The Chevrolet Corvette hardly needs an introduction. From its humble roots as a sporty car with a stylish fiberglass body based on a passenger car chassis, to today’s carbon-fiber and aluminum V8 supercars, the Corvette is not only one of history’s most famous sports cars, it is an icon that is engrained in American automotive and popular culture.
For the first two years of production, 1953 and 1954, the Corvette was powered by a tuned version of GM’s venerable 235 cubic inch inline-six cylinder engine. Known rather stodgily as the Thriftmaster in pickups and passenger cars- a name that hardly bore the car’s sporty intent- the engine was tuned and rechristened the Blue Flame Six for the Corvette . After an initial surge, sales slowed in late 1954, but the introduction of the new 265 cubic inch V8 for 1955 saw increased interest in America’s new sports car. But when faced with a glut of unsold ‘54s on the lot, GM limited production of the 1955 model to just 700 units, the second lowest production year for any Corvette. Some believed 1955 would be the last year of a failed experiment, especially given the sales success that Ford’s “Personal Car” Thunderbird was enjoying. But a new bo
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