Friday, February 29, 2008

Weekend Carblogging

From the minds of Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov comes one of my all-time favorite cars, the 1959 Corvette:



This model year isn't one known for ground-breaking changes. As a matter of fact, the only big change was smoothing out the trunk. The '58 had louvers and chrome strips running down the back. The only other big change came in '61, when the tail lights changed over to the more familiar round ones seen on 'Vettes in the years following. It also started the change from "runabout" sporty to muscle car when it dropped in the 327 ci V-8 in 1962.


What this car does is bridge the gap from the original Corvette to the "Stingray" style still in use (more or less) today. Speaking of Stingrays, check this out:



Concept car, racer, daddy of the modern Corvette. I wasn't aware of this till I started looking into the background of this car. Looks like 1959 was a very good year.

Good year for people, too. At least I like to think so.

2 comments:

Fire said...

In Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Corvette plant is AWESOME!! I have been there three times. I love the split back window corvette. NIIIIIIICE!

Fire said...

And the Corvette Museum is amazing too. So many "vettes" on display. You would love it.