For sixty years the Corvette has been an icon in the American sports car segment and still continues to be one. The first Corvette came to life on 30th June 1953, in Flint, Michigan. From the day that first car rolled out of the factory, the Corvette took over the automobile industry of America. Even to this day the Corvette has held a reputation of being one of the greatest American inventions of the modern era. The car embedded itself into the American culture, almost all the noted people of America has held a Corvette at least once in their lifetime.
Let’s relive the 60 year old history of the Corvette:
- Corvette is the continuously produced and longest running passenger car in the world today.
- On 17 January of 1953 the car made its debut as a conception model at the GM (general motors’) autorama in NY.
- All the cars manufactured in 1953 were Polo White with red interiors, priced around 2, 07,099 in Indian Rupees. The 3rd ever Corvette produced was sold for a whopping $1.06 million at an auction.
- The six cylinder inline engine was used till 1955, the same year the optional V8 was launched, since the V8 was preferred by more than 90% of the customers the six cylinders was discontinued in 1956, from that day onwards the Corvette is available only with V8s.
- The car was manufactured only as a convertible for almost 10 years from birth, it wasn’t until 1963, the hard top came into production, with the Corvette’s second generation Stingray, and sales doubled almost instantly as people preferred hardtops during cold weather.
- Approximately 1.56 million Corvettes have been produced since 1953, but it’s still counting.
On 16th of July 2013, the Corvette celebrated its 60th birthday. The car still remains in production and will remain to be, until it holds a place in American Culture.