What is a Chevy Corvette?
A: The Chevrolet Corvette, known also as the Vette or Chevy Corvette, is a front engine, rear drive, two-door, two-passenger sports car manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet.
As Chevrolet's halo vehicle, the Corvette is widely noted for its performance and distinctive what?
A: Plastic, (either fiberglass or composite), bodywork.
In 1953, when GM executives were looking to a name the new Chevrolet sports car, assistant director for the Public Relations department Myron Scott suggested what?
A: Corvette after the small maneuverable warship — and the name was approved.
Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan as well as St. Louis,
Missouri, the Corvette has been manufactured where since 1981?
A: In Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Corvette has since become widely known as what?
A: "America's Sports Car."
When was the first generation of Corvette introduced?
A: Late in the 1953 model year.
What was it originally designed as a show car for?
A: The 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show.
It generated enough interest to induce GM to do what?
A: To make a production version to sell to the public.
This generation was often referred to as the what?
A: The "solid-axle" models (the independent rear suspension was not introduced until the second generation).
How many hand-built polo white Corvette convertibles were produced for the 1953 model year?
A: Three hundred.
The 1954 model year vehicles could be ordered in what
A: Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, Black, or Polo White; 3,640 were built, and sold slowly.
The 1955 model offered what engine as an option?
A: A 265 cu in (4.34 L) V8
With a large inventory of unsold 1954 models, GM limited production to how many cars for 1955?
With the new V8, the 0–60 mph
time improved by how much?
A: 1.5 seconds.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette transistorized had what car radio option?
A: A hybrid" (vacuum tubes and transistors), which was GM's first start in using the modern Solid-State
electronics for a production car model.
A new body was introduced for the 1956 model featuring what?
A: A new "face" and side coves; the tail lamp fins were also gone.
What was made available in the middle of the 1957 model year?
A: An optional "Ramjet" fuel injection system.
It was one of the first mass-produced engines in history to reach how much
horse power per cubic inch of displacement?
A: 1 bhp (0.75 kW) per cubic inch.
Other options in 1956 included what?
A: Power windows and a hydraulically operated
power convertible top.
What about 1957?
A: Heavy duty brakes and suspension, and four speed manual transmission (late 1957).
The 1958 Corvette received a body and interior freshening which included a longer front end with what headlamps?
A: Quad headlamps.
It also got a new steering wheel, and a dashboard with all gauges mounted where?
A: Directly in front of the driver.
Exclusive to the 1958 model were what?
A: Hood louvers and twin trunk spears.
The 1959–60 model years had few changes except a decreased amount of body chrome and more what?
A: More powerful engine offerings.
In 1961, the rear of the car was completely redesigned with the addition of a what?
A: A duck tail with four round lights.
The light treatment would continue for all following model year Corvettes until what year?
In 1962, the Chevrolet 283 cu in (4.64 L) Small-Block was enlarged to what size?
A: 327 cu in (5.36 L).
In standard form it produced how much horsepower?
A: 250 bhp (190 kW).
For an extra 12% over list price, the fuel-injected version produced how much horsepower?
A: 360 bhp (270 kW), making it the fastest of the C1 generation.
1962 was also the last year for what windshield?
A: Wrap around.
Introducing a new name, "Sting Ray", the 1963 model was the first year for a Corvette what?
A: Coupé and it featured a distinctive tapering rear.
The Sting Ray featured hidden headlamps, non-functional hood vents, and an independent what?
A: Rear suspension.
Why did Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov never like the split rear window?
A: Because it blocked rear vision.
Maximum power for 1963 was what?
A: 360 bhp (270 kW) and was raised to 375 bhp (280 kW) in 1964.
On 1964 models the decorative hood vents were what?
A: Eliminated and Duntov, the Corvette's chief engineer, got his way with the split rear window changed to a full width window.
Four-wheel disc brakes were introduced in 1965, as was what engine?
A: A "big block" engine option: the 396 cu in (6.49 L) V8.
Side exhaust pipes were also optionally available in 1965, and continued to be offered through what year?
The introduction of the 425 bhp (317 kW) 396 cu in (6.49 L) big block in 1965 spelled the beginning of the end for what?
A: The Rochester fuel injection system.
The 396 cu in (6.49 L) option cost US$292.70 while the fuel injected 327 cu in (5.36 L) engine cost what?
Another rare '63 and '64 option was the Z06 competition package, which offered what?
A: Stiffer suspension, bigger, multi-segment lined brakes with finned drums and more.
For 1966, Chevrolet introduced an even larger engine with what displacement?
A: 427 cu in (7.00 L) Big Block version.
The Sting Ray's independent rear suspension was successfully adapted for the new-for-1965 Chevrolet Corvair, which solved what?
A: The quirky handling problems of that unique rear-engine compact.
1967 had the first L88 engine option which was rated at how much horsepower?
A: 430 bhp (320 kW), but unofficial estimates place the actual output at 560 bhp (420 kW) or more.
How many such engines were installed at the factory?
A: Only twenty.
From 1967 (to 1969), the Holley triple two-barrel carburetor, or Tri-Power, was available on what engine?
A: The 427 L89 (a $368 option, on top of the cost for the high-performance 427).
Despite these changes, sales slipped over 15%, to 22,940 (8,504 coupes, off close to 15%, and 14,436 convertibles, down nearly 19%).
The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until when?
C3 coupes featured the first use of what?
A: T-top removable roof panels.
In 1978, the Corvette's 25th anniversary was celebrated with a two-tone Silver Anniversary Edition and a what?
A: An Indy Pace Car replica edition of the C3.
This was also the first time that a Corvette was used as what?
A: A Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500.
The 350 cu in (5.7 L) engine replaced the old 327 cu in (5.36 L) as the what?
A: The base engine in 1969, but power remained at 300 bhp (224 kW).
1969 was the only year for a C3 to optionally offer what?
A: Either a factory installed side exhaust or normal rear exit with chrome tips.
The all-aluminum ZL1 engine was also new for 1969; the special big-block engine was listed at 430-hp (320 kW), but was reported to produce how much horsepower?
A: 560 hp (420 kW) and propelled a ZL1 through the 1/4 mile in 10.89 seconds.
In 1971, to accommodate regular low-lead fuel with lower anti-knock properties, the engine compression ratios were lowered which resulted in what?
A: Reduced power ratings.
The power rating for the 350 cu in (5.7 L) L48 base engine decreased from 300 to what?
A: 270 horsepower and the optional special high performance LT1 engine decreased from 370 to 330 horsepower.
The LS5 454 cu in (7.4 L) motor was carried over and produced how much horsepower?
A: 365 hp (272 kW).
1974 models had the last true dual exhaust system that was dropped on the 1975 models with the introduction of what?
A: Catalytic converters requiring the use of no-lead fuel.
The Sting Ray nameplate was not used on the 1968 model, but Chevrolet still what?
A: Referred to the Corvette as a Sting Ray.
The 1969 (through 1976) models used the "Stingray" name as what?
A: One word, without the space.
Due to government regulation, the 1973 Corvette's chrome front bumper was changed to a what?
A: A 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h)system with a urethane bumper cover.
1973 Corvettes are unique in that sense, as they are the only year where the front bumper was polyurethane and the rear did what?
A: Retained the chrome two-piece bumper set.
1973 was also the last year that what were used?
A: Chrome bumpers.