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January 17, 1953 – Corvette debut

America’s sportscar, the Chevrolet Corvette, was introduced on this day in 1953 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City during the GM Motorama. The prototype, named after a fast naval warship, made such an impression that it was hurried into production and would be available to the public by summer of that year. The car was designed by Harley Earl and featured an completely fiberglass body and the first 300, the total 1953 production run, were all convertibles that were painted white with a red interior and a 150 horsepower engine. Sales dragged until Ford introduced the Thunderbird in 1955 when GM, on the verge of discontinuing the Corvette, put some muscle under the hood, transforming the car into the legend it is today. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette by Abdullah AlBargan cc2.0 Corvette XP-87 Stingray Racer concept