Westrand Car Show - 1963 Chev Corvette Coupe

Chevrolet Corvette

KNOWN IN AMERICA AS “THE SUCCESSFUL PLUMBERS CAR”

The Chevrolet Corvette was launched in 1953, two years before the Ford Thunderbird. Since then the Corvette has been through 7 generations and in 65 years just over 1,700,000 units have been sold. The Thunderbird has sold over 4,400,000 units.

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The very first Corvettes were drop hood roadsters the same as the white one immediately below (which is the 13th Corvette ever built). The first generation (C1) went from 1953 to 1962. In that time the body was revamped at least twice. The 1956 Model had single headlights and scalloped side panels. By 1960 the Corvette sported double headlights and a reworked grille and front bumpers.

The second generation (C2) ran from 1963 to 1967 and included in 1963 only the now famous split rear window. It has become one of the most sought after Corvettes. GM introduced two “Big Block” engines in this time, the second of which was 7.00 litres,

The third generation (C3) lasted until 1982 and included the 25th anniversary edition in 1978 which had the fastback glass rear window and featured a new interior and dashboard. In keeping with silver anniversary tradition the car was painted silver over gray lower body.

The fourth generation spanned the years 1984 to 1996 and was the first remake of the now famous marque since 1963. The 1988 version celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Corvette. These cars were all white, with white wheels and white upholstery. There was a commemorative badge next to the gear lever. One of these white Corvettes is seen below.

In 1993 the Corvette celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ruby coloured edition which featured a commemorative Ruby Red color, 40th anniversary badges, and embroidered seat backs. 1993 also saw the introduction of the Passive Key-less Entry System which was a first for General Motors.

Westrand Car Show - 1988 Chev Corvette
1988 Chev Corvette

The 5th and 6th generations of the Corvette began to take on much softer European lines as can be seen in the 2002 and 2006 models below. In 2014 the 7th generation was launched. The Corvette was beginning to be seen as an”old man’s car” and reference was often made to the “Successful Plumber’s car” and this was in part the drive to revamp the car in 2014.

The sister sports car in the Chevrolet stable was the Chevrolet Camaro which surprisingly outsold the Corvette by almost 3 to 1.

In April 2019 GM announced that the new 2020 model would be revealed in July 2019. This new model signals a completely new direction that GM are taking the eighth generation (C8) Corvette. It is a mid engine car with distinctive European design. On the Chevrolet website the company stresses that the images of the 2020 car are of “pre-production” models and there may be small changes to the final product. The 2020 Corvette is featured below.

Westrand Car Show - 2020 Chev Corvette
2020 Chev Corvette

This is the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. General Motors say it’s a mid-engine vehicle and the picture above is of a “pre-production” model. That means there may be some minor changes to the final product which will be available towards the end of the year (In The USA). It is unlikely to be made available in South Africa.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 

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Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION
Featured Image – 1963 Chev Corvette Coupe – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
1953 Chev Corvette – Kowloonese [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1956 Chev Corvette – Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA [CC BY 2.0]
1960 Chev Corvette – Rex Gray from Southern California [CC BY 2.0]
1963 Chev Corvette Coupe – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
1963 Chev Corvette – BFS Man from Webster, TX, USA [CC BY 2.0]
1968 Chev Corvette –  nakhon100 [CC BY 2.0]
1984 Chev Corvette – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0]
1988 Chev Corvette – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 4.0]
2002 Chev Corvette – Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA [CC BY 2.0]
2006 Chev Corvette – GPS 56 from New Zealand [CC BY 2.0]
2014 Chev Corvette Coupe – Doug Fawley [CC BY 3.0]
2020 Chev Corvette Chevrolet.com