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Old 12-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Historic Corvette design cue source

The 1963 Corvette was the first year of the C2 and is considered by many the most beautiful Corvette EVER.
It is shown here in comparison to the 1960 Corvair, of all things. Look at the rear of each car. Can you imagine the controversy this would generate with some members of CF today

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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I never realized it before, the C2 has Corvair tailights. I want purchase a C2.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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I never realized it before, the C2 has Corvair tailights. I want purchase a C2.
Hey Larry, what about the license plate surround? How about the flat horizontal line accross the entire top of the rear? Sharing those cues with the Corvair make the 1963 Corvette ugly?
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Well, there is the Corvette Stingray Racer which debuted in April 1959; the 1960 Chevrolets came months later.

But there is also the 1958 Chevrolet, which I think is the first Chevy to use multiple round taillight elements.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Great comparison shots! The '63 Vette looks great....and still does. WGAS if there were similarities to the Corvair.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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Round taillights in the 60s were a Chevy design element. They were also on Impalas, Chevelles, Biscaynes...
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #7
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The 1960 Corvair presented revolutionary advanced design in it's day. Ralph Nader really went after it for safety issues. However, by today's standards, guess we could argue that both cars in the OP's photos are "Unsafe At Any Speed", lol.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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The 1963 Corvette was the first year of the C2 and is considered by many the most beautiful Corvette EVER.
It is shown here in comparison to the 1960 Corvair, of all things. Look at the rear of each car. Can you imagine the controversy this would generate with some members of CF today

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Great observation !
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:27 PM   #9
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Round taillights in the 60s were a Chevy design element. They were also on Impalas, Chevelles, Biscaynes...
Here's the 1960 Corvette followed by the 1961 Corvette. They obviously didn't go to the "Corvair Look" until 1961.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:30 PM   #10
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Default A sad tale of those small round tail lights...

My very first car was a red Corvair with a white interior and the dash mounted shifter. I was 15 and I paid $100 cash for it and it ran great. Within 24 hrs it was totaled as I was rear-ended me at a farm driveway by a big Ford van in broad daylight. The guy decided to pass me and rear-ended me as I turned into the driveway. The driver told the cop he couldn't see my turn signal because those darned tail lights were so small. I got the ticket for 'failure to yield the road'.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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I got the ticket for 'failure to yield the road'.
Never heard that one. Did you have a drivers license at 15?
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Never heard that one. Did you have a drivers license at 15?
I meant 16. Hit the wrong key.
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My very first car was a red Corvair with a white interior and the dash mounted shifter. I was 16 and I paid $100 cash for it and it ran great. Within 24 hrs it was totaled as I was rear-ended me at a farm driveway by a big Ford van in broad daylight. The guy decided to pass me and rear-ended me as I turned into the driveway. The driver told the cop he couldn't see my turn signal because those darned tail lights were so small. I got the ticket for 'failure to yield the road'.
You got the ticket for being 16. That sucks.

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You got the ticket for being 16. That sucks.
Yep. Similar thing happened to me in my '63 Belair. That's the way it was back then.
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When you look at their tail end again, the '61, '62 Vettes were definitely C1.5s
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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Round taillights in the 60s were a Chevy design element. They were also on Impalas, Chevelles, Biscaynes...
Great, and that's where all those round taillights belong. Way past time to move on.
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Well, there is the Corvette Stingray Racer which debuted in April 1959; the 1960 Chevrolets came months later.

But there is also the 1958 Chevrolet, which I think is the first Chevy to use multiple round taillight elements.


Yup! It definitely was not a Corvair precedent, unlike the Camaro tailights. The OP's analogy is a FAIL.

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:28 PM   #18
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Yup! It definitely was a Corvair precedent. The OP's analogy is brilliant

Thanks, man! You finally said something that makes sense
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #19
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Wow, not only are you wrong, you have to engage in forgery to make yourself look good..................... how sad...........

Let's see how you twist this one. Should be fun to watch. Do you really think anyone wouldn't see the difference between my post and your hack job?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #20
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You got the ticket for being 16. That sucks.
Yeah, fortunately the judge threw out my ticket but the guy who hit me never had to pay for my totaled car or my minor injuries.
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