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The Chevrolet Corvette C1,  years 1953-1962.

The Corvette C1 was built in Flint, Michigan, most were hand built

6 cylinder engine with two speed automatic power-glide transmission

Drum brakes on all wheels

Increased output due to the triple carburetor

Year 1954, Paxton supercharger was available as an option

Manual transmission was available from the year 1955.

2nd Generation Corvette C1 was first to use gasoline engine.

Consisted of a 283 in³ 4.6 L V8 engine that delivered an output power of 283 hp

Year 1962, the capacity of engine was enlarged making it up to 327 in³ 5.4 L V8 that delivered an output power of 360 hp.

Years 1956-1957, four speed manual transmission, power windows, suspensions and heavy brakes and power convertible top were available options.

A total of 69,015 Corvette C1 cars have been manufactured between years 1953-1962.

The first Corvette C1 can also be seen in the Museum of Kerbeck Corvette, Atlantic City.



Body Style: - 2-door convertible
Type: - sports car
Transmission: - 2-speed automatic powerglide

Specifications of 1955 Six and Eight Cylinder Engine: -
Engine: - 235 in³ inline 6-engine and 265 in³ V8 small block
Transmission: - 2-speed automatic powerglide and 3-speed manual

Specifications of 1956 to 1962 model Eight cylinder engine: -
Engine: - 265 in³ V8 small block, 283 in³ V8 small block and 327 in³ V8 small- transmblock
Transmission: - 2-speed automatic powerglide, 3-speed manual and 4-speed manual