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The Thrill Of A Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

The Thrill Of A Corvette

Sandra Tiffany
March 19, 2011

Sandra Tiffany

Copyright (c) 2011 Sandra Tiffany

In 1953 Harley Earl introduced the very first model of the Corvette at the GM Motorama in Detroit, Michigan. It was introduced as a concept show car just as the car manufacturers do today. Then it was made as a convertible.

Myron Scott was credited for naming the car after a small, maneuverable warship. The Corvette was originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. It currently is being built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the official sports car for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The state even has a museum for the car that shows its history while hosting an annual event.

Chevrolet is the company that created the Corvette, and in 2003 they celebrated their fifty-year anniversary. The car has gone through six generations with Chevrolet. The first generation was from 1953 -1962. The cars in this generation are considered to be the "classic" Corvette for they were the very first Corvettes to go on sale to the public. The rarest and most classic Corvette was the white 1953 model, because only 300 hand-built ones were ever made.

This generation is often referred to as "solid-axle" because the rear suspension didn't debut until the Sting Ray in 1963. In 1955, they offered the 4.34 L, V8 engines as an option, though they weren't the most popular of choices.

Sales plummeted in the beginning of 1953 due to the negative problems with the cars. Certain problem like water leaks, doors opening while being driven and the lack of quality in the body were reported all reported. At the end of 1953, the factory was ready to build 10,000 Corvettes, however, due to the lack of sales and negative feedback only one third of the cars made were sold in 1954.

In 1956, Chevrolet was the ultimate in the sports car business when they released the 1956 model of the now classic Corvettes. It had a brand new body, high quality convertible top with a power assist option, roll up windows with real glass and an optional hardtop. The six-cylinder engine was no longer available, for the V8 was standard in all of the cars.

The prices of Corvettes have gone up through out the years. When they first started selling them you could buy a 1954 Corvette for $2,774. Now, they sell from $18,000-$60,000, depending on the quality and how well a vehicle has been maintained through the years.

A huge seller of the Chevrolet classic Corvettes is eBay and that is where many car owners and fans go in order to view and purchase these classic cars.

Sandra Tiffany still gets a thrill when she has the opportunity to ride in a Corvette. Learn about these classic Corvettes, in articles and their eBay sales, Corvettes for sale, Corvette parts, and a great "Deal of the Day" opportunity.


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