By Randy Leffingwell
Discover a whole historical past of America's unique activities automobile. via 1000's of infrequent and unpublished pictures from GM's media and layout files, distinct gatefolds and in-depth research from famous Corvette historian Randy Leffingwell, Corvette: Seven Generations of yankee excessive functionality celebrates six-plus a long time of America's activities automobile, masking the revolution and evolution of America's longest constantly produced nameplate, from Harley Earl's preliminary thought to the most recent seventh-generation vehicle - the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Officially approved and created in cooperation with normal automobiles, Corvette: Seven Generations of yank excessive functionality specializes in the Corvette's position in pop culture in addition the its engineering and layout luck. This publication bargains anything for everybody who has ever lusted after a 'Vette. From the inaugural 1953 Corvette to today's lovely Stingray, this booklet touches on all features of Chevrolet's iconic activities vehicle: historical past, racing, interval advertisements, posters, memorabilia, key designers akin to invoice Mitchell, engineers comparable to the fabled Zora Arkus-Duntov, big name 'Vette lovers, and extra. No Corvette fan probably want to fail to spot this final background of America's firstly activities motor vehicle.
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This was about half what his benchmark Jaguar XK120 went for. It would have been a bargain. Sadly, costs of improving engine capabilities, creating and testing an all-new frame, and developing technologies to mass produce and rapidly produce a complicated car body in a new material ratcheted production costs up to where Chevrolet introduced the car at $3,490. Complete with Powerglide transmission, whitewall tires, a clock, and an outside review mirror, this positioned the car near enough to the Jaguar to invite comparison.
As this six-week exhibition started, then Vice President Richard Nixon met Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and argued culture and philosophy in an American kitchen display. GM Media Archive to drop the price from $3,498 to $2,774. Assembly at St. Louis, Missouri, offered economies that made up some of the price drop. On its best day, Flint turned out 50 cars a month. St. Louis could produce 1,000 or more each month. Yet because of the slow reception of 1953 models, the division revised assembly projections down from 12,000 to 10,000 for 1954.
This bumped output up signiﬁcantly, to 150 horsepower at 4,200 rpm. Torque increased from 204 at 2,000 rpm to 223 foot-pounds at 2,400 rpm. Because Harley Earl targeted Jaguar’s XK120, some comparison is valuable. S. 0:1 to develop 180 horsepower at 5,300. With its four-speed manual transmission, it was capable of 120 miles per hour. This made it the fastest production car in the world at the time. One decision haunted Chevrolet engineers as soon as the car appeared: offering a sports car only with the Powerglide automatic.