By Vern Parker
It was 60 years ago when the first Corvette rolled out of the General Motors factory in Flint, Mich. It was the first of 300 fiberglass-bodied Corvettes built in 1953.
In order to expand production capabilities for the upcoming 1954 model year the entire Corvette operation was moved to St. Louis. The good news was that 3,640 Corvettes were built in 1954. The bad news was that only about 2,500 were sold. Not very many buyers, it seems, wanted a sports car with a six-cylinder engine, side curtains in lieu of roll-up glass windows and no outside door handles.
For the 1955 model year Chevrolet offered a 265-cubic-inch, 195-horsepower Turbo-Fire V-8 engine or a 235.5-cubic-inch, 155-horsepower Blue Flame six-cylinder engine. All but a handful of the 700 buyers that year chose the V-8 engine.