1953 - 1962 Corvette C1 For Sale
The Corvette car has been in the automobile industry since early 1950s. The corvette sports car that you see nowadays are just the latest models created by General Motors or GM. Corvette history goes a long way back since 1953 when Harley Earl designed the first corvette car.
General Motors in Kentucky was just the continuing bridge of the Chevrolet Corvette, although it has been originally created in Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri.
Harley Earl was hired by General Motors in 1927 to be their designer for cars. Since Earl has a passion for racing cars, his passion definitely influenced his designs and thus ended up with the corvette car design. During that time, a popular car manufacturer named Nash Motors were already designing and releasing sports car; a two-seater car. Earl then thought that it’s time for General Motors to make their own sports cars too. Earl and his crew began their new project which is to make a new car that would represent General Motor’s sports car. In 1953, the first corvette car, the Corvette C1 was released for the public to see during a Motorama car exhibit.
In 1954, Paxton supercharger, an improvement in corvette’s performance was out in the market. However, corvette cars weren’t that in demand during that time. Sales eventually declined. Although it seems like corvette cars were losing hope, Arkus-Duntov improved the corvette’s performance and created the V8 engine. The V8 has a three-speed MT or manual transmission that made corvettes appealing to the public. Thus, Arkus-Duntov was recognized as the Father of the Corvette during that time.