On this day in 1953, the first production Corvette was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. Here are 5 fun facts that you probably didn't know about the Chevy Corvette...
The Name Corvette Came From a Warship. The Corvette was a naval vessel that was small and fast and used throughout the 1800s and 1900s. In America, these smaller vessels were known as sloops and were employed during the War of 1812 at the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean against more powerful British vessels.
The Rarest Corvette Was Made in 1969. Only two of the ZL-1 Corvettes made in 1969 that were equipped with a 427 aluminum engine were sold to the public. The price tag may have had something to do with it. While a normally priced Corvette cost $4,781 in 1969, the ZL-1 with its aluminum engine cost $10,048 and had neither a radio nor air conditioning.
The Fastest Speed Clocked on a Corvette Is 212 Miles per Hour. Tested at an oval track in Germany, the 2019 ZR1 has a 755 horsepower engine and can reach 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Timing runs on the track were made both with and without wind, and driving with the wind, the car reached 215 mph. The ZRI is produced in Kentucky and comes with a price tag of $120,000.
There Were no Corvettes Released in 1983. Forty-three Corvettes were manufactured in 1983; however, all but one of them failed crash testing. Only one of the 1983 Corvettes was kept and is displayed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the National Corvette Museum. Other reports state there were a few more Corvettes produced that year, but if they were, no one knows what happened to them.
The Cheapest Price You Could Pay for a Corvette Was in 1954 or 1955. The 1953 Corvette was built by hand the first year it was manufactured, and the price tag on them that year was $3,498. In the models produced in 1954 and 1955, assembly lines were used, lowering the cost to $2,274 for both years. By 1962, the price tag for a Corvette was more than $4,000 while the average cost of a home was $12,550.