When it was first shown to the public as a concept at a New York hotel in January 1953, nobody expected the creamy, tail-finned Chevrolet Corvette to become a treasured automotive icon.
It went on to be one of the most successful sporting cars of all time. After a smooth debut at the Waldorf Astoria exhibition 60 years ago, General Motors had pinned its hopes on the Corvette, which was designed by Harley Earl and originally known by its codename XP-122. The car giant wanted to produce America’s first home-grown sports cabriolet after World War II to show that US engineers could compete with European sports-car manufacturers.
The Corvette is now in its sixth edition and the seventh incarnation will weigh in at this month’s Detroit car show. Details are still sketchy but one thing is for sure: the car will feature two seats and a zesty engine with eight cylinders. – Sapa-dpa