1953-1962 Pictures

The first-generation Corvette, surprisingly, nearly died of slow sales at the tender age of three. But a landmark V-8 engine and superb styling saved it, while racing success proved it the equal of any rival. By 1962, it had secured a place in Chevy’s lineup and in America’s heart. Take a look at some of the highlights of the C1 below.

The very first Corvette came off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953.
The very first Corvette came off the assembly line in
Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953.

Only 700 Corvettes were built for 1955, but nearly all packed Chevy's brilliant new small-block V-8 engine.
Only 700 Corvettes were built for 1955, but nearly all packed
Chevy's brilliant new small-block V-8 engine.

The 1958 Corvette featured a flashy look that helped Corvette set sales records for the year.
The 1958 Corvette featured a flashy look that helped
Corvette set sales records for the year.

The 1962 Corvette was the final model in its generation and featured a cleaner look and an enlarged V-8.
The 1962 Corvette was the final model in its generation and featured
a cleaner look along with an enlarged V-8 engine.

Learn more about the Corvettes in this generation:

1953 Corvette
1954 Corvette
1955 Corvette
1956 Corvette
1957 Corvette
1958 Corvette
1959 Corvette
1960 Corvette
1961 Corvette
1962 Corvette


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