For the past 60 years, the Chevrolet brand has built a staggering 1.3 million Corvettes. The majority of these models have turned out to be great cars. Even though some models didn’t do great at least quite a good number of Corvettes have performed very well.
Just imagine owning a car that you just of driving every time of the day or at every opportunity and an automobile with remarkable functions and capabilities. The Corvette has and will always be an automotive icon, it a good example of just how excellent and impressive a vehicle can be esthetically and mechanically but yet offer an affordable price tag.
1970 Corvette Stingray LT-1
The curvy C3 Corvette was and is still one of the automotive design icons of the 70s era. Built based on the popular Mako Shark concept, this Corvette was, unfortunately, a victim of the oil (which forced auto manufacturers to downsize engines and power figures to economize fuel) crisis of 1972. Luckily, it had some years to spread its legs before downsizing began and the best Corvette to come from this generation is the LT-1. It is powered by a 350 cubic inch small block V-8 engine and is still one of the most popular Corvette’s desired today.
The 1990 to 95 ZR1 package cost a whopping $27,000 when first commissioned, which was almost double the retail price of the vehicle. This classic automobile is arguably the king of the 80s when talking about American performance cars. It features a Mercury-Marine-built aluminum 5.7-liter V-8 engine which makes 375-horsepower, which is a whopping 125 more than that of the base Corvette.
With these engine features the vehicle made a record of 0-60 time in 4.9-seconds, and a quarter-mile time of about 13.4-seconds. While this performance has long been eclipsed, the ZR-1 is still one of the best performance bargains of its generation.
Carroll Shelby wanted to get an Italian supercar that has American power. So he sent Corvette chassis to Maranello. That was how the Scaglietti was commissioned. It is built with a lightweight alloy for racing. Though Chevrolet did not approve of the build, Shelby partnered with Ford, and the rest of the story is history.
Mako Shark I/II
The 1961 Mako Shark caused a feeding frenzy among automotive journalists and most of its wild features successfully made it to production in the 1963 Stingray. Mako Shark II was more exaggerated. It was the basis for the introduction of the 1968 new body design.
Though it is a brand new Corvette model, the numbers speak in favor of this car. The horsepower and torque are at 650, though owners are said to have reported a higher figure. The Z06 is made available as a convertible with an automatic transmission system. While the other Corvette’s on this list may be historical, this one has its own perks which are a warranty and financing options.
The first of Corvette’s endurance racer’s, the 1956 SR2 caught the public’s eye. After successfully setting a new speed record in Daytona, this Corvette raced at Elkhart and Sebring Lake to validate the fuel injection and four speed transmission systems.
Designed to be the ultimate in style, the ’58 Fuelie ended up been decked in more chrome than all the other Chevrolet’s. The vehicles styling helped to change the thoughts of the public (from seeing it as an exotic toy to a sensible and practical automobile). This car was a big hit.
Chevrolet’s experimental research car II was and is arguably what a Corvette should look like. The vehicles innovative all-wheel driving system has different transmissions for both the front and rear axles, and it also has the ability to move torque between them. Been originally powered by the aluminum 377 small block, the engineers fill the 500 HP ZL1 bigger block behind the cockpit.
1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe
There are some pundits that argue that this second generation Corvette is among the best-looking vehicles of all time. This very attractive split window coupe can rightly be called the holy grail of the C2 ‘Vettes for good reason. It was the first of all the Corvette coupes in history.
It’s split window style was eventually dropped after only a year as a result of visibility issues. The car is powered by a 327 cubic inch V-8 engine. It boasted around 360-horsepower or even more when ordered with an optional fuel injection, and when handled better too, this is due to the all-new independent rear suspension.
1955 Corvette V-8
While Corvette debuted only two years earlier, most pundits claim that it only became a true sports legend because of the V-8 under the hood. For the year 1955, Chevy offered their iconic fiberglass-bodied sports automobile built with a 265 cubic inch engine which was proof that the ‘Vette can handle the best model that the world could offer. Equipped with a three-speed manual transmission, the 0-60 time improved from the average of 11-seconds with an inline-6 to 8.5 in the V-8. This performance upgrade most likely saved this Corvette from being axed. [td_smart_list_end]