In the 1950’s, General Motors was one of the top corporations in the world indulging in an enormous agglomeration of businesses, which ranged from simple home appliances to offering insurance and manufacturing Chevrolet, Cadillac’s, Buicks and other locomotives. The scale of business was so huge that the every second car brought in United States was of General Motors. However, the company did not make a sports car till then. The idea to build a sports car came when GM hired Harley J Earl, who was behind the concept car in 1938 as the chief designer of the company.
It was Harley Earl, who unveiled the idea of building a class apart sports car which would change the world of sports car forever. After several months of frenzied work, the sports car was ready by January 1953 which nobody had ever seen before. Close to the ground, lean, curvy, rocket ship tail lights, sexy, and just enough space in the cock pit for two adults. The sports car was named as “Chevrolet Corvette”. Let us now take a look at the detailed specifications of the car.
Chevrolet Corvette Body
During the first production year, a volume of 300 cars were produced. All the cars were essentially built from hand and as technologies evolved during the production cycle, each of this lot was slightly different from each other. The original and attractive body of the Chevrolet corvette was built out of innovative fiberglass, as the material can be easily made into complex shapes than the traditional tough steel material. However, all the 1953 models featured Polo white color exteriors, stunning red color interiors and soft tops made out of black canvas. The other significant features of the car was rocket rear fenders featuring tiny fins, sunken type of headlights covered by guards made of mesh stone, and the dazzling grille teeth running vertically. In addition, a shadow box housing was provisioned for holding the license plate. No exterior door handles were provisioned on the exterior body for a smooth finish, anybody could easily reach inside the car to release the door.
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible roof top
The most significant feature of the vehicle was its convertible top, which was not power operated, but it would fold neatly and cleanly beneath the flush fitting cover and enabled one person to manage the task efficiently.
Chevrolet Corvette Wheels
Besides the exceptional looks and excellent handling, Chevrolet corvette was given 102 inches wheel base with the overall length being 167 inches, width being 70.5 inches. The dimensions of the tires assembled were 6.70 X 15. On the other hand, the total curb weight of the vehicle was 2,850 pounds.
Chevrolet Corvette Engine and Performance
In terms of performance, Chevrolet corvette was quite efficient. The vehicle was installed with a six cylinder 3.80 liter engine which achieved 150 horsepower @ 4200 rpm and a torque of pound-feet @ 2400 rpm along with powerglide – six speed manual transmission. You will be pleased to know that well tuned vehicle could easily accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour within 11 seconds and reached 105 miles per hour or 170 kms per hou in roughly 41 seconds.
Chevrolet Corvette Price
The base price of Chevrolet corvette when the car was put on sale in the month of September 1953 was kept at $3498 though it was primarily decided by Harley J earl to market the sports car around $2000.
It must be mentioned that as only 300 cars were manufactured, not a single piece could reach the dealer and consumer directly. The cars went to various engineers for testing process. However, you will be pleased to know that around 200 Chevrolet corvette are still known to exist.