The 1982 Chevrolet C3 Corvette is, quite frankly, not the brightest spot in the nameplate’s long, historical lineage. And, as we would see, the C4 Corvette wouldn’t do much to reinvigorate America’s sports car in the long run. It wouldn’t be until the C5 Corvette (maybe save for the C4 Corvette ZR-1) when the nameplate would begin showing signs of life again. However, in Iceland, it’s a very different story.
Petrolicious has highlighted the story of Sigfús B. Sverrisson, a lifelong automotive enthusiast in Iceland. His story began when his grandfather started importing Volkswagens, Land Rovers and Audis to the country when he was a small child. He says by the age of four, he could call out different cars by their headlight designs. That reminds me of someone…
Anyway, Sverrisson tells the tale of when he saw his first Corvette on a trip to America. He and his mother stopped for a float when he saw a Corvette pull into the parking lot.
“It looked like it was going 200 miles an hour,” Sverrisson says. “I had never seen anything like it.”
By the time he was able to import his own Corvette to Iceland, the vehicle was still a far cry from anything locals had every seen. His 1982 C3 Corvette has been debadged and sits in a striking, white hue.
“By removing emblems, logos, stripes, you get a really clean looking car and the flow of the lines. The white color on this car, I think it’s lovely.”
He says he still gets excited when people see the Corvette for the first time and aren’t sure how to react to such a vehicle.
“They wonder what’s different with this Corvette because it looks different from other Corvettes and that reaction is the one I enjoy—the bewilderment.”