Dec 9, 2008

Chevrolet Corvette: The Real American Car

American always had a desire for sports car. All big brands have brought out sports cars from time to time in the American soil. Chevrolet, one of the biggest automaker brought out its Corvette, targeting the sports car lovers. The Corvette was introduced into the Yankee land in the year 1953. The car gained the recognition of being the first completely American sports car built by an American car company, which is why it is often referred to as “America’s Sports Car”.

Today, Chevrolet manufactures Corvette in the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Even though, there exist complaints regarding the handling of the car, Corvettes’ handling has been continually improved to be on a par with popular European sports cars. But still they remain relatively affordable, which is perhaps one of the reasons of their continuous popularity as a sports car.

Corvettes have brought out technical sports cars in Europe from time to time, which is one of the reasons they are cheaper. Due to the simplicity, Corvettes tend to be smaller and weigh less than sports cars manufactured abroad. The famous car designer Harley Earl after noticing that soldiers after the Second World War were bringing back European sports cars as America didn’t really have one, longed to make a sports car. At the 1953 Motorama car show, the Corvette designed by Earl was finally unveiled to the shocked public.

The body was originally made with fibreglass, and the performance was similar to other Chevrolets produced at the time, but when Chevrolet released it with the first V8 engine in 1955, it became more popular.

Since then, six different generations of Corvettes have come out.