For more than sixty years, nothing has said “sports car” in America quite like the Corvette. Introduced as a concept in 1953 at the GM Motorama, the show car was followed by limited production in 1953 and 1954 featuring hand-built bodies powered by a 235-cubic-inch Blue Flame six-cylinder engine. A 265-cubic-inch engine became an option in 1955, and Corvettes ever since have been powered by some version of a V-8. The C1, as the ﬁrst-generation Corvette is known, continued in production until 1962.
Through the years, many notable engineers and designers have been associated with the Corvette name, including Larry Shinoda and Zora Arkus-Duntov. It is the charismatic Duntov who, as the unﬂagging champion of the Corvette at GM from 1955 to 1975 and its ﬁrst chief engineer, is often referred to as the “Father of the Corvette.” The advent of the C2 model brought many of the features that are hallmarks of ‘Vettes to this day—light weight, prodigious power, and exemplary performance.