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The Iconic Chevrolet Corvette Turns 71

It is hard to believe but 71 years ago, the very first 1953 Corvette rolled off the assembly line!

We are now less than a month away from seeing the debut of the 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The top-secret Corvette is expected to be a horsepower halo car with a twin-turbo engine that kicks out between 800 and 1000 horsepower. The 2025 Chevrolet Corvette or C8 is the eighth iteration of America’s longest running sports car. She may have just turned 71 but she doesn’t look a day over fabulous. The Corvette was voted the “Most Iconic” vehicle ever.

Last year, Chevrolet Performance said, “The first-ever Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30th, 1953. America’s first sports car continues to exemplify innovation and is the world’s longest-running continuously produced passenger car.”

Chevrolet Has Produced Various Versions of the Classic Sports Car

2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray was Chevy’s first electrified Corvette. It combines the beauty of the Stingray with the power of the Z06 and produces a sleek sports car that does 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. It can do the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds. The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray has a unique eAWD architecture.

2024 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the classic Corvette beauty. The Stingray has 495-horsepower and does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds.

The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the performance car built for the track. Until the ZR1 gets here, the Z06 rules the road. The Z06’s flat-plane-crank 5.5-liter V-8 engine has 670 horsepower. The Z06 got the high-horsepower engine from the Chevrolet Corvette Race Team.

Chevrolet PhotoCelebrating the Production of a Classic

The original 1953 Corvette debuted on January 17th, 71 years ago at the Waldorf Astoria. It then went into production on June 30th, 1953.

Last year, GM President Mark Reuss said, “In 1953, the enthusiastic reaction to the Chevrolet Corvette concept kicked off seven decades of passion, performance and American ingenuity.”

Perhaps the most loved Chevrolet Corvette body style is the 1963 Corvette. The split rear-window model is very rare and the most valuable. That is the Corvette that really exemplified the brand.

Mid-Engine Corvette Became an Instant Classic

When Corvette switched to the C8 or mid-engine design, it became an instant classic. Aficionados claim that the mid-engine design put the new Corvette into a class to compete with Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 debuted with 670 horsepower and a top speed of 186 mph, a track-based supercar that is street legal.

The 2025 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will make its global debut on July 25, 2024. It is expected to best the Z06 on horsepower and torque. It is expected to sell for at least $150,000 and every ZR1 produced will become a collectible.

An all-electric version of the Chevrolet Corvette is also in the works, so here is to celebrating the next 71 years with America’s best-loved sports car!

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Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.

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