1953 : First Corvette Rolls Off Production Line in Flint

June 30, 2024 all-day

The first Chevrolet Corvette came off an assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

Harley Earl, remembered as one of the greatest automotive designers, began working on a car called the Corvette for General Motors in 1951. As the nation’s first sports car to have a fiberglass body, the Chevrolet Corvette was a unique innovation and quickly grew popular among buyers. Since that time, sports cars in general and the Corvette in particular have become deeply imbedded in the American automotive psyche. Though the Corvette has undergone numerous changes in appearance and mechanics, it remains one of the most popular American sports cars.

The sticker price for the corvette was $3,250.

Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

Michael Wayland, “Chevy Corvette turns 60: Facts, photos of the iconic sports car”, MLive, June 30, 2013.

For more information, see Karl Ludvigsen’s Corvette, America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, New York: Automobile Quarterly Publications, 1974. Available at the Library of Michigan and two other Michigan libraries according to MelCat.

Corvettes through the years – Pictures – CBS News

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