- National Corvette Museum
- 350 Corvette Dr. - Bowling Green
- Kentucky 42101 - United States
Corvette First generation
The first generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, also known as the C1, was produced from 1953 to 1962. It was introduced in January 1953 at the General Motors Motorama show in New York City as a concept car, and was met with such a positive response that GM decided to put it into production later that year.
The first generation Corvette had a fiberglass body and was powered by a 235 cubic inch Blue Flame inline-six engine that produced 150 horsepower. The car was available only as a convertible, with a manual transmission as standard equipment. It featured a sleek and sporty design, with a long hood, short deck, and distinctive side coves.
Over the course of its production, the first generation Corvette underwent a number of changes and upgrades. In 1955, a V8 engine became available, boosting the car's performance significantly. In 1956, the Corvette received its first major redesign, with a new body style and a new, more powerful V8 engine. The car also gained more creature comforts, such as roll-up windows and a removable hardtop.
The first generation Corvette continued to evolve throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, with improvements in performance, styling, and technology. By the time production ended in 1962, the car had cemented its status as an American icon and had become a symbol of automotive innovation and style.