By Vern Parker
The owner of the Blackley Chevrolet dealership in Hornbeak, Tenn., was related to a salesman there. A half century ago most of the dealership sales involved pickup trucks and durable sedans.
Regardless of that fact the salesman ordered as a demonstrator one of the freshly redesigned Corvette Sting Ray split window coupes.
He selected a new color that was offered that year – saddle tan – for the new Corvette. Because he considered the sleek Corvette a manly sports car he ordered the car with no power brakes, no power steering, no power windows, no automatic transmission nor air conditioning. All such features, the salesman explained, merely added weight and consumed horsepower.