1953 Chevrolet Corvette Debut on January 17, 1953

Prototype of the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette is debuted at the General Motor’s Motorama Exhibit

1953 Chevrolet CorvetteOn January 17 1953 General Motors used the GM Motorama car show held in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. No longer only a vehicle envisioned by Harley Earl and seen in sketches and models, the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was soon to be launched as America’s first true sports car.

Harley Earl, the GM’s design engineer at the time, returned from a Watkins Glen road rally with the goal of having GM create a new American car that would compare favorably to the numerous European sports cars. And it was 1951 when Harley Earl set in motion the creation of the Corvette.

By June 30, 1953 the first production 1953 Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line; and as they say, the rest is history!

1953 Chevrolet Corvette…as described in information shared by Hi-Tech Software:

On June 30, the first Corvette was ready, with a sticker price just over $3,000. The hand-assembled unit, with molded fiberglass body, was powered by a vintage Chevrolet straight-six, overhead valve engine that had been in service since the 1930s. Dubbed the “Stovebolt Six” and rated at 115hp, the 235 cubic-inch, in-line block was mated with three single-barrel carburetors, dual exhausts and a floor-mounted, two-speed “Powerglide” automatic transmission. Renamed the “Blue Flame Special,” the engine now generated 150 horsepower.


1953 Chevrolet Corvette photo posted on Flickr by Paul L (creative commons license) 1963 Corvette Sting Ray photo posted on Flickr.com by George Thomas (creative commons license) 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray photo from a Chevrolet advertisement

Source: Various Corvette books, This Day in History, and Hi-Tech Software

Photos: Hi-Tech Software; Flickr posted creative commons 1953 Chevrolet Corvette picture by Paul L and 1963 Corvette picture by George Thomas; and a Chevrolet ad for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.



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75 thoughts on “1953 Chevrolet Corvette Debut on January 17, 1953

  1. Ours was straight off the drag strip too, but it was turquoise metal flake with a large hole in the hood for the carbs. After a lot of expense and elbow grease, it now is back to its original state.

  2. I was 5 years old. My dad took me to Plainville Stadium where a husband, wife stunt driving team was showing off the new ’53 Corvettes (2 of them). Plainville Stadium is long gone, as is my father. I will always have that wonderful memory of Plainville and my dad.

  3. I’ve always had a corvette in the family since the day I was born. Dad with his 86, previously owned a 2007 and now a 2015 stingray.
    Definitely an American tradition!

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