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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!!;
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Which Early C8s will be Historic Legacy Cars. How to Spec-Out.

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  • Which Early C8s will be Historic Legacy Cars. How to Spec-Out.

    There are many knowlwdgable members to the MECF. The first C8 will be awesome. Ground beaking. . But not all equally so as individual cars. And mass produced. Yet 2020 will be the only year of first introduction. Questions for us novices.

    Historic individual early cars?
    Legacy items?
    How to spec one out your car to be the exceptional car? Truly unique car. Stand out with classic staying power.
    What strategy , what procedure what avenue will afford an individual buyer to obtain the outstanding car, given mass production ?

    What worked in the past if anything?
    Is this info or wisdom of confidential proprietary nature. If known then best not revealed?

    We have waited long years. The day to place the order will soon be here. Any comments. What do you intend to do and how to , besides wait for ZR!

    Will the LT2s be soon discontinued, after transition, and therefore perhaps the one to get?

    Mission impossible, because the early cars will be least desirable long term?

    How's the market today for 2014 C7s. What bout in 20, 30, 40 years?
    Last edited by SheepDog; 05-28-2019, 10:54 PM.

  • #2
    Interesting proposition. Who knows what's going to end up as "unique" or "historic" in the future? Color, options. I had a '86 paint code 66 coupe for a couple of years, then sent it down the road and THEN found out it was one of four! How about the very few '70 Ford Falcons with the 429 SCJ that are now worth stupid money, but were not worth our attention back in the late '70s? Would you have ordered a 2014 Lime Rock Green convertible if you would have known they only made 155?
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    • #3
      Being a 1-of-1or even a 1-of-10, short of something like a ‘63 split, one of the original Grand Sports, a C7 big block, and a few other way-older Corvettes might make one feel very good, but is it likely to ever command a price premium down the road?

      Want to insure you have a 2020, 1-of-1 C8, buy it in Accelerate Yellow, with the Adrenaline Red interior, order it with a custom VIN ($5,000) and the “build your own motor” option ($5,800), and you would have a 1-of-1; but would anyone pay more for it down the road — or would its price and options make it really hard to even sell? Similarly, if having a 1-of-1 is critically important, one could now order a 2019 C7 in Corvette Racing Yellow convertible, with a blue top and with Spice Red interior; it would be a 1-of-1, but who would every buy it from you?

      My wife and I go the complete other way ourselves other than choosing uniqueness, i.e,, our never buying anything based on what its future worth might or might not be, instead buying that which is within our budget that makes us the happiest while we are owning it.

      2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


      • #4
        John I couldn't agree more. " buying that which is within our budget that makes us the happiest while we are owning it. "


        • #5
          Good questions SheepDog, you never know what will be "collectible" 20 years from now? I remember all the 79 "pace car" editions people bubble wrapped ... how did that work out? I think frankb has it right. I'm not caring all that much, just looking for the C8 that fits for me.


          • #6
            The trouble with buying for the future is mileage. As an example look at the 05 Ford GT. The 100 mile cars bring the bucks. But I’m not buying any C8 and parking her not in my lifetime. I have bought a ton of 60’s and 70’s cars in the past. But that was when I was 32 and could have fun collecting and did it because I loved driving them. The profit was secondary to the hobby. Those same cars are either stock or now modified into retro mods. Not a fan of retro mods. You want a old car with some better handling. .....just buy a current muscle car or Sportscar. The 60’s muscle cars will hit their peak very soon and start their decline as us old dudes past on. Sorry but that’s life in the fast lane
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            Red mist C8 ,2 LT, Z51 coupe.

            Z06 wait list #394 at Ciocca Chevy
            Z06 wait list # 6 At local dealership


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              My all time favorite is this bombshell. Click image for larger version

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              Red mist C8 ,2 LT, Z51 coupe.

              Z06 wait list #394 at Ciocca Chevy
              Z06 wait list # 6 At local dealership


              • #8
                lol , Who cares what these cars will be worth 20 years from now. I'll be 85 twenty years from now and probably in a box. I agree with John and others , buy within budget. Why wait for the ZR1 version. ? BUY NOW and enjoy the predicted longevity of this model. There probably will not be any real major body changes for many years. The base model will be current for many years and the first buyers will have the luxury of owning a car for more years with a style that will not be outdated. And why wait till they introduce a ZO6 with more horsepower? Is 500 HP not enough? I want my C8 now, lol. And, if you a car with reasonable resale value in the near future, buy a base car . If you look at what the base C7s did they held their value well in comparison with other cars. The base LT1 2014 C7s were selling around 40k a year ago. Today it will be hard to get MMR of $40,600 for a base 2019.. One thing I do know is that anybody that orders one of these cars without the front lift option will be sorry. These cars are going to be lower to the ground than the C7 and anyone with a C7 knows the obstacles presented by the cars height. Talking to Ferrari owners who owned Ferraris of the past sure wished Ferrari even offered such an option. I have to GM credit for thinking of the lift option on the first produced cars. I am ordering mine in GO FAST CHASE ME AND IF YOU CAN CATCH ME GIVE ME A TICKET RED. PAINTED RED CALIPERS, PERFORMANCE EXHAUST AND SILVER WHEELS . AND THE FRONT LIFT OPTION. Chrome wheels will not go with the European styling of these cars. Are there any Ferraris with chrome wheels? I was also told by Tom Thompson of McMulkin Chevy that it MAY NOT matter where you are on the pre order list that the less extravagant you are wilt your order you may get your car sooner than a person that is first on the list as Bowling Green May be building these cars sooner than release and stock piling them They have to be doing something with 400 new employes. Made sense to me. NO, I want my C8 yesterday. .


                • #9
                  I think the only first year C7 that qualifies as a collectible is VIN #1. Even the two limited trim options (Pacific and Atlantic, I think?) aren't really collectibles. Modern Corvettes are just built in too large a quantity. Maybe in 50 years a C7 will be a collectible, but that's about it.

                  If what I've been told is correct, a bunch of people paid absurd amounts of money for the original ZR-1 because they figured it would be a collectible, and have never come close to even breaking even, much less making a profit.

                  But if I had a time machine I'd go back and buy a '63 SWC, and a '67 427/435, coat them in cosmoline, wrap them in plastic, store them in Arizona, and them come back and unpack them. (Oh, and I'd also buy into Microsoft's IPO, Apple just before they announced the iPhone, and Google and Amazon at their IPOs.)
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                  • #10
                    For C3 generation and up, traditionally the most collectable cars have been the special editions (79 pace car aside ). So if you really want a collectable C8, you probably will have to wait until GM introduces a limited edition. And that means missing out on some great C8 driving in the meantime! Not an acceptable tradeoff in my book.

                    Edit: MikeC8, what a great collection of cars! Very inspiring. If I tried to assemble a similar collage of the cars I've owned it would have a decidedly more Japanese flavor. And much lower total horsepower.
                    Last edited by Klinn; 05-29-2019, 07:04 PM.