Lost 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Found in Barn

We love all Corvette Stingrays but can you imagine finding a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in a barn?

We love all Corvette Stingrays but can you imagine finding a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in a barn?

When you lose something, you get that stony feeling in your gut, like someone’s just punched you and took off. Usually you get that for moderately valuable things, like car keys, a cell phone, your laptop charger. Now, imagine you lost a priceless, classic American car!

This is exactly what happened to one unfortunate owner of a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Found in a barn, where it had been since 2008, this classic Stingray was found and put up for auction, along with several pieces of old farm equipment. Luckily, Tony Back read about the car by chance in a newspaper and decided he wanted the wonderful—and rare—barn find.

When the Stingray moved on to a local auction, Back won it with an $11,600 bid. With the base 350 engine and what Back estimates to be 95% of the original paint, this is an automotive find for the ages.

Back, alongside his father and fellow Corvette-enthusiast, runs a body shop in Means, Kentucky. It almost seems the car was fated to be found by Back.

Can you imagine buying a ’72 Stingray with its original paint, dirty but undamaged, for less than $12,000? Can you even imagine finding something so valuable in a barn?

Maybe a month ago, Back would have also answered no.  We here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY would be thrilled with that find!

New Chevrolet Corvette Available in Z06 C7.R Edition

We cannot wait to see the makings of the new Chevrolet Corvette.

We cannot wait to see the makings of the new Chevrolet Corvette.

The new Chevrolet Corvette is better than ever, and the brand is honoring all the improvements – and the customers’ continued loyalty to the nameplate—with a special 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition. The new edition highlights Chevy’s commitment to racing—and also highlights how great the Corvette itself is at racing.

The new Corvette comes in the signature yellow livery color normally associated with the Corvette Racing—but you can also get it in black.

“Corvette Racing’s legacy and technology were significant influences on the development of the Corvette Z06 and the new C7.R Edition honors the direct link between the racecar and the production model,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. “It also advances Chevrolet’s plan to offer special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experiences, which become important parts of Corvette’s legacy.”

You can also equip the Corvette with the Z07 Performance Package, which improves many facets of the vehicle’s performance and handling to make it an awesome driving experience. However, even if you simply opt for the base model of the new Corvette, you’ll get an amazing vehicle with tons of improvements—and there’s no real price increase on the sticker price this year!

Come see us here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY today to find the perfect Corvette for you!

2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray Engine: Where Power and Efficiency Meet

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray engine was named to the Ward's 10 Best Engines List of 2015!

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray engine was named to the Ward’s 10 Best Engines List of 2015!

The Chevy Corvette Stingray has always been well-known for its incredible performance. That’s why for the second year in a row the LT1 Small Block 6.2-liter V8, which powers the Stingray, was named to the Ward’s 10 Best Engines List of 2015.

After an intense set of tests, WardsAuto was able to name the Stingray engine one of the best in the world among 37 other engines from 12 competing manufacturers. According to Chevy, the judges based their decisions on power, fuel efficiency, new technology, and refinement.

“Having the WardsAuto experts choose the LT1 as one of the best in the industry two years in a row is proof of what this Powertrain team can deliver–uncompromised performance, durability and efficiency that helps make the Stingray one of the best sports cars in the world today,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of GM Global Powertrain.

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray engine boasts an astonishing 460 hp, and when paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission gets 29 mpg highway. With a 3.8 second zero-to-60 rate and efficiency that’s easy on the wallet, it’s easy to see why the LT1 was one of the favorites.

Want to see this award-winning engine in action? Come to Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, Kentucky for a test drive today.

2015 Corvette Z06 Fuel Economy Numbers are Unbelievable

The fuel economy of the 2015 Corvette Z06 are numbers you will not believe!

The fuel economy of the 2015 Corvette Z06 are numbers you will not believe!

Chevrolet has just released the 2015 Corvette Z06 fuel economy numbers – and it might be one of the most fuel efficient performance cars we’ve ever seen. We’ve all been waiting to hear just how much gas the Z06 will be sipping, especially since this is the first time it will offer a supercharged engine.

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 performance coupe, with its eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers 13 mpg driving in city and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, GM says the Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever produced by General Motors, and one of the most powerful production cars available in the US. The new Z06 puts out 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

“It is one of the most fuel-efficient 650 hp cars you can get,” Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran told Edmunds.

Buyers who are opting to skip the supercharged engine can expect the standard 6.2-liter V8 engine and seven-speed manual transmission to deliver an impressive 17 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway.

Come in and test drive a 2015 Corvette at Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY today!

Sinkhole Corvette is Restored – At Long Last

A sinkhole took eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum, but one sinkhole Corvette is restored!

A sinkhole took eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum, but one sinkhole Corvette is restored!

Nine months ago, at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the museum’s Skydome showroom and swallowed eight valuable Corvettes. It then took months to retrieve all the cars from the hole and now the news breaks that the first sinkhole Corvette is restored.

By far, the least-damaged of the eight Corvettes was the 2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil.” It suffered a broken windshield, dented doors and fenders, cracked oil lines, and bent rear control arms. However, it was still able to drive out of the museum on its own power.

Recently, the fully restored Blue Devil was on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. It showed off its stunning blue paint job along with its powerful 638-horsepower V-8 engine. When the Blue Devil was new, it was the most powerful production Corvette ever built. After SEMA, the Blue Devil will return to the museum.

The Blue Devil was expertly restored by General Motors and is one of only three sinkhole Corvettes that will actually be restored. The remaining five were deemed beyond repair and will remain on display at the museum in their sinkhole-damaged state.

With the National Corvette Museum being right here in Kentucky with us, it would be a great experience to see all of these Corvettes, both restored and damaged.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT Tops Consumer Reports’ List of Best Safety Performance Vehicles

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

You may not typically think of a sports car coming in at the top of safety ratings lists, but when it comes to quick braking, quick response time, and emergency handling, sportier vehicles rank higher in these tests, while large trucks and SUVs tend to be slower to respond and more difficult to maneuver. It’s not fancy science, just the practical truth!

Consumer Reports performs a series of crucial emergency driving tests including on-limit handling, avoidance maneuver, and a series of brake tests to determine how controllable, secure, and forgiving (or not) the car is.  In these tests, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT ranked number one in stopping distance and ranked in the top ten for the avoidance maneuver.

The Corvette Stingray 3LT was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in an impressive 107 feet, and was able to complete the maneuver test at 57.5 mph. According to autos.yahoo.com, “The avoidance maneuver is a ‘path-following test’ in which the driver pilots the car down a lane marked off by traffic cones with a quick left-right-left sequence. That simulates swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, then returning to the original lane to avoid oncoming traffic. The car threads through the course, without throttle or brakes, at ever-higher speeds until it can’t get through without hitting any cones.” Because of the way that test is performed, the higher the speed, the better the handling and the higher the ranking.

Come to Hutch Chevrolet in Paintsville, KY to test drive a car that is not only sporty, but safe!

Chevrolet C10 and Corvette C4 ZR1

 

No one can believe the possible worth of your Chevrolet C10 and Corvette C3 ZR1!

No one can believe the possible worth of your Chevrolet C10 and Corvette C3 ZR1!

Have you ever wondered if the car you have been storing in your garage all year is going to suddenly increase in value?  Well if you own a Chevrolet C10 or a Corvette C4 ZR1, wonder no longer!  It is rumored that these cars could suddenly jump in value in the coming years according to this list presented by Jalopnik.

According to this list, the Chevrolet C10 comes in at number 9.  These trucks are predicted to jump in value because so many people treated them as old beater trucks that there are not many left in good condition.  So if you have a Chevrolet C10 in good condition, it could be worth some money soon!

This list says that the Corvette C4 ZR1 comes in at number 5.  This car is placed on the list for all Corvette C4 ZR1s, but it is especially true if you have one that is complete with special editions.  Your special edition Corvette C4 ZR1 could be worth a pretty penny!

You never know what car you have been storing away could be worth some money.  For now hold onto your Chevrolet C10 and Corvette C4 ZR1!

Corvettes Damaged in Corvette Museum Sinkhole to be Restored

Help Restore Landmark after Corvette Museum Sinkhole by DonatingSinkholes… If you hadn’t already heard of the natural and devastating phenomenons before, surely you’ve heard of them now after the bizarre Corvette Museum sinkhole incident that transpired about a week ago.

Unfortunately for the National Corvette Museum, its Sky Dome showroom was the reluctant victim of a hungry sinkhole in the early morning hours of February 12. As a result, eight prized and historical Corvettes were somewhat devoured, succumbing to the 30-ft. depths of the sinkhole, and all were damaged to some extent.

The footage is actually hard to watch for those of us that love Corvettes as much as any red-blooded, meat-eating, car-loving American should.

Do not despair, Corvette-lovers. It’s not all doom and gloom for the museum because General Motors has pledged to restore the damaged vehicles, some of which include the one-millionth Corvette ever produced and a stunning 1962 convertible. GM Design’s Mechanical Assembly in Warren, MI will bring the beauties back to their original glory.

If you’re particularly moved by the Corvette Museum sinkhole tragedy, you can donate to the museum by following this link. Consider helping them recover in time for the 20th anniversary celebration this summer.

 

Introducing Chevy’s Best Corvette Yet, the 2015 Z06

2015 Z06: Chevy's Hottest Corvette to DateLast year was the year of the Stingray. Need proof? Check out its trophy shelf and get back to us after you’ve perused them all. There are a lot, so it may take a while; we’ll wait though. Finished? Okay, good.

This year will be the year of the 2015 Z06. Maybe the name doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as easily, but the performance more than makes up for it. The 2015 Corvette Z06 is Chevy’s most capable supercar yet, ready to take on both the track and the open road.

“The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America. “And the Z06 leverages the engineering expertise of GM, offering the choice of two world-class transmissions, supercar performance without supercar fuel consumption and technologies that make it easier to fully enjoy the incredible experience of driving it.”

The 2015 Z06 driving experience includes an available eight-speed automatic transmission, the power of 625 horses, and meticulous design that provides for maximum speed.

If that’s not enough of a thrill for you, you can add the Z07 Performance Package. It elevates the sports car’s aerodynamics even further, while specialized tires and brakes ensure ultra-capable handling.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 will be available early next year. Until then, join us at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC as we drool over pictures of Chevy’s latest and greatest supercar.

Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gift for the Corvette Fan on Your List

Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas for Corvette LoversAre you having a hard time deciding on a gift for the Corvette fan on your Christmas list? Well, it looks like Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC is here in the nick of time. If purchasing a new Corvette Stingray doesn’t quite fit in your budget this year, here are a few of our other favorite Corvette gifts.

  1. The Corvette Stingray Rollerball Pen is an inexpensive, commemorative gift for your Corvette fan. You may even want to buy one for yourself as you sign all those Christmas cards.
  2. Corvette Stingray: The Seventh Generation of America’s Sports Car is a collector’s book by Larry Edsall that any Corvette-lover will want to place front and center on the coffee table. It reveals the inside scoop on the Stingray and includes Corvette history in pictures.
  3. Aside from owning a Corvette, the ultimate gift is paid tuition to a performance drive school. Ron Fellows Performance Driving School and Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving offer lessons on driving the Corvette Stingray like a pro.

Naturally, the price for attending a high performance driving course isn’t much steeper than some of the other gift ideas ($900 for luggage, anyone?), but the experience is priceless if your loved one already has a Corvette and is looking to learn how to drive it like the pros.

For an extended list of Corvette gift ideas, visit General Motors’ website. Do you have any ideas to add to our list?