60 Years In The Evolution Of The Chevrolet Corvette

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The long-awaited 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray was revealed on the eve of the Detroit Motor Show last week, and so far it’s been very well-received.Last week also happened to mark the 60th anniversary of the debut of the very first Chevrolet Corvette, at the General Motors Motorama in New York, in 1953.

To mark the occasion, here’s a look back at the history of one of “America’s sports car.”

The first Corvette, a convertible concept, made its debut in January 1953. Production began six months later.

It was named for a small, manoeuvrable warship. Here's the 1957 model.

All Corvettes, including the 1958, have front engines that power the rear wheels.

The 1960 version was basically the same as its predecessor.

With 1963 came the second generation of the Corvette, named the Sting Ray.

The third generation, introduced in 1968, was the longest Corvette Chevrolet yet.

The 1977 Corvette offered few new options, but it did have an eight track tape player with an AM-FM stereo.

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The film 'Corvette Summer' — starring Mark Hamill — came out in 1978, but did not feature this 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Edition.

1979 was the best year ever for the Corvette: The 53,307 units sold are still an annual record for the car.

The fourth-generation Corvette debuted in the mid-1980s. No models were offered for sale in 1983, and only one of the 44 prototypes built remains today. Pictured is the 1984 Corvette.

The new generation, which lasted 13 years, featured a sleeker, more aerodynamic design.

1997 was the year of the fifth generation Corvette. The C5 weighed less than its predecessor, thanks to a lighter chassis, engine, and body panels.

The C6 rolled off the production line in 2005. It ditched the retractable headlamps to shave weight and improve aerodynamics.

The 2009 ZR1 was powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that produced 628 horsepower, good for a top speed of 205 mph.

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The 2011 Corvette Grand Sport hinted at the look of the seventh-generation Corvette, and featured Magnetic Ride Control for improved handling.

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The last Corvette to roll off the line before the C7 was the 2013 427 Convertible, named for its the 427 cubic inch (7-liter) engine.

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Last week, Chevy finally revealed the C7 Stingray at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

Now learn more about the newest Corvette.

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