Photos: History of the All-American Chevrolet Corvette

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Chevrolet’s All-American sports car debuted in 1953 as a 2-seat convertible powered by a 6-cylinder engine. Since then Corvette has evolved into a high-performance mid-engine sports car that challenges the top exotics of the world. Chevrolet’s eighth generation of the legendary Vette — a mid-engine design for the first time ever — continues Corvette’s evolution from a racy convertible to a race-toughened test bed conquering tracks around the world to a survivor of emissions regulations of the 1970s, emerging as one of the top performance cars of all time. Enjoy this quick bit of Chevrolet Corvette history in photos, from that original convertible to today’s C8.

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette

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1955 Chevrolet Corvette

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1957 Chevrolet Corvette

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Chevrolet Corvette at Sebring in 1956

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Corvette SR-2

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Corvette SS in 1957

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1959 Chevrolet Corvette

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1959 Stingray Racer Concept

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1960 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1961 Mako Shark

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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Corvette Grand Sport

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1965 Mako Shark II

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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1968 Chevrolet Corvette

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1972 Chevrolet Corvette

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1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

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1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector’s Edition

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1984 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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Corvette Challenge

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1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

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1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

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1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary Edition

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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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1997 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car

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Corvette C5-R

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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2003 Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary Edition

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette

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Corvette C6.R

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2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06

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2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette 60th Anniversary Design Package

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Chevrolet Corvette C7.R

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2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette Carbon 65 Edition

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Convertible

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Indy 500 Pace Car

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

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2020 Corvette Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car

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