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Corvettes and Other Long Lasting Name Plates
Can you name the newest cars to hit the automotive market? Odds are the newest car names are not names, but numbers and letters. For example, in 2014, Cadillac is releasing a new model called the ELR and Fiat is releasing a new car called the 500L. While car manufacturers are constantly creating new nameplates and designs, there are a few car names that have remained on car lots and in our hearts for decades.
These are the longest lasting nameplates on American roads today:
1970 Corvette: For the 1970 model year, Chevrolet Corvette sales suffered significantly, but that was no fault of this classic car’s. Due to a shortened model year as a result of a UAW strike in 1969, the 1969 model year was extended so that it took a few months longer than normal for the 1970 model year Corvettes to become available in United States show rooms.
1966 Corvette: In 1966, America was in the midst of a cultural revolution. Gone were the days of traditional social conservitism, in favor of a more flexible standard of what was socially acceptable. The civil rights movement was coming to a head, and the shock waves of President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination were still rippling through the country. The 1966 Corvette was the perfect car to drive down the California coast, dreaming of better days ahead.
Corvettes at Carlisle: When you mention the city of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to anyone who is a fan of sports a certain name is probably going to immediately arise. The great multi-sport athlete Jim Thorpe went to Carlisle Indian Industrial School and it was there that he burgeoned into an athletic force to be reckoned with under the tutelage of the legendary football coach Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner.
However, when it comes to automobile enthusiasts and Corvette fans in particular Carlisle is famous for something else. Each and every year the city of Carlisle plays host to the most extraordinary Corvette event held anywhere on the planet: Corvettes at Carlisle.
Classic Corvettes: The Internet has changed the way that we live our lives in many different ways. The rapid exchange of information has revolutionized human consciousness in a very genuine sense, and as far as commerce goes a whole new avenue exists for buying and selling goods and services.
In the early days of the Internet there were people who thought that there were some types of things that could not be sold online for one reason or another. Classic Corvettes would fit this description.
1963 Corvette: The Chevrolet Corvette was first introduced for the 1953 model year, and of course it was the brainchild of the legendary automotive designer Harley Earl. This first-generation of the Corvette design lasted through the 1962 model year.
1963 signaled the beginning of the second-generation of Corvette production, and with it came the introduction of the name “Corvette Sting Ray.” A lot of people are not aware of the fact that the Sting Ray designation was not always a part of the Corvette name.
Vegas ‘Vettes, Baby
Without question, the desert oasis of Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the most unique cities in the entire world.
The ready availability of so much world-class gaming sets Las Vegas apart, and the fact that you have so many incredible hospitality options makes Las Vegas especially attractive to vacationers. Whatever your speed, whatever your style, there is a Las Vegas vacation that is right for you.
The Corvette Club Of America
If you are a big fan of classic Corvettes you are a member of a special unspoken fraternity. Once these cars get under your skin you are hooked for life, and it is a lot of fun to get together with others who share your passion for the Chevy Corvette.
It can be a good idea to organize your social life around your passion for Corvettes, if not exclusively at least in part. A lot of people do this and one good way to connect with like-minded individuals is to join a club that is devoted to all things Corvette.
The history of the Chevrolet Corvette is rich indeed and it is kept alive by all of the collectors out there who cherish these very special vehicles and keep them in such fantastic condition. There is nothing like a classic Corvette and owning one is a source of pride for true enthusiasts. And hey, owning two or three is even better!
84 Vette Motor Trend Car Of The Year
Nameplates that stay in existence for a considerable period of time go through multiple different generations of design and the Corvette is no different.
The first generation of the Corvette lasted from 1953 through the 1962 model year and the Sting Ray designation had not yet been introduced. The second-generation was created under the guidance of General Motors design chief Bill Mitchell, who took over for Harley Earl after Earl retired in 1958, and the Sting Ray was born. This era lasted from 1963 through 1967, and the third-generation of the Corvette began in 1968 and came to a close after the 1982 model year.