In 1953, General Motors rolled out the Chevrolet Corvette concept at the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan for GM’s Motorama. 57 years later, that very car would once again sit the Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s ballroom, this time alongside Ed Welburn, GM’s global vice president of design. Welburn was giving a presentation to the company’s international sales executives. During the presentation, Welburn talked about the Corvette’s origins.
“The whole story is new to them,” said Welburn who points out that the concept is being borrowed from Kerbeck Corvette in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Kerbeck has the nameplate that reads XP-122. It attaches with Philips head screws, so I think they keep it locked in a safe.”
After the presentation, Welburn took a seat inside and pointed out little things about the design. Welburn said while sitting in the car,
“I can’t believe I’m sitting here. This is very emotional for me.”
Source: New York Times Wheels