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2017 Corvette & NCM Bash

Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles and Corvette Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennion hosted the annual "What's New For Corvette" seminar at the NCM Bash this year while Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter was out on the west coast with Corvette Racing in Monterey.

This was a different kind of Bash presentation than previous years as most of the major announcements were already known as the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport was revealed a month earlier at Geneva while the four new colors and some new options were confirmed in the 2017 Corvette Order Guide which was made available earlier in the week.

That being said, it's always great to have members of the Corvette Team around to ask question and gain insight on the new models and we took full advantage of it during the bash. Like these seminars always do, Harlan first spoke about the latest news for the 2016 Corvette including production statistics.

As of April 22nd, Chevrolet has produced 37,048 Corvettes for 2016 and the final count when production ends in June will be somewhere between 38,000-40,000 according to Harlan. That will eclipse the 37,288 that Chevrolet sold in model year 2014 and it may end up being one of the highest production model years in the modern history of the Corvette.

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Source: Keith Cornett of CorvetteBlogger

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Long Lost Briggs Cunningham Corvette

A 1960 Chevrolet Corvette long thought lost to history was finally found in 2012. The car was one of three Corvettes fielded in the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans by legendary American sportsman Briggs Cunningham.

A superb replica depicting the car in its original state was displayed on the sidelines of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans held in June, and thanks to the keen eye at Motor.es we have some photos of it.

The original car was the #1 Corvette that Cunningham actually drove at Le Mans, though it never finished due to a crash. After the race it was converted for drag racing and subsequently ended up in a junk yard. A Florida man bought it in 1972 but not knowing its significance left it to rot in a warehouse.

That man's son, Richard Carr, in 2012 learned of its significance after doing a VIN search on the Internet. It was sold that same year to Lance Miller who through his father already owned the #3 Corvette fielded by Cunningham in the 1960 Le Mans race (the #2 Corvette is owned by collector Bruce Meyer)

Miller in 2012 sold the car for $75,000 to Corvette restorer Kevin Mackay, who had been searching for it for decades. Together they planned to present it at the 2012 Corvettes at Carlisle event but the car was pulled at the last minute because of a dispute over ownership.

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Source: Viknesh Vijayenthiran - Motor Authority

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Spirit Of '76

Prior to the third-generation Corvette, America's sports car had seen frequent restyles and upgrades. In contrast, the '68-'82 cars saw only nose and tail revisions in '73-'74 and the addition of a glass fastback window in 1978. The slide into neglect didn't end there. Having begun life offering a variety of powerful engines, by 1976 the poor C3s were suffering from deleterious power losses at the hands of the EPA and legislators in California, with further ignominy to come. On the track, none of that mattered, and John Greenwood's maniacal, star-spangled take on the Corvette was winning races. And even when Greenwood's cars weren't winning races, they still looked and sounded more brutally violent than anything else on the track.

Thankfully, the C3 was designed in the 1960s, when a big-block engine was still an object Chevrolet considered important for a sports car to carry on its option sheet. So even if the full-plastic 'Vettes were sucking the wind of their immediate predecessors and only offered neutered 350- and 305-cubic-inch V-8s, the modular nature of Chevrolet's parts bin-as well as huge aftermarket support for blocks both small and big-made injecting a shot of testosterone into your wheezing machine as simple as spending some ducats and turning some wrenches.

Which is apparently what a previous owner of this 1976 Corvette did. Under that high, cowl-induction hood sits a 454-cubic-inch V-8. For a child of the late-'70s/early-'80s, a 454 was about the baddest-ass engine ever, mainly because it was still available in trucks, and thus relevant in a young mind, while the 426 Hemi had vanished into the ether-an abstraction that only appeared as a collection of plastic parts to be snipped from a Revell sprue. And although Ford's 460 could still be had, "four sixty" just doesn't have the palindromic snap of "four fifty-four." Heck, even the one-louder 455s from Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile don't have the same ring. As a displacement number, only Chrysler's "440" sounds as mean.

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Source: Davey Johnson, Car &* Driver

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Corvette / Cadillac?

Call me crazy, but I'm not convinced the mid-engine Corvette is the next Corvette. The rumor is strong, yes. And, contrary to some of the comments on our site, Car and Driver - leader of the mid-engine Corvette speculation brigade - has a pretty good record predicting future models. But it's another comment that got me thinking: or maybe it's a Cadillac.

There is clearly something mid-engine going on at GM, and I think it makes sense for the car to be a Cadillac. First off, check out how sweet the 2002 Cadillac Cien concept car still looks in the photo above. Second, there are too many holes in the mid-engine Corvette theory.

The C7 is relatively young in Corvette years, starting production almost three years ago as a 2014 model. Showing a 2019 model at the 2018 North American International Auto Show would kill sales of a strong-selling car before its time. Not to mention it would only mean a short run for the Grand Sport, which was the best-selling version of the previous generation.

More stuff doesn't add up. Mid-engine cars are, in general, more expensive. Moving the Vette upmarket leaves a void that the Camaro does not fill. There's not much overlap between Camaro and Corvette customers. Corvette owners are older and enjoy features like a big trunk that holds golf clubs. Mid-engine means less trunk space and alienating a happy, loyal buyer. Also, more than 60 years of history. The Corvette is an icon along the likes of the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang. I'm not sure the car-buying public wants a Corvette that abandons all previous conventions. And big changes bring uncertainty - I don't think GM would make such a risky bet.

Chevrolet could build a mid-engine ZR1, you might say, and keep the other Corvettes front-engine. Yes they could, and it would cost a ton of money. And they still need to fund development of that front-engine car. I highly doubt the corporate accountants would go for that.

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Source: Michael Austin, AutoBlog

Submitted by Phil Ellison

2017 Corvette

The original Corvette Grand Sports stalked racetracks in the 1960s, but the name went dormant until it was revived in 1996 for the final year of the C4-generation Corvette. With a 30-hp bump over stock and the wider wheels and tires of the mighty ZR-1-and the bulging fenders to match-that Grand Sport also sported a pair of fender hash stripes like those on the original race car, and it established the blueprint for production Grand Sport models going forward. For 2010, Chevrolet created another Grand Sport around the sixth-generation Corvette using the suspension and wider rolling stock from the Z06. And now the seventh-generation Corvette gains a Grand Sport option this summer for the 2017 model year.

Indeed, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport adopts the strategy of borrowing suspension components and wider wheels and tires from a burlier variant and mixing them with the standard V-8 engine option. Just as the C6 Grand Sport got fat fenders, wider wheels and tires, and a sportier suspension tune designed to offer Corvette Z06-levels of handling in a more affordable package, so, too, does the C7 variant.

Wider is Better
Chevrolet bolts to the '17 Grand Sport the current Z06's cooling systems, wider rear fenders, and a look-alike grille. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wear Z06-fitment 285/30 and 335/25 Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The regular Corvette's optional Magnetic Ride Control adjustable dampers come standard, as do specially tuned anti-roll bars and front and rear transverse composite leaf springs. The GS's brakes are in-betweeners, with 14-inch front rotors and 13.4-inch rears being larger than the Corvette Stingray's (even those on the optional Z51 performance package) but smaller than those on the Z06. Brembo six-piston calipers squeeze the front rotors, while four-piston units clamp the rears. Finally, the Stingray Z51's electronically controlled rear differential is standard.

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Source: Alexander Stoklosa, Car & Driver

Submitted by Phil Ellison

C5 Turns 700,000 Miles

Last year, owner Mark claimed to have racked up 650,000 miles on his 2000 Chevrolet Corvette. Since then, we've started wondering just how far this car would go, and as of June 2016 the original owner of this original-engine 5 appears to be close to 710,000 miles!

The updates Mark has offered up are pretty concise, stating only that his car is on its first engine and second transmission. Though if anyone reading has the Carfax app, Florida plate "770NRT" might yield a little more history!

The video he posted back in 2015 when he crested 650,000 miles includes a quick clip of the exhaust note which sounds a little rough to me, but perhaps one of our C5 fanatic readers can diagnose the engine's condition more astutely.

Regardless, three times the distance to the moon is impressive mileage to put on anything. I can't even imagine how many hours of seat time he would have had to invest to hit over 40,000 miles a year!

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Source: Andrew Collins, Jalopnik

Submitted by Phil Ellison

C4 Corvette May Involve Girlfriends Flashing Truckers

We already got more than 500 responses from you to the question of daily driving a cheap C4 Corvette, and here's some first-hand experience on what's it like to live with one of these beasts.

For starters, let's go back in time a bit to see what it was like to hoon a C4 in period, driving it to school and back in 1994. The microphone goes to Justin, who still has the keys:

I owned an '87 C4 Corvette as my daily driver while a Junior in High School in Michigan in 1994. It was a black 4+3 that I bought with 20k miles. I loved that car to death and went through tires like you wouldn't believe.

I was 17 and was one of the first in my class to get a car. I used to slide it sideways through McDonalds and do burnouts in the drive thru. I went way faster than I should have down some of central Michigan's back roads and to this day I still wonder how I didn't put it into a tree and 100+.

I fit 7 people in that car one night, 4 girls in the hatch in the back and a friend with his girlfriend on his lap in the front. Our journey only lasted 5 miles as I blew a tire from the added weight.

The car had some intricacies that only a mid-80's Corvette could have. Like the windshield wipers would pop off and slap the windshield at anything over 70 mph. I loved to drive with the roof off but that meant I had to have the windows all the way down as well cause the car would buffet with them up and it you just slightly cracked them then the windows themselves would buffet.

The roof was quick to put on as long as you were parked on a flat surface but if the car was even tweaked just a little...as I learned after 2 hours of bitching, swearing, and throwing the wrench...the top will not fit.

I drove the car to Sandusky Ohio with my girlfriend at the time who loved standing up out of the roof and flashing the truckers on the highway. On the same trip, we had a can of paint fall off the back of a truck and splash the entire hood of the car. We made it to a car wash in a little town off the highway to wash it off before it dried.

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Source: Mate Petrany - Jalopnik

Submitted by Phil Ellison

End Of An Era

1967 was the last year of the "mid year" C2 Corvettes, as the 1963 through 1967 models were known. The styling that shook the world in 1963 had proved itself everywhere, including critical praise and a sales volume that would not quit. Every model year saw a sales increase through 1966; Things cooled down for 1967 in part because it was known that a new body style would be introduced in 1968.

For all cars, 1967 would be a pivotal year. Safety and smog requirements would become the law starting in 1968 and the new regulations would affect performance cars profoundly.

Big blocks continued to be the way to go for Corvette purchasers in 1967; of the five engine options available, four were 427 cu. in. displacement. Multiple carburetors were the secret on the L68 (400 hp, production quantity: 2,101 (9.16%), $306) and L71 (435 hp, production quantity: 3,754 (16.36%), $437) motors. They had been used with great success in the Pontiac GTO but a GM corporate ban caused them to disappear from the Pontiac. Corvette was exempted however and three 2 bbl. Holly carburetors (below) were mounted on top of an aluminum manifold. The center carb was used in normal operation; above 2000 RPM the front and rear units kicked in. Good fuel economy was part of the bargain since only one carburetor was in use most of the time.

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Source: The Corvette Story

Submitted by Phil Ellison

When is that Corvette beyond restoration?

While thoughts of finding a long-neglected 'Vette for a bargain price may keep legions of enthusiasts awake at night, making that car whole might cause nightmares. Should it be restored to factory-original spec or turned into a nice weekend driver - or perhaps given a restomod makeover?

The solution to that multi-dimensional puzzle depends on many factors. Condition is a primary concern, including how much of the original equipment, perhaps now rare and costly, remains. The finished car's potential value bears consideration too.

Werner Meier, of Masterworks Automotive in Madison Heights, Mich., is attuned to the tradeoffs involved. Having resuscitated countless Chevy Corvettes, Meier has a dozen or more restoration projects underway in his shop on any given day. He has hard-earned and well-informed opinions when it comes to making an old 'Vette whole again.

"You will usually do best by going back to stock," Meier said. "If you put a crate motor and aftermarket wheels in a classic Vette, it will be worth less to the purist."

Meier notes that prices paid for restomods - customized and hot-rodded cars with visual appeal - can be misleading. "Restomods that sell for $200,000 may be the result of a $400,000 investment," he said.

But that doesn't mean that a concours restoration is the only solution, Meier added. Often, a completed car's finished value doesn't justify the work's price, and a well-worn Corvette can often be resurrected as a stylish cruiser for far less than the cost of a full restoration.

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Source: Paul Stenquist - Hagerty

Submitted by Phil Ellison

A 48-year journey with a 1961 Corvette

"If there was a good Corvette in the paper, it was gone in a day," said Burton Hall. In 1967's spring and summer, Hall combed the local North Jersey newspaper classified ads for Corvettes daily. Today, he still owns the '61 he purchased that year.

While pursuing his dream 'Vette, Hall attended the Newark College of Engineering (today New Jersey Institute of Technology), and also worked two jobs: delivering for a Chicken Delight franchise in Teaneck, N.J. and selling paint at Sears. He owned an MGA but, like many young men at the time, badly wanted a Corvette.

His curiosity piqued when a 1961 model advertised remained in the paper for three days. He and his father paid a visit and found the Honduras Maroon and white 'Vette had no problems, just an owner who refused to budge from his $1,300 asking price. The car's dual four-barrel, 283-ci V-8 was coupled to a four-speed and 4.11-geared Positraction axle. It was a solid go-fast recipe, if a bit high-revving on the highway.

Hall had $1,200, and no amount of negotiating - even offering to take the car without the hardtop - would secure the 'Vette. To close the deal he borrowed $100 from a friend.

"I didn't even have money left over for gas," he said. "I paid my friend back the next week, and the Corvette has been the history of my life since."

That history can be seen in the car's service records, which verify 250,000-plus miles, and in a patina that could only come from the original paint and interior. Hall put on the deep-dish Keystone wheels in 1968 but kept the original Vette hubcaps.

"The Keystones have a three-inch offset, so the car looks visually stronger with the wheels kicked out to the corners," Hall said. The Keystones came with spinner-style center caps, or at least two of them did.

"For the next 40 years, that would be the Holy Grail to find at any car swap meet," he said. He finally found one more wheel, and then two years ago, a friend called from a swap meet at Charlotte Motor Speedway while looking at a pair.

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Source: Jim Koscs - Hagerty

Submitted by Phil Ellison

Maine man reunited with Corvette

Edward Chaisson was 19-years-old when he saw it on a car lot in southeastern Massachusetts: A red 1984 Chevy Corvette.

The Quincy, Mass. native bought it for $7,500 in 1995. He drove it a year before joining the Air Force and placed it in storage. It moved from one place to another, and eventually he sold it.

"When I was a kid in high school, these cars were it - they were the car you had to have," Chaisson, now a York, Maine resident, said Friday. Driving it, he said, "was like riding on rails. You couldn't ask for anything better."

He's since had five Corvettes, he said, but never forgot his first because of the sentimental value.

But thanks to some sleuthing and an anonymous tip, Chaisson tracked the Corvette down to a North Bennington barn and bought it this month for a second time.

He was working as a tow-truck driver, he said, when it came onto a Hanover, Mass. car dealership's lot.

"It was a Florida car - a couple drove it from Cape Cod every year," he said. "The top was faded and it needed a paint job."

He drove it for a year, he said, before he joined the air force. The car moved from one garage to another as he was stationed 3,500 miles away. He sold it in 2000.

"I was a punk kid, but this started making me a grown man," he said. He had to make car payments so his mom, the cosigner, wouldn't kill him. And he credits that responsibility to be one reason he went back to get a high school diploma.

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Source: Battleboro Reformer; Edward Damon

Submitted by Phil Ellison

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