Evolution of the Corvette
The Corvette is unique in automotive history. No other car has ever achieved 57 years (and counting) of production, and no other car has come close to the romantic reputation of Chevrolet’s powerful two-seat sports car.
Corvette C1 – The Original (1953-1962)
GM originally produced 300 Corvettes in 1953 – they were all roadsters with a meager 150hp 6-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, making it more of a cruise car than a racer. Belgian-born Russian engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, who joined GM that year, loved the prototype and convinced the automaker to take racing and performance more seriously. As a result, the cars were outfitted with a V8 and manual transmission. Following that, Chevrolet produced around 69 000 C1s between 1953 and 1962, which are still highly sought-after collectibles.