For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own a Chevrolet Corvette. Not just any Corvette either, but a 1975 Corvette Stingray model, fire engine red with black leatherette interior. These cars have always fascinated me with their sleek design and speed. In trying to figure out what grabs me about the1975 Corvette Stingray, I decided to dig a little and find out how this vehicle came into existence and where it is today.
The Evolution of the 1975 Corvette Stingray has been an extraordinary journey. General Motors was one of the biggest companies in the 1950’s with products ranging from locomotives to appliances. They were also well known auto mak
This convertible model Corvette was shown at the GM Motorama in 1953. Where did the name come from you may ask? It came from Myron Scott who was an assistant advertising manager for Chevrolet, who named the car after a warship by the same name.
The Ever-Changing Corvette Style
Since that first corvette came on the scene, there have been a total of six generations of Corvettes, C1 through C6. From 1953 to 1962, the Solid Axel Model (C1) was introduced. They started out with 300 Polo White Chevy Convertible Corvettes in that first year. In 1955, the small block V8 engine became an option. A new body style was introduced to the world in 1956 with an optional removable hard top. The exterior of this model was made to resemble that of a cockpit. These changes made the Corvette stand out as the premiere two-seater with high performance as standard. In 1957, fuel injection and the T-10 four speed manual transmissions were introduced. In 1958, another body style change came about. This model was sai
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Years
Many great changes and achievements came throughout the generations; I would like to touch on a few of those:
C2-The Corvette Sting Ray appeared, it was smaller and introduced a coupe model. This classic featured hidden head lights and independent rear suspension. There is one version that stands out during this time and that is the Grand Sport Corvette.
C3-During this time the Sting Ray actually made a second coming, only this time Stingray was one word and much better quality. This also marked the era; during 1976, no convertible Corvettes were sold as Chevrolet stopped making them.
C4-The 83 models are not listed during this time because due to quality issues and difficulty in getting parts only 43 were ever produced. They were never sold to the public and were eventually destroyed. Hatchback bodies came into existence during this generation as well as the reintroduced convertible. 1992 saw the making of the one millionth Corvette a white convertible. How impressive is that?
C5-The new LS1 Engine debuted during this time. The trunk on the convertible reemerged from 1962 and the Active Handling System option was offered. This generation also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Corvette which was commemorated with a 50th Anniversary Edition.
The Chevrolet Corvette is an American Icon.
Many of us have grown up watching these cars evolve into the world class vehicles they are today. Through numerous generations of upgrades this classic has continued to be loved the world over. From 1953 to the present, the Corvette has made us cheer for cars built the “American Way.”