No matter the year, the Corvette is instantly recognizable to any driver
SANTA ANA, Calif. (PRWEB) October 27, 2012
The first Chevrolet Corvette, the XP-122 Motorama concept car, and the latest model, the 2013 Corvette 427 Collector Edition convertible, are separated by 60 years of automotive development and advancement. They do not share a single common component, yet the visual connection between the first and sixth generations is obvious.
While the design cues have changed through six generations, it’s their elemental composition that makes a Corvette look like a Corvette.
“For our Southern Californian Corvette drivers and enthusiasts the Corvette’s design represents a distinctive and affordable American high-performance sports car,” said Joe Renden of Guaranty Chevrolet “No matter the year, the Corvette is instantly recognizable to any driver.”
As Corvette enters its seventh decade, Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana is celebrating the birthday by offering 0% financing for 60 months translating to an approximate $8000 savings to the customer.
The Corvette, a successful car for General Motors since its debut, has unmistakable style cues that have been in position for decades. Here are a few of the common elements that have helped make each design unique – and each Corvette looks like a Corvette.
- Proportion: Each Corvette has similar proportions – from the long “dash to axle” element, to the short tail and small greenhouse.
- Waterfall effect: A powerful, signature cue common among all Corvette generations is the way a part of the exterior bodywork cascades into the passenger compartment between the seat backs, introduced on the first-generation Corvette convertibles. Since then, the waterfall effect has been reinterpreted to make a seamless transition from the exterior to the interior of Corvette.
- Dual cockpit architecture: Another iconic Corvette design cue that was inspired by jet fighters is the dual, wraparound cockpit. Introduced when Americans were obsessed with space flight, the wraparound cockpit instantly conveyed purposeful performance. Today, the Corvette’s interior still conveys the cars sporting intentions, with easy access and visibility of the critical controls.
- The bodyside cove: While a spear-like chrome feature highlighted the side of the 1953-55 Corvettes, for 1956, a concave cove was sculpted into the bodywork behind the front wheels. Although its form and function have been reinterpreted over the years, a cove or vent has been a signature cue in the Corvette’s bodyside ever since.
- The tail: Another Corvette signature is the design treatment of the car’s tail. Peters notes that it’s not just the use (since 1961) of twinned and rounded taillamps at either side of the back of the car. Instead, it’s how the relationship between those lamps, exhaust pipes, and event license plate opening complement the low, wide proportions of the Corvette body.
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