Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Car Pr0n #9

The Chevrolet Corvette is entering its 61st year with the seventh generation body style now out. All seven generations are pretty awesome, but my favorite is the third:

That's a '71 Stingray. It's as old as I am, and boy I wish I looked that good. Now, if this were Jersey Shore, I'd be that orange, but I wouldn't look that muscular and sleek, not without serious outside help and some bondo. For me, not the car.

While the third generation is my favorite, I'm a little more partial to the later versions as far as looks - the late '70s/early '80s 'Vettes seem to have better lines IMHO. The curve of the back glass, the swoop of the fenders; to me, the lines get nicer as the generation aged. Sadly, it also happened right in the middle of the 1970s, a dark time for American car manufacture as smog and emission controls strangled the horsepower out of our cars.

It's still damn good looking car, though...

That is all.


Evyl Robot Michael said...

That's not a bad generation, but I'm personally partial to the first. Even if it is a six-cylinder, auto-trans thingy, the '53 was so ahead of its time in so many ways, with a European sleek body style. We all know about Cobra kit cars, but I've often wondered why there's not a similar kit to build a first gen Corvette. Others have written at one time or another that an Acura NSX makes Chevrolet's Corvette look like a shade tree project, which is funny, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at a Corvette given the right opportunity. I did by chance get to take position behind the wheel of an early '60s model that was a lot of fun. I won't go into details on the 'net, but ask me about it sometime when we're FTF over beers.

Ted said...

Several years ago there was a guy selling 1st generation Resto-mods with C-5 running gear at the Newport Concours. Very well done. But they had a $250 K asking price A interweb search will find all sorts of 1st gen project cars in various stages

Stingray said...

Robot/Ted: The C5 into C1 kits, last I checked, were just for the nose, but I'd be amazed if there aren't more extensive mods available. I don't know why, but the wire-mesh grills over the headlights on the C1 just kicks my happy button. Of all the details, the headlight grills. Go figure.

Either way, this is the perfect excuse to post one of my favorite lines from a book. I think it was the Star Wreck parody series.

"Schwoopy? What the hell is schwoopy?"
"You know, scwhoopy. All the right curves, like Betty Page or a '69 Corvette."
"Funny, I've got a picture of Betty Page doing 69 in a Corvette."

Personally it's the C2 body that does it for me, but I imagine learning how to drive stick in one may be an influencing factor.