The Corvette started as a take on Europe's small, lightweight sportscars that many American soldiers experienced while serving in WWII, and honestly, it didn't live up to the competition from across the pond. Being American, what GM did was start putting truly massive V8s in the engine bay, rather than the original's weedy I6, and a legend, both on the street and on the track, was born.

The brand new C7 Corvette draws a little from every previous generation, but has set out in a new direction to make spending $120,000 on a German or Italian car seem a little daft.