C1 Early Years:
1953 Corvette was introduced with 235cid
six-cylinder engine (150hp) and two speed automatic
transmission. All 300 first edition Vettes were Polo
White roadsters with red interior. Vette plant
located in St. Louis, Missouri.
1954 Exterior paint choices added.
1955 265cid OHV V8 engine and manual
transmission introduced, also the last year for six-sylinder
engine. V8 produced 195hp with a four barrel
carburetor, standard version produced 155hp.
1956 New bodystyle with roll-up windows and
optional remowable hard top introduced. 265cid
engine was boosted to 225hp.
1957 Fuel injection appeared as an option and
the V8 engine enlarged to 283cid, also optional four
speed manual transmission came available.
1958 Dual headlight units introduced.
1960 New tail
1961 Prototype called XP-755 Mako Shark was
built for Bill Mitchell.
1962 Small Block engine enlarged to 327ci
C2, Mid Years:
1963 Only year for Split Window Vette. Sting
Ray era begins. Five Grand Sport Corvette were
produced for racing purposes only. All five Grand
Sports are today in collectors hands!
1965 Last year for Fuelie option and first
year of BigBlock option. First BB was 396cid and
produced 425hp. Four-wheel disc brakes became a
standard. Work for new vette generation begun.
1966 Big Block engine enlarged to 427cid.
1967 Big Block was available with three
Holley two-barrel carburetors and it produced 435hp.
King of the hill was L88 vette, it had 427 BB which
produced about 550 horses, although GM said that it
produces 430 horses... GM also mentioned that this
is an off road engine.
C3, Shark Body:
1968 New sexy "Coca-Cola" bottle shape. 435hp
L71 was still offered. 80 L88 vettes were produced.
1969 Stingray. Base engine was enlarged to
350cid. 116 L88 vettes produced. Two ZL-1 Sting Ray
Coupes were unleashed, Again Chevy said that this
engine produces 430 horses, but in real life it
produced over 500 hp...
1970 Big Block reached it biggest form as a
454cid version, engine code was LS-5 and it produced
390 horses. 370hp small block was also offered it's
code name was LT-1. ZR-1 vette appeared it had LT-1
engine with 4speed Muncie transmission, only 25 were
produced this year.
1971 Power of the LT-1 engine dropped to 330
hp. Only 8 ZR-1 vettes were produced.
1972 Horsepower ratings dropped again, now
LT-1 produced only 255 hp, this was also the last
year for LT-1 option, 1741 LT-1 were built. This was
also the last year for ZR-1 option and only 20 ZR-1
vettes were produced. 454 BB produced only 270hp
1973 Front chrome bumber was gone but it
still remained in the back.
1974 Last Big-Block year. Chrome bumber was
gone from rear too. Rear bumber was made from two
pieces so there was a seam in the middle of the
1975 Rear bumper is now one piece and the
seam is gone. '75 was also last year for
convertibles, until it reappeared in
1978 New fastback rear window. Two tone 25th
Anniversary model (RPO B2Z), 15,283 silver
anniversary vettes were produced. Indianapolis Pace
Car was the other special model for '78 it had also
two tone painting (black / silver with silver
interior) and 6,502 were sold. Optional L-82 350cid
engine produced 220hp. All '78 cars had special 25th
1981 New Vette plant started production in
Bowling Green, Kentucky, in July.
1982 Cross Fire injection became a standard
and Collectors Edition was released. Productions of
these Collector Edition cars were 6,759.
1983 There is no '83 model vette... Well
actually 40 were built, but none were sold. Only one
'83 vette is still alive.
1984 First year of C4. Engine was 350cid,
5.7-liter, called L-83 and it produced 205hp.
1985 Cross Fire injection changed to Tuned
1986 First convertible since '75. INDY 500
replica was released it was yellow convertible.
1987 Callaway Twin Turbo offered as an option
(RPO B2K). Twin Turbo produced 345hp and it stayed
on the option list till the year 1991.
1988 35th Anniversary model was released, it
was white even the wheels were white it also had
white interior. 2,050 35th anniversary models were
1990 ZR-1 revealed, at first year ZR-1 had
375hp 350cid LT-4 engine. 3,049 ZR-1 Vettes where
sold this year.
1991 Little facelift, which included plump
rear end and smoother nose. Last year for Callaway
Twin Turbo option, Callaway also offered Twin Turbo
Speedster this year. Speedster was powered by 450hp
Twin Turbo small block.
1992 Millionth Corvette rolled out from the
plant on July 2. It is Arctic White with red
interior. Now this Millionth Vette is in the
Corvette Museum. Second generation LT-1 was
introduced with 300hp. 2,044 ZR-1 vettes produced.
1993 Ruby red 40th anniversary model. Rarest
40th Anniversary model Was ZR-1 only 245 were sold.
Altogether 448 ZR-1 vettes were sold. Total number
of 40th Anniversary models were 6,749. 1994 448 ZR-1
vettes were sold.
1995 Last ZR-1 with production of 448 pieces.
INDY Pace Car, 3rd time that vette was INDY Pace
1996 Silver Collectors Edition and blue Grand
Sport with white stripes from front to rear.
Optional LT-4 engine offered. LT-4 produced 330hp,
LT-4 was offered only with 6-speed manual gearbox.
LT-4 was base engine for Grand Sport option.