Tampa, Florida: Distinctly Styled Corvettes, Ca 1986 - 1988. 1st Edition. 57 [primarily] large format [11" x 14"] color photographs of different Corvettes & divers aspects thereof, one stamped on the recto "Michael Daniel, [xxx] Photograph, Tampa". All housed in 2 black leather zippered portfolios [13" x 16-3/8"], with handles. One with gilt lettering applied to one side: "D S C Greenwood" Images generally clear & sharp, Nr Fine. Portfolios show light wear, VG+. Item #49564
Here offered a no-doubt unique pair of sales portfolios compiled by Corvette customization firm and dealer, Distinctly Styled Corvettes of Tampa, Florida.
According to publicly available Florida corporate records, the firm, run by a Graddy Richard (likely the Cajun, ‘Ree-shard’ pronunciation) operated from about 1986-1988, the height of production of the C4 (Fourth Generation) Chevrolet Corvette. Richard seems to have sourced fiberglass aerodynamic and ground effects packages from the prominent, boutique customizer, Greenwood, also packaging his own custom-designed modifications to the seminal American sports car, including options for wood-inlayed dashboards, upgraded wheel packages, etc…
The included brochures contain a photocopied appearance on the company in a 1987 issue of MOTOR TREND magazine:
"Distinctly styled Corvettes is another tuner that turns out high quality work. We had the opportunity to drive three examples from the company, including a striking Callaway Twin Turbo, and left quite impressed with the company’s commitment. Like Quality Motorsports, Distinctly Styled Corvettes uses a number of Greenwood components. Special care is used in mating these pieces to the body and color-matching the paint. The company is also noted for individual touches like adding Corvette badges to the targa bar and gold lettering of engine identification.
Distinctly Styled Corvettes often uses BBB component wheels and mates them with Michelin XGT tires. Genuine wood dash panels are also a frequently installed modification. The firm’s prices vary considerably since each car is built to the owner’s preference. Typical modifications generally run between $2000 and $5000.” (Motor Trend, September 1987; p. 44)
A must-have, primary source photographic archive depicting the iconic late 1980’s American Sports car.