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When the Chevrolet Division of General Motors began the Corvette project (under the code name of Project Opel) in 1952, there was much to learn about building a sports car. Chevrolet had great experience and success designing passenger cars and trucks, but the sports car was a different breed of automobile. However, some aspects of designing automobiles remain the same – one of which is the need for one or more prototypes for testing construction techniques, mechanical systems, etc. In the case of the original Corvette, four were ultimately built – two were built to show car standards, one was