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    Corvette made its debut as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City, Jan. 17, 1953. It was such a success that a limited run of 300 Corvettes began on June 30 of that year, General Motors says. All 1953 models were "polo white" with a red interior and they were priced at $3,498. In 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1.06 million at auction.
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    Betty Skelton, aerobatics pilot and daredevil, at the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette at the New Smyrna Beach Airport in 1956. Zora Arkus-Duntov developed the 'Duntov Cam' camshaft for the Duntov Daytona Flyer. Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports' autos managing editor, said 1956 was the first year with the "small block" V8 engine, to which the engines in today's Corvette can trace their lineage.
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    The 1960 winning Corvette in the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the first to compete and win at the world famous race. It was owned by wealthy financier Briggs Swift Cunningham and driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman. It took the checkered flag winning first in class and eighth overall.
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    Dr. Richard Thompson, a dentist by trade, drove a Chevrolet Corvette to the season-long SCCA B-Class racing championship, his sixth title in that class in 1961. The restyled rear end of the 1961 model included the first use of four taillights, which is a styling element used in every Corvette since, Consumer Reports' Jon Linkov said.
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    1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe - Convertible. "This was the only year for the split-window coupe, and it was the first Corvette coupe ever made," Jon Linkov said.
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    1963 Grand Sport: Zora Arkus-Duntov and his engineers began a mission to meet the challenge of the purpose-built sports racers of Europe and the Shelby Cobra in the U.S. The 1963 production RPO Z06 "racer package," as sold to several proven members of the sports racing community, demonstrated the potential of the Stingray in competition.
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    1968 Chevrolet Corvette. Linkov said this was the year the third-generation (C3) was introduced, with an all-new interior and the first appearance of T-Top panels.
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    The1983 Corvettes were skipped for the all-new 1984, which launched the C4 generation. "There were apparently so many problems with the car, they decided to hold off and make it right or better for 1984," Linkov said. "That's a significant move for General Motors in that era." 44 prototypes were built as 1983 models. Only one remains, which is at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.
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    The 1988 Callaway Sledgehammer was built to exceed all top-speed records. As the showcase for Callaway's turbo technology with the drivability and civility of a standard Corvette, this street legal Corvette remains the world's fastest even today, the National Corvette Museum said.
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    This 1989 ZR-1 Morrison Motorsports / EDS World Record Car with a stock 1990 engine made history March 1-2, 1990 by setting three world records plus seven FIA International Class records during the trials at Fort Stockton, Texas.
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    The Chevrolet Corvette is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., Jan. 1997. "The fifth-generation (C5) model was a significant step forward in terms of styling, performance, comfort, and reliability," Linkov said.
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    The 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 makes its world premiere, Jan. 10, 2005 during the press days at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Mich. Linkov said in the 2006 model, the C5 Corvette got its own Z06, with a 430-hp V8.
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    The most powerful Corvette to date, the C6 ZR1, began with model year 2009 and is a 200 mph+ supercar with 638 hp. "The ZR1 arrives with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that put out 638 hp and gave it a top speed of 205 mph," Linkov said. "It was the most powerful production Corvette ever and competed on the world stage with the best from Porsche and Ferrari."
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