1952 EX122. With Earl’s Special Projects crew including Ed Cole, they began working on the new car in late 1951. It featured a 46-piece fiberglass body, chosen to save weight and make tooling easier.
1953 The Corvette name which was borrowed from a small French warship renowned for its maneuverability was supplied by Myron Scott an American photo-journalist and founder of the original Soap Box Derby.
1960 Not much changed. Aluminum radiators were installed and new rear sway bars improved handling.
1960 Recessed safety reflectors in door sidewall panels.
1960 283v8 270hp. Fuel Injected 315hp.
1960 Ashtray and glove compartment with key lock located between seats. 10,261 were produced in 1960.
57timemachine on Nov 28, 2021 said:
All iconic to say the least. As much as I love the first generation as of 1956, I still prefer the second generation of 1963-1967. If I had a choice of the first generation, it would have to be the 1957 with the first 283 and four speed. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Nov 28, 2021 said:
I'm with you on that George. The C1 is the first generation but the C2 is incredible! The C2 was a short run from 1963 to 1967 but each one a true classic.
My favorite C1 is the 1957 model also. The new 283V8 with Fuel Injection and 1 HP per Cube was a great selling feature.
An outstanding year for many models indeed! Cheers![Reply to this comment]
Mario on Nov 28, 2021 said:
The awesome Chevrolet Corvette! Our first American sports car.
Another great idea from Harley Earl who realized our returning GI's would want a sports car as they had in Europe. He assembled the best Team at GM as the Fabulous C1 Corvettes paved the way to the future even though the Corvette came very close to disappearing due to slow sales.
General Motors and Chevrolet kept on producing these 2 seater sports cars and today's C8 Mid Engine is by far the best model entering it's 8th Decade of production![Reply to this comment]
Mario on Nov 29, 2021 said:
Hi Dave, good to hear from you. I Love the older Vettes also like C1 and C2. But all the front engine Vettes like yours are more modern and extraordinary and great on the road. You're right the mid engines are competing with the EU cars and seems we're losing our Heritage. But that's just me. Love your creampuff yellow C5. Cheers![Reply to this comment]
ghpcnm on Nov 29, 2021 said:
Getting back to the newer Corvettes...I think the C7 is the best looking of the modern era 'Vettes. When it comes to America's sports car, GM needs to remember the Corvette is AMERICA'S sports car and focus more on style and beauty. Of course, most if not all Vette owners want their cars to be powerful. We love that thunderous V8 rumble However, the number of owners who actually track them are relatively small. Studies show, the average Corvette owner is around 61 years of age and fewer than 6% of those owners ever track their cars. Buying and properly maintaining a Corvette is expensive and IMO, GM would be better off designing a Corvette that appeals to the age demographic of the people who can afford to buy them. As for me, if I wanted an exotic European sports car, I would move to Europe and try to buy one.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Nov 30, 2021 said:
Those are some interesting stats Dave. That puts the average Corvette owner under the "Baby Boomer" category. So great question why is GM marketing the Millennials with their EU version? Maybe because its such a limited production and "Millennials" seem to have a lot of disposal income. Just my opinion.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Dec 12, 2021 said:
I have never understood why the first generation goes all the way to 1962. In my mind, the first gen is 1953-1955, second gen 1956-1962, third gen 1963-1967 and so on. The 1956 seems different enough to me to be a different generation. I have never been a fan of the 1953-1955 Vettes, on so many levels. Of course they are still very iconic. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Dec 20, 2021 said:
Thank you Rob, it's people like YOU that inspire ME to do what I do just for the Love of it!
You are so funny with all your comments, I truly look forward to hearing from you as well as many other "Gearheads" on this great website!
Thank you Rob. Cheers![Reply to this comment]