8 Glimpses From Corvette’s Journey Through History

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On the heels of Chevrolet’s (NYSE:GM) announcement that it will be bringing the new Corvette Z06 to the Detroit Auto Show, we took a look back at the Corvette’s history to better understand the legacy behind General Motors’ leading performance machine. The Corvette you see today is not a juiced-up sports car made with leftover bits from the GM parts bin: It is the culmination of decades of engineering hits and misses that, like all vehicles, are honed to a fine edge.

Indeed, the Corvette Stingray has proven to be an enormously popular vehicle among critics and has garnered praise from just about all who have driven it. It’s been ranked on Car & Driver‘s 10 Best List, was named Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year, and they’re selling faster than General Motors can make them.

Here are some of the most crucial Corvettes going back to 1953, which best show the evolution of America’s favorite performance car. You can check out Edmunds.com’s full write-up here.

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1. 1953: Genesis

The model that started it all is certainly a far cry from the models of today, as they most often are. Though the original ‘Vette looked stunning, “as a sports car it was pathetic,” Edmunds writes. This was built out of the parts bin, and it showed. The vehicle had a suspension from Chevy’s larger sedans, and the 150 horsepower that it offered wasn’t anything to write home about. But, onward and upward.

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