The story of the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best tales in American car history. From the humble beginnings in 1953, over the world-class and world-beating sports cars of the next several decades to the mid-engine exotic of the 2020 model year. For 67 years, Corvette was the ultimate American sports car and symbol of GM`s attempt to fight expensive European competitors.
Of course, not all Corvettes were born great and some were just ordinary sports coupes without any special features. But there were plenty of extraordinary machines in Corvette portfolio and today, we will tell you about the 20 best of them.
1. 1953 Corvette
The introduction of the Chevrolet Corvette was the biggest automotive news for 1953 since nobody expected such an exotic car to be built and marketed by Chevrolet. All of a sudden there was a brand new roadster with incredible features made by a mid-class manufacturer with no sports car experience. However, despite that, the first Corvette was well-designed and well-executed model.
The most interesting thing about the new Corvette was the fiberglass body and back in the early `50s, plastic was still the material of the future and was very rarely used in the industry. The Corvette was the first car with a fully plastic body and Chevrolet was one of the pioneers of fiberglass construction. This incredible innovation gave the Corvette lightweight construction and from this day, `Vette body is made out of fiberglass.
Under the hood was inline six engines called “Blue Flame” which featured 3.9-liter displacement and modest 136 HP rating. The engine came from Chevrolet`s standard lineup although equipped with three Carter carburetors. Chevrolet engineers tried to keep the cost down by borrowing mechanical components from other vehicles and using them on the Corvette.