Alan L. Colvin
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Alan L. Colvin

Since 1985, Alan has been a freelance automotive feature writer, with articles regularly appearing in national magazines such as Corvette Fever, Super Chevy, Musclecar Review, Vette Vues, Corvette and Chevy Trader, Mustang Trader, High Performance Pontiac, Automotive Restorer, Pontiac Enthusiast, Old Cars Weekly, Chevy High Performance, as well as Corvettemagazine.com. He has also authored several Q & A columns in several publications. For many years, he also was President of Colvin Media Group, Inc., a group of freelance writers and graphic designers which specialized in advertising and catalog copy and design, copy writing and online catalog publications.

Born and raised near Falmouth, Kentucky, and a graduate of Pendleton County High School, Alan has been active in the old car hobby since 1975, when he purchased his first car, a 1957 Chevy. Later on, he owned a nationally known Chevrolet reproduction parts company that supplied many detailed reproduction parts to the old car hobby, one of which was the first stainless steel chambered exhaust system for Camaros. His involvement in this business has given him invaluable hands on experience in parts manufacturing in the restoration field.

He has also been heavily involved in various automotive club activities as a past or present member of the Society of Automotive Historians, the National Monte Carlo Owners Association, the United States Camaro Club, the American Chevelle Enthusiasts Society, the Worldwide Camaro Association, and the National Corvette Restorers Society. He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the United States Camaro Club and the 1965 66 Full Size Chevy Club. He has also served as a senior judge and advisor to numerous other clubs and national automotive shows. In addition to being recognized as an expert in the automotive field, Alan is well respected as a freelance writer/author in the writers market and has shared his expertise with other writers in college workshops, several college classes and statewide writers" conferences.

His greatest achievement to date has been the publishing of his landmark 4-book series “Chevrolet by the Numbers” which is the only authoritative reference for identifying the correct Chevrolet drivetrain parts for your vehicle. These books were the first books published outside of General Motors to carry a GM part number and have been sold worldwide through the General Motors parts system. His last book in the series, Corvette by the Numbers, was published in the spring of 2002. In 2000, he won a Gold and a Silver Medal for two articles submitted to the International Automotive Media (IAMA) Conference. He also won a Silver Medal for his “Corvette by the Numbers” book at the 2002 IAMA Conference. Most recently, he has become editor of Corvette Fever, one of the oldest, most successful and currently largest (verified circulation) Corvette magazines in the US.

Alan is married, has two children and lives near Tampa, Florida.

Summary of changes to the Chevrolet by the Numbers series

If you already own or more of the Chevrolet by the Numbers books, you may find it useful to see a comprehensive list of the changes from each printing of the book. These summaries are available as PDF files below.

Chevrolet by the Numbers: 1955-1959
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Chevrolet by the Numbers: 1960-1964
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Chevrolet by the Numbers: 1965-1969
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Chevrolet by the Numbers: 1970-1975
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Corvette by the Numbers: 1955-1982
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