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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #392 on: May 06, 2020, 08:18:35 PM »
Why am I not seeing the images I posted there?
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« Reply #393 on: May 06, 2020, 08:40:45 PM »
BTW, not one bulkhead on the Connie's fuselage was the same as any other bulkhead.  That made it more expensive to produce, and, I imagine, to maintain.
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« Reply #394 on: May 07, 2020, 03:52:28 PM »


Nowadays, the wagon occupies only about 2% of the total American car market. However, back in the 1950s, almost every household had one in their driveway. Because interest in that era of cars is dwindling, we thought we'd bring this interesting transformation to your attention.

It's obviously a Chevy Camaro, which some say is the best handling pony car. However, digital artist Adry53customs decided flamboyant styling should be the focus instead of just performance, and the outcome is worthy of being called a shooting brake.

Chevy did something completely out-of-the-ordinary with the 1955 Nomad wagon. It followed the design esthetic of a hardtop coupe more than a sedan, as it boasted quite flamboyant chrome trim and door frames, unlike the regular Bel Air sedans.

It was also pretty fast for its era, available with the 283 ci (4.6-liter) small-block V8 that made 283 horsepower with fuel injection for the 1957 model year.

A station wagon with Corvette power sounds like a cool formula. But most enthusiasts invest in the cars they grew up with. That's why the most amazing builds from Chip Foose or Boyd Coddington are decades behind us. Boy, those things had amazing body chops and paint jobs!

The rendering of the day seems to capture the essence of the Nomad hot rod scene well, with candy red paint and ample chrome trim. The wheels and stance of the Camaro have been adjusted accordingly, but it still can't match the majestic beauty of the 50s classic.
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« Reply #395 on: May 07, 2020, 04:24:50 PM »
With COVID-19-related shutdowns showing little sign of ending in the very near future, many people currently have very little to look forward to. Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Rockport, Indiana may be able to change that through its annual Corvette raffle, though, which will see the parish give away a 1962 Corvette Convertible to one lucky winner.

The Saint Bernard Catholic Church has held its Corvette Raffle fundraiser for 32 years in a row, but this year’s raffle is extra special. The prize car is a 1962 Corvette Convertible with the sought-after 327 cubic-inch fuel-injected V8 engine – otherwise known as a “Fuelie” in Corvette enthusiast circles.




I might buy a ticket or 3.  I like the car.

It's Husker RED and 1962 was a VERY good year.

1962, Bob Devaney arrived in Lincoln and FearlessF was born!
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« Reply #396 on: May 07, 2020, 05:10:15 PM »
With COVID-19-related shutdowns showing little sign of ending in the very near future, many people currently have very little to look forward to. Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Rockport, Indiana may be able to change that through its annual Corvette raffle, though, which will see the parish give away a 1962 Corvette Convertible to one lucky winner.

The Saint Bernard Catholic Church has held its Corvette Raffle fundraiser for 32 years in a row, but this year’s raffle is extra special. The prize car is a 1962 Corvette Convertible with the sought-after 327 cubic-inch fuel-injected V8 engine – otherwise known as a “Fuelie” in Corvette enthusiast circles.


[img width=500 height=332.997]https://gmauthority.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/1962-Chevrolet-Corvette-Raffle-Vehicle-004.jpg[/img]

I might buy a ticket or 3.  I like the car.

It's Husker RED and 1962 was a VERY good year.

1962, Bob Devaney arrived in Lincoln and FearlessF was born!
The '62 Corvette is an interesting transition car.  The body has the tail that would be on the '63 Corvette and the front of the '61 Corvette forward of the rear wheels.  I'm not sure whether I like it better than the '61 or not.  Underneath, the oxcart chassis that began with the '53 model is in its last year.  The 327 Fuelie engine is the best yet in a Corvette.
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« Reply #398 on: May 07, 2020, 05:24:34 PM »
The '62 Corvette is an interesting transition car.  The body has the tail that would be on the '63 Corvette and the front of the '61 Corvette forward of the rear wheels.  I'm not sure whether I like it better than the '61 or not.  Underneath, the oxcart chassis that began with the '53 model is in its last year.  The 327 Fuelie engine is the best yet in a Corvette.
Sounds like a cross between Johnny Cash's "One Piece at a Time" Psycho-Billie Cadillac and the car Homer Simpson designed.  
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« Reply #399 on: May 07, 2020, 05:28:35 PM »
The '62 Corvette is an interesting transition car.  The body has the tail that would be on the '63 Corvette and the front of the '61 Corvette forward of the rear wheels.  I'm not sure whether I like it better than the '61 or not.  Underneath, the oxcart chassis that began with the '53 model is in its last year.  The 327 Fuelie engine is the best yet in a Corvette.
was it the 62 that was a bit different from the first half of the year and the 2nd half of the year, or am I thinking of another model year?
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« Reply #400 on: May 07, 2020, 05:57:06 PM »
https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2020-cadillac-ct5-v-one-day-test-drive/?sm_id=organic_fb_AMAG_trueanthem&utm_campaign&utm_medium&utm_source&fbclid=IwAR3u-BD-zNozfX3mfRNYyM3m0dLTjpl5l0_5O9iVsTyqzgrtlm9iWR2_MOU

I thought of Automobile magazine when I saw a reference to a shooting brake in the Camaro-wagon article Fearless posted upthread.
David E. Davis was the "founder" of that magazine.  He had been editor of Car and Driver earlier.
He was a connoisseur of fine cars, fine wines, fine cigars.  He was an American with the bluest of blue-collar roots who had succeeded on the world stage of automotive journalism.  He was also somewhat of a snob.  I think he imagined himself as an English gentleman with a large estate, on which he and his fellow country gentlemen could hunt grouse and pheasant, after driving to the appropriate stepping-off point in their shooting brakes.
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« Reply #401 on: May 07, 2020, 05:59:36 PM »
was it the 62 that was a bit different from the first half of the year and the 2nd half of the year, or am I thinking of another model year?
I don't know about that, Fearless.  I think I know that the 1950 Chevy pickup switched body styles in mid-year.
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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #402 on: May 07, 2020, 06:14:45 PM »
There are a fair number of half year cars.  

Automobile magazine today reads just like R&T and C&D and Moron Trend to a lesser degree.


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« Reply #403 on: May 07, 2020, 09:59:26 PM »
Well, sure, there was the '64-1/2 Mustang and the '70-1/2 Camaro, but those weren't years where the '64 Mustang changed at mid-year into something else, and same with the Camaro.  But, interestingly, while the '64-1/2 Mustang was technically a '65, the '70-1/2 Camaro was a '70.

If that's was Fearless was referring to, I still don't know of any year that the Corvette was like that.  Of course, I stopped following annual Corvette model changes by about 1980, so it could have happened after that, and I would know nothing about it.
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Re: Sporty Cars
« Reply #404 on: May 08, 2020, 09:47:05 AM »
I remember thinking this car looked pretty sporty when it first came out in the early 90s.  Never drove one so I have no idea how it performed:




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« Reply #405 on: May 08, 2020, 10:28:31 AM »
I thought the same about those cars, Utee.  I didn't want one, particularly, but I thought that they seemed to be a good combination of looks and performance.
They were heavy for their size, so maybe they didn't get any better gas mileage than American sporty cars.  The 4th-generation Camaro came out as a '93 model and the 4th-generation Mustang came out as a '94 model.  Maybe those cars bit into the Mitsubishi/Dodge's sales.
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