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1953 Corvette

  • June 30, 1953 the first production of Corvette in Flint Michigan.

  • Bob Mclean designed the first Corvette.

  • Tony Kleiber has the honor of driving the first Corvette off the assembly line.

  • The Corvette is the first dream-car to become a production model, and first series-production car with a fiberglass body.

  • It was designed to compete with European sports car such as Jaguar and MG.

  • The bow tie logo was inspired in a Paris hotel in 1908 when William Durant, the founder of GM visited the place and saw the wallpaper pattern.

  • The Corvettes were Polo White with red interior

  • January of 1953, A Corvette mule is assembled ready for mechanical testing.

  • January 9, 1953, the name “CORVETTE” was first used by GM in stylized script with all letters joined.

  • 300 1953 model Corvettes have been built by the end of the year.

  • From Flint Michigan the production shifts to St. Louis, Missouri.

 

  • Engines:
    235 (3x1 bbl) I6 150 bhp @ 4200 rpm, 223 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm.

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