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Initial history

1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster. 1953 and 1955 models are similar

While the style of a car may be just as important to some as to how well the car runs, automobile manufacturers did not begin to pay attention to car designs until the 1920s. It was not until 1927, when General Motors hired designer Harley Earl that automotive styling and design became important to American automobile manufacturers. What Henry Ford did for automobile manufacturing principles, Harley Earl did for car design.

Most of GM’s flamboyant dream car designs of the 1950s are directly attributable to Earl, leading one journalist to comment that the designs were the American psyche made visible. Harley Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving overseas World War II were bringing home MGs. Jaguars. Alfa Romeos and the like.

Earl convinced GM that they needed to build a two-seat sports car. The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year’s Motorama car show.

C4 Links

Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 Coupe

The fifth generation started in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. The C5 was a radical change from the previous generation. The car now had a hydroformed box frame, and the transmission was moved to the rear of the car and was connected to the engine via a torque tube. Gone were the squeaks and rattles of the C4 and in replacement was an incredibly strong frame that would last for at least two more generations.

The new C5 was better in every aspect than the C4 it replaced.

The Corvette’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated June 20th and 21st, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. The venue provided a bonanza of flawlessly restored Corvettes, a chronological display set up by the National Corvette Museum with every model year of the Corvette along with engineering and restoration seminars.

The anniversary also brought some Chevrolet Concept Vehicles into focus including the approved-for-production Chevrolet SSR. a combination pickup truck and roadster featuring styling cues from Chevrolet trucks of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Also on hand were several Corvette race cars, including the Corvette SS built by Zora Arkus-Duntov and the C5R that won at Le Mans. Among the many displays were examples of the 2003 50th Anniversary Edition as well as a few 2004 Commemorative Edition Corvettes.

Recently, the factory has expanded to build the Cadillac XLR roadster, which shares its platform with the sixth-generation Corvette. Bowling Green is also home to the aforementioned Corvette Museum. which celebrates this American automotive icon by displaying in chronological order the various regular production models as well as some unique one-off versions created by Chevrolet.

The building in Flint in which the first cars were assembled was spun off with GM’s Delphi Electronics division and later donated to GMI/Kettering University in the late 1990s. The building has since been remodeled, and is now the C.S. Mott Engineering and Chemistry Center.

In the garage housing the school’s Pontiac Firebird club is a plaque commemerating it as the place where the first Corvette was built.

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A successor to the ZR-1 made its debut in 2001 and was called the Z06 . Insted of a heavy double-overhead cam engine like the ZR-1, the Z06 used a high-output ( LS6 ) version of the conventional Corvette V8 ( LS1 ). This engine produced 385 hp (287 kW) which was not much more than the old ZR-1, but since it was much lighter, the Z06 was a much faster car. For 2002 onward, the Z06 produced 405 hp (302 kW). The Z06 also came with side mounted brake ducts, and an rpm red-line raised by 500 rpm (to 6500 rpm).


The C5-R was a racecar built by GM Racing. It was based on the C5 road car but had an enlarged V8 and different bodywork with exposed headlamps. It is raced in the American Le Mans Series in the GTS Class and has been to four 24 Hours of Le Mans races.

In 2002, the C5-R repeated its 1-2 victory at Le Mans, and also dominated the GTS class in the American Le Mans Series. In 2002 a new transaxle unit was used instead of the previous years separate transmission and differential.

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