2018 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Grand Sport Conv w-3LT
The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by General Motors since 1953. Today it is built at a General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but in the past it was built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. The National Corvette Museum and annual National Corvette Homecoming are also located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
While the style of a car may be just as important to some as to how well the car runs, it was not until 1927, when General Motors hired designer Harley Earl, that automotive styling and design became important to American automobile manufacturers. What Henry Ford did for automobile manufacturing principles, Harley Earl did for car design. Most of GM's flamboyant ''dream car'' designs of the 1950s are directly attributable to Earl, leading one journalist to comment that the designs were ''the American psyche made visible.'' Harley Earl loved sports cars, and GIs returning after serving overseas in the years following World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and the like. In 1951, Nash Motors began selling a two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey, that was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pinin Farina and British auto engineer Donald Healey. Earl convinced GM that they also needed to build a two-seat sports car. Earl and his Special Projects crew began working on the new car later that year, which was code named ''Opel.'' The result was the 1953 Corvette, unveiled to the public at that year's Motorama car show. 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.
Taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate (the credit for the naming goes to Myron Scott), the first Corvettes were virtually hand-built in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Center, now an academic building at Kettering University. The outer body was made out of then-revolutionary fiberglass, selected in part because of steel quotas left over from the war. Underneath the new body material were standard Chevrolet components, including the ''Blue Flame'' inline six-cylinder truck engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and drum brakes from Chevrolet's regular car line. Though the engine's output was increased somewhat, thanks to a triple-carburetor intake exclusive to the Corvette, performance of the car was decidedly lackluster. Compared to the British and Italian sports cars of the day, the Corvette was underpowered, required a great deal of effort as well as clear roadway to bring to a stop, and even lacked a ''proper'' manual transmission. Up until that time, the Chevrolet division was GM's entry-level marque, known for excellent but no-nonsense cars. Nowhere was that more evident than in the Corvette A Paxton supercharger became available in 1954 as a dealer-installed option, greatly improving the Corvette's straight-line performance, but sales continued to decline.
GM was 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 two important events. The first was the introduction in 1955 of Chevrolet's first V8 engine (a 265 CID [4.3 L]) since 1919, and the second was the influence of a Soviet émigré in GM's engineering department, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Arkus-Duntov simply took the new V8 and backed it with a three-speed manual transmission. That modification, probably the single most important in the car's history[, helped turn the Corvette from a two-seat curiosity into a genuine performer. It also earned Arkus-Duntov the rather inaccurate nickname ''Father of the Corvette.''
Another key factor in the Corvette's survival was Ford's introduction, in 1955, of the 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 that GM not appear to back down from the challenge. The ''T-Bird'' was changed to a four-seater in 1958.
There have been six generations of the Corvette so far, sometimes referred to as C1 through C6.
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Engines & Emissions
- 8 Cylinder Engine
- Rear axle, 3.42 ratio, electronic limited slip (eLSD)
- Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) V8 DI (460 hp [343 kW] @ 6000 rpm, 465 lb-ft of torque [627.8 N-m] @ 4600 rpm)
- Exhaust, performance aggressive exhaust sound, with 4" polished stainless-steel tips
- Calipers, Black-painted
- Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
- Steering, power, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion, variable ratio
- Suspension, Performance Ride and Handling with Magnetic Selective Ride Control
- Frame, aluminum structure
- Rear wheel drive
- Cooler, rear differential
- Differential, electronic limited slip, rear
- Transmission, 7-speed manual with Active Rev Matching with Z51 performance ratios
- Dry sump oil system
- Active handling stability control improves traction and enhances vehicle stability
- Performance Traction Management
- Stability Control
- Traction Control
- Daytime Running Lights
- Front Side Air Bag
- Passenger Air Bag Sensor
- Driver Air Bag
- Passenger Air Bag
- OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
- OnStar Guidance plan Limited Trail Service, including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes) (Service not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.) (Fleet orders receive a 6-month trial. Service not available with a ship-to of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
- Air bags, frontal and side-impact, driver and passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size, even with air bags. See the Owner's Manual for more safety information.)
- Rear Vision Camera NEW wide view
- Curb View cameras, front
- Traction control, all-speed
- 7-Speed M/T
- Rear Wheel Drive
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Chevrolet Corvette in the News
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- No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Falters At The Mobil 1 12 Hours Of Sebring - GM Authority (blog)
- NASCAR Boss Rick Hendrick Reunites With His Million-Dollar 2019 ... - The Drive
- Time Travel in a Classic Red Corvette - Wall Street Journal
- Corvette thieves target Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn - Detroit Free Press
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