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The 1963 Corvette split window is regarded by man as the best-looking Corvette ever. But add a ZR1 drivetrain, a supple bison-leather interior, and unrelenting attention to detail, and you have what may be the most-perfect Pro-Touring car ever built.

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Smith admitted that he would much rather drive his Corvette than sit all day at a car show; his ’69 is remarkably clean and features a few custom touches that make it truly personal for him and his family. There is something to be said for a beautiful car that is actually driven on the streets and enjoyed.

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While walking the 2011 PRI show we stumbled across the Penske Racing Shocks booth and found Corvette Racing’s #4 Compuware Corvette. Corvette Racing’s Vettes have captured two of the last three checkered flags at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Read more about this impressive ride here.

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While this bespoke styling and engineering exercise didn’t show the future direction of production Corvettes in every detail, it still is an invaluable look at how Chevrolet’s talented designers were playing a game of “what if” and experimenting with concepts at full scale in the real world.

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Arkus-Duntov argued that they should build a full-race version of the Corvette and put it in the 1957 Sebring race. This would be his “specialized machine of the same make,” and would serve as a ‘halo’ car to carry the Corvette name in international competition, or so it was hoped…

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It has been nearly half a century since this 1963 split window Corvette coupe first set its tires to the asphalt, and in that impressive expanse of time the car has been used for one very simple and worthy purpose… racing.

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For Lou Gigliotti’s ’10 ZR1 second place is not an option. The test mule, LG Motorsports race car, and daily driver sees all sorts of punishment, but at this past 341 Spectre Hillclimb Challenge, the venerable blown ‘Vette put up one helluva fight and has the trophies and course records to prove it.

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Here’s a C1 that isn’t just beautifully restored – it’s a driver, with plenty of road miles accrued by its current owner. This ’57 Fuelie is one of those rare classic cars that have escaped the collector bubble to roam free like God and Zora intended.

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The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful production car General Motors has ever made. It’s also the most affordable supercar in the world, coming in at just over $100,000. That got us to wondering about the kind of person who would purchase a Corvette ZR1…

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Almost from the beginning of the Corvette’s existence, one could say that it has been the red-headed stepchild of Chevrolet, careening through the halls of high volume, mid-American sensibilities with little regard for place or respect for precedent. For one thing, Corvettes don’t have to be old to be rare.

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For Jimi Day, the preparation for his first One Lap event began with his 2006 Chevrolet Z06 Corvette. Prepping a car for an event like this is largely a matter of getting everything right. No misses and no excuses. He got through the eight day event and shares his experience with us. What did he learn?

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Bill Mitchell’s connection with automobile racing was well established before he started at GM, but it would take Harley Earl’s departure before Mitchell could build his own Dream Car Corvette. See how AMA’s racing ban forced Mitchell to change the car’s name from XP-87 to the rather more significant ‘Stingray.’

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GM has a lot of big changes and performance package offerings in the works for the 2012 Corvette, and a list of those changes has leaked online. More wheels, fewer colors, and a lot more technology are just some of the new offerings for the newest Corvette.

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Feingold wanted to tear through the canyons in Malibu or take on the infamous Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. He fell in love the car’s handing and braking, but lust for more power and better handling took over. Over the years the car has evolved to meet Feingold’s demands.

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In a 2002 article in VETTE, Marty Schorr attributed the following passage to former Baldwin-Motion partner, Joel Rosen. “I still miss the freewheeling Baldwin-Motion days and, if the right opportunity came along, I’d jump back into building Corvette Supercars cars in a New York minute.” Why is this significant?

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Although sharing some of its heavy-hitting DNA with the street machines of Chevrolet’s past, it has remained a lean, trimmed track athlete compared to the middle and heavy-weight boxers of yesterday’s muscle cars. The Corvette is – and always has been – a super car, although it might’ve taken a while to get there.

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Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek at GM’s new X-cars – track-prepared Corvettes and Camaros that bridge the ground between street-driven vehicles and purpose-built racecars. Today, we can show you all the details of these two drool-worthy concept vehicles.

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LSXTV.com is always ready, willing and able to cover the latest and greatest in C6 Corvette builds. When we got the invite from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering to visit Specter Werkes for a ride and drive in their latest Corvette GTR joint venture, we were more than happy to make the trip.

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When you combine a stock-appearing C5 and 8-second time slips, you get our attention. The man is Mike Romain, and he owns one amazing C5 Corvette that has recorded several performance “firsts” with the car. Currently the car is the quickest and fastest A4 transmission equipped C5 Corvette in the country!

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The Corvette engineers already delivered an awesome Z06 from the factory, with its aggressive stance and open track readiness. Patrick Tulloch’s Zo6 has an impressive C6 body and added a wider, Grand Turismo look that the factory could never deliver in mass quantities.

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