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Blasphemy! Fords, Mopars, And More Invade The National Corvette Museum

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On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 1:57PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Blasphemy! Fords, Mopars, And More Invade The National Corvette Museum

Now I have to warn you Corvette people: What you’re about to read may be upsetting and could result in conniptions and all manner of carrying-on. So if you have a heart condition, a “Jake” tattoo, or a child named “Zora,” you better stop reading right now.


For the rest of you, it might interest you to note that you can see an incredible collection of American Muscle—built by all the finest brands in the business—from now until Father’s Day weekend at a little spot in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the locals like to call the National Corvette Museum.

No, I’m not kidding. Right in the very place created to revere the Corvette there’s a display of 14 of the finest classic muscle cars America ever produced, with nary a Corvette—and only three Chevys—to be seen.

Here’s how NCM’s wobbly PR language puts it:

“The cars in this new exhibit at the National Corvette Museum are great examples of the first era of the “muscle car” which is now receiving resurgence. The streets are once again populated with Camaros, Chargers, and Mustangs re-infused with that classic mojo that made them so popular in the days when cool was measured in cubic inches.”

In plain English that means you’ll see the following:

The three aforementioned Chevys—a 1967 Nova SS coupe and a 1969 Camaro RS and 1970 Chevelle SS convertibles—plus other GM muscle, including a 1970 Buick Grand Sport Stage 1 coupe, a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 convertible and two Ponchos, a 1968 GTO convertible, and 1970 Trans Am Ram Air IV coupe.

The Mopar contingent consists of a 1969 “General Lee” replica Dodge Charger, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with a Hemi and purple paint, a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere (also with a Hemi but in red), and what they’re calling a “1970 Plymouth Barracuda,” which looks to me like a 1972 or 1973 model ‘Cuda with incorrect AAR-style side “strobe” stripes.

The Blue Oval is a bit thin on the ground here, but represented by two fine vehicles, a 1969 Mercury Cyclone with a 428 Cobra Jet and a 1968 Shelby GT 500 which should have that engine, too, if everything’s kosher under hood.

Rounding out the field is a lone American Motors entrant, a 1969 AMC Javelin SST coupe in retina-searing “Big Bad” Green.

Each car is “on loan” from owners as far afield as Michigan and Pennsylvania, and all but the knockoff General Lee will be available for viewing in the museum’s Exhibit Hall until June 19 (the “Dixie”-playing Dodge leaves May 27).

[Though you can’t see the exhibit itself—so far as I can tell—you can see inside the museum from where you’re reading this right now via webcams at www.corvettemuseum.org/webcam/index.shtml. Make sure your Corvette-obsessed friends aren’t nearby, however, as even though you can’t see the cars all that well, you can see children running amok amid—and inside—display Corvettes.]

The National Corvette Museum is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central. It’s located at 350 Corvette Drive, in Bowling Green, KY. For more information contact the Museum at (270) 781-7973 or visit www.corvettemuseum.org.

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