Chevrolet claims the Corvette is the longest-running, continuously produced passenger car, giving the honor to the Suburban for a vehicle of any type. All ’53 Chevrolet Corvettes were finished in Polo White with a red interior, and at first, came standard with an inline-six-cylinder engine. By 1955, 90 percent of all Corvette buyers went with the optional V-8.
But the original Corvette wasn’t all about straight-line acceleration: in our very first 1953 Chevrolet Corvette road test with an I-6 model, we recorded a 0-60 mph time of 11.5 seconds and a 105.3-mph top speed.
Since that time, the Corvette has survived changes for better and for worse, and total production of the car numbers about 1,560,000 units. For the first five months of 2013, Corvette sales were down 13.1 percent to 4820 units, but once shipments of the 2014 Corvette begin arriving in dealerships, we’re sure that picture will change.
For now, enjoy the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette photos