On June 30th, 1953, the first Chevy Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Since that time, over 1.5 million Corvettes have been produced.

Sunday marked the 60th birthday for Chevy’s iconic sports car.

The Chevrolet Corvette first made a public appearance at the 1953 General Motors Autorama in New York City on Jan 30th. That event sparked a limited production of 300 1953 Chevrolet Corvettes.

Chevy Corvette: An American Success Story

1953 CorvetteThe first Corvettes were priced at $3,498 and came only in Polo White with a red interior. In 2006, the third Corvette ever produced was sold at a special auction. The final price: $1.06 million.

The first Corvettes came exclusively with an in-line six-cylinder engine until 1955, when an optional V-8 became available. 90% of the 1955 Corvettes were sold with the larger engine. The next year, Chevy dropped the six-cylinder permanently and Corvettes have carried only V-8 engines ever since.

1963 Corvette C2For the first 10 years, the Corvette was available only in convertible form. The 1963 Corvette Stingray coupe marked the first hardtop, and helped Chevy double the sales of the previous year, largely due to sales in colder states.

According to GM’s news website, the Corvette is the world’s longest running continuously-produced passenger car. It has been produced at three different cities: Flint, Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, and Bowling Green, Kentucky.

1,000,000 CorvetteThe 500,000th Corvette rolled out in 1977, the 1 millionth came in 1992 (pictured left), and the 1.5 millionth was finished in 2009.

The 2014 Chevy Corvette marks the seventh generation of the Chevy Corvette. Chevy elected to bring back the Stingray name for the redesigned Corvette, harkening back to the car’s performance roots.

The 2014 models will be available for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City drivers later this year.

Corvettes central at Pat McGrath Chevyland

At Pat McGrath Chevyland, we know and love our Corvettes. We are proud to be one of the first Chevy dealerships to earn special early access to the 2014 Chevy Corvette.

You can learn more by calling 888-406-6073 or stop by our Cedar Rapids Location.


People who are passionate about sports cars know that we are the best source for a fun-to-drive Corvette, so work with today.

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