When the Chevrolet Corvette first entered the market back in 1953, it was only available in Polo White with a red interior and a black canvas top, offering just one powertrain combination: a 3.9-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower, coupled to a two-speed automatic transmission. Not exactly an over-achiever.
Since then, the Corvette has gone on to become recognized as “America’s sports car”. Each generation pushed the envelope of performance, style, and technology. As it became more aggressive and potent, it became more expensive; just look at the 2018 Corvette ZR1. When the C1 Corvette was introduced, it had a price tag of $3,120, which is about $30,050 in today’s money. Compare that to the base price of a 2018 Corvette, which is $55,495.
Of course, it’s hard to talk about the evolution of the Corvette without mentioning what is arguably the peak of its design: the 1963 C2 Corvette Stingray. Aside from the sleek, radically-different design, the Corvette also got broader drum brakes, an independent rear suspension, pop-up headlights, a shorter wheelbase, and a 5.4-liter V8 producing 360 horsepower.
Curious to see how else the Corvette has evolved over time? Then go ahead and click play on the video above.