The Chevrolet Corvette – The Dream of Every Red Blooded American Male

The Chevrolet Corvette – The Dream of Every Red Blooded American Male

There is little doubt about it the Corvette is an icon of the American sports auto scene. A forerunner to what became a whole genre in US cars. It spawned many progeny and whole sets of the US automotive field and indeed whole ranges of models at the other 2 domestic automotive companies onshore in America and even some of the exotic imports. Yet few often relate Corvettes and the exotic Corvette “Stingray” to the Chevrolet Division of General Motors or even simply as a Chevy product. Corvettes seem to reign in their own world, with their own market and product image and yet capture most American males as their dream vehicle. You wonder indeed why now there is not a Corvette SUV model at factory dealer Chevrolet showrooms. Yet what is the history and historical development of the product?

Indeed Chevrolet’s interest in the two seater sport car motoring in modern time’s dates from 1951, when styling Chief Harley Earl was just beginning to think and indeed dream about such machines. The first mock up of a new two-seater car to be called “Corvette” was completed early on in 1952. General Motors rushed it into production at the beginning of 1953 and it became a “cult-car, North America’s only domestic sports car, only of for the exception of the less exotic on the road Ford Thunderbirds of the mid 1950’s, ever since. In 1953 apart from its short wheelbase and overall very sporty looks and appeal, its major technological innovation, at its inception, was a non-metallic fibre-glass body shell. Seen now as a major innovation for Corvette and a credit to Chev engineers – instead it was borne out of logistical necessity to save vital time in tooling between a somewhat delayed decision to go ahead with the project and time span of first deliveries to Chevrolet dealerships out in the field.

Since 1953 to present there have basically all in all been four basic classic Chevrolet Corvette styling runs of products and models. This includes the first run of what might be called “bulbous” machines of the year between 1953 and 1962. Next in the lineup were the classic machines to die for – that is the Corvette Stingray models which saw production output between the years of 1962 to 1967. In the middle what could be described as the “even more Europeanized “cars of 1967 through to 1984.

It is often forgotten but in terms of engines and power plants the first Corvettes had not powerful V-8s but rather the “Blue Flame” in-line six cylinder engines. True V08 were not introduced into the lineup until 1955 and then not as standard but as a factory option. This was speedily followed by fuel injection in 1957, four-speed transmission and limited slip differential – both of which again being sold not as standard material but rather as factory “options”. It’s amazing how the product grew both as a powerful icon on the road and as a vehicle models itself. It was as if marketing back in Detroit Chevrolet head office was clueless to its market and what customers “wanted”.

Yet to their credit – or perhaps due to internal squabbling and infighting in Chevrolet Division management meetings the product rolled on to evolve into what it became – the very concept and emblem of the powerful American car on the roads and highways of America. It seems that at that point every red blooded American male had as their dream car – a “Corvette”.

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Title: American properties and gardens
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Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
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remained com-paratively undisputed. According to details there was apottery at Lowestoft in operation from 1756 till 1803. Butto this factory, which was a tiny one, Mr. Chaffers ascribedan output higher than that of virtually all the other Englishfactories place together. The predicament of Lowestoft, its close to-ness to other potteries, all of which were producing soft-pasteporcelain with blue and white decoration, would appear toindicate that the ware created there would be of related char-acter. So late discoverieshave proved, for inside thepast two years molds andspecimens of porcelain havebeen discovered which areexactly what may well havebeen expected. Simpleshapes, soft-paste porcelain,polychrome or plain bluedecoration. In this report, however,we are dealing with thatware which for so manyyears d e 1 i g h t ed the col-lectors heart beneath the nameof Lowestoft, and w h i c hwas hard porcelain, Orientalin character, but charminglydecorated. It is the selection 194 AMERICAN Houses AND GARDENS May possibly, 1907

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2—Punch Bowl and Table Service with the armorial decoration which is most sought now, andthough the heraldic decorations to be discovered in this countryare distinctly much less ornate than those identified in England, stillenough are to be met with right here to maintain the student ofheraldry fairly busy in order to decipher the devices. It was the style throughout the entire of the eighteenthcentury to ornament household belongings with coats-of-arms, as could be noticed on the splendid old silverware of thetimes. The china followed suit, and practically each and every ship ofthe East India Trading Company, the Dutch East IndiaCompany, and the stout ships which went round the Hornfrom our personal seaports, carried patterns to the Orient. Notonly this, they no doubt carried examples of English pottery,of Staffordshire as effectively as of choicer tends to make, so that theChinese artist could copy in his own style the style ofwork in vogue at the time in England. Really charmingly,as well, did the Celestial artist treat these tiny sprigs and KALEVI

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