Corvette Trivia

 

 

Here are some facts you may or may not know about the Chevrolet Corvette:

 

 

In 1951 a group of Harley Earl's "Special Projects" crew began work on a GM sports car. Bob McLean designed a general layout for the car which was originally code named, "Opel".

 

William Durant, the founder of GM, said a wallpaper pattern he saw in a Paris hotel in 1908 inspired the bow tie logo. Supposedly, he ripped off a small piece of it and brought it back to Detroit.

 

Myron Scott, at the time Chevrolet's Chief photographer, is credited with coming up with the Corvette name, drawing from the small, fast warships of the "Corvette" class.

 

The Jaguar XK120 is believed to have been the inspiration for the first Corvette.

 

The Corvette was the first and last car with a true "wrap-around" windshield.

 

Corvette was not the first to be made with a fiberglass body, but it was the first to be built by a company the size of Chevrolet.

 

Corvettes have been assembled in three different cities. Flint, Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, and Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

"Turbojet" with a horsepower rating of grater than 390hp, was first used on Corvette engine air cleaners.

 

The emblem was designed by Robert Bartholomew, an interior designer at Chevrolet in 1953.

 

The original emblem featured a crossed American and a checkered flag, but it was changed with a front emblem and horn button containing a black and white checkered flag and a red Chevrolet bow-tie and flir-de-lis. This change was due to it being against the law to use an American flag on a product trade mark.

 

While many were involved in its design and production, Belgium-born Zora Arkus-Duntov is generally considered to be the "Father" of the Corvette.

 

 

 

1973 Corvette Trivia

 

 

Here are some facts you may or may not know about the 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray:

 

 

Production:    30,464

Coupe:           25,521

Convertible:     4,943

 

Black exterior was not an option for the 1973 Corvette.

 

In the 1973 model year, 4,000 serial numbers were never built. The last 1973 Corvette's serial number (VIN) ends with 34,464, but production totaled 30,464. The unused VIN numbers were 24,001 through 28,000.

 

Rear 1973 bumpers were essentially unchanged from 1972, but fronts were redesigned to meet federal 5-mph standards. The front body-color bumper system added thirty-five pounds of weight and could withstand 5-mph impacts without damage to lights or safet equipment.

 

A new coolant recovery system routed high temperature overflow coolant into a holding reservoir for return to the radiator after cooling.

 

Material was sprayed on several inner panels for sound deadening, and a new sound-absorbing pad was installed on the inner-hood surface.

 

New chassis mounts were used in 1973 to better isolate road chatter and vibration. The mounts are rubber with steel sleeves. The rubber provides vertical cushioning while the steel maintains stability.

 

The lifting windshield whiper panel was deleted from 1973 models, but a new hood with rear cold air induction was introduced.

 

Doors have interior beam for improved side impact protection.

 

Radial tires were first used with Corvettes in 1973.

 

Rear windows were not removable in 1973, but luggage space height increased two inches due to removal of the window storage shelf.

 

 

Wheelbase:   98" Track:   58.7" Front / 59.5" Rear Height:   47.8" Coupe
Length:   184.6" Width:   69" Curb Weight:   3,416 lbs.
Tire Size:   GR70x15" Plant:   St. Louis, Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 Corvette..

 

Options
Sport Coupe

Convertible

Custom Interior Trim

Power Windows

Custom Sholder Belts

Auxiliary Hard Top

Vinyl Covering

Rear Window Defroster

Air Conditioning

Optional Rear Axle Ratio

Power Brakes

454ci (7,4 litre) Engine

350ci (5,7 litre) Engine

4-Speed Manual Close Ratio

   Tranmission

Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic

   Transmission

Tilt-telescopic Steering

   Column

Power Steering

Deluxe Wheel Covers

White Stripe Steel Belted

   Tires GR70x15

White Letter Steel Belted

   Tires GR70x15

Heavy Duty Battery

AM-FM Radio

AM-FM Radio, Stereo

Map Light

California Emission Test

Cast Aluminum Wheels

Off Road Suspension and

   Brake Package

 

Interior Colors
Bk   Black

Dr   Dark Red

Ds   Dark Saddle

L     Leather

Mb  Midnight Blue

Ms  Medium Saddle

V    Vinyl

W   White

 

Exterior Colors
   (with availible interior) 

Classic White

   (Bk, Dr, Ds, Mb, Ms)

Silver

   (Bk, Dr, Ds, Mb, Ms)

Medium Blue

   (Bk, Mb, Ms)

Dark Blue

    (Bk, Dr, Mb, Ms)

Blue-Green

    (Bk, Dr, Ds, Ms)

Elkhart Green

    (Bk, Ms)

Yellow

    (Bk, Ds, Mb)

Metallic Yellow

    (Bk, Mb)

Mille Maglia Red

    (Bk, Dr, Ds, Mb, Ms)

Orange

    (Bk, Ms)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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