Chevrolet Corvette C1 283/290 Convertible

Car producer : 

Chevrolet

Model:

Corvette C1 283/290 Convertible

Year:

1958-1959

Type:

Roadster



The first generation Corvette was introduced late in the 1953 model year. Originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, it generated enough interest to induce GM to make a production version to sell to the public. First production was on June 30, 1953.

This generation was often referred to as the "solid-axle" models (the independent rear suspension was not introduced until the second generation). 300 hand-built polo white Corvette convertibles were produced for the 1953 model year.

The 1954 model year vehicles could be ordered in Pennant Blue, Sportsman Red and Black, or Polo White. 3,640 were built, and sold slowly.

The 1955 model offered a 265 cu in (4.34 L) V8 engine as an option. With a large inventory of unsold 1954 models, GM limited production to 700 for 1955. With the V8, 0-60 mph time improved to 8.5 seconds.

A new body was introduced for the 1956 model featuring a new "face" and side coves; the taillamp fins were also gone. An optional fuel injection system was made available in the middle of the 1957 model year. It was one of the first mass-produced engines in history to reach 1 bhp (0.75 kW) per cubic inch (16.4 cubic cm) and Chevrolet's advertising agency used a "one hp per cubic inch" slogan for advertising the 283 bhp (211 kW) 283 cu in (4.64 L) Small-Block engine. Other options included power windows (1956), hydraulically operated power convertible top (1956), heavy duty brakes and suspension (1957), and four speed manual transmission (late 1957). Delco Radio transistorized signal-seeking "hybrid" car radio, which used both vacuum tubes and transistors in its radio's circuitry (1956 option).

If 1957 was a high point in the development of Corvette performance, the following year can be considered important from a styling and design viewpoint. While the wheelbase remained at 102 inches, Corvette grew slightly in overall dimension and presented a comprehensive freshening in its quad headlight front fascia, “washboard” faux-louvered hood and chrome trunk spears. The interior was also completely revised. The gauges were gathered up from across the dash and clustered directly in front of the driver and a center console and passenger grab handle appeared for the first time. The changes were largely cosmetic. What remained unchanged was Corvette’s potent powertrain lineup that included two versions of the Rochester fuel injected 283/290 HP small block V-8.

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