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Two beauties face each other in a tree-filled setting. The Aeronca Champ aircraft is bright and bold while the 1965 Corvette is a pristine white. They both look like they might take off at any moment!

Beauty One: The Aeronca Model 7 Champion

The Aeronca Model 7 Champion is commonly known as the “Champ”, or “Airknocker”. It’s a single-engine light airplane with a high wing. It’s configured with conventional landing gear and tandem seating for two occupants. It was designed for flight training and personal use, and specifically developed to compete with the popular Piper Cub. The Aeronca Champion entered production in the United States in 1945. It spawned a popular, and much-produced, light airplane model.

In addition to the Champ’s large-volume production by Aeronca Aircraft, it was revived in variations by the Champion Aircraft Company in the 1950s and 1960s. It was revived again in further variants by Bellanca in the 1960s and 1970s, and by American Champion Aircraft in the early 2000s. To take advantage of the new light-sport aircraft (LSA) category, the Champion was returned to production in 2007, but was discontinued by mid 2019.

Beauty Two: 1965 Corvette

1965 Corvettes were produced from August 1964 through August 1965 with a total production of 23,564 of which only 8,186 were coupes. 1965 marked the last year of the Rochester fuel injection, and marked the first and last year of the 396 ci-425 hp engine for the Corvette. Some of the rare options were: C-48 heater and defroster deletion, F-40 special suspension,J 61 drum brakes/credit, N03 36 gallon fuel tank, N14 side mount exhaust and 4.56:1 ratio rear end. 1965 marked the first year that four-wheel disc brakes were available as standard equipment.

The first 1965 was painted 1964 Satin Silver and coded ZZ (Cadillac’s code for the same color). 1965 colors were: Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Nassau Blue, Glen Green, Milano Maroon, Silver Pearl, Rally Red, Goldwood Yellow.


The Aeronca Champ and Corvette are perfect together!

About the Prints

The 16” x 22” prints are available in Limited Edition sizes of 300 Signed & Numbered and 30 Artist Proofs.

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