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For 60 years, the Chevrolet Corvette, arguably one of the most recognized sports cars in the world, has been the American sports car, an icon of American horsepower and performance. The list of the car's accomplishments both on and off track is legendary. Chevrolet has never built an ordinary Corvette. Even the most mundane coupe draws a crowd everywhere it goes. The Corvette is one of the longest continually produced sports cars in existence. With a performance heritage stretching back six decades, the Corvette has been offered in numerous specialty packages for both street and competition use, many of which now rank among the world's most valuable collector cars. Award-winning author and photographer David Newhardt tells the full story of these legendary machines in 300-plus photos of 50 potent Corvettes, from the original 1953 roadsters right up to the high-performance, high-tech beasts Chevrolet builds today, like the supercharged ZR-1, one of the fastest cars ever built for use on public roads. With hundreds of photos and concise, entertaining profiles, this is a book for every Corvette enthusiast.
For 60 years, the Chevrolet Corvette has been an American icon of horsepower and performance. In Corvette, award-winning author and photographer David Newhardt tells the full story of these legendary machines.
Following World War II, savvy U.S. soldiers brought home the foreign sports cars they’d fallen in love with while serving overseas. When these nimble two-seaters turned up on American racetracks, Detroit took notice. Harley Earl, the head of General Motors’ design department, loved the idea of a small, sporty car in the GM lineup. He had his studios create a concept car out of fiberglass, with the intention to switch to steel for production vehicles. The response to the car was so enthusiastic, however, that GM decided to stick with fiberglass in order to get the vehicle onto the street as soon as possible—and the Corvette was born. Six decades later, with six generations under its belt and a seventh on the way, the Corvette is still going strong. Even as new models bring in new fans, classic models are revered as highly collectible cars. This First Gear title recounts Corvette’s history with detailed color photos, technical specs, and trivia. David Newhardt’s Corvette is the perfect book for any fan of America’s sports car.
Since its unveiling as a concept car at GM’s 1953 Motorama show, the Corvette has captured the imagination of sports car enthusiasts worldwide. Thanks to the inspiration of Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineers, it’s been a star on road courses, drag strips, and movie screens—not to mention the driveways of proud owners. Corvette has been Chevrolet’s flagship car from the day it launched, and with the imminent release of the seventh-generation car, it’s clear that this American icon remains at the top of its game. In Corvette
, author and photographer David Newhardt profiles 48 Corvettes spanning six generations. In addition to Newhardt’s stunning photography, each car is accompanied by a short history, technical specifications, and entertaining trivia. Whether your favorite Corvette is a classic Stingray or a modern supercharged ZR1, you’ll find it here. * Features 48 Corvettes* Over 350 color photos* Performance and production specs* History and trivia for each car
About the Author
David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: First Generation, 1953–1962
1953 Corvette Roadster1955 Corvette Roadster1957 Corvette Roadster, Fuel Injected1959 Corvette Scaglietti1960 Corvette Roadster1962 Corvette Roadster1962 Corvette Race CarChapter 2: Second Generation, 1963–1967
1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe1963 Corvette Sting Ray RoadsterHarley Earl’s 1963 Corvette Roadster1963 Corvette Sting Ray Z06 Coupe1965 Corvette Sting Ray Roadster, Fuel Injected1966 Corvette Sting Ray RoadsterMrs. William Mitchell’s 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Roadster1967 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe1967 Corvette Sting Ray RoadstersChapter 3: Third Generation, 1968–1982
1968 Corvette L88 Convertible1969 Corvette Stingray Coupe1970 Motion GT 454 Corvette1974 Corvette Stingray Roadster1974 Baldwin-Motion L88 Phase III Corvette Coupe1975 Corvette Stingray Coupe1976 Motion Can-Am Spyder Prototype Coupe1978 Corvette Pace Car Replica1982 Corvette CoupeChapter 4: Fourth Generation, 1984–1996
1986 Corvette Pace Car Replica Convertible1988 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition1990 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette1990 Corvette ZR-11991 Callaway Speedster1994 Guldstrand GS901996 Corvette Grand SportChapter 5: Fifth Generation, 1997–2004
1997 Corvette Coupe1998 Corvette Convertible1998 Callaway C122000 Corvette Convertible2000 Corvette Coupe2004 Corvette Z06Chapter 6: Sixth Generation, 2005–Present
2006 Lingenfelter Corvette2007 Corvette C6RS2007 Callaway C162008 Corvette Convertible2009 Corvette Coupe2010 Grand Sport2011 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible2011 Corvette Z062011 Corvette ZR12005–2011 Corvette C6.RIndex