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Hooniverse Asks- What is History’s Greatest Corvette?

Robert Emslie January 15, 2013 Hooniverse Asks 56 Comments


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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette made its debut Sunday at Detroit’s incongruously named North American International Auto Show. The ‘Vette may be more at home in Bowling Green Kentucky, but truth be told, its birthplace was (almost) the Motor City- a couple hundred Blue Flame six-powered examples being hand built in 1953 in a converted truck plant over in neighboring Flint.

That was an inauspicious beginning for what would ultimately become the longest running car nameplate – the Suburban is the truck champ – in Chevrolet’s history. Over that 60 year and – as of yesterday – 7-model span, the Corvette has seen models ranging from good to great, as well as from merely meh to must avoid. It’s not those latter ones that we’re interested today however.

What we do want today is your vote for the greatest Corvette of all time – the one ‘Vette to rule them all. Whether it be a street car, race car, or wild pie in the sky show car, which Corvette do you think deserves to be called history’s greatest?

Image: [General Motors Media]

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  1. LTDScott says:

    It may not be the greatest ever, but the one that has held the greatest fascination for me growing up was the C4 ZR-1. Pretty damn exotic for its time, and it's the only Corvette in which you can go motorboatin' without an overly processed bleached blonde woman in the passenger seat.

    <img src="http://image.vetteweb.com/f/26649041/vemp_0006_11_o 1990_chevrolet_corvette_zr1 red_c4_corvette_coupe.jpg" width="650/">

  2. danleym says:

    I generally don't like Corvettes, I don't know why, they've just never excited me stylistically, though I'm sure it would be a blast to drive one. But I do like the first generation, a lot. And I like that they had a hopped up inline 6.
    <img src="http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r293/VIEWLINER/0806/CC02.jpg&quot; width=500>

    • I_Borgward says:

      You know, I was going to say '63 split-window, fuel injected. But this one gets a vote, too. Because I am just that way.

    • longrooffan says:

      got to see the GTP in person a couple years ago….it is sweet….

      • P161911 says:

        I have a story about the GTP. In about 1995 or so, at the Formual SAE event at the Silverdome, GM brought out one of the Corvette GTP cars and had it in their display tent. In the middle of the night there is suddenly a loud roar, much louder than the 600cc FSAE engines. Apparently one of the other teams, not the one I was on, got a car battery and some racing fuel and managed to get the GTP started. It was quickly shut down. I think a couple of guys were probably asked to leave and the GTP was much better secured soon there after.

  3. Vavon says:

    The Aerospatiale SN601 Corvette of course, the sky is the limit!

    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6171/6189709803_77666f8362_z.jpg&quot; width="600/">

  4. Number_Six says:

    1968 L88

    170mph in a street car on bias-ply tires in 1968? Hell fucking yes.
    <img src="http://www.sportscardigest.com/wp-content/uploads/4.-S233_1968-L88.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  5. engineerd says:

    At the risk of being too specific, I would say Alan Shepard's. He was one of the first astronauts to drive the Chevy halo and started a trend that continues today. It helped that GM was giving them away to astronauts through at least the early '70s.

    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2482/3907826615_014552ebd7.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="Alan Shepard's 1968 Corvette">

  6. OA5599 says:

    I was tempted to pick one of the Grand Sports.

    <img src="http://www.corvettelegends.com/5GSs.jpg"&gt;

    Ultimately, though, I decided on the Stars and Stripes. 210+MPH on radials, when the competition was racing on slicks.

    <img src="http://www.extravaganzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1969-Chevrolet-BFG-Stars-Strips-Factory-L88-ZL-1-Greenwood-3.jpg&quot; width="500">

  7. Devin says:

    I don't know what the best is, but I know this one really sucks:
    <img src="http://imgc.classistatic.com/cps/poc/111031/724r1/2588ihj_27.jpeg"&gt;

  8. POLAЯ says:

    I can't pick just one, but my daughters think this one is pretty sweet.

    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_DYY4IWOUFOM/TVMUnThd8TI/AAAAAAAAAHU/rPllibNPcOg/s1600/barbie+corvette.jpg"&gt;

  9. DemonXanth says:

    <img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c399/cpheil/ListerCorvette.jpg&quot; width=400>
    How about the Lister Corvette?

  10. Tanshanomi says:

    Wow, I expected this to be first out of the box…#1 with a bullet*.
    [EDIT: I see that OA5599 did indeed mention it. I missed it because Tripod squashed his hotlink.]

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/1963_Corvette_Grand_Sport.JPG/640px-1963_Corvette_Grand_Sport.JPG&quot; width="512">

    *For you younger kiddos, "#1 with a bullet" is an increasingly outdated reference to Billboard magazine's record charts, which would put a small bullet icon next to rapidly rising songs/albums

  11. CABEZAGRANDE says:

    I've always had a thing for the West Corvette (a tuning company from J apan) C4. A beautiful car, and a very different tuning philosophy than all of the other C4s I've ever seen.
    <img src="http://www.jdm-option.com/photo/images/showdown2008_093.jpg&quot; width="600">

    And the original 1963 Z06 racecar was always a favorite, since the C2 is far and away my favorite generation of Vette.
    <img src="http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4edd128cecad04f228000062-590/duntov-also-started-the-grand-sport-program-which-brought-the-original-corvette-z06-and-grand-sport-to-the-track.jpg&quot; width="600">

  12. SSurfer321 says:

    <img src="http://www.boattraderuae.com/boat/news/19.jpg"&gt;
    IMG from BoatTraderUAE.com

  13. danleym says:

    And, for the incredibly nerdy answer for the day:
    <img src="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070106183240/starwars/images/b/b0/Corvette-CHRON.jpg&quot; width=500>

  14. wheeeeeee12 says:

    <img src="http://www.mad4wheels.com/webpics/hires/00008869%20-%201959%20Chevrolet%20Corvette%20Stingray%20racer%20concept/1959_Chevrolet_Corvette_Stingray_racer_concept_001_5349.jpg"&gt;

    1959 Sting Ray Racer. At least the most outrageous looking factory Vette, if not necessarily history's greatest.

  15. KrusH says:

    danleym85p, I thank you for answering my internal question of " Has someone posted a correlian corvette yet?" Thank you from all nerds!

  16. Charlie says:

    My pick is the Magnesium bodied 57 "SS" Racecar;
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/kzMmp.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/2fRz2.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/SAvmn.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/OrD9e.jpg&quot; width="600">

  17. Alcology says:

    Let's go for something wildly different. The VLP Destino! A Fisker Karma with a ZR-1 engine in it.

  18. wisc47 says:

    I always liked the Callaway C12 Corvette, probably because of my weird love of obscure cars from Gran Turismo 4.

    <img src="http://cars-database.com/data_images/models/callaway-c12/callaway-c12-01.jpg"&gt;

  19. scroggzilla says:

    Racing 'Vettes
    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4021/4622447422_b464f2ba8e_z.jpg&quot; width="640" height="485" alt="64 sebring 12 hrs roger penske jim hall chevrolet corvette grand sport">
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6182/6042839508_c76fc6fe47_z.jpg&quot; width="640" height="336" alt="57 sebring 12hrs john fitch chevrolet corvette ss">
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6232/6221148099_d4fc2daefd_z.jpg&quot; width="640" height="460" alt="59 usac meadowdale dr dick thompson corvette stingray ss">

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