Engineering Explained is an awesome YouTube channel for nerdy gearheads that want to know more about how and why cars work the way that they do. I found this one particular interesting, which explained why the Ferrari V8 with a flat-plane crank has a different sound, than the Corvette V8 with a cross-plane crank.
Happy Independence Day! Keep the pointy end forward and the tires down today.
This car was designed in 1959 by a team of all star stylists led by Bill Mitchell. The team consisted of the legendary Peter Brock (who contributed to the GT350 Mustang), Larry Shinoda, Tony Lapine, as well as Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Bill Mitchell was appointed the head of GM design in 1958 (replacing Harley Earl) and was determined to make his mark on auto styling. This car reflects his appreciation of a good crease in a pair of pants. Mitchell explained, “Trousers don’t look any damn good without a crease in them. You’ve got to have an edge to accentuate form”.
I Recently found myself in Washington DC with some free time to prowl the streets looking for interesting cars and DC did not disappoint. My first night’s stroll saw an Austin Healey 3000 growl past, its brutish countenance echoing long after it was lost in traffic. The next day an Alfa 164 Quadrifoglio howled through a tunnel I was standing near; seldom is a more heavenly sound been heard from a street corner. My camera fu was not up to the challenge of capturing those moving targets. However, while strolling through Georgetown I found this blazing orange C3 Corvette catching falling leaves with its panel gaps.