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Wednesday February 8, 2012
An Early Look at Corvette 60th Anniversary Convertible Top with Stripes
After the announcement of the the 60th Anniversary Edition by Chevrolet a few weeks ago, there was a lot of talk about the Blue Convertible Top.  In the press release it said, "An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof." 


There were many questions about the strip going through the top and how it would look..While on display at the Barrett Jackson Auction in January, no pictures were taken with the top up.


This Friday (02/10/12) the 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show and, for the first time, the public will be able to see the top with the stripe in it.  


Kerbeck Corvette was able to get a few early pictures from the show and we wanted to share them with you!  From what we've been told, the stripe is part of the one-piece top and there is no separate material stitched onto the top.


There was a press day at the Auto Show today and the initial reaction from the small sampling was very positive.


Since we know that General Motors has people who watch sites like these, please feel free to comment so that GM knows what you think about this new top.


Production on the 2013 Corvette model year is set to begin in May and cars are expected to hit the showrooms starting in June.  We are looking forward to saying goodbye to the sixth generation Corvette with  two awesome special edition Corvettes.< br />

To keep up to date with 2013 Corvette model year, bookmark Kerbeck Corvette's 2013 Corvette Information page or feel free to call, email or stop by the showroom any time!





Source: Kerbeck Corvette


Tuesday February 7, 2012
A Better Explanation of the 2 Special Edition Corvettes for 2013
A few weeks ago Chevrolet announced 2 special editions for the 2013 Corvette model year; the 60th Anniversary Package and theCorvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition.

While there has been a lot of positive press and consumer reaction there has also been a lot of confusion.  Since the press release announcing these two cars was accompanied by pictures of only one car, many people think there is only one special edition instead of two.  So, let's brake down the two versions.
The Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

First is the 427 Convertible Collector Edition.  The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history.  It will be available with a 2LT, 3LT or 4LT Preferred Option Group and will be available in all 10 Colors offered by Corvette for the 2013 model year.


Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Corvette convertible – and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The LS7 was co-developed with the Corvette Le Mans-winning GT1 engine and features lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads and a dry-sump oiling system. It is assembled by hand at GM’s Performance Build Center.

Supporting performance elements in the Corvette 427 Convertible include the driveline and rear axle system from the Corvette Z06, a rear-mounted battery and standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control. The standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are wrapped in ZR1-style Michelin PS2 tires. Lightweight machine-face Cup wheels introduced on the 2012 Corvette Z06 with Z07 and Corvette ZR1 with PDE performance packages come standard and include unique gray-painted pockets. Black Cup wheels or chrome ZR1-style wheels are also available.

And like the Z06 and ZR1 the 427 Convertible also features several carbon-fiber components that help reduce weight.

The Corvette 60th Anniversary Package

The second edition being offered is the Corvette 60th Anniversary Edition which will be available in the Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sport Coupe, Grand Sport Convertible, Z06, ZR1 and the 427 Convertible.   It will only be available in Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top. .  Since the blue leather interior is only made in the "wrapped" interior, the car will only be available in the 4LT Preferred Option Group in the coupes and convertibles, the 3LZ Group in the Z06 and 3ZR in the ZR1.
< br />Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake calipers and the “60th” logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests. An optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof. 

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversarybadges on the fascias and the “waterfall” panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge cluster and on the sill plates. 

The real reason for all of the confusion is that, for the first time, Corvette will allow Corvette customers to combine two different special editions into one car which is the pictures that were released.  You will be able to get a Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition with the Corvette 60th Anniversary Package!


So, when you see the pictures keep in mind that you are looking a combination of 2 packages not at you only available option.

You can keep up to date with these two special edition Corvettes as well as all of the 2013 Corvette model year information as it becomes available at the Kerbeck Corvette 2013 Information page.
Source: Kerbeck Corvette


Monday February 6, 2012
Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning Wins 2012 Centennial Edition Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
 For his efforts in yesterday’s Super Bowl XLVI, New York Giants star Eli Manning was not only awarded with the Most Valuable Player title but a brand new 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Centennial Edition as well.

Thanks to his efforts as well as those of his team-mates, the New York Giants were able to trump the New England Patriots 21-17 in the epic match at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to the sweet car and MVP title, Manning also took home the Pete Rozelle Trophy, a silver trophy made by Tiffany & Co.

The 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible comes with a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 436 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds, and reaching more than 1.0 g of cornering force, making it one of the most potent convertibles on the market.

For 2012, all Corvettes are available with the same black-on-black theme featuring on Manning’s car. The special theme marks the Chevrolet Centennial editions, which commemorate 100 years of Chevrolet history.

Source: Motor Authority


Monday January 30, 2012
Corvette DP Finishes 5th at 50th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
The Corvette Daytona Prototypes made their inaugural debut at the 50th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. After a brutal 24 hours of round-the-clock racing, the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led the way for Team Chevy and the Corvette DPs with a 5th place overall finish. Corvette Racing’s factory drivers in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP finished 8th while in GT, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor in the No. 88 Autohaus Camaro GT.R finished 10th in class.

The No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP had to overcome several major obstacles to earn that 5th place finish – including not being able to make a qualifying run and having to pit just after one lap of the race.

“That was probably one of the toughest 24 Hours I have done,” Darren Law said following a fifth-place finish in the famed endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. “We had a lot of adversity. We had some engine issues prior to the race, (and) we had to miss qualifying. The first, probably, eight hours of the race, we had an electrical misfire, which really cut the motor back, and we struggled.”

“But the guys worked really hard – Action Express, Chevrolet, Corvette – they all did a great job. I’m proud of the car. I’m proud of the team. … A top-five is a good start to the season, and we are happy to finish it.”

The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP – driven by Antonio Garcia, Richard Westbrook, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen – ended up in eighth place.

The No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – driven by Terry Borcheller, JC France, Joao Barbosa and Max Papis – went to the garage at about the 14-hour mark to address a number of issues, and finished ninth.

The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, also driven by Jon Fogarty and Memo Gidley, did lead 19 laps but experienced a number of issues and finished 13th in the Daytona Prototype (DP) class.

The No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP started on the outside of the front row, courtesy of Max Angelelli’s qualifying effort, but experienced suspected valve train failure after just 14 laps.

In the Grand Touring (GT) class, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R earned Team Chevy a 4th place class finish. Jordan Taylor picked up two spots in the closing laps to secure a ninth-in-class finish for the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R, which was also driven by Paul Edwards, Matthew Marsh and Tom Milner. The No. 75 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R – driven by Al Carter, Hugh Plumb, Matt Bell, and Eric Curran – finished 30th in class.
The only Corvette in GT, the No. 46 Michael Baughman Racing Corvette driven by Michael Baughman, Mike Yeakle and Ray Mason finished 40th in class.

The Corvette DPs and Camaro GT.Rs will be back in action at Barber Motorsports Park on March 30-31 for GRAND-AM road racing’s second event of the season.

 

Source: Corvette Blogger, Team Chevy

Photo Credit: Grand-Am.com

Source: Team Chevy, CorvetteBlogger.com


Monday January 23, 2012
Chevy to Give Away a 2012 Corvette with Interactive Super Bowl App!
In it's next move in a Social Media Strategy, Chevrolet goes big with an interactive Superbowl App, Chevy Game Time!

The basics are this:
  • A 2012 C6 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible (MSRP $78,560) will be one of the top prizes in the 2012 Super Bowl sweepstakes by Chevrolet
  • Chevrolet will give away 20 Chevrolet during the contest including a 2012 Chevrolet Volt (MSRP $40,235)
  • Other cars being given away in the contest include 2 Camaros, a LTZ Cruze, a Silverado and a Sonic
 
Other prizes include 20 sets of Bridgestone tires valued at $599 each, 2,500 Papa John's large pizzas valued at $11 each and 46 Motorola Droid Razrs valued at $699 each. 
Even though contestants are urged to download the Chevrolet app from either the Android Market or the iTunes store to play and answer trivia questions, an alternate method of entry can be found on Chevy's Web site.
This is the next step in Chevy's attempt to interact with the public with new technology. Leading up to Chevrolet's Centennial celebration Chevy had a vote on the greatest Chevy of all time but you needed to have a Facebook account to login and participate in the event. That was later followed up with another Facebook app called Chevy's Ride of Your Life which after answering a few questions, took you on a "ride" of pictures not only from your own Facebook page but from places you spent time at in your life.

This is another opportunity for Corvette to target the younger market that it so desperately needs to attract as we get ready to move to the next generation Corvette.
Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette


Friday January 20, 2012
ChevyCorvette C7 prototype spied testing!

 

From Autoblog.com
The Corvette is the very definition of a halo car, and the fact that 2013 marks its sixtieth year in production is nothing short of a miracle. The seventh-generation Corvette is still a model year away, during which time Chevy plans to send off the C6 with a special edition 60th Anniversary 427 Convertible.

Development of the C7, however, continues at full speed, and we have the very first shots of a prototype being tested in cold weather to prove it. The car in question is wrapped in vinyl covering, underneath which hides the familiar black-and-white swirl paint job we see so often on prototypes. Even still, we can identify some aspects of the evolution that will take place between the C6 and C7.

For one, comparing profile shots of this prototype with the C6, it's apparent that the front wheels have moved farther forward, increasing the dash-to-axle ratio and likely the wheelbase. The rear end also appears to be larger, with a higher deck lid and slightly longer overhang. We also noticed that this prototype's side mirrors are a different shape than the C6's, and its dual tailpipes are positioned closer together to form a perfectly spaced line of four pipes.

There's no evidence of a split rear window and a mid-engine layout is clearly not in the cards. These photos should put those wild rumors to rest, but what's under the hood and how the interior has been improved are still unknowns.
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Tuesday January 17, 2012
It all started 59 years ago today
  On this day in 1953, a prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car (EX-122) makes its debut at General Motors' (GM) Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Corvette, named for a fast type of naval warship, would eventually become an iconic American muscle car and remains in production today.

In the early 1950s, Harley Earl (1893-1969), the influential head designer for GM, then the world's largest automaker, became interested in developing a two-seat sports car. At the time, European automakers dominated the sports car market. Following the debut of the Corvette prototype at the Motorama show in January 1953, the first production Corvette was completed at a Flint, Michigan, plant on June 30, 1953. The car featured an all-fiberglass body, a white exterior and red interior, a relatively unremarkable 150-horsepower engine and a starting price tag of around $3,500 (not including taxes or an optional AM radio and heater). In an effort to give the Corvette an air of exclusivity, GM initially marketed the car to invitation-only VIP customers. This plan met with less-than-desirable results, as only a portion of the 300 Corvettes built that first year were sold. GM dropped the VIP policy the following year; however, Corvette sales continued to disappoint. In 1954, GM built around 3,600 of the 10,000 Corvettes it had planned, with almost a third of those cars remaining unsold by the start of 1955.

There was talk within GM of discontinuing the Corvette; however, GM rival Ford launched the sporty two-seat Thunderbird convertible in 1955 and the car quickly became a hit. GM didn't want to discontinue the Corvette and look like a failure next to its Big Three competitor, so the car remained in production and performance enhancements were made. That same year, a Belgian-born, Russian-raised designer named Zora Arkus-Duntov became head engineer for Corvette and put the car on a course that would transform it into a legend. Duntov had applied to work at GM after seeing the Corvette prototype at the 1953 Motorama show. According to The New York Times: "Once hired, he pushed through the decision to turn the Corvette into a high-performance sports car with a succession of more powerful engines. Chevrolet offered a 195-horsepower engine on the 1955 Corvette, a 240-horsepower engine on the 1956 Corvette and a 283-horsepower engine on the 1957 model." During the second half of the 1950s, Corvettes began setting speed records on the racing circuit.

After taking the tour with the GM Motorama, the EX-122 became a plaything for the engineering department. The 6-cylnder engine was removed and an 8-cylinder engine was installed, and it was used for various performance demonstrations. It gave such a good account of itself that immediately it was decided to abandon the 6-cylinder engine in regular Chevrolet Corvette production and supplement it with the new 8-cylinder as standard equipment.

The car was then purchased by a member of the engineering team for his daughter to drive to school. He sold the car in 1959 when his daughter left for college. The new owner was the one who realized how special the car was and began to accumulate documentation about the car.

In 2002, Kerbeck Corvette of Atlantic City, purchased the EX-122 from his estate. They began an exhaustive restoration to take the car back to it's original Motorama condition with one exception. The 8-cylinder engine installed by Zora and his team was left in the car making EX-122 not only the world's oldest Corvette but the first ever 8-cylider Corvette as well.

Although the car does travel the country many times a years for shows as well as being on loan for special events for General Motors, most days it can be seen at Kerbeck Corvette's Atlantic City showroom where Corvette enthusiasts are welcome to stop by and see the car and take pictures with it. You can also get more information Corvette EX-122 page.


Source: General Motors, Kerbeck Corvette


Monday January 16, 2012
Corvette Racing Signs Jordan Taylor

By James Fish

Epoch Times Staff

Jordan Taylor will join Corvette Racing at Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit le Mans in 2012. (Grand-Am.com)

Corvette Racing, one of the more successful American Le Mans Series teams, has elevated one of the youngest professional drivers. The team has signed 20-year-old Jordan Taylor to join the highly experienced uartet of Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Tom Milner for the season’s longest races: Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans.

Corvette Racing has won eight ALMS titles and seven class wins at Le Mans; to hire a driver as young as Taylor shows that the team thinks a lot of his skills and potential.

“The level of competition in the 2011 American Le Mans Series GT category was intense, and we expect it to be just as fierce in 2012,” said GM Racing Director Mark Kent on ALMS.com. “Corvette Racing has been working hard over the winter to develop a complete package of cars, drivers, team, and technology that will be able to win in this extremely competitive environment.”

Taylor started his pro career in 2008 with a GT ride with Beyer racing in the Rolex 24 and a DP drive in the Brumos Porsche 250. Taylor was back with Beyer in 2009, and drove for Racers Edge in 2010. In 2011 Taylor moved to Autohaus, where he finished second in the team championship and tied for third with his teammate Bill Lester in the driver’s championship.

“Corvette Racing is one of the most iconic names in motorsports, and joining this team is a huge opportunity for me, “ said Taylor on ALMS.com. “There are certainly going to be challenges as I learn the capabilities of the Corvette C6.R race cars, become familiar with the team, adapt to new tracks, and race with new competitors. It’s going to be amazing to race a Corvette at Sebring, LeMans and Road Atlanta, and I can’t wait to get started!”

“We have watched Jordan develop as a fine young driver over the years, and when he had an opportunity to test for Corvette Racing, his performance was very impressive,” said Kent. “He is totally dedicated to racing, gives great feedback, understands how to interpret data, and k nows how to make changes to the car and his driving style to suit the conditions. He has tremendous potential and we see this opportunity as an investment in the team’s future.”

Source: The Epoch Times


Thursday January 12, 2012
Corvette Marks 60 Years of Performance with 427 Convertible




Chevrolet today unveiled the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition – the
fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history – as well as a 60th Anniversary Package
that will be available on all 2013 Corvette models.

“The 2013 model year will be historic for Corvette, marking its 60th Anniversary and the final
year for the current ‘C6’ generation,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Marketing and
Strategy for Chevrolet. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones
than bringing back one of the most-coveted combinations in the brand’s history – the Corvette
convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine.”

The 60th Anniversary Package and 427 Convertible will make their public debut at the Barrett Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan 21, and will arrive at U.S. Chevrolet dealers early this summer.

Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest
and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history.

Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505
horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever
installed in a production Corvette convertible – and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only
available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The LS7 was co-developed with the Corvette Le Mans-winning GT1 engine and features
lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as racing-inspired high-flow
cylinder heads and a dry-sump oiling sy
stem. It is assembled by hand at GM’s Performance Build Center, where customers who purchase the 427 Convertible Collector Edition can purchase the Corvette Build Experience option and assemble the engine that will power their new car.

Supporting performance elements in the Corvette 427 Convertible include the driveline and rear
axle system from the Corvette Z06, a rear-mounted battery and standard Magnetic Selective
Ride Control. The standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are wrapped in ZR1-style
Michelin PS2 tires. Lightweight machine-face Cup wheels – introduce d on the 2012 Corvette
Z06 with Z07 and Corvette ZR1 with PDE perfor m ance packages – come standard and include
unique gray-painted pockets. Black Cup wheels or chrome ZR1-style wheels are also available.
The 427 Convertible also features several carbon-fiber components that help reduce weight,
including:

  • Carbon fiber raised hood (introduced on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition)
  • Carbon fiber Z06-style fenders
  • Carbon fiber floor panels
  • The “CFZ” carbon fiber front splitter and rocker panels are optional on the 427

Convertible, and included with the 60th Anniversary package

The weight reduction brings the 427 Convertible’s curb weight to 3,355 pounds (1,522 kg).
Combined with its 505-horsepower LS7 engine, it gives the 427 Convertible a power-to-weight
ratio of 6.64 – or one horsepower for every 6.64 pounds of vehicle mass. That’s better than:

  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – 6.90
  • Audi R8 5.2 RSI Spyder – 7.58
  • Aston Martin DBS Volante Convertible – 7.82
  • Ferrari California Convertible – 8.31

The combination of low mass and high output will make the 427 Convertible one of the fastest
convertibles in the world, delivering estimated 0-60 performance of 3.8 seconds, quarter-mile
performance of 11.8 seconds, lateral acceleration of 1.04 g and a top speed of more than 190
mph.

The 427 Convertible is available in 2LT, 3LT and 4LT trim levels and will carry a unique vehicle
identification number sequence, similar to the Corvette ZR1.

Corvette 60th Anniversary Package

All 2013 Corvette models, including the 427 Convertible, will be available with a 60th
Anniversary Package, featuring an Arctic White exterior with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped
interior with suede accents. Convertible models will have a blue top.

Additional content includes a ZR1-style rear spoiler, special badging, gray-painted brake
calipers and the “60th” logo on the wheel center caps, steering wheel and seat headrests. An
optional graphics package adds full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue, including a tonal
stripe stitched into the convertible top, extending the graphic theme over the roof.

For 2013, all Corvettes will feature 60th Anniversary badges on the fascias and the “waterfall”
panel on convertible models, as well as 60th logos in the instrument panel gauge cluster and on
the sill plates.

Charity Auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public will go to the highest bidder at the
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collect or car auction, on Saturday, Jan. 21. Proceeds from the sale will benefit AARP’s Drive to End Hunger initiative.

A legacy of 427-powered Corvettes

Early 427-powered Corvettes, particularly convertibles, offered from 1966 to 1969 are some of
the most-coveted and collectable Corvettes ever produced.

The first 427-powered Corvette rolled off the assembly line for the 1966 model year. Two
performance levels of the 427 were initially offered – an “L30” version rated at 390 horsepower
and the “L72,” which cranked out 425 horsepower. Both were rated at 460 lb-ft. of torque.

The range of 427 engines grew in 1967, with the addition of the “L71” and “L88” options. The
L71 added a unique triple-carburetor induction system that helped boost output to 435
horsepower. Known to collectors as “427/435” cars, these ’67 models – especially the
convertibles – are especially sought-after collector cars.

The “L88” delivered 430-horsepower (with a single four-barrel carburetor) thanks to racing-tuned aluminum heads. Intended for customers who would immediately transform their new Corvette into a race car, the L88 was installed in just 216 production Corvettes between 1967 and 1969.

In 1969, a special “L89” 427 engine combined the L71’s induction system with the L88’s
aluminum heads, offering maximum horsepower with an approximately 100-pound weight
advantage over the standard iron heads. Also in 1969, Chevrolet built two “ZL1” 427 Corvette
coupes. The ZL1 engine was essentially an all-aluminum version of the L88, with the aluminum
cylinder block and heads offering a tremendous weight advantage for racing. More of the
engines were sold as crate engines to racers.

By 1970, the big-block engine grew to 454 cubic inches, just as the trend in high-compression,
high-performance engines was beginning to wane. The four-year run of 427 Corvettes was
already established as the golden era of performance

Commemorative Collector Edition and Anniversary Edition models

Rare and low-production examples of the Corvette have been around since its 1953
introduction, but Chevrolet didn’t begin building commemorative models until 1978, when the
25th Anniversary model – also known as the Silver Anniversary Corvette – was offered. The
Corvette was in its third generation then and at the close of that epoch in 1982, a Collectors
Edition was offered, as well.

Those special models launched what has become a tradition for the Chevrolet Corvette, which
has offered milestone anniversary and generational collector-edition models ever since. The
2013 Corvette 427 Convertible represents the first time a Collector Edition and Anniversary
Edition are being offered in the same year – and available on the same car.
Source: General Motors


Tuesday January 10, 2012
The (soon to be) End of the Line for the 6th Generation Corvette

  This past summer, Mark Reuss visited the Bowling Green Assembly Center – the home of the Corvette – and announced a significant, multi-million dollar investment to upgrade the plant. During his remarks, Mark told the audience that there were two model years (2012 and 2013) remaining for the current generation of Corvette.


Recently, Alan Batey, GM Vice President of Chevrolet sales, informed dealers attending the regional Chevrolet dealer meetings what their sales goals would be for Corvettes in the 2012 calendar year and what Corvette training requirements would have to be completed to be eligible for initial production of the next generation Corvette. This is based on the anticipated limitations that will be applicable to the initial production of the next generation Corvette.

These announcements make evident that one of the most exciting Corvette generations is coming to a close. Kerbeck Corvette would like to take some time to share with you some details around the 2012 and 2013 model can be prepared for the end of the C6 Corvette.


Information Regarding 2012 Corvette Model Run

The current 2012 model run which features the Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette will end in May 2012. The final consensus for 2012 Corvette is scheduled to occur during February 2012 period, and the last cycle to submit orders for the 2012 model run will occur in March 2012.

The completion of the 2012 Corvette model run is also the last opportunity for dealers to order the current Chevrolet Centennial Edition Package (RPO: ZLC) featuring the Carbon Flash metallic paint, and Carlisle Blue exterior color (RPO: GLF). The Centennial Edition package, and the Carbon Flash and Carlisle Blue exterior colors will NOT be offered for the 2013 model, and will end production BEFORE the rest of the 2012 Corvette model run. Under the current schedule the last time we will be able to order Carlisle Blue is 02/09/12 and the last chance to order the Centennial Package will be 03/01. The last week to order ANY 2012 Corvette will be 03/15.

Keep in mind that these dates are flexible and could change a week or two in either direction. If you are interested in either of the Centennial Edition Package or the Carlisle Blue exterior color, it is suggested you contact us now to check current availability or to order your desired 2012 Corvette model.

Information Regarding 2013 Corvette Model Run

The 2013 model run is scheduled to start production in May 2012. New model year Corvettes usually don’t start production until the last week or so of June so this signifies a move up in production.


The 2013 model run is the final model run for the C6 Corvette. This means for many customers, the 2013 model run will be the last opportunity to purchase the current Corvette models, including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 In addition, the 2013 model run marks the 60th Anniversary of this Great American Sports Car. GM will be sending us information about the exciting changes for the 2013 Corvette and we will be sharing it with you in the coming weeks.

The 2013 Corvette production period is expected to run for approximately nine months with production to end sometime around February 2013. This does not mean that the C7 Corvette will be out early. The next model run will NOT immediately follow the end of the 2013 model run since the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY will need a few months to retool the assembly lines for production of the 7th Generation Corvette.

The Coming of the Next Generation Corvette

Suffice it to say the introduction of any next generation Corvette is one of the most highly anticipated introductions in the automobile industry. The expected arrival of a new generation Corvette generates a lot of showroom excitement and traffic. It also requires the dealership’s sales and service teams to sharpen and improve their performance and technology skills to meet the needs of the Corvette customer. It is for this reason that any Chevrolet dealer seeking to sell and service Corvette must agree to invest in special tools and training for the dealership’s personnel. Since we have been the World’s Largest Corvette Dealer for 18 years in a row, Kerbeck Corvette is ready to meet all of Chevrolet’s requirements and the Corvette community’s expectations!

The next two years promises to be two of the most eventful years in Corvette’s nearly 60 years of existence and we hope that you will join us on this journey

Source: General Motors


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