The Chevrolet Corvette may be celebrating its 66th birthday today, but it is in no way old or stale. In fact, the Chevrolet Corvette is currently the talk of the town, as the next-generation, mid-engined model is slated to be unveiled in a smidge over two weeks – on July 18th. The hype is very real, too, as the last C7 Corvette to leave the production line fetched a cool $2.7 million U.S. dollars, while a pair of C8 reveal tickets sold for $15,000.
Today, we acknowledge this reverence and appreciation for the Chevrolet Corvette nameplate, and celebrate the fact that it became America’s Sports Car 63 years ago, and continues to be America’s Sports Car today.
In addition to providing the world with the latest and greatest automotive performance in such models as the C7 ZR1 model, the Chevrolet Corvette name also carries with it a rich racing pedigree. In the most recent past, Pratt and Miller has built some of the most iconic cars in the world of racing, and has gone on to win plenty of championships, including the 24 Hours of LeMans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Pirelli World Challenge series.
Of course, part of what makes the Chevrolet Corvette so special isn’t just its success in motorsport or its winning sales streak – it’s also about its perception in the public. Prince’s Little Red Corvette and Barbie’s Corvette are just two quick examples of how the Corvette was able to penetrate pop culture and become an icon in more ways than one.
Speaking of sales numbers, over 1.5 million Chevrolet Corvette units have been sold around the world, which is an impressive feat to say the least. Chevrolet has sold just under 4,000 units this year, with sales volume taking a hit during the first quarter as consumers await the arrival of the C8 Corvette.
No matter how you slice it, whether you’re a die-hard Chevy fan, a Euro car connoisseur, or an all-around car enthusiast with the capacity to appreciate any vehicle, there’s no denying the impact that the Chevrolet Corvette has had on the auto industry and automotive racing, or the fact that it has become an icon in its own right, while also being a financial hit for Chevrolet The General. We would like to think that men like Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov would be proud of what the Corvette has become.
With that said, we’ll wish the Chevrolet Corvette a very happy 66th birthday, and leave you to enjoy the images in the Corvette galleries below.
About Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette is a lineup of sports cars sold globally. Slotting above the Chevrolet Camaro as Chevrolet's flagship sports car, the Corvette lineup consists of the "base" Corvette Stingray, mid-level Corvette Grand Sport, Corvette Z06 and range-topping Corvette ZR1.
The 2018 Corvette represents the fifth model year of the seventh-generation (or C7) Corvette. Despite its age, the vehicles remains highly competitive in its segment. For the 2019 model year, the Corvette discontinues the Carbon 65 Edition while gaining the 2019 Corvette ZR1 in Coupe and Convertible forms, along with two new colors - Elkart Lake Blue Metallic and Shadow Gray Metallic.
Chevrolet is working on a next-, eighth-generation Corvette. The model is expected to be mid-, rear-engined, allowing it to push the performance envelope even further that the C7. See more on the rumored mid-engine Corvette. Though it was previously believed that the C7 generation will be discontinued when the mid-engined model is introduced, we now have reason to believe that the model will continue being offered alongside the mid-engined model.
The Corvette is built exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
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