The first Corvette C1 was revealed in 1953

Posted on Monday, 10 September 2012 , 06:09:04 byVeronica

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The first Corvette C1 was revealed in 1953

Chevrolet revealed its first Corvette C1 for the public back in 1953 at the GM Motorama that took place at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Back then the ones present had the opportunity to see the show car because the production process only started half a year later, in July the same year.

Under the hood, the engineers have offered an in-line Blue-Flame 6-cylinder engine capable of generating only 150 horsepower. Only 300 units were built during its first model year as the carmaker was still working on the assembly process. After the GM Motorama, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov started working on the Corvette C1 show car. He dedicated a lot of his time improving the Corvette C1 and by the 1955 model year, the car was capable of generating 195 horsepower thanks to its 265 cubic-inch V8 engine. Only five years later, the V8 became bigger, increasing to 283 cubic-inches. The outputs were ranging between 230 horsepower and 315 horsepower in the case of the models equipped with fuel injection. With all this performance development, Chevrolet specialists have decided it was time to take the C1 to the next level and compete in the 24 Hours Le Mans. They managed to win the class in the competition debut of the car. This was only the first step Corvette took in terms of racing. By the end on 1962, the production process of the Chevrolet Corvette C1 ended and in the following year, the carmaker revealed a new generation, the Corvette C2.

Next year, Corvette will celebrate 60 years of existence and, for sure, the carmaker will prepare something special for all its fans, enthusiasts and clients. This is all we know so far, but do not go very far.