The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (Photo: Chevrolet)
Like many car enthusiasts, I’ve spent much of the year in keen anticipation of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. I first saw one in the flesh at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction in January and it was clear that if nothing else, Chevrolet had a winning design to the new, seventh-generation Corvette, or C7, as it’s known.
Still, until you get behind the wheel, you don’t really know for sure whether that beauty goes beyond skin deep. I’m happy to report that in the case of the new Corvette, the beauty goes way, way beyond skin deep. In fact, Chevrolet has dialed up a true world-class sports car free of qualifiers. No longer does one describe the Corvette by saying, “It’s a great car, but …” It’s simply a great car.
The things people complained in Corvettes past — second-rate interiors, punishing ride, workmanship that was just adequate — those are all gone.
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Richard Westbrook’s No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. (Photo: Halston Pitman/MotorSportMedia)
Richard Westbrook escaped injury following a massive accident Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing.
As reported at SportsCar365.com
The Englishman’s No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered an unidentified failure while braking into the high-speed Turn 1 section on the 3.56-mile oval/road course, sending the car airborne and into a series of rolls, according to multiple eyewitness.
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Two Corvettes From Hendrick For Barrett-Jackson Auction (Photo: Tom Jensen)
Rick Hendrick is a familiar face at Barrett-Jackson auctions and with good reason: Not only is Hendrick the founder and owner of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup team, but he’s also the nation’s largest Chevrolet dealer.
And in recent years, Hendrick has become an avid collector, too, specializing in Corvettes and General Motors muscle cars. Recall that earlier this year at two other Barrett-Jackson auctions, Hendrick paid $1 million each for the right to purchase the first production 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 coupe and convertible.
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LOT 744, 2009 CORVETTE ZR1 (Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)
This just might be the biggest year in the history of the Corvette, Chevrolet’s halo car since its launch on June 30, 1953.
Not only is 2013 the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, but last week, Chevrolet began shipping to dealers its newest version of the two-seat sports car, the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Also known as the C7, short for seventh-generation, the 2014 ‘Vette has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in the automotive press.
Vintage Corvettes, of course, have long been a staple of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, and they will be again this week in Las Vegas, during the Sept. 26-28 event at Mandalay Bay, which will be televised on the FOX family of networks.
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The first 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupes are on the way to dealerships. (Photo: Courtesy of GM)
Chevrolet reports it has begun shipping the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe to dealers starting today.
The new C7 Corvettes are, of course, assembled at General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly — about 1,000 Stingrays have been built so far for delivery. Most are expected to be delivered to dealers within the next few weeks.
The Bowling Green plant, opened in 1981, underwent a $131-million upgrade to take on the new Corvette, including about $52 million for a new body shop. The car’s all-new aluminum frame will be built in-house for the first time. Meanwhile, the Performance Build Center, a production line for Corvette fans to build their own specialty engines, is moving from Michigan to the Bowling Green, Ky., plant and should be open early next year.
Pricing for the new 2014 Corvette starts at $51,995, including destination, for the coupe and $56,995, including destination, for the convertible. Ragtop production will begin by year end.