On January 17, 1953, a prototype Chevrolet Corvette made its debut at the Motorama auto show in New York City. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about this iconic American muscle car...
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. With a single tier of guns, the warships still remain popular with modern Navies to this day, with the ships now having a better design and more armor.
The Company Had To Change The Original Logo
The Chevy Corvette's logo is an iconic part of the car. The Corvette’s first logo featured a checkered flag crossed with the American flag. While it looked good, there was a major problem. The company learned that using the American flag commercially on a product is actually illegal and had to be changed. Only four days before the car debuted, Chevrolet replaced the design with the checkered flag, which is still used today.
There Is Only One 1983 Model
Chevrolet ran into problems with their 1983 Corvette, and as a result, no Corvettes were released that year. Although forty-three Corvettes were manufactured in 1983, all but one of them ended up being destroyed, with that final car now displayed in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the National Corvette Museum.
It Is The Official Car Of Kentucky
In 2010, the Chevrolet Corvette was named as Kentucky’s official sports car. This may not be much of a surprise, as the last Corvette factory in the country happens to be located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The factory at Bowling Green gets consistent business and is a staple of Kentucky now, with people knowing about the location from far and wide.
The Fastest Corvette Isn't The Newest
Corvette is not only a sharp-looking sports car, but it's often sought out by those who want speed in a vehicle. Although many people probably believe the newer models are faster because of advancements in technology, it isn’t true. To date, the fastest Corvette Stingray ever made was back in 1968 with the LT-2 with a top speed of 200 mph.