Except for those days when Bill James graciously tweets a link to this blog, Twitter is, once again, a huge failure in terms of driving blog traffic. (Not to mention it is, quoting someone else, “a cesspool of antisemitism.” Shame on you, Dack Jorsey!) The average number of daily referrals from Twitter is less than one, not counting the days Bill tweets about the blog. Granted, my feed only has about two dozen followers and I am only following about 100 feeds, but I just expected more. Of course, I don’t have to be on Twitter for Bill to tweet about Disaffected Musings.
While the “platform” has enabled me to make connections with people like Dominic Chu and Scott Hoke, my experience with it in my second go-round is, once again, less than satisfactory to say the least.
I actually had a pleasant dream last night/this morning. I dreamt I was being honored in a big ceremony for heroic acts I had performed. The details of these acts are forever lost to Dreamland.
During the dream, I felt wonderful about being honored and in my “dream mind” I had, indeed, performed these acts of heroism. I wish I could remember what they were supposed to be. I am hesitant to write this, but I wonder if the seeming resolution of our HVAC woes yesterday is somehow connected to this dream.
This article from Hemmings is about the “malaise-era Corvette” and is interesting, in my opinion. Its title is, “Even the malaise-era Chevy Corvette is still fun to drive, and value-priced.” From corvsport.com a picture of a 1978 Corvette:
According to the piece, the average 1978 costs about $14,500 and a ’76, the least expensive third-generation Corvette, costs an average of $12,800. One bit of information that surprised me were the results of a test of a ’78 Vette that Road and Track did for its April, 1978 issue. The car–equipped with the more powerful L82 engine, a four-speed manual and 3.70 gears–accelerated from 0-60 MPH in 6.5 seconds and ran a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds. For that era, those are stellar numbers. They’re not even that bad now.
I have to admit I am not a huge C3 fan, especially when compared to my favorite Corvette generations. I’d still take one over the vast majority of cars available today, though. Once again, I would very much like to read your thoughts.
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Even though I prefer the chrome bumper C3s, the malaise/disco era models are well worth considering given the prices (as you pointed out). I’m just not enough of a “Corvette guy” to seriously consider buying one. Yet. Who knows, I might change my mind next month. It’s happened before.
Thanks, DDM. Glad to read you understand that very little should be etched in stone.
My sister’s late first husband had a C3 in orange of a year unknown or remembered by me. Of the different generations, I have not yet selected a favorite; however, the C1 probably leads the list at this point. I may select a Corvette for my Ultimate Garage 1.0 and it may be a restomod.
Thanks, Philip. We look forward to seeing your Ultimate Garage 1.0.
The C3 lasted so long (1968-1982) that it was really a different car by the end compared to the beginning. Its basic body style was really the only constant, but even that changed somewhat: chrome bumpers to plastic bumpers, buttress rear window to fastback/bubble rear window, etc.
This basic body shape is one of my favorite Corvette styles.
As you recall, the C3 scored high in my recent rating of Corvettes. And the reasons are essentially as the article says. I’m in my early 50s, so the disco Vettes were among the last of the ‘good’ cars. Remember in those years, the Z28 disappeared for a while, the Mustang had a year with no V8, Mopars were kinda ‘no power’ and AMC teetered on the brink. Except for the last of the Super Duty Firebirds, the Corvette was about it for looks and power.
Of course, the late C3s don’t get a ton of respect by comparison to the earlier better looking more powerful C3s or the far more advanced C4. But they are pretty cheap, still fun and they still tend to draw a few oohs and ahhs at cruise night.
Thanks, Mark. I like all Corvettes, but not all generations equally. One thing about the C3 generation is that it still used, basically, the C2 chassis. That means its wheelbase was under 100 inches, 98 to be exact. When you stand next to a C3 (or C2) you realize they are not big cars at all.
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