Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #63

There was only ever one numerical car for today's post...


(the handsome gentleman in the picture is my cousin - and yes, that's his '63 'Vette...)

1963 Chevrolet Corvette. The one, the only, the single year of the "split window" 'Vette. The first year of the second generation Corvette, the '63 was important for a number of reasons. When the Corvette was introduced a decade previous, it was a pretty radical departure for GM - for all American car manufacturers, actually. A low-slung, two-seat sports car? Bearing in mind the automotive industry was still in its early years (only 45 years prior to the Corvette was the model T Ford, and we lost four solid years in WWII), and it's easy to see how the 'Vette was a gamble, a toy for the idle rich that, only twenty years prior, were the only people who could afford to eat...

But the Corvette not only survived, it thrived. It did so well Ford was pushed to introduce the Thunderbird two years after the Corvette. The Thunderchicken was phased out in the '90s, brought back as a boutique car, and was phased out again. The Corvette skipped one year while they retooled for the fourth generation (after some 14 years, the longest generation extant), but has been going strong for 62 years now. The Corvette could be collecting Social Security, that's how long it's been around.

And just wait until later, when they come out with the 650 horsepower Z06...

That is all.

8 comments:

libertyman said...

Very nice!
For trivia fans, the 63 Vette color is "Tuxedo black". Very appropriate for your cousin's picture.

libertyman said...

Unless that car is green -- Goodwood Green, I think was the name of that color.

Clarification needed.

Angus McThag said...

Looks just like the one I am going to win in the Corvette giveaway.

Old NFO said...

Green wasn't an available color in 63, Goodwood Green wasn't available until 1967. That car looks like Tuxedo Black. I think the PPG code was 9300.

libertyman said...

Geez OLD NFO your memory is better than mine -- I think I still have the factory brochure from a car show in 1963. I do remember the Tuxedo moniker, and forgot that green didn't come along until later. The red was Riverside Red, and I think white was Ermine -- and I didn't know what Ermine was!

But 52 years ago, well, was a while ago!

Old NFO said...

Liberty, I didn't either... But my MOTHER thought it was probably like color of her ermine (off white) coat... :-)

Bradley said...

IIRC the vet was on the chopping block until the T-Bird came out and saved it, and thankfully it did.

Hunter said...

Speaking of the Z06, did you see Leno got pulled over by the Polizi while driving a pre-production model. Evidently, he got frisky with the power.