of fuel injected engine option (until 1982);
1965 23,562 $ 4,106
side-discharge exhaust introduced
427 in3 Big-Block V8 with unique bulging hood; 327 in3 300-horsepower small
1966 27,720 $ 4,084
block V8 standard
five-louver fenders are unique; Big-Block hood bulge redesigned as a scoop;
1967 22,940 $ 4,240 parking brake changed from pull-out under dash handle to lever mounted in
center console; Tri-power 427 would become most sought-after Corvette ever
Third generation (C3) begins; New body and T-top removable roof panels, new
1968 28,566 $4,663 interior, engines carried over, three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic replaces two-
speed Powerglide as automatic transmission option
First year of the 350 in³ Small-Block; longer model year extended to December,
1969 due to delay in introduction of 1970 model; "Stingray" front fender
1969 38,462 $4,780
nameplates added, new interior door panels and inserts, 17-inch black-vinyl
steering wheel (replaced 18-inch wood-rim wheel)
First year for the LT-1 Small-Block and 454 in³ Big-Block; three-speed manual
transmission dropped and four-speed manual became standard with Turbo
Hydra-matic available as no-cost option with all engines except LT-1 350; posi-
traction made standard equipment; introduced along with all-new second-
1970 17,316 $5,192
generation Chevrolet Camaro on Feb. 26, 1970, new egg-grate metal front grills
and fender grills, lower molded fender flares, new hi-back seats & interior trim,
new custom interior option includes:leather seat trim, cut-pile carpeting, lower-
carpeted door panels & wood-grain accents.
Significant horsepower drops due to reduced compression ratios to meet GM
corporate edict requiring all engines to run low-octane unleaded gasoline;
1971 21,801 $5,496 horsepower ratings based on both "gross" and "net" figures with the former
based on engine hooked to dynometer while "net" ratings based on horsepower
as installed in vehicle with accessories and emission controls installed.
Horsepower ratings now advertised in SAE net figures, last year for LT-1 engine,
1972 27,004 $5,533 front & rear chrome bumpers & removable rear window, last year for
windshield wiper door.
5 mph front bumper system with urethane cover, pot-metal front grills (black
with silver edges), chrome rear bumpers unchanged, new design front fender
1973 30,464 $5,561 ducts, first year for radial tires (standard equipment), rubber body mounts, new
hood with rear air induction & under-hood insulation, new front-end (round)
5 mph rear bumper system with urethane cover to match last year's front
bumper, new recessed taillamps and down-turned tail-pipes. 1974 is the only
year with two piece rear bumper cover with center-split. No gas lid emblem was
1974 37,502 $6,001
used. Aluminum front grills (all-black), new dual exhaust resonators, revised
radiator cooling and interior a/c ducts, integrated seat /shoulder belts in Coupe.
Last year for true dual exhaust, last year for big-block engine in a Corvette ever,
First year of Catalytic converter & single-exhaust, black (painted) bumper pads
front & rear, redesigned inner-bumper systems & one-piece rear bumper cover,
1975 38,645 $6,810
plastic front grills (all-black), amber parking lamp lenses (replaced clear lenses
on 73-74) new emblems, last year of C3 convertible.
First-year for steel floor-panels, cold-air induction dropped, new aluminum alloy
1976 46,558 $7,604 wheels option, new one-piece rear "Corvette" nameplate (replaces letters), last
year of "Stingray" fender nameplates.
Black exterior available (last year-1969), new design ""Corvette flags" front end
1977 49,213 $8,647
& fender emblems. New interior console and gauges, universal GM radios.
New fastback rear window, Silver Anniversary and Indy 500 Pace Car special
1978 46,776 $9,750 editions; Pace-car included sport seats & spoilers-front & rear, limited
option-glass t-tops; redesigned interior, dash, instruments.
Sport seats (from previous year pace-car); front & rear spoilers optional,
1979 53,807 $10,220 glass t-tops optional; New interior comfort features; highest Corvette sales
year to date.
Lightened materials, new hood, front end with molded spoilers, rear bumper
cover with molded spoiler and new taillamps, Federal government required
1980 40,614 $13,140 85 mph (137 km/h) speedometer; California cars powered by 305 V8 and
automatic transmission for this year only, last year for L-82 engine-(n/a with
Production is switched from St. Louis to new Bowling Green plant; 350 V8
1981 40,606 $16,258
returns in California cars, last year for manual transmission.
New cross-fire fuel-injected L83, New automatic overdrive transmission;
1982 25,407 $18,290 Collectors Edition features exclusive hatch rear window - is one fourth of
Fourth generation (C4) begins; hatchback body; digital instrumentation L83
1984 51,547 $21,800
engine continued from 1982.
1985 39,729 $24,891 More powerful and fuel efficient L98 engine introduced.
First convertible since 1975. Third brake light, antilock brakes, and key-code
1986 35,109 $27,027
anti-theft system are new.
1987 36,632 $27,999 Callaway twin-turbo offered through dealers with GM warranty.
1988 22,789 $29,480 New wheel design; all white 35th Anniversary special edition coupe.
1989 26,412 $32,045 ZF 6-speed manual replaces Doug Nash 4+3.
ZR-1 is introduced with DOHC LT5 engine. Interior redesigned to incorporate
1990 23,646 $32,479
drivers-side air bag
1991 20,639 $33,005 Restyled exterior; last year for the Callaway B2K twin turbo.
1992 20,479 $33,635 New LT1 engine replaces the L98; Traction control is standard.
1993 21,590 $34,595 Passive keyless entry is standard; 40th Anniversary special edition in Ruby Red.
1994 23,330 $36,185 New interior including passenger airbag.
1995 20,742 $36,785 Last year of the ZR-1; minor exterior restyling; Indy Pace Car special edition.
Optional LT4 engine with 330 hp (246 kW). Collectors Edition and Grand Sport
1996 21,536 $37,225
special editions. First year with OBD II diagnostics.
Fifth generation (C5) begins; LS1 engine is new; the hatchback coupé is the only
1997 9,752 $37,495
body style offered.
Convertible C5 debuts with the first trunk in a Corvette convertible since 1962;
1998 31,084 $38,995 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica offered; Active Handling System introduced
as optional equipment
1999 33,270 $39,777 Less-expensive hardtop coupé is offered.
2000 33,682 $40,900 Newly-styled alloy wheels debut.
Hardtop coupé body style becomes top-performance Z06, utilizing the new LS6
engine and suspension improvements;
2001 35,627 $41,475
Second-Generation Active Handling System becomes standard equipment on all
models; slight (5 hp) increase in base model engine power
2002 35,767 $42,450 20 hp (14.9 kW) increase for the Z06
50th Anniversary Edition package offered for Coupe and Convertible base
2003 35,469 $45,895
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control Suspension supersedes F45 Selective Ride
Control Suspension as base-model option.
2004 34,064 $46,535 24 Hours of Le Mans Commemorative Edition package offered for all models.
Sixth generation (C6) begins; New body is first with fixed headlights since
2005 37,372 $44,245
1962; no Z06 model and a late convertible introduction.
Z06 debuts; 6-speed automatic with paddle shift available on non-Z06
2006 34,021 $43,800
6-speed automatic paddle shift delays are reduced drastically compared to
2007 40,561 $44,250
2008 35,310 $46,950 Mild freshening, LS3 introduced, All leather interior added (4LT, LZ3).
2009 16,956 $48,565 ZR1 model added, new "Spyder" wheels for Z06.
C7 Generations ??
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. "Is it true," she wanted to
know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the
senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because
this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'."
An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that
his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the
anesthesia, he asked to speak to his son. "Yes, Dad, what is it?" "Don't be nervous,
son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me,
your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."
Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start
bragging about it.
The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know "why" I
look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra...
You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change
from being young.
Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft...
Today, it's called golf.
Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.The first old
guy says to the second guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I
wasn't paying attention to where I was going." The second old guy says, "That's OK,
it's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little
desperate." The first old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does
she look like?" The second old guy says, "Well, she is 27 yrs old, tall, with red hair,
blue eyes, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?" To
which the first old guy says, "Doesn't matter, let’s look for yours."
Bubba Knows best
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire
dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion, that their ancestors already had a telephone
network more than 100 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, in California an archaeologist
dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, headlines in the LA Times newspaper read: 'California
archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their
ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier
than the New Yorkers.'
One week later, 'The News and Observer', a North Carolina newspaper, reported the following:
After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Beech Grove, Wake County North Carolina,
Bubba Mitchell, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Bubba
has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, North Carolina had already gone wireless.
Thank Goodness for Bubba. Who said North Carolinians were hicks?
GM TRIVIA FROM: 1940 – 1948
1940: GM produces its 25,000,000th car (Jan. 11).
The German government officially seizes control of Adam Opel AG.
William S. Knudsen is appointed chairman of the U. S. government’s new Office of Production Management by President
Roosevelt to lead the wartime industrial mobilization program, a credit to his outstanding leadership and knowledge of
manufacturing, machine tools and productivity.
1941: GM Japan ceases operation.
1942: GM converts 100% of its production to the war effort. During World War II, GM delivers more than
$12,300,000,000 worth of war material to lead the Allied war effort, including airplane engines, airplanes and parts, trucks,
tanks, marine diesels, guns, shells and miscellaneous products. Among those products manufactured for the war effort were
the 6X6 army truck (a two-and-a-half ton vehicle that carried both troops and supplies) and the DUKW (nicknamed "the
duck"), designed to carry up to 50 men on either land or water.
1943: General Motors acquires all assets of Yellow Truck & Coach, and the GMC Truck & Coach Division is formed.
1945: The Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac Assembly Division is organized. It later becomes General Motors Assembly Division
(GMAD) in 1965.
In December, the UAW goes on strike over wage issues in the U.S.
GM del Peru begins assembling trucks and commercial vehicles.
1946: The UAW strike is resolved on March 13, 1946, with a wage increase 1/2 cent higher than the company’s initial
Central Foundry Division is established.
1947: Oldsmobile celebrates its Golden Anniversary.
The General Motors Train of Tomorrow (Electro-Motive Division) begins a nationwide tour.
1948: Cadillac and Oldsmobile introduce the industry’s first high-compression V8 engines. The Oldsmobile "Rocket" V-8
engine goes into production and the "Rocket Era" begins.
Buick introduces the first torque converter-type automatic transmission, Dynaflow, offered in U.S. passenger cars.
The first mass-produced car to be manufactured in Australia, the Holden, is introduced by GM to specifically meet Australia’s
motoring needs. The car has more road clearance and is smaller and lighter than standard American cars.
GM resumes management control of Adam Opel AG on November 1, 1948.
General Motors Interamerica Corporation completes construction of new plant in Caracas. This is the first automotive plant
GM and the UAW agree to a new U.S. contract with several innovations: Eliminatation of annual economic negotiations with
the union and introduction of the idea of longer-term contracts; introduction of a new wage formula which provides for cost of
living changes (COLA); and, an annual improvement factor (AIF) based on increased efficiency resulting from advancing
Tadge Juechter Talks About the C7 Corvette;
Calls Out Automobile Magazine for Misinformation
At the C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum, Corvette’s Chief Engineer delivered some remarks about the
next generation C7 Corvette which he said is now getting underway in earnest. Tadge prefaced his
comments with a warning about how the auto magazines will claim to have inside information or
renderings when in fact they are basically making it up, and for us owners to not buy into all the hype. To
demonstrate, he held up a copy of the June 2010 Automobile Magazine which, as Tadge says, included a
photoshopped picture of him with an article that supposedly has Juechter endorsing a V6.
When it came to discussing the C7 Project, Tadge talked about the reality of the CAFE fuel economy
requirements and that Corvette has to play its part as the automaker is under a federal mandate to
achieve a 35 mpg average across the fleet by 2016. However, Tadge said there are a lot of benefits to
increased fuel economy: making a car lighter, more aerodynamic and increasing power train efficiency
are all goals that the engineers would be working towards anyways with or without the mandates.
“I’m quite confident that when we bring the car out you won’t say man I’m gonna keep my C6. You’re going
to say I gotta have one of those C7. I’m quite sure of that.”
- Tadge Juechter
Shown is one of the new
features on the 2011
Corvette, the new USB
connector for plugging in
your ipod, iphone or other
Corvette stolen in 1970 is returned to Tennessee man in Putnam County
The 1965 Corvette was worth maybe $2,200 when a thief stole it off Lower Broadway 39 years ago. The
rightful owner will drive it back home this week, worth 30 times what he lost, after it was recovered
nearly four decades later in Arizona.
Chance Mayfield parked the convertible, Nassau blue with a white top, on Lower Broadway and went to
the honky-tonks in November 1970. It was a great night at the Broadway Barn, he said, until he walked
out to the parking lot and the like-new muscle car was gone.
"That ruined my night," Mayfield said with a chuckle.
The pain of losing the spotless car was already long forgotten when he got a phone call this summer from
a detective who said his car had been found. Once he got his mind around what car he was talking about,
Mayfield thought someone was playing a prank on him.
After four or five years passed with no sign of the car, Mayfield figured he'd never see it again. But
dreams, he said, do come true, and on his 68th birthday he got word that court cases with the most recent
owner had been resolved.
The completely restored Corvette, which looks like it spent years as part of various collectors' stock, is
now his to take home. He's taking a trailer out to Arizona and he'll bring it home to Putnam County -
about two hours east of Nashville - next week.
The car was discovered when a collector, who bought the car for about $65,000, took it to the department
of motor vehicles for an inspection. The inspector ran the serial number through the National Insurance
Claims Bureau, and it came up stolen from 1970.
Of all the things that seem unbelievable about this case - that nobody checked the car against the
insurance database before this year, or that the car looks better than ever - most amazing to the
detectives involved was that the original 1970 police report was still sitting in an archive box. Mayfield's
insurance had lapsed just before the theft, so he never got a paid claim for it. The Metro police clear their
stolen car cases of the national crime database every six years or so. That piece of paper was enough to
determine the car belonged to Mayfield.
"It helped me a lot because it helped me verify Mr. Mayfield's story," said Detective Mark Wagner of the
Scottsdale, Ariz., police department. "We couldn't believe it still existed.
"When I called Nashville to tell him we found this car and the detective stopped laughing, he said he'd
check the archive, and there it was."
Oldest case solved
Metro car theft detective William Dillon took the call, and says it's definitely the oldest case they've
resolved. Detectives tracked the car back to California and then to New Jersey in 2000, and the business
that sold it has since closed.
"We'll never figure out who stole it in the very beginning," Dillon said. "It's just an old theft that will
actually come to a conclusion."
An old theft with a lesson: "Just because you put your car (behind) you as stolen, don't think we won't
recover it sometime," Dillon said.
Stolen Corvette Returned After 37 Years
Alan Poster was 26 when he bought his first Corvette. The Corvette, painted International Blue, was
purchased for $6,000. The year was 1968. Three months later, it was stolen from a parking garage. Alan
thought his 1968 Convertible was gone forever. Fast forward to December 2005. Alan gets a call from
officers’ Cliff Bieder and William Heiser of the NYPD Auto Crimes Division based in Queens. They said
to Alan ” ‘You had a car stolen in ‘69? A Corvette? What color was it?’” Mr. Poster recalled. “I said,
‘Blue.’ He said, ‘We have your car.’ ” Almost 37 years after the car was stolen, it was found, just days
before being shipped to a buyer in Sweden. It was flagged during a routine Customs Service check of the
vehicle identification number, sending the two New York City detectives on a long-shot search through
thousands of crime reports to connect the car to its first owner. Not much is currently know as to what
happened to the Corvette over the past 36 years. During that time, it was repainted and the blue interior
changed to red. The engine was replaced and currently it is missing its transmission and gas tank.
According to the detectives, no one ever tried to register it or insure it, or the same flags that alerted
Customs would have been triggered as well. Alan says the whole experience was a miracle. He says fondly
that it was “probably the only car I’ve ever really loved.” Alan picked up the Corvette during a news
conference in Carson, Calif.
Corvette Auction Results: Mecum Kansas City
Mecum Collector Car Auctions held their Muscle
Cars and More event in Kansas City last month. 56
Corvettes crossed the auction block with 36 of them
hammering sold. That’s a 64% sales success rate. All
in all, total sales climbed to $760,800 with only one
Corvette crossing over the $100,000 mark.
The top seller at Mecum’s Kansas City auction was
lot # 110.1, a numbers matching 1967 Corvette
Coupe equipped with an L71 427/435 hp tri-power
engine. This Corvette has some serious curb appeal
with its Marina Blue exterior with a Black stinger
hood, original bolt-on wheels and redline tires. Other
options include the F41 suspension, telescopic
steering column, power windows, headrest seats and 4.11 posi traction. Documentation includes the
original tank sticker, and NCRS Top Flight award and owner history dating back to 1970. The Corvette
sold for $125.000.
Here are the Corvette results from Mecum’s Kansas City auction:
Lot Year Model High Bid Sold Price
F1.1 1984 Corvette 2-Door 4-Speed $4,250
F6 1995 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $14,800
F13 1984 Corvette Coupe 350/205 HP, Auto $7,200
F60 1982 Corvette Coupe $9,000
F73 1996 Corvette Coupe 350 CI $7,500
F81 1992 Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP, Auto $11,500
F96 1996 Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP, Auto $11,000
F106 1984 Corvette Coupe 350 CI $7,000
F134 1982 Corvette Collector Edition 350 CI, Auto $16,500
F138 1977 Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 4-Speed $9,000
F139 1977 Corvette Coupe 350 CI $7,600
F148 1972 Corvette Coupe 350/285 HP, Auto $25,000
F163 1973 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $20,750
F171 1982 Corvette 350 HP $12,000
F183 1982 Corvette Collector Series 210 HP, Auto $14,500
F185 1981 Corvette T-Tops $13,250
F196 2008 Corvette Convertible 6-Speed $38,000
F213 2004 Corvette Coupe 450 HP, Auto $20,500
F222 1972 Corvette Coupe 350/200 HP, Auto $20,500
F231 1968 Corvette 427 CI $22,000
F234 1960 Corvette Convertible 350/350 HP $38,000
F236 1981 Corvette Coupe 350 CI $9,250
F248 1996 Corvette Coupe 350/330 CI $14,000
F251 1980 Corvette 350 CI, 3-Speed Auto $9,500
F255 1971 Corvette 2-Door 454 CI, 3-Speed Auto $13,250
S23 1976 Corvette Fastback 350 CI, Auto $11,500
S28 1982 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $15,000
S30 1977 Corvette Coupe $7,200
S31.1 2007 Corvette Z06 Coupe 427/650 HP $42,500
S34 1980 Corvette Coupe 350/190 CI $13,000
S38 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $51,000
S38.1 1998 Corvette Convertible 350/345 HP, Auto $14,250
S41 1968 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $23,000
S50 1964 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $28,000
S56 1960 Corvette Convertible $52,500
S57.1 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $42,000
S64 1964 Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 4-Speed $38,000
S67 1965 Corvette Convertible 396/425 HP $87,500
S75 2008 Corvette Z06 427/505 HP, 6-Speed $43,500
S79 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $61,000
S80 2001 Corvette Coupe 6-Speed Auto $31,500
S81 1957 Corvette Convertible 283/220 HP, Auto $65,000
S102 1971 Corvette T-top $18,000
S110.1 1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 HP $125,000
S120 2007 Corvette Z06 427/505 HP, 6-Speed $36,000
S132 1975 Corvette Convertible 350/165 HP, Auto $20,500
S157.1 2007 Corvette Convertible 400 HP, Auto $34,250
S161 1958 Corvette Resto Mod 350/400 HP, 6-Speed $100,000
S162 1995 Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP $15,750
S172.1 2000 Corvette Convertible 350 HP, Auto $19,250
S189.1 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP $35,000
S211 1982 Corvette Coupe Auto $8,750
S233 1971 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $13,500
S238 1995 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $15,000
S240 1992 Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP, Auto $10,750
S248 1964 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $33,000
Total Sales: $760,800
Sneak Peek: 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette
CorvetteBlogger.com recently posted a
video of Corvette chief engineer Tadge
Juechter lambasting Automobile Magazine
for our story on the next-generation
Corvette. Juechter implies that our article
was sensationalist and misattributed
information to him. Automobile Magazine
stands by its story.
It is clear that, in his appearance before the
Corvette faithful in Bowling Green on May
1st, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter regretted speaking as freely as he did to our
reporter, industry veteran and Corvette owner Don Sherman. Mr. Juechter can spin his
comments all he wishes, but a careful reading of our story, which is reprinted here, reveals that
75% of the story consists of verbatim quotes from Mr. Juechter himself. At the end of our
piece, Don Sherman prognosticates about the future Corvette; it is crystal clear to the reader
that at this point in the story, it’s Don Sherman making educated guesses, not Tadge Juechter
speaking. At no point did Don quote Mr. Juechter as definitively stating that a V-6 is in the
works for C7, but he did indeed predict that a V-6 is a POSSIBILITY, based partly on Mr.
Juechter’s comments that most certainly implied that this is the case. Don also makes it clear
that, in his opinion, a V-8 is a certainty for the next Vette, but speculates that it might not be
It is a bit rich that, at this juncture, Mr. Juechter stands in front of a Corvette crowd and says
about Automobile Magazine, and about print automotive enthusiast magazines in general:
“Don’t believe any of what you read. Most of it will be wrong. They may guess on some things
luckily, but most of the time it will be wrong. It can [even] be attributed to me and be totally
wrong.” Well, when 75% of the article is verbatim quote from you, Mr. Juechter, is the article
Mr. Juechter wishes to dismiss the entire category of automotive enthusiast print magazines
out of hand. This is a strange approach, given that Automobile Magazine and its competitors
play a major role in promoting Corvette enthusiasm, even now when, as Mr. Juechter readily
admits, the next-generation Corvette is still years away.
Last summer, a funny thing happened on the way to GM's bankruptcy. Government
practitioners sent to administer CPR discovered a jewel in the rough -- the perennially
profitable Corvette. Without hesitation, they shifted the next-generation Vette from indefinite
hold to fully funded program.
For engineers like Tadge Juechter, who has developed Corvettes for seventeen years, it doesn't
get any better than a green light from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. "We began working
on C7 last fall," the fifty-three-year-old chief engineer explained. "We haven't announced
production timing, but past Corvettes required three to four years of engineering and
development. So there will be several more years with the current body style before a new
Asked what new technologies we should expect to see in the next Corvette, a cautious Juechter
answered, "Fuel economy is an obvious priority. Today's Corvettes provide excellent mileage,
but we intend to pursue any strategy that has the potential of improving both fuel economy
Asked whether V-8s will remain a core attribute, Juechter offered a surprising response,
"Corvette will always be a high-performance sports car, so that means it must continue to offer
high-performance powertrains. Acknowledging the fact that the world is full of high-output V-
6s, including a few at GM, I'd say that nothing is off the table at this point. We're in the due-
diligence phase of determining which engines will yield the best C7. Considering V-8
alternatives is analogous to our move away from pop-up headlamps, a Corvette tradition for
four generations. But the bottom line is always whatever strategy delivers the best car."
When chided for the lack of transmission and driveline innovation during the C6 era, Juechter
became defensive. "The popular perception that more transmission speeds means higher
efficiency is not supported by our analytical results," he said. "Corvette engines have broad
torque and power bands that don't need extra gears to hold them at their efficiency peaks.
"The wider ratio spreads offered by seven- and eight-speed transmissions are useful to a point.
But with extra gears come extra moving parts and spin losses. While dual-clutch transmissions
tend to be more efficient than torque-converter automatics, they still exhibit slippage during
"All-wheel drive makes a lot of sense in some applications, such as expensive sports cars and
for sedan buyers seeking maximum security in bad weather. We like the additional launch
traction provided by all-wheel drive, but the extra mass diminishes performance and mileage.
And since the Corvette has traditionally been a three-season sports car, we don't have
customers clamoring for improved winter mobility.
"There are many technologies that are attractive -- including hybrid powertrains and mid-
engine layouts -- but it comes down to making the smartest choices for our customers. The one
attribute we have no intention of changing is the extraordinary value that Corvettes have
Given Juechter's staunch defense of the C6 Corvette's engineering during the years that he and
I have debated the merits of a mid-engine layout, a transmission moved behind the rear axle,
and alternatives to fiberglass leaf springs, here's what we see in our C7 crystal ball:
Smaller engines: The goal is power comparable to today's Corvette V-8s with significantly
better fuel efficiency. Plan on direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel
management (cylinder shutdown) to keep the pushrod V-8s in play. A larger version of the
turbocharged DOHC V-6 powering the Cadillac SRX crossover could serve as the C7's base
Fewer pounds: Without resorting to expensive carbon fiber or an aluminum frame for all
Corvettes, Juechter's diet plan should enable the base coupe to drop below 3000 pounds by
implementing narrower wheels and tires, smaller brakes, and smarter structural designs.
Lower aerodynamic drag: The wind tunnel never sleeps. Lessons learned in the lab and on the
racetrack will help a new, smaller-looking Corvette slip through the air with the greatest of
The return of the split rear window: GM design boss Ed Welburn has confirmed that the
prominent exo-vertebra of the 2009 Stingray concept is one feature he intends to transfer to
Looking Up: GM Posts 20-Percent Sales Increase in April 2010
A year after falling into bankruptcy, GM is looking stronger than it
has in a long time. April 2010 sales are up 20 percent compared to
April 2009 and year-to-date sales are up 31 percent over this time
"Clearly, our launch vehicles are hitting the mark with consumers
who are looking for bold styling, quality, safety, and fuel
efficiency," said Steve Carlisle, GM's vice president of U.S. Sales
Operations. "But our results aren't limited to just our newest
vehicles. Sales of our full-size pickups and our mid-sized
crossovers continue to strengthen."
The biggest contributions to GM's impressive results came,
predictably, from the brands with the hottest new products. Buick and Cadillac saw the largest sales increases,
up 36.4 percent and 35.7 percent respectively, thanks to the hugely popular Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX,
which were up 273 percent and 587 percent respectively.
That's not to say Chevrolet and GMC weren't helping. Both brands also posted sales gains, with the former up 17
percent and the latter up 18 percent. Booming sales of the Terrain and Equinox twins helped pump up the stats,
as did the ever-hot Camaro, which if compared to its limited-release sales in April 2009 would be up nearly 1400
Also of importance is GM's reliance on fleet sales, which slipped slightly in April 2010, down 2 percent from April
2009 to 58,000, or roughly 31 percent of GM's total sales. Outside of the "core brands," GM also moved a few
Saturns, Pontiacs, and Hummers that were still on the lots, bringing its vehicle sales total for the month to
183,997, roughly 6 percent higher than April 2009.
GM Investing $890 Million to Build Next-Gen V-8 Engines
We’re still a few years away from seeing General Motors’
next-generation small block V-8, but the automaker
announced today it is investing nearly $890 million to
upgrade five facilities that will help produce the engines.
Two GM facilities -- one located in St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada, and one in Tonawanda, New York -- will actually
assemble the engine. GM is investing nearly $235 million
into the St. Catharines plant, and will likely add an
additional 400 jobs. Tonawanda -- which will also build the
next-gen Ecotec four-cylinder line -- will receive a $400-
million makeover, and an additional 710 employees tied to
the new V-8 program.
Several other GM facilities, largely tied to component
production, are also receiving some enhancements. Casting facilities in Defiance, Ohio, and Bedford, Indiana,
are receiving $115 and $111 million in upgrades, respectively. GM’s facility in Bay City, Michigan -- which
typically manufactures parts like piston pins, connecting rods, camshafts, and oil pumps -- is allocated $32
Both Defiance and Bedford are capable of casting aluminum -- an important fact, since GM says the new V-8
range will exclusively utilize aluminum blocks. The new engines will also feature direct fuel injection, an “all-
new advanced combustion design,” and the ability to run E85 ethanol blends.
GM won’t reveal any further details, but expect more information to emerge closer to 2013, when GM’s next
generation of fullsize pickups (i.e. Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) and the C7 Corvette are expected to debut.
Suppliers to the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette
Automotive News published this cutaway graphic which shows the various parts suppliers
to the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Corvette owners are familiar with some of the bigger names
like Dana (aluminum spaceframe), Eaton (supercharger) and Brembo (brakes), but this
graphic also shows who makes the lug nuts (Taper Pro), hood hinges (Multimatic),
instrument panels (IAC) and more. Could be helpful if you’re looking for replacement
Meet GM’s Extended Corvette Team
Can you name another car manufacturer that has the same up close and personal relationship with its
owners as GM enjoys with Corvette? Events like the ALMS Corvette Corrals and the C5/C6 Bash allow
Corvette owners and enthusiasts to meet and talk with the core of the Corvette team: Corvette Chief
Engineer Tadge Juechter, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Exterior Design
Executive Kirk Bennion. At the recently held C5/C6 Bash, Tadge’s bosses were also in attendance and we
got a chance to hear from them at the Saturday morning GM seminar. As they will play a key role in
supporting the Corvette team in the development of the C7, we thought it important enough for you to
get to know them as well.
Before introducing Randy Schwarz and David Leone, Tadge talks briefly about GM and mentions the
loan repayment that was announced last month. With the US Government owning 60% of the
automaker, Tadge says that as taxpayers, we own a majority stake in Corvette. “If you thought we
listened to you before, now that you are the owner also, we are really going to listen to what you have to
say about the car.”
Burnout Super Test: Viper SRT-10 vs. 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Prototype
Edmunds took a Viper SRT-10 and a 2011 Corvette
Z06 Carbon prototype out to a track to determine
which car could lay the longest burnout. Finally, a
comparision test I can get excited about! Both cars got
three attempts and their tire marks were measured.
Josh Jacquot was the driver for this non-scientific test
and although he was bullish on the Viper from the get-
go, it was the Velocity Yellow Z06 Corvette that left the
biggest (and longest) impression.
Yes, the Viper looses another comparison test to
Corvette. After three runs, the Viper’s best tire marks measured 273 feet, 4 inches. Jacquot then jumps
into the Corvette and as soon as that big V8 powers up, he starts second-guessing his original hypothesis
about the Corvette’s ability to measure up to the Viper. After three runs, the Corvette emerges as the
clear winner with a longest run of 323 feet, 7 inches. That beat the Viper by 50 feet and was nearly 100
feet longer than the previous Burnout Super Test winner the Chevy Camaro.
Corvette Fever to Cease Publication; Merge with Vette Magazine
As a 15+ year subscriber to Corvette Fever magazine, I was surprised (although not shocked) when I
recently heard that the magazine was being merged with Vette magazine and would cease publication.
Both magazines are owned by Source Interlink who also publishes Motor Trend and Hot Rod Magazine.
In recent years the quality of the magazine has suffered, partly due to the economic realities of
competition that magazines have with the internet as well as the company having two similar
So we called the local offices of Source
Interlink and they told us that Corvette
Fever’s last stand-alone issue would be
October 2010 and then the content would
be merged with Vette Magazine for the
November 2010 issue. If you are a
subscriber, you will then start receiving
Vette for the remainder of your
For the November 2010 issue, Vette will be
getting a makeover. A slightly larger
format with a higher quality of paper is
expected which should put the magazine
on par with the quality of its competitors, Corvette Magazine and Corvette Enthusiast.
As a longtime subscriber to Corvette Fever, I am willing to give Vette a shot. But with a marketplace full
of magazines competing against the blogs and internet forums, they will have to offer a unique
perspective to the Corvette hobby if they want me to renew my subscription.
RM Auctions Offered Two 1969 L88 Corvettes at San Diego Sale
1969 L88 Coupe
430 bhp, RPO L88 427 cu. in. V8 engine with aluminum cylinder heads, Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed automatic
transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear
suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods and single transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc
brakes. Wheelbase: 98"
• “ Automatically Your s” – one of 17 produced for 1969 with an automatic transmission
• One of only 116 high per for mance L 88 Cor vettes for 1969
• Bloomington Gold cer tified
• 21,000 or igina miles
When it was first
offered in 1967,
Chevrolet’s RPO L88
427 option was
shrouded in a veil of
mystery. Although it
was clearly listed on the
Chevrolet order form,
its 430 horsepower
rating and stiff $950
price tag made the L88
appear to be less
powerful at twice the
price of the L71 427/435
tri-power engine! In fact, the L88 produced in excess of 500 horsepower, and Chevrolet’s disinformation campaign
was intended to discourage the sale of the L88 to customers who were not professional racers. In company
literature, Chevrolet also cryptically declared the L88-equipped Corvette as an “off-road vehicle.”
Optimized for operation at the upper reaches of its rpm range, the 427 cubic inch L88 engine was based on a four-
bolt main cylinder block with a forged reciprocating assembly, topped with lightweight aluminum cylinder heads
to improve the Corvette’s front/rear weight bias. A single Holley 4150 four-barrel carburetor and a radical 12.0:1
compression ratio, along with a high-lift/long duration camshaft and a high-rpm valvetrain dictated the use of 103
research octane gasoline and was unsuited to anything but higher-rpm operation at speed. The bulging hood, with
“427” emblems and cowl induction, served as the only notice of the L88 engine lurking underneath, aside from the
menacing exhaust note.
While a heavy-duty Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission was available with the L88 in 1968 and 1969,
along with a variety of rear axle ratios, such comfort and convenience items as air conditioning, power steering,
electric windows and a radio were not available. Instead, the L88 buyer was required to select a number of
“mandatory” options including heavy-duty brakes, a special-purpose suspension, transistorized ignition and a
posi-traction rear axle.
Just 20 L88-equipped Corvettes were built in 1967, followed by 80 more for 1968 and another 116 for 1969. Their
combination of incredible power with the Corvette’s sleek bodywork, stout drivetrain and very competent chassis
meant that these cars were capable of top speeds approaching 170 mph depending on rear-end gearing, right off
the showroom floor! Even though the original Firestone bias-ply tires erupted in smoke at the drag strip and
hampered elapsed times, the L88 was easily capable of 11-second quarter-mile performance with slicks, an open
exhaust and little more. Its straight-line performance was impressive, but the L88 was actually a thinly veiled
endurance-racing car, capable of taking on the world’s finest GT cars with careful preparation and expert driving.
A long list of the greatest team owners and drivers entered and drove L88 Corvettes in FIA GT, IMSA and SCCA
events at tracks from Daytona, Riverside and Sebring to Le Mans, where John Greenwood hit 211 mph on the
Mulsanne straight in 1972 with his “Stars and Stripes” L88 Corvette. As a result of their sheer rarity, high
performance and racing cachet, L88-powered Corvettes continue to rank among the most desirable and valuable
high-performance automobiles, and their offering at auction is an opportunity not to be missed by Corvette
Just 116 L88-powered Corvettes rolled off the St. Louis assembly line in 1969. This Bloomington Gold-certified
example is rarer still as one of only 17 units originally equipped with a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic
transmission. When new, it was drag raced on the East Coast by Bard Chevrolet and appropriately named
“Automatically Yours,” in reference to its rare powertrain.
Later, the car was owned by Ken Heckart of Pennsylvania and John Leonard of Georgia, who commissioned a
body-off-frame restoration by the highly regarded Nabers Brothers of Houston, Texas. In testament to the quality
of the restoration, the Corvette was awarded a coveted Bloomington Gold certificate with a score of 99.5 out of 100
possible points. Next, the Corvette was owned by businessman John Moores, who donated it and 26 other
automobiles to the Scripps Research Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases, which in turn sold the
Corvette in 1998 with Christie’s at La Jolla, California. Pro Team Corvette Sales acquired it in 2006, and shortly
thereafter, the L88 joined the current owner’s private collection.
As offered today, this Riverside Gold L88 Corvette shows just 21,121 miles and, according to a recent inspection,
retains its original black interior with the exception of the carpeting. The engine bay is clean and proper, with the
correct components and finishes in evidence, along with the original-specification emissions equipment. Equipped
with a T-roof, power brakes and rolling on period-style Firestone red line tires, the car is also offered complete
with an original Corvette sales brochure. “Automatically Yours” is an outstanding example of what has become
one of the most coveted high performance cars ever built in the U.S. With documented history, an automatic
transmission and an award-winning restoration, it is one of the finest L88s in existence.
1969 L88 Coupe
430 bhp, RPO L88 427 cu. in. V8 engine with aluminum cylinder heads, four-speed manual transmission,
independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with
half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods and single transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
• One of the last L 88sbuilt
• 2,265 or iginal miles; matching number s
• Or iginal owner until 2005, complete pr ovenance
• The only 1969 M onza Red/Saddle L eather L 88
• Best ¼ mile time: 10.82 seconds at 156.65 mph
Chevrolet’s L88 Corvette was launched – or more properly launched itself – as a Cobra beater. It’s always been
the 800-pound gorilla of Corvettes, because it’s explosively intractable (the real horsepower figure tops 500), and
an L88 holds an irresistible fascination for every collector who yearns to master one.
In 1966, Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov was frustrated by watching big-block Cobras run away from his
Corvettes and went to the NASCAR parts bin to solve the problem. An aluminum head, 427ci V8 was dropped into
a Corvette coupe with big brakes and heavy duty suspension, given to Roger Penske, and sent to the 1966 Daytona
Dick Gulstrand and Ben Moore won the GT class (12th overall) and repeated the trick at the 12 Hours of Sebring,
when they were 9th overall. It was all a warm-up for the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. In the Le
Mans Trials, a near-stock L88 managed 171.5 mph on the Mulsanne Straight and led the race for almost 12 hours
before throwing a rod. Back home, the cars were a thunderous force on US race tracks for almost 10 years,
winning 16 SCCA national A- and B-Production titles. Jerry Thompson and Tony DeLorenzo won 11 straight
races to take the SCCA A-Production class in 1969.
Of course, to be eligible for SCCA A-Production and FIA GT, the L88 package had to be factory built and street
legal, so RPO L88 was added to the option list, and the cars were built on the St. Louis production line. There
weren’t many though: 20 in 1967, 80 in 1968 and 116 in 1969, for a total of only 216.
There was a reason for that – a 500-hp racing package is a handful on the street. Sure, you got F41 heavy duty
suspension, J56 big brakes and aluminum radiator, but the list of what you didn’t get was much longer: no radio,
heater, air conditioning, power windows, or power steering. Even the fan shroud was omitted because it
interrupted airflow over 80 mph. This, of course, meant the car ran hot around town – like you – pumping the
King Kong clutch and shifting the M22 “rock crusher” 4-speed with its straight-cut racing gears.
Under the hood, there were no compromises. L88s were built and blueprinted in a “clean room” at the
Tonawanda, New York plant. Can-Am-sourced aluminum heads sported massive 2.19-inch intake and 1.84-inch
exhaust valves. Compression was 12.5-to-one (try that on today’s gas), and the carburetor was a huge 850-cm
Holley that could swallow a sparrow. The extreme solid-lifter cam had .54-inch lift on the intake and .56-inch on
the exhaust, while the duration was 354 degrees on the intake and 360 degrees on the exhaust. Duntov was
reportedly disappointed that many L88s never saw a race track.
That’s not the case with the subject car. Original owner Dennis Ahrens converted it into a drag racer after only
108 street miles and raced it for five years. His accompanying documents happily report a best ¼ mile time of 10.82
seconds at 156.65 mph. Ahrens actually traded in a near-new 1969 Corvette coupe for this L88 at Dick Wickstrom
Chevrolet in Roselle, Illinois, evidence of the magnetic attraction these cars hold.
This car comes with all its sale documents and factory Protect-O-Plate. The $6,992 invoice notes it was delivered
with tinted glass, F41 suspension, G81 posi-traction, J50 power brakes, K66 transistor ignition, L88 engine, M22 4-
speed, N35 tilt-telescopic wheel, TJ2 front fender trim, and #421 Saddle Leather and #974 Monza Red paint. It is
exactly the same today with matching numbers.
Ahrens retired the car in 1976 and gave it a body-off restoration, repainting it in the correct color and replacing
the rear fenders with NOS items. The interior and carpet are original; the car is exceptionally clean and correct
underneath and in the engine compartment, and the panel fit is excellent. A stunning L88 that looks virtually
brand-new, its looks are equaled only by an abundance of documentation.
The current owner bought the car at
auction in 2007, where it was
featured as the catalog cover car and
registered 2,257 miles. At the time,
Sports Car Market reporter Dan
Grunwald described it as “fully
documented original-miles L88 car
with Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top
Flight, Gold Spinner Triple Crown
awards, never scoring below 97. As
new everywhere and superb
He concluded: “This could be the ultimate showroom-sold collector Corvette. Put it on a pedestal. At this price,
this car will never be driven the way it was originally intended again. A decent buy for the Corvette collector
looking for the best.”
Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Suburban Detroit Home is for Sale
Corvette castle for sale: Could it be the ultimate Vette fan trinket?
The Detroit home that was owned by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his wife Elfie is now on the market.
Located in Grosse Pointe Woods just three blocks from Lake St. Clair, the 2,600 square-foot,3
bedroom/1.5 bath home has a unique style…just like the former first chief engineer of Corvette. Since
Duntov’s passing in 1996 at age 86, Elfie lived in the house on the corner whose road sign “Duntov Way”
told Corvette enthusiasts that this was Mecca.
For devotees of the Chevrolet Corvette, what price can you put on a unique piece of history? When we
say unique, we mean it.
There is only one house in which the undisputed godfather of the Corvette , Zora Arkus-Duntov, and his
model-beautiful wife, Elfie, lived in the Detroit area. It's up for sale in Grosse Pointe Woods, three blocks
from Lake St. Clair.
Since Duntov's passing in 1996 at age 86, Elfie lived in the house on the corner whose road sign "Duntov
Way" told Corvette cognoscenti that this was Mecca. The 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom/1.5-bath
home has, like the owner himself, a unique style. Who knows what kind of goodies could be squirreled
away in this Corvette castle? Asking price: $325,000.
Property Single Family
Baths: 1 Full Bath, 1 Half Bath
Lot Size: 105 X 162
Year Built: 1938
Area: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
MLS/Web ID: 29083697
***Price Just Reduced $40,000***QUAINT SPANISH STYLE STUCCO! CORNER LOT!
Dining Room 13x12
Laundry Room 16x7
Living Room 24x15
Master Bedroom 19x15
NHTSA investigating 2004 Corvettes for Leaky Fuel Tanks
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration has opened an investigation of the
2004 Corvette over complaints of leaky fuel tanks.
Regulators said they opened the investigation of the
33,000 Corvettes built in 2004 after receiving 30
consumer complaints “alleging either liquid fuel or
fuel vapor leaking from a fuel tank.”
The 2004 Corvette had two fuel tanks. In 12 reports,
a fuel tank was replaced or identified as the source
of the leak.
GM Spokesman Alan Adler said “We are aware of the NHTSA investigation into the 2004 Corvette and are
cooperating with the agency.” Adler said he wasn’t aware of any injuries or accidents relating to the matter.
Last month the NHSTA issued a recall for 40,028 2005-06 Corvettes for a steering column issue.
Alice Cooper’s 1961 Corvette and Matching Fender Guitar at Auction
Alice Cooper, the rocker whose career has gone on for
fifty years is selling his 1961 Corvette. The Corvette will
be offered for sale at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne
Winter Classic Auction in Australia on May 31st. To
sweeten the offer, Cooper autographed a white Fender
Squier guitar and tossed it into the deal.
Cooper drove the ‘61 for over six years, then retired it to
join the rest of his massive muscle car collection. The
Corvette came on the market once, but was withdrawn without a reason. A fan convinced the rock legend
(real name Vincent Damon Furnier) to add the autographed guitar to the mix and put the car at auction
The numbers-matching Corvette is original with a 283-CI V8 and Powerglide.
This beautiful Corvette can be a daily driver the current owner reports. It has new shocks, brakes, tires and
many refurbished parts. It is considered in excellent condition. Aside from the power soft top which has some
issues, everything on the car is reported to work properly by the auction house.
The auction house estimates the car will sell for $70,000 to $80,000.
Alice Cooper Classic Cars was founded by Alice Cooper and Chip Saggau who share a love of classic muscle
cars. They collaborate together to build and design these vehicles from start to finish and are always looking
for new ideas and projects.
Chevrolet Salutes Corvette Legends of Le Mans at Monterey
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will
mark the 50th Anniversary of
Corvette’s first participation and class
win at the world’s most prestigious
sports car race. Chevrolet is celebrating
this milestone with a salute to the
Corvette legends of Le Mans at the
American Le Mans Series race at
Monterey this weekend.
Chevrolet is bringing in a special
display of historic Corvettes that raced
at Le Mans and one of the best known
drivers of Corvettes at the time, Dr. Dick Thompson aka “The Flying Dentist” will be on hand to describe
his experiences racing Corvettes at Le Mans.
Four Corvettes competed in the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans – three entered by sportsman Briggs
Cunningham and one by Camoradi USA. Cunningham’s No. 2 Corvette driven by Dr. Dick Thompson
and Fred Windridge will be on display at the Laguna Seca event, and Thompson will be on hand to
describe his Le Mans experiences. The No. 2 Corvette retired at 20 hours, but the sister No. 3
Cunningham Corvette driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman won its class and finished eighth overall.
Chevy’s second-generation Corvette made its Le Mans debut in 1967 with Corvette legends Dick
Guldstrand and Bob Bondurant sharing the driving duties. Entered by Dana Chevrolet, the red, white
and blue coupe blitzed the Mulsanne Straight with big-block horsepower. Guldstrand will be reunited
with the restored Corvette and share his memories of Le Mans at the historic Corvette display in the
The 1969 Greenwood Corvette competed in the Triple Crown of sports car racing – the 12 Hours of
Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Constructed and campaigned by John
Greenwood, this star-spangled Corvette was driven by top road course drivers of the period including
comedian Dick Smothers and Chevrolet performance specialist Don Yenko. Greenwood, Bob Johnson
and Jim Greendyke raced this remarkable machine at Le Mans in 1973.
Chevrolet will close the circle of Le Mans Corvettes with a 2011 Corvette Z06 painted in the traditional
white and blue American racing colors carried by the Cunningham Corvettes 50 years ago. This one-of-a-
kind Corvette Z06 (VIN 0001) will be sold at auction later this year to benefit the National Corvette
“It is an honor for Chevrolet to salute the men and machines that have contributed to Corvette’s racing
heritage at Le Mans since 1960,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. “They
are part of Chevy’s longstanding tradition of developing technology on the track to improve the design,
performance and efficiency of Corvettes on the street. The hardware has changed dramatically over five
decades, but the challenge and excitement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has endured through the years.”
No team has enjoyed more success with Corvettes at Le Mans than Corvette Racing, winner of six
GTS/GT1 class titles since 2001. The twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars will compete in the six-
hour Laguna Seca endurance race against GT class rivals Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Jaguar. Corvette
Racing’s quartet of drivers – Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R, and
Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the No. 4 Corvette C6.R – have a total of 17 Le Mans class victories.
They’ll be joined in Laguna Seca by Corvette Racing ambassador Ron Fellows, a two-time winner at Le
Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.Rs Qualify 3 & 4 for ALMS Monterey
Oliver Gavin led the way for Corvette
Racing with the third fastest qualifying
time for Saturday’s 6-hour American Le
Mans Series Monterey. Gavin’s fastest
time of 1:23.101 (96.952 mph) came
during his fourth lap around Laguna
Seca’s 11-turn 2.238 mile raceway. Jan
Magnussen had the qualifying duties for
the number 3 C6.R and his fasted time of
122.752 (97.361 mph) came on his fifth
and final lap. Jaime Melo and Risi
Competizione’s Ferrari 430 GT is on the
pole at 122.752 (97.361 mph).
“I was just chipping away at the time on
every lap,” said Gavin. “I was hoping to
find that last little bit so we could
challenge the Ferraris on the front row. My engineer, Chuck Houghton, and the crew have been working
really hard over the last two days to give the car a good balance. We’ve got the setup a lot closer, but we
still need to find a little bit more. That’s the difference between where we are now and being on pole. I
feel confident that the adjustments we’ll make tonight are going to help us and we’ll be strong for six
“The car was very good, but I still don’t think I hit it exactly like I wanted,” said Magnussen. “We are
trying some different things that might not have been the best for qualifying but it felt like the car got
better and better on the run, which is very encouraging.”
Earlier today the team celebrated the upcoming 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first participation in the
24 Hours of Le Mans. Dr. Dick Thompson, who drove one of Briggs Cunningham’s Corvettes at Le Mans
in 1960, and Dick Guldstrand, co-driver of the Dana Chevrolet Corvette at Le Mans in 1967, were
reunited with their historic race cars. With the Corvette C6.Rs scheduled to begin their journey to
France on next Thursday, thoughts of Le Mans loom large.
“As a warmup for Le Mans, this will be a good test,” Gavin said. “We’re also mindful that these cars are
going to Le Mans in just a few days – I think the crew reminds us of that hourly! I’m hoping more than
anything that Olivier and I can get a decent result. We’ve had some rough luck in the first two races, and
we need to score points tomorrow if we hope to challenge for the championship.”
American Le Mans Series Monterey GT Qualifying:
1. Melo/Bruni, Ferrari 430 GT, 1:22.752
2. Sharp/van Overbeek, Ferrari 430 GT, 1:23.067
3. Gavin/Beretta, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 1:23.101
4. O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 1:23.201
5. Auberlen/Milner, BMW E92 M3, 1:23.350
6. Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 1:23.379
7. Brown/Cosmo, Ferrari 430 GT, 1:23.394
8. Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:23.484
9. Sellers/Henzler, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:23.991
10. Robertson/Robertson/Murry, Ford GT, 1:24.750
11. Gentilozzi/Dalziel/Goosens, Jaguar XKRS, 1:26.381
12. Krohn/Jonsson, Ferrari 430 GT, 1:36.708
13. Law/Neiman/Bernhard, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 1:28.481
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Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette Sells for $925,000
At Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis,
a capacity crowd witnessed Harley Earl’s
1963 Corvette convertible sell for $925,000.
Bidding was strong throughout the auction
but slowed at $900,000. In the end it was
Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette who
registered the final bid to win the unique
Corvette that was given to Earl following his
retirement from General Motors.
Corvette C6.Rs Finish 3rd and 6th at ALMS Monterey
MONTEREY, Calif., May 22, 2010 – Billed as the warm-up for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, the six-hour
American Le Mans Series Monterey was contested on an unseasonably cold day in central California. With track
temperatures in the low 50s, getting a grip on the roller coaster 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit
was the chief challenge.
After a fast and furious battle in the GT class,
Corvette Racing’s No. 4 Compuware Corvette
C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta
finished third. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette
C6.R of Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell
finished sixth and won the Michelin Green X
Challenge in the GT category. The No. 45
Porsche driven by Patrick Long and Joerg
Bergmeister won the class with a 0.365-second
margin of victory over the Mueller/Hand BMW.
Both Corvettes ran at the front in the hard-
fought GT division. Starting third on the GT
grid, the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R lost
track position to its rivals on its fourth pit stop,
but Gavin charged from seventh to first during his second stint. After the final round of fuel stops, Gavin was in
third and within striking distance of the leader – but two late-race cautions stymied his attempts to move up in the
“I wish that last caution hadn’t come because I think we had them,” Gavin said. “We had the speed but that last
caution just killed any chance. It was great fun racing against the Porsche and the BMW – there was a bit of
bumping, but it was all fair. In the back of my mind was always the thought that this car needs to go Le Mans in a
few days, and any damage today could have a direct effect on how we perform there. I wanted to make sure that it
would be ready to leave for France next Thursday.
“It was great to be fighting for the victory,” Gavin continued. “We still need to find that last little bit, but it will
come. We got some good points today and I’m pleased about that. This championship is going to be about grabbing
podiums and points whenever you can because it’s full-out racing.”
The No. 3 Corvette took the lead after the first round of pit stops, but was penalized for a pit-lane infraction after
its second stop. The stop-and-go penalty dropped the car to seventh, but Magnussen was on a mission.
He took the GT class lead at 4:18 and was fifth overall after a heated battle of the brands between Corvette,
Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW. A punctured right-front tire in the final 20 minutes and subsequent penalty consigned
the No. 3 to sixth at the checkered flag.
“It was really good racing, but it’s a shame when it goes that way towards the end and you feel all your hard work
is for nothing,” Magnussen said. “It was just one of those days where it looked like we had a great shot at winning
it in the beginning, and then things got in the way.”
The No. 3 Corvette won the Michelin Green X Challenge in the GT class by going the farthest, the fastest, with the
least environmental impact. “Our focus at Corvette Racing is multi-faceted – to design and build top-quality race
cars that are fast and that demonstrate leading-edge green technology,” said Corvette Racing program manager
Doug Fehan. “Capturing another Michelin Green X Challenge title for Chevrolet and GM is a huge
Corvette Racing’s next event is the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de La Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The 24-
hour race will start at 3:00 p.m. CET on Saturday, June 12. Portions of the classic endurance contest will be
televised live on SPEED.
American Le Mans Series Monterey GT Results:
1. Bergmeister/Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 227 laps
2. Mueller/Hand, BMW E92 M3, 227
3. Gavin/Beretta, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 227
4. Melo/Bruni, Ferrari 430 GT, 225
5. O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 224
6. Sellers/Henzler, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 224
7. Auberlen/Milner, BMW E92 M3, 222
8. Krohn/Jonsson, Ferrari 430 GT, 220
9. Robertson/Robertson/Murry, Ford GT, 215
10. Law/Neiman/Bernhard, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 213
11. Brown/Cosmo, Ferrari 430 GT, 194
12. Dalziel/Goosens, Jaguar XKRS, 191
A blonde woman just gets a new Corvette and she's driving on a desert highway when she cuts off a semi-truck.
The truck driver gets mad and pulls her over. After they stop the truck driver pulls her out of the car and makes
her stand in a circle he drew in the sand. He tells her to stay in the circle or he would kill her.
Now the truck driver goes into his truck and grabs a baseball bat and knocks out all of the Corvette's windows.
When he turns around the blonde is giggling. After he asks her what she thinks is funny the blonde just says
So the driver goes and gets his knife from his truck and slashs all of the blonde's tires. After he does that he turns
around and the blonde is openly laughing. He asks her whats so funny and she simply says "nothing, nothing."
Now the truck driver is getting angry and gets his shotgun from his truck and starts blasting away at the brand
new Corvette. When the driver turns around, the blonde in on the ground, rolling around, laughing. This time
when the driver asks the blonde whats so funny the blonde fights through the tears and tells him
"Every time you turned your back I snuck out of the circle in the sand!"
Bowling Green’s UAW Local 2164 Starts Corvette Customer Feedback Blog
Corvette owners who want to give feedback about
their Corvette experiences – good or bad – now
have a way to communicate directly with the
members of the UAW Local 2164 that build their
Corvette. Patrick Klein, Vice-president of UAW
Local 2164, which represents the General Motors
Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, announced the
launch of their Corvette Customer Feedback blog.
Klein expressed some disappointment over the
lack of direct feedback from customers:
“Over the past couple of years, I have noticed a lack
of customer feedback being forwarded to us, the people who actually build these Corvettes. I know that there are tons
of letters, emails, phone conversations, etc…that take place in regards to our product. I also know that the vast
majority is positive and somehow disappears or gets forgotten before we hear about it.”
Corvette owners who have toured the plant are sometimes surprised when a UAW worker engages them in
conversation about their Corvette, the plant, or the tour when the assembly line stops.
Klein says “Over the past couple of weeks, during breaks and during line stops (pretty much whenever there might be a
spare moment), I have tried to stop and talk to people on museum tours. I thanked them for coming in, thanked them
for choosing Corvette, gave them my email address and asked them to send me feedback about their “Corvette Plant
Experience” so I can share it with our UAW members.”
Corvette Customer Feedback blog is already started to flow directly to the UAW via the blog.
Pete and May Pinkerton were the first to comment. They have owned three Corvettes, but just recently placed an
order for their first new Corvette, which they hope to pick up in the next few days.
“We have recently completed our Buyers Tour, and we want to share with you what an incredible experience it was!
The UAW and General Motors has a unique situation at the assembly plant. To be able to meet the people who
assembled our vehicle and watch it from trim to touchdown was truly a one of a kind opportunity. Our guide made us
aware of the layoffs and difficulties that the UAW has (and are) going through at this plant. During our three days
watching the production of our car many of the workers we came in contact with were out going, courteous, and
seemed to be doing an exceptional job.”
The Pinkertons went on to explain that it is up to both management and the UAW to promote Corvettes and
improve brand loyalty. The Pinkertons felt that management might be lax in their approach when it comes to tour
groups. They went on to praise the car, the UAW workers and the tour.
While Corvette forums fill up with complaints about various aspects of Corvette ownership, this is the first time
the UAW has solicited direct customer feedback.
Coming on the heels of a major recall and a fuel leak investigation, the timing couldn’t be better.
Apparently the new Corvette Customer Feedback blog is still being tweaked. There is no way for customers to post
to the blog (other than to comment.) The Local 2164 blog has email addresses of the officers, but the links are
malformed causing error messages.
Mark Leevan, writer for the Corvette Examiner contributed this story.
Corvette Dream Giveaway to Raffle Unique 2010 Ermine White ZR1 and 1967 Sting Ray
The Corvette Dream Giveaway has made a splash
over the last couple years with their series of unique
Corvette raffles that has raised a lot of money for the
Kids Wish Network. Today we learned that the
Corvette Dream Giveaway has returned for 2010 and
this year the raffle will pair a 2010 Brad Paisley Hero
Edition Corvette ZR1 with a 1967 427/390 hp
Corvette convertible Sting Ray.
The Corvette Dream Giveaway was created to fund
the expansion of the Kids Wish Network’s “Hero”
program. Participating children’s hospitals select a
child each month, who has faced traumatic and life-changing events with courage and spirit. That child
receives a “Hero” award which includes a valuable “Hero” gift package for the award ceremony. The
success of the event has enabled the Organization to offer the Hero program in over 160 hospitals
nationwide, now awarding approximately 2,000 Heroes annually!
The Brad Paisley Hero Edition 2010 Corvette ZR1 was created in recognition of the country music
superstar’s passionate support of children’s causes. The Corvette features a Lingenfelter-enhanced LS9
engine which had its base 638-horsepower bumped to 720. This is the only Corvette ZR1 finished in the
classic Ermine White exterior which matches the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray that is also being raffled.
In addition to the unique paint scheme, the Corvette also features a spectacular red interior and red
accents, additional carbon fiber components, special “paisley” graphics and Brad Paisley’s signature on
the “Hero ZR1″ emblems.
The 1967 Corvette Sting Ray convertible is a fully restored and numbers matching classic that has been
judged and awarded and NCRS “Top Flight” certificate. Other documentation includes the original tank
sticker as well. Featuring the 427/390 hp V8, this Corvette is finished in an Ermine White exterior with
the Red stinger hood and red interior. Factory style “bolt on” wheels riding on Red Line tires and the
side mounted exhaust complete the look.
Tickets for the Corvette Dream Giveaway start at just $3. There is no cap on how many tickets will be
sold and by purchasing more tickets, the price per ticket decreases while your odds of winning increase.
The drawing for the two Corvettes will be held December 31st and winners will be notified.
To enter the “Win The Vettes” raffle and help the heroes of the Kids Wish Network, call 866-WIN-Both
to speak with a representative.
Auction Results: Mecum’s Spring Classic Corvette Sales Total $6.7 Million
Mecum’s Collector Car Auction wrapped up their 23rd Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis on
Sunday. Over the five day sale, we witnessed 194 Corvettes crossing the auction block with 128 of those
cars selling. Sales for Corvettes totaled $6,720,550 and the sales success rate was 66%.
The high sale for the auction goes to the 1963 Harley Earl Corvette that fetched $925,000. GM had
presented the unique 1 of 1 Corvette to the former head of GM Style and father of the Corvette as a
retirement gift. Second on the list is the 1966 Bergen Johnson Corvette racecar. Nicknamed “Eight
Ball”, the Corvette has a storied racing history. Restored by Kevin MacKay, the Corvette sold for
$305,000. Rounding out the top 3 was a 1967 Convertible that has just 17,800 original, documented
miles. Selling for $225,000, this unrestored, unmolested Survivor is powered by the L71 427/435 Tri
Power V8 and features awards and certificates from Bloomington, the NCRS and is a Triple Crown
Other Corvettes of notable interest include a 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe which sold for $150,000, a 1972
Corvette Convertible with an LT1 350/255 hp and factory air sold for $106,000, and a 1967 COPO
Convertible powered by 427/400hp and coupled to an automatic transmission sold for $130,000.
Here is the full results list of Corvettes at Mecum’s Spring Classic:
Lot Year Model High Bid Sold Price
W196 1953 Corvette Kit Replica 350 CI, Auto $25,500
S44.1 1954 Corvette Convertible Auto $62,000
F126 1956 Corvette Convertible 265/225 HP, 4-Speed $44,000
S151 1956 Corvette Resto Mod 401/850 HP, 6-Speed, $120,000
S237 1957 Corvette 579E Airbox 283/283 HP, 4-Speed $250,000
W298.1 1958 Corvette Convertible 283 CI, 4-Speed $81,000
S70 1958 Corvette Resto Mod 350/400 HP, 6-Speed $100,000
Corvette Convertible 283/290 HP, FI, 4-
S109 1958 $90,000
S170.1 1958 Corvette Convertible 283 CI, 4-Speed $76,000
S181 1958 Corvette Convertible FI 283 CI 4-Speed $89,500
S205 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/290 HP, 4-Speed $76,500
S279 1958 Corvette Resto Mod 350 CI, Auto $115,000
S288 1958 Corvette Convertible 283/290HP, 4-Speed $90,000
S301.1 1958 Corvette Convertible 350 CI TPI, 4-Speed $45,000
W173 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP, Auto $60,000
F253 1959 Corvette Resto Mod 415 HP, Auto $84,000
S59 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/230 HP $46,000
S159 1959 Corvette Convertible 283/290 HP, 4-Speed $86,500
T269 1960 Corvette Convertible 283 CI, Auto $52,500
T90 1961 Corvette Convertible 283 CI, Auto $55,000
F38 1961 Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP, 4-Speed $53,000
T187 1962 Corvette Convertible 327 CI $52,500
S62 1962 Corvette Convertible 327/360 HP, 4-Speed $77,500
Corvette Grand Sport D&D Replica 502
W243 1963 $40,000
T27 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/360 HP $61,000
T50 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $35,000
T185 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP $58,500
T199.1 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP, 4-Speed $88,000
T246 1963 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $38,500
F132 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $33,000
F272 1963 Corvette Roadster 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $40,000
F280 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/340 HP $90,000
S66 1963 Corvette Coupe 327/360 HP, 4-Speed $106,000
S116 1963 Corvette 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $925,000
U81 1963 Corvette Convertible 327/360 HP FI $135,000
W316 1964 Corvette Convertible 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $38,500
F162 1964 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $38,000
F204 1964 Corvette 2-Door 327/375 HP, 4-Speed $52,500
S9 1964 Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $44,750
S87 1964 Corvette Convertible 327 CI, 4-Speed $35,000
S284 1964 Corvette Convertible No Info
U105.1 1964 Corvette No Info
T126 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $77,000
F59 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/365 HP $52,000
F73 1965 Corvette Convertible 396/425 HP, 4-Speed $76,000
F179 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/375 HP, 4-Speed $73,500
F200 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $57,000
F277 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $37,000
F292 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $46,000
F322 1965 Corvette Coupe 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $40,000
S26 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $53,500
U27 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/365 HP, 4-Speed $55,000
U51 1965 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed No Info
T78 1966 Corvette Convertible 350 HP, 4-Speed $70,000
T217 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $41,000
T238 1966 Corvette 427/425 HP $52,000
T285 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $45,000
T292 1966 Corvette Convertible 425/425 HP $65,000
T311.1 1966 Corvette 2-Door $70,000
F128 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $41,000
F146 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $33,000
F160 1966 Corvette Convertible 4-Speed $44,000
F165.2 1966 Corvette Convertible 350 HP, 4-Speed $55,500
F207 1966 Corvette Coupe 327/300 HP $69,000
F320 1966 Corvette 327/300 HP, Auto $65,000
F329 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $40,250
S17 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP $53,000
Corvette 427 Roadster 427/390 HP, 4-
S46 1966 $88,000
S50 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $74,000
Corvette Coupe Bergen & Johnson 427/425
S140 1966 $305,000
S144 1966 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $50,000
S190 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, Auto $85,000
S226 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/425 HP, 4-Speed $70,000
S259 1966 Corvette Convertible 427 CI, 4-Speed $85,000
S312 1966 Corvette Coupe 427 CI, 4-Speed $57,000
U104 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 HP, 4-Speed $110,000
W300 1967 Corvette Roadster 427/500 HP, 6-Speed $87,500
T181 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $60,000
F71 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP $52,000
F98 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, 4-Speed $56,500
F180.1 1967 Corvette Convertible 435 HP, 4-Speed $100,000
F214 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $225,000
Corvette COPO Convertible 427/400 HP,
S104 1967 $130,000
S135 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP, 4-Speed $155,000
S157 1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $70,000
S261 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, Auto $88,000
S263 1967 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, Auto $38,000
U69 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $72,000
W225.1 1968 Corvette Convertible 427 CI, 4-Speed $36,000
T202.1 1968 Corvette Convertible 350/370 HP $30,000
T284 1968 Corvette Coupe 327/350 HP, 4-Speed $20,000
T329 1968 Corvette Convertible CANCELLED LOT $16,500
F129 1968 Corvette Convertible 327/300 HP, Auto $23,500
S174 1968 Corvette L88 Coupe 427/430 HP, 4-Speed $150,000
Corvette L89 Convertible 427/435 HP, 4-
S253 1968 $55,000
S316 1968 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, Auto $38,250
S330 1968 Corvette Convertible 427 CI, 4-Speed $25,000
W229.1 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP, 4-Speed $27,000
T14 1969 Corvette Coupe 427 CI $36,000
T255.1 1969 Corvette Coupe 427/435 HP, 4-Speed $80,000
T287 1969 Corvette Convertible 400 HP, 4-Speed $29,000
F119 1969 Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 4-Speed $30,000
F140 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP, 4-Speed $48,000
F209 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP, 4-Speed $85,000
S42 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP, 4-Speed $73,000
S331 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/390 HP , 4-Speed $27,500
F52 1970 Corvette Coupe 350/370 HP, 4-Speed $41,000
F74 1970 Corvette Convertible 350/300 HP, 4-Speed $22,500
F187 1970 Corvette 454/390 HP, 4-Speed $28,750
S184 1970 Corvette Coupe 350/350 HP, 4-Speed $27,000
T159 1971 Corvette Coupe 454/365 HP, Auto $28,000
T289 1971 Corvette Convertible 454/365 HP, Auto $38,000
F39 1971 Corvette $18,000
F137 1971 Corvette Coupe 350/330 HP, 4-Speed $28,000
U103 1971 Corvette LT-1 Coupe 350/330 HP, 4-Speed $17,000
T166 1972 Corvette Custom 327/350, 4-Speed $16,500
T252 1972 Corvette Coupe 454/365 HP, 4-Speed $29,000
T271.1 1972 Corvette ZR1 Coupe 350/255 HP, 4-Speed $200,000
F32 1972 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $18,000
F40 1972 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $20,000
S163 1972 Corvette Convertible 350/255 HP, 4-Speed $106,000
U82 1972 Corvette LT1 Convertible, 350/255 HP $77,500
T91 1973 Corvette Stingray 350/300 HP, Auto $22,500
T270 1973 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $56,500
F151 1973 Corvette Hot Rod 388/400 HP, 5-Speed $29,250
W128 1974 Corvette Coupe 350/200 HP, Auto $11,500
W133 1974 Corvette 350/350 HP $10,500
T134 1974 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 4-Speed $9,500
T161 1974 Corvette Coupe 454 CI, Auto $11,750
T174 1974 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Auto $15,000
T330 1974 Corvette $16,000
U62 1974 Corvette Convertible 454 CI, 4-Speed $23,000
W36.1 1975 Corvette Convertible Auto $8,200
T270.2 1975 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $18,000
F18 1975 Corvette 350 HP $9,500
T20 1976 Corvette 350 CI $11,500
U118 1976 Corvette T-Tops 454, 5-Speed $35,000
W286.1 1977 Corvette $7,500
T13 1978 Corvette 350 CI $9,000
T100 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car $14,500
T121 1978 Corvette Pace Car 350 CI, Auto $17,500
T178 1978 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, 4-Speed $9,750
U137 1978 Corvette Pace Car 350 CI $13,000
T26 1979 Corvette T-Top 350 CI, Auto $19,000
F31 1979 Corvette Convertible 350 CI , Auto $9,500
U80 1979 Corvette 350/275 HP $7,500
U129 1979 Corvette 3-Speed $8,500
T106 1980 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $10,500
T141 1980 Corvette Coupe 350 CI, Auto $11,000
T152 1980 Corvette 2-Door 350 CI, Auto $12,500
T177 1980 Corvette 350 CI, Auto $9,000
Corvette Coupe L82 350/230 HP Auto, 4
T244 1980 $42,000
W3 1981 Corvette Coupe 350/185 HP, Auto $7,500
T16 1981 Corvette 350 CI $10,500
F305.1 1981 Corvette Coupe 350/185 HP, Auto $10,000
T75 1982 Corvette 2-Door Auto No Info
T86 1984 Corvette Coupe 4-Speed $6,600
W177 1986 Corvette Coupe 350/285 HP, 4-Speed Auto $14,500
W320 1986 Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car Auto $10,250
T15.1 1986 Corvette 2-Door 350/250 HP, Auto $12,500
T95 1986 Corvette Pace Car 350 HP, Auto $9,500
F178 1986 Corvette Convertible 350/235 HP, Auto $15,000
T29 1987 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, 4-Speed $10,000
W153 1988 Corvette Convertible 350/240 HP, Auto $15,500
F216.1 1988 Corvette 350/245 HP, 4-Speed Auto $20,500
F30 1990 Corvette Coupe 350/250 HP, 6-Speed $13,500
S45 1990 Corvette ZR1 375 HP, 6-Speed $33,000
W245 1992 Corvette Coupe Auto $12,500
U41 1992 Corvette $8,000
T320 1993 Corvette Convertible $10,500
F92 1993 Corvette Coupe 350/300 HP, 6-Speed $20,000
T150.1 1994 Corvette 2-Door 350/300 HP, Auto $15,000
T160 1994 Corvette Coupe 6-Speed $12,000
U58 1994 Corvette Coupe 6-Speed $27,500
T76 1996 Corvette Coupe Auto $15,250
T76.1 1996 Corvette Coupe Auto $15,250
F208 1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible LT4 $43,000
F83 1997 Corvette Coupe $19,500
F36 2000 Corvette Coupe 345 HP $19,000
F96 2000 Corvette GTR Coupe 382/465 HP, 6-Speed $30,000
U96 2000 Corvette Convertible 350 CI, Auto $17,000
T209 2001 Corvette Z06 6-Speed $50,000
F94.1 2001 Corvette Aat Conversion 6-Speed $40,000
W191 2002 Corvette Z06 346/405 HP, 6-Speed $20,500
T319 2003 Corvette $51,000
F226 2003 Corvette C5R #50 Race Car No Info
F227 2003 Corvette C5R #53 Race Car No Info
Corvette CRC Conversion 346/350 HP,
S94.1 2004 $110,000
W13 2005 Corvette 327 CI, 6-Speed $22,000
T192 2006 Corvette Convertible 400 HP, 6-Speed $36,000
F258 2006 Corvette Coupe 402/575 HP, 6-Speed Auto $37,000
T61 2007 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car, 6-Speed $42,000
T171 2007 Corvette Convertible, 6-Speed Auto $35,000
S35 2007 Corvette Z06 427/505 HP $44,000
U190 2007 Corvette 800 HP, 6-Speed $26,000
T44 2008 Corvette Coupe 430 HP, 6-Speed Auto $32,500
T62 2008 Corvette Z06 505 HP $49,000
T156.1 2008 Corvette Coupe $31,500
T211 2009 Corvette Coupe 430 HP, 6-Speed Auto $45,000
F54 2009 Corvette Convertible 430 HP $44,000
No Sales 66
Sales % 66%
1979 Corvette Burns in Boston Suburb
This 1979 Corvette burst into flames in the Boston suburb
of Wellesley on Wednesday night. According to police, the
driver stopped on Washington Street when he felt a small
explosion under the hood. Lt. Jack Pilecki of Wellesley
police added “He also saw a small flame by his tire.
Luckily he stopped the car and got out safely, and officials
were able to contain the blaze.” No one was hurt in the
Auction Results: Alice Cooper’s Three Fender ‘61 Corvette Sells for $78,000
This 1961 Ermine White Corvette once owned by Rock legend Alice Cooper was sold this weekend for
$78,000 Australian Dollars ($65,481 USD) at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction. The
Corvette comes with a signed Fender Squier Guitar, hence the “three fender” nickname. Equipped with a
283 ci V8 and a three speed automatic powerglide, the Corvette has recently been overhauled with new
shocks, brakes, tires and other parts. Because the Corvette is older than 15 years, it is not subject to
RHD-conversion rules as long as the car is used for personal transportation. Rock on!
Shannons Catalog Description of the Alice Cooper’s 1961 Corvette:
This restored 1961 Corvette is a matching numbers
car, with the original 283-cid V8 and Powerglide
transmission. The Corvette was purchased by the
current owner directly from rock legend Alice Cooper
in Arizona, having been his personal car, and comes
with a signed Fender Squier guitar. Like many rock
stars, Alice Cooper is an avid car enthusiast (not to
mention a keen golfer) with a fantastic collection of
American muscle in his garage. The Corvette drives
nicely, with new shock absorbers, rubbers etc. and is
in fantastic condition throughout. Apart from the
power operated soft-top, everything on the car works
fine and with its star studded provenance will prove to be a great investment. To be sold unregistered, the
vehicle will be supplied with a Roadworthy Certificate if sold in Victoria.
AutoWeek Highlights Racing DNA in the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition
As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel
was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director
Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how
cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
“One of the reasons we race is you can’t deny what happens on the track. When you win Le Man, it’s undeniable.
Racing is in our DNA. We go out there to prove ourselves on the track, we take the lessons and put them into the
showrooms. And there is no faster more economical way to do performance vehicle development than racing.”
– Tadge Juechter, Chief Engineer for Corvette
Is the World Ready for a General Lee Corvette ZR1?
This Corvette ZR1 has been wrapped in the
Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee livery in
anticipation for the GoldRush Rally that is
being held over June 8-13, 2010. A General Lee
themed Corvette is certainly over the top,
however, that orange against the black wheels,
headlights and carbon fiber splitter and
rockers is stunning and I’m starting to
question if this shade is better than the 2011
Corvette’s Inferno Orange.
We’re not sure what the exact purpose of the GoldRush Rally is, other than to drive really fast cars from city to
city while partying with a Louis Vuitton wrapped Sheik. According to their website, the purpose of the GoldRush
“…to achieve worldwide exposure through a wide and diverse fan base that is drawn into the glamour and style
emanating from exotic cars, nightlife, fashion and music. Through this excitement the event draws participants from
many different cities, states, countries and backgrounds yet all these friends share the same desire for camaraderie and
excitement that the goldRush Rally creates.”
Billed as GT2KX, the 2010 GoldRush Rally will get started June 8th in Seattle and then hit Portland, San
Francisco, Los Angeles before wrapping up in Las Vegas on June 13th.
The General Lee Corvette ZR1 is cool in a nostalgic sort of way, but when it comes to custom wrapped Corvettes,
nothing beats the Taxi cab Corvette Z06 that ran in 2008’s Gumball 3000 Rally.
Corvette For Sale: #18 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Coupe
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette
Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition
Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing
which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer
Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of
Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however,
the global automotive recession limited production to only 125
cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1
Championship Edition Coupes produced.
Essentially there were six versions of the GT1 Championship
Corvettes built. The GT1 Championship Edition was available
in Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models with your choice of
Velocity Yellow or Black. And because it was a commemorative model, the GT1’s race inspired graphics feature
Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost-painted on the hood bulge as well as years of the championships and driver’s
The coupes include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift
Automatics, as well as the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation
Systems as well.
Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a 4LT package which includes a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with
exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console
armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A
windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.
Chevy also ensured this would be a collector model by giving the GT1s their own VIN sequences. As the Velocity
Yellow Corvettes represented the #3 Corvette C6.R, their VIN sequence started with 30001 while the Black cars
represent the #4 C6.R so their VINs start with 40001.
This Corvette was priced originally at its MSRP of $65,410, but is now being discounted to $60,281. We assume
that because this is a 2009 model, certain incentives and rebates may also apply. For the collector or Corvette
owner looking for something different, the GT1 Corvettes offer a reasonable entry into a limited production, VIN-
specific special edition. Besides, with Jake on the hood, what’s not to love about this Corvette?
May 2010 Corvette Sales
May 2010 Corvette sales report was released today by
General Motors and the good news is that deliveries are
at their highest level since September 2009. 1,428
Corvettes were delivered in May compared to April
2010’s 1,089 Corvettes the month prior. Corvettes
haven’t sold this well since the 1,585 Corvettes sold in
September 2009. Compared to a year ago, sales are off
-13.1% with 1,643 Corvettes sold in May 2009 and
calendar year to date sales are down -18.9%.
We are still seeing growth in the national inventory.
Total 2008-2010 Corvettes on dealers lots grew 272
units over the last month to 4,843. Corvette Grand Sports currently make up 43% of total inventory
which shows the strength of the new model. We are monitoring current Corvette ZR1 inventory and our
stock report shows 422 2010 Corvettes and 11 2009 Corvette ZR1s are available.
Several rebates and incentives are still in place including 0% APR financing on 2010 Corvettes for 60
months or 3.9% APR financing for 72 months. Also look for the $1000 Toyota/Lexus rebate which is still
2010 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2010 2009 Months 2010 2009
Jan 854 842 1.4% Jan-Jan 854 842 1.4%
Feb 624 1,027 -39.2% Jan-Feb 1,478 1,869 -20.9%
Mar 955 1,183 -19.3% 2,433 3,052 -20.3%
Apr 1,089 1,407 -22.6% Jan-Apr 3,522 4,459 -21.0%
May 1,428 1,643 -13.1% 4,950 6,102 -18.9%
2009 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2009 2008 Months 2009 2008 % Change
Jan 842 2,015 -58.2% Jan-Jan 842 2,015 -58.2%
Feb 1,027 2,071 -50.4% Jan-Feb 1,869 4,086 -54.3%
Mar 1,183 2,692 -56.1% Jan-Mar 3,052 6,778 -55.0%
Apr 1,407 3,190 -55.9% Jan-Apr 4,459 9,968 -55.3%
May 1,643 2,904 -43.4% Jan-May 6,102 12,872 -52.6%
June 1,396 2,082 -32.9% Jan-Jun 7,498 14,954 -49.9%
July 966 1,870 -48.3% Jan-Jul 8,464 16,824 -49.7%
Aug 746 4,242 -82.4% Jan-Aug 9,210 21,066 -56.3%
Sept 1,585 2,318 -31.6% Jan-Sept 10,795 23,384 -53.8%
Oct 1,154 1,170 -1.4% Jan-Oct 11,949 24,554 -51.3%
Nov 952 1,093 -12.9% Jan-Nov 12,901 25,647 -49.7%
Dec 1,033 1,324 -22.0% Jan-Nov 13,934 26,971 -48.3%
Corvette Stock Report:
Here is the breakdown by years and models:
• 2010 Corvettes – 4,496
• 2009 Corvettes – 313
• 2008 Corvettes – 34
2010 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:
• Corvette Coupes – 1,540
• Corvette Convertibles – 432
• Corvette GS Coupes – 1,229
• Corvette GS Convertibles – 704
• Corvette Z06 – 169
• Corvette ZR1 – 422
Bowling Green Production:
2009 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:
GM included these figures in its monthly sales reports that
• Corvette Coupes – 62 shows production by assembly plant. Here they are for the
• Corvette Convertibles – 55 Bowling Green Assembly Plant:
• Corvette Z06 – 185
• Corvette ZR1 – 11 • 2010 Model Year Production in May 2010: 1,611
• 2010 Model Year To Date Through May 2010:
2008 Corvette Inventory Breakdown: 11,510
• Corvette Coupes – 2 2010 Calendar Year to Date through May 2010: 7,735
• Corvette Convertibles – 25
• Corvette Z06 – 7
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