Chevro­let Corvette C1

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Russ Smith

The chrome-laden 1958-60 Corvette C1 mod­els re­ally are some­thing spe­cial, with looks that achieve that rare com­bi­na­tion of achingly pretty and ath­letic. With its oneyear-only ‘wash­board’ bon­net and chrome boot strakes, the ’58 tops the lot. Sure, later Corvettes may drive bet­ter, but I re­ally fell for the ’58 I drove re­cently. Even in low-rent form with a 230bhp 4.6-litre V8 en­gine and two-speed auto, it felt like the right place to be. The low-revving V8 just pulls and pulls and the com­pe­tent and for­giv­ing sus­pen­sion al­lows you to chuck it around with gen­uine en­thu­si­asm and no fear that it will bite back. And boy, does it at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion.

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