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!

All-New 2016 Cruze Gains Features, Loses Weight

You will not want to leave your all-new 2016 Cruze parked for long!

You will not want to leave your all-new 2016 Cruze parked for long!

Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze, which is shaping up to be a big improvement over the existing yet already impressive model.

The upcoming Cruze will be both larger and lighter, allowing for more interior room and increased efficiency. It will also come with a whole new suite of sophisticated technology, such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and active safety systems that help everyone stay safe.

Under the hood, the 2016 Cruze will pack a new, standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection that produces 153 horsepower. GM estimates that the sedan will do about 40 mpg on the highway, partly thanks to stop/start technology and partly because of the weight-saving measures that have helped the Cruze trim about 250 pounds.

“It seems that Chevy has gotten the package right, with some of the best materials to be found in a compact car, plenty of space and a dramatically improved multimedia experience,” said Cars.com.

The car semms to be a huge step forward, and we cannot wait to have you test drive yours at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

All-New 2016 Camaro Convertible Roof Lowers at 30 MPH

New just imagine this as the all-new 2016 Camaro convertible with the top down!

New just imagine this as the all-new 2016 Camaro convertible with the top down!

Hutch Chevrolet is happy to announce that the all-new 2016 Camaro Convertible will soon be in our showrooms, which will further refine the Camaro driving experience for all you drop-top lovers out there.

Compared to the regular 2016 Camaro, this model is entirely the same from the waist down. Above the beltline, however, is an all-new, fully automatic canvas roof that can be raised and lowered at impressive speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

Our favorite feature is that it can be remotely opened with the key fob. That means we can leave behind the days of stepping into the car, pressing a button to lower the top, and only then being able to get going. With the 2016 Camaro Convertible, all you needs to do is press the button on the key fob while walking to the car and watch as the top neatly folds away by the time you get into the vehicle. No fuss, no wait!

Chevrolet Smartphone Integration Compatibility

Chevrolet smartphone integration will be compatible for Android & Apple.

Chevrolet smartphone integration will be compatible for Android & Apple.

Chevrolet vehicles are known for their performance edge, advanced safety features, and fuel efficiency. As if that didn’t make them viable and appealing enough, now the automaker has made some tweaks in the area of Chevrolet smartphone integration that should please those who find themselves on both sides of the great Android/Apple technological divide.

For the 2016 model year, fourteen Chevrolet models will prove functional for both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay with more to follow suit. According to The Detroit Free Press, Mary Barra, CEO for GM, said, “Partnering with Apple and Google is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”

This is a sign of how important technology has become to customer buying preferences. What may have seemed absurd years ago, that a buyer would reject a model if it didn’t support their type of smartphone software, is now a very tangible reality. Chevrolet has moved to prevent that from happening with their vehicles. Many other automakers are sure to follow.

Camping Tips To Celebrate National Camping Month

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

June is the month where we finally emerge from our abodes and shake off the last remnants of cabin fever. It also happens to be one of the best months to pitch a tent and brave it for all-night adventures in the wild (or semi-wild). Makes sense then that June is National Camping Month.

As many of you have likely experienced, camping can be tough. To ensure that your night out amongst the flora and fauna goes off without a hitch, here are a few helpful camping tips.

Make sure you bring the right supplies! Some sort of water filter and hydration bladders to store the water. Fire resistant gloves are a must if you enjoy cooking over a campfire. A multi-tool is absolutely essential to any camping trip.

Your success can largely depend on your campsite. Choose a location upwind from your neighbors, away from potentially falling dead branches, but otherwise with plenty of tree cover to abate a light rain.

Trail Sherpa provides other tricks to help you have the best camping trip possible. “Cotton balls with a smear of petroleum jelly make great fire starters,” and “Create various zones at your campsite,” like one for eating, another for lounging, etc. Bring activities and games for the kids! Camping can be thrilling for them, but it helps to keep them occupied at all times.  Tell us here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY your camping tips!

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!

Chevrolet Confirms Chevrolet Bolt Model Name

Chevrolet Bolt model name is here to stay!

Chevrolet Bolt model name is here to stay!

Chevrolet is looking to light up the electric vehicle segment like a lightning bolt. The American carmaker recently confirmed that it is calling its first-ever all-electric vehicle the Chevrolet Bolt. Though Chevy was hesitant in the beginning about the Chevrolet Bolt model name, after conducting two consumer studies, the carmaker has decided it is here to stay.

“The decision is made. The name won’t be changed,” said Tim Mahoney, head of marketing for Chevrolet. This confirmation highlights Chevrolet’s plan to make it easy for consumers to associate the Bolt name with Chevrolet. The Bolt will be joining Chevrolet’s popular Volt plug-in hybrid, using the similar nomenclature to increase brand awareness.

The American carmaker’s electric car is sure to shake things up in the EV segment, offering an estimated 200-mile range. The production for the Bolt will begin sometime in 2017 at Chevrolet’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Bolt—and other fuel-efficient Chevrolet vehicles—come into Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY today.

2016 Spark Reveal in NY Shows Off New Look

We cannot wait for the 2016 Spark!

We cannot wait for the 2016 Spark!

Chevrolet finally revealed the redesigned 2016 Spark at the New York International Auto show earlier this month, after weeks of speculation. The debut brought with it an updated list of Spark facts and tech specs.

The 2016 Spark has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a solid 98 horsepower, which is a significant improvement over the model’s predecessor. Plus, you can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or a continuous variable transmission, the second option achieving a 40-mpg highway rate.

Of course, the 2016 Spark also has a more modern look, with edgier styling in mind. The newest model still has that cute feel, but stark lines, sloped windows, and cut angles keep the Spark from seeming too cartoony.

What did you think of the 2016 Spark reveal? Let us know what you think about Chevy’s latest, which you can check out in this photo gallery, in the comments.

New Hybrid Malibu Joins Chevy’s Electric Lineup

We cannot wait to go for a ride in the new hybrid Malibu.

We cannot wait to go for a ride in the new hybrid Malibu.

Chevrolet’s electric lineup is filling out quite nicely. There was first the Chevrolet Volt, which just received an overhaul for the 2016 year. It’ll have a longer range as well as greater acceleration, among other improvements.

Then we heard about the Chevrolet Bolt concept, an electric crossover that was heading to production almost as quickly as it hit the auto show circuit.

Now it may not rhyme with Volt or Bolt but the brand new Chevrolet Malibu is also joining Chevy’s exciting electric lineup. The sedan will be available as a hybrid when it comes out this year. The Detroit Free Press reports that the new hybrid Malibu will “use the same technology as the new Volt for fuel efficiency.”

This technology will help the Malibu achieve 45 mpg. Those kind of numbers make the new hybrid Malibu “one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans” in the market. In addition to the hybrid option, every model will be both bigger and lighter this time around.

All-New Malibu Debuts with Chevy’s Teen Driver Safety Technology

Teen Driver keeps your teen safe on the road.

Teen Driver keeps your teen safe on the road.

As the redesigned 2016 Malibu debuted at the New York Auto Show this month, so did Chevy’s new technology, Teen Driver. The system is an advanced safety technology designed to support parents in encouraging their teen drivers to practice safe driving habits.

The technology provides warnings, both audible and visual, that alert the driver when he has exceeded predetermined speeds. In addition, Teen Driver mutes the radio and the audio of any other device paired to the vehicle’s entertainment system when the driver and front passenger are not wearing seat belts.

The built-in automotive system is the only one in the industry to provide parents with a display detailing the driving record of their teens. Data, including maximum speed reached, distance driven, and the number of times active safety features were employed during the trip, are part of the report parents receive.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids — they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said MaryAnn Beebe, safety engineer for General Motors. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”

Chevy’s new tech feature is standard on the Malibu’s Premier trim and available for LT models equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio.

We at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC are excited to see the results of Teen Driver.