First 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Sold To Rick Hendrick At Barrett-Jackson
Congratulations to Mr. Rick Hendrick for winning the first C7 Corvette
Stingray, Vin #0001, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona
Details about the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray:
(Copied from AOL Autos)
Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet
unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model's first overhaul in nine years. It
contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines
several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to
60 in less than four seconds.
But for Corvette, this isn't about statistics. "It's more than just a
sports car," said GM design chief Ed Welburn. "It's an emotion. It's a
passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life."
For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first
night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of
economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry
needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units
sold in 2012.
Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as
Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell
Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They
lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour
after the reveal.
Most of the hard-core already knew some specifics about the model, like
it's 450 horsepower and 450
pound-feet of torque.
Chevrolet added a twist, announcing the C7 will carry the Stingray name, a
nod to the Corvette's early heritage throughout the 1960s.
"It matches the concept they had a couple of years ago, and they really hit
the nail on the head," said John Dunlap, a 27-year-old Corvette owner and
enthusiast who scored a ticket to Sunday's unveiling through the National
Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
He drove his 2002 C5 from Minerva, Ohio to Detroit for the unveiling. Years
ago, he was tempted to upgrade to the C6, but was instead glad he waited
for the oft-delayed C7 model.
"They needed to make it sexier and relate it to its heritage," Dunlap said.
"And the interior is going to blow our minds. Hopefully, that's really up
there, the quality of the materials. I'm a touchy-feeling kind of guy, and
the interior, before, was something that everyone knocked on."
Critics had panned the no-frills interior on the C6 model. But that was the
least of Corvette's problems in recent years. There were few brands that
symbolized the auto industry's crisis better.
As General Motors teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, the sports-car
market was ravaged by the economy, losing approximately 41 percent of its
sales from its pre-recession high. Sales of the Corvette, which debuted in
1953, slumped to their lowest numbers in nearly a half-century, falling to
13,164 in 2011.
Worse yet perhaps, the Corvette's more muscular sibling, the Chevy Camaro, gained a ton of
attention after a mid-decade redesign that drove sales as high as 88,248 in
2011. But even as General Motors discarded sacred brands and models in the
midst of its government-backed rescue, the Corvette endured.
"The soul of our company is indeed in Corvette," Mark Reuss, GM's chairman
of North America, said Sunday. "Since 1953, through good times and bad for
this company, there was always the Corvette, demonstrating what it means to
If there are nods to the Corvette's heritage in the new design, there are
also subtle nods to the present competition. Gone are the car's trademark
rounded tail lights, replaced with more boxy lights that resemble those
found on the Camaro.
That's not an update that sits well with many long-time Corvette owners.
"Many individuals are concerned about the rear square lights," said Tommy
DeLuca, who owns a 2005 Corvette. "My concern would be how to differentiate
the tail lights from other GM cars. The tail lights should be different so
that anyone looking at the car will know it is a Corvette."
The C7 is one of 13 new Chevrolet products that will hit U.S. show rooms
this year. Like many of the others, it arrives lighter than past models.
Engineers said Sunday they had trimmed 90 pounds from the car, and used
carbon fiber on even the base trim level.
Pricing was not announced Sunday night, but it is expected the base model
of the C7 will cost more than the $49,600 of the base C6 predecessor. Fuel
economy is expected to reach 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on
Combine the overhauled interior with the substantial exterior changes with
the structural differences and drop in weight, and it's a dramatically
"It's a bigger departure from the C6 to the C7 than I think it was from the
C5 to the C6," Dunlap said. "It has a more exotic look, a more sexy look.
They're trying to get a lot of young people involved, and I think this is
the car to do it."
2014 C7 Corvette Stingray at Barrett-Jackson 2013
A sneak peak at the Chevy guys loading up the first 2014 Stingray Corvette
C7 set to go on sale later tonight at Barrett-Jackson! Keep checking back
with us for the video of it crossing the auction block tonight, and be sure
The Detail Boss: GT500 Eleanor Mustang At Scottsdale Barrett Jackson Auto Auction Detail of the Year
This 1968 Shelby GT500 Eleanor was sold at Barrett Jackson Car Auction in
Scottsdale, AZ on January 18, 2013. The owner/builder of the car wanted
perfection. The list of work he wanted done to the car by us is extensive.
We sanded out all orange peel from every painted surface including the hood
and trunk (both the top side and underside), door jambs, trunk jambs,
engine bay, and the rest of the exterior of the vehicle. Followed by
compounding to remove all sanding marks, we then compounded and polished
this beautiful one of a kind twin supercharged 427 small block out to
perfection with a total of 9 steps. This is by far the most elaborate
detail we have ever performed. It is beyond concourse-level. For more
information about who we are, what we do, and the builders of this car,
contact us today.
Cougars at Barrett-Jackson 2013: Featuring KTL's 1970 SCJ Eliminator
We went back to Scottsdale this January to witness the sale of Joe
Valenti's 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, with a 428 Super Cobra Jet
drivetrain and the Drag Pak option. This rare car was meticulously concours
restored over the course of 5 years by the renowned Cougar restoration shop
KTL Restorations ( http://www.ktlrestorations.com ) in VA.
A factor that made this auction even more interesting was the presence of
another 1970 Eliminator, in the same Competition Blue color, and also with
a 428 Cobra Jet engine (not Super) and also restored by a reputable hot rod
shop. This car was not restored to the same "concours" level that Joe's car
was, but it was still beautifully restored, and we expected to see it bring
close to six figures.
What we saw unfold that weekend in January was an interesting and sobering
experience. These two cars, which would seem nearly identical to the
untrained bystander, sold for vastly different prices. There is a lot to be
said for the day and time that a car gets sold, as well as the quality of
the restoration. But we were still very surprised by the results. This
video puts you in the middle of the action to experience Barrett-Jackson
with us. Enjoy!
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2014 Corvette C7 Stingray Start-up Exhaust: Video
The start-up sound from the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray and its LT1 V8
at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For more Corvette
and GM news, rumors, and information, visit http://gmauthority.com
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - Autoweek detailed walkaround
Take a detailed walkaround of the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray with
Autoweek technical editor and resident Corvette Expert Dale Jewett. Dale
and Autoweek executive creative director Ken Ross get up close and personal
with the new C7. They discuss the Stingray's design - how form indeed
follows function. Dale covers what's new, what's different, and what's
based on the Corvette's storied heritage. The design team and developers
consulted with the Corvette Racing ALMS and Le Mans teams. The result -
aero, vents and cooling systems that improve efficiency and performance,
and keep passengers more comfortable. Speaking of comfort, take a look at
the redesigned interior - always a source of criticism in past Corvette
For all our extensive coverage of the new Corvette, click on
C7 Corvette Stingray Acceleration, 2013 SRT Viper
DtRockstar1 records a brand new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray revving and
accelerating away as well as a 2013 SRT Viper. An epic combo, seeing these
two rivals together!
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1985 C4 Corvette-Kart vs. 2014 Lingenfelter C7! - Roadkill Ep. 35
On this episode of Roadkill, we hack the entire body off a C4 Corvette,
cage it, and call it a race car! Freiburger and Finnegan fulfill a dream
that began four-plus years ago when they first wrote the "Vette Hack"
article for HOT ROD magazine, slicing 900 pounds of ugly fiberglass off of
a 1985 Corvette to prove that it would handle better in the autocross. Less
weight means more acceleration, better cornering, and better stopping. The
idea is proven once again here as the guys add a 350-horsepower rat-rod engine,
rebuild the trans, remove more weight, and make it rigid, safe, and stylish
with a full rollcage. Next, they head into a shootout with a 2014 Corvette
upgraded by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering with an Edelbrock blower,
Kooks headers, and Corsa Exhaust for a
wicked-sounding 640 horsepower. And then, of
course, there's the off-road mayhem. The Vette Kart rocks!
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SRT Viper GTS vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1! - Head 2 Head Episode 24
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman pits the new 2013 SRT Viper
GTS against its domestic rival, the 2012 Corvette ZR1. It's an all American
prizefight as Jonny heads north to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to hot lap
these two monsters with pro race driver Randy Pobst. And of course, no
match up between these two contenders would be complete with out a drag
race. It's one for the record books as Jonny and Randy find out which car
has the bigger "bollocks."
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