The Chevy Corvette has always been the most beloved model for the Chevy lineup, and rightfully so.
It was the summer of 1953 when the first production of the Chevy Corvette started to roll out at their Flint, Michigan assembly line. Once the Corvette hit the streets, it became an instant classic, and ultimately the flagship for the automaker.
There were only 300 hand-built models of the 1953 Corvette that year. The next time it would be produced would be in 1955 when they rolled out with a V8 Corvette, more power and some improved styling from two years prior.
The Corvette experienced a number of changes in its lifetime, which includes more aggressive styling and a ton more horsepower. The Corvette apparel transitioned from a sporty convertible in the 1950s to full-fledged muscle vehicle in the 1970s. The Vette became a household name as Chevy Dealerships like Hoffman started to experience the high demand for these finely tuned vehicles.
This shift ultimately was influenced by the Mustang, and Dodge muscle vehicles of that period. The 70s were known for a number of things not just Disco and Vietnam, but also the automotive manufacturing trend for more power, with a whole segment of muscle cars.
This mentality carried on through the 1980s and began to throttle back some in the 1990s. But even today the Corvette is equal parts muscle car and sports car. But for many of us who really understand the Corvettes beginning, understand the Good Old Days of the Corvette have long passed, but the Corvette name itself holds a lot of value.
So here is to you Chevrolet Corvette, happy birthday.