62 Droptop Corvette

Posted: 24th September 2012 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography, Vette to Victoria
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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!

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

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.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

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.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

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.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

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.

Show 'n Shine - Vette to Victoria - Victoria, BC, Canada

Show ‘n Shine – Vette to Victoria – Victoria, BC, Canada

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?

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us today, we really do appreciate it.  We love to hear from all our visitors, so please take the time to leave us any comments you may have!




  1. avatar Rick Louie says:

    Oh, man, that is such a sweet ride! Boy I’d love to have one of those in the garage!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      You and I both, Rick, make no mistake about it! Lovely car, eh, my friend? Thanks so much for taking the time to pop by and see us here today, we really do appreciate it!

  2. avatar LensScaper says:

    Never seen one of them before – a refined beauty for sure. No great ostentation, but its got muscular rear wings – I can see that in the first shot. A real ‘looker’.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Great comments here, Andy, thank you so much my friend! We really do appreciate your kind visit today, thanks a lot!

  3. avatar Adam Allegro says:

    Awesome, awesome car. Well done Toad!

  4. avatar Edith Levy says:

    Now this is a beauty. Great images Toad.

  5. avatar Heather says:

    That is one sexy car! We have been seeing a lot of corvettes when we go to the mountains lately. Every time I see one I smile and think of you two 🙂

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      😀 You just made our entire day here, Heather, what wonderful comments my friend! Thank you so kindly for taking the time to pop by here today!

  6. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    Boy Toad, you must have been like a little kid in a candy store. All of those pretty machines just begging to to snap a photo or , even better, take them for a ride. Terrific post and photos.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      I actually needed a couple weeks to recover after this gig, we were so busy that weekend! But, it was awesome beyond words. Had the best time ever! Thank you so much for swinging by and seeing us here today, Len, we sure do appreciate it!

  7. would you get commission when I buy one, lol? Your beautiful photographs and great write up lead me into temptation.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      No commission, sadly, but what we WOULD get from that deal is the knowledge that a good friend of our is bombing around in a gorgeous Corvette!! 😀 Thanks so much for your kind visit today, Joseph, we certainly do appreciate it!

  8. avatar Jim Nix says:

    You like Corvettes? Hmm, never knew that. 🙂

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      SHOCKING, eh?? LOL 😀 Thank you so much, my fine friend, for your awesome visit and most profound thoughts here, we sure do appreciate that!

  9. avatar ehpem says:

    Hey Toad – these are very nice shots. Pretty neat car, I am not sure I have ever seen one either, though I suppose I probably have at some time in the past 50 years. But not one in this good condition.

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Thank you so, so much, Ehpem! I can’t tell you how much we appreciate your kind support here, my friend!

  10. Beautiful shots Toad! I know you really enjoyed yourselves at this event. That is definitely one sweet ride. Glad you got some time with it beforehand too!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      It was a stunner, eh? A real top drawer car! Thanks so much for popping by Michael, that really means an awful lot to us!