Ask DJ Lyons: Vintage Chevrolet Corvette

Vintage Chevrolet Corvette

Have you ever attended a car show? How about a vintage car show? If so, where was it held? What kinds of cars did you see?

As for my husband, he had attended several car shows through the years. He was really surprised that I would enjoy that kind of thing. I didn't know that I would until I tried it out for mysefl in 2009. We attended this car show and I immediately saw the attraction. Everything, to me, looks more interesting through the lens of a digital camera.

Check out the picture of this red with white Vintage Chevrolet Corvette below. Click VINTAGE CHEVROLET CORVETTE to watch a 31-second video of this car. This is one of several cars that I liked at that 2009 Vintage Car Show held in downtown Greeneville, Tennessee.

When I asked my husband what he knew about Chevrolet Corvettes, he told me that due to their sleek lines and some other features, these cars helped change automotive history. They certainly do have very sleek lines. I think this car is really classy looking. What do you think?

Since the owner of this car was not around, I am not sure what year this car is. However, when I visited the website, I discovered that the very first Chevrolet Corvette was produced in 1953. It sold for $3,498. I suppose that was a lot of money back then.

As I tried to trace what year this car might have been make, I learn that all the cars produced in 1953 were white. They called the color "Polo white." So, no, this car was not made in 1953.

I learned that in 1954, they came out with a red, blue, and black car in addition to the white cars. They called the red color "Sportsman Red." They called the blue color "Pennent Blue." They called the black color "Black." Smile. Very original color name for Black.

The only other possible clue is that if the tires on this car were original or reproductions of the original tires, "the wide whitewall tires" were only included as an option in the Chevrolet Corvettes made before 1960.

So based on those clues, I am guessing that this car was made between 1954 and 1959.

I wish the car owner had been around who i could ask the all important question, "What year was this car made?"

So, are there any car buffs out there who can solve the mystery for us? When was this car made? Please share your knowledge in the comment section below should you know the answer.

Here are a few other interesting facts I learned about Chevrolet Corvette's from that website.

Some of its features included:

* The Chevrolet Corvette had a fiberglass body.

* The Chevrolet Corvette had a faster steering gear than previous models of Chevrolet cars.

* The Chevrolet Corvette had "150-horsepower, 235-cubic-inch six and two-speed automatic Powerglide transmission." I don't think that was considered to be all that fast.

* The Chevrolet Corvette could drive from zero to 60 in eleven and a half seconds.

* "Chevrolet had designed the suspension so that it would stay flat and stick in corners." That means you could drive around corners a lot faster without ending up doing a wheelie. That part would be really ideal if you had to drive on a lot of mountainous-curving roads.

* The Chevrolet people improved the engine to the point that you could say "it was the 1956 Corvette that established the two-seater as a legitimate performance machine and as an American icon." They even began racing the car that year of 1956. Check out the Edmund's link to learn all the fascinating details about that aspect.

Do you know any other cool Chevy Corvette car facts that you could share? If so, please include them in the comment section below.


How much do Vintage Chevy Corvettes cost?

In 1953, a 1953 Chevy Corvette costs $3,498.

if you visit Pro-Team, you may be quite surprised.

As of 2011, Chevy Corvettes made between 1953 and 1955 are selling for $39,998.00 to $260,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1956 and 1957 are selling for $29,998.00 to $150,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1958 and 1960 are selling for $39,995.00 to $110,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1961 and 1962 are selling for $19,995.00 to 125,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1963 and 1964 are selling for $45,000.00 to $149,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1965 and 1966 are selling for $39,995.00 to $150,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made in 1967 are selling for $29,998.00 to $200,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1968 and 1972 are selling for $19,998.00 to $205,000.00.

Chevy Corvettes made between 1973 and 1979 are selling for $19,998.00 to $49,995.00.

They certainly have come a long way in prices. That absolutely amazes me that some people pay such a huge price for a vintage car. Wow! What do you think? Please share in the comment section below.

As for a brand new 2011 Chevy Corvette, they seem to run from $48,950 to $111,100. Wow! Wow! Wow!

So it seems that whether you get a vintage Chevy Corvette or a current one, you are going to pay a lot of money. Phew! What do you think? Is it worth it?

The other thing that is amazing is that they have been producing Chevrolet Corvettes for over half a century. In fact, if you think about it, 2003 would have been their 50th anniversary. Obviously, this may be one car that might even reach its 100th anniversary down the line. To command such prices, you can well imagine that they are popular now. They may remain popular for many years to come.

If I'm still around in 2053, I will endeavor to return to this hub to update this detail. If not, perhaps one of you readers can commemorate this fact in the comment section.

While we are on the topic, where do you think you will be in 2053? I will be five years short of one hundred when that day comes. I was born five years after the Chevrolet Corvette was first made. Since I had one grandmother who lived to be 97, it is very possible I could be around in 2053, at age 95, to update this hub. That is provided that is still around in 2053. I hope so! I really like writing for hubpages.

Our former Chevy cars and other cars as well

Have you ever owned a Chevy Corvette? What about a Chevy?

My very first car that I ever owned was a used car. It was a 2-year-old 1978 Chevy Nova. As I write this in 2011, that means that car would now be, should it still exist, 33 years old. I can't imagine anyone ever showing it in a vintage car show.

Sadly, it turned out to be a lemon. It's air conditioning died after only owning it 3 months. I could not afford to get it repaired for quite some time. That was too bad as I lived in St. Louis, Missouri, at the time. During the summer of 1980, it was so hot that over 200 people died.

The car also would stall out at the most inconvenient times. I would be sitting at a red light and it would sometimes stall out. I would be in a traffic jame and it would sometimes stall out. Once I was driving through a small town as I was going on my way between St. Louis, Missouri to Kingsport, Tennesse. There was a long train going by. It was so long, i decided to save on gasoline and turn off the car. When the train was gone, I tried to turn my engine back on. No such luck! The battery was dead. Fortunately, it stalled out near a car repair place. They helped push my car into their garage. Not so fortunately, they charged me an arm and a leg. Thankfully, I had a credit card and could charge it to that.

One other bad thing happened to that car. My paternal grandmother lived in Anderson, Indiana. She had been born in 1900. When she was around 82 or 83 years old, I drove to Anderson, Indiana around Christmas time to bring her to Kingsport, Tennesee, to visit my parents and little brother for the holidays. Since she could no longer drive, I drove the entire way.

Thankfully, it was my habit to stop the car every 90 minutes or so to get out and walk around. Even so, I found it rather strange that both of us were fighting sleep.

After Christmas, my father took the car to be repaired. He was rather inquisitive. He decided to hang around while they worked on it. It was then that he discovered that there was a hole in the Exhaust Pipe. If it had not been for my habit for stopping the car so frequently on that hours long trip, my grandmother and I might have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning.

As you probably get the idea, that car was never my favorite. My father picked it out for me my senior year in college. He presented it to me during spring break. I was going to need it to take one of my off-campus classes. I was also going to need it for job hunting and then going to that job once I got it. I was never so glad when I was finally financially solvent years later to replace that used car with a brand new car.

What about you? Do you have a story to share, good or bad, about a Chevy car or another car that you have owned? If so, please share in the comment section below.

I have also owned a Dodge Omni hatchback. I cannot seem to recall what year it was. I think I got it in 1985 or so. It was white. Unfortunately, it was a lemon as well. It would stall out at red lights now and then. Eventually, the hydraulics on the hatchback ceased to work. This is another car that I was happy to replace.

In 1991, I bought my third car. it was a green Saturn. Third time works the charm. It was a wonderful car that lasted me ten years. Then I traded it in for a 2001 light blue Saturn. It also was a great car that lasted me ten years. In February 2011, I traded it in for a 2011 Nissan Versa. It is blue onxy in color. I intend to keep this one for at least ten years as well. I have to keep my ten-year streak going. Smile!

Flight of Fancy #1

Check out the red and white Chevy Corvette in the picture, I think the front of the car looks like a vampire's growling face. The headlights are the eyes. The Chevy emblem would be the nose. The grill would be the teeth. Those two silver prongs that extended from the grill would be the fangs. I could easily see a car like this one being used in a horror flick that highlighted a venomous car who had it in for anybody who mistreated the car or his or her favored owner. What do you think?

So to take that flight of fancy a bit further, let's imagine that there is a high school kid named Harvey. He is not very popular with the other kids. His best feature is that he is the owner of this rather sleek-looking car.

Let's say that Harvey decided to take this car to cruise Broad Street and Main Street of the downtown area of his town. As he cruises around, feeling rather proud, somebody dares to make fun of his car.

The person who makes fun of his car is a football player named Biff. Biff is a good football player; however, he does not own a car. He is not even allowed to drive his father's car. So his taunts are more fueled by jealousy and spite than anything else.

Harvey's car shoots out sparks when he hears Biff's negative statements. The car's engine begins to rev. Suddenly, the wheel is jerked out of Harvey's hands. The car begins to chase Biff down the road.

Harvey tries his best of get control of the car to no avail. He watches in horrified amazement as the car jumps the curb and chases Biff down the sidewalk. When Biff runs onto the grass, the car chases him onto the grass. When Biff makes a run for it toward the road, the car chases him in that direction as well.

Biff puts on his best burst of speed. He has a strong adrenaline rush coursing through his body as he tries to outrun this car. His coach would have been proud.

Meanwhile, Harvey's Chevrolet Corvette puts on an additional burst of speed as well. It does not plan to commit murder as it does not want to get Harvey in trouble. It simply decides to humiliate BIff a little. Okay, a lot.

The Chevrolet Corvette chases Biff until he comes up against a road block. Biff is backed up against a tree trunk that has been around for over 100 years. The car comes within two inches of Biff. Then one inch of Biff.

Many of the kids have chased the car chasing Biff. They all gather around quite solemnly. Harvey, in the meantime, has been applying the brakes for all he is worth. He shouts, "I can't stop the car. It seems to have a mind of its own. I'm sorry."

Biff is scared, well, you know, really scared. Suddenly, Biff can't help it. He releases his bladder and helps to water this over 100-year-old tree. The kids all begin to laugh. The car seems to laugh too in its own car way as it backs up about three inches. Just enough space for Biff to edge his way out from between the car and the tree.

Biff learns his lesson never to make fun of Harvey again. The other kids gain a new-found respect for Harvey and a decreased feeling of respect for Biff. As for the car, it happily drives away with Harvey in tow. The two of them treasure each other for the rest of the car's natural life and unnatural life.

Who knows. Maybe the owner of the car sitting there on West Depot Street in downtown Greeneville might even be a grown-up version of that very Harvey himself.

Well, did you enjoy my little flight of fancy? Perhaps I have been watching too many CSI shows. Smile!

Flight of Fancy part 2

Okay, I can't resist. Here is Flight of Fancy part 2.

One day, a new kid named Tom moves to Harvey's town who fancies himself as a real stud. He catches a ride with his parents to the downtown area one Saturday night. They drop him off with the promise to pick him up a few hours later.

Tom watches with envy as teenager after teenager drive their car up and down the streets. He wishes that he could be a car owner.

He happens to notice Biff standing on a street corner with a few of his friends. Tom was aware that Biff was a football player. He sidles over to Biff and starts to make-nice. Biff, who is especially anxious to bolster his lowered self-esteem due to the recent events, is flattered when Tom compliments his football-playing technique.

They start talking and watching the cars go by.

At one point, Tom notices Harvey driving his red Chevy Corvette. Tom nudges Biff and says, "Get a load of the geek driving that Corvette."

Biff says, "Uh, Tom? I don't think you should say anything against that kid or his car."

Tom says, "Why not? What possible difference could it make if I do or I don't?"

Biff says, "If you do, I suggest you say it in the quietest whisper possible."

Tom says, "Why do you say that?"

Biff was not about to tell the story of what had happened to him. "That's for me to know and hopefully you never to find out."

This really got Tom's curiosity blazing.

So what do you think? Do you think Tom decides to make loud fun of Harvey or his car or does he heed Biff's warning?

The next time Harvey drove by, Tom decided to throw caution to the wind. He called out, "Hey! Look at the geek driving that red car! What a laugh!"

Suddenly, there was dead silence on that downtown street. Cars came screeching to a halt. Radios got turned off by their owners. Kids began to make their way as quickly as they could over to where Biff and Tom have been standing.

Or at least, that is where the two of them had been standing. As for Biff, he said, "See you later kid. Don't say I didn't warn you." Then as quickly as he could, he disappears into the crowd.

Tom is looking around in bemusement. For the life of him, he cannot figure out what has happened and why everybody is looking so tense.

Suddenly, everybody tenses as Harvey reaches over and blows his horn as loud as he could. He yells, "Run, Kid! Run for you life!"

Tom looks around at the other kids. He thinks, "Why is everybody looking like the world is about to come to an end?"

When he looks back toward Harvey and his car, he seeks sparks flying out of the front grill. He hears the engine revving up. The radio suddenly turns itself on playing a spooky-sounding song.

Without warning, the car jumps the curb and heads toward Tom. Tom starts backing up toward the store front. The car inches its way closer and closer to where he is standing.

Tom turns and grabs the handle of the store. Much to his dismay, he finds the door locked. When he turns back around, the car has wedged him in between the grill and the store front.

Tom yells, "Help! Help! What is going on? Hey, Kid, I'm sorry. Back off, please."

Harvey said, "Look at me. Do I look like I am doing this. He holds his hands up in the air. He raises both legs into the air as well. Do you see? It is not me doing this. It is my very protective car."

Tom looks around at the other kids. They all are nodding their heads very solemnly in agreement.

Tom looks back at the car and says, "Uh, Car. I, uh, ..., well, uh, ..., this is strange. Well, what I mean to say is that I am sorry. I promise not to make fun of your driver or of you again. Uh, ..., will you forgive me, ..., uh, ... please?"

The car radio suddenly shuts itself off. The sparks are still flying. The engine is still revving. The car nudges against Tom.

Another kid calls out, "Uh, Tom. I think the only way it is going to back off is if you wet your pants in front of all of us?"

Tom said, "What? Are you kidding? I'm not going to do that."

The car nudges against Tom a little harder.

Suddenly some kid walked over to Tom, very carefully poured his drink out on Tom's pants in such a way that it did not get one drop on the car.

With that, the kids began to laugh, the car backed off, and Tom stood there, wet and feeling isolated and alone. He realized there and then that it does not pay to make fun of other kids.

Bravely, he sloshes over to Harvey, holds out his right hand to shake, and said, "Uh, Kid, ... ."

Another kid said, "His name is Harvey."

Tom continued, "Uh, Harvey, no hard feelings? I'm really sorry and promise not to make fun of you or your car ever again."

Harvey reached out and shook Tom's hand. Everybody cheered.

To show its approval in its own car way, the radio suddenly blared out the song, "Over the Rainbow."

Tom thought, "That song and that car is right. Just like Dorothy, I don't think I am in Kansas or anywhere normal anymore."

So that is the end of Flight of Fancy Part 2.

Anybody care to share your own Flight of Fancy part 3? if so, please share in the comment section down below.

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What is your favorite Vintage Car?

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Edavis 4 years ago

The debate will always range about the place of vintage Corvettes compared to those of the modern era. I'd like to meet someone who has one of every generation.

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