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.
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.
Today is offically the 100th birthday anniversary for Chevrolet. Chevrolet Motor Company was launched on Nov 3, 1911 in Detroit when Louis Chevrolet, a Swiss-born race car driver and engineer, teamed up with GM founder Billy Durant. Since then, the company has gone on to sell over 200 million vehicles including over 1.5 million Corvettes.
Happy Birthday Chevy and here’s to the next 100 years!
Fifty-eight years ago today, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line which was located at a small factory on Van Slyke Road, next to the Flint Truck Plant. On June 30, 1953, the chevrolet workers who built the first Corvettes gathered around VIN 001 for this group photograph. In that first year of production, only 300 of the Polo White two-seaters would be built and all were assembled by hand.