Chevy Corvette A real Sportscar Legend

August 3, 2009


The Chevrolet Corvette, a Sportscar legend and a Auto Classic for ever, has somehow survived inflated insurance rates; all types of nonsensical and meaningless safety legislation and engine pollution add ons. The Chevrolet Corvette has been universally accepted as the measure of a high-performance sports car. Cars come and go, new model of autos emerge and disappear and yet the Corvette lives on. No auto has been able to cover as many facets of the high-performance sport as the Corvette. The versatility of this superb car has appealed to all age groups and has kept the possession of a Corvette, a most distinguished thing.

The Corvette has gone thru many changes in its lifetime, including each custom and hot rod trend going. It has a miracle that the Corvette has stayed a real high-performance sports automobile and did not mature into a 2 and 2 sedan as did Ford’s Thunderbird. The Corvette was in the on the beginnings of the fast automobile time. In the mid 50’s folk wanted fast autos, and by 1957 the Corvette was leading the pack. Hot rodding owes a giant debt to the Corvette ; it was responsible for almost all of the higher performance parts ever to come from Chevrolet. Four speed transmissions, twin quad intake manifolds and hot solid lifter camshafts.

One of the massive contributions to the Corvette’s success story was the variety of options that were offered. Ever since 1956, there had been the choice of the standard of hi-performance automated transmission. Each vehicle might be tailored into a semi competitive race automobile of a good day to day commuter by just choosing the right options. The Corvette could play either role really well.

Performance was the trend in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. One of the largest controversies of the day was which was faster – a Corvette with twin 4 barrel carbohydrates or one with fuel injection.

Corvette owners were buying the high-performance versions and putting them to good use at weekend drags and the amateur road events. There were metallic brake and sway bar options for the sporty set. And though the suspensions system was a conglomeration of early passenger car parts, the low center of gravity and near equal weight distribution made these autos handle well. The 50/50 weight distribution did not hurt the drag racers one bit either, and they won more than their share.

When 1963 happened, it brought with it a real change in the Corvette. The new body style called the “Sting Ray” was not available in a fastback version commonly called a “coupe” and in the conventional racer version with a removable hardtop. The Sting Ray had much cleaner lines than its forefathers and even featured retractable headlights. With the change in body style, the suspension was vastly improved with a new independent rear suspension assembly and updated steering gear. It does had the performance of the older cars, including the Rochester fuel injected 327 cubic inch engine, rated at 360 horsepower.

The Chevrolet Corvette is certainly an Yankee Sportscar Classic.

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