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Old 06-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Happy Birthday ...Chevrolet Corvette ...June 30,1953

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The Corvette is unique in automotive history. No other car has ever achieved 60 years (and counting) of production, and no other car has come close to the romantic reputation of Chevrolet's powerful two-seat sports car.

The Corvette was invented in 1951 by GM designer Harley Earl, who was inspired by the great European sports cars of the day and wanted to create an American sports car that could compete and win at the race track. The name "Corvette" was borrowed from a line of small, fast navy ships used in World War II.

The first Corvette reached the end of the assembly line on June 30, 1953. The first 15 cars were built, all by hand, in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint Michigan.

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Each of these first-year Corvettes was a white roadster with red interior. The Corvette was made with fiberglass bodywork for light weight, but the first cars were produced with a comparatively weak 150 horsepower 6-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The result was more of a cruising car than a racing-inspired sports car.
Of the first 300 Corvettes, approximately 225 are known to exist today.

Long Live The Corvette!!


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Old 06-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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not the greatest pic but here is my 1998 Vette when I owned one:
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:57 PM   #6
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Happy Birthday Corvette... Guess I could wash the 78 today for the special day...
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:09 PM   #7
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Happy birthday. But the 60 years of production can be argued by some. There is one model year that doesn't exist. I can't recall the actual year. GM just continued production of the previous model.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #8
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Happy Birthday Corvette 60 years young

there were No Publicly sold 1983 Corvette's
only test mules and such, but there were
Corvette's built for that year. ~
the 1st C4's were 1984.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #9
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A 1983 Corvette was never produced off the line. I've had three and number three is a 1992 parked in the garage right next to the Camaro!
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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My first car was a 'mini-vette' aka the 1970 Opel GT
I used to kid folks that it was a full sized 'vette until I washed it
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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w00t!!! Happy birthday Vette!

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
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When I finish my Ph.D. next year and start working, a Corvette is the first thing I'm buying. I want to be one of the few men in their 20s driving a new Corvette that they paid for themselves.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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There is an '83 Corvette (if you count pre-production anyway); a single one, to be exact. There were originally 43 of them, but when GM decided to push the '83 models to '84 (due to new emission legislation) they ordered all of them destroyed. Plant workers were able to save a single white '83 by moving it around in the system, and it currently resides at the Corvette Museum.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #16
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45 years ago...

In 1967, we called the Camaro, "the poor man's Corvette"...

NOT TODAY ! The Camaro is one sweet, sweeeet chariot.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:51 PM   #17
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There is an '83 Corvette (if you count pre-production anyway); a single one, to be exact. There were originally 43 of them, but when GM decided to push the '83 models to '84 (due to new emission legislation) they ordered all of them destroyed. Plant workers were able to save a single white '83 by moving it around in the system, and it currently resides at the Corvette Museum.
I thought they sold the '83 at Barrett Jackson a few years ago
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:45 AM   #18
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #19
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The only consumer available vehicle that I know that has been around longer is the Surburban. 1935 or 36 I think it started and except for the war years has been in continuous production.

I have owned one Corvette, a 1965 convertible that I bought in 1973 for $2,100. Wish I still had that car today!
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The only consumer available vehicle that I know that has been around longer is the Surburban. 1935 or 36...
Correct. 1935.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #22
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The only consumer available vehicle that I know that has been around longer is the Surburban. 1935 or 36 I think it started and except for the war years has been in continuous production.

I have owned one Corvette, a 1965 convertible that I bought in 1973 for $2,100. Wish I still had that car today!
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Correct. 1935.
First generation (1933–1934)
Technically 1933....Chevrolet offered a station wagon body, built on the 1/2 ton truck frame. This model was specifically built for National Guard units and Civilian Conservation Corps units. Much of the body was constructed from wood, and could seat up to eight occupants.

...Consumer Use...1935


It was/is built on a truck frame.
The Corvette is a passenger car.

As history of namplates...
Suburban, of total vehicle nameplates, dates longer.
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It was/is built on a truck frame.
The Corvette is a passenger car.

As history of namplates...
Suburban, of total vehicle nameplates, dates longer.
That's why I said Vehicle and not car, and consumer available, because of what you pointed out.
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