As the times were changing, and in many ways defining the style that eventually would become synonymous with the 50′s and 60′s, so did the cars we loved and drove. Passenger cars had started to take on their own personalities in the 50′s and no car had more hype or mystique than the Chevrolet Corvette. What had started out as a bit of an experiment by Chevrolet into joining some of the finest car manufacturers out there in creating a stylish and performance oriented sport car had become a raging success over a very short period.
We’re visiting the Show ‘n Shine presented by the Victoria Corvette Club on the long weekend of the “Vette to Victoria” event hosted in our lovely city. This was a long weekend filled from top to bottom with seeing some rare and incredible cars and having a chance to meet with the folks who own them. This was a total highlight of our year and we are looking forward to sharing more images in the coming months. Stay tuned, we’re just getting started!
As the first generation Corvette (C1) matured in terms of styling and under-the-hood performance, so did the stories that surrounded it. In a matter of a few short years it started to take on an almost mythical quality as people were excited that such a fun and beautiful car could be designed here in North America, and the price of the car was much more within reach in comparison to some of its competition from across the seas. For the first time a performance car that was gorgeous to look at wasn’t just something for the ultra-rich and for magazine articles, people could actually wander into their Chevrolet dealers and roll out in one of these.
Graceful sweeping lines define the body, accented by just the right amount of chrome. The eye wanders quite naturally over the lines which truly embody the principles of utility, beauty and a commanding presence that speaks of the performance simmering under the hood. Looking just as much at home at the finest 5 star restaurant on a Saturday night as it does eating the asphalt at the local racetrack, this multipurpose car delivered the best of both worlds, and did it with style and pizzazz.
This particular car on display at the Show ‘n Shine on the Concours was a perfect example of this genre. It was in absolutely immaculate condition inside and out, top to bottom. Shortly after the event opened to the public this morning, we found ourselves in a huge crowd that made any photographs of the car from that point forward almost impossible to take. We were very lucky to have a chance to shoot it before the throngs descended upon it rendering it one of the more popular exhibits of the day.
No detail was too small in terms of maintaining and perfectly restoring this rare car. Every nut and bolt, every badge, every little detail was flawless. I suspect the folks working the assembly line back in 1962 would have been thrilled to see one this spotless leave the line, and when you consider that here we are over 50 years later, this is really a remarkable car.
As is always the case, the real heart and soul of the Corvette is found under the hood. In this instance we find that this particular car is even rarer than originally thought when seen from afar as it is powered by one of the first generation fuel-injection systems. Based on some research, we believe this is one of the first 327 cubic inch small blocks produced by Chevrolet, and this one has the Rochester fuel injection system attached helping it produce around 360hp. For the time, this was astonishing. The handling prowess of the car was emphasized by its ability to move along down the road at quite the clip.
The perfect match of elements, wouldn’t you say?
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