Fun little auto design Easter Eggs are, sometimes, one of the best reasons to flush the pills down the toilet and give it a try for one more day. And now, thanks to tipper and Corvette enthusiast Jeff Port, we know about another great one:
Corvette convertibles made from '90 (some say '89) to '96 have a tiny baseball bat, hot dog, and apple pie stamped into them.
The little stamping can only be found if you pull up the carpet from the area behind the passenger seat, right above the speaker-mounting cutouts. The symbols, aside from being so American that if you were to hold these three items at once you'd explode into a cloud of bald eagles, come from a 1970s advertising slogan of Chevy's "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet." I'm a little alarmed that "mom" is left out of the list, but I suppose having to stamp each Corvette with every buyer's own mom would have been cost-prohibitive.
It reminds me a bit of how early Apple Machintoshes had the signatures of the design team embossed on the inside of its case. These sorts of Easter Eggs are really the ideal of the form, since they actually have to be discovered, usually by ripping apart the product.
I really hope things like this are still happening in new cars. So, if you have a new car, I heartily suggest grabbing a flashlight and start ripping up carpet.
(Picture courtesy CorvetteForum)