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Corvette – An American Study in Fiberglass Panels

Dad really gets into purchasing new vehicles – not only is he a kid at heart, but he likes to share his hobby with the rest of the family. One of his very first loves was the Corvette, and we predict that he may purchase a newer model. His personal sense of style leads him toward certain body designs, and if you know anything about Corvettes, the body styles change drastically from one year to the next. The difference in the frame and look of the car continues to evolve and is certainly a staple of the Corvette.

Customization was the key in the first Corvettes ever produced. The Corvette, a sports car designed for Americans, was birthed right after the end of the Second World War. The choice to build its body out of fiberglass was based on concerns over cost and quantity. Quality certainly suffered in the first Corvette models, especially where smooth fiberglass panels and even paint jobs were concerned. However, the sleek, custom design and lightweight structure were attainable thanks to its fiberglass build. Eventually, after many modifications to other cars in the industry, Corvette introduced steel into its production for added efficiency and safety. Although steel was considered more durable and safer for the motorist, the Corvette’s versatility in design was attributed to its fiberglass body. Engineers decided to retain its fiberglass body but added options with steel production, building upon the Corvette’s unique stylistic versatility – different materials provide different styling advantages.

I don’t have a vested interest in cars, but I’ve always admired Corvettes from a distance. Even I have a personal preference on the year and model. I’ve never driven one, but after learning about the Corvette and its history as the traditional American sports car, I think my dad was right to purchase at least one in his lifetime. Would everyone else in the family love it if he purchased another? Absolutely!

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