The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most beloved cars ever made. The dream project of GM’s chief designer in the 1950s, Harley J. Earl, the first Corvette was created with a vision of combining sports car style (before the Corvette, General Motors produced no sports cars) with the affordability of an average family vehicle (Earl imagined the new Corvette would sell for the then-standard price of a family sedan: around $2,000).
It took several years for the Corvette to come into existence, but, once it did, America fell in love with this U.S-manufactured sports vehicle, and that love affair has continued ever since.
There have been many models of Corvette over the years, all of them with something to recommend them. However, these 5 Corvettes that Chevy has produced over the decades stand out from the rest and deserve to be remembered as the 5 best Corvettes in history.
- 1955 Chevy C1 Corvette
The 1955 Corvette is widely regarded as the model that perfected the early idea of Chevy’s sports car project. It was the first year to introduce the small-block V8 engine, capable of delivering an impressive output of 195 horsepower. Interesting fact: The first 1955 Corvettes all included a Powerglide automatic transmission, but, by the end of the year, this had been replaced by a three-speed manual transmission.
- 1961 Chevy C1 Corvette
One of the most distinctive features of the Corvette is its signature four round taillights. Though they are often associated with the vehicle’s entire history, it wasn’t until 1961 that these distinctive lights became a part of the Corvette’s design, though they would be a part of nearly every model going forward. Also new to the 1961 Corvette was the distinctive boat-tail design later used for the C2 Corvette.
- 2014 Chevy C7 Corvette Stingray
Though some people will tell you that newer Corvettes just don’t live up to their classic predecessors, that’s just the nostalgia talking. The 2014 Chevy C7 Corvette Stingray deserves to be included on any list of the greatest Corvettes in history, thanks to its superior handling, powerful engine, an abundance of cargo space, and many high-tech add-ons that brought the Corvette firmly into the 21st century.
- 1990 Chevy C4 Corvette ZR1
The best of the C4 series of Corvettes produced between 1984 and 1996, the 1990 Corvette ZR1 made headlines at the time for breaking the existing 24-hour/5,000-mile land speed record, reaching more than 175 mph. This model also introduced an enhanced braking system and revised suspension and truly brought the Corvette back to its sports car roots.
- 1963 Chevy C2 Corvette Stingray
The 1963 Stingray was a major overhaul of the Corvette’s design, in both performance and look. Boasting a sleek, sporty look, the ’63 Stingray was both more powerful and easier to handle than its predecessors. Taking the best of what came before and infusing it with superior performance and a then-modern design aesthetic, this is one of the greatest of the classic American cars, bar none.
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