David Newhardt Corvette (First Gear)

ISBN 13: 9780760342237

Corvette (First Gear)

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For 60 years, the Chevrolet Corvette, arguably one of the most recognized sports cars in the world, has been the American sports car, an icon of American horsepower and performance. The list of the car's accomplishments both on and off track is legendary. Chevrolet has never built an ordinary Corvette. Even the most mundane coupe draws a crowd everywhere it goes. The Corvette is one of the longest continually produced sports cars in existence. With a performance heritage stretching back six decades, the Corvette has been offered in numerous specialty packages for both street and competition use, many of which now rank among the world's most valuable collector cars. Award-winning author and photographer David Newhardt tells the full story of these legendary machines in 300-plus photos of 50 potent Corvettes, from the original 1953 roadsters right up to the high-performance, high-tech beasts Chevrolet builds today, like the supercharged ZR-1, one of the fastest cars ever built for use on public roads. With hundreds of photos and concise, entertaining profiles, this is a book for every Corvette enthusiast.

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Following World War II, savvy U.S. soldiers brought home the foreign sports cars they’d fallen in love with while serving overseas. When these nimble two-seaters turned up on American racetracks, Detroit took notice. Harley Earl, the head of General Motors’ design department, loved the idea of a small, sporty car in the GM lineup. He had his studios create a concept car out of fiberglass, with the intention to switch to steel for production vehicles. The response to the car was so enthusiastic, however, that GM decided to stick with fiberglass in order to get the vehicle onto the street as soon as possible—and the Corvette was born. Six decades later, with six generations under its belt and a seventh on the way, the Corvette is still going strong. Even as new models bring in new fans, classic models are revered as highly collectible cars. This First Gear title recounts Corvette’s history with detailed color photos, technical specs, and trivia. David Newhardt’s Corvette is the perfect book for any fan of America’s sports car.

From the Back Cover:

Since its unveiling as a concept car at GM’s 1953 Motorama show, the Corvette has captured the imagination of sports car enthusiasts worldwide. Thanks to the inspiration of Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineers, it’s been a star on road courses, drag strips, and movie screens—not to mention the driveways of proud owners. Corvette has been Chevrolet’s flagship car from the day it launched, and with the imminent release of the seventh-generation car, it’s clear that this American icon remains at the top of its game.

 In Corvette, author and photographer David Newhardt profiles 48 Corvettes spanning six generations. In addition to Newhardt’s stunning photography, each car is accompanied by a short history, technical specifications, and entertaining trivia. Whether your favorite Corvette is a classic Stingray or a modern supercharged ZR1, you’ll find it here. * Features 48 Corvettes* Over 350 color photos* Performance and production specs* History and trivia for each car 


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