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The next generation Corvette should arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model, and today the front end of the new ‘Vette has been leaked thanks to a General Motors supplier.
Ever wonder what it takes to get ready for one of the most rigorous races in the world? Corvette Racing is releasing a five-part video series giving enthusiasts an inside look at the team as it gets ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The C2 Stingray features an accident-free fiberglass body crafted by Corvette Restorations AZ. Along with the immaculate body, a couple of bolt-ons were added to make it more aggressive and functional, while the fenders were shaped to perfectly frame the 18-inch Foose Nitrous Thrust wheels.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is heading into its final year of production, signifying a highly successful seven year production run.
As it prepares to be replaced, the American automaker is giving the C6 ‘Vette a new paint shade, Night Race Blue. The Night Race Blue is a classy shade of blue which will complement the existing Supersonic Blue Metallic and Carlisle Blue Metallic that is currently being offered.
Buyers of the 2013 Corvette will also get to choose between four Black Painted aluminum wheel choices, instead of the Competition Gray that was offered in years prior. Choices include a 5-spoke in 18- or 19-inch sizes, the Grand Sport in 18- or 19-inch, the Spider design will come in 18- or 19-inch, and the ZR1-styled wheel will be offered in 19- or 20-inch.
With the new paint and wheel combos certain to make the 2013 ‘Vette a looker, we’ll have to suffer with these grainy photos for now.
2013 Corvette Wheels
Blowing candles out on a birthday cake seems like an age-old tradition, but who would have thought a car could do it? When one of America’s most famous sports car turned 60, Chevrolet decided to give it its candles to blow out.
The American automaker took a Corvette 427 Convertible out to the track that acted as a giant birthday cake and lit 60 candles along the pavement. A driver piloted the 7.0-liter Corvette – the same engine found in the Z06 – with 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque as it made its way around the course, blowing out its candles along the way.
Weighting in at 3,355 lbs, the Corvette 427 Convertible hits 60-mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed over 190-mph.
Watch the video after the break.
The late Paul Newman will be remembered by automotive enthusiasts worldwide, though perhaps in varying ways by different people.
Whether it was being a friend and rival to Steve McQueen, or racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Barbour’s Porsche 935, or being the oldest driver at age 70 to be part of a winning team in a major sanctioned race, Newman paved a rich heritage of motorsports throughout his life.
And now the same 700-hp, 346-cubic inch V8-powered 2002 Chevrolet Corvette that Newman won his last SCCA race at Lime Rock in has fetched $275,000 at the RM Auctions in Amelia Island. The Corvette was just recently rebuilt, re-bodied and repainted, and numbered 83 for Newman’s age prior to the auction. It was originally built by Riley & Scott for Tom Gloy’s 2002 Trans Am season.
Newman’s list of accolades ran long, including 55 mainstream acting awards, winning an Academy Award for best actor in 1986 and being well-known for his “Newman’s Own” food company which donates all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of July 2011, those donations had exceeded $300-million.
GALLERY: Paul Newman’s 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car
Collector’s editions are always nice to have, especially when quantities are limited. When it’s the last of a generation of iconic Chevrolet Corvette models, and only 190 were made… it’s an even bigger deal.
Up for sale is the 330-hp, LT4-equipped Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, produced back in 1996 to celebrate the outgoing of the Corvette’s C4 model. This collectible Grand Sport features the Admiral Blue and Arctic White Grand Sport trim and the unique red interior, that makes it even rarer.
This particular vehicle is number-709 and has 19,380 miles on the odometer with a price tag of $55,900. It’s also one of 53 that got the red leather interior.
Under the hood is the LT4 small block from GM with 330-hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, which is respectable today – but was the king back in 1996. A six-speed manual transmission is mated to the LT4 and this particular vehicle is one of 118 Grand Sport Convertibles with the F45 adjustable suspension system.
The Corvette sports 17-inch A-mold wheels that are resemble the five-spoke design found on the ZR-1. Wrapping them are staggered 255/45/17 front Goodyear Eagle F1s while the rear has a much wider 285/40/17 setup.
True Corvette collectors shouldn’t need to look much farther than this for their next purchase. This Grand Sport Convertible is not only rare, but has been kept in pristine condition making it an easy buy to justify.
Watch a video on the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible below.
GALLERY: 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
[Source: RK Motors]
As if winning Super Bowl XLVI and becoming the MVP of the game wasn’t enough, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was also handed the keys to a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition.
The MVP Award winner was chosen through a media panel and fan vote on www.superbowl.com during the game, and those that watched the events unfold during the big game probably knew the younger Manning would be MVP once the game was over and the Giants had won. Now he’ll get to enjoy the 6.2L V8 with 436-hp and 424 lb-ft of torque in a limited, black-on-black Centennial edition model to celebrate 100 years of Chevrolet history.
Those who watched the post-game ceremony probably got a good laugh at how Manning didn’t seem to really acknowledge that he had won a car. In fact, the announcer had to reiterate a couple of times just to get Manning’s attention to hand him over the keys. But we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt; considering he just won his second Super Bowl, proved he was an elite quarterback and, well, probably didn’t care too much about the Corvette.
GALLERY: Eli Manning / Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
The first ever 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible went for a hot $600,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. Sporting VIN #001, the convertible sports car was sold to Ron Pratte, a multi-millionaire who made his fortunes from wood framing and concrete foundations.
When the ‘Vette first hit the auction block, it caused a bidding frenzy quickly jumping up to over $200,000 when things started to die down. Then Jeff Gordon decided to make it more enticing by adding in his own racing suit and a VIP trip to the 2012 Daytona 500. The final $600,000 sale price wasn’t even the best part, as Eddie Vannoy added another $100,000 donation to the price of the car, which is going towards the AARP Drive for Hunger charity.
The Corvette 427 features an LS7 engine from the Z06 with 505-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It’s the most powerful engine ever placed into a Corvette convertible. It’s also outfitted with several carbon fiber pieces in order to save some pounds, with the convertible weighing in at 3,555-lbs. Its 0-60 mph time is a scant 3.8-seconds while it can clock the quarter mile in just 11.8-seconds.
GALLERY: Corvette 427 Convertible
When the Chevy Corvette celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2003, many enthusiasts were hoping for a special edition model to be released. Chevrolet for the most part failed to deliver, only offering a version with custom paint and an emblem package. The aftermarket decided to take things into their own hands, coming up with a limited edition appearance package that commemorated the 50th anniversary.
Developed by Advanced Automotive Technologies out in Rochester Mills, Michigan, a 1953 Commemorative Edition appearance package features retro C1 styling with a then-new generation C5 Vette – in this case, a 2001 model. Only seven total C5 Z06s got converted, and this is one of them. In total, only 200 of the 1953 Commemorative Edition packages made it onto C5s worldwide.
Packed with 405-hp, this very hard-to-find creation sports only 8,049-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $69,900. Other than the retro-styled appearance package, most everything is what you’d expect on a C5 Z06, so no huge surprises under the hood or inside the cabin except that it’s all immaculate. Nonetheless, the aesthetics are what makes this car so unique, with it completely torn down to everything but its doors and roofs for the remake.
The fiberglass panels for the 1953CE kit were aligned to factory perfection before the entire body got resprayed Torch Red. To complete the transformation, new lights and red metal accents were added to the car. The result is a retro-style Vette with modern technology under the hood and a modern body to preserve it for many years to come.
Check out a video highlighting the car after the break.
GALLERY: Corvette Z06 1953 Commemorative Edition
[Source: RK Motors]