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Coming this fall, 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 Reveal

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Coming this fall, GM will reveal the “all-new” 2023 C8 Corvette Z06. Other than this brief announcement we are left guessing at any more details.

But there is more, there is a possibility and speculation of an all-electric C8 out there. The hint to this is that GM has said it will introduce 30 new EVs by 2025. It has only revealed a handful so far, and there are a lot of spy shots of at least a hybrid C8 in the wings also.

Chevrolet released a short video teasing the new 2023 Z06 and the fall date for the full reveal. It features the roar of the engine from the driver’s viewpoint. Watch and listen to […]

California Smog Check Cracking Down On Third Party Software tunes

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We have heard that this was coming, but now according to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the California Smog Check website, “Beginning July 19, 2021, vehicles with software not provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or approved through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) will fail Smog Check. Before your vehicle will pass a Smog Check, you must have the vehicle’s software restored to the OEM or EO approved software version. Once the software is restored, have your vehicle reinspected by a licensed Smog Check station. Note that vehicles initially directed to a STAR or Referee station must return to the same station type to complete the inspection process.”

The California Air […]

We Know About The 2023 C8 Z06

We Know About The 2023 C8 Z06

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More and more rumors keep coming out about the C8 Z06, so I would like to do a roundup on what we know at this time. GM has not done any type of announcement to date, so nothing is in stone yet.

Power: a 5.5-liter naturally aspirated V-8 providing power to the rear wheels. The motor is derived from the same motor that powers the Corvette Racing C8.R, and winning on the racetrack. The motor will have the LT6 moniker and features dual overhead camshafts and flat-plane crankshaft allowing a red-line of around 9000 rpm! It is expected to produce 617hp. All this power will be mated […]

Tadge Juechter Says No C8 Aftermarket Tune For You

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Corvette Executive Chief Engineer, Tadge Juechter, Says GM will not allow aftermarket tuners access to the C8 onboard computers

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Corvette has always been a car aftermarket tuners love to extract more horsepower out of, but the C8 is making this much harder. When the C8 specs were announced stating that it would have the General Motors’ Global B architecture as the backbone electronic […]

Early Electrics Class at the 70th Pebble Beach Concours

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A Name Sparked a Grandson’s Search for Family History and Cars

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Also Showcased are Thomas Alva Edison’s Rauch & Lang, a Baker Electric that Served Four Presidential Administrations, a Well-Traveled Bailey, a Milburn and Two Columbias.

Even as a boy, Richard Riker knew that his name had meaning. Back in the late […]

Z06 Reportedly Delayed

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C8 Z06 May Be Delayed Again

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As popular as the current C8 has been, there are a lot of people on the side lines with deposits waiting for the Z06 variant. Unfortunately, these customers will have to wait another year, as GM Authority is reporting the hotter Z06 has been delayed. According to their sources, the car was originally set to arrive in the second half of […]

Low Mileage Collector Car Sales are Hot

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I don’t know if you have been to any of the auctions lately, or watched them on TV, but the collector market is very strong right now.

Just this last weekend, Barrett-Jackson held its annual Las Vegas Auction and hit another record with $48 Million in Sales. Among the notable collector cars sold during the three-day auction were a 2015 McLaren P1 which sold for $1,567,500, and a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that brought in $1,045,000.

But it was not just the super high-end cars hitting new highs, as more than 700 vehicles were sold for a total of over $46 million. And then there were the 284 pieces of automobilia that brought in over $884,000, and […]

C8 Z06 May Be Delayed Again

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Since the C8 was first announced in 2019, rumors immediately started flowing about the future C8’s variants that would be coming down the road.

The first performance/Track Ready variant that was expected to hit the market was the Z06. All the rumors suggested it would be announced along with the 2022 market year C8, and with vehicles arriving in the second half of 2022, but we may have to wait a bit longer for it.

According to GM Authority, the Z06 has been delayed until the 2023 model year. The report does not say whether this delay will push back the other variants, but that seems likely, as Chevy is very unlikely to want to announce two different high performance model options during […]

GM Stops Accepting New Orders For 2021 C8

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According to a letter to dealerships, Chevrolet has cut allocation and will not be accepting any more orders for the 2021 model year C8. The letter states “General Motors has had to make an adjustment in the number of Corvette Stingrays available for the 2021 model year.”

With all the production stoppages during the 2021 C8 build, GM had only two options, 1) stick with the original end date for the 2021 model year, or 2) push the start date for the 2022 out and keep building the 2021 model. Closing order books and limiting production of the C8 to only orders that are already booked with an accepted status.

Customers […]

2021 C8 Production Halt Extended by Another Week

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For over two years now, Chevrolet has had problems producing one of the most in demand Corvettes. First it was design issues, then a union strike, and when they finally came to an agreement, Covid hit. And Covid is still causing issues with suppliers leading up to this recent stoppage.

GM initially announced a shutdown for the week of May 24th to May 31st over a parts supply issue that isn’t related to the worldwide microchip shortage, but the pause has now been extended through the week of May 31st, 2021. We are not sure what the shortage is, as GM is not willing to mention what parts are hindering the Corvette’s production.

These delays […]

C8 Corvette set to take on European Rivals

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The C8 Corvette has already taken on the best of the best super cars the world has to offer and done extremely well against them. According to GM, now it will take them on on their own turf.

Last year GM announced that the C8 would start shipping to Europe in the second half of 2021, and they recently reconfirmed that it will indeed arrive in European showrooms in October.

This will be the first time in Corvette history that both a left-hand drive and right-hand drive will be built by Chevrolet. The bad news is that every car shipped out of the US is one less for the US market.

Euro-spec […]

1988 254.76mph Corvette For Sale

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Record-Breaking ’88 Callaway Corvette ‘Project Sledgehammer’

Record-Breaking ’88 Callaway Corvette ‘Project Sledgehammer’ Is up for Auction.

Reeves Callaway‘s company partnered with General Motors in 1986 to produce a TwinTurbo version of the Corvette. GM assigned the project RPO B2K and Callaway cars were sold by Chevrolet dealers worldwide. 510 cars were hand built by Callaway Cars in Connecticut. It was important for the Corvette to establish top speed bragging rights when car magazines of the day used top speed shoot-outs as a way of awarding the title of Fastest in the Land.

Callaway embarked on Project Sledgehammer to win each of those events every year. Callaway engineers emphasized normal every-day drivability in a car that could attain 250 miles an […]

Your Guide to Pebble Beach Automotive Week

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Get ready to start your engines! This August we welcome you back to Pebble Beach Automotive Week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 15, 2021.

 
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18th time Corvette has Paced Indy 500

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For the 18th time in race history, Chevrolet Corvette will serve as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and model. The 2021 race marks the 32nd time for Chevrolet since it first paced back in 1948, and the 18th time since the first Corvette paced the race back in 1978.

This time, and not since 2008, it will be a convertible Corvette that will lead the 33-car field. “The Chevrolet team is privileged every time we’re invited to pace the Indianapolis 500,” said Steve Majoros, Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing. “We are confident the track-capable Corvette Stingray Convertible will catch every race fan’s […]

Lego Corvette Speed Champions C8.R & C3 Set

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Lego has announced a new Corvette Speed Champions set that includes a Corvette Racing C8.R and a 1968 C3 Corvette. While neither Corvette is totally representative of the vehicle on which they are based, the C8.R is close enough, while the C3 needs a bit more imagination to figure out what it is. The hood emblem on the C3 helps to identify the model, while the design and stickers included with the C8.R, make it very easy to identify.

The set comes with 512 pieces and will allow the purchaser to build both cars. The reported MSRP is $48.

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Corvette Museum $12 million expansion

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Architect’s rendering of planned Two-Story, 30,000-square-foot, addition to the National Corvette Museum

Opened in 1994, as an educational tribute to America’s sports car, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky has outgrown its 115,000-square-foot building.

With more than 80 Corvettes from every era since 1953 on rotating display, one-of-a-kind concept vehicles rarely if ever before seen by the public, automotive memorabilia, informative films, educational exhibits, historical displays, a library and archives, Derek E. Moore, director of collections at the museum, says that “This expansion will give the museum the opportunity to tell more of Corvette’s stories than ever before. When the museum opened, we were only in the fourth generation of Corvette and since then we have seen another four generations of America’s […]

Jay Leno talks about his 1999 Corvette

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Corvette Mike did some mods on this 1999 for Jay

Jay Leno shares the backstory and talks about why he loves his 1999 Corvette in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. For between $15k and $20k, you can pick up one the best performance bargains of the century!

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The 2021 Corvette Dream Giveaway is underway and it’s your chance to win a 2021 […]

Pebble Beach Concours Pays Tribute to Lamborghini Countach

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2021 Exhibit Highlights Evolution from Early Production Prototype to Last Car Built

 

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.  (April 15, 2021) — Ferruccio Lamborghini was never content to rest on success. With the 1966 debut of the P400 concept for his Miura, he set forth the very definition of a “supercar.” Yet just five years later, in 1971, he unveiled an even more radical concept—the low and crisply creased LP500, complete with soon-to-be-signature scissor doors.

The name for this car is an exclamation of wonder in the local Piedmontese dialect of Italy: “Countach!”

To mark the 50th anniversary of this jaw-dropping concept, the forthcoming 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, to be held on Sunday August 15 on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, will showcase some of the most important […]

Corvette Sales Dominate Premium Sports Cars Market During Q1 2021

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Q1 2021 Premium Sports Cars Market Sales.(top 8 cars)

The C8 Corvette sales in the U.S. during Q1 2021 dominated the Premium Sports Cars Market. The Corvette outsold all other rivals combined (6,611 sold), including the Porsche 911 (2,782 sold), Porsche 718 (1,506 sold), Mercedes-AMG GT (1,212 sold), Mercedes-Benz SL (311 sold), Mercedes-Benz SLC (198 sold), Audi R8 (148 sold), Nissan GT-R (50 sold), Ford GT (33 sold), Acura NSX (17 sold), and BMW i8 (8 sold). These sales figures build on the similarly impressive figures in Q3 2020 as well as Q4 2020. During both quarters, the Corvette accounted for over 50 percent segment share.

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Corvette Mike & Max @ Barrett-Jackson

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Max, Corvette Mike, & the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction – Car Collector Video – Max the Cranky Puppet.

Max proposes a partnership with Corvette Mike (the Leader of the Pack) and accidentally buys a $425K Corvette at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale, 2021.

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Win a 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette

This limited Edition C8 Corvette is a modern-day tribute to the Briggs Cunningham 1960 Corvette that became the first Corvette ever to win its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This special edition […]

As of March 25, GM Stopped taking New C8 Orders

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General Motors is no longer accepting new orders from dealerships for the 2021 Corvette, the automaker announced this week.

With demand for the C8 Corvette through-the-roof and the automaker experiencing several production stoppages this year, Chevy has been forced to close the order books for the 2021 model year. It will open for new orders for the 2022 C8 in early July.

The 2021 C8 started production on December 11th, 2020, so the early closing of the orders and switching over to the new 2022 will make 2021 model another limited production year.

We still don’t know what all the changes will be for the 2022 C8, but if the rumor mill is accurate, there will be at least one new […]

1967 L88 Sells at Mecum Auctions

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This rare 1 of 20 1967 Corvette L88 comes from Corvette Mike’s collection and this one has the distinction of being the only one offered in Sunfire Yellow. It is the only 1967 L88 Coupe with its all original and highly documented motor, and Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight Award, a Triple Diamond Award winner, and then to top off all these coveted awards, it is the only 1967 L88 Coupe with a Duntov Mark Of Excellence Award!

The  hammer price was $2.45 million, and with the buyer’s commission, the final price to bring home this rare “holy grail” Corvette was $2,695,000.

This Sunfire Yellow L88 becomes the fourth C2 L88 to sell in recent years for over two million dollars. It’s […]

2021 High-Wing Spoiler Coming April 8th

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The High-Wing option was only briefly offered during the 2020 model year, and is coming back to the C8 starting on April 8th, according to GM Authority. The dealer-installed accessory, which is available in no fewer than five finishes, will cost you $995 plus installation.

The option code 5ZZ “gives your vehicle a more aggressive look” or so says the online description. There is no mention of downforce, but we do know the high wing offers a little less drag than the Z51 Performance Package spoiler.

The High-Wing Spoiler is designed to fit Z51 models pre-drilled holes, and is sold with four M6 bolts, two M6 nuts, two temporary locating pins, a template, a solvent package, and installation instructions. The required tools list […]

C8.R Going to 24 Hours of Le Mans

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COVID-19 played havoc on the C8 Corvette in many ways, and participation in the 2020 24 Hours of La Mans was one of them.

Corvette Racing, with the C8.R, has been unstoppable this year with the latest 1st and 2nd place win at the Daytona Rolex 24, in the GTLM class. This was the fourth time in its history, Corvette Racing stood on the top step of the podium in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The two Corvettes combined lead 716 of the 770 laps.

The 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans is currently scheduled for Aug. 21-22, and according to the official entry list published by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), and FIA World Endurance […]

Base Price of C8 Increased by $1,000

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When Chevrolet brought out the 2021 Corvette, they did it without a price increase, but as of March 1, the base price of all C8 models have increased by $1,000. That means the new base price for a Corvette is $60,995. It also means Chevy can no longer advertise the C8 as a sub-$60,000 sports car.

Autoblog reached out to GM and got this statement: “The MSRP of the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible at all trim levels will increase by $1,000 beginning March 1. We monitor and adjust pricing on all our products regularly, and we’re confident the Corvette remains a winning formula of performance and attainability.” Orders inputted, and marked as SOLD, […]

C8 Demand Still High and Not Slowing Down Soon

Corvette Mike’s Thundering Thursday | Volume 8-25 • February 25, 2021

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It has been about a year now since the first C8 Corvette got delivered to its lucky owner, and the demand is just as strong today as it was back then. In normal times, the waiting list would be down to weeks, not over a year, and dealer markups would be a thing of the past.

But these are not normal times. At first, it was the month-long strike at the factory that cased a delay in the launch of the C8. Then just as the factory started producing, Covid hit shutting the plant down for another 7 weeks. Since then, the production was stopped even more times because of supplier issues. Because of these issues, the 2020 […]

C8 From Lot to Customer Averages Just 10 Days

Corvette Mike’s Thundering Thursday | Volume 8-24 • February 18, 2021

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We know the C8 is a very fast car but is also the quickest car to leave the dealership lot and into the buyer’s garage. In January, the C8 mid-engine Corvette lasted just 10 days on the lot on average. Even though the C8 has been available for close to a year now, the demand is still extremely high, and the wait list is still almost a yearlong at most dealers.

A recently published study from ISeeCars.com found that the C8 lasted just an average of 10 days at dealerships before being delivered, and some of this time may be because of dealer prep. In addition, the average sales price for the car was $84,689, which is not […]

New Details About C8 Variants Emerge

Corvette Mike’s Thundering Thursday | Volume 8-23 • February 11, 2021

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We all know that Chevrolet would not sit on their laurels, and the news coming out today proves this to be true. The rumors are talking turbochargers, flat-plane cranks, hybrid powertrains, and even a full EV version!

First to be announced will be the Z06, maybe a 2022 release! It will come with a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V-8, producing around 620hp and be able to rev all the way to 9,000 rpm.

The very next year (2023) look for the ZR-1 to be announced. This may get the 5.5-liter flat-plane V-8 with two turbochargers bolted on. With the Turbos pumping air into the 5.5L V8, it should be producing around 840hp!

By 2023 we will […]

C8 Production Stops Due to Supplier Problems

Corvette Mike’s Thundering Thursday | Volume 8-22 • February 4, 2021

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The C8 has been plagued with production problems from the first day and just can’t seem to get a break.

Production of the 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is, once again, shut down. This is now the fourth time General Motors has pressed pause on production of the C8. In a statement, Chevrolet said that “Due to a temporary parts supply issue, we can confirm that Bowling Green Assembly will not run production the week of February 1. Our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production, and we expect the plant to resume normal operations on Monday, February 8.”

This is not just a GM issue, […]

C8’s Are Not Just for Kids

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Volume 8-21 • January 28, 2021

C8’s Are Not Just for Kids

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You may have been reading how the new C8 Corvette has been attracting a much younger group of buyers, and this may be true, but the new Mid-Engined Corvette is not just for kids, as Chuck Cook will tell you.

Cook is not new to Corvettes, as he has owned 3 before buying his 4th for his 90th birthday; a shinny new Torch Red C8 Coupe. “This is my birthday present to myself,” Cook said to local Florida newspaper Daily Commercial. “I’ve owned Corvettes since 1981 when I bought my first one. This makes my fourth one in my lifetime. I can’t wait until the pandemic is over so I can get this to […]

Breaking News from Kissimmee Florida

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Volume 8-20 • January 21, 2021

Breaking News from Kissimmee Florida

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Mecum just held its large Kissimmee auction, and the top seller was a triple Black L88, selling for $2,500,000! This is great news for Corvette community and collectors worldwide.

The 1967 L88 Corvette is the best of the best in terms of performance when it comes to the second generation. They featured a high-performance 427-cid big block engine mated to a heavy duty M22 ‘Rock Crusher’ 4-speed manual transmission and nearly every race ready option GM had to offer. Its ultra-high-performance engine pumped out over 500-horsepower, and the transmission was nearly unbreakable. Suspension components were as heavy-duty as was ever put in a GM car and there was no need for a […]

Guinness World Record for Chevrolet Memorabilia

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Volume 8-19 • January 14, 2021

Guinness World Record for Chevrolet Memorabilia

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We all love Corvettes, but there is one man that seems to have taken the collection of Corvette memorabilia to a new level. Charles, got his first Corvette collectable at the ripe old age of 2, a 1959 pedal car, but now just has a photo of it!

Charles currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Chevrolet memorabilia. He owns more than 2,000 miniature Corvettes, from over 100 manufacturers like Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Franklin Mint, etc., and without one duplicate, as well as Corvette-themed posters, soda cans, salt and pepper shakers, nail clippers, stuffed animals, and his favorite, a bobblehead of Betty Boop driving a Corvette. He also drives a 2005 blue […]

C8 Convertibles Wanted!

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Volume 8-18 • January 7, 2021

C8 Convertibles Wanted!

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C8 Earns Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy Award

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The awards for the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette continue to grow. The most recent was from Motor Authority declaring the C8 Corvette “Best Car To Buy 2021”! They tested performance, luxury, and electric vehicles to find the car they thought was the best of the best to buy and drive.

Some of their editors thought the redesigned mid-engine Corvette was a shoo-in, but Editorial Director Marty Padgett challenged them to expand our definition of performance for the EV evolution underway. The Ford Mustang […]

Happy New Year’s from the Corvette Mike Team!

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Volume 8-17 • December 30, 2020

Happy New Year’s From the Corvette Mike Team

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Salute to Performance – L88 “The Best of the Best”

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For those of you new to the Corvette collector hobby, the L88 was a special option package developed under the direction of Zora Arkus-Duntov, director of GM’s performance division.

First introduced in 1967, the L88 Corvette featured a highly modified version of Chevy’s 427-cubic-inch V-8 engine. Although this engine received a factory horsepower rating of 430, actual engine output was somewhere between 540 and 580 horsepower, giving the “stock” L88 enough power to run a quarter-mile in the high-11-second […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CORVETTE MIKE TEAM

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Volume 8-16 • December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas From the Corvette Mike Team

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GM extends warranty coverage for C7 Z06

GM issued a document to dealers this week indicating it had implemented the new extended warranty coverage on 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 model year C7 Corvette Z06 models. The document says these vehicles “may have a condition where the vehicle may overheat and enter a reduced power mode when driven on a track at sustained high speeds in high ambient temperatures.”

The special coverage looks to address this issue and “covers the condition described above for a period of 7 years or 72,000 miles, which occurs first, from the date the vehicle was original placed in service, regardless of ownership.” The document also indicates that vehicle owners or lessees […]

C8 Going Hybrid

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As we have previously reported to you, Chevrolet will be releasing a new hybrid-electric variant of the C8 Corvette, titled the “E-Ray”. Unofficial reports suggest there will be an electric drive unit situated in the front cargo area of the car, and to power the electric motors, four 1.94 kWh batteries placed in the center of the C8.

It is estimated the peak power of the electric motors will be approximately 115hp and 111lb of torque and feed the front wheels. Performance is a focus and the electric motors will enable torque vectoring to the C8’s advance handling abilities. It is further reported that the E-Ray will not be able to drive on electric power only, but will complement the estimated to be 600 horsepower V8 sitting in the middle of the car.

This hybrid supercar is also expected to have a slightly wider body than […]

Give the Gift of an Event to Remember – 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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We are gearing up for the 70th Celebration of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which is now scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021.    We can’t wait to celebrate great cars once again with great car people — like you!   

To mark our 70th Celebration, we will be featuring a wide array of our past Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show cars and reuniting all of the overall winners from the Pebble Beach Road Races. Additional features include: Pininfarina, Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, Porsche 917, Early Electric Cars, Iso Rivolta, Miller, and La Carrera Panamericana. And we even have another surprise or two in the works!  

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2021 C8 Production Delayed

2021 C8 Production Delayed

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We have just learned that Corvette production date of the 2021 C8 has been pushed back yet again. The new date is December 14th.

The 2021 C8 will be ringing in new options, including colors Red Mist Metallic Tincoat and Silver Flare Metallic. Customization options will include the FE2-code Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension without having to get the Z51 package for $995, dual racing stripes for $995, and a Stinger two-tone stripe for $500. Improvements in Apple Carplay and Android Auto have been made as well, including additional memory and enhanced voice recognition.

The Awards Keep Stacking Up

Motor Authority has just listed the 2021 Stingray in the top finalists for their “Best Car […]

2020 C8 Sales By The Numbers

C8 Production by the Numbers

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With all the problems 2020 dished out, Chevrolet did not let Corvette enthusiasts down with 2020 C8 production. Chevy was able to pump out a total of 20,368 C8’s, exceeding most people’s expectations.

What was a bit surprising to us is that Chevy was able to produce enough to even sell 1,791 to customers outside of the USA, including Canada, Mexico and even the Middle East.

Most buyers didn’t wish to skimp the luxury details as 3LT was the most favored trim purchased, selling an impressive 9,456 packages, followed by 2LT at 7,966 and 1LT selling 2,946. But the spending did not stop there with 76% of C8 buyers selecting the optional Z51 package and […]

JD Power Awards C7 “Lowest Depreciation”

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Last week, we shared the award the 2021 C8 received from Car & Driver. We have all known that the Corvette has been the benchmark for bang-for-the-buck performance sports car, but on top of the relative low cost of entry, your investment does not drop in value like a rock.

This week America’s favorite sports car got even more recognition, as JD Power has just published their annual estimated depreciation values for used cars. The 2017 C7 Corvette clutched number one spot for the “lowest depreciation” in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car category. The C7 boldly outshined other competitors, including the Porsche 911 and the Nissan GT-R.

“Our transaction database shows which models have the lowest depreciation costs, hence providing consumers with […]

Car and Driver’s 10 best cars & trucks

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Once again, the Chevrolet Corvette has made Car and Driver’s 10 best cars & trucks for 2021. The C8 not only made the list, but it also topped it!

With a base price of $59,995, about the same price of half-ton pickups and tarted-up Jeep Wranglers, the “Corvette is performance value for all time”. But this is not all. They go on to praise the C8 Stingray’s 100-mile commuting ease and it’s affordability, bringing in an impressive rating of 10/10.

C&D noted that the interior, long a Corvette afterthought, is well wrought in any trim, with supportive seats and expensive-looking switchgear, and the noteworthy storage for up to two golf club sets that can be placed into the back trunk, […]

C8 Production Idled Again

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Supply Issues Cause C8 Corvette Production Halt

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According to The Detroit News, Chevrolet is forced to, once again, pause production of the C8 Corvette for two days this Thursday and Friday due to a parts shortage from a supplier plant in Mexico.

Production is scheduled to resume on Monday, November 16th. It is estimated that this recent shutdown will prevent roughly 540 Corvettes from being built this week: further adding to the already plagued 2020 production. It has been reported that Chevrolet has built […]

Pebble Beach Concours Honors Its Historic Ties to Racing

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1950–2020: An Unmatched Tradition of Automotive Excellence

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Today We Remember How It All Began . . . Phil Hill’s Jaguar XK120 Retraces the Road to Its Historic First Victory

 

Seventy years back, on November 5, 1950, the first Pebble Beach Road Race took place — and the Pebble Beach Concours was born with it. To mark this historic event, we invited Derek Hill to retrace the old road race course driving the very same Jaguar XK120 that his father had driven to victory 70 years prior.

Mark Miller, who now owns that Jaguar, graciously loaned it to us. And thanks to our partnership […]

Dany Bahar’s Ares Design Coupe and Convertible

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So you think the C8 is not “Super Car” looking enough for you? Well the people over at Dany Bahar’s Ares Design seem to have agreed with you.

Originally headquartered in the Modena area, like Maserati and Pagani Automobili, Dany Bahar’s Ares Design has come up with what they are calling the S1 Project based on the C8 Corvette, a wild coupe dressed as a hypercar, and an even bolder speedster to chase Ferrari’s, Aston Martin’s, McLaren’s and Lamborghini’s.

Ares says that the S1 Project was inspired by the racing prototype designs of the 1970s and ’80s, resulting in a full carbon fiber exterior over C8 mechanicals that’s Compression Force Deflection (CFD) tested to be as aero efficient as a supercar should be. […]

Build & Price Configurator For 2021 C8

Build & Price Configurator For 2021 C8

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Chevrolet released the visualizer for the 2021 C8 last month for customers to play with. The website didn’t have the pricing, so speccing your future C8 would leave you drooling and wanting for the price.

Well we have great news, the pricing has now been added and you can now build and price the 2021 Corvette to your heart’s content.

Even though you can now spec out your new C8, you will still need to wait a while before your vehicle can be ordered, built and delivered. According to reports, the current waiting list is a whopping 18-months! This is due to the 2020 manufacturing issues, shutdowns, and demand.

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C8RR Rebody Kit for the C8 Coupe

C8RR Rebody Kit for the C8 Coupe

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As great looking as the C8 Coupe is, people are always going to want to tweak it to make it fit more to their idea of perfect. Competition Carbon is a company with a reputation of such tweaking and has unveiled a wild body kit for the C8 Corvette Coupe.

The wide body kit is known as the C8RR and transforms the looks with a custom bumper crafted with the factory headlights replaced with a couple of small light units in the center of the new bumper and LED daytime running lights just above the front air intakes. An aggressive new hood, flared front and rear wheel arches, bespoke side skirts, a distinctive rear diffuser, and to […]

C8 Production Stopped Again

C8 Production Stopped Again

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Chevrolet has been forced to stop the production of the C8 Corvette again. This time the problem is a temporary parts supply issue.

Chevrolet has had a hard time keeping the C8 line up and running since the start. First it was the 40-day strike, then COVID-19 caused an eight-week shutdown, and now a parts shortage.

The plant stoppage is expected to last all week and is scheduled to reopen on October 19th. GM didn’t specify what parts caused the stoppage in production, but said “our supply chain, manufacturing and engineering teams are working closely with our supply base to mitigate any further impact on production.” No other plants are affected so it is a Corvette specific […]

Corvette Racing Historian Jan Hyde on the Corvette Today Podcast

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Racing fans will want to pull up a chair for this next episode of the CORVETTE TODAY Podcast. Host Steve Garrett sits down with Jan Hyde of the Registry of Corvette Race Cars for a fun-filled discussion on Corvette race cars and the drivers and teams that helped lead the way from the early days all the way through today’s factory-backed efforts.

If you’re a fan of Corvette Racing and a Corvette historian at heart-don’t miss this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!!!! Steve Garrett sits down with Jan Hyde from the Registry of Corvette Racing. Jan extensively goes through the history of Corvette Racing-all the way back to 1953. Plus, Jan talks about his website (www.RegistryOfCorvetteRacing.com) and how you can enjoy and learn all about Corvette history and racing. Jan looks […]

China’s Plug-In Hybrid C1 Knockoff

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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China is well known for knocking off a good thing when they see it. When a Chinese car company by the name of Songsan decided to do the ultimate Plug-In Hybrid, their designers looked no further than the C1 Corvette. They named this “new” car the SS Dolphin.

It is not clear yet if/when this clone will be available in the US, or if it is just for the Chinese market, but it is clear they are targeting the younger retro market. It has been given a modern-day twist and features four circular LED headlights and a Corvette-inspired chrome grille. The model also has a chrome framed windshield and bumpers. A nice […]

GM Stops Delivery and Sales of C8

GM Stops Delivery and Sales of C8

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General Motors put out a widespread stop-sales and stop-delivery order to all dealers due to a brake sensor contamination issue. It looks like this recall will be repairable only at the dealer. The recall is caused because of contaminated material between a sensor and the brake boost system.

Cars that get affected by this issue can lose their electronic brake boost assist and may require extra brake pedal force to slow down and come to a stop. Also, if the computer sensors the issue, your speed may get limited as a safety precaution.

When a fix is found, owners with C8’s that are affected will be contacted directly by GM to schedule a fix. […]

Genovation’s GXE Electric Corvette Shatters Thunderhill World Record

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Genovation’s GXE Electric Corvette
Shatters Thunderhill

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Genovation has been building and refining the All Electric C7 Corvette for a few years now, setting records along the way.

The Genovation’s GXE boasts a pair of electric motors producing 800 hp (718 lb-ft of torque) mated to a seven-speed manual transmission, unlike most electric powered cars these days with a single-speed gearbox. And is Already the world’s fastest street-legal electric car at 211.8 mph.

As the world’s fastest street-legal electric car (for now), the GXE employs a pair of electric motors under the […]

Electric Lego Corvette ZR1

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Lego engineering at its finest

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Back in 2019, Lego added the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to its lineup, we knew people would turn it into an awesome work of art. But we never imagined one automotive enthusiast would take the stock Lego model to a completely new level.

The guy from the video above bought a 2019 Corvette ZR1 from Lego and added a fully functional electric powertrain consisting of a small DC electric motor and a four-speed manual gearbox. Yes, you can row your own gears on a Lego car.

In the video, […]

Restored 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Looks Great With Factory Sidepipes

This L71 car is rocking a 427 under the hood.

Corvette Mike Anaheim sells some of the coolest ‘Vettes you can find, and this beautiful 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L71 is a great example. This 1969 Corvette is packing a powerful punch with the L71 427 V8, but this restored C3 is highly original and is currently up for auction on Bring A Trailer.

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Just looking at the overall condition of this car, it isn’t hard to see why this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L71 earned the NCRS Top Flight award in 2014. Following an extensive frame-off restoration back in 2013, the Corvette retains its original style with a Fathom Green paint job over a saddle leather interior. As cool as the ’69 […]

Last Chance! Enter to Win a Lexus in our Charity Drawing

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This is the final week to reserve your charity drawing tickets to win a 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible and support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. Tickets are $100 each and winner need not be present to win.

Click here to reserve your tickets or call 831-394-5171. Ticket reservations close at 10:00am Sunday, September 13.

The winner will be drawn this Sunday, September 13, 2020.

 We hope you will consider participating in this fundraising effort, joining with us to help people in need even though we […]

1.75 Million Corvettes And Counting!

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1,750,000th Corvette Built Was Raffled Off

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Nearly seven decades ago, Corvette #1 rolled off the hand built assembly line. Now in its eighth generation, an incredible 1,750,000 Vettes have been produced. To celebrate this achievement, and to raise some money for the National Corvette Museum, the 1.75 millionth Corvette has been raffled off.

Raffle was part of the National Corvette Museum’s ongoing fund-raising efforts, and was held September 4th, 2020, with Don Creekmore from Wichita, Kansas, taking home the prize.

Just like the first Corvette, and the one millionth Corvette, this C8 Coupe was […]

Rally Red 1965 Corvette – Originally purchased and owned by CBS for use in television shows and advertisements.

Movie cars range from fully custom creations to showroom stock with this 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible obviously falling into the latter group. As is the case with most classic cars, this one being auctioned off by Corvette Mike Anaheim on  Bring a Trailer has an interesting back story including its use in popular television shows and promotional campaigns.

Despite being a 1965 Corvette, this car was actually ordered by an employee of CBS in 1962 for use on the television series Route 66. Sadly, that show was cancelled about a month after this Corvette was built, but it was still delivered to the production company and repurposed to Perry Mason where it was reportedly used on that show’s final two seasons as character Paul Drake’s on-screen car – not a bad ride for a fictional private detective. This Corvette was also used in Chevrolet ad campaigns featuring stars from Bonanza, Bewitched and The Man […]

9.8L V12 Corvette ZR-12

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Chevrolet has made a few very rare production cars, like the 1969 ZL1, 1967 L88, and the C3 ZR-1’s. They have also made more than a few experimental cars, but few of them survived the crusher once they did not serve a purpose anymore. One experimental that did survive was the one and only ZR-12!

At the 1989 Detroit Auto Show, Dodge revealed the Viper and its V10 engine, and General Motors believed it would be a formidable competitor to the Corvette. In response, the automaker commissioned a chassis study in the early 1990’s to see […]

C8 Z06, Twin-Cam, Twin-Turbo, Flat-Plane?

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2022 C8 Z06

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Just like the C8 was a major change from the C7, the report from Motortrend says the 2022 (or maybe 2023) Z06 will be sporting a 4.2 liter (give or take), 650hp, dual-overhead cam, flat-plane crank, twin Turbo, V8. An upgraded eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, revised suspension and a set of sticky summer tires, wider at the rear will be added to control the extra HP.

The Z06 will also go on a diet and feature a number of lightweight materials, such as the exhaust, rear wing, […]

C8 Convertibles Arriving

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C8 Convertibles Arriving At Dealerships

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The C8 Corvette has suffered from various delays, stops, and starts since the reveal. Buyers have been forced to endure delays from a union strike and the pandemic, but it appears the 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible is arriving at dealerships. 

The Corvette Convertible production began on August 3, but it looks like the first batch likely was held for quality-control checks before being shipped off to the buying public. There’s a new video on YouTube of at least one, a blue-on-blue-on-blue example arriving at Criswell Chevrolet in Maryland with a sold sign […]

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