Sometimes, a car comes along that leaves the automotive landscape different than before. In today’s Silicon

Sometimes, a car comes along that leaves the automotive landscape different than before. In today’s Silicon Valley parlance, we’d be tempted to term such a car a “disrupter.” The last car to so radically shift the car world was the Tesla Model S, our 2013 Car of the Year. This time around, our 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Corvette, fully scrambles the order of things. Simply put, never before has so much four-wheeled exoticism been attainable for so little money. Or I should say, so much good exoticism. Chevrolet Performance did not phone in the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. It dialed it, massaged it, honed it, crafted the new ‘Vette to the point of the nearly impossible. The eighth-generation car will bring people into dealerships who previously would never have come in. The mid-engine Corvette is a game changer, an inflection point, and a reminder that when Americans truly set our minds to a task, look out. For soon you’ll be standing on the moon—or driving the sports car equivalent thereof. The father of the Chevrolet Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, began working on a mid-engine Corvette back in 1959. Called the ...

Dick Coleman of Bristol, Conn. has owned his 1942 Chevrolet business coupe for 58 years, but

Dick Coleman of Bristol, Conn. has owned his 1942 Chevrolet business coupe for 58 years, but it has been in his family since the fall of 1941. He shares stories about it in My Ride. Dick Coleman of Bristol drives a hot rod, a family hand-me-down that was given to him nearly 60 years ago when he was 16 years old. Before that happened, he can recall his great-aunt driving the black 1942 Chevrolet business coupe when she was 90. The car was purchased new by her husband, who was a doctor, just prior to the start of World War II. “She sold the car to my brother – he’s five years older than I am – for a dollar. He drove it to college for a while and when he was done with it, my mother drove it back and forth to Pratt & Whitney from Manchester,” Coleman recalled. “I got my driver’s license on it. Interestingly enough, for somebody’s that so interested in cars and so passionate about hot rods, I failed my first driving test,” he said. He did succeed in getting his license when he was 17. Being a business coupe, the Chevrolet lacks a back seat. Conventional wisdom is the business coupes were built for traveling salesmen to have extra storage space where the rear seat would normally ...