History of the Chevrolet Corvette

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The First Corvette was produced in 1953, with the first Corvette reaching the end of the assembly line on June 30, 1953. More History on different years of Corvettes can be seen on the website below.

The Corvette Story

The first model of the Corvette is known as the C1 Corvette. These models were produced from 1953 until 1962.


1963 was the first year for the C2s which is a completely different body style. The C2s were produced until 1967. Below is information about the production numbers of the C2s.


1968 started the production of the C3 Corvettes and the Stingray name was introduced as the body was based off of a mako shark design. This body style ran until 1982.


The Corvette was never produced for the public in 1983, and only one protype 1983 Corvette exsist in the Corvette Museum.


1984 produced the new C4 Corvette which lasted until 1996. The model saw a significant redesign which is why 1983 did not produce any, due to the long process of the redesigning.


The C5 model followed immediately in 1997 and lasted until 2004. This model also saw the introduction of the new LS1 engine.

C5 LS Engine

C6 Corvettes were produced from 2005 until 2013. The easiest distinction between the C5 and C6 is that the C6 does not have flip up headlights which is a first since 1962, with the last year of the C1.


The current Corvette in production is the C7 which started in 2014. You can learn more about the brand new corvettes at the website below.


There is also indications that Chevrolet is currently designing a mid-engine corvette that may be produced in 2018 and while have a C8 or a Zora name tag. This would be the first mid-engine Corvette ever produced with the plans for one dating back to 1955.