History of the Corvette Black Book

  • Are you looking for Corvette facts about older Vettes?
  • Wondering what engine block numbers, specifications, production numbers, colors, and options were available?

Well, the Corvette Black Book is your answer.  So, in this blog, we thought we would take a look at the history of this pocket-sized book full of Corvette information!


The Corvette Black Book 1953-2021 edition has the 2021 intro data and final 2020 build numbers.
The Corvette Black Book 1953-2021 edition has the 2021 intro data and final 2020 build numbers.

Have you ever wondered when the Corvette Black Book was first published?

Well, I went in search to find the answer and learned that Michael Antonick, owner of Michael Bruce Associates produced his first stand-alone, pocket-size fact guide called the Corvette Black Book in September 1978.

However, this was not the first book that Mike Antonick authored.

Michael Bruce Associates publishes Mike’s books. It is an Ohio corporation and established in 1975. The company publishes automotive books and specializes in Corvette and Camaro books. Mike has also published titles related to general automobile detailing and photography, many are out of print and only available from a private collector. Here is a list of some of the books I found that Mike wrote: California Screamin’ The Glory Days of Corvette Road Racing, Corvette Collector Library, Corvette Driver-Owner Guide, Corvette Price Handbook (s), Corvette Restoration: State of the Art, Corvette Specs 1984-1996, Corvette! America’s Only, Corvette: Sportscar of America, Illustrated Camaro Buyers Guide, Illustrated Corvette Buyers Guide, Secrets of Auto Photography, Secrets of Corvette Detailing, and Secrets of the Showcars.

Mike’s first book(s) was a series of nine hardbound Corvette books called Corvette! The Sensuous American. He published these three times a year during the years of 1976, 1977 and 1978 and sold them by subscription only. In 1983, 1984 and 1985 he came out with a second series of nine similar books. A total of eighteen Corvette! The Sensuous American books were sold to subscribers with a no-reprint guarantee to improve the likelihood of value appreciation.

Mike's first book(s) was a series of nine hardbound Corvette books called Corvette! The Sensuous American.
Mike’s first book(s) was a series of nine hardbound Corvette books called Corvette! The Sensuous American.

I found that “In 1978, the company published Corvette! America’s Only, to celebrate the Corvette’s twenty-fifth anniversary.” The book was hardbound, had 144-pages and was available in bookstores throughout the United States and other countries. The first 7,500 copies of the standard silver-bound edition were sequentially numbered. “A deluxe edition, bound in black calfskin, was sequentially numbered and limited to 300 copies.” If you would want to add one of the deluxe editions, this will set you back about $750.

The last chapter of Corvette! America’s Only was called “The Facts.” This was a year-by-year listing of Corvette information including numbers, history, options, original window-sticker prices, interior, and exterior colors, and unique features. It led to the publication, of the Corvette Black Book in September of 1978.

The Corvette Black Book is now 43-years Old!

Now forty-three years later, Mike just released the Corvette Black Book 1953-2021 and it is now available through Vette Vues Magazine.

The Corvette Black Book 1953-2021 edition has the 2021 intro data and final 2020 build numbers.
The Corvette Black Book 1953-2021 edition has the 2021 intro data and final 2020 build numbers.

Softbound, 4.375” x 10” vertical, uncountable facts. $25.00 with Free United States Shipping!

Corvette Black Book 1953-2021

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