The Corvette Story
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by Cathy Richey
The Corvette is unequaled in the automotive world. The qualities that
have endeared the Corvette is that it has always been the best at whatever
it does and accomplishes that task with confidence, flair, and at least a
medium dose of arrogance. Corvettes excel everywhere: on the racetrack, as a
styling tour de force, a boulevard cruiser, or simply providing their owners
with a magnificent driving experience.
In 1937, Chevrolet hired Myron E. Scott as an assistant director for the
Public Relations department, where he was responsible for photography of new
cars, designing of press kits, graphics and special events. In 1953, a
special executive meeting was arranged to find a name for a new Chevrolet
sports car then in the developmental stage. The company wanted a name that
began with a "C" and a review of over 300 names began.
None of the 300 names made the cut. But that night at Scott's home when
he searched the C section of the dictionary, he stopped at the definition of
"corvette." It read, "...a speedy pursuit ship in the British Navy." Scott
suggested "Corvette" the next day, and the group loved it.
Myron Scott retired from Chevrolet in 1971. Scottie was inducted into the
National Corvette Museum hall of fame. Their legacy lives on. The Corvette
has captured both the fantasy and imagination of the public and remains one
of the more sought after vehicles in the United States and abroad.
Many limited edition and classic Corvettes have sold for serious money at
auction, proving that the desire for these cars is not temporary. The
Corvette continues to be the epitome of “cool.” Here are some fun facts that
you may not have known about the Chevrolet Corvette:
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The original front emblem logo on the Corvettes that made the
trade show circuit featured a checkered flag and an American
flag crossed. Later, Chevrolet was alerted to the fact that it
is illegal to use an American flag on a trademark and the logo
As revolutionary as the Corvette was when introduced in 1953,
the only part or component included in its manufacturing that
was not already available in other Chevrolet models was the
Manual transmission was listed as an option on the 1954
Chevrolet Corvette, but no model was ordered, manufactured, or
delivered that year with a manual transmission.
The 1958 Chevrolet Corvette was the first ‘Vette with factory
installed seat belts.
The first year that an AM/FM radio was offered as an option in a
Corvette was 1968. Yes, that's a six.
The 1963 through 1967 Corvettes were known as “Sting Rays.” The
model name disappeared in 1968, but returned in 1969 only to be
spelled as one word, “Stingray.”
The last Corvette manufactured to run on the old style “leaded”
fuel was produced in 1974.
The largest number of Chevrolet Corvettes ever manufactured in
one year was over 53,807. The year was 1979.
The first Corvette produced with windshield wipers that clear
water in the same direction instead of opposing directions was
made in 1997.
In 2005, Chevrolet manufactured Corvettes without the famous
pop-up headlights for the first time since 1962.
Of the 300 Corvettes hand built in 1953 only 183 were sold
because of "average" performance at a relatively high price,
$3513. The popular Jaguar XK120 sold for $3345; $168 less than
- The Corvette's floor is made of balsa wood.
Yes, that's right:
the stuff you use to make airplanes out of.
- The Corvette was made in only three places in its history:
Michigan, Missouri, and now Bowling Green, KY, known as "the
home of the Corvette."
- There is a National Corvette Museum. It's across the
street from the Corvette Assembly Plant.
- Owners of new Corvettes can take delivery on them at the Museum
for an additional fee and see their car being built at the
- When a new Corvette design is being worked on, General Motors
has to disguise the car while test driving it to prevent spy
photographers from getting a glimpse of it before it is launched
to the public. There are people who make their living trying to
"spy and photograph" the new 'Vettes.
- 160 Corvettes are made at the Assembly Plant in Bowling Green,
KY, every day.
- People all over the world use their Corvettes for positive purposes.
Corvettes Conquer Cancer, which raises money at Corvette events and
donates the money to the American Cancer Society in that town, is a
- The brand has its own racing team, "The Corvette Racing Team." Melanie Correll is the
team's official timer.
- A caravan of Corvettes from all over the United States gathered
together to honor the 9/11 tragedy. They made stops at all three
locations in PA, Washington, D.C., and N.Y. presenting American
flags to local officials. The flags had been donated by Corvette clubs
during the caravan's travels.
Below is some information on a 2009 Corvette 2 door ZR1 Coupe:
- Gas Mileage: 14 mpg city/20mpg highway.
- Engine: V8 Supercharged 6.2 Liter.
- Transmission: Manual, 6 Spd.
- Drive: RWD.
- Price w/destination charge and required
equipment : Invoice
$95,104.00. MSRP: $103,300.00
The Chevrolet Corvette has been one of the most popular American-made sportscars for decades, and with good reason. From its high
performance design that delivers amazing on-road results to the
innovative thinking that brings new options and developments
with almost every new model, the Corvette has set itself up to
remain the standard by which all other American sportscars are
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