Introduced in 1955 in V8 form, the Corvette established Chevrolet as kings of the US automotive world with a range of cars to suit every taste and pocket. By 1958 the car had been restyled more aggressively, and was both wider and longer. The famous small-block Chevy engine, which started out at 265ci (4.5 liters) V8, grew to 283ci (4.6 liters) by 1958 and by 1962 it was bored and stroked to 327ci (5.4 liters). The significance of this V8 engine can't be underestimated as, in fuel injected form at least, it made the Corvette one of the most powerful sportscars in the world and certainly one of the quickest at the time. Unfortunately the brakes and handling didn't match, though the steering was precise enough to catch the sudden oversteer the Corvette suffered from when pushed. But the 1956-1962 car was more about style, being inspired by fighter planes of the time.
Chevrolet Corvette (1961) Specifications
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