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1953 Chevrolet

Corvette

1953 Chevrolet

Corvette

Chevrolet decided to produce a two-seater sports car to meet a small, but very demanding interest. Sporting legendary GM Styling Chief Harley Earl’s design, the first Corvette drove away from the assembly line on June 30, 1953, only six months after the debut of the concept car at the GM Motorama. It was only available in Polo White with red interior and the exterior was constructed out of fiberglass, rather than the traditional steel. Only two options were available, AM radio and heat. It offered excellent handling and exceptional looks.

The Vette basically had the suspension from the '52 sedan, a hopped up 150 hp 235ci inline 6 (Blue Flame), a two-speed auto Powerglide transmission to handle the "massive power", and of course the modern fiberglass body.

Contrary to the popular belief that fiberglass is fragile and dangerous in accidents, GM stuck with the material after rolling over the test Vette that survived with little damage.

At nearly $3500, it cost more than a Cadillac or Jaguar, and underperformed them. It was aimed to cost the same as an American sedan, but failed miserably.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
I6

235ci

1x3bbl

150 hp

Transmissions
  • 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

235ci/150hp

11.0 sec

17.0 sec @ 76 mph

Estimate

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Polo White

Interior Colors

Red

Production Numbers

Corvette

300

Total Production

300

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