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The Corvette Debuted 68 Years Ago Today - January 17th

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    The Corvette Debuted 68 Years Ago Today

    https://jalopnik.com/the-corvette-de...day-1846076525

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    On January 17, 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette prototype was unveiled at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City at Motorama. But the car that we recognize today as synonymous with (relatively) accessible sportiness wasn’t as loved when it first appeared.

    (Welcome to Today in History, the series where we dive into important historical events that have had a significant impact on the automotive or racing world. If you have something you’d like to see that falls on an upcoming weekend, let me know at eblackstock [at] jalopnik [dot] com.)

    Harley Earl, head designer over at GM at the time, was convinced that a two-seater sports car was the way to go, and introducing a good one could make an impression in what was then a European-dominated market. People were curious, so Chevy had to make sure it filled its expectations.

    From History:
    The car featured an all-fiberglass body, a white exterior and red interior, a relatively unremarkable 150-horsepower engine and a starting price tag of around $3,500 (not including taxes or an optional AM radio and heater). In an effort to give the Corvette an air of exclusivity, GM initially marketed the car to invitation-only VIP customers. This plan met with less-than-desirable results, as only a portion of the 300 Corvettes built that first year were sold. GM dropped the VIP policy the following year; however, Corvette sales continued to disappoint. In 1954, GM built around 3,600 of the 10,000 Corvettes it had planned, with almost a third of those cars remaining unsold by the start of 1955.



    To make matters worse, customers at the time just weren’t impressed with the Corvette. The fiberglass body suffered from poor quality. Doors could open while the car was being driven. Water leaked all over the **** place. GM did its ****dest to make sure newly produced cars didn’t feature those same issues, but it’s hard to correct a poor first impression.

    That said, a Popular Mechanics survey released in late 1954 revealed that half of the Corvette owner who also owned a foreign sports car said the Corvette was superior to its international competition. Another 19 percent said their Corvette was, at the very least, on the same level as foreign competition. Apparently, GM was onto something.

    And then Ford launched the Thunderbird, a rival to the Corvette. If it hadn’t been for a serious competitor attempting to occupy the same market space, we might have seen the Corvette taken off the lots, left to become nothing more than a footnote in automotive history. But with Ford waiting in the wings, GM had another stab at the Corvette.

    I have to say that the investment paid off. The 500,000th Corvette was built in 1977, with the one millionth coming in 1992. The Corvette has become a staple of sporty Americana—definitely worthy of the foibles at the start of its life.

    Elizabeth Blackstock
    Current C7:SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

    Status 3000: 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, FE2, NPP Nickname TBD

    Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

    Never grow up - It's a trap.

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    Thanks meyerweb. Definitively a sticky thread for a while. If anyone missed it, the 1.75M Corvette was just six months ago, Wonder which of us will buy the 2,000,000th one. Oh we know the answer for that, that it will be go into GM’s Heritage Museum in Michigan where it belongs — though perhaps before then spending some time in the display lobby of GM’s headquarters Renaissance Center.

    Here’s # 1,750,000:

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    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Thank you Meyerweb.
      Looking forward to our ME arriving.

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      • #4
        WOW! How time flies..... I remember my dad taking me to the GM Building in Detroit when the Motorama came to town to see all the 'dream cars' and all the other stuff on display. I was immediately taken back by that white sports car on the turntable. I remember urging my dad to get on the list to buy one. At 6' 2, he said he was too tall and besides, it didn't have windows or door handles! He got another new Buick Riveria instead.

        I may not remember what I had for dinner yesterday, but I sure remember that Saturday afternoon nearly 68 years ago..... and the many special drives we enjoyed together in the toys we acquired over time (all with windows and door handles).
        2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

        Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur

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        • #5
          No fanfare around the 1.75million? They should get a windshield sticker! I guess there is only so much you can do with only 5 minutes between cars.
          2021 Coupe, AYellow,z51,Mag,2LT,JetBlk,GT2,LIft,Dual RoofTransparent Deposit:4/2020; 2000=12/18/2020; 3800=2-22-2021;4200 3-1-2021

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          • #6
            Originally posted by John View Post
            Thanks meyerweb. Definitively a sticky thread for a while. If anyone missed it, the 1.75M Corvette was just six months ago, Wonder which of us will buy the 2,000,000th one. Oh we know the answer for that, that it will be go into GM’s Heritage Museum in Michigan where it belongs — though perhaps before then spending some time in the display lobby of GM’s headquarters Renaissance Center.

            Here’s # 1,750,000:

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            Sure it was just a coincidence that they were both white.


            "The car featured an all-fiberglass body, a white exterior and red interior,"
            ............ What color will the 2,000,000 be?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cobia384 View Post

              Sure it was just a coincidence that they were both white.


              "The car featured an all-fiberglass body, a white exterior and red interior,"
              ............ What color will the 2,000,000 be?
              As I recall, the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes were white convertibles with a red interior.
              Current C7:SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

              Status 3000: 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, FE2, NPP Nickname TBD

              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club. Check us out http://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org

              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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              • #8
                ^^^^Then I think it puts it beyond a coincidence
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBFr...ature=emb_logo

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                • #9
                  Yes, the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth were both white with red interior.

                  Here they are at the NCM. The 1 millionth after restoration from the sinkhole and the 1.5 millionth that was not restored.

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                  1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
                  2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

                  NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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ID:	230603 Very cool post, reminding us of the history of the car. I was lucky enough to get my ‘54 out today and run an errand or two in it.

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