Facts That Only True Corvette Fans Know

Manufactured for over 60 years now, the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most beloved American sports cars of all time, even nicknamed “America’s Sports Car.” Making its debut in 1953, the Corvette’s sporty aesthetic and incredible power inspired many to get behind the wheel and enjoy everything the vehicle had to offer. Adjustments were made to the body, performance, and interior of the Corvette over the generations, and there’s something to admire about each of them. Buckle up and be reminded of the beauty of the Corvette.

The 1953 Model Is The Rarest Corvette

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First produced in 1953, the debut model of the Corvette is the rarest of them all as only 300 were made. All 300 of them were designed with a white exterior, black soft top, and red interior. Designed with a 6 cylinder Blue-Flame engine, the ’53 model topped out at 150 hp.

Buyers could get behind the wheel for a base price of $3,498 which included a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Reviews of Chevrolet’s first Corvette sports car were mixed, and Harley Earl, head of GM’s Styling Section, went to work to improve the all-American two-seater.