Corvette America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car: 1953-1982


Karl Ludvigsen

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Corvette – America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, 1953-1982 takes the reader behind the scenes during the early decades of Corvette design, engineering, brand development and racing competition. Award-winning automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen weaves together a technical examination of each model year with the compelling stories of the GM staffers and privateer racers who-through equal parts talent, passion and sheer force of will-kept the Corvette program thriving against heavy odds. Ludvigsen’s up close and personal telling of the Corvette story captures the human drama and fierce rivalries that fueled the American car industry’s golden age-and resulted in some impressive Detroit muscle.

When it was published in 1973, Star-Spangled Sports Car broke new ground as the first book devoted entirely to a single car model. It has since been credited with helping to kick-start the exciting Corvette hobby. Four decades after its original publication Classic and Sports Car declared, “Karl Ludvigsen’s Corvette history remains the bible.”

Now the award-winning author has fully revised, reorganized and expanded his Corvette bible, devoting 784 pages and 989 photos and illustrations to the complete history of the C1, C2 and C3 generation cars. As fast-paced and exciting as the cars it describes, this is a book for anyone who ever drove a Corvette-or wanted to.