"...our favorite book on Chevrolet's most legendary product..." - Automobile Magazine
When it was published in 1973, Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car was groundbreaking as the first book written about the Corvette, or any single car model for that matter. It has since been credited with helping to kick-start the exciting Corvette hobby, and four decades later is still widely regarded as the Corvette bible.
This fully revised and expanded edition is the result of extensive new research into the Corvette's first three decades by author Karl Ludvigsen. He has rewritten and reorganized his original Corvette bible to cover the complete history of the C1, C2 and C3 Corvettes. Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car: 1953-1982 has more than doubled in page count and includes a precise exploration of the design and engineering phases for each generation, as well as coverage of all the sensational racing, concept and experimental cars that contribute such excitement to the Corvette story. You'll also meet men like Smokey Yunick, John Fitch, Bunkie Knudsen, John DeLorean, Dave McLellan and stylists Bill Mitchell, Larry Shinoda and Jerry Palmer- and many others who helped shape the trajectory of America's favorite sports car.
Karl Ludvigsen is uniquely equipped to write the Corvette story, having been intimately involved with the car and its creators from the time it first emerged from Detroit. He drove the 1953 model at age nineteen when it was introduced, and three years later was working as a designer at GM Styling. During Ludvigsen's first tour of duty at GM the SR-2s were built, design of the SS was beginning and the 1958 models were styled.
Karl's close association with Zora Arkus-Duntov, begun in 1960, flourished when he rejoined GM in 1962 after a stint as editor of Car and Driver. He worked closely with Styling V. P. Bill Mitchell, and logged cockpit time in the Shark, the racing Stingray and the four-wheel-drive CERV II as well as all the production Corvette generations.
Ludvigsen's intimacy with the men and machines behind "The Real McCoy" allows him to draw back the curtain of corporate secrecy to reveal details, drawings and photos of never-before-seen experimental cars, prototypes and styling studies. Delivering unprecedented insights and interpretations, Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car is a book for anyone who ever drove a Corvette-or wanted to.
Chapter 36: Racing Four by Four
The author and Zora consult during test drive of CERV II in 1970.
Chapter 19: Mitchell's Motors
Tony Lapine airbrushes a rendering of the XP-755 in 1961.
Chapter 50: Happy Anniversary!
1980 Production Corvette illustrated by Steven Cavalieri.
Karl Ludvigsen with Corvette creators Zora Arkus-Duntov and Bill Mitchell
Author Karl Ludvigsen at his home with a Z06