Iconic Corvette Began 60 Years Ago
Chevrolet marked its 60th anniversary of the Corvette, an
iconic American sports car, this week The first Corvette went into production in Flint, Mich. on June 30,
1953. Since then, Corvette has become an American icon that continues to offer the best in
today’s technology and performance.
“Over the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as
the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians, and astronauts,” said Chris Perry, vice
president Chevrolet Marketing. “The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their
eras in terms of design, technology and performance.”
Here are some key facts highlighting 60 years of Corvette history:
• Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. The
longest-running vehicle of any type is the Chevrolet Suburban.
• Corvette made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New
York City on January 17, 1953. It was such a success that a limited run of 300
production Corvettes began on June 30 of that year.
• All 1953 models were Polo White with a red interior and they were priced at $3,498. In
2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1,060,000 at auction.
• Corvette was exclusively available with an inline six-cylinder engine until 1955. That
year, the optional V-8 engine was ordered by 90 percent of buyers. The six-cylinder was
dropped in 1956. Corvette has been available exclusively with V-8 power since.
• Corvette was produced only as a convertible for its first 10 years. The fixed-roof 1963
“split-window” Corvette Sting Ray coupe launched the second-generation Corvette.
Sales doubled and it became a year-round car for drivers in colder climates.
• Approximately 1,560,000 Corvettes have been produced since June 30, 1953. The
500,000th Corvette was built in 1977; the 1 millionth was built in 1992, and the 1.5
millionth Corvette rolled off the line in 2009.
• Corvettes have been produced at three facilities: Flint, Mich. (1953); St. Louis, Mo.,
(1954-1981); and Bowling Green, Ky. (1981-2014). The change from St. Louis to
Bowling Green happened during the production year. The first 1981 Corvette was built
in St. Louis, and the last 1981 Corvette was built in Bowling Green.
• No 1983 Corvettes were sold to the public. The model year was skipped in preparation
of the all-new 1984 Corvette, which launched the C4 generation. Forty-four Corvette
prototypes were built as 1983 models. Only one remains, on display at the National
Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.
Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Duluth Named One of General Motors’ Dealers of the Year!
Duluth, GA, 04-06-2012
Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Duluth announced today that General Motors has named the dealership as one of GM’s Dealers of the Year.
This is Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Duluth's second time being recognized with this honor by GM. The honor is given to only 2 percent of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the Georgia region. “We are proud that our hard work and dedication to the customer has allowed us to be recognized as one of General Motors’ Dealers of the Year” said Ryan Regnier of Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Duluth. “Our number one priority is providing the best customer experience, and we look forward to building on this in 2012." To receive Dealer of the Year recognition, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Duluth must be a top performer in sales and customer service. Dealers also need to show a commitment to these areas on a long term basis by retaining customers and providing customers with exceptional service using Genuine GM Parts. GM has recognized dealerships in the U.S. with this honor since 2000.
Hendrickcars.com to Sponsor Phoenix Racing, JR Motorsports & Richard Childress Racing in Select 2012 Nascar Events
2012 Indy Dream Weekend’ Sweepstakes to Coincide with HendrickCars.com Re-Launch
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 13, 2012– HendrickCars.com will sponsor three NASCAR teams in select races in early 2012. The sponsorships will promote the new-look retail automotive website, which re-launched Feb. 1, and coincide with the HendrickCars.com “2012 Indy Dream Weekend” sweepstakes.
The program will kick off during Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Fla., with primary sponsorship of Phoenix Racing and 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch in the Feb. 25 Nationwide Series race and Feb. 26 Daytona 500. It will continue with primary sponsorship of JR Motorsports and driver Cole Whitt in the March 17 Nationwide event at Bristol, Tenn.
In addition, HendrickCars.com will be a major associate sponsor of the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet with driver Elliott Sadler in NASCAR’s biggest race, the Daytona 500.
In conjunction with the sponsorship, HendrickCars.com is launching the “2012 Indy Dream Weekend” sweepstakes. From Feb. 13 through March 19, visitors can log onto HendrickCars.com to register for a chance to win a weekend for two at the July 29 Sprint Cup race in Indianapolis. The winner and a guest will receive behind-the-scenes access, a tour of the historic racing venue, VIP seats in a trackside suite and more. The winner will be announced March 23 at www.HendrickCars.com .
Features of the new HendrickCars.com include streamlined navigation, an expanded offering of used cars and the addition of thousands of new vehicles. The site also has added performance and classic cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles to its inventory. Customers can view detailed information for nearly 20,000 vehicles, including up to 60 images per listing.