John Rosatti: One Man’s Passion for the Classic Corvette
Entering the scene in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has remained an American icon for over 50 years. Originally designed by Harley Earl and manufactured by GM in Flint, Michigan, the first Corvette was named after the small, yet highly maneuverable naval ship of the same name. It is now produced by GM in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the National Corvette Museum and the yearly National Corvette Homecoming commemorate the car’s outstanding history. To date, the Chevrolet Corvette has been through six generations of redesign, commonly referred to as C1-C6, and has received numerous accolades, twice receiving Motor Trend magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ and making Car and Driver magazine’s annual ‘Ten Best’ list fifteen times. It has also been named the “Best Engineered Car of the 20th century” by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and selected as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 ten times.
Perhaps one of the most prized among Corvette collectors is the 1967 Roadster, a model originally not intended to go to production. Loud, fast, and anything but restrained, the big block 427/435 delivers clean, hard-hitting performance, earning its reputation as one of the best Corvettes ever offered on the market. For avid Corvette enthusiast, John Rosatti, the lure of the 427 lies in its unfettered, power-punched delivery. His 427/435, with Frame-off restoration, is equipped with a V8, 4-speed transmission, and a black exterior with teal interior (shown below).