That was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pinin Farina. And British auto engineer Donald Healey. But there were few moderate-priced models.Earl convinced GM that they needed to build a two-seat sports car, and with his Special Projects crew began working on the new car, "Project Opel" in late 1951. The result was the hand-built, EX-122 pre-production Corvette prototype, which was first shown to the public at the 1953 GM Motorama. Production began six months later. The car is now located at the Kerbeck Corvette museum in Atlantic City.
And is believed to be the oldest Corvette in existence. During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant in Flint, Michigan. While a factory was being prepped for a full-scale 1954 production run. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass.Material, selected in part because quotas, left over from the war, limited the availability of steel. A 55 degree racked windshield was made of safety glass, while the license plate holder was set back in the trunk, covered with a plastic window. Underneath the new body material were standard components from Chevrolet's regular car line, including the "Blue Flame" inline six-cylinder. Automatic transmission, and drum brakes.
The engine's output was increased however from a triple-carburetor system exclusive to the Corvette, but performance of the car was decidedly "lackluster". Compared to the British and Italian sports cars of the day, the Corvette lacked a manual transmission.And required more effort to bring to a stop, but like their British competition, such as Morgan. Was not fitted with roll-up windows. This would have to wait until sometime in the 1956 model year. Became available in 1954 as a dealer-installed option, greatly improving the Corvette's straight-line performance. But sales continued to decline. The Chevrolet division was GM's entry-level marque. Managers at GM were seriously considering shelving the project.
Leaving the Corvette to be little more than a footnote in automotive history, and would have done so if not for three important events. The first was the 1955 introduction of Chevrolet's first V8 engine. Late in the model year, the new 195 hp (145 kW).
Became available with a three-speed manual transmission, coupled to a 3.55:1 axle ratio, the only one offered. The engine was fitted with a single 2366S WCFB four-barrel (four-choke) Carter carburetor. The combination turned the "rather anemic Corvette into a credible if not outstanding performer".The second was the influence of a Russian. In GM's engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
The third factor in the Corvette's survival was Ford. S introduction of the 1955 two-seat Thunderbird. Which was billed as a "personal luxury car", not a sports car.Even so, the Ford-Chevrolet rivalry in those days demanded GM not appear to back down from the challenge. The original concept for the Corvette emblem incorporated an American flag into the design, but was changed well before production since associating the flag with a product was frowned upon. Don't miss out on your chance to own. This authentic signed CAR comes complete FRANKLIN MINT Authenticity. This is as authentic as it gets!! GreekmanSports specializes in authentic sports memorabilia from only the most trusted companies! ALL ITEMS GUARANTEED BY GREEKMANSPORTS. The item "FRANKLIN MINT 1/24 1968 SILVER CHEVROLET CORVETTE With TOP AND DOCS VERY NICE" is in sale since Tuesday, June 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Diecast & Toy Vehicles\Cars, Trucks & Vans\Vintage Manufacture". The seller is "stevestathas" and is located in Garland, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.