Submitted by Kyle Burton
The Chevrolet Corvette has been around for many years and has been a staple for General Motors Company for a very long time. Although this didn’t happen overnight and Chevrolet/GM almost ended the iconic brand due to lack of interest in the general population with the vehicle. As a matter of fact, for many years The Corvette was not considered a high quality, American made, sports car at all, but a disgrace. It even gave GM a bad name due to its lack of power and torque compared to European cars of that time. This and more were discussed in the book “Corvette” by Larry M. Galloway. In his SSR project, I will be critiquing the author’s style and I will be discussing some of the history behind the Corvette.
Larry Galloway discussed in his book how the Corvette was first perceived once it hit the market. It was a first of its kind for American made sports cars but it was way behind the level of those other cars across the ocean in quality and craftsmanship of the European cars of that time. The first Corvette was essentially a big hunk of stylish metal with a huge SUV motor underneath. It was heavy and not what most would say a sports car. It looked real pretty but it lacked in performance. According to the author Larry Galloway “Since it was GM’s first Corvette it is still considered a classic but compared to European cars it was lacking.” The author did a very good job describing the first Corvette and how it was compared to the cars of Europe and how it was perceived among Americans of that time.
Larry Galloway also discussed in the book “Corvette” how the Corvette evolved to what it is today. GM took what they learned from the first Corvette and tried to make it better and better every single year. Increasing the torque, horsepower, and quality of their prized staple in the GM lineup. They began to create/put smaller more powerful engines into their corvettes instead of just shoving a huge SUV or truck engine into the Corvette making it weigh a ridiculous amount. GM also hired and fired numerous designers and leaders of the company to assure that the Corvette got better and imported in some fashion every single year. Due to this, according to the book “Corvette”, “GM has created some of the best, most famous cars (Corvette branded cars) known to man in the sports, vehicle world.” GM has also created a winner in their cars on the race track due to their advancement in their parts and craftsmanship. In so much that GM banned the racing of their cars for many years due to the fact that the speed and power of the car were great, and if crashed could cost many lives. Keep in mind at that time in the mid to late 1900s safety on cars was not perceived as a major concern as it is today. The author did a great job explaining this and, how GM made great advances in their craftsmanship and the quality of their product.
In conclusion, the book “Corvette” by Larry Galloway explained the history and the advancement of the Corvette brand from the very first Corvette to the latest Corvette on the market very well. He also provided actual interesting facts and dates of the Corvette and names and parts the made the Corvette unique. He also compared it to European cars of the time to see how the car stacked up to Lamborghini and other high end cars of the time. I would recommend this book to a friend. If one likes cars and is interested in the history of one of the top motor companies of America then this book, “Corvette”, is just the book for you to read!
Submitted by Kyle Burton
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