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All eight-generations of the Chevy Corvette.All eight-generations of the Chevy Corvette.
All the Corvette Generations. Image Credit: drives.todayAll the Corvette Generations. Image Credit: drives.today
1946 Morris Grate’s “TC” Sports Car.1946 Morris Grate’s “TC” Sports Car.
Father of Corvette – Harley J. Earl.Father of Corvette – Harley J. Earl.
Edward N. Cole, Chief Engineer for GM’s Chevrolet Division.
Promotional advertisement from “GM Folks” magazine introducing the 1953 Motorama.
The “Blue Flame 150”
Corvette Debut Photo
A cutaway view of the 1953 Corvette.A cutaway view of the 1953 Corvette.
The 1953 Chevy Corvette.The 1953 Chevy Corvette.
The 1956-1957 Corvette are distinguishable from later model C1 Corvettes because of the single headlight on either side of the car's front end.'56-57 Corvette are distinguishable from later model C1s thanks to single headlight on either side of the front end.
The 1958 Corvette was longer, had twin headlights, and was heavier than its predecessors.The 1958 Corvette was longer, had twin headlights, and was heavier than its predecessors.
The 1961 Corvette had a completely redesigned back end that included a new "ducktail" design.The 1961 Corvette had a completely redesigned back end that included a new "ducktail" design.

C1 Corvette Model Year Guides (1953-1962)

The ultimate guide to each and every C1 Corvette model year. We list all specifications, options, performance numbers, colors, recalls and much more. Everything you every wanted to know about the C1 Corvette years. 

Buying a C1 Corvette? Read This First!

While there are some early C1 Corvettes out there that are exceedingly rare and prohibitively expensive, there are plenty of first-generation Corvettes - especially those between 1959 and 1961 - that are well within the range of most budgets. Read our in-depth buyers guide.

The C1 Corvette Newsfeed

Awesome restorations, sacrilege restomods, cool C1 Corvettes at auction or for sale, this is your newsfeed for all things C1 Corvette.

The Blue Flame Six in the Corvette
For the original Corvette nothing was more important than a drive train that would do justice to a true sports car. Working with the available material an authentic racer, Mauri Rose, extracted enough horses delivered through a controversial transmission. Chevrolet’s R&D Department, under the leadership of British suspension expert Maurice...
Rare 1955 Corvette Convertible to Cross Auction Block With each passing year, it becomes less and less common to spot an original, first-generation Corvette on the open road.  Yes, there are still plenty out there, but between parts availability, aging hardware, and even consumer enthusiasm, it seems that the early...

C1 Corvette Production Numbers

The Corvette that started it all was a huge production success. Over its 10 year production life 69,015 C1 Corvettes were produced (that is about 6,901 per year which is solid in those days). As expected with the Corvette being a totally new model, it took a few years for the production to ramp up and for consumer demand to really drive success.

C1 Corvette Technical Research

Production and sales numbers, order guides and sales brochures, we have more C1 Corvette research than you could ever want. 

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