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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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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1962 Corvette Magazine Ad – Vintage Print Advertisements

1962 Corvette Magazine Ad – Vintage Print Advertisements

1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette History, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
From Vette Vues Magazine's Rear Vues Collection: 1962 Corvette Magazine Ads 1962 was GM's peak and it was producing 51 percent of all the cars in the U.S. Before we look at the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Magazine Ads let's look at some of the details about this model year. The 1962 model year was the last of the solid-rear-axle cars produced before the new Split Window '63 Sting Ray. It marked the first year for the 327 engine, both of which place it in a unique position. Other than the new V-8 engine, however, the '62 was largely a carryover--as outgoing model series tend to be. All the Corvettes were convertibles with a base price of $4,038. There were 14,531 produced that model year. The base price included the 327ci,…
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Museum’s 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration

Museum’s 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration

1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives
This Corvette Museum 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration is the last of three to be restored, visitors can watch the on-going work... [caption id="attachment_2835" align="aligncenter" width="640"] This 1962 Corvette was damaged in National Corvette Museum Sinkhole. This article is about the Corvette Museum 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2834" align="aligncenter" width="640"] NCM Commemorates Sinkhole’s Third Anniversary with Corvette Museum 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration.[/caption] For the NCM's 3rd anniversary of the sinkhole, the Corvette Museum 1962 Sinkhole Corvette Restoration was started. Almost all the work will be at the NCM. Three years ago, on February 12, 2014, viewers tuning into their morning news witnessed and heard an almost unbelievable story – a sinkhole had opened inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and eight Corvettes fell victim… lying at the…
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1962 Firemist Gold Corvette Styling Car at Mecum

1962 Firemist Gold Corvette Styling Car at Mecum

1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History, Corvettes at Auction
In this article, we will look at the history of the one and only 1962 Firemist Gold Corvette Styling Car that is at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. In this article, we will look at the history of the one and only 1962 Firemist Gold Corvette Styling Car that is at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Photographer: William Wolf IV During the 1960s, General Motors Styling Department produced a few experimental Corvettes. These rare cars were for important people and special occasions. They had unique Shop Order numbers. Notables such as Harley Ear, Bill Mitchel, and "Bunkie" Knudsen received such cars. This is the case for this 1962 Corvette Styling Car. Its shop Order number is 10224. When Chevrolet celebrated its "Golden" anniversary in 1962, they did a…
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1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette

1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette

1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette News and Archives, Corvettes at Auction
1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette Goes to Mecum Auction in Kissimmee.  This Corvette is painted Heather Amethyst.  In this post, we will look at some of its histories. Photo Credits: William Wolf IV Mecum Auction Tag for the 1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette painted Heather Amethyst that is going to Mecum Auction in Kissimmee 2017. 1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette painted Heather Amethyst goes to Mecum Auction in Kissimmee in 2017. Here is some history on this unusual 1962 Tangier Shrine Parade Corvette painted Heather Amethyst. In 1957 eleven Omaha business and civic leaders formed the Tangier Shrine Patrol. They performed in parades throughout the Midwest and East showing their driving skills and promoting traffic safety in the community. The men also helped to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for…
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