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CALLAWAY SCORES BIG-TIME AT 2007 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH C16 SPEEDSTER

CALLAWAY SCORES BIG-TIME AT 2007 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW WITH C16 SPEEDSTER

Los Angeles Convention Center

Well, we found another one. And you know what we're talking about ... We found another car which makes Car Nuts smile immediately upon seeing it; this C16 is nothing short of a screaming throwback to a time when men were men and women were actually ok with that ... Callaway Car's C16 Cabrio is hand-built from the ground up. First, though, a C16's buyer shops for, buys and delivers a new C6 Corvette to the Callaway’s factory, where it is then disassembled, nut by nut and bolt by bolt. It's all put back together afterwards, with engine and suspension tweaks that only a real car lover, who is also an experienced and skilled driver, could truly appreciate. The resulting car is tighter, faster and better-handling then the factory-built C6. The workers at Chevrolet's Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corvette-only factory could certainly build a car of this quality; no doubt about that. Corvette is probably the single best-performing, best-built, best-known and arguably best-loved vehicle in the US. And still, because it is "mass-produced", there are compromises which have to be made. The truth is that, just like economy cars are marketed, even Corvette is aimed at the lowest-common denominator of the Corvette demographic, to bring as many potential buyers as possible into a Chevy showroom, and send them out driving their new 'Vette. In truth, there are only about 28,000 Corvettes built every year and even fewer sold, a shockingly small number of anything made by a giant like GM. Callaway Cars takes a very good car in the stock Corvette and turns it into one of the world's best. They couldn't build those Callaway versions, though, if the 'bones' were not already there, and they certainly are, built by Chevy's employees at Bowling Green. At that Kentucky factory complex, there's a Corvette Museum, a gift shop, restaurant, plus records or copies of almost every Corvette's build sheet, sales and service history and more. Perhaps, even your car’s original window sticker, no matter the year. Visiting the factory, buyers can watch 'their' car being assembled and, later that same day, take delivery of it directly from the factory. We'd imagine the folks at Callaway would not mind much at all if a customer wanted to visit their plant and see their own car being made, either. In fact, they might insist on it. And we'd bet some of those buyers might want to take their new Callaway C16 on a few laps around the nearby Lime Rock, CT, race track.

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