New 2020 Chevrolet Corvette: A Visual Overview

1960 CERV I (Left), 1990 CERV III (Center), 1964 CERV II (Right)
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First, a Little Corvette History

1953 marked the start of the Corvette, with the first production model assembled in Flint, Michigan. The original two-seat Corvette’s shape came from the drawing board of famed General Motors designer Harley Earl. 

Only 300 cars were built during that first year, each fitted with a fiberglass body, a V6, and a two-speed automatic. The Corvette gained true sports car credibility in 1955 when a V8 became an option. Led by Belgium-born Zora Arkus-Duntov, who later became known as the "Father of the Corvette," Chevy's engineers transformed the relaxed roadster into a respected performance car. 

In 1963, the Corvette gained the Sting Ray (then two words) nameplate and a coupe body with a split-rear window. The split-window Corvette, which was only built for one year, has become one of the greatest collector cars of all time. The Corvette survived through the 1970s to the present day, gaining new technology and improved performance with each successive generation. 

The current generation of the car, the C7 Corvette, came with tremendous performance, interior, and design enhancements that are only eclipsed by the groundbreaking changes introduced for 2020. 

Throughout the history of the Corvette project, GM was experimenting with mid-engine sports cars. Arkus-Duntov’s CERV I in 1960 was the first in a series of mid-engine CERV concepts created by the company. The C8 marks the first time a mid-engine sports car has made it into production as a Corvette.

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