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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