My first love was a ’67 Corvette Convertible. It was white and the engine growled like a tiger about to strike. At eight years old, I stood standing on the sidewalk watching the parade of Homecoming King and Queen wannabes float up the street, smiling and waving from the back of a plethora of cars. It was the glistening white body that caught and held my eye. My breath stuck in my throat and the sounds of drums and horns from the marching band faded so that all I could see and hear was that single automobile.
It exuded every ounce of raw power that a muscle car in those days could. Muscle car? Heck, yeah. Sleek lines. Wide body. Rumbling engine under the hood. While many of the other guys were tooling around in second-hand Camaros by the dozen or the family car, this one Corvette stood out to me as the Number One automobile to own. And so began my infatuation with the Vette. Not every make and model appealed to me through the years but each represented power, prestige, and seething muscle. The Speed Demon that starred in all of my youthful fantasies. I also believe that because the Vette was rather uncommon made it all the more tantalizing. The be-all, end-all 3rd Generation Vette is the ’69 Corvette Convertible Stingray in cherry red with the side exhaust pipes and chrome bumpers. What’s not to love? With its 350 HP engine and 4-speed manual transmission, I can imagine myself wrapped entirely in this car. Shoot, they may have to bury me in it.
The question is, Is Corvette a sports car or a muscle car? As far as we’re concerned, it’s both. It has been chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500 twelve times since 1911. That’s four times more than the Camaro. For those who want sport and muscle, an American icon, as well as stand out from the rest of the muscle crowd, the Chevy Corvette is the only choice.