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2016 Bloomington Gold 1953 to 1962 Corvettes

Before there was the “C” series Corvettes there were Corvettes

Brian Brennan Jun 27, 2016
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There was a time when you owned a Corvette. You didn’t own a C1, C2, C3, and on to the C7. You owned a Corvette plain and simple. Times were simpler then you didn’t have to know which Corvette belonged to which C-series. In fact even during the era of the C2 going into the C3 it was still, “you owned a Corvette”.

Now there was the distinction on whether you owned a solid axle car (today that would be a C1) or an IRS car (C2 until the present day) about the only thing that really piqued everyone’s interest, at least on the street, was…did you have a carbureted or a fuel injected Vette. This was the time when the Ram Jet mechanical fuel injection was bigtime technology, a time when having a tach and a fuel pump drive cable in your engine compartment was everything. There was also the advent of the disc brake while not standard equipment in ’63 by ’64 you were the “cat’s meow” should your Vette have disc brakes. Remember the old racing adage…”You can’t go faster than you can stop.” And the disc brake just made the Corvette that much more of a formidable car.

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Yes those were simpler times. But now it’s all about fitting into one of the “clans” of the Corvette family. Nowadays I hear Corvette fans talking about they don’t like the hidden headlight cars they just like the exposed headlight cars. Well, the original Vettes were exposed headlights as are the new ones. Maybe there will be a time in the not so distant future when a new Corvette will have a solid rear axle or maybe mechanical fuel injection…not…at least not during the foreseeable future but there may be a turbocharged four-banger in our future. Not sure about that!

However, one thing is for certain whether you own a C1 or a C7 you are part of something larger…America’s first true production made sports car. (Sorry to all those T-bird and Viper owners I have just offended. The Corvette is the first but, arguably, there are those that throw in the T-bird and the Viper into the American made sports car, which I suppose they are…but come on man who has the history and staying power of the Vette?)

Follow along as we show you a sampling of the 1953 through 1962 Corvettes that gathered into the C1 coral at this year’s Bloomington Gold event in Indianapolis, the home of the one historically significant and continuous true American race track…Indy!

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