The sports car world was changed forever on June 30, 1953 at a temporary automobile facility in Flint, Michigan. That’s when the first completed examples of Chevrolet’s all new 2-seat roadster called the Corvette cruised off the line assembly line and into the hearts of America where would it remain for the next 61 years.
Just a quick note to say Happy 50th Anniversary to the Ford Mustang. If there is another automotive icon here in the States with a history like the Corvette, it’s the Ford Mustang.
A lot of Corvette people put down the Mustang, but you’ll never hear us utter a derogatory word about the car.
Ford’s Mustang made a great impact on my life on three different occasions and I can tell you for a fact that if there had been no Mustang, there would be no CorvetteBlogger.com.
Work continued today on the sinkhole inside the National Corvette Museum after three of the eight Corvettes were rescuing earlier this week. Although the next recoveries were not expected to happen for a few weeks while the crew reinforces the Sky Dome Spire, the opportunity arose today to grab not one but two more Corvettes, the 1992 1 Millionth Corvette and the 1984 PPG Pace Car.
Back when I was in high school in the mid-1970s, I was just coming into my own as a budding Corvette enthusiast.
Though I wouldn’t be able to buy my first Corvette until 1983, for years before that, I was well aware of a company known as Mid America Enterprises that offered products for those other people fortunate enough to already own a ‘Vette.
In 1974, a young tool-and-die maker from Effingham, Ill., named Mike Yager had borrowed $500 to start a company that unbeknownst to him at the time would quickly become a rousing success and would in fact be celebrating its Official 40th Anniversary on Feb. 23, 2014 with 80 employees on its 260-acre Corporate Campus!
In the early 1950’s, Harley Earl, GM’s head of styling, envisioned a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s Jaguar, MG and Ferrari. Codenamed “Opel”, the very first prototype made its debut in January 1953 at the GM Motorama show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The great reviews and pubic acclaim for the little white roadster prompted GM to fast track the Corvette into production. Sixty years ago today on June 30, 1953, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line.
On June 30th, 1953 a white on red two-seat roadster rolled off the end of an assembly line in Flint, Michigan. 60 years later, the Corvette still lives on as the longest running mark in automotive history. On June 27th and 28th, 2013 the National Corvette Museum will be throwing a 60th birthday party to celebrate GM’s halo car.
Back in 1994 the National Corvette Museum opened its doors for business for the first time. Each year since they’ve commemorated the occasion with a 3-day celebration on Labor Day weekend. Once piece of the festivities is the National Corvette Caravan which snakes its way to Bowling Green from various parts of the US and Canada. In 2014 the museum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of the Grand Opening and registration for the event is already open.
Chevrolet is celebrating the 59th Birthday of the Corvette this week. Here is a video they released today on the Chevrolet Youtube Channel featuring a look back at 60 years of America’s favorite sports car.
Zip Corvette Parts has long been known for serving owners and enthusiasts as a trusted source of Corvette parts and accessories. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their founding in 1977, Zip Corvette is throwing a party and you’re invited! Check out Zip’s “Cruising in the Fast Lane” celebration on Saturday, April 14th at their headquarters in Mechanicsville, Virginia.