#TBT: When the C2 Corvette Was Named the 7th Hottest Car of All Time

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You could summarize the past five years of the Internet in about five words: social media, hot takes, lists. With our waning attention spans, lists rule the webisphere, divvying up information in little, digestible bits. One of the most popular types of lists are rankings, because who doesn’t like pitting things against each other? Cars, of course, are no exception.

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, let’s revisit a list from a few years back when Popular Mechanics compiled their “100 Hottest Cars of All Time.” Included in that sea of glory were two generations of Chevrolet Corvettes. Despite having some differentiating features, PM lumped the 1953-1962 first-generation Corvettes together at No. 86, and the 1963-1968 second-generation Corvettes together at No. 7.

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Here’s what they said about bout the first generation ‘Vette:

“The first generation Corvette is the most significant American car ever created. Its stunningly original design and impressive performance, not to mention its potent fuel-injected engines, proved once and for all that America could compete in the sports car arena.”

And here’s what they said about the second-generation:

“The second generation Sting Ray marked the first fixed-roof Corvette coupe. The split rear window, which was featured only in 1963, is instantly recognizable.”

Ahead of the ‘Vette are the 1953-1956 Porsche 550, the 1961-1975 Jaguar E-Type, the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, the 1965 Jaguar XJ13, the 1967-1971 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, and the 1962-1964 Ferrari 250 GTO.

What do you think, though? Would you put the Corvette higher or lower?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>

Via [Popular Mechanics]

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