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  •   Antonio Ghini reacted to this post about 6 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Chevrolet Corvette C1
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    Driven 1957 Chevrolet Corvette - Jay Leno's Garage
    Sporting an America-built V8 and twin four-barrel carburetors, it's no wonder why this is one of Jay's favorite generations of Corvette.
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  •   Drive-photo reacted to this post about 7 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Chevrolet Corvette C8
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    First Drive of 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 - Jay Leno’s Garage
    Jay gets an exclusive first drive of the highly anticipated 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible with Executive Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter.
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  •   John Ford reacted to this post about 10 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Chevrolet Corvette C8
    This past 18 July I woke up at 3.15 in the morning to drive to Tustin, California, home to two of the largest free-standing wooden structures in the world. They stand 17 storeys tall, are 1000ft long and cover about seven acres of enclosed space. They were built after the attack on Pearl Harbor as hangars for blimps, or LTAs (‘Lighter Than Aircraft’) as the Navy called them. These airships were used to patrol the California coast, looking for enemy submarines. The hangars were built entirely out of wood because steel was in short supply during the war.

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    I was invited to this historic site because the new mid-engined Corvette was to be unveiled here. The official unveiling was going to be happening 13 hours in the future, but I was given the honour of being the first person to get behind the wheel of this ground-breaking new car. It really is ground-breaking for a number of reasons. Number one is the price, starting below $60,000.

    Like most people, I have envisioned that Corvette would become a brand in itself, with a number of cars in its line-up. We have just assumed that General Motors would continue to make an entry-level, traditional Corvette with a front engine and that a mid-engined C8 would be its high-end supercar. After all, isn’t that what most manufacturers do?
    Most manufacturers are afraid of alienating their fan base, so they keep making a new version of the same thing over and over. Think Harley Davidson and Porsche, for example. The shock of the new is not something most traditional car enthusiasts crave. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I like progress; it’s change I don’t like. Anyway, we were wrong. It’s going to be mid-engined or nothing. I immediately assumed, given the price point, that it would have some sort of torque-converter automatic transmission, with the usual excuse of ‘we did it because it’s lighter in weight’. But no, the transmission is bespoke and it’s a dual-clutch, just like the big boys have. And if you pull both paddles simultaneously you can rev the engine and dump the clutch.

    One feature that I love, and as far as I know nobody else has in such sophisticated form, is a front-end lift which has a GPS connection, and you can programme up to, literally, 1000 different locations to lift the front end automatically as you approach. How cool is that?

    My favourite thing about this Corvette launch was that everybody I spoke to, including the CEO, Mary Barra, is an engineer. Hers was a degree in electrical engineering. Mark Reuss, the president of General Motors, has a degree in mechanical engineering and is also head of the performance division. He’s been driving and testing the C8 from the beginning, and not just on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. On the Nürburgring, too.

    Talking with executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter and chief Corvette engineer Ed Piatek is like hanging around with your car buddies in Cars ’n’ Coffee. The only difference is that these guys actually know what they’re talking about. There were no marketing guys or PR people listening in over their shoulders, ready to jump in and correct some ‘mis-statement’. Another cool feature they’re very excited about is the electronically adjustable braking. Chevy calls it ‘eBoost’ braking. The driver can adjust the brake feel depending on what mode the car is in. It also saves space and weight by combining the master cylinder, vacuum booster, vacuum pump and electronic brake module all into one unit.

    Something I find truly fascinating is that with a normally aspirated 495bhp engine, this C8 is quicker to 60mph than last year’s top-of-the-line, 775bhp, supercharged ZR1. How is that possible? Once again, by some very clever engineering. In the old days it would have been done with cubic inches and massive amounts of brute horsepower. This time it was done with science and engineering. Moving the driver six-and-a-half inches forward and putting the engine behind him/her helps, as well as all-new suspension. Gone are the transverse leaf springs of old (albeit made of high-tech composite in later years), replaced with coil springs. Combine that with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and some cutting-edge Michelin tyres, and you have an extremely sophisticated sports car to rival the best of Europe’s at a third of the price.

    The last time GM moved the engine behind the driver, it was called the Corvair and was considered the most European car America had ever produced. GM is taking a big risk by bucking tradition with this C8. Among the Corvette faithful it has really upset the apple cart. Oh, and the top comes off too. So, how do you like them apples? Is there still Corvette in their cores?

    ‘GM IS TAKING A RISK WITH THIS C8. AMONG THE CORVETTE FAITHFUL IT HAS REALLY UPSET THE APPLE CART’
    2020 Mid-Engine C8 Corvette
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  •   Richard Dredge reacted to this post about 1 year ago
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    Chevrolet Camaro first generation

    Chevrolet Camaro first generation

    1966-1969

    The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships in September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no "B" or center pillar) or...
    Chevrolet Camaro first generation

    1966-1969

    The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships in September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no "B" or center pillar) or convertible, with the choice of either a straight-6 or V8 engine.

    The first-generation Camaro was built through the 1969 model year.

    Almost all of 1967-1969 Camaros were built in the two U.S. assembly plants: Norwood, Ohio and Van Nuys, California. There were also five non-U.S. Camaro assembly plants in countries that required local assembly and content. These plants were located in the Philippines, Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Peru.
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  •   Martin Buckley reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA

    Year of manufacture #1965
    Recorded mileage 2075
    Asking price £12,500
    Vendor Steve Reed, Failsworth, Manchester; tel: 07907 331649; e-mail: [email protected]


    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    CAR #Chevrolet-Corvair-Corsa / #Chevrolet-Corvair / #Chevrolet /
    Price c£2300 (UK special order)
    Max power 180bhp
    Max torque 265lb ft
    0-60mph 10.9 secs
    Top speed 114mph
    Mpg 16-20


    This Corvair – a rarity in the UK – was imported by the owner from Florida in 2011, and is for sale only because he now wants something different. Structurally excellent – still with well-defined spot-welds on the sill joints and in the wheelarch lips – it was repainted in the UK, and the left flank had to be re-done after a parking scrape. The slight sinkage is just visible, as are tiny bubbles on the left-rear wheelarch and right-hand door – plus a couple of scrapes on the rear bumper and a ding in the rear ’screen trim. Overall, the appearance is excellent, though, and the bright wheelarch trims were left off to give a cleaner look – but everything is available for these cars from the US. The tyres are Endura radials, half worn on the front having previously seen service on the back. Vendor Reed has had a fourwheel alignment check done, so the car tracks straight. And this is the model with the revised rear suspension, so Ralph Nader jokes won’t apply.

    The seat vinyl is factory, while the carpets are lightly soiled and faded. It has the Corsa-specification extra instruments under the dashboard, too. The turbo flat-six is tidy and original, with clean oil over the ‘max’ mark and the correct airbox. You could spend hours pondering the labyrinthine fan/alternator drivebelt, which turns more corners than a Peugeot 305’s. The 2687cc flat-six starts readily, sounding much better from outside the car than from the driver’s seat. It drives a bit like a big Beetle, in the gearchange department in particular – this car has the $92 optional fourspeed ’box, where a three-speed was standard. There’s plenty of torque, but the turbo doesn’t seem to wake up until about 3500rpm, where the manifold pressure gauge shows 5psi of boost. The all-drum brakes have a firm pedal and pull up okay, but there’s a little play in the steering, though it’s the lightness that strikes you first. Oil pressure is at least 30psi and cylinder-head temperature was 300ºF – running to a maximum 400º, says the owner, which is the mid-way point. The MoT runs until January.


    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Repainted, but not quite perfect
    INTERIOR All original, and in smart order
    MECHANICALS Drives well and feels healthy; sorted in the US prior to import
    VALUE★★★★★★★★✩✩

    For Good-looking and unusual; excellent overall condition
    Against Only the aficionados will get it; minor paint blemishes

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    As an interesting and attractive alternative to a junior Mustang and a Karmann Ghia, it seems fine value.
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  •   Martin Buckley reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA SPYDER

    RUN BY Martin Buckley
    OWNED SINCE August 2016
    PREVIOUS REPORT Nov 2017

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    The Corvair is now running. In fact, I commuted to my shed in it for a whole week in November before a carburettor leak stopped play (probably caused by a blocked fuel filter and/or a rusty fuel tank). A few electrical things remain on the to-do list, and I haven’t worked out yet how to make the heater function – although warm air does waft in from somewhere.

    But the point is that the car is on the road after months – possibly even years – of frustration. You may recall that I destroyed the diff in 2017 and decided to give the engine some love, on the basis that it had to come out anyway. The diff turned up in the post one morning from Clark’s Corvair – a nice surprise for me, if not for the delivery driver.
    Meanwhile, I ordered a variety of additional parts (standard rings, gaskets, a seal for the turbo and engine-shroud seals) and sent the heads over to Gardias Engine Services in Witney to lap the valves and re-cut the seats.

    By the end of May, my master mechanic Gus had everything he needed and was all set to rebuild the #flat-six . But he’s a busy boy with his Mercedes work and it wasn’t until September that he called to say it was time to get the car back to him in Swindon. A month later, Gus drove the Corvair over to me with instructions to use it and see how I get on. It starts easily and is pleasant to drive – I’m not sure what I was expecting, performance-wise, but the vacuum gauge on the dash indicates that the turbo is working. What I can say is that it feels relatively sluggish in first and second but seems to get on its toes in third and pulls well. Reading contemporary reports, this sounds about right but I can’t tell you much about what speeds it gets up to – the speedometer is stuck at 90mph. Also, the rev counter seems to be running some way behind.

    The gearchange is on the stiff side but the clutch is light and the brakes are effective enough, if slightly wooden in feel. The engine has a lovely growl and, because Gus has had the various shrouds repainted, it looks smart. I still need to rescue its battery from a Datsun Fairlady (it’s a peculiarly long, tall shape) and Gus would like to tidy up the wiring and cure a small oil leak.

    One thing that desperately needed sorting was the window in the hood, which afforded virtually zero rear vision and was plain dangerous on the road. However, once my father-in-law had attacked it with a buffing wheel and fine cutting paste, a huge improvement was achieved. The hood is pretty good otherwise, as are the white plastic seats and red carpets.

    But what you really want to know about is the handling. The truth is, I have not had a proper play with it, but even without the important differential between front and rear tyre pressures it feels very acceptable. Dropping the fronts by 10lb gives a lot more weight to the light, low-geared steering, and even then you can virtually park the Corvair with one finger. You would have to be quite committed to get into trouble, but I’ll give it a try and get back to you. The car’s future on the fleet is still in the balance, but the more I look at it, the more I like the Corvair. It is cheeky-looking but elegant, with a pretty tail treatment. These aesthetic observations have gone over the head of my wife, who was traumatised by towing me back to the shed when the diff ate itself and has also been watching hours of YouTube films showing them flipping on their sides.

    However, she’s the sort of person who would drive a skip if you told her it was a convertible, so I predict a more positive attitude in this parish when the sun comes out.

    THANKS TO
    Δ Gardias Engine Services: 01993 703053
    Δ Clark’s Corvair: www.corvair.com
    Δ Gus Meyer

    All painted, the engine looks in fine fettle

    Gus Meyer rebuilt the engine, and gave strict instructions: “Drive it and see how it goes”

    The Corvair is back on the road, but its time could soon be up – unless it continues to charm
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  •   Jay Leno reacted to this post about 1 year ago
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    For sale at Barrett-Jackson, January 15, barrett-jackson.com

    Why buy it? Desirable higher performance model with 225bhp thanks to dual fourbarrel carburettors. Presents well with good chrome and what has to be the best Fifties Corvette colour – Cascade Green. Highly original and still has its Wonderbar radio.
    Price estimate
    No reserve
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  •   Richard Dredge reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Camaro synergy green special edition.

    Vendor: Florida Trucks Inc, in partnership with General Business Leasing Ltd, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex.
    Price: £24,750.

    One thing is for sure, you'll never go anywhere unnoticed in this Camaro, finished in high visibility synergy green metallic paintwork!

    Based upon the 1LT, the limited edition model built between February and May 2010, it offers a pretty potent performance package. While a good many self-respecting American car enthusiasts wouldn't be seen behind the wheel of anything unless it has a V8 engine up front, you simply can't ignore what Chevrolet has done to the Camaro's V6 engine, that now offers enough impressive performance to please most without the need for a turbo or supercharger.

    With a very respectable 304bhp on tap, equating to a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds, and a useful 273lb-ft torque, plus a fuel consumption of up to 29mpg, this car has much to crow about. It has a six-speed automatic transmission with a highly impressive power response, but it can also be set to manual mode which is operated via paddle shift buttons on the steering wheel, meaning the gears can be held while the revs increase, a bit like a Tiptronic set-up, for maximum driveability. However, the automatic transmission is so responsive you can still have serious fun with the shifter just left in Drive!

    Fitted with twin Cats and mufflers, the exhaust note has a pleasing throaty roar on hard acceleration. This 3.6 litre-V6 powered Camaro is remarkably quick, 70mph appears on the speedometer in what seems like an instant, and the lightness of the steering is absolutely spot on, providing perfect feedback. Likewise, the handling and ride quality are hugely impressive. Indeed, it's a really superb car to drive.

    The synergy green metallic paintwork is complemented by cyber grey rally stripes on the bonnet and bootlid, and there's a small spoiler to the rear. There's also a glass tilt/sliding sunroof which helps to make things light and airy inside. The black cloth seats show virtually no wear and tear at all, which pretty much sums up the entire interior. The square instrument clusters for the speedometer and rev counter are retro in style, and are pleasingly illuminated in pale blue with red needles, and the same colours are used for the centrally positioned switchgear. The chunky black leather trimmed steering wheel is very tactile and a pleasure to grip. A $2300 option is the solid green LED illumination that follows the contours of the green door card trim (unique to the synergy model) then right around the dashboard, but can only really be seen at its best at night. Green theme continues inside.
    On a car that's only four years old with lowish mileage, the engine bay was naturally very clean and well presented. The DOHC all aluminium engine is mostly obscured by various black covers and the oil was clean and to the full mark. This Camaro is an absolute corker, and would make a fine alternative to a modern Mustang, which it easily outsold in 2010.

    Good points
    First and foremost, this Camaro drove and performed as though it was brand new and had just been driven out of the showroom. Its synergy green limited edition status should ensure it holds its value much better than a stock model. Not only does this car come complete with a set of chrome on alloy five spoke show wheels, with new looking Goodyear Eagle RSA 245/45-20 tyres, there are the original stock alloys with 245/50-19 Pirelli tyres too, also as new. Although economical, such is the fun to be had behind the wheel, it’s unlikely you’ll be worrying about fuel consumption anyway!

    Bad points
    The paintwork is almost perfect but for a few scuffs on the offside lower front valance, another on the nearside and a small scratch just behind the rear side window on the offside. With scant glazing area, visibility can be slightly impaired, especially when reversing - good job there are parking sensors - and the thick front screen pillars can also limit vision. While undamaged, the chrome on alloy show wheels are just starting to degrade with a little pitting in places. Without a digital display, you don’t always know what gear you are in when using the paddle shift kit.
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