Classic Chevy News

Corvette Stolen 42 Years Ago Found...

"We’ve found your car" are the four most desired words you can hope to hear when your car has been unlawfully taken from your possession. In the case of Terry Dietrich, those words were uttered to her earlier this month some 42 years after her first love – a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – was stolen in Duluth, Ga., just six months after it was bought.

But, as is typical with stories of long lost automotive loves, those four words were often followed by an endless amount of bureaucratic red tape and an unmovable state agency.

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Mid-Engined Corvette Happening?

Behold, mid-engine Corvette fans: The car you’ve waited patiently for Chevrolet to build has finally evolved beyond titillating concepts to the engineering mule revealed here. An 82-second strike by our recon op resulted in 15 frames before security narcs dropped the curtain on this black test car—with its two occupants still inside.

Don’t fret over the pointy-pickup camouflage; more attractive attire will follow. Instead take solace in a cabin hugging the front axle, ample space between the cockpit and the rear wheels for the hot parts, and this Corvette’s crouched and ready attitude.

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Eckler's New Distribution Center Completed

Eckler’s State-of-the-Art Warehouse/Distribution Center Completed

Eckler's celebrates its $9.5M facility expansion with a grand opening ceremony. City leaders, company executives and many others attended the opening of the automotive leader's distribution center and warehouse.

Titusville, FL December 17, 2014

Eckler Industries, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of restoration parts and accessories for classic and enthusiast automobiles, celebrated the completion of its 180,000 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse facility at the Grissom Centroplex in Titusville, FL with a Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, December 12th. The enhanced fulfillment facility is the central warehousing and distribution location for all General Motors, Porsche and Mercedes parts and accessories that the company sells through its extensive catalog and online network.

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The Ultimate Garage Queen '67 Corvette

he Ultimate Garage Queen '67 Corvette to be sold at the Mecum Auction in Austin, TX

Some Corvettes leave the factory and are immediately put to work on either the racetrack or the drag strip, while others are destined to sit in a garage under a sheet in some car collector’s garage. This 1967 Corvette set to be sold by Mecum in Austin is a perfect example of the typical garage queen Corvette, built to serve as a GM Display Vehicle at the 1967 Riverside Grand Prix in California.

The Rally Red C2 is in pristine condition and is recognized by the National Corvette Certification Board as being 95-100% of typical factory production specifications. The car has also received the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence for its condition and is well document, with a the original dealer copy of the order and the ownership history since new .

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New Z06: Faster than Hellcat, Ferrari, McLaren

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 will come out of the box with a sub-3-second 0-60 time and sub-11-second quarter-mile time. That puts the approximately $80,000 Z06 on par with the outgoing $180,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, the $1.5 million Ferrari 599XX, the $1.2 million McLaren P1 and the $103,365 Nissan GT-R. Is it the deal of the century? Signs point to yes.

The 2.95-second sprint time comes courtesy of the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, which we tested a few weeks ago. The seven-speed manual can only achieve a sluglike 3.2 seconds.

Similarly, the 10.95-second quarter-mile time is only achievable with the eight-speed auto; manual rowers get 11.2, which is the same time as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Chevy says both quarter miles end with a speed of 127 mph.

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Peter Max Collection

Back in 1989, I was nine years old and happened to see a television commercial on the VH-1 music video channel for a crazy contest they were running. The gist of it was pretty simple. You dialed a 1-900 number, got billed a couple bucks and threw your name in the big mix to try and win some cars. Not just “some cars” I should clarify but 36 Corvettes, one from each model year that existed to that point in time. Not really understanding the logistics of this, I hounded and hounded my parents to call the number and enter us into the contest. Needless to say, they never did but back then more than a million people actually picked up the phone and entered. A carpenter from Long Island, New York won the whole shooting match. Believe it or not, this is actually the part where the story gets interesting.

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Sinkhole Repair Starts Next Month

The National Corvette Museum says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside.

The project's schedule calls for completion by July at the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The museum says six of the eight cars that fell into the hole are on display in the museum's Skydome. The museum will move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens next summer.

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Yenko's First 1967 Camaro Heads to Auction

No matter where you look, the talk of the town remains that Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38 million at Pebble Beach. We love it too, but it’s not the only rare breed that’s crossing the block these days.

Up for sale at Mecum Auction’s Dallas is this remarkable 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, but not just any old Camaro, this was the first one delivered to the renowned Yenko Chevrolet dealership.

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Project ’55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update

(continued from Project Car: '55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)

Project '55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update

Project '55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update

Project '55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update

When it comes to making a decision on what rear end to use in your Tri-5, there really is no substitute for the Ford 9” from the 9 Inch Factory. Yes, there are a lot of them out there, but the 9 Inch Factory is by far the best quality and fit on the market– plus it’s made in the USA.(Part # 21-238-PC) Ordered with a 3.73 gear, 31 spline, in black powder coating. We are staging the location for this monster to be mounted to the chassis.

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