On June 30 1953, the first Corvette drove off the GM assembly line, a mere six months after its debut as a concept car at the GM Motorama. Head of Design, Harley Earl, convinced GM that they needed to build a two-seat sports car. GIs returning home following WWII were bringing with them their beloved European sports cars leaving little doubt there was enough demand to warrant an American model.
By 1960 Corvette styling had seen substantial upgrades, but the '61 Vette would begin some transitions that would carry through to the C2 model. Foremost among them were the changes made to the rear section. The rear deck was flatter with a “duck-tail” design. The exhaust now exited below the body rather than through the bumper as in previous designs. The addition of four round taillights began a tradition that continued for more than fifty years. Gone was the toothy grille in favor of a mesh design. This was also the last year for contrasting paint colors in the cove area.
July 26th, 2014
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