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.
Some folks believe you shouldn’t mess with a C1 Corvette.
Just leave it the way it came from the factory, they say.
Others, like the owner of this 1959 model, don’t see anything wrong with making a few changes, especially when taking advantage of modern amenities.
It’s Friday and we thought a gallery of Corvette images would be a cool way to wrap up the week. Here’s our salute to Black Corvettes with a random photo gallery made up of 32 Corvettes spanning seven generations.
If you’re looking for something a little unusual in the Corvette world, and you are handy with tools and know how to work with fiberglass, eBay may have your ideal car. It has a ’62 Corvette frame, a 350 cubic inch motor and a Muncie three-speed transmission. The body is a Centurion made by Fiberfab and if the shape of the body looks familiar to you, it should—it is a copy of Bill Mitchell’s 1959 Sting Ray racer.
Chalk up three generations of Ann-Shirley Goodell’s family as Corvette enthusiasts.
And enthusiastic about not just any Corvette – but particularly the Fawn Beige one that Ann-Shirley bought new for $3,747.85 more than 52 years ago at King Chevrolet in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Over the years, her two sons have driven the car to their senior proms, and now her two 10-year-old grandsons are wild about the Corvette, too.
Been feeling the classic Corvettes lately and with Bloomington Gold just around the corner, why not show some love to the first generation of Corvettes. So today we proclaim this Saturday to be Straight Axle Saturday in honor of the C1 Generation.
And to celebrate, here’s our present to you – a random gallery of 1953-1962 Corvette images. If you love the 1st generation classic Corvettes like us, make sure you share this page on Twitter and Facebook.
We’ve all heard of trailer queens, but this might be the ultimate!
Chris Graff decided to give his father Hank a very unique retirement gift: a boxed Corvette. But this wasn’t a 1/25 scale model in a box; this was a real 1954 Corvette on a trailer with a custom-made 8.5-foot-tall by 24-foot-long box built around it that makes it appear as if the Jolly Green Giant has a new toy to play with.
Overall Mecum’s first trip to Seattle was met with an over flow of enthusiastic bidders and collectors. Mecum obviously worked overtime to offer their customers a varied assortment of excellent collector cars. When the curtain came down Mecum had to be pleased with their initial foray into the Pacific Northwest setting a world’s record for a muscle car when a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda was hammered for $3.5M. It was obviously a muscle car market since it definitely was not a Corvette market.
Mecum put together a dynamite docket of outstanding investment level Corvettes for their introductory event in the Northwest and though there was strong bidding for a some of the Corvettes, the majority of bids did not meet the consignor’s reserves and 65% of all Corvettes offered over the two day event went unsold and none of the four featured Corvettes sold.
Another indication of disappointing results for Corvettes was the fact only one Corvette was able to make the top-ten list, a 1958 restomod. That is almost unheard of for the world’s largest Corvette seller who typically has almost half of the top ten occupied by America’s sports car.
Much of the hoopla surrounding Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction this weekend is focused on the 1967 L88 Corvette, a ’63 Z06 tanker and several other prized Corvettes. But after reviewing their online catalog, we found this little gem cruising just under the radar.
On Saturday, Mecum will offer a 1962 Corvette was the last first generation Corvette ever built.