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The History of the Corvette It all started in September of 1951 when General Motors chief stylist Harley Earl took a ride to Watkins Glen sports car race He was impressed with the Jaguars Ferraris and Alfas which made him decide to begin designing a new American sports car Later on that year he assigns Bob McLean to draw a layout for a sports car for General Motors 1952 arrives and the first plaster model two-seater convertible goes on display in General Motors private viewing auditorium At the end of April Harleys crew completed a full-size plaster model of his sports car project It was designed from the back to the front In the middle of June the Chevrolets director of research and development Maurice Olley created a sketch for the new sports car frame showing the locations of the radiator wheels and the body mount points All it really was was a shortened Chevy Sedan frame In July Chevrolets chief engineer Ed Cole and Harry Barr started to work on a all new Chevrolet V-8 engine During a test run the prototype fiberglass-bodied Chevrolet full sized convertible accidentally rolled Since the body survived with minimal damage they decided to keep the fiberglass for the body material for the upcoming Corvette The year was almost over when they had to decide what name to give the new Chevrolet The Chevrolet EX-122 is named the Corvette after a fast type of Royal Navy warship by Myron Scott He was an employee of Cambell-Ewald Chevrolets advertising agency Strong consideration had been given to naming the car Corvair a name picked from the dictionary The debut of the first Corvette was on January 17 of 1953 It was displayed at the GM Motorama show at New Yorks Waldorf-Astoria Hotel In May the first Corvette advertisement was unleased It was a stylish two-seat convertible designed to show the world that GM could produce a sports car
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