In 1927 General Motors hired designer Harley Earl who loved sports cars. GIs returning after serving overseas in the years following World War II were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and the like. In 1951, Nash Motors began selling an expensive two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey, that was made in partnership with the Italian designer Pinin Farina and British auto engineer Donald Healey, but there were few moderate-priced models. Earl convinced GM that they needed to build a two-seat sports car, and with his Special Projects crew began working on the new car, “Project Opel” in late 1951. The result was the hand-built, EX-122 pre-production Corvette prototype, which was first shown to the public at the 1953 General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on January 17, 1953.
The Chevrolet Corvette (C1) is the first generation of the Corvette sports car produced by Chevrolet. It was introduced late in the 1953 model year, and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the “solid-axle” generation, as the independent rear suspension did not appear until the 1963 Sting Ray.
Four taillights appeared on the 1961 models, a tradition that continues to this day. Engine displacement remained at 283 cubic inches, but power output increased for the two fuel-injected engines to 275 hp and 315 hp. This was the last year for contrasting paint colours in cove areas, and the last two-tone Corvette of any type until 1978. Also debuting in 1961 was a new boat-tail design later used on the C2.
Here we have a beautifully restored late C1, having had a body off restoration in 2004, the car has since been a multiple concours winner, winning their class in the Concour D’Elegance of Daytona in 2004, the car was also awarded 96.2 points out of 100 for the NCRS Top Flight Concours and it won the Bloomington Gold Award. To this day everything has been described as working and as like new. This automatic example in Red with Black soft top includes a red hard top. An opportunity to buy a concours winning example of a collectable American classic.
Hier haben wir einen wunderschönen -2004 restaurierten- späten C1, welches den Concour D’Elegance von Daytona 2004 und den Bloomington Gold Award gewann, und mit 96.2 von 100 Punkten für den NCRS Topflight Concours ausgezeichnet wurde. Es wird in einem fast neuen Gesamtzustand beschrieben. Das Automatik-Auto ist in Rot mit schwarzem “Soft-Dach”, und dazu einem rotem “Hart-Dach”. Eine tolle Gelegenheit, einen Concours Gewinner eines amerikanischen Klassikers zu kaufen.