1953 Chevrolet Corvette

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Overview


Chevrolet decided to produce a two-seater sports car to meet a small, but very demanding interest.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette (GM Heritage Center)

Chevrolet decided to produce a two-seater sports car to meet a small, but very demanding interest. Sporting legendary GM Styling Chief Harley Earl’s design, the first Corvette drove away from the assembly line on June 30, 1953, only six months after the debut of the concept car at the GM Motorama. It was only available in Polo White with red interior and the exterior was constructed out of fiberglass, rather than the traditional steel. Only two options were available, AM radio and heat. It offered excellent handling and exceptional looks.

The Vette basically had the suspension from the '52 sedan, a hopped up 150 hp 235ci inline 6 (Blue Flame), a two-speed auto Powerglide transmission to handle the "massive power", and of course the modern fiberglass body.

Contrary to the popular belief that fiberglass is fragile and dangerous in accidents, GM stuck with the material after rolling over the test Vette that survived with little damage.

At nearly $3500, it cost more than a Cadillac or Jaguar, and underperformed them. It was aimed to cost the same as an American sedan, but failed miserably.

Production Numbers


Convertible 300
Total Production 300

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
I6 235ci 1x3bbl 150hp - 11.0 sec 17.0 sec @ 76 mph

Transmission


  • 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Polo White

Interior

Red

OEM Brochures


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