General Motors - Motorama 1953 Corvette
Set to debut as a production Chevrolet, the first look at the first Corvette came as part of the General Motors Motorama 1953 touring display.
The Corvette was shown as the EX-122 in white with red interior - the sole combination available in during the first production year.
The Corvette debuted a new body material called fiberglass (fibreglass), which allowed for low-cost tooling for use in low-volume models. The first year of the Corvette saw only 300 cars made, mostly by hand. Fiberglass was also used on another all-white with red interior Chevrolet model of the period, the Cameo pickup truck of 1955.
The Corvette Convertible was one of four display cars to this theme, the Corvette Hardtop, Corvair Fastback, and Nomad Wagon were presented, all displaying a majority of the Corvette's design themes, but adapted to differing body designs.
The Corvette is no known for V8 engines, but these early production and concept Corvettes were powered by the long-serving blue-flame Six, 235 CID (3.9 L) rated at 150 bhp, and mated to a two-speed automatic transmission, as none of Chevrolet manual transmissions were capable of dealing with 150 bhp.