In 1953 Chevrolet introduced the EX-122 Corvette show car at the GM Motorama, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. They were using the concept as a gauge to measure interest in a new Chevrolet sports car – the interest from the press and the general public was overwhelming.
Production was approved and the model name “Corvette” stuck with the car, chosen as a reference to the small, maneuverable warship of the same name. For 1953 just 300 were made, and the survivors are hugely collectible today. Chevrolet chose to use the 235 cubic inch Blue Flame inline-6 engine – the more familiar V8 didn’t make an appearance until the 1955 model year with the introduction of the 265 cubic inch unit.
The Blue Streak inline-6 is capable of 150 horsepower at 4,200 rpm, thanks in part to its triple Carter side-draft carburettors and factory dual exhausts.
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