Car Spotlight: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

The Corvette has always held a special place in my heart. Back when I was a kid, living in Detroit, I was obsessed with Corvettes. If you asked 6-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you that I wanted to design Corvettes.

I still like Corvettes, though, there was a period where the design really stagnated, in my opinion. I think it started with the C4, and continued to the end of the C6. Sure, there were great looking versions of each (C4 Grand Sport, C4 ZR-1, C5 Z06, C6 ZR1), but all of the 4th, 5th and 6th generation base models just, in my opinion, were lacking something. Especially the convertible models. But the C7 has several design elements drawing inspiration from this, the C2.

The Corvette was never a large car, which means it never had a large engine bay. So this 365 cubic inch V8 fills up every bit of space available.


This is just something you don't see on modern cars. Back in the days when Automakers didn't follow a design language shared boy EVERY car in their lineup, each individual model had it's own unique features. I wish individual models had their own emblems, emblem fonts, and unique details like the rocker covers on the engine of this Vette.


The interior is another area of the car utilizing all available space. The gauges are all clustered on one place, the dashboard is purely for function, and the center console is void of anything but a shift lever and an ashtray. And this is the car the Astronauts drove.


It's the small details that make a car stand out. I love the gear selector plaque here on the console.

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