In 1953, General Motors released the first model of the Chevrolet Corvette —a sports car named after the small, maneuverable warship.
Over the years, the Corvette has become widely known as America’s Sports Car, synonymous with freedom and adventure.
In 1960 the TV show Route 66 featured two young men traveling across the United States in a Chevrolet Corvette convertible.
Just 300 Corvettes were made in 1953. Each of these first-year Corvettes was a white roadster with red interior. The Corvette was made with fiberglass bodywork for lightweight, but the first cars were produced with a comparatively weak 150 horsepower six-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. The result was more of a cruising car than a racing-inspired sports car.