Even in its darkest, most malaise-iest days, the Chevrolet Corvette has embodied the spirit of American optimism, freedom and pure driving fun. This was true even at the very beginning — just look at this rare cascade green 1956 Corvette he's driving for the latest Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

With a 240 horsepower, 265 cubic inch V8, a two-speed automatic transmission, whitewall tires and AM radio, this rare 'Vette represents everything a red blooded, communism-hating American needed in that era to have a good time on the road.

You can't not love a car like that. Even his guest this week — Tonight Show host and ill-fated Lincoln pitchman Jimmy Fallon — recognizes that it represents an era of American coolness and joy that's been gone for decades. "When did people stop having fun?" he asks.

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