C1 Corvette Overview: The Making of America’s Sports Car

C1 Corvette Overview: The Making of America’s Sports Car

How The C1 Corvette Was Made: See The Car's Evolution We are looking at the C1 Corvette's history in our overview of the first generation Vettes. Although the C1 Chevrolet Corvette ran from 1953 through 1962, its legacy lives on in cars from more recent generations. Let's explore the significance of the Chevrolet Corvette C1's impact on America's car culture by going back and understanding the details of its history. Chevrolet created the C1 Corvette and called it the solid-axle Corvette due to the independent rear suspension that was absent until the 1963 Stingray model. Throughout its lifetime, the car had many changes, but the most important one for the C1 was when in 1955 the fuel-injected V8 engine was put in place of the straight-6 engine. The C1 Corvette…
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1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
Today on the Vette Vues blog, we are looking at the 1956 Corvette's history, features, specifications, and some great Corvette photos. Just three years after its introduction, Corvette was under attack from within as Chevrolet and GM management considered disappointing sales. But it was under the protection of three very powerful advocates: Harley Earl, Chevrolet President Ed Cole, and engineer Zora Arkus Duntov. Earl, Cole and Duntov were determined to establish Corvette as America’s premier sports car. But, critics said that the Corvette's styling was already aging. The 1956 C1 Corvette represented the first major redesign of the original body style. The new sports car, the 1956 Corvette, the body received a new redesign with the cove inserts and smoother exterior lines. This first-generation Corvette now offered buyers outside door…
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1956 Corvette Advertisements: Vintage & Classic

1956 Corvette Advertisements: Vintage & Classic

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
Chevrolet produced a lot of 1956 Corvette advertisements. Today on our blog we are taking a look back at some of these advertisements. We also want to share a little history of the 1956 C1 Corvette. We have included some 1956 Corvette Trivia questions for your next club get-together. 1956 had an all-new, streamlined body for the Corvette with roll-up windows. The Corvette "roadster" finally qualifies as a true "convertible." There were three engine choices now, and nearly all buyers opted for the 225 hp, dual four-barrel carbureted 265 c.i. V-8. The Corvette transmission choices were split by almost 50-50 between autos and 3-speed manual units. FIBERGLASS FACT: A rare option was the special high-lift camshaft that provided an (unofficial) output of 240 hp! Trivia Questions Here are a few…
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C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

1953 Corvette Information, 1954 Corvette Information, 1955 Corvette Information, 1956 Corvette Information, 1957 Corvette Information, 1958 Corvette Information, 1959 Corvette Information, 1960 Corvette Information, 1961 Corvette Information, 1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History
C1 Corvette History of Body Kits and Dress-up This is the first re-post of six-part series that looks back at the various custom modifications that could be installed by an owner, contracted to a shop, or purchased as turn-key vehicles. This re-post presents additional photos to those who were selected for print in VETTE VUES. At the end of the article are links to the rest of the series or Corvette Body Kits by generations. In this series, VETTE VUES presents a photographic summary of the major trends in customization, as it has evolved through the various year groups. The treatment for each year group follows a set format. Examples of kits (or parts) that were offered in that actual time period will be presented first, followed by various retro-themed…
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1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car

1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette History
1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car: This Is One Sweet Ride This 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car was a great ride for a kid! Vette Vues Magazine Reader George McNeilus sent us these photos of a 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car.  George explains that it was distributed by Chevrolet dealers from 1956-to 1957.  It is white with red seats and a steering wheel, the side coves are outlined in chrome like the full-size Corvette.  It has a 2-speed with hand shifting lever, hard rubber tires 9-1/2" in diameter, and 1-1/2" in width. The car's dimensions are 23" wide, 54" long, and 21" high and it weighs approximately 45 lbs. 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car: The Corvette Was A Hit 1956-57 Corvette Kiddie Pedal Car was distributed by Chevrolet dealers in 1956-1957.…
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1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette

1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History, Vette Vues Magazine Past Coverage of Corvette Events
The 1956 SR-2 McLean Corvette was on display at the 2005 Bloomington Gold Show in the Special Collection XXI and is owned by John and Sally Neas of Tulsa Oklahoma. 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette at the Bloomington Gold 2005 Front Grill of the 1956 Corvette SR-2 The McLean SR Corvette at the Bloomington Gold 2005 Interior of the 1956 SR-2 McLean Corvette at the Bloomington Gold 2005 1956 SR-2 McLean Corvette Rear End 1956 SR-2 McLean SR Corvette at the Bloomington Gold 2005 Here are some other Corvettes that have been featured in Vette Vues Magazine: How The C1 Corvette Was Made: See The Car’s Evolution 1956 Corvette’s history, features, specifications, and some great Corvette photos. 1956 Corvette advertisements If you have never seen Vette Vues Magazine, you can…
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1956 Sebring Corvette Racer: Putting Corvette on the Map

1956 Sebring Corvette Racer: Putting Corvette on the Map

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives
Inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall in 2010, our next feature car is a 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer and was owned by John and Sally Neas. This car is the only 1956 production Corvette in the Sebring event. 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer at the Bloomington Gold 2010 Great Hall 1956 Sebring Corvette Racer at the Bloomington Gold 2010 Great Hall As Chevrolet’s Chief Engineer, Ed Cole pushed to make the 1953 Motorama show car a Chevrolet production vehicle. The early years were rough, but the V8 came along in 1955, and designers penned a beautiful new body for 1956 Corvettes. Cole thought the time right to go racing. It started with a three-car effort at Daytona Beach in February 1956, where Corvettes set several speed records. It was to…
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