For all you vintage car buffs, who feel modern automotive genius died after 1987, we look back at Chevrolet’s Corvette Stingray.
This 1971 ad for the muscle car coupe shows the classic vehicle taking off down a mountain road, while skillfully displaying a redesigned back end and luggage rack, which were all the rage when bellbottoms were too.
The advertisement’s top graph displays Corvette Stingray’s unique suspension and drivetrain, something GM is still proud of today.
The ad goes on to breakdown facts about Stingray’s construction, and help us understand why it is just as good on flat surfaces as it is traversing mountain roads:
“Corvette’s suspension uses upper and lower A-Shaped arms, with anti-dive geometry built into the upper arms. Variable rate coil springs up from cushion small bumps, yet maintain firm control on rough roads.”
See folks, it’s science! Stingray’s unique design allows each tire to form to the road, which made it one of the most easily driven and best to control in all conditions kind of cars. That is something many auto makers should look into today. And as this photo reminds us:
“A lot of sports cars may look good on top. None look as refined as Corvette underneath.”
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