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The One that Got Away: Corvette Mike Remembers ‘Life Altering’ First Corvette

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Mike Vietro was a tough kid who emerged from the hardscrabble streets of Everett, an enclave of north Boston. He pumped gas at that formative age when many young Americans become transfixed by cars and the speed and freedom they embody. Mike became transfixed by Corvettes back then and his passion has only grown since. He has built a full life around the brand, becoming an industry trailblazer along the way as the owner of Corvette Mike, headquartered in Anaheim, California, prime car country.

Today, Corvette Mike continues to thrive as one of the top Corvette classics dealerships in the country, specializing in the sales and service of America’s premier sports car. In 40-plus years of operation, Corvette Mike and his staff have bought and sold more than 12,000 cars, some 90% of them […]

GM Adding Hybrid Corvette In 2023 All-Electric Version Soon After!

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General Motors Aims to Trademark ‘LTX’ for New Generation of Crate Engines!

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

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Your Invitation to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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An Unmatched Tradition of Automotive Excellence

YOUR INVITATION TO THE PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

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Enjoy all the style, passion, and history on display at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Join us for the competition on Sunday, August 21.

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Pebble Beach Automotive Week is the Ultimate Experience for Every Car Enthusiast

 

PEBBLE BEACH TOUR d’ELEGANCE

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An exhibition of elegance in motion, the annual Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex features more than 150 Concours entrants seeking […]

Corvette Racing wins at Sebring, Get BOP hit for Long Beach

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

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Rich Martinez’s 1959 SAved from Crusher

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

Located In So. Cal. and going to Bloomington
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2023 C8 Corvette gets a price increase

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

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Corvette Set for 1st Single-Car IMSA Race

 

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Courtesy of Corvette GM Authority

Corvette Racing is still trying to get used to the new GTD spec’ed Corvette C8.R and will now have a “new challenge” in running as a single-car operation. The team has not run a single car IMSA race in more than 20 years.

The Pratt & Miller-run factory squad will enter a solo Corvette C8.R in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with their resources split this year between single-car efforts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

With Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy in the team’s WEC GTE-Pro entry this weekend, Nicky Catsburg will team up with reigning GTLM class champions Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the WeatherTech Championship season-long No. 3 […]

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Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

WE’RE BUYING 2023 Z06 Orders
And Other DREAM CARS!

Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.

So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

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Kansas Highway Patrol Seeks To Destroy 1959 Corvette

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

Update: State Wants to Destroy Corvette Over VIN

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Attorney Explains The Legal Case

In September of 2021 we reported […]

2023 C8 Z06 ROADSHOW TOUR

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary


I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted in us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

WE’RE BUYING 2023 Z06 Orders
And Other DREAM CARS!

Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.

So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

Click here to email us about your C8 Z06 order or other car(s).

2023 C8 Z06 ROADSHOW TOUR

Callaway Competition Ending C7 GT3 To Focus On C8

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th anniversary! On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted in us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

WE’RE BUYING 2023 Z06 Orders
And Other DREAM CARS!

Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.

So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

Is The C8 Easy to Steal?

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th-year anniversary. On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted in us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

Does a C8 Convenience Feature Help Thieves?

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The C8 Corvette is one of the hottest […]

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

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I am very proud to announce our 40th-year anniversary. On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success. I am very grateful to our customers who trusted in us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

WE’RE BUYING 2023 Z06 Orders
And Other DREAM CARS!

Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.

So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

Click here to email us about your C8 Z06 order or other car(s).

Corvette Celebrates Milestone with
70th-Anniversary […]

Celebrating Corvette Mike’s 40th Anniversary

 

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I am very proud to announce our 40th-year anniversary. On January 4th, 1982, Mike Vietro established Corvette Mike in Laguna Hills, CA. I want to take this occasion to thank each of you for being part of our success.

I am very grateful to our customers who trusted in us to help them provide high-quality automobiles, services, and products. Not only have you made us a part of your lives but also helped us reach out to the world.

Mike Vietro and the Corvette Mike Team

WE’RE BUYING 2023 Z06 Orders And Other DREAM CARS!

Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.

So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

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Corvette Plant getting Ready To Strike Again

Corvette Assembly Line Workers Are getting Ready To Strike over Jobs being Outsourced

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C8 Assembly Line.

The members of UAW Local 2164, representing the C8 Corvette assembly plant workers, have almost unanimously rejected the manufacturer’s latest contract offer. The sticking point is GM’s reliance on outsourcing a range of jobs to non-union labor. Negotiating better terms for sanitation and health and safety rank among the union’s other stated priorities.

GM’s previous contract with Local 2164 expired two years ago, and although a strike isn’t imminent its members have already approved one if negotiations with GM disintegrate.

GM responded by saying, “We are disappointed that UAW Local 2164 voted down the local contract. We will continue to meet with […]

Top Gear UK Has A Look At The 2023 Z06

Top Gear UK Has A Look At The 2023 Z06

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Top Gear UK 2023 Corvette Z06 Video.

Ollie Marriage from the British automotive review show Top Gear recently came to Las Vegas to check out the upcoming 2023 Corvette Z06. While Chevrolet is not letting any reviewers get behind the wheel of the 2023 Corvette Z06 (except for Jay Leno that is), they were able to get up-close with both a Silver Flare Metallic base coupe and a Sebring Orange Tintcoat Z07 convertible. That gave their viewers a better idea of what this race-bred Chevy is all about.

Ollie Marriage goes over the base C8 Z06 and compares it to the Porsche 911 GT3, while the addition of the […]

Increase Your Driving skill while driving a C8

Make a C8 Your Classroom

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Picture courtesy of Ron Fellows Performance Driving School.

Do you have two days available with nothing to do? I recommend you spend them behind the wheel of a mid-engine C8 at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School.

There are other great racing schools out there that offer instruction that cater to varying abilities and are staffed with incredibly talented instructors, but the Ron Fellows school offers the mid-engine C8 as the classroom. This makes the Ron Fellows Driving School, based out of the luxurious Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nevada, one of the best for Corvette owners; other car owners also would enjoy this program.

Two-day instruction at the Corvette […]

GM Preps Tornado Damaged C8’s To Be Crushed

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Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.
So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

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GM Preps Tornado Damaged C8’s To Be Crushed

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Picture courtesy of Kornel J Werner.

As many of you know by now, on December 11th, 2021, […]

GM Restarts C8 Assembly After Tornado

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Picture courtesy of Corvette Blogger.

General Motors restarted operations at its assembly plant on December 20th, nine days after a violent tornado swept through Kentucky and damaged the facility. GM is not taking any chances and will be scrapping any Corvettes that show damage. This includes not only the cars being assembled on the line at the time of the tornado, but will also include the finished cars parked outside the factory waiting for shipment.

According to Corvette Action Center, approximately 115 Corvettes inside the assembly plant “were damaged beyond repair and are being scrapped. Dealers with customer orders for their cars will have to resubmit the orders into GM’s Order Workbench System.” Hopefully the affected customers will be pushed to the front […]

Tornado Closes Corvette Assembly Plant

Tornado Closes Corvette Assembly Plant
NCM Motorsports Park closed

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Picture courtesy of Corvette Blogger.

As I am sure you already know, a number of tornadoes swept through portions of six states in the Midwest and Southern U.S. over the weekend. One of the twisters landed in Kentucky and traversed over 200 miles on the ground, killing more than 50 people. The storms also made their presence felt at the Corvette Action Center and the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant that builds the Chevrolet Corvette. All the plant employees are safe at both locations, but the damage is bad enough to the assembly plant to stop production for at least a week. The National Corvette Museum did not suffer any […]

C8 Radar Detector damaged driver’s side mirror

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Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you.
So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know!

Click here to email me about your C8 Z06 Order or other car(s).

C8 Radar Detector damaged driver’s side mirror

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Customers are complaining that the driver’s side outside rearview mirror on some C8’s are getting damaged and have a poor appearance. The mirror starts showing numerous lines inside the mirror and a dim reflection at all times.

It turns out this is because […]

To EV Corvette or not to EV?

Chevy asking current C8 owners about EV’s

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Picture courtesy of Chevrolet

General Motors has made it well known that they have prospects for an all-electric future. Their site even stated on their site that they will have 30 new EVs globally by 2025.

We assume some electrification plans for the Chevrolet Corvette are in the works, but we just don’t know what they are. We have seen spy shots of what looks like a hybrid, maybe the ‘E-Ray’ trademarked back in 2015, but what form this will take is not known. Some have guessed it could be an all-wheel drive hybrid with a twin turbo’ed mid-mounted internal-combustion engine driving the rear wheels; the front wheels powered by a pair of […]

C8 Awarded 10Best for 23rd time

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Corvette Mike team.

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Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you. So, if you are
thinning out your collection, let us know!

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C&D Awards 2022 C8 Corvette a Top 10 Winner

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Bob Bondurant, Racing Driver and Instructor Passed at Age 88

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Bob Bondurant Passes at Age 88

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Bob Bondurant, a former champion race car driver who opened a high-performance driving school in 1968 and taught numerous A-list actors for their movie roles, died last Friday in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley at age 88.

Bondurant taught stunt driving, competition driving, police pursuit driving, evasive driving for chauffeurs and bodyguards, and other skills. Among the celebrities Bondurant instructed in road course driving for their movie roles, were Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Nicolas Cage, Robert Wagner, Tim Allen and Christian Bale, according to the website.

Bondurant […]

Jay Leno Gets First Drive In 2023 Corvette Z06

Video courtesy of Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno gets the privilege to be the first non-GM employee to drive the 2023 C8 Z06. As Chevrolet hasn’t yet allowed any other journalist to do anything more than walk around the Z06, this is the first independent report we have had about how the car drives.

This is not the first time Chevrolet has let Jay be the first to drive a new Corvette. He was also allowed to drive a C8 around the blimp hanger when it was first revealed.

Not only was Jay allowed to drive the new Z06, Chevrolet sent Aaron Link, lead development engineer of the Corvette Z06, to discuss the development and more technical aspects of the car. The first 20 minutes of the video are a discussion between Leno and Link about the car before they head out onto the street in the final […]

Certified Pre-Owned Land Rover Up in Flames 30 Minutes Later

At Corvette Mike’s, we value the importance of customer service, and this recent experience with @landroverusa wasn’t it!

We’re grateful that our own Corvette Mike was safe from harm in this roadside engine fire incident in his newly purchased Certified Pre-Owned Land Rover. Unfortunately the Land Rover didn’t fare so well. #landrover #leaderofthepack @landroverusa
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Well being the consummate car dealer for the past 4 decades of everything that rolls on 4 wheels, I took this beautiful CPO, (stands for Certified Pre-Owned) that’s an extensive multi point (125) or more point inspection of everything that could possibly have wear and tear.  Once certified it is considered to be as new and comes with a warranty as good as new.

So after I took this Range Rover in trade, like 30 minutes later it burst into flames on the freeway no less. Thank God I have 40 years of experience in the […]

For only the 2nd time, Corvette gets DOHC

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Mike Vietro at SEMA 2021

The specs for the new Z06 motor, named the “LT6,” are out and history is repeating itself. Just like moving the motor to the center of the car, it was time to dramatically reconfigure the engine design. So, for just the 2nd time in Corvette history, power will be provided by a Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC) motor with 4-valves per cylinder.

The Z06 moniker is known for upgrading the standard Corvette into a track-ready racer, while still being dependable as a daily driver. The new 2023 C8 Z06 is ready to follow in these footsteps.

Let’s start with the most important numbers: 670 horsepower at 8,400 rpm will get you around the track […]

Read the Fall INSIDER & Relive Our 70th Celebration

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An Unmatched Tradition of Automotive Excellence

 

CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF THE PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

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Start your engines and get ready to experience our 70th celebration in the Fall 2021 INSIDER! As we look back on Pebble Beach Automotive Week, we celebrate the new memories made and look forward to welcoming all of you back to the 18th fairway next August.

READ THE INSIDER

Featured in the Fall Issue of the INSIDER…

 

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2023 Corvette Z06 Revealed

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All-New 2023 Corvette Z06 Reveal

Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles

The world is moving towards an electric-powered vehicle future, but at least for now, Chevrolet is willing to keep advancing the Gas-Powered Corvette engine. Yesterday, Chevy announced the new C8 Z06 powered by the totally new 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated, flat plane crank, V8, dubbed LT6.

The LT6 has the highest red-line of any production motor GM has produced, a staggering 8,600 RPM and produces 670 hp @ 8,400 rpm, 460 pound-feet of torque @ 6,300 rpm and propels the Z06 from 0-60 in just 2.6 seconds.

No pricing has been announced as of this […]

Chevy releases new teaser video for 2023 Z06

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Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles

The official reveal of the 2023 Corvette C8 Z06 isn’t until next Tuesday October 26th, but to keep the interest high, Chevy has released a new teaser video showing a few interesting items, like an 8,600 Red Line Tach!

Not only does the above video show a tach with a 8,600rpm Red Line (16 seconds in), GM Tweeted on Tuesday that the official review will be in 8600 minutes (5 Days, 23 Hours and 20 Minutes in English). In the same picture, the speedometer shows it is in 3rd gear at 100MPH and climbing.

On-paper this sounds, and looks very impressive, but as Emelia Hartford said from the passenger seat “it revs so […]

Truckload of New C8s goes up in flames

Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles

A handful of C8 owners expecting to pick up their new Vette are about to receive some bad news.

Videos shared early on Wednesday by Corieblue Fickes to Facebook show what looks to be a truckload of newly built C8-generation Chevrolet Corvettes going up in flames in a parking lot roughly 30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee—about an hour and a half south of the car’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.

C8 E-Ray Hybrid Spied Near The Nurburgring

The Corvette spied has a body that’s nearly identical to the new Z06. The only minor difference is that it has a pair of exhaust pipes squared off at each corner instead of in the center on the new Z06.

We cannot be sure it is […]

2022 RHD Production Video

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Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles

Here is a peak behind the scenes at the Bowling Green production plant in Kentucky USA, where the Right-Hand-Drive C8 is now being proudly built. It’s exciting for the Corvette to be offered as a worldwide product and expand their customer base.

2022 C8 Changes

The 2022 Corvette is now rolling off the assembly line. So, we thought it would be nice to point out the changes this new model year brings.

New exterior colors for 2022 are: Caffeine Metallic, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat.

Deleted exterior colors are: Zeus Bronze Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, and Sebring Orange Tintcoat.

Gone is also […]

Colors by the numbers

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Image courtesy of The National Corvette Museum

GM has released manufacture numbers showing the number of 2021’s built and the option breakdown.

There was a total of 26,216 C8’s built for the 2021 model year. Of this, the most popular color was Torch Red with a total of 5,171 ordered. Arctic White came in second with 3,769 produced, followed by Red Mist at 3,476. Zeus Bronze came in as the least popular with 509 orders in this color, but Accelerate Yellow was not far above at just 839 units ordered.

You can see the full production numbers on the National Corvette Museum’s site by clicking here.

 

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1986 Indy Mid-Engine Concept Corvette

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Image courtesy of The Corvette Museum

The thought of a Mid-Engined Corvette may seem common place now that the C8 is entering its 3rd year of production, but it is fun to look back to the days when Chevrolet was just toying with the idea.

It all started in 1960 when Zora Arkus-Duntov realized a new transaxle that was under consideration at General Motors would enable the Corvette to take advantage of the inherent advantages of locating the engine near the middle of the car. Unfortunately, GM canceled this transaxle’s production before gaining acceptance, but Duntov could not be discouraged from the idea of a mid-engine Corvette and went on to produce a few prototypes.

Duntov left GM in 1975. […]

Corvette Racing takes 1st and 2nd at Laguna Seca

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Image courtesy of speedwaymedia.com

The #4 Corvette driven by Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy has been in the shadow of the #3 Corvette driven by Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia most of this racing season, but they were finally able to not only finish before their teammates, but also win the race this last weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy collected their first full-points victory of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, winning the GT Le Mans (GTLM) portion of the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This also gave Milner his 18th career win and Tandy’s 16th career win.

“It feels like we have a monkey off our back a little bit […]

2021 C8 production stops and 2022’s Start

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Image courtesy of Corvette Blogger

This week marks the last of the 2021 C8 production with a total of 26,212 produced. This is an increase of around 6,000 more than Chevrolet was able to produce of the 2020’s (20,368 2020s were built).

About 42 percent of 2021 Corvette Stingray orders were ordered as Convertibles. The convertible is gaining popularity, as customers seem to like the convertible hard top. If the ordering pattern stays the same, it looks like the 2022 C8 will be around 45% convertibles.

Production of the 2022 Corvette began on September 6th, but even with Chevy being able to increase production, there remains a big backlog of customers who have ordered cars and are waiting up to a year […]

Thundering Thursday VOL 8-52 – Kansas Highway Patrol Seeks To Destroy 1959 Corvette

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Vol 8-52 • September 2, 2021

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Attorney Explains The Legal Case

Mr. Martinez bought a classic 1959, but when he went to register it in Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) found issues with the car’s VIN number. KHP Superintendent Col. Herman Jones stated “When the […]

Save The Date – 10/26/2021

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Win a Red Mist 2021 Corvette Convertible
and Racing Prize Package!

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The International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) is a charitable organization in Watkins Glen, NY. that collects, shares, and preserves the history of motorsports. To help support that mission, they are offering an opportunity to win a new 2LT 2021 Corvette Stingray Z51 Convertible in beautiful Red Mist Metallic. The winner of the Corvette will also receive a racing prize package with a complimentary overnight stay when you take […]

Pebble Beach’s Car Auctions Show Red-Hot Market

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Picture from Mike Vietro
Above Car pictured with 640 Miles sold at Mecum for $605,000

Available 1-Owner, 3,900 Miles, 2006 Ford GT Heritage for $525,000.

After a year hiatus the auctions during Monterey Car Week were as strong as ever. With results from only 4 of the 5 auctions, the total sales are already at $343 Million Dollars. This number should go up as pending sales get finalized and the official numbers are released.

The total of $343 million across three days of sales is an increase of 37% over 2019. The high sales numbers were even more impressive, considering that 25% fewer cars were offered than in 2019. A higher-than-normal sell-through rate of 80%, compared to 59% in […]

Corvette Racing at Le Mans – How to Watch and Listen

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: How to Watch and Listen
No. 63 Corvette C8.R streaming on-board,
MotorTrend U.S. coverage highlights team’s Le Mans return

LE MANS, France (Aug. 19, 2021) – Corvette Racing’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this time with the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, is a landmark moment in program history. It also will be made available to viewers and listeners in the United States and around the world on multiple platforms.

MotorTrend Network will full coverage of Le Mans on Saturday and Sunday through its MotorTrend app for viewers inside the U.S. Content from free practice and the Hyperpole session Thursday, plus various on-board cameras, also will stream on the MotorTrend channel.

One of those will be the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg. For those viewers without MotorTrend, Chevrolet’s YouTube channel will stream the on-board camera for the […]

Congratulations to Our 2021 Best of Show Winner!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 BEST OF SHOW WINNER!

 

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier Named Best of Show at the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance  

2021 Charitable Donations Surpass $1.75 Million

 

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn Kurier
Shown by The Keller Collection at The Pyramids

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 15, 2021) — Long recognized as a superlative showcase of automotive history, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance made history of its own at the culmination of its 70th celebration: […]

Watch the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Watch the Livestream of the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance!

Tune in LIVE this Sunday, August 15 at 1:15 pm PT to watch the full Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event, including coverage of the highly anticipated awards show, the show field competition, behind-the-scenes action, and more.

This livestream is presented by WeatherTech, hosted by The Torque Show, and in partnership with Hagerty Media.  

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Pebble Beach Automotive Week!

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the Pebble Beach Automotive Week has started

It is that time again, for the mega car event called the Monterey Car Week & Concours D’elegance. It runs from August 5th thru the 15th this year.

The event dates back over half a century, where only 200 of the best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links to be shown and compete. Only a handful of these will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.

But, the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks […]

AutoMobilia Resource – News and Events Aug 2021

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Going to Monterey Car Week?

Look for AutoMobilia Resource magazine at:

Pop-Up Automobilia – Tues and Wed, Aug 10-11
Embassy Suites, Seaside, California
See our vendor stand (pics above) with Italian Design and Magneto.

Concours on the Avenue – Tues, Aug 10
Downtown Carmel, California
AutoMobilia Resource magazines will be handed out.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Fri-Sun, Aug 13-15
Laguna Seca Track, Laguna Seca, California
AutoMobilia Resource magazines will be available at several key areas.

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Your Guide to Pebble Beach Automotive Week

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YOUR GUIDE TO PEBBLE BEACH AUTOMOTIVE WEEK

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Welcome Back to Pebble Beach Automotive Week!

Get ready to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and experience the world’s premier celebration of the automobile.  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

This Sunday we celebrate 70 years of automotive excellence. We’ll be showcasing many past Best of Show cars and road race winners, along with features ranging from Early Electrics to Porsche 917 and the Lamborghini Countach. Can’t make it? Tune in […]

California Car Chase Cut Short

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We have all heard of, and some love to watch, as people drive high performance cars to elude the police. Well in this case, the C7 automatically figured out that it was being stolen and called OnStar all by itself to report this issue. OnStar then called the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to let them know about the stolen Corvette, but the CHP already knew about it, and were on the tail of this C7 Corvette, chasing it through the San Fernando Valley. The CHP asked if they could shut down the car, and about 3 minutes later, the Corvette rolled to a stop.

Even though many people enjoy watching these chases as they span multiple counties, streets, and freeways, they […]

Your Guide to Pebble Beach Automotive Week

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In the days leading up to Concours Sunday, wet your automotive palate by visiting Concours Village. Open to the public at no cost, visit and explore all the manufacturer displays and their unique visions, go for a ride with one of the official Ride and Drives, and don’t miss out on your chance to purchase a piece of the Concours to take home.  

 
DISCOVER CONCOURS VILLAGE

Get Ready to Start Your Engines…We are ready to welcome you back to Pebble Beach Automotive Week!

 

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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EARLY ELECTRICS CLASS AT THE 70TH PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS HOSTS A RIKER REUNION

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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Friends, as you all know, we don’t fuss with the auctions or shuffle cars from other dealers. Our cars come from you. So, if you are thinning out your collection, let us know. 

Click here to send me an email about your car.

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 […]

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