With some help from the GM photo archives, MCG takes a look back at six decades of Corvette history—and what the future might hold for America’s sports car.
Is the new Corvette a hit? Seems far too early to say. Until the driving impressions are in, the public dialog will focus on the styling, where there’s a surprising range of opinion. People seem to like the C7′s angular, chiseled nose well enough, but the new tail is more controversial. It’s a departure in many ways, starting with the taillamps: They’re not round. The word Camaro has come up more than once.
Sure. The Corvette is now six decades old and, fairly or unfairly, it hauls along with it a weighty set of expectations—baggage, you could call it. Corvette owners are now six decades old as well, reportedly. Various surveys seem to place them at 58 to 62 years old.
Corvette designers have a daunting task. With each new generation, the Corvette must be both brand new and same as it ever was. Where does the latest version of the Corvette fit in the historical continuum? In pondering these questions, maybe there’s food for thought in the gallery below.