Corvette History - The Second Generation
Chevrolet started the production of the first corvette in 1953 which
makes the corvette the first true American made sports car. Chevrolet
has since released six different generations of the ever popular corvette
called C1 � C6. The C6 is presently in production.
The first generation of Corvettes, C1, was made between 1953 and 1962. In 1963 it was
replaced by the C2. The C2 was the first corvette generation to feature a Corvette Sting
Ray coupe. This generation was designed by Lawrence Kiyoshi Shinoda � Larry Shinoda �
and was styled by Bill Mitchell. This generation of the corvette became an instant classic
and the work of Larry Shinoda and Bill Mitchell is responsible for a large part of the
popularity of the Sting Ray, the Mako Shark and other classic corvettes.
There are many other reasons that these cars became the classics they are today. There
is the fact that they where the first all American made sport car which made them appealing
in a patriotic age. There is also the fact that they where truly great sports cars with
a lot of power. The 1963 corvette had a 365 hp engine (272 kW), and that�s was only the
beginning. Each new model grew a little more powerful.
The C2 corvette was however always more than a power house and offered a comfortable
ride for a sports car. This was partly due to the independent rear suspension in the
C2s. You could also right from the start buy the C2 Corvette with a number of extras
that raises the ride comfort even more such as air conditioning and AM-FM radio.
The C2 was originally designed with a split rear window design but that design was discontinued
in 1964 since it was suspected to be unsafe. In 1965 the C2 corvette made another safety
motivated change when they introduced four-wheel disc brakes which improved the braking
capacity. This was also the year when they introduced the so called �big-block� engine
option, the 6.5 L V8 (6.5 L =396 in�). The 1965 corvette C2 was the first C2 with side
exhaust pipes. This design was used until 1970.
The C2s really started to come into their own at this point and the following year model,
the 1966 Corvette is one of the most popular and beloved Corvettes of all times. This
year model still has a huge following and is a favourite among collectors all over the
world. The 1966 corvette was the peak of the C2 generation cars and the 1967 Corvette
C2 was to be the last year before the third generation was introduced.
Learn more about the history of the corvette and the popular Corvette
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