A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes.
Words and Art by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s SuperChevy.com
General Motors makes hundreds of kinds of cars and trucks. Some sell hundreds of thousands of units a year, which makes Chevrolet’s Corvette a complete enigma. Given the small number of Corvettes sold every year, it is a modern American manufacturing miracle that the car survived for 61 years. Continue reading
The Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 220: Mid-Cycle C4 Makeover
Art & Words by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s SuperChevy.com website
The mid-cycle makeover of the C4 was rolled out so quietly and with such stealth, it was hardly noticed. Things were tough inside GM in the early ’90s, so the major upgrades were on the installment plan. What is undeniable though is that the 1992 Corvette is very different from the 1989 Corvette. Here’s how things unfolded. Continue reading
A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept, and show car Corvettes
by Scott Teeters for Vette Magazine as republished from SuperChevy.com
At Riverside Raceway in 1960, Zora Arkus-Duntov unveiled one of the most unusual cars of his career. CERV I’s official reason for being was, “A research tool for Chevrolet’s continuous investigations into automotive ride and handling phenomena under more realistic conditions (wink, wink).” But everyone knew better.
by Scott Teeters as republished from Vette Magazine’s online SuperChevy.com
The late ’70s were indeed “strange dayz” for the Corvette. The Founding Fathers had all been put out to pasture. Harley Earl was long gone, Ed Cole made his exit in September 1974, Duntov was gone from GM in January 1975, and Bill Mitchell took “exit, stage left” in July 1977. Without angels in the boardroom, what would become of the Corvette? Continue reading
Here’s What Corvettes Mean To People
The other day Joe Pruitt, the Event Coordinator/Owner of the National Corvette Homecoming event contacted me to tell me about their new event video by Efran Films that covered the National Corvette Homecoming 2014 event. This is a very touching video that captures what Corvettes mean to people. As we know, they’re not just “car” they’re something else. Actually, the people in the video say it perfectly. This video has heart! Enjoy! – Scott
Late 60’s Corvette-Porsche Rivalry on Video
Dateline: 2-10-15 – Motor Trend has taken the car magazine experience to a whole new level with their video productions. And having the videos up on YouTube is just too sweet. This video was published last August and somehow I missed it. What’a matchup: The 1967 427/435 Corvette Sting Ray Roadster vs the 1968 Porsche 911 L.
Both cars are period perfect. What the Corvette has in brute force and beautiful stereo-music booming from the factory side-pipes, the Porsche makes up for in better braking experience thanks to the 911’s low weight and agility due to quicker steering. If you go strictly by the numbers, the Corvette slams the 911L. However, the driving experience isn’t just about 0-60 and ¼-mile times. Continue reading
The Gradual Refining Process of the C4 Corvette Is Underway
Dateline: 10.9.14 – Twenty-eight years ago today Chevrolet released the new 1987 Corvette to the buying public. A look back at the 1987 Corvette fills me with irony. Performance was back to ‘60s levels, fuel-injection was standard (yes, a Fuelie!), the car had a top speed of 150-MPH making it the fastest car in America in 1987, the Kim Baker’s Corvette was kicking butt in the SCCA Showroom Stock racing series, and it was one of Car and Driver’s Top Ten Cars of 1987. That’s not too shabby! Especially considering the Corvette’s dark disco days of the late ‘70s. Continue reading