This weekend I attended the 20th Annual Beach Cruize Weekend at Wasaga Beach where there was a showcase of many Corvettes by their proud owners. It’s interesting how the Corvettes all are so very different and unique but they all look very distinguishable at the same time.
I looked up their website and they have an interesting motto.
Wherever great sports cars gather, Corvette is front and center.
The Chevrolet Corvette is marketed as “America’s Sports Car”. Of course I have a few facts that I’d like to share that I found from Car Tuning Central
- The original front emblem logo on the Corvettes that made the trade show circuit featured a checkered flag and an American flag crossed, later Chevrolet was alerted to the fact that it is illegal to use an American flag on a trademark and the logo was changed.
- As revolutionary that the Corvette was when introduced in 1953, the only part or component included in its manufacturing that was not already available in other Chevrolet models was the fiberglass body.
- Manual transmission was listed as an option on the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, but no model was ordered, manufactured, or delivered that year with a manual transmission.
- The 1958 Chevrolet Corvette was the first ‘Vette with factory installed seat belts.
- The first year that an AM/FM radio was offered as an option in a Corvette was 1968.
- The 1963 through 1967 Corvettes were known as “Sting Rays”. The model name disappeared in 1968, but returned in 1969 only to be spelled as one word, “Stingray”
- The last Corvette manufactured to run on the old style “leaded” fuel was produced in 1974.
- The most Chevrolet Corvettes ever manufactured in one year was over 53,807 in 1979.
- The first Corvette produced with windshield wipers that clear water in the same direction instead of opposing directions was made in 1997.
- In 2005, Chevrolet manufactured Corvettes without the famous pop-up headlights for the first time since 1962.
I am not really a “car person” per say, but I do really like the aesthetic appearance of the Corvette. I am pretty sure I won’t come into ownership of a Corvette anytime soon, but I will continue to watch Chevrolet grow and produce more interesting Corvettes.