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2006 Chevy Corvette Z06 – Consignment SOLD!

Hey Cool Car Fans,

I recently consigned a really cool yellow 2006 Z06 Corvette for a client and I decided to  feature it here on CoolCarGuy.com, even though it probably won’t last very long. . These are super cool cars that tend to hold their value extremely well based on supply and demand.  One of the great things about the corvette is that it’s an American icon as a motor vehicle.  There is no mistaking the Corvette when you spot one driving down the road and Chevrolet has been producing it for a very long time.

This particular vehicle has the 7.0l V8 that produces 505hp.  My client also had the following modifications done to the vehicle, but nothing that would affect the overall value of the car.  The wheels are the factory ZR1 rims with Nitto tires. Air Raid exhaust. Full cat back. It also has the carbon fiber ground effect parts (side skirts), but my client liked the way the vehicle looks better without them installed.  He’s including them with the vehicle to the new buyer, should they want them.

The miles are great on this one at just under 21,000 for a 2006.  It’s also the hard to find yellow with black stripes and it is in superb condition.

The Specifications

Year: 2006
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Trim: Z06
Mileage: 21,000
Stock #: JB102671
VIN #: 1G1YY25E765102671
Trans: 6 Speed
Color: Yellow
Interior: Leather
Vehicle Type: Coupe
State: CO
Drive Train: RWD
Engine: 7.0L V8 OHV 16V
  • Air Conditioning
  • Driver Airbag
  • Power Locks
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seat
  • Power Mirrors
  • AM/FM
  • Extra Keys
  • Power Windows
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Fog Lights
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Front Air Dam
  • Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Exterior Mirror
  • Side Airbags
  • Bluetooth
  • High Intensity Discharge Headlights
  • Splash Guards
  • Bucket Seats
  • Interval Wipers
  • Tachometer
  • CD
  • Keyless Entry
  • Tilt Wheel
  • CD Changer
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Cruise Control
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Traction Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Vehicle Stability Control System

This is vehicle has a 6 speed manual transmission and is a blast to drive!  If you’re looking for a really cool and super fast American sports car the Chevy Corvette is probably the best value available for the horsepower and the overall value proposition.

I am expecting that it won’t last long on the market since so many owners keep their corvettes for a long time. Corvettes have been being built by Chevrolet for over 60 years and they have built close to 1.5 million Corvettes over six or seven generations.  The majority of them have been really good cars and a few have been pretty terrible.  The C-6 platform that was from 2004 to 2016 with the LS7 engine in 2006 was definitely a winner!

The Z06 came on the scene as a 2006 model in the third quarter of 2005 and is the lightest of all the Corvettes. The Z06 was equipped with the largest-displacement small-block ever produced, which was a new 7.0 L (427 cu in) engine codenamed the LS7.  The Z06 was the official pace car for both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2006.  Car and Driver magazine did a road test of this amazing vehicle and called it a “supercar” that helped fuel the desire for this bad boy…

“But by almost every performance standard, the Z06 is a supercar. A few days after our trip, we took a Z06 to GM’s Milford proving ground and tested it. It ripped to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds, hit 100 in 7.9, and 150 in 17.5. That’s on par with or better than the performance of the $153,345 Ford GT (and good luck getting that price) and $180,785 Ferrari F430. Likewise, the brakes are terrific, bringing the Vette to a standstill from 70 mph in only 162 feet. And it pulled 0.98 g on the skidpad. Spending double the Z06’s price does not guarantee you’ll have a car that can beat it. ” – Car and Driver

Price: $34,900

Cool Car Guy RatingExtremely Cool

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

Who’s Building Your Car These Days?

Hey Cool Car Fans,

It is amazing how global the automotive industry has become over the years as we have watched prices of vehicles skyrocket.  Isn’t the idea that if you manufacturer something in another country you should be paying less?  We’ve seen that with calculators, computers and digital watches, but apparently not with cell phones and automobiles.

In some ways, the consumer has been hoodwinked into paying way more for less value than what people would expect to be paying for vehicles today that are being outsourced to other countries.  Many of the vehicles today are more expensive than what people used to pay for a house or what they can still pay for a house in some parts of the country.

Car loans have gone from three and four years to five and six year loans as common and even seven and eight year loans!  I have helped people do a five year lease on a used vehicle to get a lower payment, so that they can roll out early based on depreciation, which is still better than an eight year loan.

Let’s look at the new 2017 Chevy Bolt for example and who has been involved in creating this new vehicle.  According to Wikipedia the Chevy Bolt was created in conjunction with LG.

“The Chevrolet Bolt or Chevrolet Bolt EV is an all-electric subcompact car developed by Chevrolet in partnership with LG Corporation.[3] Production for the for model year 2017 began in November 2016.[4][5]

Isn’t LG known for making televisions, washers and dryers?  The Chevy Bolt though is an EV (electric vehicle), which other than the batteries may have a motor that could last 20 years like your electric dryer.  If you have read CoolCarGuy.com for any length of time you know that I believe the electric vehicle is the ultimate in planned obsolescence.

I love the awards many of these new technology electric vehicles get too.  I’m not sure that many of us have ever even heard of some of these awards, but they sound really good.

“The Chevrolet Bolt won several awards including the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year award, the 2017 AutoGuide.com Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year, Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2017, Green Car Journal‘s 2017 Green Car of the Year, and was listed in Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year of 2016.[10]

Call me a skeptic, but when I sold windsurfers back in the mid 1980’s and computers back in the early 1990’s I remember the magazines giving awards to the companies that I was selling for numerous times because they were huge advertisers with the magazines.  Of course, I’m not saying this has happened here, but I take awards in the automotive industry with a grain of salt.

Getting back to who is building your car today though, if we read a little further about the Chevy Bolt we discover that not only is LG in South Korea involved in manufacturing the motor, battery and drive unit, but the former car company Daewoo was involved in the design of the vehicle.  The only thing that is Chevrolet about the Bolt is the brand name and that it is being assembled in Detroit, Michigan.

“The Bolt was designed by GM’s Korea studio (formerly Daewoo Korea), as B-segment size[28] on its own platform, and does not share elements with the GM Gamma platform cars Chevrolet Sonic/Spark/Opel Corsa.” – Wikipedia

I don’t know if this is a great vehicle or not since I haven’t driven one yet, but I find it fascinating that this vehicle has an MSRP of $37,495 for an all electric vehicle.  If you subtract a federal tax credit to encourage people to buy electric vehicles than the price drops to $29,995 for the MSRP.  The reasoning behind this vehicle is to avoid paying for gas and that most people are only driving about 40 miles a day, but you have to spend a ton in fuel to justify the cost.  It is still going to be a pretty good seller for Chevrolet I’m sure with the increased interest in electric vehicles and all of those award that it’s received – lol.

You could get a 2000 BMW Z3 similar to this one (I’m not selling this one, just showing an example) that I spotted through the Manheim dealer auction that gets great gas mileage and has about 77,000 miles for less than half the price of a 2017 Chevy Bolt.  I would take an older BMW hands down personally, but I recognize they are not in the same category.  My point is that there are some great used vehicles out there that you don’t have to spend $30,000 on with a tax credit to get a cool car.

I’m not trying to pick on the 2017 Chevy Bolt in this article, although it probably seems that way, but I am really just trying to make the point about who’s really making your vehicle.  The fact is that so many vehicles are being outsourced today by all of the manufacturers that you really have to do some research to find out who’s designing, manufacturing, assembling and building your vehicle before you plunk down your cash.

Maybe you don’t really care either?  After all, Chrysler Jeep is owned by Fiat, Mercedes Benz for a while owned Chrysler, so if you own an older Chrysler it could very well have some Mercedes Benz technology in it.  Ford owns Mazda and used to own Land Rover and Jaguar that are now owned by Tata Motors out of India.  Some of the Land Rovers were a disaster for repairs, while Ford owned them.  Nissan is owned by Renault and we’ve seen a number of changes in those vehicles over the years compared to when they were strictly Japanese and the old Datsun brand.

We’ve all seen the issue of recalls with airbags over the past year with a number of manufacturers.  Vehicles are costing more money, but are people really getting more bang for their buck?  I think it depends on the vehicle, even the vehicle within the same manufacturer. Which is why it’s important to do some homework before you purchase an expensive vehicle and know what you’re really getting.

It’s one of the reasons why many people contact me about getting older cool cars, like that BMW and customizing them with navigation, upgrading the interiors and modernizing them with newer technology.  They can often do this for far less than what they are going to pay for a new vehicle that at times feels more like they should have a “made in China” sticker on them.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy
John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

1969 Chevy Malibu Cool Car Guy Consignment – SOLD!

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This is one of those extremely cool classic cars that somebody took the time to rebuild and they did it right. I have seen so many classic cars over the years that are junk. People have brought some of these cars to me and asked me to sell them, but I’ve said “No way!” because they couldn’t or wouldn’t invest the money to fix them correctly. Not so with this vehicle!

20110701-080352.jpgThis beast has almost $50,000 into it and he’s offering it for $29,995, which is a steal of a deal for what this car has to offer.

Unlike other consignments where I take the vehicle and show it to a potential buyer with a test drive at my office that is not going to happen here. I’ve asked the seller to allow me to bring the buyer to his shop and do a private showing because this vehicle has 600hp and two NOS tanks in the trunk.

20110701-080401.jpgThe last thing I would want is for someone inexperienced to get behind the wheel of this monster and lose control because this car needs someone with experience behind the wheel. It’s a ride that is ready for Bandimere Speedway or to be put into the garage of a private collector who just wants to look at the 1969 Chevy Malibu, which is a super cool ride.

20110701-080407.jpgAll of the documentation is with this vehicle, including photos of how it was torn down and rebuilt with plenty of photos along the way. You can see the size of the photo album that was put together documenting everything about this vehicle. It’s sweet! I’ll be amazed if it doesn’t sell for the full price and sell rather quickly once word gets out on the market that it’s available.

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There are plenty of people out there with some money who would rather invest in a vehicle like this than tinker around in their garage for the next three years trying to build something on their own. In the end their vehicle may not compete with this 69′ Malibu or it may end up costing them more money anyway. This vehicle is amazing and should do extremely well on the racetrack because it was built right with a 454 Big Block motor and all the bells and whistles.

Rather than write all the details here, I believe pictures are worth a thousand words. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves on this one and if you know someone who is into really fast, well built and restored classic cars, send them this link and tell them to check it out at CoolCarGuy.com.

20110701-080422.jpg1969 Chevy Malibu Super Sport Clone – $29,995

UPDATE! The owner of the vehicle told me to drop the price to $22,000! Don’t miss it!

Cool Car Guy Rating: Extremely Cool

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

1967 Chevy Camaro SS Clone – Cool Car Consignment

Hey Cool Car Fans,

I still have to get photos up of a really cool 1981 Delorean DMC-12 that I recently sold for a client of mine, so stay tuned for that post coming soon. The Jeep and the Jaguar that I consigned are both gone, but check out this very cool 1967 Camaro that a client of mine restored.

I’m posting the before and after photos for you to see how far this vehicle has come from where it was to what it looks like now.  And although it’s not an original SS, it’s a pretty cool SS clone and these vehicles are getting more and more difficult to find as time marches on since they only made so many in 1967, which was the first year for this classic car.  How many are left that are in good running condition or available for restoration?

I asked my client to send me details on the story of this 67′ Camaro and he wrote a great story, but before I share with you what he had to say, here’s some information on the 1967 Camaro from Wikipedia.com that I think you’ll find interesting.

“The debut Camaro shared some mechanicals with the 1968 Chevy II Nova. Almost 80 factory and 40 dealer options, including three main packages, were available. The RS was an appearance package that included hidden headlights, revised taillights, RS badging, and exterior rocker trim. It was available on all models.

The SS included a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 engine and the L35 and L78 396 cu in (6.5 L) big-block V8’s were also available. The SS featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special striping and SS badging on the grille, front fenders, gas cap, and horn button. It was possible to order both the SS and RS to receive a Camaro RS/SS. In 1967, a Camaro RS/SS convertible with a 396 engine paced the Indianapolis 500.

The Z/28 option code was introduced in December 1966 for the 1967 model year. It was the brainchild of Vince Piggins, who conceived offering “virtually race-ready” Camaros for sale from any Chevrolet dealer.[1] This option package was not mentioned in any sales literature, so it was unknown to most buyers.

Production numbers:
RS: 64,842
SS: 34,411
Z28: 602
Total: 220,906

Now for the unique story on this 1967 Camaro SS Clone…

“Hey John,

Here’s the story on my 1967 Camaro and if it wasn’t for the economy and my business needing some additional funds right now I wouldn’t be selling this vehicle. About 16 years ago someone decided to restore this car they completely took it apart down to nothing. They then realized that it was just too big of a project for their skills to put it back together, so there it sat in a garage for another 14 years!

Along came another 67′ Camaro lover, who fell in love with this vehicle and brought it to Colorado. This gentleman also realized it was beyond his skill level to do on his own, so he sold it to a restoration shop. He didn’t want to sell it, but he needed room, but he had the silver powder coated sub frame and new bushings on the vehicle and made it a roller.

This is were I came in and I performed a body off complete restore. It originally had a 6 cylinder engine, but now it has a new 350 and turbo 350 tranny. Since the Camaro sat in the garage instead of driving there was no rust and the body was in great shape. It even comes with the original security key and the original Camaro manual. We’re talking about a vehicle that is 43 years old and it now looks great!

Here are the bullet points…

  • Body-Off Restore
  • Custom Paint with Ghost Flames – Hot!
  • NEW 350 Motor and a Rebuilt Turbo 350 Transmission with Shift Kit
  • New Suspension, Bushings, Shocks, Springs, Leaf Springs Power Coated Sub-Frame
  • All New Fuel Lines and Fuel Tank
  • New Front Disc Brakes – Nice Uprgrade New Break System and Break Lines
  • Interior is NEW with Silver Metallic Paint – Looks Fantastic!
  • Grill is Custom and the Head Lights are Projestor Type with Blue Hallos – Very Cool
  • Dual Exhaust Sounds Good – Not Too Loud
  • High-End Kenwood Sound System, iPod ready with Infinity Speakers
  • Dupont  chroma base Paint for Show Cars – Very Expensive for High-Quality Shine  for Show Cars.
  • A/C Ready and Just needs to be Hooked-Up

There you go Cool Car Fans, another Cool Car Consignment looking for a new home.  This is a pretty cool car for under $25,000 for that unique buyer who is looking for a redone 1967 Chevy Camaro that is a classic muscle car and there are fewer of them that are not rust buckets or have been restored every year.  If you’re interested drop me an email or give me a call for a private showing.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

The Cool Car Guy – Save Thousands Buying Used

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Contrary to what many of our politicians may want to tell us the fact is that the economy and elevated gas prices have had a serious impact on American households. I see it everyday with more people calling me for used cars than new cars and looking at a complete cost of ownership when selecting a model.

2008 PathfinderHere’s a thought to think about if you’re trying to save a few bucks. Consumer Reports

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 showed that on a typical new car, depreciation accounted for 46 percent of the owner costs over five years.  Everyone knows that depreciation is greatest in the first year, but I’ve been amazed at what I’ve been witnessing in a number of vehicles. The bottom line is that if you’re interested in saving money, and not just getting better fuel economy then consider buying used.

This week I purchased a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder LE with under 7,000 miles at the Dealer Auction and I’m delivering it to my client next week and save him thousands off of the invoice price of the vehicle.  The Pathfinder LE has an MSRP of $39,000, so imagine the shock my client had when he discovered that he would save thousands by having me track down a low-mileage used vehicle.  Had he purchased that vehicle new he would have lost thousands the very first year.  By the way, the Pathfinder is a great vehicle.  This is just an example of what’s happening in the marketplace for certain vehicle models.

2008 PathfinderIf you focus on a nearly-new model, even one, two or three years old, you can find a vehicle that offers comparable fuel economy, performance, safety, and reliability as a new car.  You can also get the remaining factory warranty coverage included with your purchase.

Another issue that many people don’t think about is the sales tax issue, plus insurance and registration on used cars is less than new vehicles as well.  All of this leads to a vehicle that is lower to purchase and drops the total cost of ownership considerably.  In addition, buying a used vehicle can put a better-equipped model, like the Pathfinder LE that I mentioned above that he is getting for thousands less than what he would pay for an SE.  Buying used can definitely put a larger, better-equipped model within your budget, but if fuel economy is your driving motivation there are some really great vehicles out there, in American, Japanese, Korean and European models.

Maybe I’ll write another article in November showcasing some of the choices you might want to take a look at or contact me if you are interested in having me track something down for you.
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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

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