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The Corvette is the milestone for performance for Chevrolet. Since its original debut in 1953, the Corvette has earned its place in sports car history. Generation after generation Chevrolet has seemingly outdone itself from the last models. Though the original Corvette models have their permanent place in history, the performance of the previous corvettes does not even come close to today’s models.
The first corvette rolled off the production line in 1953, known as the C1. Corvette was in major competition with other American car companies at the time such as Ford and Dodge and they needed to put something on the market that would wow the American people of that time. The 1953 corvette not only wowed the public in its time but it also became an instant classic.
If you are looking to buy a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette you’re in luck. There are many companies out there that will not only track one down for you but they will also rebuild it to dealer specifications, for a price though. Used corvette parts are highly desired and the older the corvette the harder and more expensive the part usually is. There are many companies out there that are duplicating original parts to fit the older Corvettes.
The 1958 Corvette came convertible with a 283 cubic inch V8 engine that produced 230 horsepower. Back 1958 the Corvette was priced at $3,591.00 and there was about 9,168 produced that year. The 1958 Corvette was the first year that came with dual head lights and you had a choice of hardtop or convertible. Chevrolet created the Corvette to attract a younger more power hungry auto buyer. The 1959 Corvette was the last year for the first generation Corvette.
The 59’ was the first year that the Corvette came with black interior. Not much changed for the 1960 Corvette. The 1960’s vette required a manual transmission due to its fuel injected engine. In 1961 the C1 Corvette got new exterior styling designs such as the ducktail rear end and 4 circular taillights. Along with new rear end design changes the 61 corvette got a new chrome mesh front grill. The 1961 Corvette was the last year that Chevy was going to use the 283 cubic inch V8 engine.
The 1962 Corvette was the last year of the C1 Corvette. Chevrolet turned to new outlets to capitalize on the success of the C1 and make the new C2 Corvette even better. In 1963 Chevy sought after a new design for the Corvette. They still had the power hungry buyer in mind so there was no question that the new Corvette would pack stronger punch then its predecessor.
The C2 Chevrolet Corvette was designed by a man named Larry Shinoda who was inspired by a corvette design by Chuck Pohlmann known as the Q Corvette. In 1963 the new C2 Sting Ray Corvette was set free into the automobile market and became an instant hit. The 1963 Sting Ray coupe came with a new design split window in rear. The Sting Ray also came with new hidden headlights which was fairly new to the industry at the time. The C2 came with a 327 cubic inches, 250 horsepower power plant.
Chevy removed the split rear window in the 1964 Corvette Stingray. They also removed the fake air intakes they had on the hood but the indentations are still there. However they did turn the fake vents on the pillars into fully functional vents, well on the left side that is. Along with the addition of a fully functional vent they also added AM-FM radios in the C2 by the mid 63’s. Chevrolet didn’t stop there, they went ahead and added air conditioning and a telescopic steering wheel by 1965. The 1965 Corvette came with all the goodies the previous models had, with the added benefits such as headrests. There wasn’t much changed about the 1966 Corvette.
The C2 body style lasted for a few years and has proved to be one of the most beloved Corvettes ever. The 1967 Corvette was the last of the mid year C2 vettes. New design changes included front fender redesign, and a refreshed break light. If you are looking for a 1967 Corvette for sale make sure you get the one with all the options, it adds a lot more to the value of the car. They body styling and modifications stayed pretty much the same until 1968. 1968 marked the birthday of the newly designed C3 “shark” corvette.
The new and improved C3 Corvette held its own in the ring with other competitors such as the 1968 Ford Mustang BOSS 302 and other monster big block racers. The 1968 Corvette brought a lot to the table. The 68 models were equipped with 327 cubic inch engine that was putting out a healthy 300 horsepower. But it didn’t end there; the C3 Corvettes came with many options. If you had the money back then you could equip your super sport with a monster 427 Big Block Tri Power package. This upgrade was a major jump from the original 300 horsepower taking the special C3 Vettes and upping the power output to 350hp.
The 1969 Corvette Sting Ray (Stingray) came standard with a 350 cubic inch engine. There were power upgrades for the 69 which included a rare 427 cubic inch Stingray. There were also minor cosmetic changes such as the relocation of the ignition switch from the dash to the steering column. The 69’s also featured a pushbutton door opening mechanism which replaced the earlier 68 mechanisms.
The 1970 Corvette featured new and improved changes. This C3 Corvette featured the new LT1 engine which had solid lifters and put out 370 solid horsepower. Functional features included fender flares which helped reduce damage from debris from the road. Cosmetic upgrades include a new front grill and updated interior.
It was not a good year for the 1971 Corvette. Due to new and “improved” emission standards from new government regulations the 71 Vette went through a power drop. Along with a decrease of power the 71 was the last year for fiber optic light monitoring system. However that did not stop Chevrolet from putting out two rare upgraded packages known as the ZR1 and the ZR2.
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