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1953-2014 Chevrolet Corvette - “Detroit’s Ultimate Success Story?”

Many StingRay owners are new to Corvettes. Welcome aboard, and to summarize 61 years of history in an efficient and informative manner, we thank "Vetteweb," 'Vette magazine's web site, for sharing the Corvette's history. Quoted below is just a small part of their very interesting article, for you to decide if you want to learn more about the great evolution of "America's Sports Car." Thanks Vetteweb! Entire article at link; pictures also courtesy of Vetteweb.


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The 2013 model year may be remembered as the most extraordinary in Corvette history. Not only was it the last year of the sixth- generation model, it was also the 60th anniversary of the first Corvette. The only way it could have been better was if the hotly anticipated C7 was released as a ’13 model.
The shining star of the ’13 lineup was the 60th Anniversary 427 Convertible. With Z06 looks in a roadster configuration and the Z06’s mighty, 505hp LS7, the car was considered by many to be the best Corvette ever. Given the marque’s legendary past, that’s a compliment worth noting. And let’s not forget Corvette Racing, which, as of this writing, is poised to win yet another ALMS championship.
Finally, let’s mention sales. With the nation in a recession and GM struggling to stay afloat, things looked grim for Corvette a few years ago. And yet 2013 sales closed out at 13,466 units, up from 2012’s 11,647. Kudos to Corvette product planners for turning Corvette buying into a boutique, “build your own ride” experience.
It all goes back to 1953, when a small, white two-seater named after a warship wowed the crowds at the GM Motorama. The car was so beautiful, many wanted to buy one immediately. It was the most unlikely of vehicles for Chevrolet to build, as the brand was known for churning out “bread and butter” cars. Aside from a then-new material called fiberglass, there was nothing extraordinary about the new sports car. Mechanically it was a parts-bin mash-up, using a sedan frame and suspension with a slightly enhanced six-cylinder engine and a two-speed automatic. Chevy rushed the car into production, with 300 Corvettes rolling off the assembly line by the end of summer 1953.


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The C2 and C3 are in the wrong order ;)

Great read, thanks.


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Good info but why is it written out of sequence?


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