Chevrolet - Corvette C1 to C6
While the style of a car may be just as important to some as to how well the car runs, it was not until 1927, when General Motors hired designer Harley Earl, that automotive styling and design became important to American automobile manufacturers. Most of GM's flamboyant "dream car" designs of the 1950s are directly attributable to Earl.  Harley Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving overseas in the years following World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and the like.  Earl convinced GM that they also needed to build a two-seat sports car. Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on the new car later that year, which was code named "Opel." The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show.  Taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate, the first Corvettes were virtually handbuilt with an outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass, selected in part because of steel quotas left over from the war.  Underneath that radical new body were standard Chevrolet components, including the "Blue Flame" inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line making the performance of the car decidedly lackluster.

 

There have been six generations of the Corvette so far, sometimes referred to as C1 through C6.

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Austria
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Chevrolet Corvette 1976
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Targa
Location
Wien / Vienna
County
Austria
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Canada
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Toronto plus Etobicoke and Georgetown
County
Ontario, Canada
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Toronto plus Etobicoke and Georgetown
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Ontario, Canada
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Toronto
County
Ontario, Canada
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Gillingham
County
Dorset
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Germany
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Tiefenbronn by Pforzheim
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Koln (Cologne)
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Germany
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Chevrolet Corvette 1969
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Location
Winkel
County
Zurich, Switzerland
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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Birmingham
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Michigan MI, USA
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Birmingham
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Birmingham
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Hollywood
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Florida 33020
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Location
Hollywood
County
Florida 33020
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Company
Cloud 9
Location
Roselle, Chicago Land
County
Illinois IL
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Las Vegas
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Nevada NV, USA
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Las Vegas
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Nevada NV, USA
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Location
Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach
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Florida FL, USA
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Chicago
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Illinois
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Location
Phoenix
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Arizona AZ, USA
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Phoenix
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Arizona AZ, USA
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Phoenix
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Arizona AZ, USA
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Scottsdale
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Arizona
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Scottsdale
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Arizona
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The first generation is most commonly referred by enthusiasts as a "solid-axle", based on the fact that independent rear suspension (IRS) was not available until 1963. The first generation started in 1953 and ended in 1962.

 

GM was seriously considering shelving the project, leaving the Corvette to be little more than a footnote in automotive history, and would have done so if not for two important events. The first was the introduction in 1955 of Chevrolet's first V8 engine (a 265 in³ {4.3 L}) since 1919, and the second was the influence of a Soviet emigré in GM's engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Arkus-Duntov simply took the new V8 and backed it with a three-speed manual transmission. That modification, probably the single most important in the car's history, helped turn the Corvette from a two-seat curiosity into a genuine performer.  

 

The second generation, or mid-year, was designed by Larry Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous unproduced design called the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann, and under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell, started in 1963 and ended in 1967. 1963 would see the introduction of the new Corvette Sting Ray introducing the first year for a coupé with its distinctive split rear window and fake hood vents as well as an independent rear suspension. The split rear window was discontinued in 1964 due to safety concerns. Because they made the design too busy, the hood vents were also cut. Power for 1963 was at 360 hp (268 kW) hitting 375 hp (280 kW) in 1964.  

 

The third generation, patterned after Chevrolet's "Mako Shark II" (designed by Larry Shinoda), started in 1968 and ended in 1982. This generation has the distinction of being introduced to the motoring public in an unorthodox — and unintended — fashion. 1968 marked the introduction of Mattel's now-famous Hot Wheels line of 1/64-scale die cast toy cars. General Motors had tried their best to keep the appearance of the upcoming car a secret, but the release of the Hot Wheels line several weeks before the Corvette's unveiling had a certain version of particular interest to Corvette fans: the "Custom Corvette", a GM-authorized model of the 1968 Corvette.  

 

The highly anticipated fourth generation Corvette began production in March 1983 as a 1984 model. The 1983 model year was skipped due to production problems, although 44 prototype 1983 models were completed. All 44 1983 model year prototypes assembled were crushed except for one (the 23rd produced), which is displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The C4 production started in 1984 and ended in 1996.  

 

Production of the C5 Corvette began in 1997 and ended with the 2004 model year. The C5 was a radical change from the long-running C4. The transmission was moved to the rear of the car to form an integrated rear-mounted transaxle assembly and was connected to the engine by a driveshaft. Gone were most of the squeaks and rattles of the C4. The new C5 was judged by the automotive press as improved in nearly every area over the previous Corvette design.  

 

The new C6 gets an overhaul of the suspension geometry, all new bodywork with exposed headlamps (for the first time since 1962), a larger passenger compartment, and a larger 6.0 L engine. Overall, shorter and narrower than the C5, in response to criticism that the C5 Corvette looked too wide. The 6.0 L LS2 V8 produces 400 hp (298 kW) at 6000 rpm and 400 ft·lbf (542 N·m) of torque at 4400 rpm. Its redline is increased to 6500 rpm.

 

Source: Wikipedia.
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