The Corvette didn't make a great start sales-wise, but GM persevered. It debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama Show, and production began later that year, all cars being white. In 1954 several more colors were available plus the car had an increase in power. The Corvette was the world's first production car to be made out of glass-fibre and it was a daring move. Underneath it used a separate steel chassis with an X-brace which added stiffness along with the one-piece floor moulding. Also new in the Corvette were the leaf springs mounted outside the chassis rails. The straight-six engine came from the sedan range, and under the name 'Blue Flame Special' it used a high-lift cam, higher compression ratio, modified head and double valve springs to cope with increased rpm use. The car was almost shelved in 1954, and it was only the new small-block V8 engine that saved it.
Chevrolet Corvette (1953-1955) Specifications
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