8 forgotten facts about the Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevy The Corvette is an iconic American sports car that has gone through eight generations. In 1953, the assistant director of public relations for General Motors suggested that the American sports car was named after a class of small maneuverable warships. Over the years, Corvettes have become an automotive symbol of power, speed and adventure.
Perhaps the most popular sports car of all time, the Chevrolet Corvette has evolved from the handleless sports car it was in 1953 to the next ‘Vette fully electric. Everyone knows a thing or two about the Corvette, but here are some forgotten facts about America’s favorite sports car that you might have forgotten.
8 Featured in a popular 60s TV show
Cars like the Ford Mustang Cobra II, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Ferrari 308 GTS and many more played prominent roles in movies and TV shows of the 60s and 70s, but few can match the star power of the Chevrolet Corvette, which was featured in the TV series Road 66.
The American adventure crime television series followed the exploits of two men crossing the United States in a Corvette. General Motors provided a new ‘Vette for each of the three seasons the show aired from 1960 to 1964.
seven The all-aluminum Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette is usually bodied in fiberglass in an effort to achieve a lightweight sports car, but unknown to many people, General Motors once built an aluminum Corvette. In 1972, General Motors partnered with aluminum sheet manufacturer Reynolds Metal Company to build an experimental Corvette.
This distinctive “study vehicle” proved that an all-aluminum car is just as strong as a steel car, but about 400 pounds lighter. Reynolds’ XP-895 car was powered by a transversely mounted small block 400. But Reynolds’ XP-895 car was more expensive to build and traditional fiberglass Corvettes weren’t doing badly, so XP-895 never went into production.
6 The Corvette Hit Song
Several cars have inspired memorable songs and one of them is Prince’s “Little Red Corvette”. The song, which was the second track from her album “1999”, was one of the biggest hits of her entire career. rolling stone ranks Little Red Corvette as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Surprisingly, the 1983 rock song wasn’t inspired by a Chevy Corvette. Prince says the inspiration for the song, which he recorded in a single day, came to him while he was sleeping in a 1964 Mercury Montclair Marauder.
5 Corvette with a split rear window
The second-generation Corvette is legendary for its aggressive Mako shark-inspired design, punchy V8 engines and fastback split rear window. The split rear window was only present in the 1963 Corvette Stingray, so it’s a rare sight today.
Corvettes with the split rear window cost up to $500,000 today, but the “Father of the Corvette” Zora-Arkus Duntov never really liked it. Additionally, the rare Corvette raised safety concerns due to limited rearward visibility, so Chevrolet abandoned the split-window design in 1964.
4 The first Corvette logo was illegal
Over the years, The Corvette logo has been redesigned several times, with some subtle and less subtle changes. Robert Bartholomew, who was an interior designer, designed the original Corvette logo in 1953. The logo was to appear on the 1953 Corvette prototype, which was to be unveiled at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
The original emblem had cross sticks with the American flag on the left and the checkered flag on the right. But just four days before the official unveiling, Chevrolet management decided to redesign the logo because including the American flag on a commercial product was illegal. The new logo had a white racing flag in place of the American flag.
3 Only one 1983 Corvette exists
If you visit the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, one of your most shocking discoveries may be the 1983 Chevrolet Corvette C4, which is the only one existing in the world. The museum’s white Corvette is one of 14 C4 prototypes and 43 “pilot cars” built in 1983.
The pilot cars were built to validate the production and engineering processes, and as standard practice they would be destroyed after testing was completed, as they cannot be sold. But a 1983 Corvette C4 somehow escaped the destruction that befell the others. General Motors donated the only surviving 1983 Corvette C4 to the museum, which opened in 1984.
2 Stingray’s design was inspired by a shark
From the Chevrolet Impala to Jaguar, automakers are known for naming their creations after animals that have become a symbol of style, speed and power. Of all the ocean-inspired vehicles, the Corvette Stingray is one of the most popular.
Nicknamed “The Road Shark”, the Stingray is still a popular sports car on the market today. The inspiration for the Stingray’s design came from Bill Mitchell, then General Motors’ chief designer, during a solo fishing trip. Mitchell caught a mako shark and was amazed by the vibrant gradation of colors along its belly. He wanted the Stingray and other ocean-inspired vehicles like the Mako Shark and Manta Ray to not only look like these creatures, but also move smoothly like them.
1 The 2014 Corvette Stingray can reach 53 mph in reverse
You probably already know that the 2014 Stingray tops out at nearly 190 mph, but what you might not know is that it’s also incredibly fast in reverse, reaching a top speed of 53 mph in reverse. . This is one of the fastest recorded speeds of a production car.
Gear ratios, wheel circumference and engine rev limit play a big role in allowing a car to achieve such impressive speed in reverse. But we’re not sure why anyone would want to run so fast in reverse, but it seems like a fun thing to try.