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ELIDA — The Chevrolet Corvette first appeared in 1953 as a unique American entry into the sports car market dominated by European makes. Although not a muscle car by definition, the Corvette used muscle car powertrains and has represented American performance for almost fifty years. The Chevrolet Corvette (C3) is a sports car produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1968 through 1982 model years. Corvette chief Zora Arkus-Duntov wanted a striking new Corvette; although engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, its body and interior were new. The 1980 Corvette was 250 lbs. lighter than the year before through the greater use of aluminum and plastic. The doors and hood were less thick, and the roof panels were less dense. New front and rear spoilers were moulded into the bumper caps, which helped aerodynamics. However, the speedometer now maxed out at 85 mph.Chuck Casey, of Elida, brought his 1980 Chevy Corevette to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He is the original owner. He ordered the car in Aug. of 1979 from Niswonger Chevrolet in Wapakoneta. His favorite memory is driving the car home from Niswongers.

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