On June 30, Chevrolet celebrated 60 years of Corvette production after the very first of its iconic sports car model rolled off the Flint, Michigan, assembly line in 1953. The future classic was initially shown as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on January 17, 1953, but it was such a hit with the crowds in attendance that the automaker decided to go ahead with a limited run of 300 vehicles. Each of the 1953 models shared the same color scheme – Polo White over red convertible – and were priced at $3,498 each (in 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1,060,000 at auction).

"Over the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians, and astronauts," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. "The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their eras in terms of design, technology and performance."

Few realize that the Chevrolet Corvette is the world's longest-running, continuously produced passenger car (the Porsche 911 didn't start production until 1963). And, with the all-new C7 in showrooms later this year, America's sports car doesn't show any signs of wanting to give up the coveted title. Be sure to check out the press release below for more interesting Corvette facts.
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Iconic Corvette Began 60 Years Ago

• First Corvettes rolled off the assembly line on June 30, 1953
• Since then, more than 1.5 million Corvettes have been produced


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Chevrolet today marked its 60th anniversary of the Corvette, an iconic American sports car. The first Corvette went into production in Flint, Mich. on June 30, 1953. Since then, Corvette has become an American icon that continues to offer the best in today's technology and performance.

"Over the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians, and astronauts," said Chris Perry, vice president Chevrolet Marketing. "The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their eras in terms of design, technology and performance."

Here are some key facts highlighting 60 years of Corvette history:

• Corvette is the world's longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. The longest-running vehicle of any type is the Chevrolet Suburban.
• Corvette made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on January 17, 1953. It was such a success that a limited run of 300 production Corvettes began on June 30 of that year.
• All 1953 models were Polo White with a red interior and they were priced at $3,498. In 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1,060,000 at auction.
• Corvette was exclusively available with an inline six-cylinder engine until 1955. That year, the optional V-8 engine was ordered by 90 percent of buyers. The six-cylinder was dropped in 1956. Corvette has been available exclusively with V-8 power since.
• Corvette was produced only as a convertible for its first 10 years. The fixed-roof 1963 "split-window" Corvette Sting Ray coupe launched the second-generation Corvette. Sales doubled and it became a year-round car for drivers in colder climates.
• Approximately 1,560,000 Corvettes have been produced since June 30, 1953. The 500,000th Corvette was built in 1977; the 1 millionth was built in 1992, and the 1.5 millionth Corvette rolled off the line in 2009.
• Corvettes have been produced at three facilities: Flint, Mich. (1953); St. Louis, Mo., (1954-1981); and Bowling Green, Ky. (1981-2014). The change from St. Louis to Bowling Green happened during the production year. The first 1981 Corvette was built in St. Louis, and the last 1981 Corvette was built in Bowling Green.
• No 1983 Corvettes were sold to the public. The model year was skipped in preparation of the all-new 1984 Corvette, which launched the C4 generation. Forty-four Corvette prototypes were built as 1983 models. Only one remains, on display at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.


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      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      thanks GM for the Corvette! i'm taking my c6 out to savor the day, and maybe pick-up a sales brochure on the new c7. ps thanks FORD for helping save the Corvette by introducing the Thunderbird which led to GM not canceling the Corvette. .too bad the Thunderbird ended up getting killed off by FORD itself.
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good story. One nitpick: The GM product shows of the mid to late '50s were called Motorama, not Autorama. Also, I've read that the first Corvette shown at the 1953 show was a styling mockup, not a running car.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jaybird248
        Let GM know, as "Autorama" came directly from its press release (above). - Mike
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      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dollar for dollar...nothing beats a vette'.....nope.
      Kent Kangley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since there were no 1983 Corvettes, can it still claim continuous production since 1953?
        kipswork
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kent Kangley
        I wondered that too. The press release says that even though there were no 83 Vettes, GM built 44 various prototypes and showcars that year. The press release also says that the longest running car is the vette, and the longest running vehicle of any type is the Chevy Suburban. I wondered about the VW Beatle, or a Ranger Rover. Or a Jeep for that matter. Didn't Ford have an F series truck before the war? What about the Morgan 3 wheeler?
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kent Kangley
        There is one 1983. It is at the Corvette musuem. They made a total of 44 of them. Try google images and you will see a photo of it. It is white.
        keith821
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kent Kangley
        Kent, You will find the only remaining 83 Corvette in the Corvette museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. There were about 50 of them built. Only one remains.
      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      Members Only jackets for everyone! Congratulations!
      Yoseph Madre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow...did not know the 'vette was the longest running passenger car. Gotta tell my wife this little fact about her car...
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        cadillacfleetwood75
        • 1 Year Ago
        They made around 40 1983 models, but they were deemed not fit for sale, so most were destroyed. The only one left is in the Museum. The 1982 cars were made into 1983 and the 1984s were made in the middle of 1983.
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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Happy anniversary to an American Icon.
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