I don’t know about you but, as a kid I always wanted a Corvette. Route 66, Jan and Dean, the Beach boys all fueled the desire to own a Corvette. General Motors, in the 1950’s had no idea what the future held for the Corvette. If only GM known then what they know now! The 1953-1962, also known as the C1 Corvette, had its ups and downs. Argus Duntov really saved the Corvette from GM’s ax and we all are glad he did. The 1953 -55 had low production numbers and each were hand built so it really was not cost effective production. The chassis were really left over from early Chevy’s so that helped reduce cost. Production runs were only 300 in 1953, 3,640 units in 1954 and back down to only 700 cars in1955. All 1953 and 1954 C1’s were automatic transmissions with a 6 cylinder engine and three carburetors. This power combination continued through 1955.
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