(Three L88s crossed the block recently, and we asked CM analyst Mark Rudnick to compare and contrast them. – CM.)
Introduced to the press at Riverside International Raceway in late 1982, the long-awaited fourth-generation Corvette was stylish, sophisticated, worldly – and unlike any Corvette ever before.
But the excitement didn’t last. Though the 1984 model racked up the second highest build in Corvette history (thanks to a 1.5-year long run), its 51,547 production soon dropped to 39,729 for 1985 and then to 35,109 for 1986. The 350-cubic-inch, tuned-port-injection engines were just not cutting it, and with the four-cam, 32-valve ZR-1 Read More
After decades of arm’s-length involvement in Corvette racing, in 1998 the Chevrolet Motor Division finally created its own team to showcase the new fifth-generation Corvette platform. Built by Pratt & Miller Engineering in Michigan, the C5-R was from the start a purpose-built racecar utilizing the most advanced technologies and materials available. Its mission: Beat Ferrari, Viper, Saleen and Porsche in the world’s toughest endurance race, the 24 Heures du Mans.
Pratt & Miller eventually built 11 C5-R Corvettes from 1998 Read More
Though almost identical to its immediate predecessors in outward appearance, the 1955 Corvette was a significant milestone in the evolution of America’s sports car. This was the first year that Chevrolet’s vaunted 265-ci V8 engine was available. This year also marked the transition to a 12-volt electrical system, firmly transitioning the model into the modern era. Despite optimistic projections by GM, however, 1955 Corvette production only reached 700 units. Obviously a disappointment for the company at the time, today the Read More
This 1966 Corvette has been refinished in its correct Tuxedo Black color with black interior trim. It represents a complete, no-expense-spared, every-nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration with a 427/425 engine, close-ratio 4-speed and Positraction rear axle.
It has had an extensive chassis detail with proper shim marks and stencils, and is optioned with factory side exhausts, power steering, air conditioning, teakwood steering wheel, cast aluminum knockoff wheels, 7.75-15 Goodyear Goldline tires, AM/FM radio with power antenna, and auxiliary hard top. The car Read More
This Monza Red 1970 Corvette 454/390 LS5 coupe has its original black interior, T-tops with removable back glass, and AM/FM radio. It is well documented with the original tank sticker, build sheet, Protect-O-Plate, warranty booklet, and dealer packet, and was treated to a no-expense-spared, professional restoration. The car is pristine, with a completely detailed engine compartment, and comes with both NCRS and Bloomington awards as a result.
This one-of-a-kind 1991 G4R Series Greenwood prototype was handcrafted by 1970s racer John Greenwood. It is one of only three such C4 prototypes built, and the only one personally certified by Greenwood. The complete and fully functional body package includes the G4R super wing, a twin-nostril high-rise hood, hood louvers, a window fairing, front spoiler, rocker-panel extensions, and a completely revised rear bumper. In addition to these stylistic elements, the induction system was improved by a K&N ram-air induction system, Read More
As the son of a GM Tech Center employee, John Greenwood started turning wrenches for himself as a teenager. Beginning with go-karts, he quickly progressed to street racing a 1955 Pontiac and then, in the mid-1960s, to the new Corvette Sting Ray. Street racing was then, as now, all about acceleration, and Greenwood quickly learned on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue that “you don’t want to get left behind on the straight parts.”
Bored and stroked big-blocks soon found their way into Read More
The stunning new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition embodies 50 years of Le Mans racing technology and heritage for the street. It combines a ZR1 chassis with the light weight and balance of a naturally aspirated LS7 Z06 engine, making it the best Corvette ever produced for the track.
This is a collector’s car, as only 500 units are scheduled for production. It is available in either Inferno Orange Metallic or Supersonic Blue, with a suede interior featuring body-color Read More
While the original Corvettes of 1953–54 were more suited to stylish cruising, a performance boost quickly followed, thanks to Zora Arkus-Duntov, who skillfully guided the Corvette’s transformation into a potent sports car. The addition of the powerful, small-block 265-ci V8 engine in 1955 was a welcome first step in the process, while a major exterior restyling for 1956 provided a much-needed kick on the showroom floor.
Although the 1957 Corvette remained virtually identical in appearance to 1956, the Read More