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Chevy Will Auction First Corvette Z06 Carbon

Palm Beach Barrett-Jackson Event will determine the price.

by on Mar.24, 2010

When is a ~$90,000 Corvette worth more? How about if it's Number 1 of the build.

The first of 500 retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition coupes will go to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 3.

This continues Chevrolet’s tradition of offering potentially rare – or at least collectible cars -through Barrett-Jackson.

At the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction in 2008, the first retail production 2009 Corvette ZR1 sold for $1,000,000. The first retail 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was also sold for $350,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction last year.

More recently, a limited edition Corvette Z06 – number 427 of 427 produced – raised $200,000, which was donated to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

The winning Carbon bidder can tour GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, where the hand-built LS7 and LS9 engines used in the Z06 and ZR1 respectively are assembled. The winner will also have the opportunity to watch her car going down the line at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“The Corvette Z06 Carbon will surely be an instant collectible,” claims Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing. “For that reason, we see Barrett-Jackson as the premiere venue to sell the first retail Z06 Carbon.”

The Corvette Z06 Carbon was designed as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans. As such, it continues the technology transfer between the production Corvette and racing. (Click Here: First Look: 2011 Corvette Carbon Fiber Z06) (more…)

First Look: 2011 Corvette Carbon Fiber Z06

A “track-to-street” technology transfer on 500 retail models.

by on Mar.11, 2010

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The carbon fiber Z06 will be priced between the Z06, starting at $74,285, and the fire breathing and Porsche eating ZR1, starting at $106,880.

Chevrolet is extending the Corvette lineup with a carbon fiber package on the 505 horsepower (377 kW) Z06 model. The lightweight limited edition of 500 sports cars includes black carbon fiber rockers, splitter and roof panel with the full-width body color spoiler.

The carbon fiber Corvette will be priced somewhere between the base Z06, which starts at $74,285 and the fire breathing and Porsche eating ZR1, which starts at $106,880.

Chevrolet says the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is a “tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours of LeMans.”

“For track use, the Z06 Carbon is the best balanced Corvette yet. It combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06 engine with the road-holding and braking of the ZR1,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06 Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06 lap time.”

Although street legal, it is debatable how many miles the carbon fiber Z06 two-seaters will ever compile on public roads. No matter, the high performance Chevy will be in demand among collectors.

Z06 Carbon has two colors: “Inferno Orange” and new “Supersonic Blue,” which, of course, overhypes the speed capability of the car.

This carbon Z06 has Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with dark gray metallic calipers, which were first introduced on the ZR1. (Click Here) Black, 20-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are fitted with Michelin PS2 tires. “Magnetic Selective Ride Control” is standard for the first time on the Z06.

The Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in two colors: “Inferno Orange” and a new “Supersonic Blue,” which, of course, overhypes the speed capability of the car.   (more…)