The Corvette Factories: Building America's Sports Car

Overview

In its nearly six decades, Chevrolet’s Corvette--America’s only sportscar--has been produced in just three factories, first in St. Louis and now in Bowling Green. This book is the first to offer an up-close view of the process of building an automotive legend. From the rudimentary hand-formed fiberglass bodies in the St. Louis factory, to the state of the art production on the modern line in Bowling Green, The Corvette Factories takes readers through the story of the Corvette’s evolution as the ...

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Overview

In its nearly six decades, Chevrolet’s Corvette--America’s only sportscar--has been produced in just three factories, first in St. Louis and now in Bowling Green. This book is the first to offer an up-close view of the process of building an automotive legend. From the rudimentary hand-formed fiberglass bodies in the St. Louis factory, to the state of the art production on the modern line in Bowling Green, The Corvette Factories takes readers through the story of the Corvette’s evolution as the world’s performance benchmark. Detailed archival photographs and the latest images provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Corvette as an exemplar of General Motors’ most advanced technology. Indispensable to Corvette fans and sportscar aficionados, this volume is also a critical chapter of automotive history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760335512
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 895,816
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Mueller has worked as a freelance automotive photojournalist since 1991. A 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois' journalism program, Mueller held staff positions from 1987 to 1991 with Automobile Quarterly, Corvette Fever, Muscle Car Review, and Mustang Monthly, among others. A lifetime car enthusiast, Mueller has written/photographed more than 25 automotive history (including pickup trucks) books and contributed photography to at least that many more. Among his long list of titles are Motorbooks' The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle, The Complete Book of Corvette, The Complete Book of Dodge & Plymouth Muscle, and The Complete Book of Mustang. He also has photographed dozens of car/truck calendars and contributed more than 1,000 articles to magazines like Car Craft, AutoWeek, Street Rodder, Motor Trend's Truck Trend, Car Collector, Baseball Digest, and American History Illustrated. His photos have appeared in LIFE, Forbes, Esquire, Automobile, Popular Hot Rodding, and countless other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

                                                                       

Introduction: Home Sweet Home

 

Chapter 1: Short Story

Getting Things Rolling in Flint, 1953

 

Chapter 2: Meet Me in Saint Louie

The MissouriYears, 1954–1981

                                                                            

Chapter 3: The New Kentucky Home

Life in Bowling Green, 1981 to Present

 

Chapter 4: Come Together, Right Now

A Step-by-Step Guide to C6 Corvette Production

                                                                       

Chapter 5: Good Neighbor

The NationalCorvetteMuseum

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