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The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06

The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06

When it comes to American sports cars, the nameplate that is near synonymous is the Chevrolet Corvette. Lovingly called the ‘Vette’, and sometimes the ‘Stingray’ depending on the badging, the Corvette is now in its eighth and most exciting generation to date and is giving its fans plenty of cause of excitement.

The Corvette will complete 70 years in 2023, and to celebrate this special anniversary, Chevrolet has announced the launch of the first high-performance version of the eighth generation, the C8 Corvette Z06. And Chevy promises that this Vette is going to be the most exciting one, yet.

From 1953 to now, the Corvette has been to Chevrolet what the Mustang has been to the Ford. Both are loyal high-sale nameplates and game-changers that Americans have grown up with. Though 2019 saw the Corvette undergo a massive change, the loyalists and the purists still love it, and the mid-engine, hybrid avatar of the Vette is only making hearts grow fonder.

From the first 1953 Corvette to the first mid-engine ‘Vette of 2020, GM’s halo car is getting better, stronger, and faster by the day, and the fans cannot get enough of it. The cooler aesthetics are also helping, as is the relative affordability of the car.

But it’s the C8 Corvette Z06 that is truly creating a buzz in the market, and this is what we know about it now.

The C8 Corvette Z06 Will Jet 600+ Horsepower

2023 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 Convertible

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The C8 Corvette Z06 will come bearing the same 5.5-liter V8 mill that powers the Corvette Racing C8, internally known as the LT6. With a flat-plane crankshaft and dual overhead camshafts, and a mid-engine layout, the Z06 is expected to generate 617 horses, revving up to 9000 RPM.

This means, the naturally-aspirated V8 from Corvette’s stable may overtake the V8 from the Ferrari 458 Speciale, which is currently rated at 597 horses. So the C8 Corvette Z06’s engine may turn out to be the boss of them all.

It will come mated to the eight-speed Tremec dual-clutch automatic and could provide super-quick gear changes, making it track-ready.

Till now, while spy shots of the Corvette have been taken by autophiles and journalists, the thick camouflage over the models has not let any details slip through, which means Corvette has to be planning something really special in looks as well. The benchmarks for the C8 Corvette Z06 are no weaklings themselves, considering the Z06 is being pitted against the likes of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which just slew Nordschleife’s production car lap record. What’s even cooler is that the Z06 plans to take on the Ferrari 458. And it may just win.

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The Corvette Z06 Comes Track Ready

2023 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 Convertible

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The 2020 C8 Stingray is already a track beast but keeping in line with the Z06’s legacy, this HiPo model will come with plenty of additional stuff to make it the ultimate sports car. It will come riding on Chevy’s tricked-out Magnetic Ride Control suspension system and we expect it to hug the road during turns.

Muscle Cars and Trucks reported that the Corvette will bear larger and wider tires with 345/25 ZR 21 in the back and 275/30 ZR 20 in the front. The differently sized tires aid mechanical grip and there may be optional carbon fiber wheels in the Aero package upgrade.

This upgrade will have more aerodynamics, of course, with multiple wings and splitter packages coming in separately, as is the case with the Z06 trim. And for a truly unique feel, the engine note will come processed via a center-exit exhaust layout, which means the C8 Corvette Z06 can sing a soulful baritone.

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No Sight Yet, But You Can Hear The Z06 Song

2023 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Z06 Spy Shot

Via: Twitter

The 2023 C8 Corvette Z06 has its own YouTube channel, and while you cannot see it, there’s a 25-second clip up in which you can hear the sweet, sweet note of the engine.

And it has us hooked. The clip has been shot from within the car itself, so all you can see is the road it’s chewing up, and hear that rumbling exhaust note. The growl is addictive and if this truly is what the Z06 will sound like, Ferrari better work in some magic into its existing cars.

The Chevrolet Corvette, America’s darling sports car, is all set to rule the sports car world and may end up giving tough competition to the European imports. At a much lesser price as well. And we are pretty sure the looks are going to be stunning as well, considering the C8 already blew most of us away.

So if you need more reasons to be all in love with the C8 Corvette Z06, well, just watch this space for the reveal. It’s going to be a while till it reaches the dealerships though prototype spy shots may soon be out. But till that time, you have the exhaust note to tide you over, and it’s a sweet, sweet sound indeed. Listen…

Sources: Road&Track, MuscleCarsAndTrucks, YouTube

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Corvette Z06 Goes Drag Racing, Meets One Bad Mercedes V-Class MPV

Corvette Z06 Goes Drag Racing, Meets One Bad Mercedes V-Class MPV

Despite looking like your regular shuttle, bar those Maybach-style wheels, this Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV hides a big secret under that short hood.
Its oil burning days are gone, as the firepower is supposedly supplied by the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8, taken from AMG’s shelves. In the current configuration, it’s said to produce 585 horsepower, so it definitely has the grunt to go drag racing, which it did, at the SCC500 Roling50 1000 event in Germany.

It was there that the bad V-Class, unofficially named the V63, was filmed putting its money where its mouth is against some fearsome rivals, including a Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06. We don’t know if the American sports car was tuned in any way, but in stock form, its 7.0-liter V8 engine pumped out 505 horsepower back when it left the factory floor.

So, how did it do? We’ll tell you that at the end of the run, one vehicle was clocked at 252.44 kph (156.86 mph), whereas the other did 231.27 kph (143.7 mph), from a rolling start.

Before jumping to the video embedded at the bottom of the page, get ready to see the said ‘Vette go against other fast machines. In the first filmed race, it took on a BMW M140i, said to have 500 horsepower available on tap. Next, it met the aforementioned V63, with its AMG power, and in the final race, it went up against a BMW M5 F90.

The German executive super sedan also hides some changes in the engine compartment, as its twin turbocharged V8 was tuned to deliver 100 HP more, to 700 HP. However, we all know that BMW’s M Division tends to hide the real power of their high-end vehicles, as the dyno tests used to reveal around 630 HP a couple of years back, which is actually more than the Competition variant.

First 2022 Corvette Allocation Already Sold Out In Australia

First 2022 Corvette Allocation Already Sold Out In Australia

The new mid-engine Corvette C8 has gone worldwide, bringing American-style supercar performance to a number of international markets, including Australia. Indeed, the popularity of America’s sports car is running high, as evidenced by the fact that the first 2022 Corvette Stingray allocation has already sold out in Australia.

Per a recent report from the Australian publication CarAdvice, all 250 units of the 2022 Corvette slated for delivery to Australia are already spoken for, even before the first unit has arrived on Australian shores.

According to CarAdvice, some buyers have agreed to delivery fees in excess of AU$20,000 (about $14,774 at current exchange rates) in order to secure their new 2022 Corvette Stingray, with drive-away prices sometimes exceeding $200,000 ($147,744).

The latest C8 Chevy Corvette will be sold in right-hand drive from the factory, a first for the Corvette nameplate. Australian buyers will get their new ride through General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV), the new subsidiary for the Australian market, which arrived as a replacement for Holden last year.

GM confirmed that the first allocation of 2022 Corvette models for Australia was indeed already sold out, but indicated that further units would allocated for the 2022 model year, followed by allocation for the 2023 model year as well. Dealers are expected to receive between three and five vehicles, with very little choice in terms of options or colors.

The Aussie-spec 2022 Corvette trims include the 2LT, priced at AU$144,990 ($107,107 at current exchange rates) plus on-road costs, the 3LT, priced at AU$160,500 ($118,565 at current exchange rates) plus on-road costs, and the range-topping Carbon Edition, priced at $189,990 ($140,349 at current exchange rates) before on-road costs. The 2LT and 3LT will also be available in a convertible body style, as well.

For now, there’s no official word if GM will offer the go-faster C8 Chevy Corvette Z06 in Australian market. That said, the automaker recently filed to trademark “Z06” in Australia and New Zealand, as GM Authority covered.

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2022 Corvette Allocations Have Been Made Available To Dealers

2022 Corvette Allocations Have Been Made Available To Dealers

While the performance, price, and appearance can obviously speak for itself, it’s also no secret that supply chain/pandemic related production issues have limited the production of the C8 Corvette Stingray. The limited availability of the mid-engined American sports car has made many consumers even hungrier to get their hands on a new Stingray, especially after General Motors had to cancel all remaining 2021 C8 Corvette allocations back in June. That said, the first batch of allocations for the 2022 Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible have been made available to Chevrolet dealers.

The C8 Corvette Allocation Model Is Getting A Change Up

The way dealers are being allocated 2022 C8 Corvette build slots is changing from the years prior. Instead of the number of individual allocations being based on the dealerships sales from the last three years, 2022 allocation will be based on rolling 12-month Corvette sales figures for each dealer. As confirmed by Corvette Action Center, this model is different from the rest of Chevrolet’s allocated vehicle groups which rely on an “Available Day’s Supply” methodology.

According to Corvette Blogger, who spoke to several Corvette dealers today, reported that some received more than they thought they would, while larger dealers got less than expected. In typical fashion, no dealers have confirmed exact numbers. With that said, we can still expect that the largest Corvette dealership in the world got their fair share. For clarification, these initial allocations only cover the first dealer order submission process (DOSP).

Image via Kerbeck Corvette.

2022 Corvette Updates, Production Start Date, And Cautious Optimism

While it was initially reported that 2022 Corvette Stingray production would begin on (or around) September 6, the Corvette Action Center reported that Chevy is telling its dealers that production will begin the week of September 27th instead. It looks like Chevy is really taking their time and being careful this time around to avoid any potential backtracking with its customers.

Looking beyond 2022 Corvette Stingray allocation, we already know some key details about what the new model year has to offer. Unfortunately but expectedly, the 2022 Vettes are seeing a range-wide price hike alongside a special trio of new exterior color options. We also know that the new models come with an upgraded Active Fuel Management System and an updated fuel injection technology, as told by Chief Executive Engineer Tadge Juechter.

MC&T has recently covered that the new C8 Corvette Z06 will debut this fall after a long wait. And while you can’t order a car that still hasn’t officially come out (or can you?), now might be the perfect time to make friends down at the Corvette dealership.

2022 Corvette Stingray C8 colors amplify orange metallicImage via Chevrolet.

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Long-gone 4-seat 1963 Chevrolet Corvette revealed in rare images

Long-gone 4-seat 1963 Chevrolet Corvette revealed in rare images

With its mid-engine design, the latest Corvette is a radical departure for the model, but Chevy almost put something else behind the driver’s seat a long time ago.

Chevrolet considered building this four-seat Corvette in 1962, but canceled the project and destroyed the fiberglass mockup.
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GM Design has posted rare images of a four-seat second-generation Corvette design study it built in 1962.

Chevrolet considered building this four-seat Corvette in 1962, but canceled the project and destroyed the fiberglass mockup.

Chevrolet considered building this four-seat Corvette in 1962, but canceled the project and destroyed the fiberglass mockup.
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According to GM Authority, the idea was proposed by Chevrolet boss Ed Cole to make the Corvette a stronger competitor against Ford Thunderbird, which was outselling it at the time.

GM even purchased a four-seat Ferrari for inspiration, but made the Corvette much roomier for its American audience. It’s elongated fastback giving it a unique profile. Executives ultimately decided against pursuing the project and the fiberglass mockup was destroyed.

The second-generation Corvette would enter production as a two-seater in 1963.

The second-generation Corvette would enter production as a two-seater in 1963.
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It wasn’t the last time Chevrolet thought about fitting four people into a Corvette, however.

In 1980, the automaker commissioned California Custom Coach in Pasadena to build six four-door Corvettes, with T-tops over both rows of seats, to test the market for such a model.

GM commissioned this four-door Corvette from California Custom Coach in 1980.

GM commissioned this four-door Corvette from California Custom Coach in 1980.
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Unfortunately for fast family car fans, its projected price of $35,000, nearly triple what a two-door listed for at the time, doomed the idea.

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At least one of the cars has survived, however, and was sold last year after being listed for $100,000.

Would You Buy a Four-Seat Corvette?

Would You Buy a Four-Seat Corvette?

1962 Four-Seat Corvette Stingray Prototype | Instagram: generalmotorsdesign

What comes to mind when you hear the words Chevrolet Corvette? Two-seater, America’s sports car, and fast, right? Us too. That’s because two seats are synonymous with the sports car because, well, it’s the only design since its release. You’ll likely feel the same we did when you see the photos General Motors shared recently on their Instagram, showing us how close we were to that reality.

Talk about weird, right? Even with their mid-engine step into the future and moving the engine behind the driver seats, we’re learning it wasn’t the only idea the automaker had to put back there. General Motors posted some rare images of a four-seat second-generation Corvette they designed and built in 1962. The photos shared by the design team showed the unique four-seater C2 Stingray prototype.

You might be wondering, what was the purpose of this unfathomable Vette? The four-seat Corvette was conceived by the design team to compete with the Ford Thunderbird. During that period in history, the Thunderbird was decimating the Vette in sales. In August 1962, the boss at the time Ed Cole, assigned the project to C2 Corvette Designer to Larry Shinoda, says GM Authority.

1962 Four-Seat Corvette Stingray Prototype | Instagram: generalmotorsdesign

General Motors went as far as purchasing a four-seat Ferrari to find inspiration for this unusual project. However, the objective was to make the Corvette more spacious for Americans. The elongated fastback gave it a unique profile, but executives opted against following through, and the mockup was destroyed.

The idea came up again in 1980 when General Motors reached out to California Custom Coach to build six four-door Corvettes. They wanted T-tops over both rows of seats to do testing and see if there was a market for this type of car. However, you can see that idea didn’t go far, which was due to its substantial price of $35,000, almost triple the amount of a two-door at the time. The idea was quickly scrapped.

However, one of the prototypes made it through and was sold last year for $100,000. Had the idea come to fruition, it’s something we’d be used to seeing today. Since it didn’t, it’s quite a shock, but it makes us wonder if history was different, what would have happened? The Corvette lives on, while the Thunderbird was discontinued in 1997, so it’s safe to say who won that battle.

How Can a Cosigner Help on a Bad Credit Auto Loan?

How Can a Cosigner Help on a Bad Credit Auto Loan?

Bad credit auto loans are designed to help those struggling with credit. If you don’t meet the requirements set by the lender, a cosigner can help you get approved by attaching themselves to the loan.

3 Benefits to Having a Cosigner

A cosigner is someone who signs the loan with you. They usually need to have good credit if you, the primary borrower, have bad credit. By attaching themselves to the loan, their good credit can give your application the boost it needs in order for you to get approved.

Here are three benefits that come with having a cosigner on a loan:

  1. Increased approval odds – When you add someone who has good credit to a bad credit car loan application, your approval odds usually go up.
  2. Helps you build credit – Adding a cosigned auto loan to your credit mix is a great way to build credit. Each monthly payment that you make on time can improve your credit score.
  3. May help you save money – Although not as common, it’s possible that you could save on your car loan if having a cosigner helps you qualify for a lower interest rate.

Keep in mind that your actions on the auto loan also affect your cosigner. If you miss a payment, your cosigner’s credit score also drops along with yours. It’s important to keep your cosigner in the loop with what’s going on for this reason.

Requirements Your Cosigner Must Meet

You’ve read about the benefits of having a cosigner, but what does it take for someone to be a cosigner? A cosigner can be anyone, from a close friend to a family member, but they need to qualify for the car loan on their own.

This means two things: your potential cosigner must have good credit, and they must have enough income. Most lenders look at both you and your cosigner’s FICO credit scores to determine if you qualify. A good FICO score is anywhere from 670 and higher, according to Experian.

For the income requirement, subprime lenders generally require a minimum monthly income of around $1,500 to $2,000 before taxes. They also have to have a qualifying debt to income (DTI) ratio, which determines if their monthly budget has room for an auto loan.

To calculate your DTI ratio, add up your monthly bills, including the estimated car and insurance payment, and divide the total by your pre-tax monthly income. Subprime lenders typically won’t accept a DTI ratio that’s higher than 45% to 50%.

The Bottom Line

Having a cosigner on a bad credit auto loan can help you get approved, and one may even be required in some situations. Make sure you discuss the role your potential cosigner is going to play, and make sure they’re OK with putting their credit on the line for you.

If you’re ready to find financing, Auto Credit Express is here to help. We match people to local special finance car dealerships when they’re dealing with less than perfect credit.

All you need to do is fill out our free auto loan request form, and we’ll work to get you connected to a dealer near you.

1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races A 1972 Dodge Coronet R/T: Video

1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races A 1972 Dodge Coronet R/T: Video

When it comes to old-school performance, it’s hard to beat the 427 cubic-inch L88 engine. This race-derived eight-cylinder, which saw brief duty in the C2 and C3-generation Chevy Corvette, featured a high 12.5:1 compression ratio and a four-barrel Holley 4150 carburetor, pushing output to a factory-stated 430 horsepower – though many enthusiasts maintain the L88 produced a lot more than that.

The YouTube channel Cars and Zebras recently caught up with a 1969 model-year Chevy Corvette equipped with the legendary L88 V8 engine at a drag racing event in Michigan. This exceedingly rare muscle car participates in the factory stock ‘FAST’ drag racing series (which stands for Factory Appearing Stock Tire), with the owner showing modern-day car enthusiasts what this 1960s performance icon was truly capable of in-period.

The L88 in question found a worthy opponent in the FAST Series in the way of a 1972 Dodge Coronet R/T, which features a 426 cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine producing about 425 horsepower. Both of these stock muscle cars feature three-speed automatic transmissions as well, evening the playing field a bit. With a close match-up like this on the docket, Cars and Zebras rightly pulled out their camera and filmed these two proverbial heavyweights going head-to-head.

While the claimed factory output of these two is very similar, the Chevy Corvette is significantly lighter, tipping the scales at 3,454 pounds with the driver. The Dodge, by comparison, weighs in at 3,762 pounds without the driver, so it would be closer to 4,000 pounds at the start line. That said, we were pleasantly surprised at this Mopar’s straight-line performance. Don’t be misled by its bulky body and spacious interior – this big Dodge can move.

Place your bets and see who wins this classic American drag race in the video embedded below.

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Satellite Security System Scuttles Corvette Theft In LA

Satellite Security System Scuttles Corvette Theft In LA

After a short pursuit about three minutes, the vehicle was disabled by OnStar.

Stolen Purple Corvette stopped by police

Corvettes might rank among the most popular muscle cars around, but when it comes to theft, it’s surprising that the Chevrolet model hasn’t been listed among the top 10 stolen vehicles in the U.S. in the past year. That’s hardly any comfort to one Dallas resident who recently had two Corvettes stolen within three months of each other. But on the other hand, there’s this story reported on Friday by a FOX Los Angeles affiliate about how high-tech created a happy ending for one Corvette involved in a heist.

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Corvette Pursuit Lasted 3 Minutes

It all started the night before when California Highway Patrol was alerted that a Corvette had been stolen. With at least three patrol cars in pursuit of the vehicle on Interstate 405, vehicle support company OnStar was alerted and a dispatcher managed to send a signal to the Corvette, which slowed down to a full stop, enabling police to arrest the driver.

RELATED: Retired NFL Star’s McLaren Stolen And Wrecked“OnStar notified us as soon as we dispatched about a stolen vehicle on the 405 near Roscoe Boulevard,” said CHP Sgt. Steven Gerati. “After a short pursuit about three minutes, the vehicle was disabled by OnStar.” There was no need for enforcement officers to issue spike belts or use one of the cruisers to execute a risky PIT maneuver.

Officers Can Track For Safe Locations

Thief in stolen purple Corvette pulled out of car by police

Using OnStar can mitigate the chances of a lead-footed vehicle thief from getting away. The technology has become so sophisticated, that officers communicating with OnStar can track the vehicle while finding a safe place to stop the vehicle, preferably in a densely populated area or where there’s minimum traffic.

“These things happen in a second,” said retired LAPD Sgt. Chris Yzaguirre. “They either go really good or they can go bad. So having OnStar, a feature like that… that technology is always a plus.”

In response to the arrest, a representative for OnStar stated the company regularly works with law enforcement to cut down on vehicle theft. A front-line advisor can relay a signal to mitigate theft by slowing the vehicle down to a point where police can recover the vehicle.

It Could Have Been Worse

Purple Corvette put on a flatbed after being stolen

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Had the perpetrator managed to outrun police in a full-scale pursuit, there’s no telling what might have happened next. Upon examining the vehicle after the arrest and before moving it on a flatbed, officers not only found narcotics but a cargo of assault weapons that included handguns, AK-47 automatics, and Colt M1911 pistols.

Source: FOX 11

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Some used cars now cost more than new

Some used cars now cost more than new

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Finally, some good news when it comes to the computer chip shortage that’s caused a shortage of pickup trucks and SUVs in 2021.

The chips are starting to come in, and Ford tells the Detroit Free Press it is beginning to fix its backlog.

That’s welcome news to dealers and shoppers. Many car dealer lots look empty these days, with just a handful of pickups for sale where hundreds are normally lined up.

It’s been a struggle for dealership general manager Tim Sander, who’s even been buying vehicles to keep his lot stocked.

“I don’t get frustrated,” Sander said. “But it’s different. It’s very different from what everybody’s used to.”

It’s been a tough few months for buyers of both new and used trucks because you can’t find many new ones, and prices on the used ones are high.

Toughest to find are new F-150s and work vans.

But dealers are hoping a new program from Ford starts to ease that crunch.

“They’ve come up with a wonderful program, where if you order from Ford you will get bumped to the front of the line,” Sander said.

Sander says Ford will now give buyers who order a truck priority over dealer orders, so you can get one in a couple of months.

Otherwise, you will have to take what’s available at dealers’ lots.

“If you need one today, you’re going to have to be flexible,” Sander said.

But Ford says it is now starting to supply chips to its thousands of unfinished pickups, parked at Kentucky Speedway and lots in Kansas City and Michigan.

What about the new Ford Bronco, this year’s hottest vehicle?

It seems everyone wants a Bronco right now, Ford’s popular new challenger to the Jeep Wrangler.

But full size Broncos are now back-ordered until next spring, and it has nothing to do with the chip shortage.

You’ll have better luck with the smaller Bronco Sport.

Sander Ford sees the chip shortage improving as we head into fall, but Sander said pre-ordering a truck is the best way to get a new truck. That way, you don’t waste your money.

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CHP officers use OnStar to disable stolen Corvette during pursuit

CHP officers use OnStar to disable stolen Corvette during pursuit

Corvette police chase: Satellite security system credited with stopping Van Nuys pursuit

A satellite security system is being credited for stopping a police chase involving a stolen sports car.

A satellite security system is being credited with stopping a police chase involving a stolen sports car.

A driver suspected of stealing the Corvette was leading California Highway Patrol on a chase in the San Fernando Valley around 1:15 p.m.

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But thanks to the OnStar security system, the chase ended peacefully in Van Nuys. Officers on scene said the security system automatically disabled the shiny purple car after it realized the Corvette was stolen.

CHP officers were able to place the police chase suspect in custody.

In addition to being charged with stealing the car, the suspect was accused of having an AK-47 with them.

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1969 Chevy Corvette 427 Was Hidden for 15 Years, Its Cool Stories Are Remembered

1969 Chevy Corvette 427 Was Hidden for 15 Years, Its Cool Stories Are Remembered

Check out the gallery embedded below, and you’ll see a nice lady standing beside a dusty Corvette coupe. It’s the same Chevy looking as pristine as it gets in the rest of the hero shots, and the duo made up a family alongside the car’s original owner some years ago. Just in case you want to know all about their story, be sure to spend another two minutes watching the video testimonial at the end of the article. It’s well worth the effort.

Some vehicles just have cool background stories attached to them. As such, they’re not just soulless pieces of metal, rubber, and glass. And this matching-numbers 1969 Chevy Corvette 427ci L36 four-speed is certainly one of them. It doesn’t matter the seller going by the eBay username ca_guy is (apparently) just trying to flip the vehicle for a profit.

We are dealing here with a no-reserve auction, so this will ultimately end up in the hands of someone who hopefully appreciates the intrinsic value of its life story. But let’s get on with the details about the vehicle. The cool stuff about what happened with it over the years is best described by the eye-witness account.

So, we are dealing here with a 1969 Corvette that was acquired when new by the original owner from Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, one of the biggest dealers of Corvettes at the time. It was lovingly nurtured, garaged, and upgraded until the owner passed away, at which point it was left “forgotten by many” for some 15 years.

Now it’s owned by this seller, who at least had the common sense to refresh its dusty appearance and bring it back to life once more, allegedly “to be enjoyed by many.” We dig the enjoyment part. The ‘Vette has a 427ci Big Block Chevy V8 engine under the hood. It’s of the L36, not the famous L88 variety, but it was still capable of churning out 390 horsepower off the factory floor.

The matching-numbers mill is mated to a four-speed transmission and the Cortez Silver paintjob (originally this was a Riverside Gold example) bodes well alongside the rest of the highlights. Such as the U.S. Mags wheels, side exhaust with headers, custom valve covers, or the “100% bone stock and original” interior. So, do we need to wonder why the highest bid has already gone up to over $26k?

CarGurus launches platform for dealers to buy used cars online from consumers

CarGurus launches platform for dealers to buy used cars online from consumers

CARY, N.C. –

When CarGurus purchased a majority stake in CarOffer this winter, one of the benefits to the deal was that it could give CarGurus dealer partners another digital avenue to source used inventory.

That capability came to fruition Friday with the launch of CarGurus Instant Max Cash Offer, a CarOffer-powered platform that allows dealers to acquire used cars online from consumers.

And for many, the timing perhaps couldn’t be better, with an auto industry grasping for used-car supply that has run dry amid the fallout from a chip shortage, new-car production delays and high demand.

CarGurus Instant Max Cash Offer, which utilizes the CarOffer Buying Matrix platform to facilitate consumer car sales to dealers, will launch first in Florida, Massachusetts and Texas. Consumers there can go to the “Sell My Car” page on the CarGurus website and type in the vehicle information to receive offers from the dealer network.

If the consumer chooses to move forward with the offer, CarGurus picks up the vehicle (at the location designated by the consumer) through a “white glove” concierge service, inspects the vehicle at that location and delivers it to the dealer’s lot. The consumer is paid once the car passes the inspection.

Dealers who are in the CarGurus/CarOffer network can utilize this tool by filling out CarOffer’s Buying Matrix.

“We are headed towards a digital world where shoppers and dealers are both buying and selling vehicles online, and CarGurus is in a prime position to help both do so with the technology-first approach that we are known for in the industry,” CarGurus president and chief operating officer Sam Zales said in a news release.

“CarGurus Instant Max Cash Offer will not only let consumers sell their car online from the comfort of their home while securing the top offer from thousands of dealerships, but will also help those dealerships gain a competitive position amid this new digital retail environment and level the playing field with the industry’s largest consumer vehicle retail buyers,” Zales said.

Alternative ways to source used vehicles continue to rise, especially as some retail and wholesale lines blur and as digital transacting becomes more common.

Just last week, Drivably announced a new online community that allows consumers to instantly sell their cars to dealers, who bid on the vehicles through an online auction.

And in June, ACV debuted a platform that gives dealer groups and commercial partners a way to host closed sales for select audiences. ACV PRIVATE MARKETPLACES will first be available for large dealership groups with multiple locations, and then for commercial consignors looking for a way to host closed auction sales.

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Russia to commission Project 20380 corvette Rezky earlier in 2022

According to information published by Tass on July 29, 2021, the Amur Shipyard integrated into the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is planning to commission the Project 20380 corvette Rezky four months earlier than planned, Shipyard CEO Vladimir Kulakov told Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during his visit to the outfitting pier.
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The Rezky Steregushchiy-class or Project 20380 (Picture source: Duster clubs)

The corvette is expected to be commissioned by Victory Day in 2022.

In early July, the Rezky corvette left the slipway of the Amur Shipyard and was moved to the outfitting dock for outfitting work and trials.

Earlier, the Amur Shipyard built Project 20380 corvettes Sovershenny, Gromky and Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov. After the Rezky is commissioned, the shipyard will construct another ship of the type, i.e. the Grozny. The enterprise is loaded with state orders through 2028 and may receive additional orders for 2025-2033.

The shipyard needs a new transport dock and a hydraulic unit to extend its range of ships. The operational dock is 80% worn-out. Its service life was prolonged several times by the Pacific Fleet commander. In 2021, it was prolonged for the last time. The construction of the transport dock is estimated at 9.2 billion rubles ($125 million).

The Rezky Steregushchiy class, Russian designation Project 20380, is a class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy and designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The corvettes has a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. She has a combined bridge and command center, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles. Stealth technology was widely used during the construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs.

The is armed with one100mm A-190 Arsenal or 130mm A-192 naval gun, one Kashtan CIWS-M (Close-In Weapon System), eight Kh-35 (SS-N-25) subsonic cruise anti-ship missile, two AK-630М CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems), eight 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK (Paket-NK/E for export) anti-torpedo/anti-submarine torpedoes and two 14.5mm MTPU pedestal machine guns.

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Best Used Cars for Uber and Lyft Drivers

Best Used Cars for Uber and Lyft Drivers

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Drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have had a difficult few years. Their earnings fell as demand for travel evaporated, and those who did drive during the early days of the pandemic did so at great risk. Now, even as demand for ride-hailing increases, rising gas prices are cutting further into their profits.

Before the pandemic, we spoke with Harry Campbell, a ride-share consultant at therideshareguy.com, who told Consumer Reports that drivers put as much as 1,000 miles a week on their cars. For that kind of heavy-duty driving, the things many people want in a car—reliability, fuel efficiency, comfort and safety—become critical.

We also looked at new information from the personal finance data service ValuePenguin, which estimates that a ride-share driver’s expenses increase by 25 percent and profits dip by 12 percent for every four gas fill-ups in a month. We also studied online forums to find out the challenges Uber and Lyft drivers face. Then we looked at the results of our Annual Auto Surveys to find out which affordable used cars are best at meeting those challenges. We didn’t recommend any new cars because they depreciate too quickly to make much financial sense for ride-share drivers.

Some of these models carry our new Green Choice designation, which highlights vehicles with the cleanest emissions. (You can read more about Green Choice here.)

Of course, potential ride-share drivers should check out their local laws, which can put stricter requirements on licensing and car choices. Using a vehicle for ride-sharing could also void or reduce its warranty coverage. And insurance costs could go up if you use your car for ride sharing.

If need to replace your car and you drive for a ride-sharing service, take a look at our list.

Best Overall: 2014+ Toyota Prius

Ride-share drivers on forums like uberpeople.net and ridesharecentral.com praise the Prius. First and foremost is the extremely good fuel economy.

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“It makes more sense to have a high-mpg vehicle the more you drive, because your number one expense is going to be gas,” Campbell says.

The Prius’ reliability ratings in our surveys are consistently well above average. And it offers up to 27.4 cubic feet of room for luggage behind the rear seats, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

We recommend a 2014 or newer model because of its optional forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Leatherette seats are available and preferred because they retain fewer odors and are easier to clean after the inevitable spills and messes that passengers create.

See the complete Toyota Prius road test, reliability, and pricing.

Best Sedan: 2015+ Toyota Camry

We praised the Toyota Camry for its “generous room and a comfortable ride,” which could help drivers get better ratings from riders. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking became available starting in 2015, the same year the Camry aced Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. Our Annual Surveys show much-better-than-average reliability, and fuel-economy ratings are similarly impressive even if you don’t get the hybrid version.

See the complete Toyota Camry road test, reliability, and pricing.

Best Affordable Car: 2016+ Kia Soul

Thanks to its boxy design, this little Kia has a surprising amount of room for passengers, and its distinctive look makes it easy to spot in a sea of sedans and SUVs. CR praised the Soul for its “abundant interior space and super-easy access,” some of the very qualities that make for a good ride-share experience. Despite its affordable price, the Soul has options like leather seats.

In addition, forward-collision warning became available starting in 2016.

CR recommends active safety features for all drivers, but they can be especially important for ride-share drivers.

“Drivers are putting a lot of miles on their car, and they do get into accidents,” Campbell says. “You’re protecting yourself but also your passengers.”

See the complete Kia Soul road test, reliability, and pricing.

Best for Bad Weather: 2015+ Honda CR-V

Drivers of all-wheel-drive cars tend to make more money when it snows “because there’s a lot of surge pricing,” Campbell says. That’s when fares go up because of the increased demand for rides.

The CR-V is one of the better models among small SUVs because of its roomy cabin, good fuel economy, competent handling, rock-solid reliability, and top safety scores. For drivers in the snow belt, the CR-V has particular appeal with all-wheel drive and additional ground clearance. Just make sure to invest in winter tires, if they’re appropriate.

See the complete Honda CR-V road test, reliability, and pricing.

Best for Uber XL and Lyft Plus: 2014+ Honda Odyssey

Services like Uber XL and Lyft Plus pay drivers more when riders request a vehicle that can seat six or more passengers. Our pick is the Odyssey, which can fit seven or eight passengers depending on how it’s configured.

Like all vehicles on this list, it offers top safety scores and earns praise in our survey. In this case, remember that the Odyssey’s fuel economy is only 19 mpg city—so it might not be as cost-effective to operate if all the seats aren’t regularly filled.

See the complete Honda Odyssey road test, reliability, and pricing.

Best for Uber Select and Lyft Premier: 2013+ Lexus ES

In some cities, ride-share services like Uber Select and Lyft Premier offer riders the choice of an upscale car. Riders pay more and drivers make more—although Campbell says that these services tend to draw fewer riders (primarily businesspeople). The cars that qualify for premium ride-sharing vary from city to city, but the Lexus ES is usually on the list.

Our survey respondents praised the ES for its reliability and comfort, which are paramount virtues for ride-share drivers. While the drivers on forums like uberpeople.net and ridesharecentral.com caution against spending money on a new car simply to use for ride-sharing, a late-model Lexus may make sense for those who want to drive a comfortable car and also make some extra money on the side.

See the complete Lexus ES road test, reliability, and pricing.

Cochranite coasting in the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise

Cochranite coasting in the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise

“It will be a beautiful drive,” Messner said. “Our only worry right now is what’s going to happen with the fires. Every day is a bit of a challenge in making sure everything is going to work out.”

COCHRANE— Setting out on an epic cruise across Alberta and British Columbia, a convoy of Corvettes departed Okotoks on Monday (July 19).

Cochranite Jim Messner was selected as a cruise captain for the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise and drew on his experience with Cruise Cochrane to help organize and run the logistics of the journey.

The Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise has been running for about eight years and has a rich group of participants experienced in the art of cruising. Messner participated in the cruise for the first-time last year.

The 2021 Rockies Cruise saw 36 Corvettes from across Alberta and British Columbia meet in Okotoks before starting on a five-day epic journey across Alberta and British Columbia.

“We come through some of those stops or towns, whatever the case may be, and you get surrounded by people wondering what’s going on,” Messner said with a laugh. “We get a chance to talk to them and show the cars to the kids which I think is important. It’s a really good time and everyone is happy and friendly— It’s a real relief after being locked up for so long.”

This year marks the eighth annual cruise. Since its inception, it has grown from a one-day event to five days.

The cruise began with people from across the western provinces gathering in Okotoks on Monday with the Corvettes officially hitting the road on Tuesday (July 20) traveling and visiting Nanton, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, The Frank Slide and the large truck in Sparwood, B.C. The day ended in Cranbrook.

On Wednesday (July 21) the day was spent touring, with a stop in Yahk for ice cream. After a trip to the Castlegar Sculpture Walk and a lunch break, the drivers met with other car enthusiasts from the local area. The drivers ended the day in Osoyoos.

On Thursday (July 22) the convoy toured through Keremeos, taking the Green Mountain Road and stopping at Apex Mountain Resort before landing in Kelowna. The trip then continued along the east side of Okanagan Lake to Vernon.

On Friday (July 23) the group drove up to Nakusp and onto Revelstoke enjoying two ferry crossings as well and lunchtime hospitality in Nakusp. The Revelstoke Mountain Resort is hosting the group, Messner said, and they are looking forward to racing down the Pipe Mountain Coaster before having supper at the Rockford Grill.

On the final day of the cruise Saturday (July 24) everyone will head back home or continue on their personal voyages with their Corvettes.

Bringing together 36 Corvettes is a sight to behold, Messner said, and the cars span decades ranging from the 1970s to brand new. Messner hit the road for the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise with his 2007 Corvette.

“It’s an adventure,” Messner said with a laugh.

He is happy to see the cruise has doubled in size in comparison to 2020 and was looking forward to connecting with old friends and seeing the new faces.

“People are more comfortable doing it and being among a crowd,” Messner said.

He considers the cruise lucky, because last year the timing was just right allowing them to avoid most major COVID-19 public measures. This year they face a new challenge— Planning around the forest fires ravaging British Columbia.

“It will be a beautiful drive,” Messner said. “Our only worry right now is what’s going to happen with the fires. Every day is a bit of a challenge in making sure everything is going to work out.”

Contingencies have been built into the drive so they can adapt as needed and stay safe, he said, explaining the route of the ride could change based on fire and smoke levels.

“We just hope that it all goes safely and that the fires subside and that the weather is good,” Messner said. “The fires are more important though, if they can get some rain and shut down these fires, we’ll put up with that before just to help the people in B.C.”

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Manlius police identify 2 Syracuse men in Corvette after fatal crash

Manlius, N.Y. — Manlius police have identified the passenger killed when a Corvette crashed into a tree Monday afternoon.

Gregory Damon, 71, of Syracuse, was pronounced dead at the scene, Manlius police Sgt. Kenneth L. Hatter III said in a news release.

Damon was riding in the front passenger seat of a 2017 Corvette. The driver, 75-year-old Donald Reals, also from Syracuse, was traveling west in the 7200 block of Richmond Road East in the town of Manlius at about 2:45 p.m. when he veered off the road at a curve and hit a tree on the north side of the road, police said.

Reals was trapped in his car, but conscious after the crash, Manlius Police Capt. Jeffrey Slater said at the scene. Minoa firefighters extricated Reals from the Corvette, he said. Both Minoa and EAVES ambulances responded to the scene. EAVES ambulance crews transported Reals to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, officials said.

A chaplain arrived on Richmond Road East after Damon was pronounced dead. Someone from the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office also responded, police said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Members of the Manlius and DeWitt police departments’ Accident Investigation Team spent several hours Monday trying to “determine the sequence of events that led to the collision,” Hatter said in the release. They used a 3-D scanner to recreate the accident and take measurements, and police flew a drone over the crash site as they tried to piece together what exactly happened.

“The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made,” Hatter said in the release.

Richmond Road East was closed between East Kendall Drive and Fremont Road for several hours after the crash, but has since reopened.

Manlius police ask anyone who saw the crash to call them at 315-682-2212 or 315-682-8673.

A Manlius police officer takes a photo on Richmond Road East on Monday, July 26, 2021 after a Corvette crashed into a tree. One person was killed and another injured, police said.Catie O’Toole | [email protected]

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Corvette was going 138 mph just before California crash killed 2

Corvette was going 138 mph just before California crash killed 2

A driver in a convertible Corvette was going 138 mph after a night out drinking and just before he crashed at an Irvine intersection, leaving his two passengers dead, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday, July 26.

Norman David Martin, 26, faces two counts of murder in connection to the July 22, 2017, crash at Jamboree Road and Main Street that claimed the lives of Jamie Lopez and Nancy Ortiz, both 26.

During the trial’s opening statements on Monday, Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough told jurors that only minutes before the crash a friend who had been out with Martin that night told him over the phone that he hoped Martin wasn’t driving.

Earlier that day, Martin and a friend had quit their jobs at Fletcher Jones Motorcars, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Newport Beach, Scarbrough told jurors. They had dinner and drinks in Laguna Beach, the prosecutor said, then met up again that night at a Costa Mesa nightclub.

Someone they knew had reserved a private table and bottle service at the club, the prosecutor said, and security footage reportedly shows Martin drinking at least five mixed vodka drinks within an hour and a half.

While at the club, Martin met Lopez and Ortiz, the prosecutor said, and persuaded the women to go to an apartment in Irvine to meet up with his friends.

The group called an Uber, but the driver told them he didn’t have enough room to take them all to the Irvine apartment in one trip, the prosecutor said. The driver wouldn’t let anyone sit in another person’s lap.

So Martin told his friends that he and the two women would meet them at the apartment.

Shortly after the friends arrived at the apartment, Scarbrough said one of them received a call from Martin saying they were on their way. The friend responded by telling Martin, the prosecutor said, “I hope you aren’t driving.”

Police investigators would later determine with the help on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s on-board computer that the car was traveling at least 138 miles per hour as it approached Jamboree and Main.

Martin struck the intersection’s crown and the car went airborne, with some witnesses saying they saw sparks as it came back down to the ground, the prosecutor said.

The car landed in a different lane, still going more than 100 mph, and Martin apparently over-corrected and steered into the curb, the prosecutor said, with the Corvette striking three palm trees and a fire hydrant before spinning back onto the street.

During the prosecutor’s opening statement, the seating arrangement for the women passengers in the Corvette was not brought up.

Martin, Lopez and Ortiz were all thrown from the car. Martin and Ortiz landed in the roadway, while Lopez struck a palm tree.

Lopez and Ortiz died at the scene. Martin was taken to a hospital, where hours later his blood alcohol-level was tested at just below .08 percent, the legal limit for driving, police and the prosecutor said. Given the amount of time that had passed, police determined that Martin had been too intoxicated to drive.

Martin, who is representing himself in his trial, opted to not give an opening statement to the jury on Monday but could do so later.

If convicted, Martin faces up to 30 years to life in prison.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Photos Preview New Corvette C8 Rival

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Photos Preview New Corvette C8 Rival

The all-new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL was recently caught testing in a series of fresh spy photos, giving us our best look yet at the up-and-coming Corvette C8 Convertible rival.

According to General Motors, the most cross-shopped vehicle for C8 Corvette buyers is the Porsche 911, as GM Authority covered previously. However, the Mercedes-Benz SL is another worthy contender, and although the C8 Corvette handily outsells the SL, dominating its segment with 62 percent segment share during the second quarter of the 2021 calendar year, the new SL is shaping up to be quite the rival all the same.

For starters, AMG is playing a major role in the new vehicle’s development and engineering, which means it will surely have the performance needed to raise a few eyebrows. That go-fast attitude will be underlined with new styling inspired by the venerable Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, while the roof configuration will go from a retractable hardtop, to a folding fabric unit.

Another critical update will be the addition of two new rear seats, bringing the cabin layout to a 2+2 configuration. Previously, the SL was known as a two-door roadster, but with a new 2+2 layout, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will inch that much closer to the Porsche 911.

The new model’s lineup will start with the SL 43 and rear-wheel drive, while at the top of the heap, Merc will offer the SL 73e with 4Matic all-wheel drive. The range-topping power spec in the SL 73e will include a hybrid, twin-turbo 4.0L V8, the same system expected to throw down 800 horsepower in the upcoming AMG GT 73e.

For the moment, the current SL has not performed all that well in terms of sales – in fact, it’s one of the slowest-selling models in the German automaker’s lineup. Nevertheless, the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL could very well change that. Look for the new Mercedes-AMG SL to debut late in the 2021 calendar year, with sales kicking off in 2022.

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ACS Composite Introduces C8 Corvette Stingray Rock Guards

ACS Composite Introduces C8 Corvette Stingray Rock Guards

C8 Corvette Stingray owners frustrated by rock chips in their paint can look to ACS Composite for a solution with the company’s latest C8 Corvette Rock Guards. The new product is featured in the following 15-minute, 24-second video, which includes not only the benefits on offer, but the product install process as well.

“When we’re talking about rock chips, they usually happen from the wheels,” says Joseph from ACS Composite. “The spinning wheels going down the road projecting rocks all over your bodywork, and usually that happens all over the side.”

To stop the rocks, ACS Composite developed a new rock guard kit that installs new components around the rear of all four wheel wells.

From the factory, the C8 Corvette Stingray is equipped with what ACS Composite refers to as a trim bezel, which doesn’t really offer any protection from rocks hitting the paint along the flanks.

Alternatively, General Motors also offers an official Chevrolet Accessory dubbed the Front Splash Guards and Rear Splash Guards. These components add a degree of extra protection for the paint, protruding out from the wheel well by about half an inch. ACS Composite offers these items on its website, which includes all four items in textured black for $189, and all four items in Carbon Flash for $349. Alternatively, the items are also available in Black for $75 per pair (one pair for the front, another for the rear) on the official Chevrolet Accessories website.

For those C8 Corvette Stingray customers that need even more protection than what’s offered by the OEM Splash Guards, ACS Composite offers its C8 Corvette Rock Guards. The new piece retains the same mounting points as the factory components, while extending protection around the wheel well by more than an inch in terms of height and width. Critically, ACS Composite also made sure the look of the piece would not impact the C8 Corvette Stingray’s style.

Pricing for the new Rock Guards is set at $499, per the ACS Composites website.

Check out the new pieces and how they install in the video below:

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Which used cars South Africans searched for this year

Which used cars South Africans searched for this year

AutoTrader has released its Mid-Year Car Industry Report for 2021, looking at the search habits of South Africans for the first six months of the year. In it, AutoTrader offers insights in terms of the most popular used cars in the country, which models and brands are highly coveted, as well as the rising interest in electric vehicles.

While the extensive report is available to download as a PDF here, we’ve taken a look through and highlighted some of the most interesting and pertinent statistics below.

For example, an all-time record high of over 319 million online vehicle searches were conducted during the first six months of the year, representing growth of 44 percent year-on-year for AutoTrader.

Much of this can be attributed to the pandemic, which has also seen ecommerce flourish during the past 18 months too, while traditional brick-and-mortar establishments have suffered.

Looking at the Demand segment of the report, which lists the top 10 searched for brands, models and variants, it looks like German and Japanese vehicles have dominated over the first half of 2021.

What people are searching for

To that end, the Top 10 searched for brands are:

  1. BMW – 40.45 million
  2. Mercedes-Benz – 38.13 million
  3. Volkswagen – 37.92 million
  4. Toyota – 35.38 million
  5. Audi – 22.64 million
  6. Ford – 20.51 million
  7. Land Rover – 11.65 million
  8. Hyundai – 9.28 million
  9. Nissan – 8.10Volkswagen Golf R  million
  10. Porsche – 7.86 million

As for car models, the Top 10 is as follows:

  1. Toyota Hilux – 11.46 million
  2. Volkswagen Golf – 9.55 million
  3. Mercedes-Benz C Class – 9.02 million
  4. BMW 3 Series – 8.28 million
  5. Ford Ranger – 7.52 million
  6. Volkswagen Polo – 6.53 million
  7. BMW 1 Series – 4.86 million
  8. Toyota Fortuner – 4.38 million
  9. BMX X5 – 3.55 million
  10. Audi A3 – 3.2 million

Last is variants, which looks at different year models within a specific brand, where VW and BMW feature heavily:

  1. Volkswagen Golf GTI – 1.63 million
  2. Volkswagen Polo GTI – 1.43 million
  3. Mercedes-AMG C Class C63 – 1.40 million
  4. Volkswagen Golf R – 1.19 million
  5. Ford Ranger Wildtrak – 713 071
  6. BMW 3 Series 320d – 605 535
  7. Mercedes-Benz A Class A45 – 575 599
  8. Toyota Hilux 3.0D4D – 488 497
  9. Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI – 474 943
  10. BMW 1 Series m135i – 469 281

Running through the above lists, it appears as if those who own a VW vehicle and are wanting to sell it, will likely have some interest on marketplaces like AutoTrader. Whether you get what you want for it is another question altogether.

The outlook for EVs

One of the other interesting elements that AutoTrader looked at, outside of used cars, was that of electric vehicles (EVs), which despite several hurdles including lack of infrastructure and an unstable power grid, has still seen plenty of searches.

“We’re only in the starting blocks when it comes to EV adoption – in 2020, according to the latest EV Green Paper by the South African government, 92 electric vehicles were sold in the country. But this is set to change! In total, over 285,000 searches for EVs were conducted in the first six months of 2021 on AutoTrader, indicating an increase of over 211% vs the same time a year ago (albeit off a low base). A 234% increase in EV Consumer Advert Views was recorded, dominated by the BMW i3, Porsche Taycan and Jaguar I-Pace,” highlights AutoTrader CEO, George Mienie.

“Bearing in mind the importance of this trend and our belief that the impact of renewable energy on EV uptake needs to be addressed, we have devoted a substantial section of this report to EVs,” he adds.

Diving into said data, while there isn’t a plentiful number of EVs available on the market, a handful of models are garnering serious interest.

To that end the BMW i3 leads the charge with 111 450 searches, followed by the Porsche Taycan and Jaguar I-PACE at 104 452 and 50 240 respectively. The same three models feature among the most viewed EVs on AutoTrader.

The maketplace was also able to share some insights regarding EVs in SA, specifically highlighting some barriers that are hindering adoption, despite interest in the technology from those in the 25 to 24 and 35 to 44 age brackets.

“As mentioned in the previous electric vehicle survey, EVs in South Africa currently attract a 25% import tax vs a 18% tax for Internal Combustion Engine vehicles, this is excluding other taxes such as ad valorem tax. Higher taxes and the lack of incentives has aided in driving the cost of EVs up to an unattainable level for consumers,” the report outlines.

It therefore looks like EVs only stand a chance in South Africa if regulators and government improve infrastructure and incentivise ownership.

1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T, It's Extremely Close

1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T, It’s Extremely Close

So what happens when the Hemi and the L88 meet at the drag strip? Well, regardless of the cars they’re in, things become exciting, to say the least. Especially if it’s a Factory Appearing Stock Tire event, which allows certain changes to the drivetrain.

The footage below shows an L88-powered 1969 Chevrolet Corvette lining up against a Hemi-powered 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T for an extremely close encounter. But before we check out the outcome, let’s take a closer look at the cars.

On one lane we have a 1969-model-year Corvette L88. In stock form, these cars were underrated at 430 horsepower and 460 pound-feet (624 Nm) of torque thanks to a 12:1 compression ratio. This Corvette now hits the drag strip with a 13.5:1 compression ratio and an L88 that has been bored to 439 cubic inches (7.2 liters). There’s no info on how powerful it is, but it’s safe to assume that the rear wheels spin to the tune of at least 500 horsepower.

The 1967 Coronet R/T in the other lane features similar upgrades, including a compression ratio increased from 10.25:1 to 11.75:1 and modified rear gears. Whether the 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi is stock or not remains a mystery, but it’s plenty powerful at 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) of torque in (underrated) factory form. A cool detail about this car is that it’s a one-owner survivor.

Both cars are equipped with three-speed automatic gearboxes, so things are level in this area, but the Corvette is significantly lighter. Devoid of a radio and a heater, the Chevy tips the scales at 3,454 pounds (1,567 kg). The Coronet R/T comes in at 3,726 pounds (1,690 kg), to the Corvette is almost 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter.

On paper, the Corvette has what it takes to score a comfortable win, right? Well, the Chevy goes on to win the race, but only because the driver had a slightly better reaction time. The ETs are extremely close at 10.95 seconds for the Coronet and 10.98 clicks for the Corvette, but the latter takes the win thanks to a better reaction time. Their trap speeds are also almost identical at 125.63 and 125.80 mph (202.18 and 202.45 kph), respectively.

Should these cars race again, it could be anyone’s win. But before that happens, hit play to watch the tightest drag race you’ll see today.

Insure.com Reports Highest and Lowest Insurance Rates for Used Cars

Insure.com Reports Highest and Lowest Insurance Rates for Used Cars

FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Drivers buy used cars to save money, but if they purchase certain models, they may get sticker shock when they find out how much it costs to insure them. To help prevent consumers from financially driving off a cliff due to high insurance rates, Insure.com, a comprehensive resource for insurance information, releases a report listing the 2006 to 2020 car models that cost the most and least to insure.

The guide and tool come at a time when used car sales and prices are at record highs, so budgeting for the full cost of ownership may be more important than ever. Early results of an ongoing Insure survey show that nearly 53% of those who purchase used cars fail to consider the cost of insurance in their car-buying decision.

The new report, Buying and insuring a used car: Most and least expensive 2006 to 2020 models, finds that budget conscious drivers can choose used car models such as Honda, Chrysler, and Dodge to save on insurance, which have rates ranging from $922 to $958 per year.

The top five least-expensive used car models to insure in 2021:

  • 2006 Honda Odyssey LX: $922
  • 2006 Chrysler Town & Country: $923
  • 2006 Dodge Caravan SE: $925
  • 2007 Honda Odyssey LX: $936
  • 2007 Dodge Caravan SE: $937

At the other end of the spectrum, Maserati holds nine of the top ten slots in the most-expensive used cars to insure—with rates ranging from $4,248 to $5,102, while Porsche tops the list with an average annual premium of $5,239.

The top five most expensive used car models to insure in 2021:

  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: $5,239
  • 2019 Maserati Quattroporte GTS GranSpor: $5,102
  • 2018 Maserati Quattroporte GTS Granspor: $4,778
  • 2017 Maserati Quattroporte S: $4,723
  • 2018 Maserati Gran Turismo MC Centennia: $4,623

All cars were evaluated based on 100/300/50 coverage with a $500 deductible.

The new Insure guide offers comprehensive information on how to purchase a used car, including strategies for researching cars, making a decision, getting an inspection, and negotiating with dealerships.

“Although used cars can be more affordable than newer models, it’s still important to factor insurance costs into your budget when deciding on which car to purchase,” advises Penny Gusner, senior consumer analyst for Insure. “Our interactive used car insurance tool can help drivers view the rates they may pay on different car models and we explain the car insurance rate factors that can impact premiums.”

Gusner  is available to comment on how drivers can make the best used car choice by considering insurance costs when making a purchase decision and taking advantage of an auto insurance advisor tool.

About Insure.com
Insure is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: QNST), a leader in providing performance marketplace technologies and services to the financial services and home services industries. QuinStreet is a pioneer in delivering online marketplace solutions to match searchers with brands in digital media. The company is committed to providing consumers with the information and tools they need to research, find and select the products and brands that meet their needs. Insure is a member of QuinStreet’s expert research and publishing division.

For more than 35 years, Insure has served as a comprehensive consumer resource for insurance information, offering expert advice, articles, news, and tools about car, home, health, and life insurance. Consumers have access to free car insurance quotes and guidance on finding the right insurance policy, saving money and solving claims problems.

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GM considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette in 1962

GM considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette in 1962

General Motors once considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette, even building a prototype in 1962. A photo of that prototype recently popped up in an Instagram post from the automaker’s design department last week.

Based on the C2-generation Corvette that was about to launch for the 1963 model year, the four-seater was an answer to the Ford Thunderbird, according to the post. By the early 1960s, the T-Bird had grown from a traditional sports car into a cushier “personal luxury car.”

Aside from its stretched wheelbase, the prototype looks similar to the production 1963 Corvette. It even sports the split rear window that was unique to the 1963 model year. While it looked cool, the split window limited rear visibility, and was quickly deleted.

The C2 wheelbase was stretched by 6.0 inches, to 104 inches, according to a Corvette Blogger post. The roof was also slightly taller than a standard C2 roof, according to the post.

GM design staff hated the four-seat Corvette, but what actually killed it was a GM executive getting stuck in the back seat, according to the post, citing a later interview with designer Larry Shinoda. As the story goes, after an executive got in the back seat, the front seat locked, leaving him trapped. Not the best first impression, admittedly.

The Corvette has remained a two-seater ever since. Now that the ‘Vette has adopted a mid-engine configuration, the only way a four-seater could reach production will likely be if rumors of a Corvette-badged electric SUV prove true.

At $37,500, Is This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 The C3 To Snag?

At $37,500, Is This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 The C3 To Snag?

Nice Price or No Dice 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454

It’s always been said to “go big or go home.” Supporting that maxim, today’s Nice Price or No Dice Corvette has a big block mill that you can take home or wherever else you want. That is if the price isn’t too big a deal.

The comments on yesterday’s 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant heaped praise on the car but called into question its $19,955 price. In the ad for the car, the seller noted that they were in no hurry at all to move the metal. With the price earning an overwhelming 95 percent No Dice vote in our poll, that seems a sensible attitude for the current owner to have adopted.

Hey, when you think of the Apollo space program what springs immediately to mind? Is it the Moon landings? Maybe it’s Tang, the powdered orange-flavored beverage that the astronauts supposedly downed while in space. Honestly, since you’re reading Jalopnik, I’m going to guess that it’s neither of those two iconic aspects of Project Apollo. What I’m betting is that when you think of Apollo, you also think of the Chevy Corvette. It was, after all, the official sports car of the rocket-riding Apollo crews.

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This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 hails from the same year as the Apollo 14 mission, the program’s third successful attempt to land on the Moon. Even by that time, the new had worn off the Moon landings, and I’ll bet that today, most people can’t name the members of the mission’s crew. Not to leave you hanging, that was Alan Shepard, Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchel. The Apollo 14 mission was the first, and eventually only trip into space for Roosa and Mitchell. It was Shepard’s second, having been feted a decade earlier as America’s first man in space.

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Part of that earlier celebration included General Motors gifting Shepard with a white 1962 Corvette, thus setting up GM’s practice of making sure that America’s space heroes drove America’s sports cars.

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There’s nothing in its ad to indicate that this Mille Miglia Red over beige convertible was ever owned by anyone notable, much less a spacefarer. What the ad does disclose is that the car is kitted in a way that might make anyone feel like a rocketeer.

That starts with the engine, which is an LS5 big block with 454 cubic inches of displacement and an 8.5:1 compression ratio. As spec’d, that mill pumps out 365 (gross) horsepower and 460 (again, gross) lb-ft of torque. How do I know these facts? Well, it’s noted right there on the console, right behind the shifter for the four-speed Muncie M21 gearbox.

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Okay, so you get a hot mill and something for your left leg to do while driving it. What else does this C3 have to offer? Well, there’s that incredible styling, which looks like it was yanked straight off a spinning car show dais and shoved straight into the pleasure centers of our brains. There has perhaps been no more iconic look for the ‘Vette than that of the Mako Shark-aping C3 Stingray.

This one looks to be in damn-good shape with acceptable panel gaps, shiny paint, and bright chrome trim thrown in here and there. Each of the aggressively arched fenders is underpinned by deep-dish steel wheels wearing turbine center caps and bright beauty rings. Fat, raised white letter Goodyears keep the wheels off of the macadam.

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The vinyl top, in white, looks like it doesn’t get a lot of air time, but seems serviceable. The only major gaffe on the exterior is a recalcitrant cowl for the windshield wipers that doesn’t seem to want to stay seated. Typically, the cowl raises on springs to let the wipers do their thing. When the wipers are stowed, the panel is held down by engine vacuum. The raised panel here indicates a leak, but that’s usually not that big a deal.

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The interior looks completely stock, right down to the AM/FM radio. There’s a little bit of wear evident here, but again, nothing too bad. The worst of it is probably the fiberglass in the door jam that’s showing through where the paint has been abraded by a slight misalignment of the door.

The ad claims the car to rock its original engine and transmission, which is a big deal when you’re playing in this league. The car carries a clean title and, according to the ad, has just seen $3,000 in unspecified repairs. The seller claims the car “Runs and drives excellent” and is “very clean in/out.” The asking price is a cool $37,500.

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What do you think about this big block ’Vette and that $37,500 price? Does that feel like a good deal to pretend you just took a trip into space? Or, is that too much despite all the car’s bona fides?

You decide!

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