The 1968 C3 Corvette was derived from Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark show car. For 1969, there were small visual differences—principally the word Stingray added to the front fenders, and the door release mechanism was designed around what was a finger hold in 1968, eliminating the separate release button. Troublesome teething issues were more or less ironed out, a new 350-ci small-block engine was introduced, and sidepipe exhausts were available for the new body style, after being dropped in Read More
The 1992 model year represented the third year of the ZR-1, with its Lotus-designed, 375-horsepower, 32-valve, 4-cam engine. ZR-1 emblems were added to the front fenders above the vents, instrument face plates and buttons were changed to black from gray-black, and the digital speedometer was relocated above the fuel gauge.
Three new colors were introduced to the Corvette range: Bright Aqua Metallic, Polo Green II Metallic, and Black Rose Metallic, in which this car was painted. The ZR-1 package added Read More
This rare 2003 Avelate Corvette convertible pays homage to the 1953 Corvette. It is the first of only two built by the Avelate Automotive Co. in 2003 to pay tribute to 50 years of Corvette styling.
Avelate masterfully crafted some subtle but distinctive ’53 cues into a new 2003 Anniversary Corvette chassis and drivetrain. The paint is white with traces of flakes to commemorate the 50th Anniversary. It has a red interior like the 1953 cars. Large round Read More
While drag racing gained popularity nationwide through the 1950s, its epicenter was Southern California. There, speed and engineering prowess often went hand in hand with beauty and mechanical excellence. Spurred on by fellow car club members, parts availability, and a growing performance-oriented group of periodicals, racers began to gravitate toward a more serious trend in modifications. This was the case of John Mazmanian of Whittier.
By 1960, the 31-year old Mazmanian was operating a successful waste management and Read More
At first it seemed like the big changes for Corvette in 1961 were the body, particularly at the rear, with a sharp beltline cutoff and near-Kamm-style tail with exhaust tips dropped below the body. With it, Corvette introduced the four-taillight arrangement that established an identifying feature that is still seen on Corvettes nearly five decades later. Up front, the bulky teeth that Corvettes had employed for years disappeared, replaced with a subtle rectangular mesh set deep in the oval opening.
At first glance, one might think this is just another nicely restored big-block Corvette. But that perspective is to be significantly altered with the realization that this is a 15,000-mile original car that wears its original paint and interior.
Chip Miller was, and still is, widely considered one of the most influential innovators of the Corvette hobby for collectors and fans alike. He established Corvettes at Carlisle, and his private collection of low-mileage, unrestored, original Corvettes was hand-selected from more Read More
The Greder Corvette, s/n 410300, holds a unique place in Le Mans history, not only as one of the most successful, and well-traveled, Corvette race cars in the world, but also as the survivor of one of Chevrolet’s “back door” racing programs, managed and implemented by Zora Arkus-Duntov. The central figure is Henri Greder.
Greder nearly won the 1963 Tour de France in a factory-entered 427 Ford Galaxie. This earned him a Ford of France ride in a 4.7-liter GT40 Read More
Chevrolet went racing with the Corvette in 1988, producing 56 cars for the inaugural season of the Powell Development America-inspired SCCA Corvette Challenge Series. The white coupe offered here is one of those original 56.
The Challenge cars were identically outfitted with standard equipment, including the 245-hp cross-fire fuel injection engine, Doug Nash 4+3 manual transmission, Z51 Performance Handling Suspension package, AC3 6-Way Power Driver Seat, UU8 Delco-Bose Stereo, Z6A Side Window and Side Mirror Defog System, and Read More
When Chevrolet revisited its past to introduce a new Z06 two-door hard top in 2001, it also added $7,000 to the base car’s $40,475 sticker price.
The new Z06 offered a new, more powerful engine, the 386-hp LS6. The LS6 had a new block, new intake and exhaust manifolds, new cylinder heads, unique camshaft profile, and higher capacity fuel injector. All Z06s had titanium exhaust systems and came with 6-speed transmissions.
They didn’t have run-flat tires or a Read More
Although the cars built from 1953 to 1955 introduced the Corvette to America, it was the 1956 second series that truly earned the title “America’s Sports Car.” The clean good looks of Harley Earl’s new body design struck a chord with the American public, and it quickly outsold the older style by three to one. In addition, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet Engineering had dramatically altered the personality of Chevrolet’s sports car with powerful small-block V8 engines and improved Read More