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While we have a few more days before the 1st one's arrive in our areas, here is some background Trivia

Word Origin & History

corvette
1636, from Fr., "small, fast frigate," probably from M.Du. korver "pursuit ship," from M.L.G. korf meaning both a kind of boat and a basket, from L. corbita (navis) "slow-sailing ship of burden," from corbis "basket." A basket was hoisted as a signal by Egyptian grain-ships. The U.S. sports car was so
named Sept. 1952, after the warship, on a suggestion by Myron Scott, employee of Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet's advertising agency.

A corvette (sometimes corvet) is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, originally smaller than a frigate (2,000+ tons) and larger than a coastal patrol craft or fast attack craft (500 or fewer tons),[1] although many recent designs resemble frigates in size and role. During the Age of Sail, corvettes were smaller than frigates and larger than sloops-of-war, usually with a single gun deck.
Although almost all modern navies use ships smaller than frigates for coastal duty, not all of them use the term corvette (via Middle French, from a Dutch word corf, a type of boat[2]) or equivalent. The rank "corvette captain", equivalent in many navies to "lieutenant commander", derives from the name of this type of ship.


Pre-Production Trivia... Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. In 1951 a group of Harley Earl's "Special Projects" crew began work on a GM sports car. Bob McLean designed a general layout for the car which was originally code named, "Opel." Click the image to open in full size. William Durant, the founder of GM, said a wallpaper pattern he saw in a Paris hotel in 1908 inspired the bow tie logo. Supposedly, he ripped off a small piece of it and brought it back to Detroit.
Click the image to open in full size. Myron Scott, at the time Chevrolet's Chief photographer, is credited with coming up with the Corvette name, drawing from the small, fast warships of the "Corvette" class.
Click the image to open in full size. The Jaguar XK120 is believed to have been the inspiration for the first Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. The Corvette was the first and last car with a true "wrap-around" windshield.
Click the image to open in full size. Corvette was not the first to be made with a fiberglass body, but it was the first to be built by a company the size of Chevrolet.
Click the image to open in full size. Corvettes have been assembled in three different cities. Flint, Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, and Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Click the image to open in full size. While many were involved in its design and production, Belgium-born Zora Arkus-Duntov is generally considered to be the "Father" of the Corvette.


C1 ... The first generation "solid axle" Corvettes...
| 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961 | 1962 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. The original front emblem and horn button on the "Autorama" show circuit Corvette featured crossed American and checkered flags. It was later discovered that using an American flag on a product trade mark was against the law and the emblem was changed shortly before the New York Motorama.
Click the image to open in full size. On Tuesday, June 30, 1953 Corvette #1 Serial Number E53F001001 rolled of the assembly line, and Corvette production began.
Click the image to open in full size. Want the rarest Corvette? In 1953 the first two Corvettes, VIN Numbers 1 and 2 were said to have been destroyed, but no records prove that fact and there are no witnesses to the destruction. Who knows? They still might be out there somewhere.
Click the image to open in full size. The first Corvettes were literally "rolled" off the assembly line. The early production line was not prepared for grounding to a fiberglass body and thusly the first cars would not start.
Click the image to open in full size. The first five Corvettes to come off the assembly line did not have an outside rear view mirror.
Click the image to open in full size. Its radical fiberglass body was the only really new component on the 1953 Corvette. Everything else was directly off the Chevrolet parts shelf. Because of this, the first Corvette was essentially a regular 1952 Chevrolet under the skin.
Click the image to open in full size. Of the 300 (some sources argue 314) Corvettes hand built in 1953 only 183 were sold because of "average" performance at a relatively high price, $3513. The popular Jaguar XK120 sold for $3345; $168 less than the Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. 1953 Corvettes were offered in any color you wanted... as long as it was Polo White with Red interior.
Click the image to open in full size. A heater and an AM radio were the only Regular Production Options (RPO) offered with 1953 Corvettes.
Click the image to open in full size. Production moved to the St. Louis facility for the 1954 model year.
Click the image to open in full size. New 1954 exterior color options of black, blue, and red were added along with an optional beige interior choice.
Click the image to open in full size. Although the Powerglide transmission was listed as a $178 option, no 1954 Corvette was ever shipped with a manual transmission.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1955 Corvette finally achieved "true" sports car status with the introduction of 265 cubic inch, 195 hp V-8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission.
Click the image to open in full size. To commemorate the new V-8 engine, 1955 Corvettes featured an enlarged, gold "V" in the "Corvette" script on the front fender panels.
Click the image to open in full size. There are 13 vertical bars or "teeth" are in the grill of 1956 Corvettes.
Click the image to open in full size. One of the few ways to differentiate between a 1956 and 1957 Corvette without opening the hood is to look at the inside rear view mirror. On the 1956 model, it adjusts with a thumbscrew, on the 1957 adjustment requires a wrench to loosen the locknut.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1957 Corvette was the first mass produced American automobile to offer 1 horsepower per cubic inch of engine displacement (283hp/283ci).
Click the image to open in full size. The "Polo White" color was last used in 1957.
Click the image to open in full size. 1957 was the first year a limited slip differential and fuel injection were offered as options.
Click the image to open in full size. For the first time since its introduction, the '58 Corvette came with factory-installed seat belts.
Click the image to open in full size. 1958 was the last year of a tachometer which kept track of "cumulative engine revolution counter" a feature which first appeared in the 1953 Corvette. In 1958 the tach was used on 230, 245, and 250 hp cars but not on the 270 and 290 hp cars. The Part number is #1548631 for 1958 models.
Click the image to open in full size. Optional engines in 1956 had 9 fin alloy valve covers, 1957 had 7 or 9 fin alloy valve covers, and the 1958 had 7 fin alloy covers on optional engines.
Click the image to open in full size. Before 1958, the only acrylic lacquer paint used was on the "Inca Silver" Corvettes.
Click the image to open in full size. 1959 was the only year that turquoise soft tops were available.
Click the image to open in full size. Sun visors (called "sunshades") became a Corvette option in 1959.
Click the image to open in full size. Nylon belted tires first became available on the 1960 Corvette, prior to 1960 only cotton ply tires were offered.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1961 Corvette was the last year to feature "wide whitewall" tires.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1961 Corvette dropped the "round" nose emblem of previous years in favor of the word "CORVETTE" spelled out as individual letters.
Click the image to open in full size. The trademark chrome grill teeth disappeared forever in 1961, to be replaced by a fine mesh screen in the radiator opening.
Click the image to open in full size. 1962 Was the last of the solid rear axle Corvettes and the last year for the power top on the convertible.

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C2 ... The mid-year "Sting Ray" Corvettes...
| 1963 | 1964 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. Luxury amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, and leather seats were first available in the 1963 Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. The earliest serial number air conditioned Sting Ray has a production build date in October, about 6 months before the rest of the A/C cars. It seems the owner was a GM executive who had the car returned to Chevrolet for refitting with A/C.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1963 roof panel molds were built using wrong dimensions, such that all roof panels were too small. This left a gap seen in the door pillar above the door latch in all but a few cars. The ones where it is not found were cosmetically covered up with body filler.
Click the image to open in full size. The famous "split" rear window for the new Corvette almost never came to be. It seems that Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov argued over the design. Bill Mitchell won out for the 1963 Model, but it was removed for 1964 never to be seen again.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1963 Grand Sports, while originally looking much like the production coupes, had no body parts in common. The fiberglass body panels were roughly half the thickness of production panels to save weight.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1963 Grand Sports originally were released without fender flares, using the stock look. However, they were wider to allow a wider tire 8.25x15 rather than the stock 6.70x15 tire.
Click the image to open in full size. Aluminum knock off wheels only cost $322 for a set of 5 in 1964.
Click the image to open in full size. Only the driver's side vent on the 1964 Corvette is functional.
Click the image to open in full size. Side mounted exhaust systems first appeared in 1965.
Click the image to open in full size. The first major tire size change in Corvette history occurred in 1965. Tire size changed from 6.70x15 to 7.75x15
Click the image to open in full size. While the 427 was developed first, the 396 went into the Corvette, Chevrolet, and Chevelle in 1965 due to a GM policy restricting them to less than 400 cubic inches.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1965 396ci 425hp engine option lasted only one year.
Click the image to open in full size. 1965 was the first year to have two separate hoods - the smooth small block hood and the big block hood with a "power bulge."
Click the image to open in full size. 1966 marked the last year for knock off wheels but the first for shoulder harnesses and headrests.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1966 Corvette was not eligible for the SCCA Trans Am, due to the upper limit of 5.0 liter on engine displacement. Chevy's only eligible car was the Corvair.
Click the image to open in full size. Only 20 RPO L88 427 engines were opted for in 1967. To discourage street use, GM rated these engines at a conservative 430 hp (5 HP less than the L71 engine option) although they actually pumped out well in excess of 500 ponies.
Click the image to open in full size. 1967 was the first year to have three hood styles: the small block hood, the big block hood, and the L-88 hood, even though externally the L-88 looked like the regular big block hood.
Click the image to open in full size. In late February/early March, 1967, some small blocks received the big block hood due to an manufacturing problem with the small block hood mold. These were not given the hood stripe.
Click the image to open in full size. The "GM Mark of Excellence" sticker appeared, placed on the inside driver's door jamb, appeared in 1967 only.
Click the image to open in full size. Federal law mandated the removal of spinners from wheels in 1967, so the knock off wheel of 1963-66 was replaced with a bolt on wheel.
Click the image to open in full size. 1967 was the first year "vinyl" was offered as an optional exterior covering for the hardtop.
Click the image to open in full size. The '67 model was the first to have the "tank sticker", or the build sheet, attached to the gas tank.
Click the image to open in full size. A 36 gallon fuel tank, the largest ever offered, was available as an option in the Corvette from 1963 to 1967.
Click the image to open in full size. The speed warning indicator option lasted for only three production years... 1967, 1968 and 1969.
Click the image to open in full size. The '67 LeMans Racer was "DRIVEN" to the track from the airport (in place of being trailered) because the trailer was chuck full of parts!

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C3 ... The "Mako Shark" Corvettes...
| 1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. For 1968, a factory installed anti-theft alarm system was available as an option, but less than 400 cars were so equipped.
Click the image to open in full size. Pontiac almost beat Chevrolet to the Coke bottle design body, with their 1965 Banshee, a two seater convertible sports car that would have been hefty competition for the Corvette. GM stopped it, and then Pontiac president John DeLorean later became president of Chevrolet.
Click the image to open in full size. T-top does not refer to the shape of the roof, but rather it is short for Targa Top. The original design was a pure Targa but body flex demanded the center bar, discovered late in the design.
Click the image to open in full size. Due to policy changes at Chevrolet, Corvette was treated like all other car lines for the first time, and quality dropped drastically. With bad publicity in most magazines, policy was re-thought and Chevrolet quickly restored independence and higher quality to Corvette production within a few months. Many believe that all 1968 models still carry the stigma of having "the worst quality" of all Corvettes.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1968, all big block manifolds were redesigned to actually sink into the lifter valley as the hood clearance was less than in '67 and earlier models. As such, a 1965 to 1967 big block intake manifold won't fit in a 1968 or newer Corvette with a stock hood and air cleaner.
Click the image to open in full size. The exception to the above was the L-88. It retained the high rise manifold and also received a special hood, which was externally different to the regular big block hood.
Click the image to open in full size. Emission control equipment was installed on the first 1968 models in the fall of 1967 even though the federal law required it only as of January 1, 1968.
Click the image to open in full size. 1968 was the first year an AM/FM stereo radio was offered as an option
Click the image to open in full size. The "Sting Ray name" was not used on the 1968 Corvette, but returned in 1969, this time spelled "Stingray" as one word.
Click the image to open in full size. Corvette had its first all aluminum engine in 1969 as the ZL-1. It was not the first GM automobile to do so, however, being beaten by the Corvair in 1960 and the Buick 215 V8.
Click the image to open in full size. Only two 1969 Corvettes were sold with the ZL-1 all aluminum 427 engine, making them one of the rarest collector Corvettes of all time. Note: Visit Roger's Corvette Center in Orlando, Florida, for a close-up look at an original 1969 ZL-1.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1969, the ignition lock was moved from the dash to the steering column. It would remain there until 1997 when it was returned to the dash.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1970, big block engines increased from 427 to 454 cubic inches and the powerful 370 HP LT1 small block engine made its debut.
Click the image to open in full size. 1970 sales were their lowest since 1962 (only 17,316 units) due to a late start in the production year.
Click the image to open in full size. The first ZR1 performance package appeared in 1970 (not 1990, as some might believe) and included the 370 HP LT1 engine and a host of other performance items.
Click the image to open in full size. 1971 was the last year for fiber optic warning lights, first introduced in 1968.
Click the image to open in full size. The only external difference between the 1971 and 1972 Corvettes is the amber front turn signals and chrome plating on the egg-crate grills on the 1972.
Click the image to open in full size. 1972 was the only year for Corvette "Big Block" engines in the 1968 to 1972 range to have no horse power sticker on the air cleaner lid.
Click the image to open in full size. Beginning in 1972 and continuing thereafter, horsepower would be measured as "net" rather than the less realistic "gross" ratings of earlier years.
Click the image to open in full size. "Pewter Silver" was only offered as an exterior color in 1972.
Click the image to open in full size. 1972 was the only year air conditioning was available with the LT1 engine and since only 240 were so equipped, this combination is a rare find today.
Click the image to open in full size. Although 1973 VIN's run to 34464, only 30,464 units were built; the 4,000 serial numbers between 24001 and 28000 were never used.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1970 - 1972 Corvettes were the last to feature chrome bumpers front and rear. In 1973, due to front impact legislation requirements, the front bumper was changed to a body-colored flexible plastic. In 1974 the rear bumper followed suit.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1973, aluminum wheels were again listed as an option. However, their inability to maintain air pressure (much like the problems which plagued the early 1963 aluminum knock off wheels), kept them out of the hands of customers until 1976.
Click the image to open in full size. The rear view mirror in the 1974 Corvette was increased to a width of 10 inches.
Click the image to open in full size. The last true dual exhaust was installed in 1974. After that, all exhaust gases were channeld through a single catalytic converter.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1974 rear "rubber" bumper was made in 2 pieces due to shortcomings in the manufacturing process. The process was improved the following year, thus 1975-1982 models used a one piece unit.
Click the image to open in full size. The big block engine made it's final curtain call in the 1974 Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. The FE7 Gymkhana Suspension package was first introduced in the 1974 Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. 1974 was the last year the Corvette would be produced to run on "leaded" gasoline.
Click the image to open in full size. 1975 was the first year for a HEI distributor.
Click the image to open in full size. The convertible was discontinued after the 1975 model year and would not reappear again until 1986. GM cited declining sales for convertibles (only 4,629 units in '75) and safety concerns as reasons for killing the ragtops.
Click the image to open in full size. 1976 Corvette used the same steering wheel as a Chevrolet Vega for the "Sport Steering Wheel" Option.
Click the image to open in full size. Due to stricter emissions standards, California Corvette buyers could not opt for the L82 engine in 1976.
Click the image to open in full size. The 500,000th Corvette, a white 1977 coupe, rolled off the St. Louis assembly line at 2:01 P.M. on March 15th, 1977.
Click the image to open in full size. 1977 was the last year for the notch back roof line.
Click the image to open in full size. The aftermarket "Moon Roofs" (glass t-tops for Corvettes) were supposed to be optional equipment in 1977, but the manufacturer had a marketing dispute with Chevrolet. GM developed their own glass panels for the 1978 model year.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1978 model saw the first fastback rear window since 1967.
Click the image to open in full size. The '78 Pace Car's distinguishing "Black and Silver" paint was chosen over other alternative color schemes primarily because it photographed well. Back then, most magazine articles and ads were still done in Black & White!
Click the image to open in full size. Crossed flag emblems returned to the nose and sides of the Corvette in 1979.
Click the image to open in full size. More Corvettes were built in 1979 than in any other year, before or since... a total of 53,807 units were produced.
Click the image to open in full size. Due to tougher emission standards, Corvettes bound for California were fitted with 305 cubic inch engines.
Click the image to open in full size. The 305 cubic inch V-8 installed in 1980 California-bound Corvettes was the first Corvette engine to be monitored by a computer. Since 1981, all Corvettes have been computer equipped.
Click the image to open in full size. By Federal mandate, the 1980 Corvette was the first Corvette to have a speedometer with an upper limit of only 85 MPH.
Click the image to open in full size. There were no optional Corvette engines in 1981.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1981 Corvette had two cooling fans to increase engine power.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1981, Corvettes were produced with two different types of paint. Lacquer was applied at the St. Louis plant, and enamel was applied at the new Bowling Green plant.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1982, console mounted clocks were quartz units and had the word "QUARTZ" printed on the face, while the 80-81 years did not.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1982 fuel injection reappeared in the Corvette after a 17-year hiatus.
Click the image to open in full size. For the first time since 1954, in 1982 you could not order a Corvette with a manual transmission.

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C4 ... The "new generation" Corvettes...
| 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. While never offered to the public, a total of 43 - 1983 model Corvettes were built. There were so many quality problems with them it was decided to halt production until they could be corrected. By the time the problems were corrected, it was so late into the model year that the car was brought out as a 1984 model and was run for a year and a half. The only verifiable 1983 Corvette still known to exist is on display in the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1984 Corvette had the steepest windshield rake angle of any previous American production automobile at 64 degrees.
Click the image to open in full size. A single transverse plastic front and rear spring first made it's appearance on the 1984 Corvette.
Click the image to open in full size. The L98 engine made its debut in 1985 offering a horsepower increase from 205 to 230 plus a gain in fuel enconomy due in part to new Bosch fuel injection with tuned runners.
Click the image to open in full size. With the CB craze dwindling, the last year a CB radio was offered as a Corvette option was 1985. Only 16 Corvettes were so equipped.
Click the image to open in full size. All 1986 convertibles were Indianapolis Pace Car replicas and came with a pace car decal package (to be installed at the buyer's option), but none had special paint or options. The actual Indy Pace Car used at the 1986 race was yellow in color.

Click the image to open in full size. Twenty 1986 Corvettes were sent to Lotus in England to be converted into LT5 powered prototypes for the ZR1 project.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1986, Corvette offered the "Malcolm Konner Commemorative Edition" with two transmissions. A manual 4-speed and an automatic. Only 20 4-speed manual transmissions were installed at the factory.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1987 you could buy a Corvette without an engine installed by the factory.
Click the image to open in full size. RPO B2K made it's first appearance on the option list in 1987, affording the opportunity for 184 lucky buyers to place orders for a Callaway Twin-Turbo Corvette through participating Chevrolet dealers at $19,995 each (plus $20,007 for the Coupe base price).
Click the image to open in full size. A total of 16 exterior colors were available for both 1982 and 1987 Corvettes, the highest number of exterior color choices offered in Corvette history.
Click the image to open in full size. To mark its 35th anniversary, a 1988 special anniversary edition was available with white paint, wheels, leather interior and special emblems. All 2,050 35th Anniversary Editions were built as coupes.
Click the image to open in full size. A total of 56 street-legal but race prepared 1988 Corvettes were built for the SCCA Corvette Challenge Series.
Click the image to open in full size. In 1988, Corvette started using a unidirectional 17" wheel.
Click the image to open in full size. Approximately 80 ZR-1 cars were built in 1989, but none were sold to the public. The last of these ZR1s were shipped out of the factory on Dec. 22, 1988
Click the image to open in full size. The FX3 adjustable suspension option, permitting shock valving changes via a rotary dial mounted on the interior console between the seats, was first introduced in 1989.
Click the image to open in full size. The long awaited, high performance ZR-1 option package was finally publicly available in 1990. It included special rear body panels and an all aluminum small block designated the LT5, producing 375 hp.
Click the image to open in full size. All LT-5 engines for the production ZR-1 option were built by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Click the image to open in full size. The last year for the Callaway twin turbo option was 1991, selling 62 units at $33,000 each. In comparison, the ZR-1 option was a bargain at "only" $31,683.
Click the image to open in full size. 1991 was the 10th anniversary of Corvette production at the Bowling Green, KY plant.
Click the image to open in full size. July 2nd, 1992 marks the day when the one millionth Corvette, a white convertible, rolled off the assembly line.
Click the image to open in full size. 1992 saw the rebirth of the legendary LT1 small block engine as a 300 hp motor with reverse flow cooling and two valves per cylinder.
Click the image to open in full size. A special 40th anniversary model was released for 1993 with one year only Ruby Red exterior and interior colors.
Click the image to open in full size. The ZR-1 horsepower rating rose to 405 hp for 1993, but the option cost was held to 1992's $31,683.
Click the image to open in full size. The end of the 4th generation Corvette was marked with two special editions... a "Collector Edition" in Sebring Silver trim and a "Grand Sport" in Admiral Blue with Actic White racing stripe. A total of 1,000 Grand Sports were built and of these, only 190 were convertibles. Collector Editions comprised 25% of total production with 5,412 units built.
Click the image to open in full size. For 1996, LT1 engines required automatic transmissions. The ZF 6-speed was mandatory with the 330 HP LT4 engine option.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1996 LT4 exhaust system differs from the LT1 system in that it incorporates a balance tube designed to reduce vibration and noise levels.
Click the image to open in full size. In early production 1996 Grand Sports models, there is a small area behind the hatch roof and in front of the panel that attaches to the rear window that is taped, not painted. The tape is 1 inch long and about 18 inches wide whose purpose was to eliminate a problem area in the paint booth during manufacturing.
Click the image to open in full size. Besides the 1990-1995 ZR-1, the 1996 Grand Sport was the only Corvette ever built with a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sequence, separate from all other regular production Corvettes of that year.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1996 Grand Sport is readily identified by it's striking Admiral Blue and Arctic White stripe paint scheme. What many do not know, however, is that the pinstriping on either side of the large white center stripe, is actually a two-color decal, both blue and white. This was done to ensure a perfectly straight line.
Click the image to open in full size. Only 53 1996 Grand Sport Convertibles were built with the Red/Black interior option.

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C5 ... The "world-class" Corvettes...
| 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. The 1997 Corvette features several first-time high tech innovations, such as black lights for the instrument panel and a "plastic" (composite) intake manifold.
Click the image to open in full size. The first 200 production C5 Corvettes were painted red, not the traditional white color for the first production run.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1997 Corvette is the first one designed from the ground up as a Corvette, with very little borrowing of parts from other cars. One of the few "Off the Shelf" parts are the exterior door handles which are the same ones used on the Oldsmobile Aurora.
Click the image to open in full size. The first use of a transaxle in a production Corvette occurred in the '97. However, the first plans for one were in the Q-Corvette in 1958, planned for the 1960 model. Transaxles showed up in Corvette prototypes in the mid '60s in running models.
Click the image to open in full size. The first 4 speed in a Corvette was built by Borg Warner in 1957. The first transaxle in a production Corvette was also built by Borg Warner, forty years later in 1997. Both were introduced late in the model year.
Click the image to open in full size. Borg Warner has produced a transmission for each generation of Corvette: C1 - 1957 to 1962, C2 - 1963, C3 - 1980 to 1981, C4 - 1984 to 1988, and C5 - 1997 to 1998.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1997 Corvette is the first Corvette to have windshield wipers that sweep in the same direction instead of opposing directions.
Click the image to open in full size. The 1998 Corvette convertible is the first to offer the same sport suspension package as the coupe. Since the C5 was designed from the start as a convertible model, the ragtop is nearly identical in structural rigidity to the coupe.
Click the image to open in full size. The first Corvette to sport a real trunk since 1962 again appeared with the 1998 Corvette convertible.
Click the image to open in full size. November 4, 1997 - The 9752nd 1998 Corvette rolled down the assembly matching the total 1997 Model production run.
Click the image to open in full size. The last "Fairway Green" C5 came down the assembly line as a '98 model on November 10, 1997. The color was discontinued due to poor sales.
Click the image to open in full size. It takes 55 hours to build the new C5 Corvette, down from 70 hours for the previous C4 model.
Click the image to open in full size. For the first time in history, the 1999 Corvette is available in three disctinct body styles... Coupe, Convertible, and Hardtop (aka, "Fixed Roof Coupe").
Click the image to open in full size. The performance axle ratio for C5 Corvettes with automatic transmission is 3.15:1 (the standard ratio is 2.73:1).
Click the image to open in full size. The 2000 Corvette featured new color choices to celebrate Y2K... Millenium Yellow and Dark Bowling Green Metallic... plus a new Torch Red interior option.
Click the image to open in full size. 2001 will forever be remembered as the year the Z06 performance hardtop was introduced with its 385HP LS6 engine and 6 speed manual transmission.
Click the image to open in full size. Corvette's use of a titanium exhaust for the Z06 was the first ever for a mass production automobile.
Click the image to open in full size. Active Handling became standard equipment in 2001.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2002 Corvette featured a new color, Electron Blue Metallic, and an upgraded 405HP LS6 engine for the Z06.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2002 Z06 windshield was thinner than that used in the coupe models, shaving 2.65 pounds per car. The lighter windshield was shared with convertibles equipped with the Heads Up Display (HUD) option, which was standard on 2002 Z06 models.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2003 Corvette heralds the 50th anniversary with a special edition in Anniversary Red with Shale interior and a new, high-tech magnetic suspension option for all models but the Z06, which continues essentially unchanged from the 2002 model year.
Click the image to open in full size. In addition to Anniversary Red, Medium Spiral Gray Metallic was a new color in 2003.
Click the image to open in full size. The Magnetic Ride Option offered in 2003 uses a magnetic fluid which adjusts shock damping 1,000 times per second, roughly equivalent to reacting to each inch of road surface at 60 mph.
Click the image to open in full size. 2004 marks the last of the extremely successful fifth generation Corvette and was celebrated with the special Commemorative Edition Corvettes in Lemans Blue with special badging, graphics and interior appointments.

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C6 ... The Refined Performance Corvette...
| 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. 2005 marks the introduction of the sixth generation Corvette... the C6.
Click the image to open in full size. A major styling change for the C6 Corvette is non-pop up headlights... not seen on a Corvette since 1962.
Click the image to open in full size. The base engine for the 2005 Corvette was the 400 HP LS2, only 5 HP less than the LS6 engine of the previous year's high performance Z06 model.
Click the image to open in full size. 2005 was the first year for keyless access and start.
Click the image to open in full size. The Convertible model was a late introduction in 2005 with no Z06 available this year.
Click the image to open in full size. One factory-painted Torch Red 2005 Corvette actually carried the Precision Red paint code (27).
Click the image to open in full size. 2006 saw the re-introduction of high performance Z06 model, weighing only 3132 pounds with a 427 cubic inch dry sump engine producing 505 HP.
Click the image to open in full size. A six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission was introduced as an option in 2006.
Click the image to open in full size. Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic, a popular color choice in 2005 & 2006, was was replaced by Atomic Orange in 2007, an extra cost color choice.
Click the image to open in full size. Two special editions were introduced for the 2007 model year... the Arctic White Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Z06 (399 built) and an Indy Pace Car replica convertible in Atomic Orange (500 built).
Click the image to open in full size. Jetstream Blue Metallic was announced as a new exterior color option for the 2008 model year, also avaiable on the Z06.
Click the image to open in full size. For 2008, a 427-Limited Edition Z06 was made available in Crystal Red Metallic paint with all 505 units hand signed by retiring Corvette Assembly Plant Manager, Wil Cooksey.
Click the image to open in full size. The total 2009 Corvette production run of only 16,956 cars was the lowest since 1962's production run of 14,531 units (not counting 1997's run of 9,752 cars due late introduction of the new C5).
Click the image to open in full size. The 2009 ZR1 was the first 200+ mph production Corvette ever made.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2009 ZR1 was the first production Corvette ever built with a roots-type supercharger as standard equipment, developing 630 horsepower.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2009 ZR1 was the first production Corvette to retail for over $100,000.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2009 ZR1's LS9 engine develops 630 horsepower but actually has less displacement than the Z06's 505 hp LS7 engine (376 vs 427 cubic inches).
Click the image to open in full size. In 2009 consumers had their choice of nine different Corvette configurations including coupe, convertible, Z06, ZR1, Competition Sport, and GT1 Championship editions.
Click the image to open in full size. 2010 saw the return of the legendary Grand Sport model nomenclature but with less exclusivity than the 1996 limited edition of only 1,000 special VIN-sequenced, uniquely painted blue & white cars.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2010 Grand Sport model replaced the Z51 performance handling option and features the base LS3 engine but is equipped with the wide body panels, larger wheels/tires, and other parts derived from the Z06.
Click the image to open in full size. Two Z06 exclusive options debuted in 2011. The CFZ Carbon Fiber package featured black carbon fiber splitter, rockers, roof panel and body-color ZR1 style full-width rear spoiler while the Z07 Performance Package had Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control, larger Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires and competition gray 20-spoke wheels.
Click the image to open in full size. The ULZ Carbon Limited Edition package for the 2011 Z06 was created to celebrate Corvette's 50th anniversary at LeMans.
Click the image to open in full size. Carlisle Blue was a new color added to the lineup in 2012, retiring the popular Jetstream Blue Metallic color.
Click the image to open in full size. To celebrate its 100th birthday, Chevrolet created a racing inspired Centennial Edition appearance and suspension package for the entire line of 2012 Corvettes. Available on all models, it features Carbon Flash Metallic paint with Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers.
Click the image to open in full size. Black was not available as an exterior color in 2012 in favor of the special Carbon Flash Metallic paint featured on the Centennial Edition.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2013 model year marked Corvette's 60th Anniversary and the final year for the C6 generation.
Click the image to open in full size. To celebrate Corvette's 60th Anniversary, GM offered a special 60th Annivesary package available on all 2013 Corvette models plus a 427 Convertible Collector Edition.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2013 60th Anniversary Package featured an Arctic White exterior with Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede accents. An optional graphics package added full-length racing stripes in Pearl Silver Blue and a tonal stripe stitched into the convertible top.
Click the image to open in full size. The 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition was the fastest, most capable convertible in Corvette’s history, blending elements from both the Z06 and ZR1 models.

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C7 ... The Newest Generation...
| 2014 |

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. 2014 marks the introduction of the seventh generation Corvette... the C7.

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P.O. Box 396
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The C2 section repeats the story that some small block C2s were equipped with big block hoods. There has been much discussion and debate on this topic over the years, including statements here on the Forum by many experts and former GM employees that it never actually happened.

I note that the statement at the end of the trivia list asks for only verified items.

Has this hood item now been verified?
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I just found that on the net. Try clicking on the Black Book at the bottom.
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The C2 section repeats the story that some small block C2s were equipped with big block hoods. There has been much discussion and debate on this topic over the years, including statements here on the Forum by many experts and former GM employees that it never actually happened.

I note that the statement at the end of the trivia list asks for only verified items.

Has this hood item now been verified?
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Ah. So that entire section on trivia is an extract/quote from the black book? That wasn't clear to me from the way it is posted, especially being combined with the Corvette term definitions in a continuous format. Perhaps an attribution at the start of the trivia section might clarify that?

My older version (1953 - 1990 ) of the Black Book doesn't contain that material.....

PS - Thanks for posting, it is interesting stuff!

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Great resource. Thanks for posting.
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It's just posted in the exact format that I found it.

Note: If you haven't clicked on your particular model year you're missing all the hidden information in there. There are the prices for each year, option codes, colors, weights, everything from that year.

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Ah. So that entire section on trivia is an extract/quote from the black book? That wasn't clear to me from the way it is posted, especially being combined with the Corvette term definitions in a continuous format. Perhaps an attribution at the start of the trivia section might clarify that?

My older version (1953 - 1990 ) of the Black Book doesn't contain that material.....

PS - Thanks for posting, it is interesting stuff!


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