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Chevrolet’s First Z06 Corvette Race Car

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The Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 218

Words and Art by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s SuperChevy.com

The original Z06 was Zora Arkus-Duntov’s “racer kit” for the then-new 1963 Sting Ray. Unlike modern Z06s, there was no flash to the first Z06, it was strictly hardware designed for the racetrack—no badges, special body panels, or designations at all! But considering the official “we don’t race” policy of GM, 199 1963 fuel-injected Corvettes with heavy-duty brakes and suspension wasn’t anything in GM’s big picture. But, if you wanted to race your Corvette in 1963, it was everything, and Duntov made sure you got what you needed.

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Corvette Prototypes and Concepts – Trend Setting: Part 5

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A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes.

Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3, Part 4

Words and Art by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s SuperChevy.com

General Motors makes hundreds of kinds of cars and trucks. Some sell hundreds of thousands of units a year, which makes Chevrolet’s Corvette a complete enigma. Given the small number of Corvettes sold every year, it is a modern American manufacturing miracle that the car survived for 61 years. Continue reading

Corvette Art Show by Automotive Artist, K. Scott Teeters: VIDEO

Enjoy this video, an artistic Corvette road trip with samples of K. Scott Teeters’ Corvette art.

HI, this is Scott Teeters, Corvette historian and artist. Most days I’m either working on stories and art work for Vette Magazine and Vette Vues Magazine, or packing automotive art prints.

We have over 900 automotive art prints in our Amazon store and on two other websites. I have been a contributing artist and writer with Vette Magazine since 1976 and a monthly columnist with Vette Magazine since the spring of 1997. Continue reading

A Look Back at the Mid-Cycle Makeover for the Fourth-Generation Corvette

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The Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 220: Mid-Cycle C4 Makeover

Art & Words by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s SuperChevy.com website

The mid-cycle makeover of the C4 was rolled out so quietly and with such stealth, it was hardly noticed. Things were tough inside GM in the early ’90s, so the major upgrades were on the installment plan. What is undeniable though is that the 1992 Corvette is very different from the 1989 Corvette. Here’s how things unfolded. Continue reading

Corvette Prototypes and Concepts – Trend Setting: Part 4

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A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes

Art & Words by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazines SuperChevy.com website. Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3

General Motors makes hundreds of kinds of cars and trucks. Some sell hundreds of thousands of units a year, which makes Chevrolet’s Corvette a complete enigma. Given the small number of Corvettes sold every year, it is a modern American manufacturing miracle that the car survived for 61 years. Continue reading

BRAVISSIMO! C7 Z06 – NEW Z06 Tribute Art Print

1963 C2 Z06, 2001 C5 Z06, 2006 C6 Z06 & 2015 C7 Z06

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2015-Z06-SideAs a salute the success and rave reviews of the new C7 Z06, my new prints show the original, 1963 Z06, the C5 2001 Z06, the C6 2006 Z06, and the C7 2015 Z06, available in three unique graphic treatments – Brushed Metal, Diazo Blueprint Paper, and Kraft Paper!

The Z06 has worked out to be one of the most interesting stories in Corvette lore. What started out as an obscure “for racers only” RPO option that hardly anyone knew about, has become GM’s flagship performance car. This is nothing less than astonishing. Heck, even General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra just got herself a black-on-black Z06 convertible. I was joking with Doug MacDonald (Dave MacDonald’s brother), “You think the workers might have been a little nervous bolting together The Queen Mary’s Z06? NO PRESSURE, guys! HA!” Kidding aside, it’s good to see that she has good taste!

2015-Z06-FrontUp to the end of April 2015 Chevrolet reported 8,206 Z06s sold. That number already beats out the C6 Z06’s best sales year from 2007 when Chevrolet sold 7,760 Z06s. With a total-to-date (as of the end of April 2015) of 31,377 Corvettes built, 2,618 were Z06 models, that’s 26.18% of the 2015 production so far. The plant has a full two more months of figures to announce, as production of the 2015 Corvettes ends on June 22, 2015. (Check out the 2015 Z06 TV Commercial, click the “Continue reading” link below)
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1961 Chevrolet Corvette Special – Dave MacDonald and Jim Simpson

The First Independent Purpose-Built Corvette Race Car

1961-chevrolet-corvette-sketch-side-viewThe Corvette Racing Team has proven that the Corvette is more than a match for any sports car on the planet. But in the early days, racing a production Corvette would only get you so far. To get to the next level, “purpose-built” race cars were the order of the day. Tube frames (aka “bird cages”) with a thin fiberglass or aluminum body were super lightweight and the low power-to-weight ratio made for a race car that was a handful.

Dave MacDonald was one of the young lions of Southern California sports car racing. He was a natural and quickly earned the nickname, “Master of the Oversteer.” Dave and his racing partner Jim Simpson started racing in 1960 and in their first year won 3 out of 15 races and never finished lower than 4th. In his second year Dave racked up 15 wins and three 2nd place finishes in 24 races and was on his way to being a dominant force. But like all racers, Dave and Jim wanted to move up into something faster. It was Carroll Shelby who suggested the guys get a Max Balchowsky chassis and build a purpose-built car. (Be sure to check out the video of this car. Click the “Continue reading” link)
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