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Corvette Introduces the 60th Anniversary plus the 427 Collectors Edition!

2013 Corvette 427 Convertible

Today Chevrolet announced two new special edition Corvettes to round out the production of the C6 Corvette. The two models that have been unveiled are the 60th Anniversary Edition and the fastest Corvette convertible produced, the 427 Convertible Collectors Edition.

“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.”

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 system. 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 – 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.

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 190mph.

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.

Chevrolet will be auctioning off the first Corvette 427 Convertible at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction with proceeds going to AARP’s Drive to End Hunger initiative on January 21st.

Chevrolet said that both cars will be available late summer when the 2013 Corvettes start production.  We hope to have both models at the annual NCM Bash at the National Corvette Museum in April.


NCM Insurance is attending Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals!


It has been nearly a month since I have last written, and I think it is partially due to the fact that car show season is about over.  It is a shame!  The NCM Insurance Agency has attended many shows this year and met some amazing people along the way. We have a couple more shows this year, and we will be taking a little break.  Over the next several months you will see new press releases with some exciting features we are adding for both policy holders and what we hope to be future policy holders.

The NCM Insurance Agency has one more off-site show this year, and it is in one of our favorite cities.  We will be setting up at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals just outside of Chicago, IL.  The event is November 19th and 20th located at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

MCACN is the largest indoor car show around and attracts many very unique show cars or rare cars.  Some of the  special displays include the Class of 1971 40th display which will feature hardtops, convertibles and a 1971 LS6 Corvette display.  You will be treated to some of the country’s rarest and most desirable muscle cars from 1971.  Some additional features at the show will be the 50th anniversary of the 1961 model year, Dodge Challenger T/A Reunion, Motion Madness, Midget Racer Mania, the famous Shelby Snakepit, Corvette Triple Diamond Showcase and Competition, sYc Supercar Showcase, sYc Members Showcase, ZL1/COPO Invitational Display, 2nd Generation Camaro L78 display, etc.

As you can see there will be many great classic muscle cars on display, and we would love to see you there!  We will have our mobile quoting command center (sounds fancy!) along with our poster giveaway.  Stop by, get a quote and get a great looking poster by artist Sabastian Poole.

We look forward to seeing many great friends and hope to make new ones!

Are you interested in attending the show?  Check out www.mcacn.com for more information.


Wildfire claims 2 Corvettes, see how it was handled!

In April a great friend of the National Corvette Museum and a customer of the NCM Insurance Agency received a call as he came out to the NCM for the C5/C6 Bash that he will not forget anytime soon.  He was told that a wildfire started near his house and destroyed some of his prized possessions.

We caught up with Holt when he returned to the Corvette Museum for the 17th Annual Labor Day Celebration, and he wanted to share his experience with you all.

The NCM Insurance Agency proudly writes Collector Car Insurance for AMIG or American Modern Insurance Group on an Agreed Value policy. To have the same great coverage as Holt, put together a quote at www.ncminsurance.com or give us a call at 877.678.7626.


National Corvette Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Chevrolet with Special Exhibit

Chevrolet’s first car pulled onto the auto scene like a decked-out debutante. Race-car driver Louis Chevrolet imagined an upscale dream car based on the racing cars he loved. The Series C Classic Six produced 40 horsepower and could go a whopping 65 miles per hour, competing with the high-performance cars of its time. For the first couple of years, it was simply called “the Chevrolet.” While Chevrolet co-founder Bill Durant would quickly shift the company toward affordability, performance would stay at the heart of Chevrolet for a century to come.

The National Corvette Museum celebrates Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary with a special 14-car exhibit, showcasing a variety of Chevrolet vehicles through the decades. On display are a 1912 “Little” – a product of the Little Car Company which was dissolved into Chevrolet; a 1928 Phaeton Touring Car; a 1935 Chevrolet; a 1936 Canopy Express Pick-up – used for produce display and delivery; a 1942 ‘War Car’, a 1955 Bel Air; a 1958 Impala; a 1964 Corvair; a 1965 Chevelle 300; a 1970 Chevelle; 1987 Monte Carlo; a 1996 Camaro; a 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette and a 2012 Volt.

“Our goal for this exhibit was to not only offer a wide variety of Chevrolet models, but also select vehicles to represent each decade of the 100 years,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing Manager and member of the Museum’s Display Committee.

As with the majority of vehicles on display in the museum, all of the exhibit cars are on loan from private individuals with three of them on loan from the General Motors Heritage Center. The display runs through December 31, 2011 in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall and is included with regular museum admission.

The National Corvette Museum is located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is open daily, 8am-5pm CT. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids age 6-16, kids under 6 are free, or family admission (everyone in the same household) is $25. For more information on the Museum, visit www.corvettemuseum.org or call 800-538-3883.

In addition to the Museum’s celebratory exhibit, Chevrolet has launched a special “Chevy 100” channel on Pandora featuring 100 popular songs with Chevrolet-related references such as Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” and Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Additionally, Chevrolet is sponsoring the August 20 Woodward Dream Cruise – a grassroots event which draws an estimated 1.5 million car enthusiasts and 30,000 muscle cars to Michigan’s legendary Woodward Avenue. Chevrolet fans can also vote for their favorite models in a tournament-style bracket challenge which will eventually crown just one Chevy as “the best” at www.chevrolet.com/100-years/best-chevy-of-all-time/.


Media Contact:

Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager

National Corvette Museum

270-467-8846 | 800-538-3883 x146 or [email protected]


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