Monday, June 30, 2014

This Day in Pop Culture: June 28, 1953

The first Chevrolet Corvette was assembled on June 28, 1953.
First Corvette is Assembled

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, hand-assembled the first Corvette. Two days later, it rolled off the assembly line. It featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The doors opened from the inside and didn’t have exterior door handles. The designer, Harley J. Earl, wanted to create an American car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris, but he also wanted it to be more affordable. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds.