I must admit that most of my youth was spent in and around garages Werner MayerOne of the country’s leading Corvette collectors and enthusiasts. Those garages that were filled not only with his cruisers, but those of his clients for restoration over the years. I was incredibly spoiled seeing every Corvette seemingly. With that much exposure to all that Corvette, you’ll quickly find your favorites and understated ones.
Bring me to C2, the jewel in the crown. While I loved the C1, the champagne stripes, which were a product of her debut in the 1950s, Just didn’t feel alive. No, I loved when these fonts evolved to become more elegant and edgy, giving rise to the C2.
If you’re not familiar with the Corvette’s story, the C2 will be the title’s saving grace. While the Corvette did “just fine” in the 1950s and was finally racing to start in 1957, GM didn’t have it, and the program was nearing completion. Bill Mitchell, Corvette’s chief designer at the time, would end up funding the C2’s development out of his own pocket. When I had the opportunity to hear designer Peter Brook talk about Bell’s work on the C2, he mentioned GM’s conditions for maintaining the car: No “Chevrolet” or “Corvette” names were allowed. So, “Sting Ray” was born. Bell’s direct contributions will keep the Corvette going from there.
- C2: What a beautiful start again.
- C3: There are usually cruisers that refer to the “iconic” Corvette that most people love (okay, new-borns really), and that’s the C2 and C3. The lines were a little more aggressive and sleek on the C3.
- C7: The C7 brought the Corvette back to a body style that echoes the lines of its festive C2 and C3 brothers that designers have been hiding for decades.
- C8: While I agree, the mid-engine doesn’t feel “like a Corvette,” it’s still a nicely designed car, keeping the Corvette heritage lines, while making the mid-engine sports car affordable for nearly everyone. Sometimes in styling you need a place to go, and the Corvette decides to go with it all.
- C4: This little door wedge was near the end of my arrangement, but after driving this guy I fell in love with the old dashboard, and I just had to move it up. Sure, it’s a wedge, but there are still sharp design lines and fun colors, and it probably was the last time the Corvette really felt like a Corvette until the C7.
- C1: The lines of 1953 and later years up to C2 were also very few round. ’60 -’62 started adding some angles-But still…very bubbly.
- C6: I am embarrassed when most of my writers considered this generation to be their favourite, but I understand where they come from when they say the Corvette of your youth is your favourite. Only mine (C4) was not at the top of my list. The C6 was a continuation of the bloated look of GM’s embarrassing design era, and it was begging to be sharper.
Which brings me to the bottom of the list…
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