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  • Corvette Turning 60 Years Old

    1953 and 2013 Corvettes

    1953

    1953. A gallon of gas was 20¢, the average cost of a new car was $1,650, Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England...

    And the Chevrolet Corvette was born.

    When that first Corvette rolled off GM's Flint, Michigan assembly line, many thought the concept wouldn't last long—after all, it had just two seats, no roll-up windows or exterior door handles, and a fiberglass body. But, oh, what a drive...what a ride!

    Originally code-named the XP-122, the car that would become the Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama show in New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January 1953. It proved to be quite popular with attendees, so Chevrolet put it into limited production. The initial run of 150 cars doubled to 300 in its first year, and the next year the Corvette moved to a GM assembly facility in St. Louis, where 3,640 Corvettes were built for the 1954 model year. Since then more than 1.5 million Corvettes have been built.

    Every edition of the Corvette over its 60 years has been a beautiful piece of automotive design and engineering, making it the father of great American sports cars. Check out this photo gallery of past Corvettes.

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  • 1960 Dream Car... A Survivor For Over 50 Years- Plymouth XNR Concept


    Mystery...intrigue...revolution— and I'm not even talking about the car's design!

    It all started when the concept car you see above was conceived by Chrysler to compete with the highly popular Chevrolet Corvette. This 1960 Plymouth XNR featured a high-performance, 250-HP engine that could deliver a top speed of 150 mph, so it might have been worthy competition.

    But Chrysler soon realized that a one-seat roadster, one with a very unusual asymmetrical fin behind the driver, had little, if any, chance in the automotive market.

    Rather than send it to a junkyard, this piece of automobile history was shipped off to the renown Carrozzeria Ghia design studio and coach builder in Italy. It eventually ended up in one of the garages of Mohammad Reza Pahlevi, a passionate car collector who also happened to be the Shah of Iran. He later sold it to a Kuwaiti businessman, and then this 1960 Plymouth XNR disappeared for more than a decade...until the car was discovered hiding smack dab in the middle of a Middle Eastern civil war.

    For the rest of the story, click here.

    For more pictures of this unique automobile, click here.

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  • Win a ’68 Corvette on August 31!

    Win a Corvette

    I have a feeling you might be interested in this.

    BuildAndSearch.com is giving away a 1968 427 Corvette Coupe to one lucky winner who registers at their new web site! But the drawing is August 31, 2012, so please don't delay.

    And even if you don't win, there's still good reason to visit the web site. BuildAndSearch.com lets you search multiple collector car websites with just one click. You'll easily find the car you want quickly just by entering the year, make and model, and you'll get a huge number of relevant results (unlike with general-use search egines).

    BuildAndSearch.com uses a continuous dynamic search engine that monitors all known classified ad sites and, in the future, will use proprietary technology to search the entire Internet for cars and car parts for sale. Right now, the site is still in "alpha" testing stage, but it sounds like you'll want to bookmark it as one of your "favorites" for the future.

    Meanwhile, don't forget to register for your chance to win that cool Corvette Coupe pictured above! Drawing is August 31, 2012.

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  • America's Sports Car Invades Carlisle, PA- Corvettes at Carlisle 2012


    Less than 2 hours drive time from Eastwood's corporate headquarters is the largest and most amazing Corvette get-together in the world: the annual "Corvettes at Carlisle" Event.

    If you love Corvettes, it's as if you've died and gone to heaven! Where else would you find more than 5,000 Corvettes representing almost 60 years as America’s classic sports car?

    Corvette enthusiasm burns throughout the weekend, with participants enjoying autocross, dyno testing, burnouts, and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle. Take advantage of a great shopping experience, including a huge swap meet with a large contingent of vendors, an all-Corvette car corral, the Manufacturer's Midway and Installation Alley.

    And finally, don't go away empty-handed—be sure to register to win a fully loaded, 1998 Corvette Coupe, with a Sebring Silver Metallic exterior. You can also enter to win an Apple iPad2 or a Child's Corvette Bed from Step2®.

    For more information on the entire weekend, download the 76-page, 2012 "Corvettes at Carlisle" Directory here.

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  • Beautiful 1971 Corvette Could be Yours!

    Our friends over at Hemmings recently spotlighted this beautiful frame-off restored 1971 Corvette. This car made a few hearts skip-a-beat here at Eastwood, and we figured we'd share! If you want to own this fine specimen feel free to check out the full details on the Hemmings Blog

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