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The Arrival of the Corvette Show Cars

The Arrival of the Corvette Show Cars
General Motors did a number of full size Corvette-based show cars that were shown in the 1954 Motorama; the hardtop and the station wagon were among them.
After their initial showing, they were shipped around the county, in slightly modified tractor trailers, appearing at fairs and public events to keep the public interested and inspired.
An interesting fact I learned while doing research on this topic was that multiple copies of these cars, in different colors, were made and given to top executives as gifts of appreciation. This was not common knowledge to the public, but over the decades a number of these vehicles have surfaced at car shows.
Who knew?
In this photo, I've recreated a "publicity shot" of 2 of the Corvette Dream Cars being unloaded behind Elgin Park's Memorial Auditorium, during the summer of 1955.
This photo is based on a real image I found on the web and even though the cars were jaw dropping amazing, the actual photo was spectacularly bland.

Both of the Corvettes are from the Danbury Mint.
The trailer is a reworked diecast I've had for a number of years, with the signage taken directly from an advertising flyer I found.

B C, Guilherme Holtz have particularly liked this photo

Guilherme Holtz
Guilherme Holtz
I am amazed by this sharp and clear picture, exactly as the factory release photos of the fifties !
This remind me of some pictures I find on my Auto Encyclopedia, and you could replicate it as master ! I loved the plain grey building, great shadow on the floor ! ....and the truck with it's typical blue of that time and particularly the position of its tires is absolutely modern design of the fifties ! Great and simple picture Michael, worth the wait !
4 years ago.
Michael Paul Smith has replied to Guilherme Holtz
I really hesitated to post this photo because of it's lack of drama, but all of the research material I found on the delivery of show cars looked just like this: visually boring. And who am I to question authenticity?
The gray building is made of cardboard with handmade windows and screens. It's based on one of the images I found on the web and it was a suitable background to showcase the cars.
There were a number of pictures from the photo shoot that had more of the real background showing, but the truth of the matter is that it made the photo too busy.

In the long run, the "Less is More" philosophy holds true.
4 years ago.
Mike DeTorrice
Mike DeTorrice
Suddenly one is back at a GM Motorama watching these dream-mobiles being unloaded for the spectacle ! Superb image capturing the true feeling of reality.
4 years ago.