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The Corvette, the eternal idol of American car enthusiasts, has thrilled sports car fans for over 70 years since its birth in 1954.
It is rare to look around the world to find a sports model that has continued its name without ever losing its history. The only other example would be the Porsche 911, which debuted about 10 years late. Japan's Fairlady also has a long history, but with a slight interruption (to tell the truth, the Corvette also failed to produce a production model only in 1983 as a result of prolonged testing of a new model). In short, it may be difficult for manufacturers to continue producing sports cars.
Anyway, Chevrolet has been making Corvettes. Although the latest model, the 8th generation, finally changed its engine layout to become a mid-ship super sports car, the previous seven generations were basically dynamic FR two-seater sports GTs. The second through seventh generations of the Corvette, in particular, maintained the instantly recognizable styling of the Stingray and became a sports car famous not only in the U.S., but around the world.
Although the stingray image was introduced in the second generation C2, it was the C3, which was introduced in 1968 and produced until 1982, that defined the style. The design, which reproduced the famous Mako shark as a production car, still amazes people today.
The iron bumper and tunnel back style of the earlier model is now a collector's item, while the urethane bumper and hatchgate style of the later model greatly influenced later Corvette designs.
Among the later models, the final models from the 1980 model year onward were boldly aerodynamically oriented, resulting in glamorous styling with large, flared bumpers. Its powerful style is a symbol of the strong American sports model, and it is still the object of admiration of many car enthusiasts.
In the long history of the Corvette, the C3 became the longest-selling and most successful model.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!
I still remember the excitement I felt when I started the engine for the first time. The owner lovingly tried to start the engine, and it started right up. The engine started right up. The powerful sound matches the powerful styling so much that it makes you think that it was originally that kind of sound rather than thanks to an external muffler.
For a late model C3 that is often modified, there are no non-original parts on the exterior other than the muffler. The body color red was also found to be the original color from the color and trim code, although it was probably repainted as can be imagined from the high gloss and cracks. The red interior is also original.
The body retains its glossy red color, but is not in concours condition. Cracks can be seen here and there, and touch-up marks and repairs around the headlights are also a concern. However, it can be said that the car has been used well considering its "history. The appearance is dignified and the stance of the tires is beautiful. It is not as clean as a new one, but I got the impression that it has been well maintained.
The interior also appears to be original except for the steering wheel and some trim. The red carpet and leather are severely faded, so this is not for those who are concerned about such condition. I would recommend it to those who rather enjoy it. There is also the option of restoring the interior after you can no longer stand it.
The car has about 10,000 miles that have been clocked since we purchased it 8 years ago. There are numerous areas that have been touched up, including the under floor area, brakes, window regulators, wipers, and alternator. Tires were replaced 2 years ago. It is still in good working order.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on March 2023
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