Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #53

There was absolutely no question as to what today's car pic was going to be.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette.

#53 had to be the '53 'Vette, the one that started it all. Whatever your thoughts are on the current state of General Motors, the 1953 Corvette was a bold statement from the company. After suspending production during WWII (can you *imagine* any car company doing that today), American car manufacturers roared back with a vengeance. It took a few years to get back into the swing, but by the early 1950s American cars were three things: ornate, showy and large.

The Corvette was none of these things. It sat two people, the driver and a single passenger, in a time when most cars could seat six. For dinner. It had chrome, sure; no car at the time didn't, but it wasn't dripping in it. And it was small, with a powerful (for the time) engine, a 253 cubic inch six cylinder putting out 150 horsepower. It was designed to be America's answer to the Jaguars, Austin Healeys, Alfa Romeos, and other small, light two-seaters from across the pond.

Because, if WWII showed us anything, it was that if the Europeans could do something, we could do it better.

That is all.


libertyman said...

I don't think there is any way to lock the doors on that car.
Notice no outside door handles.

Just a few colors available at the time. I think the bodies were made by the MFG boat people.

We have come a long way.

Ted said...

My 60's era "Furrin Sports car". Was equally equiped. You reached inside to get to the door latch. The erect it yourself top with the plastic window inserts. ( that were impossible to see through ) were equally not exactly theft resistant.

But then car theft was not that common either ..... So yes we have come a long way