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  Chevrolet Corvette C1
1953 - 1962
Chevrolet Corvette C1
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Sports Car
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Coupe/Convertible
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 2 Speed Auto
4 Speed Manual
Number Built 69000 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details V8
Capacity
327 in3 
Max Power
360 bhp @6200rpm 
Max Torque
352 lb/ft @4000rpm 
Power to Weight
261 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
256 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 67 bhp/litre 
Compression  
Bore x Stroke
 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
140 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
5.9 sec 
0 - 100 mph
14.1 sec 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
177.2 in 
Width
72.8 in 
Height
51.0 in 
Weight
3086 lbs 
Wheels (F/R)
 
Tyres (F/R)
 
Fuel Capacity
 
Pricing (2017)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £n/a - £n/a
 
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After a great reaction to the prototype, production of the legendary Chevrolet Corvette sports car began late 1953. The first generation (C1) Corvette had a 9 year lifespan, through which many different styles, engines, tranmissions and specifications were on offer. The first 'solid axle' fibreglass cars were of poor quality. The resulting low sales nearly caused the Corvette legend to end before it had really started.

The V8 engine first appeared in 1955, slowly increasing in power up to the impressive 360bhp fuel injected 5.4 litre for the last of the line C1s in 1962. The original 2-speed auto was superceded by first a 3-speed then 4-speed manual transmission for a sportier feel.

Just over 69000 C1 'Vettes' were produced in total, initially retailing at around $4000. Now a favourite on the classic market, pristine C1s can often fetch over the $100k mark! A further 6 generations of this classic American muscle car have since been produced up to 2017.


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Corvette C1

(1953 - 1962)
  

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(1997 - 2004)
  

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(2005 - 2013)
  

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(2014 - date)

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