The Chevrolet Corvette is recognized today as a symbol of American automotive excellence. The iconic body and speed of the Corvette is world renowned today, but this was not always the case. When the Corvette was first introduced in 1953 it was a moderately priced two seat sports car. The Corvette was the first sports car produced by Chevrolet, and for the first few years the C1 sold very slowly.
Posted by Neal Balog on 10/25/2013
On June 30, 1953, only 6 months after being publicly unveiled as a dream car, the first Corvette is driven off the assembly line by Tony Kleiber, a Chevrolet body assembler. That introduction 6 months previous was General Motors' New York Motorama, and the unveiling brought enthusiasm from the public and media. In the following months, production was frantic, in order to capitalize on the buzz generated by the new car. Only 300 cars, mostly hand built, were produced for that year, making it the lowest-volume Corvette. All 1953 models featured a Polo white exterior, red interior, and black canvas soft top, making for a clean look.
Posted by Neal Balog on 10/24/2013
The split rear window was another first for the Corvette and this feature was released, due to safety concerns, for only one year. The limited availability of the split window feature is one of the reasons that this particular model of Corvette is very valuable and highly collectible.