C1 Corvette Restorations
First Generation (1953-1962)


June 30, 1953, the iconic Chevrolet Corvette First Generation was built.
The first ever production car to be made out of fiberglass was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. 


The name "Corvette" was borrowed from a line of small, fast navy ships used in World War II.

 

At a point in time where it was very important to maintain a low cost vehicle, the idea of fiberglass was a very good option as it was cheaper and lighter than the traditional steel. Designed by Legendary GM designer Harley who was inspired by the great European sports cars of the time.

The first all-fiberglass-bodied American Sports car, was not well received. Only 300 models of the Chevrolet Corvette First Generation were built.
The lowest number of any Corvette model produced. There are over 200 of the 1953 Corvette still in existence today.

 

Blue Frame 150 Horsepower Inline Six-Cylinder Engine
 

Under the hood of the iconic car is a 150 horsepower "Blue Flame" inline six-cylinder engine fed by three single-throat Carter carburetors.

 Despite having a gorgeous body and the sports car look, it did not drive like one. The Chevrolet Corvette First Generation performance as a sports car was disappointing compared to British and Italian sports cars of the time. It featured a two-speed automatic transmission which was lacking compared to a manual transmission found in British sports cars and as such required more effort to bring to a stop.

 

Small Block V-8 Engine

In 1955, the small-block V-8 engine and a 3 -speed manual transmission were introduced in the same body.
This significantly increased the performance of the car. This was when Corvette began to make a name for itself. This year also saw the arrival of engineer Zora Arkus-Dunto, who brought new life to the brand and was named director of high-performance- vehicle design.
He is popularly known as the father of Corvette as he gave the Corvette its performance degree.

 

All 300 units of the 1953 hand built model were uniform to enable workers to concentrate on working with the new material instead of bothering about other changes and options. All Chevrolet Corvette First Generation were painted Polo White, with a black convertible top and a Sportsman Red interior and the only options were a heater and an AM radio included in every 1953 model.

The 1953 model built with a different style has served as the foundation for all Corvettes to follow, namely:
 

The C2 -- The Sting Ray (1963 to 1967):  The Corvette, while smaller than the 1953 model, retained the fiberglass body.

C3 -- The Stingray Era (1968 to 1982):

Over 540,000 were produced, making it the largest generation ever produced.

C4 -- A Good Starter Corvette (1984 to1996): Big improvements in quality and horsepower were made in these models.

C5 -- Return to Glory (1997 to 2004): GM claims the lead in world-class professional racing. Building a top performance vehicle based on the best technology available.

C6 -- Refining Technology (2005 to 2010): Advanced sports cars. These Corvettes are capable of speeds over 200mph.

C7 -- The Future of the Corvette
C8--The Chevrolet Corvette (C8) is the eighth generation of the Corvette sports car manufactured by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet. It is the first mid-engine Corvette since the model's introduction in 1953, differing from the traditional front-engine design. 
C9--The 2023 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray is available to custom order today.

 

Despite its drawbacks, the Chevrolet Corvette First Generation remains an iconic machine.
With an Undeniably beautiful fiberglass body that was quite innovative.
Originally released at $3,498 you can get your hands on a

Chevrolet Corvette First Generation from $165,000 - $500,000 depending on the condition of the vehicle.

 

 


1957 Corvette
Job Description

Engine Overhaul

Ignition & Fuel System Upgrades

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Ignition
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1962 Corvette
327 CI 300 HP

Job Description

Engine Overhaul 
Ignition & Carburation Upgrades
Disk Brake, Rack & Pinions Steering Conversions
& Much More