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Back in 1953, about half of all vehicles sold in America were made by General Motors. GM had just about everything for the American driver – except a sports car. Designer Harley Earl fixed that. Using mostly parts from Chevy sedans, he created a concept car for the 1953 New York Auto Show.
What he created was like nothing people had ever seen before: The Corvette.
As great as the early Corvette was, it took the introduction of the Thunderbird by Ford to make GM serious about keeping a sports car in its lineup. The car got more power, more marketing support, and more attention. In 1963, the Sting Ray design was introduced. And Corvette became a Great American Thing.
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The automotive world has honored Corvette on many occasions. It’s been Motor Trend’s Car of the Year twice. It’s been on Car and Driver’s 10 Best List fifteen times. And a Corvette has been the pace car at the Indy 500 ten times. And here’s the kind of in-depth trivia you expect from this blog – 1985 was the last year a CB radio was offered as an option on the Corvette. Can you imagine buying a Corvette, but demanding that it have a CB radio?
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