The Evolution of the Corvette

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  • New York Motorama

    New York Motorama
    At the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, GM paraded the latest models before the public. It is here that the Corvette made its debut. The first fibreglass automobile with a new V8 power plant made specifically for it. The C1 generation was born with this car and with it the promise of at least 6 more generations.
  • C1 1954 Corvette

    C1 1954 Corvette
  • C1 1955 Corvette

    C1 1955 Corvette
  • C1 1956 Corvette

    C1 1956 Corvette
  • C1 1957 Corvette

    C1 1957 Corvette
  • C1 1958 Corvette

    C1 1958 Corvette
  • C1 1959 Corvette

    C1 1959 Corvette
  • 1959 Sting Ray Concept

    1959 Sting Ray Concept
    Although banned from the 24 hours of LeMans by the Automobile Manufacturers Association (it was a test mule for a possible factory campaign) in a move to eliminate manufacturer-sponsored racing in the late 50’s, the Stingray went on to win an SCCA National Championship in 1960
  • C1 1960 Corvette

    C1 1960 Corvette
  • C1 1961 Corvette

    C1 1961 Corvette
  • C1 1962 Corvette

    C1 1962 Corvette
  • Monza Prototypes

    Monza Prototypes
    Following the introduction of the rear-engine, air-cooled Chevrolet Corvair in 1960, Mitchell became excited about the design possibilities of this unique engine and drivetrain layout. The result was a pair of Monza concept cars. The tall, curving fender design cues eventually found their way to the 1968 Corvette.
  • C2 - The Sting Rays

    C2 - The Sting Rays
  • C2 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

    C2 1963 Corvette Sting Ray
    First year of Generation 2 and the only year ever to have a split rear window
  • C2 1964 Corvette Sting Ray

    C2 1964 Corvette Sting Ray
  • C2 1965 Corvette Sting Ray

    C2 1965 Corvette Sting Ray
  • C3 Prototype "Mako Shark"

    C3 Prototype "Mako Shark"
    Served as the launch pad Concept for the C3 line - Known as the "hark Years"
  • C2 1966 Corvette Sting Ray

    C2 1966 Corvette Sting Ray
  • C2 1967 Corvette Sting Ray

    C2 1967 Corvette Sting Ray
  • Astro I Mid-engine concept

    Astro I Mid-engine concept
    Astro I corvette was the first mid engine prototype. Never went into production but was extensively tested.
  • C3 - The Mako Shark Years - Stingrays

    C3 - The Mako Shark Years - Stingrays
  • Astro II Corvette Concept

    Astro II Corvette Concept
    Astro II is especially significant, since it is close to a production model and represents a collaboration between Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov on a mid-engine Corvette.
  • C3 1969 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1969 Corvette Stingray
  • Manta Ray Corvette Concept

    Manta Ray Corvette Concept
    A re-design of the 1965 Mako Shark II, the Manta Ray continued the Mako’s unique paint scheme. Among its more interesting features are twin rear-deck-mounted doors that pop up during hard braking to become reflective auxiliary brake lights. The Manta Ray was one of Mitchell’s favorites for his own personal transportation.
  • C3 1970 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1970 Corvette Stingray
    The firsdt year with the "egg crate" grills on the side replacing the gills on the 68 and 69
  • C3 1971 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1971 Corvette Stingray
  • C3 1972 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1972 Corvette Stingray
  • C3 1973 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1973 Corvette Stingray
    This is the first year that Corvettes began to do away with the steel bumpers. The 1973 maintained the rear steel bumper but the front bumper was replaced by a urethane "nose"
  • C3 1974 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1974 Corvette Stingray
    Say goodbye to the steel bumpers. The first year for urethane bumpers front and back. The rear bumper of the 1974 is easily identifiable as it is in two pieces. This so called "split bumper" is only found on the 1974 model.
  • C3 1975 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1975 Corvette Stingray
    The last year for the Stingray convertible
  • 1976 C3 - Last year for the Stingray

    No matter what they tell you. Anyone with a post 1976 C3 Corvette does NOT have a Stingray. The branding was removed on 1977 models
  • C3 1976 Corvette Stingray

    C3 1976 Corvette Stingray
    The last year for the Stingray. This year was the first year to not have an available convertible. 1976 was also the only year that corvettes did not have a corvette specific steering wheel. The wheel was also found in the Camaro SS and the Vega
  • Build Date for the SHARK

    Build Date for the SHARK
    Built at the assembly plant in St. Louis, Missourri
  • C3 1977 Corvette

    C3 1977 Corvette
    Notice the name does not include the "Stingray". 1977 was the first year that the Stingray branding was missing from the Corvette. From 1977 forward they are simply known as Corvettes.
  • C3 Silver Anniversary

    C3 Silver Anniversary
    Some design changes this year with the fastback look being replaced with a bubble like back window. Some would say the end ofthe classic Stingray look. Others would say "finally some trunk space".
  • Corvette Summer the Movie released

    Corvette Summer the Movie released
    Corvette Summer Trailer
    Corvette Summer is an American film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1978 starring Mark Hamill and Annie Potts. It tells the story of a lonely, car-obsessed California teenager and the theft of his beloved customized Corvette Stingray.
  • C3 1979 Corvette

    C3 1979 Corvette
  • C3 1980 Corvette

    C3 1980 Corvette
  • C3 1981 Corvette

    C3 1981 Corvette
  • C3 1982 Corvette

    C3 1982 Corvette
    The last of the Shark years corvettes and the C3 generation
  • No Corvettes manufactured for this year

    Yahoo Answers Chevrolet actually began production in 1981 in Bowling Green. If a 1981 Corvette was a solid color, it was built in St. Louis. If it were two tone, it was built in Bowling Green. This was due to a new paint process. All 1982 Corvettes were built in Bowling Green. The 1983 Corvette faced quality issues as well as supplier problems from wheels to the instrument cluster. Just in case the hybrid electronic instrument cluster didn't work, they had an analog backup which is on display in the Corvette
  • C4 Corvettes - The Scientific Years

    C4 Corvettes - The Scientific Years
    Arguably the most trroubled generation of Corvettes, but the only generation to host 2 anniversary editions.
  • C4 35th Anniversary Corvette

    C4 35th Anniversary Corvette
  • C4 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette

    C4 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • C5 Corvettes

    C5 Corvettes
  • C5 1998 Corvette

    C5 1998 Corvette
  • C6 Corvettes

    C6 Corvettes
  • C6 ZR1

    C6 ZR1
    The latest ZR1 Corvettes are capable of speeds over 200 MPH, and cost over $100,000.
  • C7 Corvettes. What about the future?

    C7 Corvettes. What about the future?
    Here's a look at the new C7 prototype unveiled at Bowling Green Kentuckey at the Corvette MuseumWith the 2009 bankruptcy of GM, little is known for certain about the expected C7 Corvette, and GM's management is notoriously tight-lipped about future Corvette product. Only time will tell what the future holds for the Corvette
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    C1 Generation

    Just 300 Corvettes were made in 1953. Each of these first-year Corvettes was a white roadster with red interior. The Corvette was made with fiberglass bodywork for light weight, but the first cars were produced with a comparatively weak 150 horsepower 6-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The result was more of a cruising car than a racing-inspired sports car.
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    C2 - Generation

    The Corvette truly came into its own in the 1960s. In this era, Corvette production rose from about 10,00 cars each year to about 27,000 cars per year. The variety of engine options also increased and several special performance editions were offered, such as the original racing-oriented Corvette Grand Sport in 1963.
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    C3 Generation

    The C3 Corvettes are by far the largest generation ever produced. Of the 1.5 million Corvettes built between 1953 and 2010, over 540,000 were made in this era. This generation of Corvettes started out strong, but emissions standards and GM's general malaise of the 1970s depressed both horsepower and collector values.
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    No Vettes

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    C4 Generation

    Chevrolet designed an all-new Corvette in the early 1980s, but the prototypes produced for the 1983 model year had serious quality issues and so the fourth generation of Corvettes was not released until the 1984 model year. The C4 improved in quality and horsepower throughout its production run, and today these cars are gaining popularity among motorsports enthusiasts and those who want an affordable Corvette to drive every day.
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    C5 Generation

    After the C4, Chevrolet once again started from scratch to build an all-new Corvette based on the best technology available. The result was a return to glory for the brand. With the C5, Corvettes again claimed the lead in performance and GM also signaled a return to world-class professional racing by entering the new Corvettes at Le Mans and in the American Le Mans Series.
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    C6 Generation

    The most recent generation of Corvette is a technologically advanced supercar designed to compete at the highest levels of sports car performance. As the first decade of the 21st century progressed, Chevrolet joined every other automaker in squeezing race track horsepower out of street-legal engines. The latest ZR1 Corvettes are capable of speeds over 200 MPH, and cost over $100,000.