Chevrolet started the production of the first corvette in 1953, making the corvette the first true American sports car. Chevrolet has since released six different generations of the ever popular corvette called C1-C6. C6 is currently in production and is a $ 100,000 car.
The first generation of corvettes, C1, was made between 1953 and 1962. In 1963, it was replaced by C2. C2 was the first Corvette generation that contained a Corvette Sting Ray Coupe. This generation was designed by Lawrence Kiyoshi Shinoda – Larry Shinoda – and styled by Bill Mitchell. This generation of the Corvette became an instant classic and the work of Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell is responsible for much of the popularity of Sting Ray, Mako Shark and other classic corvettes.
There are many other reasons why these cars became the classics they are today. It is the fact that they were the first all American sports car that made them appealing in a patriotic age. There is also the fact that they were really good sports cars with a lot of power. The 1963 corvette had a 365 hp engine (272 kW), and that was just the beginning. Every new model grew a little stronger.
However, the C2 corvette was always more than a powerhouse and offered a comfortable ride for a sports car. This was due in part to the independent rear suspension in C2s. You can also buy C2 Corvette from the start with a number of extra features that increase driving comfort even more like air conditioning and AM-FM radio.
C2 was originally designed with a split rear window design, but that design ceased in 1964 because it was suspected to be uncertain. In 1965, the C2 corvette made another safety-motivated change when they introduced four-wheel disc brakes that improved the braking capacity. This was also the year when they introduced the so-called "big block" engine option, 6.5 L V8 (6.5 L = 396 in). The 1965 corvette C2 was the first C2 with side exhaust pipe. This design was used until 1970.
C2s really started coming to their own now and the next year model, 1966 Corvette is one of the most popular and beloved corvettes of all time. This year, the model still has a huge impact and is a favorite among collectors all over the world. The 1966 Corvette was the top of the C2 generation cars and in 1967 the Corvette C2 was the last year before the third generation was introduced.