Last post on Aug 05, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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Aug 04, 2012 (8:26 am)
Automatics make sense for the Corvette because the average age of the buyer is something like 58!
#277 of 278 Re: age and transmissions [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 04, 2012 (2:00 pm)
Quite a change from the good 'ole days. Before the late 1960s, the idea of a sports car with an automatic transmission was considered to be "ridiculous" by many enthusiasts - most of the foreign sports cars came only with manual transmissions, and MG never offered an automatic in its models though Triumph caved in by adding an optional slushbox to the '76 TR-7. The '68 Mako Shark Vette had a wider transmission tunnel than the Sting Ray to permit the availability of the Turbo Hydra-matic 400, which did crowd into interior space (a bit more cramped than the Sting Ray). By then, the Corvette was placing more and more emphasis on luxury than all-out sport so the automatic did make sense and most were now sold with air conditioning, power windows and many had leather seats, too.
#278 of 278 Re: age and transmissions [potter660]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 05, 2012 (8:10 am)
How true. I do think, though, that you could get an automatic with the MGC, the rather poorly-received 6 cylinder version of the MGB.
Let's face it---for most folks, driving a full size Pontiac in the 60s or 70s as a 4-speed was a chore. The purists loved it but for most people, rowing that truck-like gearbox on a car was wide and high as the Queen Mary couldn't have been much fun day after day in traffic.