The Future of Corvette Development
C6 – Corvette Generation Six
– Inside Job? –
Oct 10, 2012 – In looking through my files doing some C7 research, I came across the pix below. They were sent to a forum in the day by 'JuJuBee' and were the first pix that gave some real hints about the looks of the upcoming Corvette Sixth Generation. 'JuJuBee' was either a GM insider or very close to one. Although they look a bit crude now, at that time confirming things like open headlights was VERY BIG news.
Above – February 15, 2003 – A rough idea of what was coming.
Above – February 26, 2003 – The pictures that shook the Corvette world. Big front intake grille, door 'handle' slot, open headlights, more creases and bigger side cove were confirmed.
Above – The real thing for comparison.
Above – March 8, 2003 – Someone found the C5 photo on which the yellow car above was based. It made a good comparison, also.
– Spy Pix –
Above – April 28, 03 Jim Dunne scored the first C6 spy shots and AutoWeek published them.
Above – May 2, 2003 – First good look at the creased front fender. The voluptuous C5 curves were gone.
Above – This pix first seen Nov 12 but said to have been taken July 23, 2003
Above – We first saw the entire body shape without camo, and got a hint of a high performance model to come with rear fender flares.
Above – November 16, 2003 – Two pix caught during a GM publicity photo shoot by Benjamin Kopf IV of San Francisco and contributed to CorvetteForum.com. He gets the BIG prize for the first shots of the final version!
Above – December 5, 2003 – Even Hot Wheels got in on the act. This pic hit there website before announcement day. It was pulled but not before it was found and widely posted.
Above – December 21, 2003 – First complete look
Above – On Sunday evening, January 4, 2004 at 7:00 pm, the 2005 Corvette was officially announced to the world.
Spy Pictures – 2006 Corvette Z06
Above – June 20, 2004 – A closer shot the same day. The first look at the fender flares.
Above – October 19, 2004 – Two Z06 test mules. Lots of details to ponder.
Above – First released November 9, 2004 – Then, on November 10, 2004, GM asked several commercial sites to remove this picture. Must be important.
Above – On Sunday evening, January 10, 2005 the 2006 Corvette Z06 was officially announced to the world.
Spy Pictures – 2009 Corvette ZR1
Above – 2007-04-25 – A very early test car; probably a lot earlier than the date I have on the picture.
Above 3 pix – 2007-02-22 – A kid that apparently worked for a shipping company not only posted these pix on the web, he actually bragged about taking the car for a spin. Major troubles ensued. (The blue brakes are the real thing, the wheels are not.)
Above – 2008-01-14 – A pic from the first ZR1 to be sold – Barrett Jackson auction. Selling an EX car? Turned out to be a stand-in car, not the actual production car sold.
Above – 2007-10-19 – Above 3 pix from Laguna
Above – December 19, 2007 – Official announcement day for the 2009 Corvette ZR1.