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Five Cars That Make Us Thankful

November 27th, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Supercharged

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow CarGurus!

As you enjoy this day of watching football, eating sweet potatoes and carving turkey (or tofurkey if you’re like me), I want you to keep something in mind when you take turns going around the table to express your thanks.

Yes, it’s important to give thanks to family and to express gratitude for the food that fills your plate. But don’t forget to take a few moments and thank the auto gods for the abundance of speed, luxury and performance they’ve bestowed upon this Earth.

Here are some cars I’ll mention today in my annual “giving of the thanks.” What will yours be?

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The Great Corvette Sinkhole of 2014

February 13th, 2014

Corvette sinkhole

By now everyone’s heard about how Mother Nature hates Corvettes. After yesterday’s little outburst of swallowing a few ‘Vettes whole, we can officially add her to the list, which also includes everyone outside the U.S. and anyone who drives a Porsche 911.

Okay, that’s a little unfair. The Corvette is a perfectly fine car and deserves its place in American history. That place is enshrined at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which is also where the infamous sports car is built.

It’s a little ironic that the very place that serves as the shrine to Corvette fans everywhere is the same place where a hole in the earth opened up and destroyed more than a few classic ‘Vettes.

But there’s an even more alarming piece to this story.

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Used Dodge Viper: Real or Fake?

November 4th, 2013

Dodge Viper based on Corvette

If you want a used Dodge Viper, you should just buy yourself a Dodge Viper.

The car has a strong, loyal following thanks in part to its storied past, which began with a combination effort between Chrysler and Lamborghini. Yes, it’s true, the Viper’s famous V10 engine has roots with the Raging Bull.

Lamborghini, owned by Chrysler from 1987 to 1993, was charged with modifying Dodge’s iron V10 truck engine into something suitable for a performance roadster. The resulting engine weighed over 700 pounds, but included cast aluminum heads, produced 400 hp and propelled the first generation Viper to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds.

The Viper gained a reputation for being a spartan ride, but also a brute force in performance.

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Cars Coming Soon: C7 Corvette Better Not Look Like This

August 23rd, 2012

C7 Corvette?

The next-generation Corvette could debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. There’s no official word on if that’ll be the case or what it’ll even look like, but there’s so much speculation and excitement about the car that it’s already impossible to ignore.

Considering GM’s poor track record of keeping cars coming soon a secret, it’s pretty remarkable that the C7 Corvette still remains an object of speculation. There have been heavily disguised spy shots, but nothing concrete revealing the car’s final design or specs.

In an effort to keep its super-secret C7 from leaking before the big reveal, GM will even suspend tours next month of the plant that builds the Corvette. After September 14, according to a report in The Detroit News, the factory will close to retool for production of the next-generation car. So much for a curious member of the public spilling the beans with an iPhone.

So, until GM finally pulls the sheet off the new ‘Vette, we’re left with unofficial renderings and speculation about what’s to come. I really hope the latest guess proves significantly off-base.

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Crunched Cars for Christmas: Planned and Unplanned

December 29th, 2011

Tropical Chevrolet, Miami

Cars are not forever, but some of us get upset when they crash, get crunched or are otherwise destroyed. Of course. We are attached to cars, even when they aren’t ours. So here are three stories of Christmastime crunches that will surely tug at your heartstrings.

A couple of weeks ago at 3 a.m., a speeding drunk driver demolished at least three brand-new Corvettes on the lot of Tropical Chevrolet in Miami Shores, Fla. Naturally, the guy sustained only minor injuries, as the cars did not.

This is the second time that Tropical has gotten creamed. In 2007, a Corvette driver landed on top of four Suburbans, valued at over $300,000, and again the driver survived intact.

Several possible conclusions here: 1. Don’t drink and drive. 2. Somebody really has it in for Tropical. 3. The Corvette driver was extremely annoyed at the Service Department.

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Best Performance Value on the Market?

July 5th, 2011
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Corvette Grand Sport hits the sweet spot

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, a corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship used by the French Navy since 1670.

When General Motors needed a name for its all-new, small, maneuverable two-seat sports car, a photographer reportedly suggested the Corvette name, thus transforming the term into an American icon nearly overnight.

When the first Corvette arrived back in 1953, though, there wasn’t much about it that could justify the “sports car” label. While current iterations of the ‘Vette might be described as “firebreathing,” the original inline 6-cylinder was hardly more powerful than the pilot light on my aging furnace.

Obviously that all changed when Chevrolet introduced a small-block V8 engine in 1955 and embarked on nearly six decades of continuous improvement to America’s sports car.

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The Best $7,500 You’ll Ever Spend

May 24th, 2011
1997 Jaguar XK-Series

Jaguar XK-Series

Let’s say for a moment that you have a spare $7,500 sitting in your offshore savings account. Yeah, maybe you’ve been stashing the cash in case of Rapture, but since we all know that ship has sailed, maybe it’s time to use the cash to enjoy your limited time on Earth.

Yeah, you could probably do some good with that wad of hundreds (donating to a worthy cause is always an admirable endeavor). But for those of us slightly more…ego-centric, the best way to use a few grand is to buy a fun car.

Not just a used car, but a fun car that’ll leave people wondering how much it cost and what illegal activities you suddenly started dabbling in to afford it.

Yeah… take $7,500 or so and have some fun…

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