Corvette production reached 9670 cars. The standard 283 -cid V-8 made 230 bhp with options up to 290 bhp. Also, new trailing radius rods helped during vigorous acceleration.



Ten inches longer overall, these new Corvettes had a choice of five ratings for their V-8 engine; for example, a 270bhp four speed gearbox engine. Now priced at $3631, the Corvette is still Americas only sports car. The Corvette now has sturdier bumpers, and the gauges now sat ahead of the driver in the cockbit.



     Corvette production almost DOUBLED when it reached 6339 units in ’57. Corvette buyers now can choose from a 250 or 283 bhp fuel injected engine. A four speed gearbox was also introduced.


      Much changed for the Corvette in 1956: the mesh headlights were gone, meaning the net covering on the headlights. Concave bodyside coves were inserted, allowing customers to permit a two tone style.  3467 Corvettes were bought in this year, with or without a removable hardtop. They got real roll up windows, and could even have a power operated fabric top. The Corvette now has 210 horsepower, and had a three speed gearbox with or without Powerglide.  This new Corvette can reach 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds!


Though long known for being a family car company, Chevrolet sought to compete with Ford for being a hot rod dream car. Thus, in January of 1953, the first Corvette appeared. Production first started around June of the same year. Development took about 30 months. Corvettes provided stylish features, and were easily accepted by the sports car-loving Americans. These Corvettes were the first fiberglass-bodied cars in history to be produced. They consisted of 46 pieces supplied by the Molded Fiber Glass Company. A six cylinder engine sat in the front of the car. The car was 102 inches long, and had SUPERB steering ability.