Corvette was born of the post-war sports-car boom, an optimistic time when nearly anything seemed possible, including the world's largest automaker building a two-seat "image" car. But despite the Corvette's initial impact as a sensational show car, the first production model was dismissed as more poseur than performer, and the so-called "plastic bathtub" was nearly axed from the Chevrolet lineup. Fortunately, the venerable Corvette developed a raw sporting nature during the formative years of rock-and-roll, and got its kicks on Route 66.

The following links will take you to picture-packed profiles of more than 50 Corvettes. You'll find about the history behind each car, see engine information, and get production details. Here are the Corvettes we profile:

1953 Corvette
1954 Corvette
1955 Corvette
1956 Corvette
1957 Corvette
1958 Corvette
1959 Corvette 1960 Corvette
1961 Corvette
1962 Corvette
1963 Corvette
1964 Corvette
1965 Corvette
1966 Corvette
1967 Corvette
1968 Corvette
1969 Corvette
1970 Corvette
1971 Corvette
1972 Corvette
1973 Corvette
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1975 Corvette
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1977 Corvette
1978 Corvette
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1982 Corvette
1984 Corvette 1985 Corvette 1986 Corvette
1987 Corvette 1988 Corvette 1989 Corvette
1990 Corvette 1991 Corvette 1992 Corvette
1993 Corvette 1994 Corvette 1995 Corvette
1996 Corvette 1997 Corvette 1998 Corvette
1999 Corvette 2000 Corvette 2001 Corvette
2002 Corvette 2003 Corvette 2004 Corvette
2005 Corvette 2006 Corvette 2007 Corvette

Corvette came into its own, both on the road and at the racetrack, during the go-go space-age Sixties. It flexed its muscle during the subsequently turbulent years of civil unrest, antiwar protests, and political scandals. It survived an onslaught of adversity throughout the Seventies. And while it welcomed the button-down Eighties with its portfolio secure, the car's fortunes plummeted over the course of the ensuing decade.

Again turning the tide, Chevy's legendary sports car was reborn in the late Nineties as a technologically advanced performance machine for the new millennium, and it enjoyed a well-earned resurgence in popularity. Then, when we didn't think it could get any better, Corvette engineers unleashed the C6, the most precise and refined Corvette yet. They soon topped themselves with the next-generation Z06, a 500-horsepower track-bred beast that upped performance to new heights.

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The 1961-62 Corvette model was lauded as one of the finest performance machines in the world.
The 1961-62 Corvette model was lauded as one of the
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Plenty of sports cars would come and go since 1953, but through it all, the Corvette survived. In fact, the Corvette thrived, outlasting and outpacing the competition.

This is the detailed account of the Corvette's journey from its roots as a brash young show car to the sophisticated gran turismo it is today. It is also the story of the people behind the legend, the visionary designers and engineers who created and nurtured it, the race-car drivers whose victories helped gain the respect of its most steadfast critics, and the boardroom boosters and corporate detractors who debated its very existence.

Corvette's biography is one of drama, intrigue, and passion. Back-room battles and locked-door secrets lurk within. It's a tale of the underdog overcoming great hurdles, living up to prior successes, and suffering through the inevitable failures.

It's a story straight out of Hollywood, populated with strong leading men and crafty bit players, heroes, villains, plot twists, and red herrings. Packed into a six-act script played out against the backdrop of America's ever-changing landscape, this is the tale of a cultural icon like no other.

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