Chevrolet Corvette C1

The Chevrolet Corvette C1 is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet during  the years 1953-1962.

The Corvette C1 is built in Flint, Michigan and most of them are hand built. The outer body of the car was made of fiberglass due to the scarcity of steel that has been left during the Korean War in those days. The car consists of a six cylinder engine with two speed automatic power-glide transmission and drum brakes on all the wheels. The car also delivers increased output due to the triple carburetor; it is also higher in comparison with the Italian and British sports cars in those days. Later in the year 1954, Paxton supercharger was available as an option that improved the straight line performance. Also manual transmission was available from the year 1955.
Chevrolet Corvette C1 taken at Gibeau Orange Julep in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Second Generation Corvette C1
The Second Generation Corvette C1 was the first to use gasoline engine. The Corvette C1 consisted of a 283 in³ 4.6 L V8 engine that delivered an output power of 283 hp. In the year 1962, the capacity of the engine was enlarged making it up to 327 in³ 5.4 L V8 that delivered an output power of 360 hp. Also in between the years 1956-1957, four speed manual transmission, power windows, suspensions and heavy brakes and power convertible top were available options.

A total of 69,015 Corvette C1 cars have been manufactured between the years 1953-1962. The first Corvette C1 can also be seen in the Museum of Kerbeck Corvette, Atlantic City.


Body Style: – 2-door convertible
Type: – sports car
Transmission: – 2-speed automatic powerglide

Specifications of 1955 Six and Eight Cylinder Engine: –
Engine: – 235 in³ inline 6-engine and 265 in³ V8 small block
Transmission: – 2-speed automatic powerglide and 3-speed manual

Specifications of 1956 to 1962 model Eight cylinder engine: –
Engine: – 265 in³ V8 small block, 283 in³ V8 small block and 327 in³ V8 small- transmblock
Transmission: – 2-speed automatic powerglide, 3-speed manual and 4-speed manual