Monday, May 9, 2011

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

I've always been a sucker for 1963-67 Corvettes, and yet I rarely photograph them. Why is that? Because they're something of a cliche. They're like first-generation Mustangs, 1955-57 Chevy Bel Airs, and such. At car shows, everybody has one. You might say I'm spoiled, living in California. It's the most populous state with the most vibrant car culture, and my local fairgrounds hosts car shows every four months with 3,000+ cars. Dozens of C2 Corvettes show up, and I walk right past most of them.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible

Oh hell yes.
Now this one I like. It's a 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible in Reef Turquoise. Hailing from the first year of the GTO as its own model instead of a trim level in the Tempest line, this "Goat" is a prime example of the "Coke-bottle" shape that was becoming popular in the industry - a muscular shape that strayed from the car's boxy roots and gave it some flair. It is one of 12,798 convertibles built that year and would have sold for about $3100 new. Selling a convertible for only $250 more than a coupe is unheard of today, but back in the '60s a dollar had a whole lot more buying power. Those days are long gone. But then again, the GTO (and indeed, the entire Pontiac brand) is likely gone forever as well.