When it comes to carrying that coveted “Made in America” tag important to a lot of U.S. car buyers, the new Corvette Stingray tops the list … well, along with the Ford F-Series, which I think still puts the C7 in pretty good company as far as respected American nameplates. Both vehicles tied at first place for “Most American-Made” vehicle based on a study by the Kogod School of Business at American University that evaluates the domestic content of vehicles sold in the United States.
I really need to dial up one of these professional driving schools to see if they’d be up for whipping me around a track in a C7 with a more experienced driver at the helm. As much as I love being behind the wheel myself, I certainly realize there are a lot of people more qualified to give me a better feel of what the new Corvette is really capable of.
There’s something about seeing this thing in its natural state without all that computer-generated crap used to enhance photos. Then again, maybe it’s just my own personal pet peeve in knowing how computer-enhanced images can make some things look a lot nicer than they are in real life. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those studio shots General Motors released last week of the new 2015 Convertible Z06. They’ve been creating quite a buzz, but seeing that blue topless Z06 on the stand at the 2014 New York International Auto Show really brings it to life.
If you’ve been worried about that new Stingray you ordered ever since learning that workers at the Corvette plant have been considering walking off the job, there’s good news: After voting to authorize a strike last week at the Kentucky facility, it appears local union officials are making progress in meetings with General Motors and international UAW officials to get their issues resolved.
Well, you can add the first retail model of the 2015 Corvette Z06 to the coveted car collection of motorsports king, Rick Hendrick. The chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group paid $1 million for the car at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida this past weekend. Not that it really should come as a big surprise: Mr. Hendrick, an avid Corvette enthusiast, also paid $1 million for the first production model of the 2014 Stingray last year at a Barrett-Jackson auction.