Fancy bright, colorful, and artistically designed Chevy Corvettes have always been the eye-catchers on the streets. One of the popular sports convertibles and coupes worldwide, the Chevrolet Corvette, was a great headline every time a modded model in the series rolled out of the company’s garages. Let’s explore what has been the modifications in the supped-up series of Chevy’s Corvettes.
The prominent V8 engine
Corvettes started coming up in 1953 as a first-generation series. The early ones were basic models with solid colors and solid axles without many features. The first iconic mod was the introduction of the V8 engine of 1955. It was a stepping mile towards sports car design as the vehicle improved its pick-up speed (reaching the initial 60mph) to 1.5 seconds. The new eight-cylinder engine soon became a competition for big heads then like Ford and Studebaker.
Massive changes in engine specifications
As the development aimed to rev up the engine and increase the car’s durability, several changes soon came up. 1957 model included fuel injection to the internal engine with Ramjet technology. It helped maintain the proper air-to-fuel ratio without stressing the engine, thus reducing the repeated servicing and maintenance.
The V8 engine was upgraded with a 283Hp 283 engine, the first of the models capable of producing 1Hp power per cubic inch. The specifications soon covered power windows, hydraulically operated convertible top, and the new suspension axle replacing the older solid one.
A change in the look- from retro to contemporary
Along with the speed and precision, Chevy’s convertibles also upgraded in their looks and designs. From the solid mono colors in 1953, the new ones since 1957 were seen with changing shapes and mixed colors. The rear end of the car was broadened in ducktail shape in 1961.
Later in 1963, the front portion was cornered, with the rear still broad to give out the fancy look of a stingray shape. The engine was thus, reduced to a small box size compared to the earlier models, which continued till the sixth generation up to 2009. The convertibles then shifted to the coupe models and are continuing with the same design to date.
Evolution in automobile designs
One of the major changes, like the iconic V8 engine, was witnessed with the advanced technology of 2020. Though suspension axles and power-driven features were far past, the engine positioning changed as the design altered. Exactly matching the sports car look, Chevy came up with the new mid-engine system pushing behind the cockpit.
Technically, the specifications also improved significantly since the sixth generation as the capacity rose to a 6.2L supercharged engine to promise a durable life and lightning speed and catchup.
Other vintage models like Impala and Camaro were also Chevy’s designs, but none of those series bore an iconic lineage like the Corvettes. Of all the splendid sports cars Chevy ever brought out into the streets, Corvette models were fascinating in design and specifications, which instantly shot up their demand every time.
So long for over 65 years since 1953, these models have ruled the automobile industry, presenting a new challenge for every competitor. Continuing with the record, the latest design of 2021, pricing over $60,000, is now anticipated to hit the markets soon!