The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Corvette
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Press: Chartwell Books, Inc. (February 1, 2011)
Author Name:Henshaw, Peter
Our landscape format Encyclopedia series in the 12 x 9 1/4 trim size have been so popular that we have created a more portable format for those who are interested in a smaller paperback edition.
Beautifully illustrated throughout in full color.
A great value and perfectly sized for gift giving.
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Comment List (Total:5)
- As the former owner of four Porsches and now the owner of a '99 C5 Corvette I was unprepared for the warmth and camaraderie of what Corvette people call "the hobby." Sadly Porsche people tend to be somewhat insular and competitive and just the opposite is true in The Hobby. This book is the same as the people who populate the Corvette world. It's not perfect, the photography is amateurish but it is a warm, engaging read. It is better read from end-to-end rather than using it as reference.Jay Daley
- This book is a great starter point to know more about the Corvette's and the history of them. You will begin to build a knowledge base full of information should you be one to invest in buying one. The photos plus the input get more and more closer to hard to find in print. A very worth while investment to have in your home.
- As in all things religious, for the believer there is no need to explain, and for the non-believer, no explanation is adequate. This book is about The Corvette, no further rationalization is necessary. (Beautiful pictures too)
- This book brings a sense of enthusiasm to the Corvette hobby that is well apparent. However, the book could have used a better editor to correct the multitude of errors that describe the pictures and charts. Also, as the book attempts to be an encyclopedia, it depends entirely too much on modified vehicle pictures to describe the various model years. This can leave the reader questioning what actually was stock in a particular year.To demonstrate the level of errors (some minor and some major) in the pictures, I will catalog them here for just the model years 1965-1967:- Pg 132 - The verbiage contrasts the first big block with the last Fuel Injected car (for the time). The picture shown is neither big block nor FI engine but a low HP engine with modified valve covers and air cleaner.- Pg 135 - The car shown is implied in the verbiage to be a big block for 1966, yet the hood is a modified 1967 only hood.- Pg 139 - While still in the 1966 section the picture alludes to a "biggest Corvette engine yet" but shows a non-stock small block engine with the hood of a 1967 Corvette.- Pg 141 - The verbiage notes a solid lifter big block engine but shows a small block engine (this time stock).- Pg 144 - I am still puzzled why the author would consider the Corvette shown to be "barely recognizable". While I would not have shown this car to highlight 1967 Corvettes, it seems recognizable as a 67 with flares, non-stock side exhaust, and larger wheels and tires.- Pg 145 - While demonstrating how the interior had "barely changed from the original", the author shows an interior with a non-stock steering wheel, non-stock (and 6 speed!) shifter, and non-stock shift boot. How is the reader to compare with the original?- Pg 150-1 - While highlighting the larger hood bulge for 1967 the author shows pictures of a modified and not original 67 hood.- Pg 152 - The author implies that the vehicle shown is a 1967 L88. The engine is not an L88 but a later (much later) production crate engine with fuel injection (never offered in big blocks during the 1960s).- Pg 156 - The picture shown is a 327 Corvette and not a 427 Corvette as described in the verbiage.- Pg 157 - The author shows a picture of a 1966 Corvette (with 1965 knock off wheels) and notes that it is the last year for spin-off alloy wheels. Why put this in the 1967 section? It should be shown in the 1966 section and is misleading to the reader who might think that 1967 was the last year for the wheels shown.- Pg 158 - Again shows three pictures from a 1966 Corvette in the middle of the 1967 section. The author is also flat wrong here - 1966-1967 Corvettes were among the best quality cars of their era. If the author means 1968 and later for his quality statement (as being "late 1960s), then it could be true but that is a later body design highlighted in the next chapter.- Pg 163 - While the picture shown is indeed a big block with triple Holley carburetors, the engine bay as shown is incorrect. There should not be an expansion tank in any 67 tri-power big block car, the brake booster and the master cylinder should not be painted black, and the intake appears to be a low-riser manifold consistent with the 1968 and 1969 design. Also, the wiper grills should be body color rather than chromed.My point is that if I could find this number of errors and misrepresentations for just 3 model years, imagine the lack of confidence the reader would have in the book as a whole. Still, as a Corvette enthusiast, I enjoyed the book because errors or not, (and maybe because of the errors) I had fun reading it through.
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