There're still a couple more weeks until we get our first official look at the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette with the all-new C7, but Ed Welburn, Vice President of General Motors Global Design, recently hung out with Jay Leno to show off a quartet of classic 'Vettes of historic importance. Corvette fans will definitely want to check out the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage.

Three of the four cars reside in the GM Heritage Center, and the fourth is owned by none other than GM president Dan Akerson who plans to auction off his mint 1958 Corvette at Barrett-Jackson next month to raise money for the Habitat for Humanity in Detroit. Leno also got to check out a fully restored 1953 Corvette, of which less than 1,000 were ever built, in addition to the highly desirable 1963 split-window. The true gem of this collection, though, is the 1959 Stingray racecar that was driven by Elvis Presley, heavily influenced the styling of the C3 'Vette (as well as the C7 according to Welburn), first use of the "Stingray" name on a Corvette and Leno referred to it as "the rarest, most valuable Corvette there is."

Check out the video posted after the jump to hear both guys talk about the iconic sports cars, which includes Welburn describing where the split-window design came from and listen to Leno start up the '59 Stingray.


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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Modern Vettes a plenty but those classic ones sure got some mojo. How about that sound of the Stingray racer.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Stingray was in the Elvis movie Clambake. It was red then. That is one beautiful Vette. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNmbc93o-TE
      Richard Nygaard
      • 2 Years Ago
      @tbird 300 IS less than 1,000.
      LiveandLetDrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this the "piece of Chevrolet history" they're auctioning at Barrett-Jackson, not a 2014 C7 as was speculated with some confidence? Can't be bothered to look up whether this one is listed separately.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        Normally I don't even bother to read your drivel, let alone respond to it - but seriously, jealous much? Let us know when you have 1% of the talent Ed Welburn has in his little finger - it would be an increase of historic proportions based upon what you show in your typical inane, inaccurate and tiresome tirades!
          fly by wireless
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Ed's fingernail clippings have more talent than this basement dweller.
        Henry
        • 2 Years Ago
        What an idiotic statement to make. Have you looked at the Caddys of late? Why don't you just come and say what is bothering you. He has been promoted over and again for a reason. Oh yeah, I know, you are smatter than all the GM deecision makers combined. Not
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        more details, please!
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice car, but less Leno please.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love Jay's comment about Fuel Injection and how people back then didn't trust it. Its pretty much the exact same thing throughout the history of the car... people were reluctant to accept technologies like VVT and today its Direct Injection. There is also the "fear" or electric vehicles. Safety and emissions technologies are almost always eyed with distrust by car enthusiasts. And yet when you look back at these things, its been proven time and again that that mistrust or fear is misplaced and that cars today are vastly superior to what was available before BECAUSE of these technologies.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to see more of Ed's Vette, but I can't watch Leno ramble anymore.
      Tom Mikele
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does every person, AutoBlog big time, in the U.S. auto industry have their head up Leno's butt? If he ever was funny, he hasn't been for years.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom Mikele
        Its because Leno knows his cars, has a vast collection he shares on a regular basis, and runs quite a restoration shop in his garage. Most rich collectors have a garage full of Ferraris that never get driven, and wouldnt get their hands dirty working on them.
      svrfsvp
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Fewer than" would be better.
      ss1591
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 1965 Corvette that we made to look and drive like the day it came from the dealer. We decided to change a couple items to make it more drivable and a little more comfortable while keeping it very original, but in the end it still drives like an old car. All of the Corvette prior to 1984 are based on the same frame from 1963 1/2 to 1983 and except for going very fast in a straight line they were not drivers cars. I for one would much rather have a 2014 Vette to drive rather then my 1965 any day of the week! I am driving it less all of the time and find this to be the case with most owners of old Corvettes because they just beat you up when they are driven hard. Jay knows his cars but most people know very little about older cars and that includes how to maintain them it you want to drive them, some of these cars cost $300 to $500 a month to maintain so you night as well drive them as much as you can because you will fix it one way or another.
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