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Chevy Corvette history from 1953 to today's new mid-engined C8 - Roadshow

por Lorenzo Gough (2019-08-19)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Enlarge ImageThe mid-engined 2020 Corvette C8 is a bold new chapter in a proud sports car legacy.

Chevrolet Today's debut of the all-new, eighth-gen 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would appear to deliver the most radical DNA rewrite in the model's history. The front-engine layout that the American sports car has relied on since its birth in 1953 has been dropped in favor of a mid-engine foundation. The new model will somehow retail under $60,000 for starters and feature a 6.2-liter V8 delivering 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque with its optional performance exhaust. In other words, the new Corvette promises an insane amount of sports-car performance for the dollar.

Yes, that puts the new amidships Vette's power output ahead of today's 2019 base C7 Corvette (455 hp and 460 pound-feet), but the new model is far more dramatic a rewrite than this relatively modest power boost would suggest. 

To truly appreciate just how profound a change this really is for General Motors' venerable sports car, 온라인바카라사이트 it's really best to start where it all began, way back in the Fifties.

Enlarge ImageWe're looking forward to seeing the new  car muscle into this family of generations C1 through C7.

Chevrolet 1953-1962 C1 Corvette: Project Opel
Enlarge Image1953 Chevrolet Corvette

General Motors LLC Development of the Corvette began in late 1951 as "Project Opel" and was the brainchild of famed General Motors designer Harley Earl. In January of 1953, the world would get its first glimpse of the Corvette in concept form at the General Motors Motorama auto show in New York City. Six-months later, production versions of the Corvette began rolling off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. However, by the end of the year, production was transplanted to St. Louis.

The 300 Corvettes producing during 1953 were all powered by a 3.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine churning out 150 horsepower mated to a two-speed automatic transmission. All of the fiberglass bodied cars were painted Polo White with red interiors and carried a sticker price of $3,490. Performance wasn't anything to write home about needing 11.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. Things got better in 1955 when a 4.3-liter V8 making 195 horsepower connected to a three-speed manual gearbox became available thanks in large part to an engineer named Zora Arkus-Duntov. His work on the sports car would eventually earn him the nickname "Father of the Corvette."

Throughout the remainder of its run, the first-gen Corvette became a more credible sports car with the six-cylinder disappearing and a manual transmission becoming standard in 1956. Engine displacement would grow to 4.6-liters to deliver 283 horses and four-speed manual was offered in 1957. By its last year of production in 1962, the C1 Corvette could be optioned to pack as much as 340 horsepower.