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C1 Corvette (1953-1962)

The Original Corvette

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1961 Corvette convertible

This Corvette convertible came with a base 283 cubic inch engine that produced 230 horsepower. Almost 11,000 of these cars, all convertibles, were made in 1961.

Photo by Jeff Zurschmeide

Here are some basic production and model statistics for C1 Corvettes:

1953
Total production: 315
Base price: $3498
Built in: Flint, Michigan
Engine: six cylinder, 235 c.i.
Horsepower: 150
Notes: All cars included all available options, which were heater ($91.40) and AM Radio ($145.15)

1954
Total production: 3640
Base price: $2774 ($3254.10 as delivered)
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: six cylinder, 235 c.i.
Horsepower: 150
Notes: Mid-year cam change boosted horsepower to 155, all options factory included on all cars.

1955
Total production: 700
Base price: $2774/$2909
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engines: six cylinder, 235 c.i. or V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 155/195
Notes: Fewer than 10 6-cylinder cars made, all others 8-cylinder

1956
Total production: 3467
Base price: $2946
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 210/225
Notes: Body change to cove sides, first year for roll-up windows

1957
Total production: 6339
Base price: $3176
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 220/245/250/270/283
Notes: First year for fuel injection, optional racing suspension & four speed

1958
Total production: 9168
Base price: $3591
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/250/270/290
Notes: First year for optional factory seat belts

1959
Total production: 9670
Base price: $3875
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/250/270/290
Notes: Heavy duty brakes added to racing suspension package

1960
Total production: 10,261
Base price: $3872
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 265 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/270/275/315
Notes: First year for a rear sway bar

1961
Total production: 10,939
Base price: $3934
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 283 c.i.
Horsepower: 230/245/270/275/315
Notes: Last year for 283 c.i. V8 and dual-carb engines

1962
Total production: 14,531
Base price: $4038
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8, 327 c.i.
Horsepower: 250/300/340/360
Notes: First year for 327 c.i. engine, last year for solid axle

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