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Back in 1989, the Chevrolet Corvette was in its fourth generation and such a model currently sells for $8,600 to $9,700. One model in particular, has an odd story that helped drive its price up to $39,471 – just about the sticker price back when it was new.

Back in 1989, a brand new `Vette was stolen from a sales lot in San Diego, CA and moved to a nearby self-storage facility where remained for 23 years un-driven, unregistered and covered in dust.

The rent for the self-storage unit started at a reasonable $50 per month, but by 2012, it had soared to $300 per month. At that point the renter – the man that was convinced to steal the car – stopped paying. Instead of allowing the storage company to place a lien on the vehicle, the renter contacted his lawyer and the lawyer, in turn, contacted the police.

When San Diego Police opened the storage facility they discovered the stolen sports car covered in dust and sitting on four flat tires. However, under all of that dust was a mint-condition 1989 Corvette with the original new car invoice sticker on its windshield, a mere 67 miles on its odometer and a new-car smell inside.

The car was sold to a wholesaler and the wholesaler then offloaded the brand new Corvette on EBay for the aforementioned $39,471. The police decided not to press charges against the thief because of the amount of time that had passed and the fact that he was very cooperative in the investigation.

Source: LA Times

After making its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will also making an appearance during the upcoming Super Bowl, but not in an official ad. Chevrolet will not buy time during the game, but will simply present a one-off, hand-built2014 Corvette on the 50-yard line during the halftime show.

The Corvette will then be presented to the pop star, Beyonce. This way she will become the first celebrity to drive the new Corvette.

This looks like a pretty wise move, as Chevrolet will essentially get free advertising for the C7 Corvette. It’s even wiser considering the fact that the average 30-second ad spot during the Super Bowl is anticipated to run about $4 million.

We are just wondering if Beyonce will be able to handle such a powerful sports car. As a reminder, the C7 Corvette will be powered by a new LT1 Gen V engine delivers at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

If you needed any more proof of the burgeoning auto gold mine that China is fast becoming, don’t look any further than Chevrolet releasing a special edition Cruze in that market.

We get limited run exotics and the supercar variety, but a Cruze? It’s not exactly the first model you’ll think of when releasing a special edition model in China. But that’s the kind of growth the Chinese market has had in recent years, enough for automakers like Chevy to green light a unique variant for a mid-size car like Cruze.

In any case, the Cruze WTCC Edition was designed to celebrate Chevrolet’s success in the WTCC racing series. The car itself carries race-inspired graphics and a slew of new body kit components that include a new rear bumper, modified side skirts, and a truck-mounted spoiler. Looking at the overall product,

As far as the engine goes, the Cruze WTCC Edition comes with a choice of powertrains, including a 1.6-liter gas engine that produces 115 horsepower and 111 pounds-per-feet of torque and a more powerful 1.8-liter gas engine that delivers 145 horsepower and 130 pounds-per-feet of torque.

For a chance to own one, you’ll have to be in China with 123,900 yuan, or about $20,000, to spend.

Chevrolet is preparing to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette , but the history of one of the most appreciated American sports cars began back in 1953 when the first generation was launched. The car’s 60th anniversary is the proof that it was and will remain the top preferences of many car buyers.

While we have no idea what the seventh generation will bring to the Corvette’s long history, we do know how much we appreciate the previous generations. As expected, Jay Leno also appreciates `Vettes of yesteryear, as his latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features a collection of vintage Corvettes.

Alongside Jay is V.P. of global design for GM, Ed Welburn, who offered a few more details on the cars, their history and features. One of our favorite models featured during this episode is that blue 1958 Corvette , which is owned by GM’s chairman Dan Akerson. This model will be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 18, 2013.

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We hope Santa brought you everything that you wanted this year. Just in case he didn’t, we have prepared some surprises for you: a TopSpeed rendering of the upcoming Corvette C7 along with newly leaked drawings of the upcoming `Vette. While the previously leaked images revealed the front clip and brake system, the new ones reveal part of the rear and the interior of the next-gen Corvette.

Revealed in these leaked images is the car’s Sports Overlay display, which displays vehicle speed, engine rotation per minute, transmission state and lateral G-Force graphics. There is also a graphic for Performance Traction Management, which will likely be offered in all Corvette models.

It also looks like the C7 Corvette will be offer some new-to-GM features, like engine sound management, active rev match and performance data recorder.

To really get you all amped up, we have also created a rendering of the C7 Corvette based on these leaked drawings that we believe is pretty close to how the C7 will look. Enjoy!

Note: Leaked images courtesy of CorvetteBlogger.

With all the Christmas videos going around these days, Chevrolet decided to take a different approach, opting to let its unheralded heroes do the Company’s holiday greetings. Say what you want about the therapy of wrapping gifts, but there’s something pretty cool about seeing actual robots do the wrapping for you.

For the holiday season, Chevrolet’s plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana has effectively become a Christmas factory for the US automaker. It probably wouldn’t last until past the season, but for a brief time, the mechanical robots that normally play big roles in producing cars have decided to wear a new hat and wrap Christmas presents in quite possibly the most efficient way possible.

Maybe Santa Claus can get some pointers on how to make more efficient use of his time. We love elves and all that, but watching these robots do the gift wrapping shows just how much more time will be saved when you have mechanical arms doing the job for you.

Check out the video!

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Folks who are eagerly waiting for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 , with signed checkbooks in hand, you’re in luck, provided you’re ready to fight for it....

If reports are to be believed, GM will auction the very first example of the production ready ’Vette C7 that will roll-out out of Chevy’s factory. A similar move was also made by SRT when they auctioned the first production ready Viper GTS for $300,000. That’s $200,000 more than the list price but, given the status of owning the very first example, $300,000 isn’t a big deal.

Apart from the lot number, there aren’t any details on the anticipated supercar. The lot shows "Chevrolet" with an advert that says “Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Chevy history? This may be your chance! A special Chevrolet model will be revealed during the auction where bidders will have the opportunity to take home this one-of-a-kind vehicle".

The auction of this car will take place at January 19th, 2013 at Scottsdale, Arizona. All the proceeds of this auction will be donated to charity.

With the launch of the hotly anticipated Corvette C7 inching closer, people who are already impatient to own one and are ready to start hurling expensive checks, do visit the link below and register for the auction.

The seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette will make its official debut on January 13, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. Unfortunately, all Chevrolet has unveiled until now are three teaser videos that show almost nothing from the Chevrolet’s challenger to the new SRT Viper. Today however, we have a video for you that presents the building process of the car’s new LT1 6.2L small block engine.

The new LT1 Gen V engine delivers at least 450 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 450 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents a minimum of a 20-horsepower increase over the previous 6.2-liter V-8. Additionally, Chevrolet announced an impressive fuel economy of 26 mpg for the 2014 ’Vette .

The new engine will be built by Darryl Johnson and the workers at the Tonawanda (NY) Engine Plant. It is here where Chevrolet made a $425 million investment and created over 700 new or retained jobs.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro

The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro won’t be revealed until late in 2016, but until then the company has a few more surprises prepared for us. A leaked GM service document has revealed that the 2014 Camaro will receive two additional engines: a 3.6-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo and a LS7 V8 engine.

The V6 version will be offered with an aluminum-block, direct injection and variable valve-timing. It has been rumored that this new engine will deliver about 355 HP. The second one, the LS7 V8, has been included in the engine list for the VIN key and listed as a possible engine for the Camaro, but Chevrolet did not revealed a name for this future LS7-powered Camaro. Could it be the previously rumored Z28 or just the 2013 version of the COPO Camaro ? However, this latest version is not being sold with a VIN number, so, unless Chevrolet has other plans for it, we can not tell for sure what specific model will get this LS7 engine.

Full details will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

It’s perfectly understandable to drool over the Chevrolet COPO Camaro . After all, Chevy will only build 138 models - 69 for the initial batch and another 69 due to huge public demand - so it’s safe to say that only a handful of lucky owners will get the chance to own one.

But if you’re really adamant to have one, you can get the chance to bid for this one-off Inferno Orange Metallic COPO Camaro Convertible that will be auctioned off at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January to benefit the American Heart Association. However, before that, the car will be in attendance at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show .

There are a number of things to love about this particular COPO Camaro Convertible. For starters, it’s car number 69 and will be the one of only two convertible models built. More importantly, this one will be the only one to be handed to an actual owner because the other model - car number 68 - isn’t planned for public sale.

It’s also the only 2012 COPO Camaro model to be painted in Inferno Orange Metallic with matching custom graphics and a special interior trim. Likewise, only 20 COPO Camaros will carry the unmistakable 327 engine and 4.0-liter supercharger that produces 550 horsepower. This bad boy is one of them.

Jim Campbell, GM U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, understands better than anybody else the exclusivity of this one-off model. “The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the production run,” he said.

“Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history.

Charitable cause notwithstanding, you don’t need any more convincing that this 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible is worthy of your bids.

Updated 12/20/2012: Chevrolet will be auctioning its last 2012 COPO Camaro early next year to benefit the American Heart Association. Until then, Chevrolet has unveiled a cool video featuring some great shots of the heart of this inferno orange metallic convertible race car’s assembly by Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports.

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