Congratulations to the Corvette, America’s Sports Car for turning 65 today. The longest running passenger car marque first had their production run start up in Flint, Michigan producing the first Corvette on June 30, 1953. So the Corvette is officially a senior citizen now.
First Year Corvette
All the first year Corvettes were produced as Polo White with a red interior and a black canvas top for the convertibles. Only 300 models were produced in the first year and they all had a Blue Flame straight six cylinder engine and automatic transmission.
Corvette enthusiasts might have the T-Bird to thank for continuing the lineage as Chevrolet was strongly considering dropping the Corvette until the Ford Thunderbird entered the market in 1955. Lucky break!
Building the 1953 Corvette
The first year Corvettes were all made by hand, without an assembly line and so the fit and finish and actual parts used varied a bit as building techniques evolved. All came equipped with AM radios and a heater as the only “options.”
Surprisingly, with only 300 originally built there are a few originals that can’t be accounted for. Our guess is they were “just a car” back then and went into somebody’s junkyard for scrap.
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