‘At the moment at Beverly Hills Car Club we have a car that is absolutely the archetype Prince was referencing, a Little (and not so little at that) Red Corvette. This is a beautiful 1961 first generation Chevrolet Corvette with 2 tops and matching numbers, in Roman Red with a red interior, one of 10,939 examples of GM’s flagship sports car built for the 1961 model year. The vehicle comes equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, 283 V8 engine, steel wheels, knock-off hub caps, and white wall tires (You couldn’t imagine a Corvette of that vintage without whitewall tires, could you?). This is an excellent original American classic that is mechanically sound. Debuting in 1961 was a handsome new boat-tail that was carried through to the C2; and twin tail-lights appeared on the 1961 model, a development that continues to this day.
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The designers and producers of the Corvette were Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The Corvette was not the first fiberglass production sports car, that ID belongs to the Woodill Wiildfire which was made very close to your facility, in Downey and Orange. Bodies were manufactured by Glaspar, the maker of the “Special” G2 and,of course the boats. Unfortunately, the make never made it and was produced only from 1952 through 1956 because Kaiser went for the “Darrin” instead.
Supposedly between 100 and 300 were sold, about 25 are known, most are right here in SoCAL
Thank you Paul! Appreciate these details, and we’ll have to add an article about the elusive Wildfire to our to-do list!