Article: More Corvette Trivia

November 26, 2017

Below are some more fun facts that you may not have known about the Corvette:

1. The 1978 Indy 500 Pace Car was painted specifically so that it would look good in black and white photography, because magazine ads were still typically not in color.
2. Originally, the Corvette was supposed to have a checkered flag and an American flag ... until they realized that you can't trademark the American flag without changing it into an interpretation.
3. Crossed flag emblems returned to the nose and sides of the Corvette in 1979 after many years of being absent.
4. The L88 engine is basically a racing engine for the street, so to discourage too many people from ordering it, Chevrolet published numbers that were about 70 horsepower below the actual rating, so that it would look less appealing than other engines. It worked - only 20 Corvettes were ordered with the L88 in 1967.
5. The Jaguar XK120 is believed to be Harley Earls' inspiration for the new Corvette.
6. Myron Scott, who worked as a photographer for Chevrolet, named the Corvette after a small warship of the same designation.

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