Sixty years ago today, spectators lined New York City's posh Park Avenue, waiting to get a glimpse of the ground-breaking Chevrolet Corvette on display at the General Motors' Motorama show. Today, the Corvette will be back in The Big Apple, marking the historic milestone with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which debuted earlier this week in Detroit.
"The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most advanced and engaging Corvette in the long, prestigious legacy of this uniquely American success story," said Chris Perry vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. "It is a car woven into the fabric of American culture and it got its start right here in the Big Apple."
The introduction of the original Corvette took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Jan. 17, 1953. That year, more than 1.4 million people saw the curvaceous design and futuristic approach of the Corvette at displays around the United States. The enthusiastic response prompted Chevrolet to accelerate production plans and by late June that year, Corvettes were rolling out of a specialized assembly facility in Flint, Mich. Only 300 were built in 1953 - all of them white with a red interior.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever and the most efficient, with 450 horsepower that enables 0-60 times of less than four seconds and projected highway fuel economy greater than 26 mpg. The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013.
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