Sting Ray vs. Firebird

The Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray and the Pontiac Firebird were undoubtly two of the coolest automobiles of their time. Certainly in the United States, that is. Their names do help in getting into the “cool zone”, not that they needed it. One is the second generation of the first real Amercian sportscar and the other is the first generation of Pontiac’s pony car line up.

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The Sting Ray is designed by the Belgian-born (just like yours truly) engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. This ‘Vette was tested in the windtunnel, a first time in Corvette history. The engines were all V8's, varying from 327 in³ Small-Blocks to 427 in³ Big Blocks. A 396 in³ Big-Block was only available for production year 1965. The Nassau Blue example presented here is such a ‘65 model.

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The Firebird is the first of it’s line and had a characteristic so-called “Coke Bottle” shape. This reffers to the outward curving fenders with narrow centre. This Pontiac shares the “F-body” chassis with the original Chevrolet Camaro. The engines varied from 230 in³ I6's to 400 in³ V8's. The yelling yellow example presented here is a ‘68 model, the year a “Ram Air” option became available, providing functional hood scoops.

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These modelcars were a gift from my father to my younger me. He got them from one the times he went to the US for his job. I have got no idea what brand these toys are. The chassis is metal, the body is in plastic. They are GM trademarked and made in China. I find them pretty detailed, considering their size. They are half the length and height of a Hotwheels but they have the same width, with pretty funny proportions as result. A “square stance” in it’s most literal meaning.

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So, for dinner, fish or poultry?

I hope you liked this post, thanks for reading anyway!

Greetings,

Isaac

(Information from Wikipedia)

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