The Chevrolet Corvette is classified as a sports car and is built and produced by the Chevrolet division of American automaker General Motors. This car is currently in its seventh generation and the very first model came in the form of a convertible, which was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Some version of the Corvette has been used as the Indianapolis 500 pace car on 12 different occasions. There have been a number of changes made to the Corvette over the years, and it is still considered to be a very popular and stylish vehicle.
The first generation of the Corvette was introduced in late 1953 and was originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York auto show, generating a significant amount of interest which ultimately resulted in GM’s decision to make a production version for public sale. The date of this vehicle’s first production was June 30, 1953. The 1955 Corvette used a 4.34 liter V8 engine, which came optional. With many Corvettes still unsold, GM limited its production of 1955 models to just 700. Because this version of the Corvette had a V8 engine, its 0-60 mph acceleration time increased to 8.5 seconds.
The Corvette received a new body for the 1956 model, featuring a new front as well as side covers, and the tail lamp fins that were on the previous model were removed. There was also an optional fuel injection system, which was made available in the middle of the 1957 model year. This vehicle’s engine was one of the first mass-produced engine in history to go up to 1 bhp per cubic inch. The 1958 Corvette received some updates to its interior for a completely fresh look, which included a longer front end with quad headlamps as well as a new steering wheel among other things.
The sixth generation of the Corvette, which had a production run from 2005-2013, was called the C6 and kept the front engine and rear transmission design used for the C5. Apart from these two things though, the C6 was a completely new vehicle with fresh bodywork that included exposed headlamps and a larger passenger compartment. This new Corvette also used a new 6.0 liter engine and a reworked suspension geometry. The 6.0 liter LS2 V8 engine was capable of producing up to 400 bhp at 6000 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm.
The Z06 model came onto the market as the 2006 model in the third quarter of 2005. This new Corvette used a 7.0 liter version of the small block engine that was given the codename “LS7”. This car is the largest small block ever to be offered from General Motors. The Corvette received various changes under the hood in 2008, including a new LS3 engine with displacement increased to 6.2 liters, increasing its power output to 430 bhp with 424 pound-feet of torque. The 6-speed manual transmission this car used significantly improved its shift linkage as well as increasing its 0-60 mph acceleration time to just 4.0 seconds.
The seventh and most recent generation of the Corvette started development in 2007 and was initially intended to be introduced as the 2011 mode, though there were some delays that held it back by three years. This new Corvette was finally launched onto the market as the 2014 model with mid-engine and rear-engine layout as well as a slew of modern features. The Corvette is widely regarded as a classic American car and has been consistently popular with consumers in the U.S.