For more than four decades, Barrett-Jackson has been known as the world’s undisputed leader in collector car auctions. The legacy started in the 1960s as a meeting between two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. The early auctions, held in Scottsdale, AZ, were so popular that fellow collectors and car buffs across the country demanded their own auctions. In 2003, the first Palm Beach, FL, auction was held and in 2008 it was brought to Las Vegas, NV.
Last week the Geneva International Motor Show was lucky enough to host the unveiling of Chevrolet Corvette’s 2017 Grand Sport, collector’s edition.
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The unveiling of Corvette’s newest track-ready legacy came to a surprise for many show attendees who only heard rumors that the unveiling was taking place. After delaying its initial anticipated unveiling by nearly two months, the show attendees were anything but disappointed.
Continuing a proud American tradition, General Motors (GM) has confirmed they will introduce a new C8 Corvette for the 2017 model year that features a striking mid-engine design. Named after legendary Corvette engineer Zora Arkus Duntove, the Zora Corvette represents a significant evolution of the platform designed to appeal to a new generation of Corvette enthusiasts.
For the past 50+ years there’s been a natural connection between iconic athletes and their equally as renowned rides. The history of Super Bowl MVP cars is a fascinating one full of top brands, starting with the proud and historic Chevrolet Corvette.
The lure of the open road has been an iconic part of American culture for nearly a century. Since its introduction in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been a symbol of the freedom and independent spirit so often exhibited by its drivers. The distinctive silhouette of the Corvette ensures that it is instantly recognizable both on the showroom floor and on the highway. The design choices made by Chevrolet throughout the history of the Corvette have meshed with the branding and promotional efforts of their marketing team to create true synergy in the automotive marketplace.
Rick Hendrick has long been identified with the Chevrolet brand and with the Corvette in particular. That association has now been officially recognized with Rick’s induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame during the 21st Anniversary Celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Rick was honored for his achievements both on the racetrack and in the automotive sales and service field. These accomplishments led to Rick’s selection in the Enthusiast field as a 2015 inductee into the Corvette Hall of Fame.
Chevy introduced the seventh edition of the Corvette in 2014. The car company also reestablished the Stingray name when it unveiled the C7 ‘Vette. A long, slanted hood, contoured body and bold aura form the sports car’s exterior while the interior offers drivers the latest in automobile technology.
Here’s a synopsis of what happened this month in the Corvette world:
2015 Z06 Corvette Engine Update: Chevy is confident they have found and fixed all potential engine issues in the 2015 Z06, but does suggest that owners get an oil change after the 500-mile break-in point.
Corvette Reunion: A 1977 Corvette brings tears or joy to its previous owner’s eyes. Yep, people love Corvettes that much!
Trio of Corvette Firsts: Each firsts in their own right, these three classics will be auctioned off in Scottsdale this coming January.
Corvette aficionados have described the sixth generation of the sports car as perfect. Dave Hill, the chief engineer of the C6, defines the model in just three words, which are power, precision and passion. Chevy introduced the first C6 in 2005. The last one rolled off the company’s manufacturing line in 2013.