Legendary Corvettes: 'Vettes Made Famous on Track and Screen

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Chevrolet has never built an ordinary Corvette. Even the most mundane coupe draws a crowd everywhere it goes. But through victory at racetracks, exposure in film and television, or other notable achievements, a select few Corvettes have attained mythic status. Eighteen of the most legendary Corvettes of all time?from the earliest surviving Corvette ever built for the 1953 model year to the late first-generation Corvettes used in the classic television series Route 66 to the five Grand Sport racers built by Zora ...

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Overview

Chevrolet has never built an ordinary Corvette. Even the most mundane coupe draws a crowd everywhere it goes. But through victory at racetracks, exposure in film and television, or other notable achievements, a select few Corvettes have attained mythic status. Eighteen of the most legendary Corvettes of all time—from the earliest surviving Corvette ever built for the 1953 model year to the late first-generation Corvettes used in the classic television series Route 66 to the five Grand Sport racers built by Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Godfather of the Corvette, to a fifth-generation Corvette raced by the team that included father-and-son Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. just before the elder Earnhardt’s tragic death—are featured in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

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Just when you thought that there wasn’t room on even the most accommodating of coffee tables for another Corvette book, this one arrives to demand a spot... this is a true connoisseur’s piece for sophisticated Corvette collectors." - New York Times

"Leffingwell's text is carefully researched and chock-full of Corvette history, facts, and behind-the-scenes chronicles. Complemented by Dave Wendt's superb studio-style photography, this book represents a fitting tribute to the awe-inspiring beauty and performance of the Corvettes if features." -VETTE magazine

"Legendary Corvettes by Randy Leffingwell is a must for the Corvette Enthusiast" - Kansas City Star

"You will find this book an enjoyable read as it gives a look at some of the most notable and significant Corvettes in existence. If there is a Chevrolet or Corvette fan on your holiday shopping list, this title is well worth consideration." - CanadianDriver.com

"Any Corvette owner will tell you his car is special. Yet 18 of some of the most special Corvettes of all time appear here in vivid detail, thanks to the excellent research of the author and vivid Photoshop work of the photographer. If you bleed Corvette red, you must own this unique take on a very popular automotive subject." - Vintage Motorsport

"Leffingwell takes the reader into the deep recesses of Corvette history, exploring areas that even the most avid Corvette fan may not know about...you'll be wanting more!" - Auto Trends Magazine

Library Journal
Not a comprehensive inventory of the iconic sports car, Legendary Corvettes focuses on 18 Corvettes that have achieved mythical status among auto enthusiasts and collectors. Some 'Vettes are recognized because of film appearances—the custom 1973 from Corvette Summer and the 1960 Tasco turquoise convertible from the TV series Route 66 are examples here. Others were notable at the track or as one-off prototype vehicles. Leffingwell's (Ultimate Horse Barns) text covers details from each car design, manufacturing background, and customization. While browsers may not appreciate the detail lavished on each engine and body modification, 'Vette enthusiasts will delight in the behind-the-scenes anecdotes and tales of corporate intrigue. The eye-popping photographs by Wendt make up the bulk of the book. Many are lavish double-page spreads and studio shots of the rare 'Vettes. Engines and interiors also rate close-ups.Verdict Purchase this book for the gorgeous photos. For more comprehensive coverage of Corvettes, buy Mike Mueller's The Complete Book of Corvette: Every Model Since 1953. This one is for 'Vette fans who already know the basics.—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760337745
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 1,278,657
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911 and Corvette 60 Years. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website: www.rleffingwell.com.

For over twenty years, Dave Wendt has captured the essence of all types of vehicles in photographic images, from exotic and classic cars to big-rig trucks and even trains and airplanes. He's developed unique lighting techniques that let him create studio-like photographs on-site. Dave lives in West Chester, Ohio.

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