300 Cars

Any idea what the post title means? Here’s a clue:



This is a picture of a 1953 Corvette parked in front of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. First, think about the impact of this car that it has an entire museum dedicated to it. It is certainly the only museum in the US devoted to one and only one car model.

OK, most Corvette aficionados know that the first year of production was 1953 and only 300 were made, hence the post title. All of the cars were Polo White over Red with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and an inline 6-cylinder engine of 235 cubic-inch displacement with three carburetors that produced 150 HP/223 LB-FT of torque.

From this modest beginning—300 cars—came an automobile that has its own museum and is now not that far from having its two-millionth produced. The Corvette has come close to extinction more than once during its existence including 1955 when only 700 were built. In two of its first three model years Corvette production was fewer than 1,000. Think about that.

While in all honesty I am not a huge fan of the C1 Corvette I do very much appreciate its significance.






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2 thoughts on “300 Cars

  1. … hee hee … When I saw the title and because I knew where you had been, I KNEW it was a reference to the first Corvette. 😊 Also, like you, I’m not a fan of the C1. Even knowing that Chevrolet didn’t have a V-8 to put under the hood in 1953, I’ve always been mystified why they only built that first year with the gutless “PowerGlide” automatic. To put the C1 ‘vet against the British sports cars of the day must have caused gales of laughter on the other side of the pond … My how the ‘vette has changed!


    1. Thank you, sir.

      From Steve Magnante’s 1001 Corvette Facts, fact #24:

      “One of the biggest myths surrounding 6-cylinder Corvettes was their supposed sluggish performance. Magazine tests of the day proved otherwise. With 150 HP and an agile 3.55:1 rear-axle ratio, the 2,850-pound 1953 Corvette turned 0-30 MPH in 3.7 seconds, 0-60 in 11.0 seconds and the quarter-mile in 18.0 seconds. These figures beat the contemporary Jaguar XK-120, Porsche 356 coupe, Aston Martin DB2-4 saloon and Austin Healey 100.”


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