In 1953, a total of 3,640 Corvettes were produced. 1954 Corvette production started in December of 1953 at the St Louis plant in Missouri. A number of new options were added for the 1954 year.
In 1955 hopes were high for big growth in Corvette production (north of 10,000 units were predicted). It turned out to be a horrible year and almost caused the death of the model. Only 700 units were produced in 1955.