If you had to ask a person what the most iconic American vehicle is some would say the Ford Mustang. But, many others would say the Corvette. It just depends if they’re team Ford, or team Chevy.
However, Car and Driver decided to pair up two Corvettes for a historical comparison test. The first, a 1967 C2 Corvette Sting Ray 427. The second, it’s modern day predecessor, a 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 convertible.
Through the entire story, we’re taken back through the changing times of Detroit, presumably as the both Corvettes make their way down the long stretch that is Woodward Avenue. There’s no true winner in this comparison test of sorts, it’s more a look at what makes both cars so special in their own right, and what they stand for from two very different times of General Motors’ history.
The 1967 Corvette stands for when designers were free to let their creativity flow, dreaming up some of the wildest creations during the era. The C2 Corvette was only one of them, and Duntov Zora blessed the car with so many incredible bits.
In contrast, the 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 sits as a testament to “New GM.” As GM recovers from its 2009 bankruptcy crisis, the C7 Z06 is a testament to what engineering can do when a team focuses and hones in on what makes a great car, well, great. And, as C/D points out, it delivers Porsche performance at a fraction of the cost.
Prepare for an incredible read on the tale of two cars, and what they meant to Detroit, the Motor City.