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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
Miles driven: 187
Fuel used: 12.0 gallons
Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile
By John Biel
The names “Corvette” and “Lingenfelter” have been closely related for a long time. It’s completely natural, then, that they’re paired up on the next few pages of this magazine.
The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great time to be in the Chicagoland area if you’re a car guy, because that’s when the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolls through town. The 2016 edition of MCACN took over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, last weekend, bringing with it a bevy of amazing all-American machinery.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolled through Chicago last weekend, taking over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Every year since the inaugural show was held in 2009, MCACN has delivered an unparalleled mix of cream-of-the-crop muscle cars, Corvettes, and racing vehicles, in addition to first-rate attractions such as freshly discovered “barn-find” cars, Schwinn Sting-Rays and other nostalgic “muscle bikes”, and seminars by leading historians and auto-industry luminaries.
The first generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C1, was rolled out for the 1953 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C1 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Named for the option code of a performance package available on the 1963 Sting Ray, the Z06 was introduced as a racetrack-oriented Chevrolet Corvette variant in 2001. Z06s since then have been special, but the added choice of coupe or convertible body styles and manual or automatic transmissions, not to mention increased performance, will almost certainly make the 2015 Corvette Z06 desirable to collectors.
Frank Peiler, Consumer Guide Automotive’s Publisher Emeritus, is back for another round of “What If” design studies. This time, Frank envisions what the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette might have looked like if it had been designed by Studebaker, Hudson, Packard, Nash, Dodge, Ford, or Kaiser. For more of Frank’s “What If?” artwork, check out his blogs on the 1957 Mercury, 1957 Packard, Cord 810, and Lincoln Continental.
Several times in the past few years I’ve driven a car and thought, “It just doesn’t get any better than this.” And then I prove myself a liar.
The third generation of “America’s Sports Car,” known casually as C3, was rolled out for the 1968 model year. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C3 ’Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.
The fourth generation of “America’s Sports Car,’ known casually as C4, was rolled out for the 1984 model year. Most Corvette fans are well acquainted with the C4 cars, as they represent one of the biggest technological leaps forward in the car’s long history. Here we track the year-by-year changes to the C4 ‘Vette, and pass along a few fun facts along the way.