Each year at the Detroit Autorama, first time shown custom cars of all makes and models complete for the prestigious Ridler award. As the top selections are whittled down, the best 8 cars are selected as the “Great 8″. From that octet the Ridler award is then chosen. For the 2nd time in 3 years, a Corvette was part of the Great 8. This time it was the stunning C2/SS built by Greening Auto Company.
When the 2014 Corvette Stingray hits the market later this year, it won’t really be a product of just Chevrolet and General Motors.
In the background will be numerous companies providing their expertise in certain areas to help make the Stingray the best car it can be.
One of those companies is International Automotive Components (IAC), which will be playing a key role in the highly anticipated – and much improved – interior of the seventh generation Corvette.
Fifty years ago, the new 1963 Corvette Sting Rays were rolling off the assembly line at the Corvette plant in St. Louis. One of those Corvettes was VIN #10863 which was a Riverside Red 360 hp Fuel Injected Corvette Roadster.
According to the story, the Corvette stayed in town where it was sold by Big Four Chevrolet in St. Louis to man who owned an auto repair business in neighboring East St.Louis, IL. The new owner ordered the Corvette while his wife was pregnant and it arrived for delivery just about the same time she gave birth to twins.
Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. 2013 marks the 61st rendition of the massive indoor custom car show. It was also the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Ridler Award. We made our annual trek down to Cobo Hall last weekend to check out all of the custom rides. Hit that magical Read More button below to see our gallery of some the best custom Corvettes around.
In 1964, Chevy engineers imagined hanging an aluminium Corvette engine off the back of the frame as part of an engineering study on safety and crash zones. Zora wasn’t really on board with the project until Larry Shinoda penned a design that many claim was the genesis for the C3 Corvette. The result was XP-819, a radical looking rear wheel drive prototype.
The Corvette was famously wrecked on the GM proving grounds after a tire test and while it was put back together, Chevy pretty much washed it hands of XP-819 after the accident and moved on in developing several other notable rear-engine prototypes.
Corvettes and 911s have been going up against each other for decades, but the rivalry really is more for bragging rights rather than trying to win one side over to the other.
Really, you Corvette owners out there, would you trade your ’Vette for any Porsche? And vice versa.
Still, the automotive world has turned the two cars into serious competitors over the years. CarBuzz.com recently took a trip down Memory Lane and reflected on the long-running battle.
You couldn’t blame Harlan Charles for pinching himself every now and then, just to make sure he’s not dreaming.
As a child, he loved reading the sports car books that his father would bring to him from Europe.
Randy Leffingwell’s outstanding book – Corvette Sixty Years – offers this rare photo of a 1967 427 “Corvette Batmobile” that apparently was the result of a request from officials with the 1960s TV show, Batman.