Happy Birthday! Chevrolet Corvette turns 60
On June 30, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line at Flint, Michigan and the car went onto become the world’s most popular and talked about sports car.
“While the postwar Baby Boom was in full swing, this was definitely not a family car,” GM said in a statement. “This was a very personal vehicle, one that promised a driver and a passenger all of the thrills of the open road.”
At the time, skeptics gave the Corvette a little chance of surviving, however 60 years later, here we are and the Corvette has become an American icon.
“Through the years, Corvette certainly offered state-of-the-art features, designs, technologies and performance,” said Tadge Juechter, vehicle chief engineer for Corvette. “However, I think what has made the Corvette such an enduring concept is the exciting experience of driving one. No matter what your station in life, when you’re behind the wheel of a Corvette, you’re an Olympic athlete – able to go faster, stop quicker, and turn better than everyone else. “Very few cars can match that experience. And no other car has delivered that experience as well, or to more people, than the Corvette.”
The next generation Corvette is due to hit roads in 2014. Stay tuned.
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