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360 Friday Car history : The Chevrolet Corvette

3 April 2009 by: Adam Major No Comment


In this, the second week of many 360 friday car history, we will be going over an american cultural icon, the Chevrolet Corvette. 

Since 1953, General Motors (GM) manufactured the Chevrolet Corvette in six generations. This model was at the time, America’s only two seater, and went unchallenged for a few decades. The first design was made by Harley Earl and named by Myron Scott after the fast ship of the same name. The Corvette was originally built in Flint Michigan and St-Louis, Missouri, now they are built at the GM assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


In the early 1950’s Harley Earl convinced Gm that they needed to build a two seater sports car. His convincing brought a special project in the making ”Project Opel.”  The final result of this project was the 1953 Corvette C1, which was unveiled to the general public at the Motorama car show that year. 

The Chevrolet division was GM’s entry-level marque.[7] GM was seriously considering shelving the project[8], leaving the Corvette to be little more than a footnote in automotive history, and would have done so if not for two important events. The first was the introduction in 1955 of Chevrolet’s first V8 engine since 1919, and the second was the influence of a Soviet émigré in GM’s engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov. The new 265 cu in (4.3 L) V8 became available with a three-speed manual transmission late in the model year turning the “rather anemic Corvette into a credible if not outstanding performer”[5]. Although not part of the original project, Arkus-Duntov was the architect of the car’s performance image and in 1956 he became the director of high-performance vehicle design and development for Chevrolet helping him earn the nickname “Father of the Corvette.”[9]

So far, six generations of the Corvette have been produced. These generations are referred to as C1 to C6, and other various versions with different features within specific generations. In the United States the Corvette is sold under the Chevrolet brand, while in Japan, Europe and others other parts of the world, the Corvette is sold under its own name. This car model is built in coupe and convertible versions.

C1 (1953–1962)


C2 (1963–1967)


C3 (1968–1982 )


C4 (1983–1996)


C5 (1997–2004)


C6 (2005–)


Photo : Net Car Show

Information : Wiki

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