Production Numbers: 300 (1953), 3,640 (1954), 700 (1955)
Color Combinations: Polo White (1953), Polo White, Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red, Black (1954), Polo White, Pennant Blue, Corvette Copper, Gypsy Red, Harvest Gold (1955)
Engine Type: 235 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame I6 (1953-1955), 265 cu in (4.3 L) Small-block V8 (1955)
Transmission: Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Additional Stats: First few years of Corvette production, interior door handles, clip in side curtains as a substitute for roll up windows.
Only three hundred Corvette models were made on the first year of the line’s production. Essentially hand-built and using the latest technology, to the point where it was still evolving at the time. This led to the 1953 Corvette presenting a variety of issues with its fiberglass body, its fit, and its finish due to poor quality. The doors would randomly open while the car was being driven and there were water leaks on the roof of the vehicle. Most of these errors were corrected throughout the first production year, and improved upon during the next few years.
The Corvette line had a hard time picking up the steam it would be characterized for in later years. Because of the few quality issues and less than optimal performance at first, only an estimated half of Corvette owners were fully satisfied with the vehicle, not exactly considering it a true sports car. However, the bumpy start would eventually lead to one of the most iconic car lines in American automobile history.
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