History of Corvette
It’s no secret that we are major fans of the Chevrolet Corvette at Bud's Chevrolet-buick, Inc.. In fact, we even have our own Corvette museum on-site. If you are interested in learning more about the Corvette, visit our museum and talk to our experts—but for starters, you can brush up on its history below.
The First Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette has been produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since 1981. To this day, Bowling Green is the site of new Corvette production and the National Corvette Museum. But before production started on the world’s longest-running continuously produced passenger car at Bowling Green, it was first produced in Flint, Michigan, where it got its start in 1953. The first-ever Corvette concept went on display at GM’s Motorama in New York in January of 1953, ahead of the initial production in Flint. Just months later, on June 30th, the first-ever production Corvette rolled off production lines and into American hearts everywhere. The first generation of the Corvette, dubbed the C1, ran from 1953 through 1962, ushering in developments like the small-block V8 and dual headlights.
The second generation, or C2, ran from 1963 through 1967 and is famous for introducing the Corvette coupe and the Corvette Sting Ray, a nameplate that has been revived in recent years. C3, or the third-generation ‘Vette, ran from 1968 through 1982, and saw a complete restyling of the Corvette. The year 1984 brought us the fourth generation, or C4, running through 1996. During the fourth generation, the National Corvette Museum opened (in 1994).
C5 ran from 1997 to 2004, and C6 started in 2005 and ran through 2013. During these years, Chevy kept upping the ante in terms of performance from the legendary Corvette. And that brings us to our current generation, the C7, which has seen the most powerful Corvettes ever produced. Still, the Corvette C8 is just around the corner, and here at Bud's Chevrolet-buick, Inc., we’ll be excited to see what this latest version of the ‘Vette entails.