Thursday, June 16, 2016

Corvette News Magazine Artwork

There's something beautiful about line artwork from decades ago, when illustrators's drawings and paintings graced the covers and pages of factory brochures and—as in this case—the pages of Corvette News magazine.

According to the masthead, Corvette News was published by GM in Detroit. Not really sure if they're still around and—since I am mostly interested in gathering Corvette-related information from the 1970s—not that important.

A few days ago, while looking for some back issues of Corvette magazines on eBay, I came across a set of 1976 issues of Corvette News and, since the price was right, I decided to go ahead and get them.

Well, it turns out they are the equivalent of brochures on steroids with lots of info about the cars, as they were being introduced, as well as other pertinent details like accessories, trim options, and more. In addition to the corporate-generated info, one issue, for example, talks about the then-new Bloomington Corvette show, along with lots of full-color photos of the cars and the event itself.

What I enjoyed most is the beautiful artwork they used to illustrate the magazine, and here is a small sample taken from the October/November 75 issue introducing the new 1976 Corvette Stingray.

Enjoy!






These back issues—along with factory sales brochures—are a must-have item for Vette enthusiasts and especially, Corvette owners.

You can usually find them available on eBay for reasonable prices, although a few sellers list them for absurdly high prices, so you must do a little bit of research in order to get them for a fair price. And the same applies to other Corvette magazines of the era.

Having said that, the best place to buy back issues of popular Corvette magazines is at swap meets. I usually pick up big lots for 10 to 25 cents per copy. Otherwise you can expect to pay around one or two bucks per magazine if buying one or two at a time.

Thanks for reading.


Note: Since I only have a small scanner, I had to scan the pages one at a time, then "stitch" them together with the assistance of PaintShop Pro, so the quality is not 100% and I apologize for that.

P.S. With a little editing these images also work great as desktop backgrounds.