Historical Corvette Videos

 

Here are some very interesting videos showing some of the most fascinating early footage of the early Corvettes. It's not often that you see this rare documentation of what makes these cars so iconic. Enjoy watching these videos and check back soon for more!

 

 

Rare home movies chronicle the first Corvettes going into production. Each one is built by hand at the GM factory in Flint, Michigan. Only 300 Corvettes were built that first year. All 1953 Corvettes were white with a red interior, all had Powerglide automatic transmissions mated to 150 HP, six cylinder engines with three carburetors and dual exhaust. Of those 300, 255 survive.

 

It is interesting to see the crude tecniques and watch the beginning of what would become the great American sports car .

The First 1953 Corvettes Being Built

The Chevrolet Corvette 'SS' is an experimental magnesium-bodied car and set a new lap record at Sebring, Florida, in 1957. It has served as the forerunner of many Corvette sports/racing models.

The Corvette SS raced for the first time at Sebring, where suspension problems and other mechanical defects forced its retirement after only 23 laps. General Motors was enthusiastic about the potential of the SS based on results from practice and lap speeds.

Juan Manuel Fangio, the winner at Sebring in 1957, was impressed enough with the car to test the SS under practice conditions. The results was astonishing: Fangio completed a full lap a full 3:27.4 seconds faster in a car he had never driven before than other drivers could in cars they were experienced driving.

Corvette SS at Sebring 1957

The Making of the Stingray

 

In 1963 GM was getting ready to release it's refashioned Corvette sports car as something fresh and new -- the Stingray. 
To promote this transformation the corporation produced a short film that outlined the history of the Corvette and showed off the new fastback and convertible Stingray. Scenes of its design, manufacturing and testing at the GM Proving Grounds with legendary racer and engineer Zora Arkus Duntov show the car as pure excitement on wheels.

Promotional video to introduce Corvette to the world

 

Promotional film introducing the new, 1953 Corvette from Chevrolet. They transformed the way that the American public viewed the sports car and created possibly the most legendary brand in our nations history

Unique look at the first ever fuel injection System

 

The fuel injection systems are designed and built by Rochester Products. See the 1958 Corvette that was GMs first car with fuel injection. These systems revolutionized the performance of Corvettes forever

SR-2 Experimental Corvette Joins Corvette Race Team in Nassau

Here is a great film made by a home movie. There is no sound but it is a great film. GM Designer Bill Mitchell took his off the books Corvette racing team Nassau to race. He took the experimental SR-2 and the Corvette racers for some fun in the sun. Racing was officially banned at General Motors but Mitchell and others kept it alive by organizing private teams that they supplied with cars.