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1952 Chevrolet Corvette C1 EX-122 Prototype news, pictures, specifications, and information
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Chassis Num: EX 122
 
This is the Corvette prototype that made its debut at General Motors' Motorama in January, 1953. It was definitely the hit of the show, and GM announced that it would go into limited production by June. The first Corvettes were more 'eye candy' than sports car. They were grossly underpowered with Chevy's 'Blue Flame' six coupled with a two-speed automatic transmission. This prototype was retained by GM's engineering department and later used as a test bed for the new V-8 that would see production in 1955.

In 1953 the Corvette was debuted at the Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. It was conceived by Harley J. Earl. It was a two seat convertible built by GM aimed at capturing the small car market from manufacturers like Jaguar and MG. All 1953 Corvettes were convertibles with black canvas tops, Polo white with red interiors, and built by hand.

Power came from an existing Chevrolet 235 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine. Modifications were done to it such as a three carburetor design and dual exhaust which resulted in higher horsepower ratings. The 150 hp 'Blue Flame Special' engine was paired with a a2-speed automatic gearbox. The first twenty-five vehicles used the standard Chevrolet 'baby moon' passenger car wheel covers due to a shortage of wheel covers.

During the 1953 production year, 300 Corvettes were produced making it the rarest Corvette. 255 are still in existence. In 1953 the base price for the Corvette was $3,498 with a heater and AM radio offered as optional equipment. The heater could be purchased for $91.40 and the AM Radio for $145.15.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
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Mecum Will Offer One-Of-A-Kind Personal Driver Of Corvette's Original Designer
• Harley J. Earl Corvette will Cross Mecum's Block at Chicago Auction Oct. 10-12
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America's Iconic Corvette and Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner Take Center Stage
 MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 9, 2013 – From August 16-18, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will pay tribute to the enduring legacy of the all-American Chevrolet Corvette, which stunned the auto world at its debut at the 1953 Motorama Auto Show in New York City. Now 60 years later, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where historic automobile racing premiers as the only track-action competition during the Monterey Peninsula's annual Classic Car Week, the Corvette will star as the event's specia...[Read more...]
America's Iconic Corvette/Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner Take Center Stage
From August 16-18, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will pay tribute to the enduring legacy of the all-American Chevrolet Corvette, which stunned the auto world at its debut at the 1953 Motorama Auto Show in New York City. Now 60 years later, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where historic automobile racing premiers as the only track-action competition during the Monterey Peninsula's annual Classic Car Week, the Corvette will star as the event's special marque, with seven generations of the m...[Read more...]

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