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A Long Gamble Paid Off for the 1953 Corvette Chevrolet’s Corvette has been with us for six-and-a-half decades. Clearly this sports car has retained its popularity with sports car enthusiasts, hence its longevity. As practically all Corvette enthusiasts know, this fiberglass car almost did not survive beyond its first three years of production. With only a modified 6-cylinder and Powerglide for power, some less than desirable handling characteristics, and brakes that did not hold up to heavy usage in competition, the Corvette did not impress sports car enthusiasts. Indeed, one of the more well-known sports car drivers of the era,