The ‘Vette Set: Inside the National Corvette Museum

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
First to Fiberglass
In 1954 the Chevrolet Corvette became the first production automobile built from molded fiberglass, although the concept came about 10 years earlier. On display at the museum is the first fiberglass automobile — the 1946 Stout Y46 Concept Car. Built by William “Bill” Stout and Owens-Corning, the Y46 has a fully unitized body made from fiberglass so it doesn’t need a conventional chassis. Another unique feature of the Y46 is its rear-engine layout, which allowed designers to create a completely configurable family sized interior.

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