All Corvettes are Red: The Rebirth of an American Legend

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Simon & Schuster, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 384 pages
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No other American car has the mystique and romance of the Corvette. It has been a legend for over forty years. Early in 1997 General Motors unveiled the fifth-generation Corvette. "All Corvettes Are Red" is the inside story of the people who made that Corvette from drawing board to assembly line.

The gap between the fourth- and fifth-generation Corvettes (C4 and C5, in GM lingo) was the longest ever, and the Corvette program came close to dying. Just as serious design work was under way, GM suffered the worst losses in its corporate history, and the C5 program was put on hold. The Corvette was saved by a fiercely dedicated team of designers, engineers, and executives, who pulled together to keep their dream car alive. They overcame internal politics and company-wide budget cuts to produce a new Corvette that is better engineered, better built, and less expensive than its predecessors.

Author James Schefter was granted unprecedented access to every part of GM, including areas that were off-limits to many company vice presidents. He spent eight years witnessing the C5's journey from drawing board to clay model to prototype to production vehicle. He accompanied test drivers across scorching deserts and into snow-packed mountains. As a result "All Corvettes Are Red" is not just the most authoritative book ever written about the Corvette, it is the most revealing account of the inner workings of the U.S. automobile industry.

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ALL CORVETTES ARE RED: The Rebirth of an American Legend

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Another fly-on-the-wall peek at General Motors (after Michael Shnayerson's The Car That Could, p. 956), this time from a former West Coast editor for Popular Science. Schefter is allowed to prowl ... Read full review

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The Corvette is America's best-loved and longest-lived sports car. For this work, Schefter was granted unprecedented access to board meetings, designers' studios, and engineers' workshops to document ... Read full review

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James Schefter's work has appeared in such publications as "Time, Life, Popular Science, Paris Match, " and "Reader's Digest." He lives in Park City, Utah, and spent at least two weeks a month in Detroit since 1988, researching and writing this book.

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