Fun fact: Barbie’s awesome wardrobe wasn’t what made her cool. Her sweet dream house didn’t make her cool, her friend Ken didn’t make her cool, and her absurd, unattainable, and potentially psychologically debilitating body proportions certainly didn’t make her cool either. What made Barbie cool was her hot pink convertible. A quick Google search indicates that Barbie has owned a wide range of convertibles in her lifetime, all of which were hot pink. Yes, she went through the regrettable VW Beetle phase, and it looks like at one point she was driving around in a Suzuki Cappuccino, but she also had one with a distinctly Aston Martin grill – if pressed, we’d guess it’s a one-off Vanquish, customized by Mattel.
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word? While probably not the most flattering of terms, cheap thrills is what comes to my mind first.
The Corvette, by design, is a vehicle meant to provide a lot of horsepower and cubic inches at a fraction of the price of cars with comparable power. That’s true whether you’re looking at used Corvettes or even the new C7 Stingray.
One thing I don’t associate with Corvettes is the term “million-dollar car,” and certainly not $3.4 million car.
That all changed, though, this week.
My intent was to leave the Super Bowl alone. I’m not much for carrying on hype, but I forgot about one very important part of the game: the Super Bowl MVP’s prize.
As though the elevation to elite status in the league, the Lombardi trophy, the adoration of millions and the guarantee of a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract weren’t enough, MVP Joe Flacco got something else.
A 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Congratulations to the Ravens and Baltimore fans everywhere!
While the game was electrifying, I thought the advertisements overall were severely lacking in energy this year. It’s like the power went out on all of them even before the Superdome went dark. My favorite car ad was the Audi prom spot. The Chrysler/Ram Paul Harvey spot almost made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. The others were just mediocre.
With that out of the way, let’s get back to cars rather than the outlandish, extravagant attempts to sell them. Yes, we need vehicles to serve the mundane and much-needed transportation services of daily life, and I find irony in the fact that we often buy them based on some perceived emotion or extreme experience marketing people promise they will provide.
True car enthusiasts can look past overly produced TV commercials and buy based on other, more meaningful, factors.
One of those factors might be the car’s future collector value. Make it affordable and fun to drive as well, and the deal closes itself! What 2013 cars could be future collectibles?
When you’re looking forward to the introduction of a new car model, you scour the web and lap up any new information you can find.
Spy shots provide a glimpse into the future, new official specs or performance numbers from the automaker help wet that whistle, and leaked drawings from owners’ manuals can send expectant fans into a tizzy.
That’s the case with the coming C7 Corvette, a highly anticipated car due for its official debut in just three weeks.
This frozen Friday just got a little more fun.
Speculation regarding the next Corvette has run the gamut, from the car evolving to a midengine supercar to the rebirth of the famous split-window Stingray. Yes, there are high hopes for the next ‘Vette.
The odds are pretty good that Chevy won’t surprise us with a midengine car. But we could see a small-displacement turbocharged V8 under the hood, in addition to a few other V8 options. Whatever Chevy offers, we can be sure it’ll be amazing and can’t wait to see the improvements on the already superior Z06 and ZR1 variations.
Until now, the design of the C7 Corvette has been a complete mystery. It still is, mostly, but the first spy shots, courtesy of the good folks at KGP Photography, of the anticipated and elusive halo car have emerged. The pictures show a vinyl-clad beast clawing through the snow with familiar black-white camo bits poking out from under the vinyl armor.
A “barn find” story always warms my cockles.
In fact, I thought I’d struck gold once myself. On a random drive through my city I spotted a split-window Corvette, rusting, rotted, and sitting outside under a group of pine trees. While I briefly fantasized about picking up that car, storing it in my garage and restoring it to the luster it once had, my dreams were shattered when I discovered the “Spokane Split-Window” is pretty well known already thanks to being discovered by Google’s Streetview a number of years ago. The owner, for whatever reason, has no intention of selling.
Even if I did rescue the old car, I’m guessing it has reached the point of being un-restorable. Too bad, because I could be up to the owner’s house and have the car loaded up and safely in my garage within an hour.
While I prefer the kind of story where a random passer-by finds a rare, valuable forgotten classic and buys it for cheap, the kind where a rich celebrity buys a forgotten classic for a quarter-million dollars is pretty nice, too.
Add some mystery to the equation and things get fun.
There’s not much more admirable than being in business for one hundred years. Today, Chevrolet reaches that milestone, and we tip our hats in humble respect to the legendary car brand founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet, a Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent.
In its first 100 years of existence, Chevy has built enduring classics, barbaric muscle cars and Herculean trucks. The brand has ingrained itself into pop culture by being featured in TV shows, movies and music. (In fact, I highly recommend assembling a playlist consisting of these songs while reading the rest of this post.)
While there’s been a few stinkers thrown into Chevy’s mix along with a bankruptcy and lots of controversy surrounding everything from its leadership to its quality, no one can deny that Chevy is primed for the future after a highly successful, and influential, past.