Americans tend to be either Mustang men or Corvette connoisseurs, but here in good old Blighty we're less fickle. So to complement our recently added Ford Mustang in the Peak District we've added a stunning Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3 to our fleet in Yorkshire. It's the classic 'Coke Bottle' shape with razor edge snout and brutal 5.7 litre V8. It is available to hire now from our Yorkshire base near Harrogate.
Few cars have quite the visual impact of a classic Stingray. Its relative rarity in the UK makes spying one for the first time a genuinely jaw dropping moment. This is a sculptural car that looks good from any angle, much like an E Type. It is more muscular than its British counterpart but has the same lightness of design touch with clever detailing. It is a long but narrow car, which makes it suitable for British roads, and very easy to drive - power steering and automatic gearbox plus every other driver aid in circulation in the 1970s means there is not much to do but steer, accelerate and brake.
The Corvette handles surprisingly well with good steering response and feedback despite the massive tractor-spec 15 inch wheels. Whereas the Mustang is a GT car for the Interstate, the 1970s Corvette is a proper sports car - quick, responsive and with firmer suspension. US emissions legislation progressively emasculated the Corvette's performance but our late 1970s car still pumps out 220 bhp, more than enough to enjoy it on British roads.
The Great Escape Corvette is fitted with the popular T-Top roof which consists of two removable panels that are stored in the smallish boot. With these off you can drop the windows - a legal requirement at all times of course - and enjoy the rumble of that massive Chevrolet engine. This isn't a car for wallflowers - or if you think you are, consider it therapy. Rest your arm on the door, put your shades on and just enjoy possibly the most eye-catching car on our fleet.
To find out more call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk. Mention this article and claim 10% off the normal hire price.