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The First Chevrolet Corvette

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The first production Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line of Chevrolet Plant Number 35, near Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953. Tony Kleiber, an assembly line worker, was given the honour of driving the first car off the line.

The Harley J. Earl designed car was first shown at the Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in January 1953. The car was polo white with red interior and a black convertible top, as was all 1953 Corvettes, and had a price of just over $3,000. They all had a Powerglide automatic transmissions mated to 150 HP, six cylinder engines with three carburettors and dual exhaust.

Of the original 300 made in 1953, 255 cars are accounted for.

Source: National Corvette Museum

Posted:  2002-07-17  12:07:31 PM

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