The Chevrolet Corvette, colloquially known as the ‘Vette, is a two-door. two-passenger luxury sports car manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet across more than 60 years of production and eight design generations. From 1953 to 2019, it was front-engined, and since 2020, it was mid-engined. With its generations noted sequentially form C1 to C8, the Corvette serves as Chevrolet’s halo vehicle and is noted for its performance and distinctive plastic bodywork, either fiberglass or composite.
In 1953, GM executives accepted a suggestion by Myron Scott, then the assistant director of the Public Relations department, to name the company’s new sports car after the small maneuverable warship. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the 1956 GM Motorama as a concept car; production models went on sale later that year. In 1963, the second generation was introduced in coupe and convertible styles. Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette has since 1981 been manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This is also where the National Corvette Museum resides, which houses many iterations of the car.
The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until 1982. C3 coupes featured the first use of T-tops removable roof panels. It introduced monikers that were later revived, such as LT-1, ZR-1, Z07 and Collector Edition. In 1978, Corvette’s 25th anniversary was celebrated with a two-tone Silver Anniversary Edition and an Indy Pace Car replica edition of the C3. This was the first time that a Corvette was used as a Pace Car for the Indianapolis.
We got this vehicle in to do some repair work on the rear axle.