Tuesday 14 February 2012

Road - No contest

Spotted at the Chicago Auto Show over there in Americky was this delectable duo, but be honest which one would you rather have?

The original 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was stunning when first revealed and still looks glamorous and desirable today. At the launch it was fitted with a ‘Blue Flame Special’ 235 cubic inch (3.9 litre) six cylinder engine producing 150 bhp and 223 lb-ft of torque (302 Nm) and a two-speed Automatic Powerglide transmission.

That was capable of propelling the beast along the traffic light dragstrip from nought to 60 mph in a then fairly impressive 11.2 seconds.

As for options, there was only one colour scheme, white with red trim. Them were the days, eh?

Compare that to the last of the outgoing C6 models. This latest 2013 Corvette 427 cubic inch (7 litre) monster produces 505 hp and generates 470 lb-ft of torque (537 Nm). It has a six speed manual transmission and Magnetic Select Ride Control. This is good for the 0 to 60 sprint in a mere 3.8 seconds.

This is a special edition model with unique paint, trim and alloy wheel options signing off the current production before the new C7 model arrives next year.

Now which one would you really, really rather have, or is that an age-ist question?

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