Chevy Classics Profile Series: 1 Millionth and 1.5 Millionth Corvettes

Today, we’re sharing the history behind two more of the eight vehicles damaged in the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum – the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes produced.

1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette

The 1 millionth Corvette was built around 2 p.m. on July 2, 1992, at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Like the very first Corvette built in 1953, this one was a white convertible with red interior.

The 1 millionth Corvette was the 304,562nd car produced at the plant, and the 19,614th car of the 1992 model year. During ceremonies marking the production of the 1 millionth milestone, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones said the Corvette is “not only America’s car, but it’s Kentucky’s car.”

More than a year before the 1 millionth Corvette rolled off the assembly line, it was determined that it would be donated to the Corvette Museum Foundation in Bowling Green, Ky.

The following summer, the nation’s top Corvette dealers were invited to bid on the “million plus one” 1992 Corvette. All proceeds above the sales costs would be donated by Chevrolet to the National Corvette Museum. Chevrolet dealer Marshall R. Chesrown of Denver made the highest bid and received the keys for Corvette No. 1,000,001 from then Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins. This car had rolled off the assembly line immediately after the historic 1 millionth Corvette and was nearly identical as it was a white Corvette with black top and red interior.

2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

The 1.5 millionth Corvette was built on May 28, 2009. While the weakening economy was clearly on everyone’s mind, there was still an excitement in the air at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as the white Corvette with red interior made its way down the production line. Like the 1 millionth Corvette, this car features a similar paint job and interior to honor the first 300 Corvettes built in 1953.

As the car before the 1.5 millionth Corvette came down the line, GM workers got ready to pose for photos with the history-making car that was just behind it. While they might have been thinking about the economy, at that moment they were standing behind the product they so proudly built. Through 11 presidents, four wars, gas shortages, stock market crashes and rebounds, 1.5 million Corvettes had rolled off the line – all of them built in America.

For information on the efforts being made to restore these historic Corvettes, visit the National Corvette Museum’s website. You also can see a live stream of the Skydome restoration.

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A Look Back at Two Significant Corvettes

Dan Adovasio and Jake Drennon of the Official C5/C6/C7 Registry take a historic look at two of the Corvettes damaged at the National Corvette Museum.
 

On behalf of the Official C5/C6/C7 Registry and its members, we were all stunned by the news that broke last week of eight very significant Corvettes being damaged by a sinkhole in the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. As GM prepares to oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged, we wanted to take a look back at how two of these vehicles fit into Chevrolet’s history.

2009 ZR1 “BLUE DEVIL”

Folklore has it that the then CEO of GM, Rick Wagoner, a Duke University graduate, saw the nearly completed C6 Z06 prototype in 2004. He wondered aloud what the Corvette design team could create if it had a mandate to develop a $100,000 Corvette.

At the time, Corvette Chief Engineer David Hill and Corvette Engineer Tadge Juechter took Wagoner’s challenge to heart and went to work to develop a significantly more powerful Corvette that would be called the ZR1. Then Vehicle Line Executive Tom Wallace stated that this project had the code name “Blue Devil” after Wagoner’s alma mater. Wallace continued saying that this prototype test vehicle needed to push the technology envelope into the supercar realm so that this Corvette could take on any production car in the world.

We now know that this “Blue Devil” was built to test the engineering standards necessary for the ZR1 to achieve astronomical performance characteristics – including the ability to be the fastest production automobile that GM has ever built. Never in the history of GM has a production automobile been produced with a 638 HP and a top end speed in excess of 200 mph. So, we’d say that the “Blue Devil” is certainly one of the most historically significant Corvettes ever on loan by GM to the National Corvette Museum.

2001 MALLETT HAMMER Z06 CORVETTE

Chuck Mallett was one of the premier tuners of the C5 era. Mallett is credited as being one of the first tuners to apply his craft and customize the C5 Corvette for superior handling and performance.  When the Z06 was introduced in 2001, Mallett quickly grabbed hold to engineer and develop the “Mallett Hammer” Z06 Corvette. Historically, this Z06 is significant because it was one of the first Mallett Hammers engineered to take the 2001 Z06 to a whole new performance level with outstanding handling characteristics never felt before on the race track.

Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Tampa, Florida recently donated the Mallett Hammer Z06 that was swallowed by the sinkhole to the museum.

Mallett set the benchmark with the Z06 Hammer for a whole army of tuners to follow, thus beginning the legendary C5 Z06 Tuner Era. From this point forward, Mallett and others pushed the Z06 Corvette to limits well beyond the standard factory package. The Helmintoller’s raced their Z06 on tracks all over the east coast, just as many of the Mallett Hammer Z06 owners did. This Mallett Hammer’s significance lies in the fact that it was a forerunner of the C5 tuner experience. We feel these were track cars designed to give you the kind of performance required to win races at the track.

For more information on all eight vehicles affected by the sinkhole and the efforts being made to restore these historic Corvettes, visit the National Corvette Museum’s website. You can also see a live stream of the Skydome restoration here.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Enters Supercar Territory

Chevrolet enters supercar territory with the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history, the 2015 Corvette Z06. It pushes the performance boundaries for Corvette with unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce, an all-new supercharged engine with at least 625 horsepower and an all-new, high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission, while bringing additional capabilities to the seven-speed manual transmission.

Bowman ChevyThe Corvette Z06 leverages the same driving technologies from the Corvette Stingray and also features the same aluminum frame, which will be produced in-house at General Motors’ Bowling Green assembly plant. The stiffness of the stronger frame also allows the Z06 to be offered with a removable roof panel for the first time. The advanced driver technologies and race-proven design all contribute to increased capabilities and world-class performance.

An available track-focused Z07 performance package adds unique components for true aerodynamic downforce, Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip and Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to greater handling.

During its first outing at the track, the 2015 Corvette Z06 recorded some of the fastest lap times ever for a Corvette, surpassing even the ZR1.

Production for the Corvette Z06 will begin at the end of 2014 and will begin shipping to customers in early 2015.

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Top 10 Ways to Give the Gift of Corvette

DETROIT – From a scale model to the real car, there are many ways to give America’s iconic sports car, the Corvette, this holiday season. This Top 10 list, with prices from $12 to $77,450, should make it easier to find the perfect gift for any Corvette enthusiast.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Topping the list is the all-new Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible. Production will be limited to 550 all top-of-the-line 3LT models, all in Lime Rock Green exterior and Brownstone suede interior. The vehicle also includes suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.

The Premiere Edition also features unique wheels with “Stingray”-logo center caps, “Stingray”-logo interior sill plates and a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule – all from the Corvette Accessories catalog.

These collectible cars will have a unique VIN sequence and unique dash plaques commemorating their limited-edition status. The Premiere Edition Convertible will cost $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and will arrive in dealerships in early 2014.

If that doesn’t fit into your Black Friday budget, here are nine other ways to give the gift of Corvette:

  1. Corvette Stingray Rollerball Pen ($12) – With the look and feel of luxury, be inspired to author handwritten notes. The Corvette Stingray Rollerball Pen has a sleek design with a solid brass cap and barrel, and rubber accents.
  2. Monopoly Empire Game ($20) – A shortened version of the classic board game, players can purchase brands instead of properties and choose the 2014 Corvette Stingray game piece to travel around the board.
  3. 1:18 2014 Corvette Stingray ($38.50) – Sleek and sculpted, this die cast rendition of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will make a great addition to any collection.
  4. Corvette Stingray: The Seventh Generation of America’s Sports Car, by Larry Edsall ($40) – A must-own for any Corvette fan, this book is the complete inside story of the all-new Stingray, including more than 300 historical and behind-the-scenes photographs.
  5. Fisher Price® Power Wheels® ($275) – Modeled after the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Fisher Price® Power Wheels® Corvette features the all-new design with the same sporty “chrome” wheels. It is also the fastest Power Wheels in the product line.
  6. The Seventh Generation Corvette Watch ($775) – Designed exclusively for the Corvette Collection, this limited-edition chronograph watch features the next-generation Corvette crossed flags and Corvette logo against a real carbon fiber dial face.
  7. Corvette Stingray Luggage ($910) – Travel in style with a specially designed Corvette five-piece luggage set, including two roller suitcases, a backpack, duffel bag and messenger bag.
  8. Corvette Heritage Neon Sign ($5,000) – Developed in collaboration with retired GM Vice President of Design, Chuck Jordan, this sign was designed to reflect the first-generation Corvette – clean, simple and straightforward.

Finally, for those looking to enjoy the exceptional driving experience of the Stingray first hand:

Performance Drive Schools – Learn to drive with the speed, confidence and finesse of a professional road racing driver at one of two performance drive schools – Ron Fellows Performance Driving School(prices begin at $2,995 for a two-day school) or the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving(prices starting at $1,225 for a 1-3 day course).

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About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Want $50,000 CASH and a new 2013 Corvette?

CHEVYCOR12It’s time for Bowman Chevrolet’s annual Customer Appreciation Day with Easter Seals. Twice a year, Bowman teams up with Easter Seals to hold a classic car show and raffle off $50,000 cash and a brand new Corvette! This event features fun activities for children, including crafts and a bouncy obstacle course, food and refreshments, music and cool classic cars. For over 10 years, Bowman has teamed up with Easter Seals to host this event, striving to be better each time.

This year, Bowman Chevrolet will buy raffle tickets for three registrants that enter their vehicle in the classic car show. This will give them a chance to win the $50,000 and new 2013 Corvette Coupe Grand Prize. Three winners will also be drawn for the winners of the Classic Car Show, with a winner for ‘Best Car’, ‘Best Truck’, and ‘Best in Show’. Anyone can register any classic car! To register a vehicle for the show, please call or email Tammy Bailey at 248-575-5007 or tbailey@bowmanchevy.com.

Tickets for the Raffle can be purchased through Easter Seals at 1-800-999-5655 or on-site at Bowman Chevrolet on the day of the raffle (if quantities last.)! Raffle tickets are $50 and will enter you to win $50,000 and a 2013 Corvette. Only 5000 tickets are sold in total, so the odds are good – but tickets are certainly limited! This event takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Bowman Chevrolet from 11am to 2 pm.

Our customer appreciation and Easter Seals event has great food, lots of fun and cars of course! Giveaways occur every 30 minutes with chances to win prizes from an oil change to a brand new grill!  2pm will host the Grand Prize drawing, selecting one winner to receive $50,000 and a brand new Corvette! We hope to see many returning customers and new faces, and good luck in the raffle!!!