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At the Detroit Auto Show this past Sunday, GM finally unveiled the long-awaited 2014 Corvette Stingray, allowing the world to see the iconic sports car's first major redesign since the 2005 debut of the C6.

We asked Karl Ludvigsen, author of the iconic book Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car, for his first impressions of the car. Here's what he had to say:

At first sight of the new C7 Corvette Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov are spinning in their graves. Spinning, that is, in sheer excitement at what their successors have wrought. First there’s the prominent revival of the Stingray name, first used with the creature’s emblem on the racing Stingray of 1959. The name has been used on and off since – albeit not always with the support of Duntov – and amply deserves its revival on the 2014 car, which has all the menace of a maritime predator. “Corvette Stingray” just goes together. Zora will be happy with the car’s technology, especially its direct fuel injection, sister to systems that he pioneered at GM in the mid-1950s. As for the C7’s looks, Bill Mitchell said that “a car has to have enough interest so that it looks different each time you glance at it. Each time you see it you see a little more. That’s what a Corvette should always be.” Well, Ed Welburn, you sure pulled that off! It’s a car of immense surface and detail fascination that still hangs together beautifully. And those four central exhausts are a straight steal from the Aerovette concept Corvette of 1974. Along with his Sebring SS racer of 1957, that was Zora Duntov’s favorite among his unique machines. It may not be mid-engined, Corvette fans, but you’ve always rejected that option. So this is easily the best Corvette yet.

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Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car

by Karl Ludvigsen

Bentley Book Code: GCSS

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