At the 1953 Motorama, Chevrolet unveiled the 1953 Corvette which was quickly dubbed America's Sports Car. The 1953 Corvette was unprecedented in many ways it was the first production car with a body made of plastic material to be mass produced and it was also the first two seater sports car built by an American automobile manufacturer. However, the Corvette almost missed its debut party, due to a problem with the original emblem.
The Chevrolet Corvette has seen 6 generations of engineering and design changes since its introduction in 1953 throughout the 2007 model year and is extremely popular today amongst sports car enthusiasts as a sleek, sexy and sophisticated sports car. But the Corvette was not initially so readily accepted or popular with American car buyers. The first generation of Corvette was frowned upon due to its lack of power as compared to the European sports cars manufactured during this time period, in addition to its inadequate ability to come to a complete stop quickly and its lack of an advanced performance car transmission.
As sales continued to decline, General Motors seriously considered discontinuing the Corvette-until the introduction of Chevrolet's V8 engine in 1955 combined with the creative input of Zora Arkus-Duntov, a proactive and clever GM engineer who is credited for designing a three speed transmission to compliment the V8 engine in the Corvette. The new manual transmission and V8 engine were instrumental in changing the opinion of automotive experts and consumers' whose original impression of the Chevrolet Corvette was that it was inadequate and lacking pizzazz. With the new tranny and V8, the Chevrolet Corvette was now truly powerful and engaging amidst its European competition and was soon accepted into the inner circle of impressive performance based sports cars and the Corvette would become a symbol of the iconic evolution of a sleek, sexy and sophisticated sports car.
Over the years the Chevrolet Corvette has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Best Engineered Car of the 20th Century as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1999. The Corvette has also been used to represent the pace car on the track of the Indianapolis 500 nine times between 1978 and 2007.
2012 Chevrolet Corvette
With a rear deck that looks like a Ferrari and a Thunderbird mated, this sports/muscle car is sure to have other drivers on the road oohing-and-ahhing over your new ride. Chevy has made the 2012 Corvette coupe available in 9 flashy colors, ranging from the standard Blade Silver Metallic, to an eye-catching Torch Red. The Corvette has been around for nearly 60 years and it’s easy to understand why. This year’s coupe model boasts and electrifying 430 horses under the hood, an aluminum 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, with both a top speed of 190 MPH and an eco-friendly 26 MPG highway. For those of us who like to pretend we’re Dale Earnhardt, the 2012 coupe can reach 60 MPH from a standstill in an awe-inspiring 4.2 seconds. Starting at $49,525 MSRP and going up to nearly $80,000 (depending on model), this year’s Corvette may not be the cheapest car on the road, but boy is it sure fun to drive. Chevy also provides a 100,000-mile or 5-year warranty (whichever comes first) to provide consumers with peace-of-mind. more
2011 Chevrolet Corvette
There's a good reason why the Corvette is an iconic American car and the 2011 model lives up to every inch of the legend. The 6.2 liter V8 under the hood blasts out 430 hp and ticks off the zero to 60 jump in 4.2 seconds.
2010 Chevrolet Corvette
Many people agree that the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette presents the best value of any high-performance vehicle in the United States. It is a Supercar! With its low-growling engine, iconic reputation and still-unmatched exterior design coolness, the new base model Corvette delivers mind-blowing performance at a very similar price point to that of any midsized luxury sedan.
2009 Chevrolet Corvette
The classic sports car has returned for another year of impressive power, aerodynamic styling, and eye-catching features. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette's two main styles - coupe and convertible - remain mostly the same as the prior year's model.
2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Regardless of the model year it's hard not to drool a little over a Corvette. The 2008 Chevrolet Corvette, the LS3, has an all-aluminum, 6.2-liter, V8 under the hood thrumming out 430 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft.
2007 Chevrolet Corvette
The 2007 Chevrolet Corvette is an American legend, the descendent of the first sports car produced in this country and a worthy descendent at that. With the trademark Corvette powerhouse engine and a better price tag than other cars in the prestige class, the Corvette remains a coveted winner on all levels.