It’s hard to drive in a Corvette and not give some thought as to the origins or how it became one of the most popular sports cars in the world. Here are 4 facts every Corvette fan should know:
- Where it all began. It was on a summer day in June when the Corvette first made its appearance. At the General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953, the first one was built. The new design was the first American sports car to have an all-fiberglass body. It was at the auto show that people got their first glimpse of the new beauty.
- Full production. When the Corvette debuted at the auto show, it was an instant hit, with people wanting one. Six months after the first model rolled out of the plant, the Corvette was in full production, with 300 being produced that first year.
- What’s in a name. While millions are familiar with the famous name today, most people are not aware of its origins. The term Corvette refers to a warship that is highly maneuverable and is smaller than a destroyer. When they were deciding on a name, they took hundreds of suggestions from the public, but the term Corvette, which was submitted by a newspaper photographer, is the one that won out. They believed the name would be well-received by men, especially those who had served in the military.
- Production continues. Over the decades, different car models come and go, but the Corvette has been consistent. It’s one of the top longest produced vehicles in the country, with it being in production for over 64 years. The only two vehicles that have been in production longer are the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Suburban.
Driving a Corvette is more than just making your way down the street. It’s a lifestyle, and it comes with a representation of the vehicle itself and all that it stands for. Corvette fans can be found from one end of the country to the other, proudly driving and displaying a slice of American history!