Corvette: Seven Generations of American High Performance by Randy Leffingwell

By Randy Leffingwell

Discover a whole background of America's unique activities automobile. via countless numbers of infrequent and unpublished photographs from GM's media and layout information, particular gatefolds and in-depth research from famous Corvette historian Randy Leffingwell, Corvette: Seven Generations of yank excessive functionality celebrates six-plus many years of America's activities automobile, masking the revolution and evolution of America's longest consistently produced nameplate, from Harley Earl's preliminary proposal to the most recent seventh-generation automobile - the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Officially approved and created in cooperation with common cars, Corvette: Seven Generations of yankee excessive functionality makes a speciality of the Corvette's position in pop culture to boot the its engineering and layout luck. This booklet deals whatever for everybody who has ever lusted after a 'Vette. From the inaugural 1953 Corvette to today's gorgeous Stingray, this publication touches on all facets of Chevrolet's iconic activities vehicle: heritage, racing, interval advertisements, posters, memorabilia, key designers resembling invoice Mitchell, engineers corresponding to the fabled Zora Arkus-Duntov, superstar 'Vette lovers, and extra. No Corvette fan may want to fail to notice this final heritage of America's at the beginning activities motor vehicle.

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His experience a decade earlier developing and attempting to sell Ardun heads in a competitive hot-rod industry gave him insight into marketing performance to enthusiasts. Despite Harley Earl’s styling, Chevrolet division offered lackluster products with an inline sixcylinder, the only engine available. Ford’s equally handsome offerings came with V-8s, and sales accelerated Ford into first place, generating stories in newspapers and enthusiast magazines. In mid-December 1953, Duntov wrote a memo destined to wake up the Chevrolet division.

THE YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED Among engine historians and Corvette enthusiasts, 1957 is the year everything changed. First, Harry Barr succeeded Ed Cole as Chevrolet chief engineer following Cole’s promotion to division manager. Barr’s engineers bored out the 265-cubic-inch V-8 another 1/8 inch. indd 53 16/10/14 11:00 am 10/16/14 10:37 AM (Text) (Fogra_39)Job:10-42006 Title:MBI - Corvette Dtp:225 Page:53 designations. In standard trim, the new engine provided 220 horsepower and ranged up to 270 with dual four-barrel carburetors.

Staff illustrators and outside contractors for Campbell Ewald produced the paintings or airbrush works. Opposite, bottom: Staffers at Milford Proving Ground documented each new production model when it reached them, as with this 1958 hardtop. This way, the engineers had a point of reference for any modifications that happened intentionally or otherwise. Below: Assemblers at St. Louis had their hands full with the new 1958 models. They had many new body panels, a new instrument panel, and new interior materials.

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