Standing by his ’60 survivor with 11,870 miles on the odometer, Gary Skinner told us, “I rode in it when it was brand-new. The owner put it up in 1968 and didn’t drive it again.” All the while, Skinner waited for his chance. He grew up with the original owner Ed Graye, a schoolteacher from the little town of West Frankfort, Illinois.
“He ordered the car just the way he wanted it, with the big, fuel-injected 283 and three-speed manual instead of the four-speed ’cause he wanted to drag race it.” Of course, drag racing in those days didn’t translate to just the strip. “Just local stuff, out on the blacktop. We didn’t have dragstrips back then,” Skinner remarked. After about two weeks Graye realized [...]
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The 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe now belongs to David Cutler of Newport Beach. But it was his mother who purchased it new about 60 years ago. NICK AGRO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
“It’s a member of the family that lives in the garage” is the way David Cutler of Newport Beach describes his restored 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe convertible. And with good reason. His mother bought the car new in 1954 and it’s been in the family ever since.
“I can remember when Mother first bought it, I said ‘When you’re through with it can I have it?’” Cutler, 80, recalls.
Mom agreed to let Cutler have the car, but it took a while for him to gain possession. After his mother used it for some years, the car was loaned to a relative who used it for several more years while the odometer rolled past 100,000 [...]
Comments Off on Fahrenheit Z06: The Maximum Operating Temperatures for the Corvette Z06 Are Insane
From the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver
Fahrenheit Z06: The Maximum Operating Temperatures for the Corvette Z06 Are Insane! The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 posts some impressive performance numbers thanks to its 650-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. It also posts some impressive BTUs. A byproduct of that flame-breathing engine is heat, and lots of it, generated primarily by combustion, friction, and intake-air compression. These and other factors, such as the low hoodline and pinched frontal openings demanded by stylists and aero engineers, contribute to the complex thermal-management task faced by engineers working on nearly all of this car’s varied subsystems. To assure that the Z06’s maximum performance is attended by minimal risk of failure, GM performed heat-related stress analysis and modeling, as [...]
Comments Off on 12 years after demolition, not all of Flint Corvette factory has disappeared
Bricks like this one came from a Flint General Motors factory that was demolished more than a decade ago and are being sold to benefit the National Corvette Museum.
FLINT, MI — The Flint factory where the first few Corvettes were built fell to the wrecking ball in 2003, but for $25, you can still own a certified piece of that historic plant.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, has been selling bricks from the small production facility that was located just north of the Flint Assembly Plant on VanSlyke Road for several years. A museum spokeswoman said there are plenty remaining.
Twenty-five-dollar bricks come with an engraved, numbered plate and certificate of authenticity, signed by officials for the museum.
For just $5, buyers can get Flint stones without the commemorative plates, and the museum’s Web site says special prices are available for buyers [...]
Comments Off on One Year Ago – February 12, 2014….
One year ago at 5:38 a.m. (Feb. 12, 2014), a giant sinkhole opened up and swallowed 8 rare and historically important Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum. The sinkhole measured about 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep and opened beneath the Skydome where a total of 25 cars were displayed.
The event garnered worldwide media attention, including The New York Times and BBC, putting the museum on the international stage. Security camera footage showing the floor’s collapse has been viewed about 8.4 million times on YouTube, visits to the museum increased 66 percent this year and revenue grew by 71 percent, according to the museum. Several visitors throughout the year said they hadn’t heard of the NCM until the sinkhole.
The cars were removed one by one and the damage was assessed. Sadly, only 3 are able to be restored (the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil, [...]
Comments Off on How General Motors Builds The 650HP LT4 V8: Video
General Motors 650 horsepower 6.2-liter LT4 V8 used in the 2015 Corvette Z06 is built at its Tonawanda Engine Plant in, you guessed it, Tonawanda, New York. The facility is also responsible for assembling its EcoTec3 4.3-liter V6, EcoTec3 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s, Ecotec 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinders and the 6.2-liter LT1 V8. Speed Academy recently took a trip to the plant, and of all the engine build processes they could have documented, they unsurprisingly chose the LT4.
The beginning of the LT4 build process starts when the machined block is treated by a special CNC machine. Then the pistons, rods, crankshaft and other key components are installed by hand, followed by the valvetrain, and of course, the 1.7-liter supercharger.
Speed Academy’s short documentary below explains the whole LT4 build process better than we ever could, so check it out below if you have 11 minutes to spare.
Comments Off on National Corvette Museum Gives The World’s Only 1983 Corvette The Display It Deserves
In late 1979, Chevrolet had huge plans in store for the fourth-generation of their Corvette. Former Corvette chief engineer Dave McLellan said they were applying “new technology that hadn’t been used in Chevrolet or in any automotive (application),” as they tried to “bring the car back to date in all aspects.” However this led to production delays for its planned 1983 launch, so GM gave up on going through the government certification process for the car that year and planned a 1984 launch instead.
Because of this confusion, only 43 1983 Corvettes were ever assembled. These cars were used for different engineering evaluations and crash tests and were later crushed, save for car number 23, which has was sent to the National Corvette Museum.
Until now, the 1983 Corvette was located in the Museum’s Sky Dome room with no display, however it has since been moved to the [...]
Comments Off on Barrett-Jackson President Purchases $90,000 Victory Cross Motorcycle to Benefit Ride2Recovery
We love our Veterans! Lot #3009, a 2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball Motorcycle, was purchased by Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis for $90,000, with a matching donation from business leader and philanthropist Brett Torino. 100 percent of that $180,000 will benefit Ride 2 Recovery.
Ride 2 Recovery raises money to support cycling programs at military and VA locations around the U.S. to help healing heroes overcome obstacles they face. You can find out more about this amazing organization here » Ride2Recovery.com
Comments Off on With $292.8 million in sales, another record year for the Scottsdale collector car auctions
The 1950 GM Futurliner bus and the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept. The Futurliner is the big red one; it sold for $4,000,000. The Bonneville Special pulled $3,300,000. Bother were part of the Ron Pratte Collection and crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson. Photo by Barrett-Jackson
The final hammer has fallen at the 2015 Scottsdale collector car auctions, and the results are in: With $292.8 million in sales from six different auctions, it’s been another record January in Arizona.
That’s a significant increase over 2014’s $248.6 million. But the overall total wasn’t the only thing that was up. Hagerty’s auction-watchers, who follow each and every sale as it happens, report that 2,532 lots were sold of 2,939 lots offered — an 86-percent sell-through rate, compared to last year’s 82 percent. Average prices were up, too: last year, the average lot price was $107,096. This year, [...]
Comments Off on The Corvette Sinkhole Seems To Be Filling Up Nicely
Back in November, the National Corvette Museum blocked off the Skydome and began reconstruction after a sinkhole swallowed a number of Corvettes earlier in the year, including several one-offs. Now, two months later, project manager Zach Massey has the first update for 2015.
Over the past week, workers have been filling the sinkhole with a limestone-sand mixture and using two Bobcats to spread it below. The interesting thing about the Bobcats is that they are being operated remotely ? one of them has a roller compactor, while the other has a traditional bucket. Overall, significant progress has been made and, as you can see from the below video, the Bobcats no longer need to be lowered into the hole, instead requiring just a ramp to climb down.
Stay tuned for next week’s update on the Corvette sinkhole ? GM Authority will be here to keep you up to date.