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1992 Falconer All-Aluminum V-12 Experimental ZR-12 Corvette

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by K. Scott Teeters as written for Vette Magazine and republished from SuperChevy.com
Excerpted from: Trend Setting, Part 15: A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes

Dateline 1.22.15: When the Dodge Viper debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January 1989, NO ONE knew what hit them! The Viper was new and fresh, yet the connection to the Shelby Cobra was obvious. Advanced orders were flooding in! You just know that the Corvette designers were going back to the office saying, “DAMN!” Continue reading


First Drive: Superformance Corvette Grand Sport from Autoweek

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by Mark Vaughn  as republished from Autoweek
With the efforts of Superformance, there is no shortage of great Grand Sports

Dateline 01.20.16: Even in the rarified, no-necked, hairy-backed world of ultimate muscle cars and the men who love them, the Corvette Grand Sport is exalted. Rumble and growl all you want about your Cobras, your GT40s and your whatever-the-hell-else you think is the ultimate road brute, but the Corvette Grand Sport just might crush them all. Continue reading


1953 – Production of the 1954 Corvette begins in the St. Louis plant

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 28th,1953 – Production of the 1954
Corvette begins in the St. Louis plant

December 2015 Dateline: As Corvettes got better and better in the late 1950s and through the 1960s, new Corvette enthusiasts weren’t aware that the first batch of 300 Corvettes were built in a make-shift assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, that was previously a large garage. While the St. Louis plant was a big improvement, it left a lot to be desired. Built in 1920, the early days of big American industry, the plant was described in Mike Mueler’s 2009 book, “The Corvette Factories” as, “… not only archaic, it was also lacking in size and scope. Expansion was out of the question, as was modernization…” Continue reading


Dec 25 1909 – Happy Birthday to Corvette Godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 25th, 1909 – Happy Birthday to Corvette Godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov

December 2015 Dateline:  Zora used to joke that he had the birthday-Christmas curse, which means you won’t get double the number of gifts – which is funny coming from him because he was Jewish. Regardless, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s part in the Corvette story is just as important as the original design of the car. Continue reading


1978 – Bill Tower, of Plant City, Florida buys Grand Sport #005 from Dave Erwin

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 24, 1978 – Bill Tower, of Plant City, Florida
buys Grand Sport #005 from Dave Erwin

Dateline December 2015: Duntov’s Grand Sport program is arguably one of the most beloved Corvette stories of all time for several reasons. It was the ultimate “could have been” Corvette program. The basic design of the Grand Sport was fine for 1962, when pencil was first put to paper to create Duntov’s beast. But road racing was developing at such a fast pace that by the time Roger Penske owned one of the Grand Sport Roadsters and raced at Sebring in 1966, the car was seriously outdated. Continue reading


1987 – Subcontractor Mercury Marine starts the first pre-production prototype LT-5 engine for the ZR-1 Super Vette

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 24, 1987 – Subcontractor Mercury Marine
starts the first pre-production prototype LT-5 engine for the ZR-1 Super Vette

Dateline December 2015: Mercury Marine is generally known for their superb outboard boat motors and chainsaws. They even fielded a NASCAR Ford racer in 1955 and 1956 that won their championship with Buck Baker and Tim Flock driving. By the 1960s their MerCruiser stern-drive line of boats had 80% of the world market. Mercury Marine was one of the world leaders in the design and assembly of all-aluminum performance engines. Continue reading


1961 – The final design of the all-new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is approved by management

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 24, 1961 – The final design of the all-new
1963 Corvette Sting Ray is approved by management.

Dateline December 2015: A total design change for any automobile is a big deal. Millions of dollars are committed to a design that won’t be proven “successful” until almost a year after the new car is released. Designs are looked at, reviewed, challenged, and scrutinized, until the day arrives then its decision time. Continue reading


1962 – Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen argues his case to GM’s top management for a special Corvette exemption from the 1957 AMA Racing Ban.

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 19, 1962 – Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen argues his case to GM’s top management for a special Corvette exemption from the 1957 AMA Racing Ban

Dateline December 2015: Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen was an unusual corporate executive. His dad was William “Big Bill” Knudsen, General Manager of Chevrolet then President of General Motors before WW II. But his son didn’t get many breaks. When his dad gave him a car, it was in pieces that Bunkie had to put back together. During summer breaks from college, the young Knudsen worked on a Pontiac assembly line. Continue reading


1999 – A Millennium Yellow 1999 Corvette convertible becomes the 1,000th RPO R8C Corvette Museum Delivery car.

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 13, 1999 – A Millennium Yellow 1999 Corvette convertible becomes the 1,000th RPO R8C Corvette Museum Delivery car

Dateline December 2015: What a stroke of genius having the National Corvette Museum across the road from the Bowling Green Kentucky assembly plant. The Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant officially opened for production on June 1, 1981. The National Corvette Museum opened on September 2, 1994 Continue reading


1958 – V.P. of Design and Styling, Harley Earl retires from GM. Bill Mitchell becomes General Motors’ new chief stylist.

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by Scott Teeters a written for Vette Vues
Timeline Tales: December 1, 1958 – V.P. of Design and Styling, Harley Earl retires from GM. Bill Mitchell becomes General Motors’ new chief stylist.

Dateline December 2015: This was more than just a changing of the guard; it was then end on one era and the beginning of another. Each era, in their own right, was distinct, unique, and beautiful. Harley Earl is acknowledged as the father of automotive styling, the annual model styling change, and the GM Motorama. Continue reading


1965 Chevrolet Corvette Set to Annihilate the Cone Competition! VIDEO

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by Steven Rupp as republished from Super Chevy
Project Management: The Hobaugh’s 1965 Vette is a Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing

Dateline: 12.28.15: Let’s be honest, classic Corvettes in stock form look a whole lot faster than they actually are. But, in reality, they’re just victims of the technology of their era. And, for the most part, were designed more for slicing through a mountain canyon on a Sunday cruise than being wheeled around a road course. But, like any classic, they can be worked over into something that can handle as good as anything being churned out by Chevrolet today. Continue reading


A Crowd Favorite Custom 1975 Chevrolet Corvette

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by Steve Temple as republished from Super Chevy
Heartbeat: How a ’75 Corvette stole a women’s heart—and then it received a transplant

Dateline 12.18.15: Who hasn’t felt their pulse quicken at the sight of a Corvette? And for many, that experience gets into their blood, and beating in their chest as a lifelong passion. Just ask Sandy Redden. When she met her husband, M.J., marrying him in the early ’70s, “I was driving a red ’63 Corvette roadster, a car I absolutely loved.” She had it modified with fender flares, side exhaust, stinger hood, custom paint and one of M.J.’s race-car engines. Then heartbreak ensued in 1978. Continue reading


Barn Find: 1965 Corvette Sting Ray Discovered on eBay

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by John Gilbert as republished from Super Chevy
The Green Weenie: How Much Will this Barn Find 1965 Corvette Bring on eBay?

Dateline 12.18.15: On eBay recently, the question is who molested this 1965 Corvette Sting Ray? Was it Dr. Timothy Leary, the LSD guru, or an unknown customizer? As a rule, when a car is described as a survivor most folks would perceive it to be an unmolested example of a factory original car. All of the things that usually get lost or modified are still intact and with the car. Continue reading


Dick “Mr. Corvette” Guldstrand Retrospective: A Corvette Legend Passes

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by K.Scott Teeters as written for Vette magazine and republished from Super Chevy
Dick Guldstarnd was a member of the “old guard,” one of Duntov’s guys

Dateline 12.18.15: On September 2, 2015, the Corvette community lost another legend; Dick Guldstrand passed – he was 87 years old. Dick was a member of the “old guard,” one of Duntov’s guys. He was part of the Southern California sports car racing scene that included Dave MacDonald, Mickey Thompson, Doug Hooper, Bob Bondurant, and others. Dick was a hot rodder in high school in a time when you were either a jock, a hot rodder, or a “candy-ass.” Dick’s ride was a ’27 Ford on ’32 Ford ’rails and he raced at El Mirage and Murdoc. When Dick went into the Army he was a USO singer and later got his degree in electrical engineering. Continue reading


1989 Snake Skinner ZR-1: Suddenly, it’s 1963 Again!

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by K. Scott Teeters as written for Vette magazine and republished from Super Chevy
an excerpt from: Trend Setting, Part 14: A look back at Chevrolet’s
experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes

Dateline: 12.18.15: It was no secret in 1988 and 1989 that Chevrolet was developing a “super-Vette.” But when the Dodge Viper RT/10, with its 488-cid V-10 engine, debuted at the 1989 New York Auto Show the Corvette guys didn’t know what hit them. The Dodge boys were completely up front as to the source of their inspiration for the Viper—it was the minimalist, ’65 Shelby 427 Cobra. You just know that the Corvette guys went back to their offices, closed the doors and yelled, “What the @$#*!” Continue reading



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