Wednesday Wackadoodle, Part Two

I must acknowledge that I am an idiosyncratic person. I am also sure that status is far more by nature than by nurture.

I have little respect for people who are not true to themselves. From Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “This above all: to thine own self be true.” I have little respect for people who try to be something they’re not. Of course, I think people should strive to improve while acknowledging that perfection is impossible. However, a person’s basic nature should be heeded.

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These are two pictures I took in the Exhibit Hall at the National Corvette Museum of the One Millionth Corvette produced. (How’s that for a run-on sentence?!) This was one of eight cars that fell into the sinkhole that opened up under the floor of the Skydome part of the museum on February 12, 2014.

Five of the cars were not restored and are on display in the Skydome above where the sinkhole opened up. Two of the three restored cars are also part of that exhibit. I think the 1,000,000th Corvette is usually on display there as well, but for the 25th Anniversary bash it was moved to the Exhibit Hall. I have to admit that I choked up a bit upon seeing the damaged cars.

Despite the claim of the Guinness Book of World Records the Corvette is the best-selling two-seat sports car in history with about 1.7 million sold. Despite the claim of Mercedes-Benz the Corvette is the longest-running car model in history having been produced in every calendar year since 1953.

I will editorialize now: dollar for dollar, the modern Corvette is easily the best performance car in the world. Let’s look at a Ferrari 488, a step above the “entry-level” Portofino, and compare it to a C7 Z06, a step above a base Stingray. The 488 is supposed to be able to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 2.85-2.9 seconds, a hair faster than the Z06 time of 2.95 seconds. In the quarter-mile “test” the 488 is supposed to run low 11s, say 11.2 seconds. A Z06 can break 11 seconds. In a skidpad test the 488 can pull 1.02-1.05g, a great performance. The Z06 can pull 1.2g, an otherworldly number.

A Ferrari 488 will cost about $275,000; a new C7 Z06 will cost about $100,000 equipped with the Z07 performance package. Both cars are comfortable, but which one do you think will cost less to service and to maintain? That’s a rhetorical question because the answer is obvious.

A lot of car snobs refuse to accept that the Corvette is a world-class performance car. That refusal is one of the reasons, I believe, that Chevrolet/GM made the decision to move to a mid-engine platform with the C8. Remember this Abraham Lincoln story by way of Thomas Sowell:

 

“Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has if you count the tail as a leg. When they answered ‘five,’ Lincoln told them that the answer was four. The fact that you called the tail a leg did not make it a leg.”

 

As Aldous Huxley once wrote, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Unless one wants to spend many multiples of the price of a Corvette, one cannot buy a car with better performance.

 

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Monday Musings

My opinion: Resentment and envy of people who are wealthier than you is not a sound basis for public policy.

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On July 2, 1992 the one millionth Corvette was produced. Like all Corvettes since August, 1981, the car—a white convertible with a red interior and black convertible top—was produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

On February 12, 2014, this same car was severely damaged when a sinkhole swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum, also in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Before restoration:

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(Photo from onallcylinders.com)

And after:

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(Photo from gmauthority.com)

All of the workers who built the car had signed the Corvette. Apparently, only one signature couldn’t be left on the car after restoration so the worker, who was still living in the area, was asked to sign the car again to complete the restoration.

I write a lot about Corvettes. If you’re a regular reader you know my wonderful wife owns a C7. I have owned two Corvettes: a 2002 model (a C5) and a 2007 model (a C6). I believe the C7 generation is, dollar for dollar, the best performance car in the world. In the malaise of the 1970s and 1980s the Corvette lost its way as did the entire US auto industry. (However, in more than a touch of irony the best selling Corvette ever was the 1979 model with nearly 54,000 sold. Virtually all consumers can only purchase what is available.)

I believe that the “Golden Age” of automobiles is now. People wax nostalgic about their ’55 Chevy or their ’50 Ford, but could you trust those cars to drive cross country without breaking down? Did those cars have power disc brakes with ABS and airbags? In my previous blog I wrote a post about the cars that got away listing my first car, a 1967 GTO, and my second Corvette. When the comparison is made between the two cars in black and white, there is no comparison. I may post about that again in the near future so, for now, I’ll leave out the details.