It has endured the tests and ravages of time, and is currently thought to be at par with some of the best cars in the world.
The title Corvette comes from a tiny maneuverable fighting frigate. The ancient Corvettes were almost hand constructed using fiberglass rather than steel to the lightweight effect. At that moment, Chevrolet was famous for producing exceptional performing cars in a no nonsense package. So, although the cars were good price, sales continued to decrease.
The Corvette history could have ended with this little chapter but for the coming of Zora Arkus-Duntov from the technology department of GM. Duntov single handedly altered the Corvette from a two-seat automobile to a real sports car by taking a 265 variant of this engine and applying the three-speed manual transmission to it.
Corvette history covers 6 generations of the famous Corvette cars starting from C1 through to C6. The C1s are usually known as solid-axle, and were in production until 1962. By 1963, tumultuous times lay ahead for the Corvette, with several other cars trying to outshine each other. The Corvette rose into the contest with the C2 that began rolling out in 1963. This season saw the dramatic prevalence of the Corvette Sting Ray coupe with its split rear end window, and non-functional ford-like vents. The split window has been removed the very next year because of security concerns, making this version of the car among the most sought after by vintage collectors. Greater motor power, four-wheel disk brakes, and side exhaust pipes appeared in the subsequent models and were available till 1969.
The famed L88 edition of the Stingray was another milestone in Corvette history. An actual blood racing car, the L88 was in production for just three decades, and was quickly gobbled up by a marketplace which was thirsting for its trendy sports monster. The L88 was never really meant for public use. The high performing car had many capabilities which were relatively unknown to most users of the moment.
This series began rolling out in 1968 and continued until 1982. Small changes in styling left the Corvette more lightweight and stylish. 1973 saw the final of the Corvettes with chrome bumpers. 1975 was the last year a Corvette convertible was created, and in 1980, the Corvette got a new aerodynamic design overhaul which radically reduced drag.
The C4 was a whole redesign and the emphasis on this version was managing. The mid-eighties saw GM cooperating with Lotus for growing the pricey ZR-1. High performance and superb appearances were emphasized in this model. The C5 rolled out in 1997 and was in action until 2004.
The appearance of the car had improved substantially in this version. The functionality also proved that this version was much superior to the previous versions. The C5-R and the Z06 are other outstanding automobiles in this collection. The C6 isn’t so much different from its predecessor. The major thrust of the upgrade appears to be aimed at optimizing the older version and eliminating some snags and hitches. The new Z06 came in 2006. Corvette history is full of the numerous awards and prizes won by Corvette both for its looks and performance.