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Offline GatorHunter

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C1 - Photo History
« on: September 06, 2011, 11:10:39 PM »
1953

Total production: 315
Base price: $3498
Built in: Flint, Michigan
Engine: six cylinder, 235 c.i.
Horsepower: 150
Notes:
* The first Corvette was built on June 30, 1953.
* All 1953 cars were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors.

1954

Total production: 3640
Base price: $2774 ($3254.10 as delivered)
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: six cylinder, 235 c.i.
Horsepower: 150
Notes:
* 1954 Corvettes began production on December 23, 1953.
* 1953 and 1954 Corvettes were visually the same, except for the color and minor unseen changes.
* 1954s were available in Polo White, Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, and Black. (80% - Polo white, 15% - Pennant Blue, 3% - Sportsman Red or Black)
* The soft top were available in beige.

1955

Total production: 700
Base price: $2774/$2909
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engines: six cylinder, 235 c.i. or V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 155/195
Notes:
* 1955 Corvettes began production on October 28, 1954.
* Corvettes with the V-8 also had a distinctive gold emblem on the front fenders with a large "V" in the word "CheVrolet"
* Most of the 1955 models had the V-8 engine while about 6 had the 6-cyl.

1956

Total production: 3467
Base price: $2946
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 210/225
Notes:
* 1956 Corvette began production on November 4, 1955.
* New Visual Features: Front fenders with chrome-rimmed headlights; external door handles; chrome-outlined concave side body coves and sloping, taillight-integrated rear fenders.
* First year for roll-up windows.

1957

Total production: 6339
Base price: $3176
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 220/245/250/270/283
Notes:
* 1957 Corvette began production on October 19, 1956.
* 1957 Corvette looked the same as the 1956.
* First year with fuel-injection.

1958

Total production: 9168
Base price: $3591
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/250/270/290
Notes:
* 1958 Corvette began production on October 31, 1957.
* New Visual Features: Four chrome-rimmed headlights with fender length chrome strips running between each pair of lights; fake hood louvers; four fewer vertical bars on the hood; chrome strips were added to the cove; two vertical chrome bars added to the trunk; wraparound front and rear bumpers were larger.
* Major interior changes.
* First year for optional seat belts.

1959

Total production: 9670
Base price: $3875
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/250/270/290
Notes:
* Fake hood louvers and vertical chrome strips on the trunk were removed.
* Sunvisors became optional.

1960

Total production: 10,261
Base price: $3872
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/270/275/315
Notes:
*No visual changes from 1959.
* Added new rear suspension sway bar improved the car's handling.

1961

Total production: 10,939
Base price: $3934
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/270/275/315
Notes:
* New Visual Features: New badge on the front is a crossed flag over a "V"; New thin vertical and horizontal bar grille; duck-tail rear end treatment with four cylindrical taillights; rear emblem had a spun silver background with the crossed flags over a "V" design and the words "Chevrolet Corvette."
* Last year wide whitewall tires were available.

1962

Total production: 14,531
Base price: $4038
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 327 c.i.
Horsepower: 250/300/340/360
Notes:
* New Visual Features: Removed side cover chrome trim; blacked-out grille.
* First time since 1955 Corvettes were offered in solid colors only.

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Re: C1 - Photo History
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 01:12:28 PM »
Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, discusses everything important about the first generation of Corvette -- from the 1953 Corvette show car at the GM Motorama to winning its class against foreign brands racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also goes into detail about the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the initial Blue Flame engine, and the first of Chevrolet's small block V8 engines.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLJo770LMs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLJo770LMs</a>

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Re: C1 - Photo History
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 05:28:07 PM »
Round of applause for Gator hunter posting this...
If you don't like the C1 Corvette something is wrong... LOL
Seriously it is in my opinion one of the nicest generation Vettes to ever come along....   *#
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Re: C1 - Photo History
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 09:01:15 AM »
defiantly sexy for its time and still today.