1953 Corvette Magazine Ads & Trivia

1953 Corvette Magazine Ads & Trivia

1953 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
In this article, we are looking at the 1953 Corvette Magazine ads.  At the end of the ads, we will also look in our Rear Vues at what was happening during the time with a little 1953 Trivia. [envira-gallery slug="1953-corvette-photo-gallery"] Did you know the only two options available on the 1953 Corvette were a heater and an AM radio? As we look at the 1953 Corvette Magazine Ads, we thought you might enjoy a little trivia about what was happening in 1953. Publishing has always been difficult.  In 1953, a new publication came on the scene.  Its publisher borrowed $1,000 from his mother and a few others to start it in a Hyde Park kitchen (Chicago). The first issue came out in December but was undated, because they were unsure…
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1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Magazine 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 in perspective-Chevrolet produced 6,339 1957 Corvettes). The Edsel was sold through a new…
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1954 Corvette Magazine Ad

1954 Corvette Magazine Ad

1954 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives, Vintage Corvette Magazine Ads
Here are some 1954 Corvette Magazine advertisements and a few extra ones for you to enjoy. If you look closely, some look as if they are duplicates, but there is a slight variation on them. We have also included some brochures and even some postcards. Also, we have included some other Chevrolet Magazine Ads you might enjoy seeing. There were 3,640 Corvettes produced in 1954, and was the second-year for the Chevrolet Corvette roadster. While that first group, the 1953 Corvette only produced 300 units, it was offered in only one color combination of Polo White with Sportsman Red interior. The instant commercial success of the Corvette led to demand for a more diverse color palette in which to dress the sporting new vehicle, and by 1954, four exterior color…
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Rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top

Rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top

1954 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
Today we are looking back at a rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top. GM styling chief Harley Earl commissioned approximately 20 plastic bubble canopy tops for the 1954 Corvette, most of which went to special customers and dealers.  The C1 Corvettes (first-generation)did not have a factory hardtop configuration. The base Corvette cost $2774.00. There were bubble tops for the early Corvettes produced by a handful of aftermarket companies including Model Builders of Chicago, Plasticon and Scottop of California. The bubble tops were crafted from plexiglass and provided taller drivers a tad more headroom in the cockpit. These ran around $500. 1955 Corvette Bubble Top Vintage Magazine Ads 1955 Corvette Bubble Top Vintage Magazine Ads 1954 Corvette History Chevrolet began production of the 1954 model Corvettes from its freshly refurbished St. Louis…
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1953 VIN 003 Cutaway Corvette Donated to the NCM

1953 VIN 003 Cutaway Corvette Donated to the NCM

1953 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives
Car Revealed as part of National Corvette Museum's Gateway Remodel Gateway Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held during the National Corvette Museum’s annual Michelin NCM Bash, introducing the more than 1,500 Corvette enthusiasts in attendance to the newest exhibit area of the Museum. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the 2018 giving campaign, visitors to the Museum will now be greeted by a welcoming admissions area leading to the completely revamped Gateway exhibit. A surprise announcement was made as part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Ed and Teresa Foss of Roanoke, Indiana, owners of the 1953 Corvette Chassis #003 (the earliest existing Corvette chassis) donated their educational cutaway utilizing the chassis to the Museum. The fully functional vehicle was built explicitly for educational and display…
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No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer

No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer

1960 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Chevrolet Corvette History
In this article, we will look at some photos that appeared in Vette Vues Magazine in 2012 from Corvettes at Carlisle and some from the Bloomington Gold event in 2018 of the No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer.  But first, a little history of this unique Corvette that has been in the courts for several years. No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer at the June Bloomington Gold 2018 held at the Indianapolis Speedway.  One of three 1960 Corvettes that Briggs Cunningham raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year labeled “1,” “2,” and “3.”  The No. 3 wound up winning the race, and No. 1 and No. 2 failed to finish. No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer at the…
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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, Chevrolet Corvette History, Corvette Features
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. 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 kits or turn-key cars developed in later years. Miscellaneous items are included at the end of each year group. NOTE:…
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Goes to Auction

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Goes to Auction

1953 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvettes at Auction
This 1953 Corvette is the 30th of 300 produced and goes to auction in January 2018.  In this article we look at several 1953 cars that were in the Motorama that year. MOTORAMA MEMORIES: From the DeAtley Collection come four shining General Motors dream vehicles Article Courtesy of Barret-Jackson and written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen Fine examples from the very first GM Motorama in 1953: a Buick Skylark (Lot #1353), Cadillac Eldorado (Lot #1353.1), Oldsmobile Fiesta (Lot #1353.2) and Chevrolet Corvette (Lot #1353.3) – all selling at No Reserve at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction. The American auto industry after World War II reflected both the unflappable optimism of our nation’s population and the enormous capabilities of the manufacturing sector. There was no dream too big, too audacious or…
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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, Chevrolet 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. [caption id="attachment_4446" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Only 43 1957 Corvette models were factory-equipped with the 579E airbox option. Vehicle is on display at the 2017 SEMA Show courtesy of Hendrick Performance.[/caption] 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…
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1962 Chevrolet Corvette Magazine Ad

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Magazine Ad

1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Chevrolet Corvette History, Vintage Corvette Magazine Ads
From Vette Vues Magazine's Rear Vues Collection: 1962 Chevrolet 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 lets 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 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 the base price of $4,038. There were 14,531 produced that model year. The base price included the 327ci,…
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