Corvette - January 14, 2014

The American Treasure Tour includes many beautiful cars - including a 1908 Sears Motorbuggy, a 1934 Buick, and too many other treasures to include in today's blog (stay tuned!).  Today, we are going to talk about one of our newest additions - a car anyone would love.  That is, unless they prefer ugly, over-sized, slow cars.  We welcome into the tour a sleek blue 1954 convertible Corvette!

The General Motors Company manufactured the first Corvette under their Chevrolet banner in 1953 (although a prototype exists from 1952 that never actually hit the open market).  Named after a small warship, the Corvette was originally designed as nothing more than a show car, but public interest in the attractive sports car compelled GM to sanction production of white convertibles by June, 1953.  The next year, they offered a variety of colors, including Pennant Blue.  It is the completely unbiased opinion of the American Treasure Tour staff that this is the best color, for a truly striking automobile.

QUESTION:

The second generation Corvette design was introduced in 1963, and lasted until 1967.  What was the name of this new model of Corvette, available as a coupe or convertible?

a)  Sting Ray

b)  Shelby Cobra

c)  Mako Shark

d)  ZR-1

e)  Charger

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

1784 - This was a VERY important day for the rebellion, arguably the most important day in the entire Revolutionary War, simply because the war was officially ended.  On January 14th, the Congress under the Articles of Confederation signed and ratified the Treaty of Paris with former colonial parent Great Britain.  Just shy of nine years after the first shots were fired in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts Colony, the United States no longer had to fight for its independence.  Unless, of course, you consider the Quasi-War with France and the War of 1812 with Britain....

Some may consider our next piece of January 14th history as more important (hopefully not), but in 1973, Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii concert is aired live via satellite.  This event became the most-watched television broadcast by an individual entertainer in the history of the medium, with an estimated one billion viewers worldwide.  It's difficult to believe the king would be dead only four-and-a-half years later.

BIRTHS:

Today in 1741, one of the most famous, infamous, and notorious revolutionary fighters to ever claim America as his birthright was born today:  Benedict Arnold.  Born in Norwich, Connecticut, the ambitious pharmacist/bookseller signed on to join the fight against Great Britain early in the struggle for independence, and made a name for himself as a daring hero and one of George Washington's most reliable generals.  Unfortunately, he made many enemies through his successes and fell on bad times both financially and politically by 1780.  After marrying the beautiful debutante Peggy Shippen in 1779, Arnold began making poor decisions:  he contacted British high command in occupied New York City and offered to "sell" them West Point for an appointment in the British army and a lot of money.  Fortunately for the revolutionary cause, his efforts failed, but Arnold forever became branded as a traitor.  But, on this day in 1741, no one could have guessed the little baby Benedict would cause such problems.

QUOTE:

Let me die in the old uniform in which I fought my battles for freedom.  May God forgive me for putting on another.  -- Benedict Arnold

Answer:  a) Sting Ray