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Watch Chevy’s First Electrified Corvette Prototype Whip Around the Nürburgring

Watch Chevy’s First Electrified Corvette Prototype Whip Around the Nürburgring

Chevrolet’s first electrified Corvette is getting closer.

Almost three months after the automaker finally confirmed it was developing a hybrid C8, video of the car undergoing track testing at Germany’s Nürburgring has surfaced online. We’re still waiting for concrete details about what to expect from the much-anticipated model, but it’s hard not to get excited by the footage of the coupé roaring around the infamous race track.

The stirring clip was posted to YouTube on Wednesday by CarSpyMedia. The video runs just shy of three-and-a-half minutes and depicts three different mid-engine prototypes—numbered four, five and seven—circling the “Green Hell” for the first time. The cars are all wrapped in digital camouflage, so it’s hard to make out any body changes. The most telling aspect of the video, though, is the audio. You can clearly hear the electrified prototype’s V-8, which lets out more of a loud thunder than a crackle.

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The roar that emanates from the prototype suggests that its hybrid-assisted powertrain will pair an electric “e-booster” motor with the 6.5-liter LT2 V-8 found in the C8 Stingray, rather than the 5.5-liter LT6 found in the Z06. Although the base model’s mill is bigger, the V-8 in the performance-oriented variant has a flat-plane crank which keeps weight down and produces more power, speed and sound. The LT2 may not be as powerful as the LT6—it produces 490 hp and 465 ft lbs of torque compared to 670 horses and 460 ft lbs of twist—but the presence of an electric motor could make up the difference.
Past reporting suggested the hybrid would produce 650 horses, but that was before the debut of the Z06, so it’s possible that output could end up being even higher. There’s also strong belief that the sports car’s “e-booster” motor will be positioned on the front axle, which, if true, would make the electrified C8 the first all-wheel-drive model in the nameplates’s history.

The Chevrolet C8 Corvette hybrid undergoing track testing at the Nürburgring 

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We should know the answers to all these questions soon. When General Motors President Mark Reuss confirmed the variant’s existence—insiders believe it will be called either the E-Ray or the Grand Sport—earlier this spring he said that it could make its debut as “early as next year.” A fully-electric variant will follow sometime after.

Car of the Week: What May Be the Ultimate 1963 Corvette Z06 Will Be Offered at No Reserve

Car of the Week: What May Be the Ultimate 1963 Corvette Z06 Will Be Offered at No Reserve

With nearly 70 years of production to choose from, Corvette fans have literally hundreds of model variants to keep straight. To help organize them, enthusiasts divide Corvettes into series, from the very first C1 of 1953 through today’s mid-engined C8. Of them all, the C2 series from 1963 through 1967 comprise the true icons of the Corvette lineage.

Long before the C2 came to market, it began as a design study initiated in 1959 by Bill Mitchell, GM’s vice president of styling at the time. Called the Corvette Stingray Racer, it was based on a sketch by designer Pete Brock and developed further by Larry Shinoda. It’s difficult to argue that the C2 Corvette isn’t the most influential and enduring US car design ever. The coupe’s perfect proportions and timeless lines are as inspiring today as they were when new, and during its brief production lifespan, the C2 saw success not just in the showroom but on the track as well.

This 1963 Corvette Z06 will be presented at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, running from June 30 through July 2. 

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As with other Corvette series, there were numerous C2 variants, generally based on engine displacement and state of tune. A 327 ci V-8 engine was offered throughout the run, while the biggest change came in 1965 with the introduction of a 396 ci big block. The latter was replaced by a 427 ci V-8 in 1966 and 1967. These cars were monsters, and while they assumed bragging rights for horsepower claims and for straight-line performance, they were, practically speaking, a bit heavy and not nearly as balanced and fun to drive as the small block ’Vettes.
It’s sometimes said in business, “The first offer is the best offer.” That’s definitely the case with the one-year-only 1963 Corvette Stingray. For starters, it’s the only model year to feature the brilliant “split” rear window, an element that Mitchell loved. Customers, however, complained about poor rearward visibility, and the feature was eliminated for the remaining years of C2 production. That distinguishing design detail may be reason enough to want a ’63 coupe, and of them all, the version with the fuel-injected 327 ci V-8 and rare Z06 performance package is the one to covet.

The low-mileage example is fit with an M20 four-speed manual transmission. 

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Barrett-Jackson, the auction house that garnered 203.2 million in sales at its Scottsdale auction back in January, is bringing a pristine silver 1963 Corvette Z06 to its three-day event in Las Vegas, which will run from June 30 through July 2. A star lot of the sale, the car is also offered at no reserve, certain to attract bidders for that fact alone. The 1963 Corvette was notable as the first coupe in the Corvette family, as all previous iterations were two-seat convertibles. It was also the first ’Vette with independent rear suspension and, important for track competitors, the first to offer the race ready Z06 package as a Regular Production Option (RPO).

Offered on all subsequent generations of Corvettes, the Z06 package was the work of engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, known to the faithful as the “Father of the Corvette.” Checking the Z06 option on the order sheet delivered a Stingray coupe with a host of performance enhancements. These included a thicker front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shocks, stiffer springs and upgraded brakes. Snazzy aluminum knock-off wheels added an external cue that this was no regular ’Vette, as did a sticker price nearly 40 percent higher than the base model.

One of the distinguishing design details is the “split” rear window, only offered on the 1963 version of the Corvette Stingray. 

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The Z06 package wasn’t advertised per se, and was only available with the highest-output engine, the L84-code 327 ci V-8 with mechanical fuel injection. An M20 four-speed manual transmission and posi-traction rear end helped deliver the 360 hp to the pavement. A total of only 199 examples were equipped with the Z06 package, making it a very rare C2. About the only choice left to the Z06 buyer was choosing the size of the fuel tank. This is one of 136 small-tank cars made; the remaining 63 being, you guessed it, big-tank models.

A fuel-injected 327 ci V-8 engine gives the ‘Vette 360 hp. 

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Importantly, this car retains its matching-numbers engine and transmission, which is unusual since so many classic Corvettes saw frequent motorsport duty in period, making engine replacement common. Assiduous collectors will also appreciate the original jack and set of brake air scoops. Remarkably, the consignor states that the vehicle has only 4,295 miles since new.

The car is a two-time winner of the Top Flight award, given by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). 

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Despite the low mileage, this Corvette has been the recipient of an open-checkbook, body-off restoration by Andy Cabral. It subsequently received Bloomington Gold Certification and is a two-time winner of the Top Flight award, an accolade given by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). A luminary in any serious sports car collection, this rare and desirable Corvette is one we’d file under the category “What’s not to like?”

Kiss’s Paul Stanley Snagged the First 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette. Now It’s Headed to Auction.

Kiss’s Paul Stanley Snagged the First 2022 Chevy C8 Corvette. Now It’s Headed to Auction.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley know his Chevrolet C8 Corvette is a “collector’s dream,” which is why he wants to make sure it goes to someone who can really appreciate it.

The rocker is teaming up with Barrett-Jackson to sell his 2022 Stingray convertible at the auction house’s upcoming Las Vegas sale. This isn’t just any old celebrity-owned car, though—It was the first C8 to roll off the line during the last model year.

Stanley, who’s also known as Starchild, and the Corvette go way back. In fact, the sports car was the first new vehicle the singer and guitarist bought for himself in 1977, following his band’s breakthrough earlier that decade, according to Barrett-Jackson. He’d later become acquainted with some General Motors higher-ups at the launch of the C7 in 2013 and was even asked to help design a special SEMA version of that car the next year. When the 2022 C8 convertible was announced, he rushed to put in his reservation. GM noticed and decided to treat him to something special: the first car from the model year’s production run.

Paul Stanley’s 2022 Chevrolet C8 Convertible 

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That’s right, Stanley’s 2022 C8 convertible is VIN 001. The rocker, who already owns a 2020 Stingray coupe, knows how special that makes the car, but it also made him wonder if someone else would make better use of the vehicle. After deciding he “couldn’t do it justice,” Stanley has decided the best thing was to auction it off.
“I want to make it available to somebody who might be able to get more out of it, whether it’s to add to a collection or to drive it,” he said in the statement.

Inside Stanley’s C8 Convertible 

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The winning bidder will be getting more than a just a car with a rich pedigree and coveted number. Stanley’s convertible comes finished in a beautiful coat of Red Mist Metallic accented with gloss black aero elements including a rear wing. This hue is offset quite nicely by the vehicle’s Saddle interior and pewter wheels, which help give it a warmer feel than you normally get from American sports cars. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LT2 V8, which is paired to an eight-speed manual and capable of churning out 490 hp and 465 ft lbs of torque.
You’ll have your chance to bid on Stanley’s C8 convertible during Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas event, which runs from June 30 to July 2. The vehicle is being sold without reserve and comes with an autographed Ibanez PS120, which is the rocker’s signature guitar. Be warned, though, VIN 001 ‘Vettes can go for a lot.

An All-Electric Corvette C8 Is Coming, Chevy Says

An All-Electric Corvette C8 Is Coming, Chevy Says

The Chevrolet C8 Corvette is going electric.

General Motors President Mark Reuss announced that a battery-powered ‘Vette is in the works during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday morning. While he wasn’t ready to say when the EV will arrive just yet, he did reveal that a hybrid version of the sports car will hit roads next year.
Following his appearance on the show, Reuss took to LinkedIn to confirm the news about the electrified sports car, which many believe will be called the E-Ray. “Yes, in addition to the amazing new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and other gas-powered variants coming, we will offer an electrified and a fully electric, Ultium-based Corvette in the future,” the executive wrote. “In fact, we will offer an electrified [hybrid] Corvette as early as next year. Details and names to come at a later date.”

A prototype of the Chevrolet C8 Corvette hybrid 

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Although we’ll have to wait for those details, anticipation for any electrified Corvette is certain to be intense, and the notion has already set off plenty of speculation. Last summer, an unconfirmed report suggested that a hybrid Corvette could pair the Stingray’s 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 with an “e-booster” electric motor that would increase the horsepower from an already impressive 490 hp to around 650 hp. That article was dropped before the debut of the Z06 and its 670 hp flat-plane crank LT6 V-8, though, so it’s possible a hybrid variant could be even more powerful. A video shown during Reuss’s announcement, which depicts the hybrid undergoing cold weather testing, all but confirms that the electrified ‘Vettes will have all-wheel-drive, which would be a first for the vehicle.
We’re sure there are some purists who will be concerned about what Monday’s announcement means for the Corvette’s beloved V-8. For the time being, at least, gas-powered ‘Vettes—like the Z06, which has yet to go into production—aren’t going anywhere. Reuss made clear that GM intends to keep producing Corvettes with internal combustions alongside those with electrified and fully electric powertrains. The end of the line is nearing for the gas-powered mill, though. Last year, GM announced it would phase out all gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035.
For the near future, however, Corvette enthusiasts will three different kinds of engine setups to choose from.

The Chevy C8 Corvette: Everything We Know About the Powerful Mid-Engine Beast

The Chevy C8 Corvette: Everything We Know About the Powerful Mid-Engine Beast

Overview
There’s perhaps no car as American as the Chevrolet Corvette. Despite this, the Detroit auto giant decided to really shake things up and turn to Europe for inspiration when developing the eighth iteration of its most famous nameplate. The latest version of the iconic sports car doesn’t just have a bold new design; it’s also the first to feature a mid-engine layout. The radical move made waves when it was announced back in the summer of 2019, exciting much of the vehicle’s diehard fanbase, while horrifying more than a handful of purists at the same time.

Three years on and it’s safe to say Chevy’s audacious bet has paid off. The C8 Corvette has proven to be a massive hit with the automotive press and buyers. In fact, the only real problem with the car is how hard it can be to actually buy. The past three years have been riddled with just about every kind of production delay imaginable, including strikes, shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, supply chain issues and even a tornado destroying 120 just-built examples. With the car’s fourth model year about to go into production, Chevy is hoping for an easier road ahead. Regardless, demand for the C8 is unlikely to wane anytime soon. Here’s everything you need to know about the coveted sports car.

2022 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray 

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Engine, Specs and Performance
Any discussion about the C8 Corvette can only begin in one place: the engine. After 67 years of commitment to a front-engine configuration for the Corvette, Chevrolet decided to kick off the new decade by repositioning the car’s powerhouse behind the driver and passenger seats. And this isn’t just any old engine—it’s a brand-new, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8.
While that base motor, which is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, isn’t all that different from the one featured in the C7, it is more powerful, bringing a solid 490 hp of grunt and 465 ft lbs of torque. The new power train enables the car to rocket from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds. The C8 can also complete the quarter-mile in just over 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 184 mph. And if that’s not enough for you, a Z51 performance package will boost the horsepower and torque figures to 495 hp and 470 ft lbs, respectively, giving all other performance numbers a lift as well. One thing to note: There is only one transmission option, something that has caused consternation among the faithful.

To help manage all that power, the C8 Corvette has a Driver Mode Selector that allows you to pick from six driving modes, including Tour, Sport, Track, Weather, MyMode and Z Mode (the latter two of which are customizable). It’s also equipped with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, with disc brakes and four-piston calipers on each wheel. The Z51 package also includes an electronic limited-slip differential, new final drive ratio, improved cooling system for the brakes, an enhanced suspension and a performance exhaust.
The C8 Exterior: A Bold Departure
Like any other vehicle, the Corvette as seen its shape and design shift since it was introduced in 1953. But from generation to generation, no design overhaul has been as jarring as the C8’s. For that last 25 years or so—about the time the C5 debuted in the mid ’90s—we’ve been able to see the previous generation of ‘Vettes within the new iteration’s design. That stops with the C8.
Chevrolet used the change in layout as a chance to alter the ‘Vette’s profile, discarding some of its trademark features. Gone is the long, signature nose and slightly squared-off back. The front still comes to a peak, but the rest of the lines and angles are sharper and the cockpit has been moved forward. That shift rids the car of the slinky elegance that’s been a part of its shape since the ’60s but gives its a new boldness. This is a vehicle designed for speed, and it looks like it. The new design, which is available as both a coupe and convertible, gives the American vehicle a decidedly more European aesthetic.

Inside the C8 Corvette 

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Interior, Infotainment and Cargo
It’s not just the exterior that’s been given a makeover. Open up the C8 Corvette’s interior and you’ll find a cabin that actually looks like the cockpit of a futuristic fighter jet. Sit down in the low-slung driver seat and you’re met with a rectangular steering wheel, which includes two large paddle shifters. Behind that is a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, which includes a new tachometer, to help keep track of your ‘Vette and its performance as you drive.

Embedded into the center console is an 8-inch infotainment screen that’s angled toward the driver. It’s equipped with Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus system, which features Bluetooth connectivity, a 4G mobile hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The C8 Corvette’s interior is also equipped with a high-performance, 14-speaker Bose audio system that is sure to be music to any audiophile’s ears.
You’ll also have three different styles of bucket seats to choose from, as well as a variety of color and material options, including Napa leather and suede microfiber. And for those worried about cargo space, the C8 offers a front compartment and rear trunk that still has room for two sets of golf clubs.

The C8 Corvette’s Infotainment 3 Plus system 

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First-Drive Impressions
Like anyone else interested in high-performance vehicles, we were excited to get behind the wheel of the 2020 C8 Corvette. But that test-drive through Nevada made one thing abundantly clear: While definitely a step in the right direction—and an incredible vehicle for its price—the new C8 wasn’t fully ready to shine. This is a car, after all, that wants to be mentioned in the same breath as Lamborghinis and McLarens, but it simply didn’t feel fully refined yet. From our “First Drive” write-up:

“The new ‘Vette is a remarkable achievement for something starting under $60,000, but it’ll be a while before the C8 matures into the outstanding machine I’m confident it can be. Maybe that machine is the forthcoming Stingray convertible. Maybe it’s an eventual higher-powered Corvette variant. Either way, I feel the magic looming.”

Of course, it’s important to remember that the 2020 model was the very first installment of the C8. On average, different ‘Vette generations have managed to stick around for more than eight years. That gives the brand some time to improve the car—and find that magic.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition in White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat 

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What’s New for 2023
As the C8 goes into its fourth year of production, its athletic design and powerful V-8 remain unchanged. There are new exterior and interior options available for the upcoming 2023 model year, though. These include three new 20-spoke wheel styles (gloss black, matte black with a red stripe and “ultra-bright machined”), as well as the possibility of black tail pipes for the performance exhaust package. There are also two new trim packages for the cabin, Stealth Aluminum and Adrenaline Red.
The coming model year also marks 70 years since the Corvette made its debut at the 1953 General Motors Motorama. To mark this special birthday, Chevy is offering an anniversary trim package that includes one of two special finishes (all-new White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat or Carbon Flash Metallic), color matching racing stripes, new wheels, red brake calipers and special “70th Anniversary Edition” badging and Corvette crossflags.

There’s still more to look forward to: Since the C8 was announced back in the summer of 2019, enthusiasts have wondered when its first high-performance variant would arrive. The time is now, as 2023 will see the debut of the C8 Z06 (more on that in a bit). With the C8 finally beginning to expand, one can only wonder how long before the rumored E-Ray plug-in hybrid variant arrives.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Z07 performance package 

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The High-Performance Z06 Is Finally Here
New add-ons are exciting and all, but the 2023 model year change that enthusiasts are really looking forward to is the introduction of the high-performance C8—the Z06.
Chevy finally confirmed last summer that the eighth-generation Corvette was getting the Z06 treatment. The biggest difference between the new variant and other C8s is its all-new, naturally aspirated 5.5-liter DOHC V-8 with a flat-plane crank dubbed the LT6. The sonorous mill is similar to the one found in the C8.R race car, and is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to the rear axle. It spits out a hair-raising 670 horses and 460 ft lbs of twist and has a redline of 8,600 rpm. That’s 180 more horses than the Stingray and only a hair less torque. The final performance figures have yet to be revealed as of writing, but you can expect the car to be fun and loud. It could get more powerful, too. Chevy has also announced plans to release a track-only version, called the Z06 GT3 race car, in 2024.
A new powerplant isn’t the only change to the Z06. The car is also 3.6 inches wider and features a much more intense aero package. Modifications include a new front fascia with a larger splitter and a small fixed rear wing. There’s also the track-focused Z07 performance package that adds carbon-fiber upgrades, such as a larger front splitter, dive planes, underbody strakes and a more prominent, racing-style rear wing.
How excited are people for the Z06? Enough that GM felt the need to warn dealers about charging outrageous markups for the coveted variant back in January, even though the car likely won’t go into production until sometime this summer. That didn’t stop the first Z06 coupe from selling for $3.6 million a week later, though. Of course, the proceeds from that sale went to charity so we don’t think GM will mind.

Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 GT3.R race car 

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Fuel Economy and MPG
As one of US’s defining performance vehicle’s, the Corvette has never been known for its fuel economy. The C8 is less of a gas guzzler than some its predecessors, but it still offers better performance on the road than at the pump. The 2022 Corvette, the most recent on record as of press time, has a fuel economy rating of 15 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving, 24 mpg on the highway and a combined rating of 19 mph, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. That means you can drive the car an average of 352 miles on a full tank. Gas prices are currently out of control, but the EPA puts the average cost of keeping the sports car’s tank filled at $3,950 per year. That means that on average C8 owners spend $8,000 more on fuel over a five-year span than other vehicle owners.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Like all Chevrolet models, the C8 Corvette comes with a healthy warranty. The bumper-to-bumper limited warranty covers the entire vehicle for repairs, including parts and labor, for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Meanwhile, the powertrain warranty runs for five years or 60,000 miles, though other durations are available. Your first maintenance visit is also covered by Chevrolet, as well as the cost of any recall-related work.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 

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C8 Corvette’s Price: Is It Worth It?
When Chevrolet first announced the mid-engine C8 Corvette, they promised it would start at less than $60,000. As far-fetched as that sounded at the time, the automaker managed to deliver on that promise. Three model years later and the ‘Vette’s starting price has now climbed to $64,995. Pricing has yet to be announced for the Z06, but there’s a general sense it will start around $90,000. Of course, with a near-endless list of options and trim levels—the 70th Anniversary Edition package tacks on $5,995, for example—the C8’s price can quickly climb skywards, with a fully loaded convertible available for north of $100,000. Still, when you consider the kind of vehicles that the C8 is competing with, even the most expensive version seems like a bargain in comparison.
More stories about the C8 Corvette from Robb Report:

The First Chevrolet C8 Corvette Convertible Heads to Auction Next Week

The First Chevrolet C8 Corvette Convertible Heads to Auction Next Week

Another historic Corvette is about to hit the block.

Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible next week as part of its annual Palm Beach sales event. The winner won’t just walk away with one of the most anticipated vehicles of the upcoming model year, though; their purchase will also help a good cause.
The C8 Z06 is a high-performance vehicle through and through. Because of that it features a retractable hard-top roof that helps ensure performance never dips whether you’re driving with it up or down. Powering the car is a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 that spits out a hair-raising 670 hp. The brutish mill features a flat-plane crank, so you won’t just feel that power, you and everyone in the vicinity will hear it too.

Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll like the color of the mid-engine speed machine. Barrett-Jackson says the winning bidder will get to customize it to their exact specifications. Not only will you get the first Z06 convertible, you’ll also get the Z06 of their dreams. You can also choose to take delivery of the convertible at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Not a bad, right?
Proceeds from auction will benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The full hammer price will be donated to the non-profit, which is named for the US’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice and has supported nearly 300,000 students attending historically Black colleges and universities, medical school and law school since its founding in 1987.
If you’re already dreaming of seeing the first Z06 convertible in your garage, make sure you’re in Palm Beach on Saturday, April 9, when the car is scheduled to go up for bid. Expect to drop some serious dough, though. At the very least be prepared to spend more than the car’s expected $90,000 starting price. The first Z06 coupé sold for a jaw-dropping $3.6 million at Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale auction this past January.

Car of the Week: This 1967 Corvette Restomod Is a Rarity in Fit and Finish

Car of the Week: This 1967 Corvette Restomod Is a Rarity in Fit and Finish

Auction house Barrett-Jackson sets another grand stage for its upcoming sale in Palm Beach, Fla., from April 7 through 9. Some of the star cars on offer are from collector-philanthropist John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Museum, an assemblage comprising a diverse assortment of vehicles that includes 1930s hot rods, 1950s- and ’60s-era classics, and contemporary performance cars. Notable are some of Staluppi’s unique restomods, a white-hot category that has recently seen much interest and activity from within car-collector ranks.

It’s hard to imagine a better combination of old car and new drivetrain—in other words, a restomod—than one based on the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The classic shark-inspired shape, penned by Larry Shinoda and made from 1963 until 1967, is arguably the most groundbreaking US design of the 1960s, and is known among enthusiasts as the C2 series of the model. It’s a shape that even Euro-centric car aficionados have to admit evokes as much emotion as any exotic hot rod from Italy or England. It was certainly more powerful than its finicky competition, especially when fitted with the optional big-block 396 ci V-8 engine in the latter half of 1965, and the even bigger 427 ci V-8 from 1966 and ‘67.

The 1967 Corvette restomod being offered at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, which runs from April 7 through 9. 

Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.

“The 1967 Corvette is considered by many to be one of the most iconic cars in history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “John Staluppi’s restomod version of this famous sports car equals the custom vehicles built by the great prewar European craftsman.” Jackson goes on to tout the “heritage styling of a car with spectacular fit and finish” and adds that “the best aspect of this sports car is the modern engineering under the vintage body.” That engineering includes “a fuel-injected V-8, contemporary brakes and modern suspension.”

The example is the result of a two-year restoration and modification process. 

Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.

The result of a two-year effort and showing only test miles, this resto-Vette is painted PPG Classic White with a red Stinger hood—the same hood that distinguished the big-block C2 series from its 327 ci-powered little brothers. But lift the hood and all similarities with its bygone predecessor evaporate like high-octane racing fuel at Willow Springs in August.
The old 427 ci power plant, with its lumpy orange valve covers, is replaced by a normally aspirated Chevrolet LS6 5.7-liter V-8, featuring twin throttle bodies and an air cleaner that mimics the original from 1967. Braided stainless-steel plug wires complement chromed, big-block-style valve covers on the contemporary small-block V-8. The engine bay is finished in smooth-satin Charcoal Metallic paint, looking infinitely more refined than what the owner of a Corvette would have seen 60 years ago.

The old 427 ci power plant has been replaced by a normally aspirated Chevrolet LS6 5.7-liter V-8. 

Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.

A stock, period-correct C2 looks purposeful, but this custom Corvette looks positively mean. Thick side-mount exhausts, running under each door, terminate before the widened rear fenders and tubs, which tuck 12-inch-wide wheels up and under the fender wells. The knock-off Curtis Speed rims recall the C2’s original turbine design, while fat red-line tires add a nostalgic flair. And the lowered front end enhances the menacing stance. Under it all is a powder-coated Coffman chassis with a C6 Corvette suspension and Wilwood brakes at each corner.
The interior is fully custom trimmed in lipstick-red leather, though those familiar with the original C2 will immediately feel at home with Corvette’s inimitable twin-hump dash. Few color combinations look better than a white-over-red Vette, and here, contemporary seats replace the austere flat, folding buckets of yore.

The interior is fully custom trimmed in lipstick-red leather. 

Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.

Modern touches include a Bluetooth sound system, Vintage Air climate control with Mercedes-Benz vents, custom door panels, a center console with billet window switches, polished luggage runners on the rear package shelf and an integrated wireless phone charger in the dash. All that good LS6 V-8 power is delivered to the wide rear wheels through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission. After all, some things, like winding out a big-block V-8 and shifting into a higher gear, just never get old.

The First Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 Just Sold for $3.6 Million at an Auction to Benefit Veterans

The First Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 Just Sold for $3.6 Million at an Auction to Benefit Veterans

People might be even more excited about the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 than we thought.

The first example of the C8’s upcoming high-performance variant sold for a jaw-dropping $3.6 million at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction event this past Saturday, according to a press release. All proceeds from the sale of the vehicle, which was donated by the Detroit automaker, will go to Operation Homefront.

The 2023 Z06 is one of the most intriguing sports cars on the horizon because of a number of racing-style upgrades, including a 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V-8 that spits out 670 hp. That said, we’re guessing the winning bidder, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, was just as motivated by the chance to help out. This isn’t the first C8 auction he’s won, either. Hendrick also bought the first C8 Stingray for $3 million back in 2020, with the proceeds from that auction going to the Detroit Children’s Fund.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Z07 performance package 

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All of the money from the latest auction is headed to Operation Homefront. Established in 2002, the non-profit seeks to provide support for military and veteran families in all 50 states. The group provides short-term financial assistance and helps families find transitional and permanent housing.
“The proceeds from the sale of this sensational Corvette Z06 will go a long way to helping us help our military families overcome their financial hardships and have the opportunity to thrive in the communities— our communities—they’ve worked so hard to protect,” Brig. Gen. (retired) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront, said in a statement.
Saturday’s sale set a new charity auction record for Barrett-Jackson. ‘Vette lovers can expect to get their hands on the new Z06 for a lot less than Hendrick paid at the event. Chevy has announced that the variant will start at $90,000, and has even warned dealers against charging exorbitant markups for the coveted sports car.
Now, let’s just hope that production of the latest C8, which has been hampered by delays and other issues, can keep up with demand.

The Chevrolet Corvette Will Get a Special Trim Package for Its 70th Birthday

The Chevrolet Corvette Will Get a Special Trim Package for Its 70th Birthday

It’s the Corvette’s 70th birthday and Chevy aims to celebrate—with a gussied-up new edition.

The Detroit automaker confirmed that it will release a 70th Anniversary Edition of its beloved sports car on Monday, days after inadvertently leaking its existence on its website.  The special trim package will be available on both versions of the C8 ‘Vette—the Stingray and the just-introduced Z06 high-performance variant.

The very first Corvette made its public debut at the General Motors Motorama way back in January 1953 and would go into production later that summer. The two-door roadster wasn’t an immediate hit, but the introduction of a V-8 powertrain in its third year helped turn things around. Nearly seven decades later, there have been eight ‘Vette generations, the most recent of which debuted in the summer of 2019. Now, it is one of the most popular and successful nameplates in American automobile history.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition in White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat 

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The 70th Anniversary Edition is really just a special trim package, so the differences between it and other Vettes are entirely superficial. There’s no denying that it looks sharp, though. You’ll be able to choose between one of two colors: all-new White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat or Carbon Flash Metallic, both of which can be accented with color-matched racing stripes (Satin Grey or Satin Black, respectively). Other exterior details include new wheels with a dark finish and Edge Red stripe on the outside, red brake calipers and special “70th Anniversary Edition” badging and Corvette crossflags. There’s also rear a new bumper protector and trunk cover.
The inside of the birthday-edition C8 looks just like any other, except for a few key differences. You’ll have your choice of two-tone leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats, both of which feature red contrast stitching, red seatbelts and suede microfiber inserts. There’s also 70th Anniversary Edition logos on the seats, steering wheel and door sills, as well as a plaque on the center speaker grille (this detail will be available on all 2023 Corvettes). Each car will also come with a matching luggage, which will come in handy next time you take the mid-engine speed machine on a road trip.

2023 Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging 

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The 70th Anniversary Edition trim package will be available as an option on 2023 C8 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ models, both of which are expected to go into production this spring and on sale later this year (the first example will be auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson before that). No price has been announced just yet, but you can expect it to be north of the standard-issue ‘Vette.

Chevrolet Is Already Cracking Down on Price Gouging for the New Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Is Already Cracking Down on Price Gouging for the New Corvette Z06

Chevrolet wants to end Corvette Z06 price gouging before it begins.

The automaker’s parent company, General Motors, recently sent a memo to dealerships explicitly warning them not to charge outrageous markups for the in-demand C8, according to the Corvette Action Center. The Detroit giant also said there would be consequences for dealers caught trying to pull a fast one.

In the notice, which is signed by GM North America President Steve Carlisle, the automaker states that it has become aware of dealers having “engaged in practices that do not support a positive sales experience for our customers.” The memo goes on to outline what is and isn’t allowed, and warns that “bad actors” caught violating these rules could see their C8 allocation redirected to other dealerships or “other recourse.”

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Z07 performance package 

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The memo calls for an end to three specific tactics. The first is charging more than $1,000 to reserve a new Z06 (some dealers have asked for twice that). Also forbidden is selling to brokers who are willing to pay more money up front, something that is explicitly outlawed in GM’s dealership service agreement. Finally, the automaker wants dealers to stop charging outrageous markups, or “market adjustments,” for the car.
While it is good to hear that GM and Chevy are trying to put a stop to this kind of behavior, these aren’t new issues. Certain dealerships have allegedly engaged in these sorts of shenanigans since the C8 was first announced in the summer of 2019, according to AutoEvolution. Why is the automaker finally addressing this behavior now? GM might be choosing to act now before orders for the 2023 model year—when the eagerly anticipated Z06 is slated to debut—open in the spring. 

A representative for GM did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Robb Report.

It should be noted that this sort of behavior isn’t just a GM problem. Earlier this month, Ford tackled similar issues in a memo sent to its dealership network. In the email, the automaker said that those caught asking for additional deposits and payments for the upcoming F-150 Lightning could see their allocations of the all-electric truck redirected to others dealerships.

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