This Week In History

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production…. read more!



June 28, 1953 – Workers assemble first Corvette in Flint, Michigan | June 29, 1995 – U.S. space shuttle docks with Russian space station | June 30, 1936 – Gone with the Wind published | July 1, 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg begins | July 01, 1997 – Hong Kong returned to China | July 02, 1964 – Johnson signs Civil Rights Act | July 03, 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg ends | July 04, 1776 – U.S. declares independence

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