The Early Years of the Corvette By Jason David Simpson of Arizona

The first Corvette model, a convertible, was introduced as a concept show car at the 1953 GM Motorama show in New York. The car was so popular with visitors that thousands expressed interest in purchasing a Corvette. Chevrolet took the requests to heart, beginning production on the 1953 Corvette just six months later in Flint, Michigan, with a design virtually identical to the Motorama prototype.

The iconic car’s design evolved over the years; 1955 models included a new V8 engine, while 1956 saw the new body style that many consider the most beautiful Corvette of all time. Commonly referred to as the Sting Ray, the second-generation of Corvettes spanned from 1963-1967 and included such new features as AM-FM radio, air conditioning, headrests, and a telescopic steering wheel.

About the author: Jason Simpson owns and operates JDS Enterprise, LLC, a used-car dealership in Glendale, Arizona. In his spare time, he participates in the Arizona Corvette Enthusiasts club. Active in the community, he gives his time to various charitable causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Red Cross.

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