America's Sport Car: Rev It Up

The Chevy Corvette turns 60. Is it the most iconic car ever?
1:55 | 06/30/13

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throwing a 60th birthday party for an american giant. And if you can't make it, don't worry. We'll take you along for the ride. They call her corvette. And she belongs to the highway. Reporter: It was 60 years ago today, the first corvette rolled off the assembly line in america. The men who designed this had fun. Reporter: Just listen to one of the first ads for the corvette. Never going to take the place of the family car. I, for one, am going to have a lot of fun owning it. Reporter: The first models built in michigan. 300 produced that first year. So few being built, they were assembled by hand. Named after a type of small fast-moving navy warship, the idea of the corvette actually dates back to the end of world WAR II, WHEN RETURNING GIs SANG The praises of those little sports cars they'd seen overseas. Every car looking the same in the beginning, and here it is. What was called a polar white exterior, those red seats. The dashboard red and white, too. And listen to this, the base price? Just under $3,500. And the available options? A heater and an a.M. Radio. By the way, gas back then, 21 cents a gallon. The open road and the country by-way. Reporter: There were new designs along the way. The corvette stingray. America's only true sports car. Reporter: And there were shows in which the corvette played one of the starring roles. ♪ over the decades, the love affair with the corvette often rekindled. Four decades ago, a dream car captured america's heart and wouldn't let go. Reporter: And this weekend, as corvette lovers across the country mark 60 years, the 2014 corvette, newly introduced. Since 1953, 1.5 million corvettes coming off the assembly line, hoping to find the perfect buyer. For mr. And mrs. America, in a carefree mood. Boy, what a car.

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