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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1957 Corvette Super Sport – The Forgotten Show Car – FlipBook

1957 Corvette Super Sport – The Forgotten Show Car – FlipBook

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives, Corvettes at Auction
We are sharing from the Vette Vues Magazine archives, a feature article of a Corvette that is going up for auction at the Mecum January Kissimmee Florida auction. LOT S145 1957 Corvette Super Sport Show Car was featured in Vette Vues Magazine May 2018, titled "1957 Corvette Super Sport - The Forgotten Show Car." COVER OF THE MAY 2018 ISSUE VETTE VUES MAGAZINE CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE FLIPBOOK Would you like to know more about the history of the first-generation Corvettes? The first C1 Corvette came off the Flint production line on June 30, 1953, and carried a price tag of $3,490. The two-seat sports car could go zero to 60 in 11 or 12 seconds. Learn more about the journey of the C1 Corvette in our C1 Corvette…
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1957 Corvette Big Brake Airbox

1957 Corvette Big Brake Airbox

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives, Corvettes at Auction
Today we are looking back at the 1957 Corvette Big Tank Airbox Serial No. 4007 and some of its history. We originally covered this in 2018 when it was headed to Mecum Auction in Kissimmee. The earliest known Airbox Corvette, Lot S140, was auctioned Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction. The 1957 Airbox Corvette bid up to $500,000 but did not sell on the block. It is one of 43 Airbox Cars produced of which only twenty-two are known to exist. This award-winning 1957 Corvette is Serial No. 4007 and was completed on May 15, 1957. The car was ordered by a Chevrolet dealer and racer, Bill Howe, in Middleton Ohio during a special SCCA event in which GM announced the car's development. That was in January…
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1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
If you love old cars, you will love these 1957 vintage Corvette ads... Before we look at our 1957 Corvette Magazine Ads, we also want to share a little trivia.  This comes from our Vette Vues Magazine column “Rear Vues” where we feature Corvette Magazine Ads from the Ladd B. Chase Collection. In 1957, there were massive promotional campaigns from Ford Motor Company. In magazine ads, they announced “E-Day” in which a new car was going to be introduced. This would take place on September 4, 1957. 2.5 million Americans poured into dealerships around the country. “E-Day” was the debut of the 1958 model year Edsel. Enthusiasm was high! In the first year, 63,110 Edsels were sold in the United States; an additional 4,935 units were sold in Canada (to put it…
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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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1957 C1 CORVETTE AIRBOX ROADSTER at SEMA 2017

1957 C1 CORVETTE AIRBOX ROADSTER at SEMA 2017

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette History, Corvette News and Archives
The SEMA show is going on this week in Las Vegas. Chevrolet brought this 1957 Chevrolet C1 Corvette which features option code 579E, a rare airbox option. Only 43 1957 Corvette models were factory-equipped wîth the 579E airbox option. Only 43 1957 Corvette models were factory-equipped with the 579E airbox option. The vehicle is on display at the 2017 SEMA Show courtesy of Hendrick Performance. A RARE COLD-AIR INDUCTION SYSTEM HIGHLIGHTS 60-PLUS YEARS OF PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT Nineteen fifty-seven was a pivotal year for the Chevrolet Corvette. It was the first year for a four-speed transmission, while its Small Block V-8 grew to 283 cubic inches (4.6L) and offered mechanical fuel injection. Those “fuelie” models established a new performance benchmark by delivering one horsepower for each cubic inch of displacement. It…
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Corvette News Magazine History – First Published in 1957

Corvette News Magazine History – First Published in 1957

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette History, Corvette News Magazine, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
In this article, you will learn about the history of Corvette News, which was the first Corvette magazine produced.  At the end of this article, you will find links to some of the issues of Corvette News that you can read online. GM published a magazine called Corvette News.  Corvette News was the first Corvette magazine produced and was first published in 1957.  It was sent to owners of new Corvettes...for free.  Corvette News covered Corvette racing, news about Corvette club events, features about Corvette owners, and news about the new Corvette! When you purchased your new Corvette, your owner's manual had a postcard in the front that you sent in with your name and address. You received a pin, a patch, an ID card, and a subscription for three calendar years…
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1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 FI Pilot Production 579B

1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 FI Pilot Production 579B

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History, Vette Vues Magazine Past Coverage of Corvette Events
This article appeared in the September 2007 issue of Vette Vues Magazine in its coverage of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show.   1957 Corvette Serial Number 0162 283/283 FI Pilot Production 579B.Owned by (In 2007): Ken Kayser, Flint, MI.   Ken Kayser poses with his 1957 Corvette at the 2007 Bloomington Gold Special Collection XXIII   This 1957 Corvette #162 was one of approximately twelve "pilot" RPO-579 fuel injection Corvettes assembled at the St. Louis Corvette plant in the first two weeks of October 1957. The purpose of a pilot build event is to evaluate the ability of the people, parts, and assembly process to perform the work in the time allowed with satisfactory quality. The pilot fuel injection units built at St. Louis revealed several problems that were corrected…
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1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar

1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History, Corvette Racing News, Vette Vues Magazine Past Coverage of Corvette Events
1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar: This Was One Hell Of A Racecar This 1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar is the earliest known RPO 684 produced at St. Louis, and perhaps the most successful 1957 Corvette in SCCA Racing during 1957. This article appeared in the September 2007 issue of Vette Vues Magazine in its coverage of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show. 1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar on display at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show. 1957 Corvette Serial Number 3963 283/283 FI Historic Racer. Owned by: John & Sally Neas, Tulsa, OK (2007) This 1957 SCCA Corvette FI Historic Racecar is the earliest known RPO 684 produced at St. Louis, and perhaps the most successful 1957 Corvette in SCCA Racing during 1957. Produced May 14, 1957, factory delivered…
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1957 Corvette Convertible Sebring/Daytona/Nassau/Racer

1957 Corvette Convertible Sebring/Daytona/Nassau/Racer

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Racing News, Vette Vues Magazine Past Coverage of Corvette Events
We are looking at a historic 1957 Corvette Race Car with the Rochester Fuel Injection system that was used for only about a year and during that year it was raced at Nassau, Daytona, and Sebring. October 2005 Corvette Vette Vues Magazine This article appeared in Vette Vues Magazine, October 2005 Issue.Volume 34, Issue Number 3 This historical Corvette was on display at the 2008 Bloomington Gold Special Collection XXI.  It was owned and showed by Joseph & Mary Beth Trybulec of Bentonville, AR. 1957 Corvette Convertible Sebring/Daytona/Nassau/Racer Work order 17792 created 3 special competition cars for 1957.Raced at Sebring, Daytona, and Nassau.Featured in Corvette News, Volume one, number one.Introduced fuel injection to the Corvette. Here are some historical photos that were on display at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show.…
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