On June 30, 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette was born. With the vision of a low-cost American sports car, Harley Earl, GM’s head of styling, wanted a car that could compete with Europe’s Jaguar, MG’s, and Ferrari. The original price for the Corvette was $3,498. Compare that to the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette at $55,450. Its come a long way since it first rolled off the assembly line.
Since then, the Corvette has made its debut in society as the ultimate muscle car. Starring in movies like Animal House and Fast and Furious, made the Corvette even more desirable. Except for the price tag, head-turning design and mean speed, not much has changed for the Corvette. It is still one of the most recognizable cars on the roads today.
We couldn’t celebrate this model without a few fun facts on the life of the Chevrolet Corvette.
Fun Facts About the Corvette
- Impressive Speed: In 1953, the Corvette could go from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds, which was pretty impressive in that time period. Moving down the line about 60 years, now the Corvette goes from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. The fastest recorded 0-60 time in Corvette history came from the 1968 LT-2 at 2.8 seconds.
- Popularity: Believe it or not, the Corvette wasn’t all that popular at first. Only 300 were made in 1953 and they didn’t sell well. People who bought the car also only had two options for additional features: a heater for an extra $91, or an AM radio for $145.
- Impact on Pop Culture: Prince wrote Little Red Corvette after falling asleep in his backup singer’s car after staying up all night for a recording session. It was his first big hit. Chevrolet saw an opportunity to use the popularity of the song to their advantage. They put up billboards with a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that said, “They don’t write songs about Volvos.”
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