Today on our Vette Vues Blog post, we are looking at 2017 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray show cars. Everyone has their favorite color and style for their Vette. Some like stock Corvettes and some like customs. In this blog post, we’ll look at four stock 2017 Chevrolet Corvettes that are on display at the Corvette Chevy Expo.
The big news for the 2017 Corvette model year is the return of the Grand Sport. Chevrolet unveiled the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport at the Geneva Motor Show. Power is provided by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower. It is connected to a seven-speed manual transmission but an eight-speed automatic is also available as an option. The Grand Sport Coupe started at $66,445 and the convertible started at 70,445.
Also, available was the base 2017 Corvette Stingray coupe starting at $56,445 and the Coupe with the Z51 starting at $61,445. The base convertible started at $60,445 and the base convertible with the Z51 started at $65,445. For those who need more speed, the ZO6 was offered in both coupe and convertible: $80,445 and $84,445.
Total Production was 32,782 (11,253 Coupe; 2,298 Convertible; 9,912 Grand Sport Coupe; 2,046 Grand Sport Convertible; 6,197 Z06 Coupe; 1,076 Z06 Convertible).
Jerry Rodriguez 2017 Corvette Grand Sport
Our first 2017 Corvette is owned by Jerry Rodriguez. The photos were taken by Mark Jenkens at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston Island, Texas.
Jerry is a member of the Space City Corvette Club, and he is showing his Torch Red Grand Sport coupe in their club display.
“My 2017 was a gift to myself when I retired in February 2017, after my wife gave me the green light, HAHA… I always loved the Corvette, and of course, I always wanted one. Every year since My wife and I were married, (35 years), She always asked what I wanted for Christmas. I always said A Red Corvette.”
In 2017 Jerry’s dream came true. He ordered the Grand Sport the way he wanted it.
In late April 2017, Jerry took possession of the GS Corvette.
“I keep it stock just because of my past in other sports cars and the problems that arise after you start modifying. So I ordered my Corvette Grand Sport because it has everything I wanted along with the bigger ass end and wheels. The larger rotors, bigger calipers. The GS rims just look better to me compared to the Stingrays.”
Jerry’s son wanted him to get black rims, but being old school and he loved the chrome rims.
“My son and I went to Bowling Green to visit the museum in early April 2017. We also did a factory tour. The tour was eye-opening, and we regret not doing the tour following your car being built.”
Since owning his 2017 Corvette Stingray, Jerry’s friend invited him to join the Space City Corvette Club. This was a good thing joining. Jerry and his wife do many drives and tours with the club enjoying the Corvette. The Rodriguezes have visited other cities along with some car shows including the NCM 25th anniversary.
Looking back at the experience of driving from Text to Bowling Green, Jerry comments, “That was great. We were with the South Texas caravan from Houston. I enjoyed the drive along with the stops we made along with the caravan. That has to be one awesome view to see hundreds of corvettes going down the highway.”
Jerry and his wife Deborah and friends, Al and Janie Rincon, went in 2018 to the Ron Fellows driving school.
“That is an experience that everyone should do. They push the Corvette to its limits and show you what the Corvette can do. The Spring Mountain resort that holds the school is out in the middle of the desert but was a nice venue. The accommodations were pleasant with nice clean rooms. The Dining Hall was equivalent to a four-star hotel with a small menu. The Dining Hall also had a full bar and patio that you can use next to the fire pit and enjoy the desert evening.
Jerry received the President’s Award at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas. He also received the C7 Stock Award First Place.
“Receiving the President’s award at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas was a great Honor. I hope to attend the Expo for many years to come.”
GRAND SPORT COUPE. WITH A NATURALLY ASPIRATED 460-HORSEPOWER V8 ENGINE, WIDE-BODY STANCE, AND MAGNETIC SELECTIVE RIDE CONTROL™ SUSPENSION, GRAND SPORT IS AS MUCH A PURPOSE-BUILT TRACK CAR AS IT IS AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SPORTS CAR. – Chevrolet
Our next Corvette owner, Rick Roberts, also showed his 2017 Grand Sport.
Rick Roberts received the President’s Award at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas. He also received the C7 Stock Award Second Place.
Nathan Kranson’s 2017 Corvette Grand Sport
Nathan Kranson is not new to Corvettes. As a matter of fact, he has owned eleven Corvettes, of which nine were blue and seven were convertibles.
This 2017 Sterling Blue Grand Sport Convertible was one of seven produced with the specific configuration. The GM Tension Blue upholstery and GM chrome wheels were added to make it a one-of-a-kind Vette.
Nathan received the President’s Award at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas. He also received the C7 Stock Award Second Place at the 2019 Expo.
Nathan is a member of the Sam Houston Corvette Club in Houston, Texas.
Bridgette Willis 2017 Corvette
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