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Available July 4, 2014

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United States of America

Corvette -
America's Star-Spangled
Sports Car

1953-1982

by Karl Ludvigsen

Hardcover, 9 in. x 10 1/2 in.
784 pages
989 photos, illustrations and diagrams
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-1659-9
Price: $149.95

Karl Ludvigsen - Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car
The Complete History - 1953-1982

"...our favorite book on Chevrolet's most legendary product..." - Automobile Magazine

Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, 1953-1982 takes the reader behind the scenes during the early decades of Corvette design, engineering, brand development and racing competition. Award-winning automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen weaves together a technical examination of each model year with the compelling stories of the GM staffers and privateer racers who-through equal parts talent, passion and sheer force of will-kept the Corvette program thriving against heavy odds. Ludvigsen's up close and personal telling of the Corvette story captures the human drama and fierce rivalries that fueled the American car industry's golden age-and resulted in some impressive Detroit muscle.

Click here to view an excerpt from this book discussing the legendary
1967 L88 Stingray:
Chapter 34: L88 The Great

When it was published in 1973, Star-Spangled Sports Car broke new ground as the first book devoted entirely to a single car model. It has since been credited with helping to kick-start the exciting Corvette hobby. Four decades after its original publication Classic and Sports Car declared, "Karl Ludvigsen's Corvette history remains the bible."

Now the award-winning author has fully revised, reorganized and expanded his Corvette bible, devoting 784 pages and 989 photos and illustrations to the complete history of the C1, C2 and C3 generation cars. As fast-paced and exciting as the cars it describes, this is a book for anyone who ever drove a Corvette-or wanted to.

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Chapter 36: Racing Four by Four
The author and Zora consult during test drive of CERV II in 1970.
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Chapter 19: Mitchell's Motors
Tony Lapine airbrushes a rendering of the XP-755 in 1961.
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Chapter 50: Happy Anniversary!
1980 Production Corvette illustrated by Steven Cavalieri.
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Karl Ludvigsen with Corvette creators Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell
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Author Karl Ludvigsen at his home with a Z06
Corvette-Star-Spangled Sports Car
Corvette-Star-Spangled Sports Car
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BSIN: GCSS
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1659-9 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1659-9 (ISBN-13)
Karl Ludvigsen
Karl Ludvigsen

In addition to his motor industry activities as an executive (with GM, Fiat and Ford) and head of a consulting company, Karl Ludvigsen has been active for over 50 years as an author and historian. As an author, co-author or editor he has some four dozen books to his credit. Needless to say, they are all about cars and the motor industry, Karl's life-long passion.

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