As the Corvettes
appear, speculation on the scrap with Thunderbird will intensify. So far most
of the rounds have gone to the Thunderbird. Sales for the first year exceeded
16,000, current production is 65 cars a day, and there is a backlog of 2,500
orders. More than 4,000 Corvettes had been sold by last spring, but current
total sales figures are not obtainable.
November, the 1956 Thunderbird has generally the same persuasive styling and,
with boosted horsepower and a choice of three power plants, will be no easy
bird to catch in the sales tussle.
itself will be hard to catch on a racing circuit in a match with the
Thunderbird, and that kind of race will be worth going to some trouble to see.
But beyond that, a Detroit decision to be satisfied "only with
leadership," in the Harlow Curtice phrase, will inevitably lead the U.S.
down the rough and hazardous road toward the racing championships of the world.
If this happens there will be several passengers who will not enjoy the ride.
Some stockholders will become shrilly audible and a few policy makers will be
violently racing car sick.
But there is only
one road to leadership in sports cars. It is lined with hay bales.
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