The streamlined appearance, unique body contours and classic sporty elegance of the Corvette model add to its appeal. It’s America’s favorite sports car for many reasons, and half of those have to do with styling. That’s why it was no surprise when we found out from CorvetteBlogger that two different Corvette models recently made it onto the list of the 100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time, as chosen by Edmunds Inside Line. Can you guess which ones they were?
Most people would guess that the classic 1963 split-window Sting Ray made it onto the list, but surprisingly that’s not the case. Instead, the final Sting Ray Coupe, the 1967 Corvette, was chosen by Edmunds’ John Pearley Huffman for the number four slot.
For 1967, the Corvette Coupe was restyled from the previous second-generation years with less ornamentation and different front fender vents. These vents were mentioned by Huffman in his reason for picking the ‘67 model, as well as the fastback roof, flatline wheel wells, optional side pipe exhaust and ridgeback fenders. The final model year for the Sting Ray was a great year for performance and power with the available 427 CI L89 and rare first-year L88 engines, although performance wasn’t really a factor in choosing the Most Beautiful list contenders.
The second Corvette to make the Top 100 list was the ‘68 Corvette Coupe. Styled after the Mako Shark II concept, the first-gen C3 definitely had a predatory stance. It was this, along with the style of the doors, fenders, tail spoiler and tunneled rear window that landed the ‘68 on the list. Although it didn’t place as high, the C3 Corvette secured the number 26 slot, just barely being edged out of the top 25 by the ‘61 Ferrari 250 GT California. The number one position on the list went to the ‘74 Lamborghini Countach LP400.
Although the two Corvettes that made Inside Line’s list may not be the most obvious contenders, they are both still capable of drawing attention and making car enthusiasts drool, which was the whole purpose behind this latest grouping. Huffman also concocted the list of the 100 Greatest Chevrolets of All Time not too long ago, and the ‘63 Sting Ray Coupe, ‘90 ZR-1 and ‘09 ZR1 all appeared in the top five.