The first Corvette came off the assembly line on June 30, 1953. The entire 1953 production took place in Flint, Michigan, in the back of a customer delivery garage. There were 300 Corvettes produced. The first two were destroyed… they were engineering test cars.
Did you know that there is a holiday to celebrate this event? Because the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line on June 30th in 1953, every year, Corvette Enthusiast’s celebrate by driving their Corvettes on the Friday closest to that date. Mike Yager, Mid America Motorworks founder, launched “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day” in 2001. Thousands of Corvette owners enjoy their cars every year as they salute the American Sports Car. Join in and make your work commute a Corvette salute & be sure to Save the Wave!
It all started in 1953…
On January 17, 1953, General Motors introduced the new sportscar at the General Motors Motorama. The event held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York was viewed by more than 1.4 million visitors. Since then Corvette has undergone many changes.
The 1953 Corvette saw a production of only 300 roadsters and all were white. The 1953 Corvettes was assembled in a former Customer Deliver Garage at Van Slyke Avenue and Atherton Road in Flint, Michigan. These original Corvettes was virtually hand built.
Because the 1953 Corvette was in short supply, GM decided to sell them only to the rich and famous. This would get them the maximum publicity. The DuPoints received three of them!
The 1953 Corvette only weighted 530 lbs. The frame was manufactured by A.O. Smith. The Fiberglass body parts were made by Molded Fiber Glass Co.
Who is the True Father of Corvette?
Harley Earl is considered the true father of the Corvette. Zora-Arkus-Duntov joined General Motors in 1953 after seeing the Motorama Corvette on display. The legendary Corvette engineer came on board at GM in May 1953.
Since then, the Corvette has undergone many changes over the years on the road.