Proverb: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
Likewise, when you look at all of the cars that have ever been designed, it seems that the one-headlighted, half-baked design has ruled as the sovereign. Sure there are plenty of cars that would have to work very hard to even make it to half baked. For example, take the Pontiac Aztek, the Ford Pinto, the Yugo, the PT Cruiser, the Studebaker Avanti, and the much maligned Edsel (which is in my mind like one of those dogs so ugly they are cute).
These automotive faux pas are the peasantry upon whose shoulders the likes of mediocre minivans the world over are carried in their sedan chairs…or wait, is it that thing called a litter? Sedan chair? Litter? Well, “litter” is too confusing. Litter is something that you can be fined for if you throw it on the ground in public (“Don’t mess with Texas”), or it could indicate a brood of puppies, or even a crude stretcher. I want this post to be understood perfectly, or perhaps extremely adequately, or maybe adequately adequate enough to understand that the one-eyed king is not being carried on a mound of trash or a pack of puppies. Since we’re talking cars, we’ll call it a sedan chair. There, settled.
Since I’m on a roll of blatherating, I may as well mention that there are some truly nice cars that are as the two-eyed king in the land of the cyclops. “A what?” you ask. A cyclops: you know, that scary mythical man-beast with the one eye right in the middle of their forehead. Yes, well they have a very difficult time judging distance and proportion (because you need stereo vision for that), which the designers of perfectly nice and acceptable vehicles also apparently have had a difficult time with.
But once in a while you find an automotive design so classic and captivating that it is a king in the land of the two eyed. See what I did there? I went from blind, to one eyed to two eyed…never mind.
Well anyway my point is, that to all of my eyes, this car is the king on it’s sedan chair, even though it is a convertible. Sorry, I had to say that. Anyway when I saw the photo of this 1956 Corvette it literally took my breath away and I said something generally only reserved for church on Sundays.
A body-off restoration done in the 1990’s has left this rolling royalty in a robe of Aztec (the proper spelling of the word this time) Copper. Which is a truly luscious color for this car. It doesn’t scream look at me like creamsicle would for instance. It’s just so understated and classy, like a well put together wedding cake…with a creamy interior filling. Something like that.
It is said to have formerly been a show car and has only seen 1,474 miles in the past 19 years. You read that right. This particular owner has had the car in his possession for the past six of those, and the previous owner had the car for 11. The paint is said to be in excellent condition but is not “concours fresh”, but the drop top is said to be in “as new” condition.
The interior color is called Shoreline Beige, which I also like to call “wedding cake filling creamy”. That’s just me though. Glass and chrome is said to be in perfect condition by the seller. It comes with a teak wood steering wheel, and a new old stock Amco wood shift knob with porcelain Corvette emblem. Seller claims that there were only 402 of this model produced in Aztec Copper. I believe it, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before. Just truly lovely, IMHO.
I could definitely see myself motoring down the Pacific Coast Highway in this car…daily. I mean it is a car after all and it could use a few miles on it so that it can just feel like it is a real car again and not just a museum piece, destined to be some car-hauler’s trophy wife. Crank up the 265 cubic inch engine,, slip that manual transmission into gear and head out on the Palisades.
While comparatively diminutive, the power plant is perfectly suited for cruising along the coast with the sun on your neck and the wind in your hair, and that’s exactly what it was designed to do. Remember, kings don’t run. Ever. They are deliberate, they take their time, and they enjoy the ride. In this set of analog wheels, the king will be you.
For more information on this car, currently listed on auction at ebay for a satisfyingly wallet emptying $79,450, click HERE.
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