The Corvette is a strangely complex thing. On the one hand, it’s “AMERICA’S SPORTS CAR,” the unimpeachable icon that will never be unseated, whether you like it or not. On the other hand, it’s a warts and all core sample of the U.S. auto industry. Want to get an idea of what constituted a sports car in 1965, ’75, ’85, or ’95? Look at the Corvette. Experience may vary depending on your definition of things like “power,” “handling,” or “build quality.” Turns out there’s a lot of baggage that goes along with being a legend for 60-plus years.
Then there are the Corvette Guys — or Corvette Guys and Corvette Guys, really. Noted Corvette Guys (“guys” being relative, of course) include virtually every Apollo astronaut, Joan Didion, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jordan. Corvette Guys include your step uncle with a wheezy “all original” ’76 C3 and your neighbor who’s keeping that ’99 C5 covered in his garage because it’s going to skyrocket in value any day now. Corvette Guys are iconoclasts who add to the car’s mystique. Corvette Guys wear nylon ‘Vette jackets and likely keep a matching model kit of their car to display on the dash at auto shows. Corvette fan or not, deep down there’s a chance all gearheads want to be the former. No one, not even Corvette Guys, want to be the latter.