Early this April, Dick Clark, the renowned TV host famous for bringing rock 'n' roll to American living rooms and for counting down the end of each calendar year with "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," passed away at 82 years old. For many, this marked the end of an era, especially since Clark was one of the most storied broadcasters of all time.
However, while Clark became an icon, he wasn't an immediate success, rather, he proved to be a savvy media figure and entrepreneur whose programming helped change opinions and attitudes slowly, through work that challenged his audience at times, and always remained noteworthy, even when it lost its initial spark.
And like all popular national figures, Clark remained in the spotlight for so long that his very existence seemed to document the changing times of America itself. The same can be said for the Chevrolet Corvette, which weathered the years to remain one of the most popular cars to this day.
And as with Clark's life, every tweak and change in the Corvette seems to tell us more about ourselves, and how as car fans, we've come to expect the very best from certain entertainers and automakers.
Here are my picks for the top three Corvettes of all time:
3. 1957 Corvette – While the '50s models marked the beginning of the Corvettes, the body didn't evolve into the classic soda shop style until the later part of the decade. And with a 283ci V-8, the car has an engine that is still among the most revered by collectors to this day.
2. 1993 ZR-1 – Every great cultural figure needs a comeback, and for the Corvette line that came in the early 90s, when the first ZR-1s were produced. The '93 ZR-1, armed with a Lotus-designed engine, gave extra power to a body and design that had already won back the hearts of car fans.
1. 1969 Corvette Stingray 427 – When you think of the Corvette in your mind, you probably imagine something close to the 427. But, while it has the same classic body and design, it was also one of the last to be produced with the kind of high-powered engines that would go out of style in that decade, making it one of the last of the true muscle cars, and one the defining Corvettes.
What do you think of Pete's list? Did your favorite Corvette make the cut? Let us know your thoughts below:
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