C1 Corvette Information

The first-generation Corvette was introduced with the 1953 model year. The C1 Corvette years were 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, and 1962 and it had many upgrades along the way.

The C1 Corvette is often referred to as the solid-axle Corvette due to the independent rear suspension that didn’t appear until the 1963 Stingray model.

Although it had many changes throughout its production life, one of the most important was in 1955, when it went from having a straight-6 to the new fuel-injected V8 engine. The C1 Corvette eventually became an icon of American culture, and its popularity has continued to grow in recent years with a dedicated following and several collectible models still available today.

The 1953 Corvettes all had a Polo White paint job, a red interior, and a black soft top, with only 300 being made. More color choices were added in the second year.

The last year of the C1 production, the 1962 Corvette, ended in August 1962, but it now comes in seven different colors.

A lot of changes were made to the C1 Corvette throughout the years, including the engine, transmission, etc.

A total of 69,015 C1 Corvettes were made.
1953 – 300 Units
1954 – 3,640 Roadster
1955 – 700 Roadsters
1956 – 3,467 Convertibles
1957 -6,339 Convertibles
1958 – 9,168 Convertibles
1959 – 9,670 Convertibles
1960 – 10,261 Convertibles
1961 – 10,939 Convertibles
1962 – 14,531 Convertibles

Below are links to articles relating to the C1 Corvette:

Exclusive Preview: The C1 Corvette Gems at Mecum Houston 2024 Auction

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Discover the Heartwarming Story of Kristi’s 1961 Jewel Blue Corvette

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Dr. Mark Davis’s Collection At Mecum Kissimmee 2024

Experience the Timeless Beauty of Dr. Mark Davis’s Corvette Collection at Mecum Kissimmee 2024 Auction, Plus an Exclusive Meet-up and Tour with Dr. Mark Davis.

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Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 1954/1955 EX87 Corvette Test Mule: The Birth of a Corvette Legend

Discover the captivating story of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 163 MPH Corvette prototype, the 1954/1955 EX87 Test Mule. Explore the visionary engineer’s journey, the transformative modifications, and the legacy of the Corvette’s high-speed powerhouse. Learn how this iconic vehicle redefined American automotive excellence and witness its recent resurrection at the Eyes on Design event in 2022.

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Uncovering the Mystifying 1954 Corvette: Was it a GM Styling Exercise Car?

Unveiling the Enigma: The 1954 Corvette – GM Styling Exercise Car? Discover the captivating story behind this rare find in Vette Vues Magazine’s May 2021 issue. Journey with Jim Kreuz as he explores the potential of this unique ’54 Corvette.

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Rare 1954 Corvette S.O. 2151 Prototype Heads to Pebble Beach Auction 2023

The allure of the 1954 Corvette S.O. 2151 Prototype goes beyond its monetary value. It is an embodiment of a bygone era, an authentic masterpiece that harkens back to a time when cars were crafted with artistry and precision. With its presence on the auction block, this collector’s dream is about to become a reality, and the automotive world awaits the journey it will embark upon in the hands of its fortunate new owner.

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