A History of the Chevrolet Corvette
Corvettes were first built by hand in 1953 when Chevrolet debuted them as the “dream car.” The company was hoping that the car would help get them over a sales slump. At the time, only 300 of these automobiles were made. Though production lines moved throughout history, the Corvette eventually ended up in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1981. 30 years later, the facility remains the only production center for the esteemed automobile.
Technology and Innovations of the Chevrolet Corvette
The 2019 Corvette features a 6.2L V-8 engine with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. The car is now available in seven-speed manual or eight-speed paddle shift automatic. Some of the top features include driver mode selector, the 8” LCD reconfigurable command center, the head-up display, and the 4G LTE Infotainment system.
From the Country Club to the Racetrack – a Timeline of the Chevrolet Corvette
- First Generation Chevrolet Corvette (1953-1962)
The first generation Corvette had a small-block V-8 engine with available three-speed manual transmission. Dual headlights became available in 1958, and the last year with heavy grille teeth was 1960.
- Second Generation Chevrolet Corvette (1963-1967)
The second generation was the first year of the Corvette coupe, and big-block V-8 engines were introduced to the 396 CID L78 model with a horsepower of 425. Some key features included the energy-absorbing steering column and dual-master cylinder brake system.
- Third Generation Chevrolet Corvette (1968-1982)
The third generation was the first available T-top Corvette with removable panels. The LT1 utilized a small-block V-8 engine with 370 horsepower, and this generation was the last to feature chrome on the side-fender grilles and rear bumpers.
- Fourth Generation Chevrolet Corvette (1984-1996)
The fourth generation topped out the third at 150 mph thanks to the tuned-port injection of the 5.7L V-8. They also built the very first convertible since 1975. By the end of 1996, there were two unique Corvettes, including the Grand Sport and Special Edition.
- Fifth Generation Chevrolet Corvette (1997-2004)
1998 saw the first hardtop model with a fixed roof panel. The Z06 model reached peak performance with 400 horsepower through the LS6 V-8 engine.
- Sixth Generation Chevrolet Corvette (2005-2013)
The sixth generation saw the debut of the ZR1 model, which produced 638 horsepower with the 6.2L V-8 engine. Onstar and navigation became available in the Corvette for the very first time.
- Seventh Generation Chevrolet Corvette (2014-Present)
The Z06 returned in the seventh generation with a 6.2L aluminum V-8 engine with a whopping 650 horsepower. A new C7.R edition Z06 was released in 2016 with only 500 cars made.
The Chevrolet Corvette in the News
Just a few weeks after the debut of the 2020 C8 Chevrolet Stingray, a GM test driver crashed his C8 in a nasty, three-car collision on CA Route 120. This pre-production model was the first crashed in the line of 2020 cars to come. See more of the crash below:
Celebrity Endorsements of the Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvettes are known to be highly collectible items, so it comes as no surprise to us that many of our celebrity friends own them. The long list includes Jay Leno, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. Paul McCartney, and Angelyne.
Best Chevrolet Corvette Groups
As you can imagine, there are about a million different Corvette clubs and groups out there. If you’re looking for a more legitimate community of Corvette owners and enthusiasts, we recommend checking out Vette Club.
The Chevrolet Corvette – an American Icon
With decades of legendary performance and style, the Chevrolet Corvette will always have a special place in our hearts. As the future unfolds and the technological aspects of the car take new form, we can only hope that the Corvette retains the original magic that we all know and love.