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