10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE CHEVROLET CORVETTE


Publish date: 2016-05-09 09:52:20
Chevrolet Corvette

For all of the fans of Chevrolet Corvette out there, here are some various facts about your favorite car. This car was one of the most successful cars that survived the test of time.

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  1. The Corvette In Prince’s Dreams

Prince's Corvette song

The late Prince has written a song for Corvette. The idea came when Prince is sleeping in the back up singer’s car and he said that the lyrics of the song came to him while he was taking a nap. The Little Red Corvette became Prince’s first big hit and Chevrolet used its popularity in advertising their Corvette. Chevrolet put up billboards with a 1963 Red Corvette Stingray with the line “They don’t write songs about Volvos”.

  1. The Million Corvettes

The Million Corvettes

Since its inception in June 30, 1953, over 1.5 million Corvettes were produced. The 500,000th Corvette was produced in 1977 and the 1,000,000th Corvette was created in 1992. Lastly, the 1.5 million mark for Corvette was reached in 2009.

  1. The Missing Corvette

Missing Corvette

There is no 1983 Corvette. Chevrolet skipped the 1983 model because they were preparing for the brand new 1984 release. Although they built 44 prototypes in 1983, only one of them survived. The remaining 1983 prototype Corvette was displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling, Green, KY.

  1. GM Almost Killed Corvette

GM Almost Killed Corvette

A lot of people are not satisfied with the first generation Corvettes, especially on its first year.GM was about to discontinue the Corvette because it was outperformed by Ford Thunderbird but instead of waving the white flag, Chevrolet redesigned Corvette to make it a real contender.

  1. The Fastest Chevrolet in History

The Fastest Chevrolet in History

The 1968 Corvette powered by a prototype ’70 engine was recorded as the fastest Corvette in history. MotorTrend tested the car and it recorded 0 to 60mph acceleration in just 2.8 seconds, it also reached a ¼ mile in 10.86 seconds at 124.26 miles per hour. 

  1. The Class Of Warships

The Corvette was originally named Opel but Chevrolet’s chief photographer Myron Scott was not satisfied. After brainstorming ideas, he came up with the name Corvette. He said that the name was inspired by the small fast class corvette warships.

  1. The Original Emblem Was Illegal

The original emblem of Corvette

The original emblem of Corvette includes an American flag. They are unaware that it is illegal to use the image of the American flag in various advertising purposes. After receiving a notice about the violation that they made, Chevrolet redesigned the emblem and they used the French symbol for peace and purity.

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  1. Corvette Was Stuck With V8

Corvette Was Stuck With V8 engine

Initially, Corvette was not designed for the powerful V-8 engine. Early models of Corvette were powered by a weak six-cylinder engine but in 1955, GM announced that the upcoming Corvettes include the V-8 on its engine options. GM was surprised that the 90% of customers that purchased Corvette chose the V8 as their engine.

  1. The Man Who Saved The Corvette Was From Russia

The Man Who Saved The Corvette Was From Russia

Zora Arkus-Duntov was the man behind the transformation of Corvette from being a simple small car into a high-powered vehicle in 1960s. Contrary to what George Will stated in his 1966 obituary, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov spent his childhood years in Russia. His ashes are interred at the National Corvette Museum.

  1. Limited Options For Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

Only 300 were produced for the 1953 release of Chevrolet Corvette and only two options were available for this model. Unlike the modern incarnation of this vehicle which has a number of options, the only options that customers can choose are whether they want a heater or an AM radio.

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The car already celebrated its 60th anniversary and it is really impressive that although this car’s future was in doubt after its lackluster release, it became one of the most successful cars until today.

Reference

https://www.asapwarranty.com/blog/2015/15-interesting-facts-chevrolet-corvette/

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2012/05/31/Secrets-of-the-Corvette

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