This is what it all started with and it is still just as beautiful today as the day it was designed.
Randy Leffingwell wrote the book Corvette Fifty Years back in 2002 and is available through Motorbooks.
I have owned over two dozen Corvettes. At one time I could tell the difference between a 65 and a 66 by the grain in the vinyl seats. I am not a Corvette expert and this book will not make you one either. However, it will wish you had one in your garage.
If you are looking for a book to decode you Corvette go buy a Little Black Book, this book will not help you. If you want a visual and descriptive history of the Corvette with an emphasis on the race cars that made the Corvette memorable this is the book. Legends are made with wins on the track.
I personally believe the Grand Sport is far more beautiful than the more popular Cobra.
The photography in this book is terrific. Some of the photos came from the archives of GM but the photographers for the book were Randy Leffinwell and David Newhardt. Professionals both and their work speaks volumes.
The Corvette Fifty Years also contains a wealth of photos and information on”one-off”, styling exercises and special built Italian jobs. If all you do is look at the pictures in this book it is a sound investment.