C an the Corvette really be classified as a muscle car? Conventional wisdom includes V8-powered mid-sized sedans and compacts, or 2+2 pony cars, but not two-seater sports cars. Well, the Corvette was a V8, too, and it always concentrated on delivering a high-performance per dollar rating, a key factor in the muscle car concept. And over a production life of 40 years, it remained faithful to the front engine/rear drive layout, despite endless speculation about mid-engined prototypes . Straight-line performance via American V8 power was always part of that Corvette story: this, more than anything else, makes it a muscle car.

The original “little red corvette,” the C1.

Chevrolet Corvette 9

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