A High Horsepower Birthday: The 70th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette
An icon of American motoring throws itself a party, and it brought 495 horses with which to play.
America doesn’t really make sports cars. That is my sentence, full stop. Now sure, over the years there have been a handful of real, proper red-blooded American sports cars – but that is a very short list, and many of them were limited production models or had big production gaps. I’m not sure why this is, but if you ask people around the world to name an American sports car, you usually only get one answer: The Corvette.
The Corvette has been in constant production since 1953 and celebrates its 70th anniversary with this model year. While the Corvette has had its ups and downs, this most recent iteration is by far the most exciting to be produced probably since the General Motors team of Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda created the ’63 Sting Ray Sport Coupe. (That’s right, Sting Ray used to be two words).