A Brief History of Corvettes
If you are a car enthusiast then you have strong feelings about the corvette. That classic Corvette silhouette has stayed consistent from the 1960 baby blue corvette that is a staple in classic movies to the 1976 super corvette also known as the stingray corvette and on to the current, more muscular body. Corvettes are so sought after that 1981 corvette parts for sale can go for over $100.00 for small, insignificant parts, so long as they are genuine OEM parts.
The corvette is practically shorthand for a sports car, and that is not an accident. Corvettes are regularly used in racing, often if there is a corvette in the race, it will win. These racecars are so popular that people will even post “ Wrecked Corvette For Sale” in-car enthusiast forums and know they can expect a decent sum of money for a wrecked car! Junkyards know that posting a 2005 corvette engine for sale will know people will come from far away to get the most powerful small-block engine to come standard in a corvette. Corvettes are the car guy’s car, pure fun, and speed in a beautiful chassis, it’s no surprise to find them in the enthusiast’s garage.
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There have been over 1.5 million Corvettes produced since June 30, 1953. The 500,000 mark was reached in 1977, and the million mark in 1992. By 2009, there were 1.5 million Corvettes in existence.
These classic cars have been produced in different locations since their inception, which put those locations on the map. There are three different facilities where Corvettes were produced:
- St. Louis, Missouri: 1954-to-1981
- Bowling Green, Kentucky: 1981-to-2014
The first Corvette was debuted in 1953 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during this GM Motorama. It had a six cylinder “Blue-Flame” engine with 150 hp, along with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
Originally, and for the first ten years, Corvettes were only produced as convertibles. The second generation of this sports car, the Corvette Sting Ray coupe,,came out in 1963. It had a fixed roof, and as a result, sales doubled because this version could be driven year-round in colder weather.
These first Corvette models were painted Polo White and sported red interiors. While they originally sold for $3,498, by 2006, the third one produced was sold at an auction for $1.06 million.
The best-selling Corvette, however, was the 1979 C3 Corvette. Sales on this model were record-breaking, and 58,307 were sold that year.
Chevrolet only produced 20 Corvette L88s, one of which was red. When compared with the originally price of this car, it’s interesting to note that one of these 1967 Corvette L88s was sold for $3,850,000 in January, 2014.
Car enthusiasts know that since 1999, Corvettes have taken the lead and won national and international races:
- Le Mans: 58 1-to-2 finishes
- 24 Hours of Le Mans: 7 wins
- ALMS manufacturers: 10 championships
- ALMS drivers: 9 championships
Corvettes have also appeared in quite a few films over the decades. Worldwide car enthusiasts have been able to see this sports car in action, which continues to encourage its popularity.
If you’re thinking it’s time to sell your Corvette, there are likely quite a few car enthusiasts that would be interested. The love and fascination people have for this classic car has endured for decades.