2023 Z06 Corvette

Sadly, I think this will be my last Corvette.  I am a huge Corvette fan and have been ever since I was a teenager.  I started driving in 1967,  and I thought that the ultimate car was a 1967 Corvette.  When I started collecting cars, a 1967 427-435HP car was my first car.  It was my first collector car and will certainly be my last.

Over the years, I have owned 20 Corvettes.  This car is my 20th.  I have enjoyed all of them and have watched the evolution over the years.  My first was a 1984 Corvette, and it was pretty rough.  I used to tell people that if I ran over a quarter, I could tell if it was heads or tails.  The cars progressed, and I bought more as they became much better to handle.

While I am partial to 1967’s, some of my favorites were my 1994 LT-4, my 2003  Z06 and especially my 2006 Z06.  I loved the 2006.  I had a 2009 ZR-1, which was a good car, but my 2019 Z06 was spectacular.  I loved that car, and always considered it one of the best cars I had ever had.  When Chevrolet came out with the C8 in 2020, I was disappointed.  I didn’t like the looks of the car, and the reduced horsepower wasn’t impressive.

I was at an auction in 2022 where I got to see the 2023 Z06.  It was sitting right next to a regular C8.  When you see the 2 cars next to each other, the differences are subtle.  I had to look closely to find the differences.  That said, when I looked at the C8 I thought “ok”.  When I looked at the Z06 I went “WOW!!!”  Subtle differences, but they were spectacular.

I was extremely fortunate to be able to order a 2023 Z06.  It is an incredible car and is the end of an era.  Chevrolet came up with a flat crank motor which will be a 1 year motor which produces 670 Horsepower.  In 2024, they are going with a 495 Hp motor with electric motors.

I must admit, I’m not into electrics.  I grew up with big motors and big Horspower.  I like the thunderous sound and exhaust, and don’t like when car manufacturers come up with fake exhaust sounds.

That said, I think my 2023 Z06 will be the best Corvette ever made.

Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!