Exactly 60 years to the day that the automotive world first laid its eyes on Chevrolet Corvette, the newly introduced seventh-generation model is appearing in New York City to mark the historic date. Unveiled at the General Motors Motorama car show on January 17, 1953, the Corvette has since become an icon of the sports car world both in the US and around the globe.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray had its official debut this week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and we are sure it will end up being the most popular car for visitors to ogle. What's more, it was our top Editors' Choice, after all. For those of you who won't be able to see it in Detroit or New York, the new Corvette will be going on sale this fall.

Scroll down for a GM press release that contains some interesting facts about the Corvette, including its original starting price of just $3,498.
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Corvette Shines in the Big Apple
All-new Corvette Stingray comes to New York City 60 years to the day after Motorama debut


2013-01-16

NEW YORK – Sixty years ago tomorrow, spectators lined New York City's posh Park Avenue, waiting to get a glimpse of the ground-breaking Chevrolet Corvette on display at the General Motors' Motorama show. On Thursday, the Corvette will be back in The Big Apple, marking the historic milestone with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

The all-new Corvette Stingray debuted earlier this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most advanced and engaging Corvette in the long, prestigious legacy of this uniquely American success story," said Chris Perry vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. "It is a car woven into the fabric of American culture and it got its start right here in the Big Apple."

The introduction of the original Corvette took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Jan. 17, 1953. That year, more than 1.4 million people saw the curvaceous design and futuristic approach of the Corvette at displays around the United States.

The enthusiastic response prompted Chevrolet to accelerate production plans and by late June that year, Corvettes were rolling out of a specialized assembly facility in Flint, Mich. Only 300 were built in 1953 – all of them white with a red interior. They represented an auspicious launch for a car that would become synonymous with performance, technology, design and aspiration.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray remains true to its roots as a two-seat sports car that delivers an engaging driving experience through advanced engineering and lightweight materials. Its technologies are supported by a racing-influenced design and features engineered to work cohesively and deliver the most connected driving experience in the nameplate's history. It is also the most powerful standard model ever and the most efficient, with 450 horsepower (335 kW) that enables 0-60 times of less than four seconds and projected highway fuel economy greater than 26 mpg.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.

Corvette Fast Facts:
  • The Corvette was originally championed by GM's legendary styling director Harley Earl, who insisted there was room for an American entry in the European-dominated sports car market. It was also his idea for Corvette to have a fiberglass body.
  • Corvette was named for a small and fast class of naval ships.
  • The 1953 Corvette had a base price of $3,498 and offered only two options – a heater for $91 and an AM radio for $145.
  • Every Corvette model has used innovative materials, from fiberglass in 1953 to advanced carbon-nano technology and carbon fiber on the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
  • A V-8 engine was first available in 1955. That year, it was selected by 90 percent of customers. After that, all Corvettes featured strictly V-8 power.
  • The Stingray name was first used for a prototype race car, the design of which influenced the second-generation Corvette that debuted in 1963. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe has since been called one of the most beautiful and influential designs in automotive history.
  • Corvette's legacy of mainstreaming technology previously reserved for high-end luxury cars includes the introduction of fuel injection in 1957, independent rear suspension in 1963, four-wheel disc brakes in 1965, antilock brakes in 1986 and a tire-pressure monitoring system in 1989.
  • Corvette is the longest-running, continually produced sports car in the world.
  • Nearly 2 million Chevrolet Corvettes have been sold since it went on sale in 1953 and in 2012, it accounted for approximately one-third of all sports car sales in America.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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        caddy-v
        • 1 Year Ago
        All this hate from a guy that drives a Ford LTD.
        ruthhelg
        • 1 Year Ago
        I suppose we should effectively stop selling GT-Rs, AMGs, SRTs, Ferraris and Lamborghinis as well as products similar to them in the States, then? They all don't sell well. The interior is much improved, and modifying designs in this industry for your own use is not very uncommon. I don't go around complaining about your European sports cars because I know it is a waste of time. Go away.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        Didn't they announce around the time the bailout was gearing up that they wouldn't even think about giving the Corvette the axe because it was profitable? I think they cited a high number of units moved for a car of that performance level and a lot of revenue from kicking ass on the racing circuits as two of the main reasons. Durrrr.
        crshcrstr
        • 1 Year Ago
        Protip: If you want anyone, and I mean ANYONE to read further than "government motors" on your post, don't use the term. It just makes you sound stupid. It's the equivalent of reading a "medical" article where the author says that vaccines do more harm than good. You've lost all credibility.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tired of news on this ugly heap.
        Rayvan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        Yet you felt the need to open the article and troll. \"Interesting\" life you lead.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        What's the matter bubba? Prison life getting you down?
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      The_Zachalope
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Corvette is the longest-running, continually produced sports car in the world." Find me a 1983 Corvette, and we'll call it continually produced.
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        @The_Zachalope
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          The_Zachalope
          • 1 Year Ago
          Except, if you understand Corvette history, you'd know that this missing year of Corvette was due to construction issues at Bowling Green which forced months of no-production. Not to mention the production issues which GM attempted to fix which plagued the '84 models.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The_Zachalope
        I am sick and tired of people bringing this up. The Corvette has been around since 1953, and that's that. It was never discontinued. There just was no 1983. It was released as an 84 model that year.
      Andyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thing that puzzles me is launched Jan, available September, will anyone buy a new C6 between now and Sept without a huge discount...and even then. I would hate to be a dealer who relied on Corvette sales and had a pile of them in stock. C6 still a great car for the money, but hardly an everyday purchase, I'd hold on or buy a 2-3 year old low mileage C6 (Gold neck chain and chest wig optional)...;-)
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Debating whether or not I should go take a detour after the motorcycle show tomorrow to go look at it. Damn.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting. An AM radio would have cost $145 in 1953. Add in inflation it would be equal to $1200 today. Seems right given if you want to have a better radio, but you also get extra items with model increases. Hmmm actually that sounds expensive lol
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        wow. that oddly makes factory satnavs seem like less of a rip-off
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        AM back then is like 7"+ satnav with touchscreen today, maybe XM satellite radio added in the package.
      DigDug
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just went to the Waldorf Astoria (it's right across the street from my office) to see if they had it there. There was even a guy in a new C6 vette right outside. According to the list of events held by the concierge there is nothing there besides conferences. So maybe secret? or coincidence? I guess they're not sticking too hard to tradition and unveiling it at the same place they unveiled it 60 years ago. If anyone does find out where they are displaying it in NY, I'll totally leave work again and try to catch a glimpse.
      Robert Pellegrino
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is it being shown in New York and is it open to the public? I would love to see it.
        Bloomsbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Pellegrino
        It's at the Classic Car Club on Hudson Street, next to the Lincoln tunnel entrance. Not sure how long it's there for or if it's open the the public though.
      WillieSM
      • 1 Year Ago
      NYC?! Where?
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