Corvette Black Book 1953-2014
Engineers and designers left nothing untouched in the 2014 Corvette, the first model of the icon’s seventh generation. From its aluminum frame, 455-hp V8, carbon fiber panels, air management system over, under and through the body, seven-speed manual...well, there’s a lot to cover and the new Corvette Black Book presents 2014 data in the clear, concise, accurate and easy-to-read style that has made it the best-selling Corvette title ever. The book also wraps up sixth-generation 2013 coverage with production quantity stats for models, colors and options. The 2013 was both the last of the sixth-generation, and the Corvette’s 60th year, dual milestones honored with special commemorative models including the Z06-powered 427 Convertible, the fastest soft top in Corvette history. Bowling Green Assembly terminated 2013 model production early to allow time for the substantial rework required prior to 2014 startup. Does 2013’s end-of-an-era status and low volumes equate to 1967 all over again? Time will tell, but in the meantime, the Corvette Black Book summarizes the data for your enjoyment and planning.
Tough act to follow
The first Corvette Black Book was published in 1978. Two years later a new edition added 1979 and 1980. A bigger edition came along in 1984 and updated books continued each year through 1990. In 1992, the book was rewritten cover to cover and resized to cram in 40% more data for each year. New editions were published each year through 1999. In 2000, height and page count increased. Page count increased again in 2003 as more material was added. In 2011, the height of the book increased by nearly an inch to a full ten inches. The beauty of the Corvette Black Book lies, like the car itself, in its evolution. These are pocket-sized marvels with thousands of Corvette facts, options and option codes, exterior and interior colors and codes, production figures, serial numbers for body, engine, and component parts, original “window sticker” prices, and a compilation of the details that make each model unique. By categorizing all this in a precise year-to-year format, the Corvette Black Book puts phenomenal expertise at your fingertips. And the latest 1953-2014 edition is the best yet.
Improved yet again
For the fourth time in its 35-year history, the 2011 Corvette Black Book was resized by adding nearly an inch to its height. The extra space permitted more data for most models years—more engine numbers and color data for starters—and also realigned type spacing for easier reading. The 2014 edition builds on the new format. In the Corvette Black Book, production quantities always trail by one year. So in addition to 2014 introductory info, the 2014 edition includes 2013 quantities and interim production changes. It’s all part of an endless effort to maintain the Corvette Black Book’s reputation for detail and accuracy. Not only does it have the information you want, the book is designed so you can find what you’re looking for quickly.
No one's perfect, but after three-plus decades of attention to detail, the Corvette Black Book has become the enthusiast’s bible. Next time you visit a top quality Corvette restoration shop, see if there isn’t a you-know-what lying around. Notice which book is stuffed into enthusiasts’ pockets at Corvette events around the world. It is Mike Antonick’s Corvette Black Book from Michael Bruce Associates. Period.
160 pages, softbound, 4.375” x 10” vertical, 67 b/w photos, uncountable facts. $19.95
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1953-2013 Corvette Black Books still available
The 2013 edition featured a Saddle Tan 1964 “big tank” on its cover. This edition was printed in October, 2012. It included 2013 introductory information, but not 2013 production quantities. It did include 2012 production quantities.
160 pages, softbound, 4.375” x 10” vertical, 60 b/w photos, uncountable facts. Special $16.95
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||(1) This publication is not in any way connected with the Black Book published by National Auto Research Division of Hearst Media Publications.
(2) Michael Bruce Associates, Inc., and the Corvette Black Book are not associated with or sponsored by General Motors or its Chevrolet Motor Division.