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Hey a buddy and I were talking about the company that converts your C-5 into a 53 with body panel changes. Does anyone know the name of that company and can you get me a link to thier site please?
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raidmagic said:
Hey a buddy and I were talking about the company that converts your C-5 into a 53 with body panel changes. Does anyone know the name of that company and can you get me a link to thier site please?
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This I have got to see!!!!!!!!

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Here's some info:

I'll try and find the link.


C5-53 Commemorative Edition Corvette

A few years ago, Bill Miller; chief designer of Magna Steyr, and Steve Pasteiner, a former GM designer, took the challenge of working on an interesting idea: Taking the look of the original 1953 Corvette and update it to fit the technology of today's Corvette. Magna Steyr commissioned the design and construction of a prototype to be presented to GM with the hopes of been adopted as the 2003 model. GM liked the idea but eventually decided on the conservative route and use the existing C5 design. GM allowed Advanced Automotive Technologies to produce the vehicle, but it is not an officially endorsed GM product. AAT is producing the car, converting convertible and hardtop C5s in its Rochester Hills, Michigan assembly plant. All new body panels are installed without any structural modification, or any safety feature altered.


http://www.aatcars.com/aat_commem/commem.htm
 

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GM...

With all the is "GM listening?"; has GM "lost touch with consumers?"; and the recent corporate numbers disaster.... consider this re: the Magna Steyr concept:

While GM was considering whether to use the Magna Steyr as the 50th. Anniversary, Commorative Corvette, I and many others contacted GM to urge them to make the Magna Steyr a reality. I got back a polite, "We apprecaite your comments" reply, and nothing else.

Every single Corvette enthusiast I spoke with all loved the Magna Steyr. I have never hear anyone say it was unworthy. Then I crunched the numbers.

If GM was to produce only 2003, '53/'03 Commorative Editions, they could have made an easy $10 million.

Just like the Callaway B2K's, the Magna Steyr could have been a dealer ordered option. The base car gets shipped to Magna Steyr for repaneling and upholstry work. The car is then shipped to the customer. NO COST to GM over shipping. ALL COSTS passed on to the consumer. If GM charged just $5k for the RPO option (added to Magna Steyr's markup), the gross receipts on 2003 cars, comes to $10,015,000.00.

AAT initially charged $29,995.00 (4/22/02 & buyer supplies the car). Magna Steyr/AAT doesn't seem to have any difficulty selling them. Do you think Magna Steyr would have accepted $25k on a RPO'ed, 2003 confirmed units? I think so.

Real easy math and no sweat off GM's back (read all profit, no heathcare costs), yet they thumb their nose at a beautiful car, the Corvette community wanting it, the significance of the 50th. Anniversary of the Corvette, AND the profits to be easily realized.

Go figure GM, while your market share continues to decline...

JMHO,
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Interesting reading D'. I wonder why we all continue to love a car that is obviously managed by a bunch of idiots.:huh:
 

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Scole Bandit said:
Interesting reading D'. I wonder why we all continue to love a car that is obviously managed by a bunch of idiots.:huh:
Because of guys named Earl, Duntov, McLellan .....

But prior insight and legacy won't carry GM or Corvette forever...
 

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T-Birds (or for the Birds) 101

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Looks like a ford thunderbird.
The '53 Corvette came first.. anything after was a copy of the Vette....

The T-Bird debuted in '55.

Although three men are usually credited with creating the Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe (a retired millionaire hired to improve Ford's range); George Walker (chief stylist/Ford VP); and Frank Hershey (a GM/Packard/Ford designer), it was an ex-GM designer Hershey who actually designed the Ford Thunderbird.

While walking in the Grand Palais in Paris (October 1951), Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, 'Why can’t we have something like that?'

Walker promptly telephoned Ford's HQ in Dearborn and told designer Frank Hershey about the idea. Hershey took the idea and began working on a concept, two-seater, open car, with a target weight of 2,525 lb, an Interceptor V8 engine and a top speed of over 100 mph.

Note: November '51, Harley Earl assigns a group within the Body Development Studio to begin designing a GM sports car (Corvette). By Jan. '53, the Corvette is on display at the Motorama Auto Show and to the N.Y. public/press.

Crusoe saw a painted clay model on May 18, 1953, which corresponded closely to the final car. The T-Bird was green-lighted in September, after comparing it with current European trends.

Frank Hershey (b. 1907 - d. 1997) was a student of General Motors Vice President of Design Harley Earl.

After leaving GM, Hershey set up his own design firm. Harley Earl attempted to lure Hershey back to GM; Hershey chose not to return only to learn years later that had he returned he would have been Earl's first choice to replace him as GM's Vice President of Design.

After several years with Packard, Hershey went to Ford where he designed the 1953-1957 full sized Fords, and the '55 T-Bird.

While the '55 T-Bird may look like a Corvette, a Corvette never looked like a FORD.

Ref./TB
Ref./Vette

Did you know that the Mustang was a GM concept car, before ex-GM employees at Ford resurrected it?

C'ya
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Re: T-Birds (or for the Birds) 101

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Did you know that the Mustang was a GM concept car, before ex-GM employees at Ford resurrected it?

C'ya
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ya know.. that DOESNT surprise me one bit :rolleyes:

I'm really starting to hate GM now
 

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REALLY!!!!!:surprised Do you guys have any links:huh:
 

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Did you know that the Mustang was a GM concept car, before ex-GM employees at Ford resurrected it?

C'ya
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Wow that's shocking. It would have been nice to have all the cool cars at GM.:thumbsup:
 

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raidmagic said:
Did you know that the Mustang was a GM concept car, before ex-GM employees at Ford resurrected it?

C'ya
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Wow that's shocking. It would have been nice to have all the cool cars at GM.:thumbsup:
Mustang cool:huh: :WTF :laughing:
 
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