The "American" Who Could

The Most Incredible Versions of the Chevrolet Corvette That Blow Your Mind.

The next-generation Chevrolet Corvette, as evidenced by numerous leaks, can become a mid-engine vehicle for the sake of handling. So, maybe it's time to remember the most outstanding classic Corvettes? Fortunately, there are a lot of them in the 60-year history of the model.

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1953 Corvette C1

It was the very first: Italian elegancy and American simplicity. The first 300 original Corvettes, the history of which began in 1953, were built by hand, and the body was made of reinforced fiberglass. Now, such original cars equipped with an I6 and a two-speed automatic gearbox can cost more than $1 million.

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1957 Corvette SS XP 64

Like many great projects, the XP 64 was born in secret from the management. In this case, in secret from GM bosses. The car was built for the 12 Hours of Daytona, but it never took part in it: the brake failure and unstable behavior of the rear axle were found during its test. However, these «little things» did not prevent the prototype from being frighteningly fast even at the prototype stage, developing an average speed of 250 km/h at the Daytona circuit.

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1963 Corvette Grand Sport C2

The original Grand Sport remains the object of desire of any Corvette fan – only five cars were built. They were driven by the most outstanding drivers: Roger Penske, A. J. Voigt, and Jim Hall. Now, the 1963 Grand Sport is the most expensive Corvette at auction in the world– such a car costs several million dollars. But you can always buy a replica that is produced by Superformance.

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1965 Corvette Mako Shark II

Introduced in 1965, the long and wide Mako Shark II concept surpassed its predecessor in all respects. And most importantly, it established the principles of the style for the future production Corvette C3. There were both working copies of the concept with V8 engines and static one (mockups).

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1970 Corvette Stingray ZR-1 C3

Combining the high-speed 370-hp LT-1 engine and more sporty chassis settings, the ZR-1 turned out to be a real American sports car that is capable to compete with European ones. Although there were versions with more powerful engines (say, the L88), the most balanced is considered to be the ZR-1. It is a pity that only 53 cars were released.

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1976 Aerovette

Chevrolet started experimenting with mid-engine Corvettes in the mid-60s, but the most spectacular embodiment of the idea was the 1976 Aerovette Concept. Based on the previously introduced Corvette XP-882 (a 1970 concept), the Aerovette featured a radical design with gull wing doors. But, unlike the XP-882, it was not equipped with a rotary-piston engine (yes, there was such a Corvette) but with a conventional V8 Small-block.

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1988 Callaway Corvette C4 Twin Turbo Sledgehammer

The Sledgehammer is Callaway’s most famous project. At one time, this model was one of the fastest road cars in the world. Thanks to a pair of turbochargers, the powertrain of the Corvette produced almost 900 hp, which, together with improved aerodynamics, allowed it to accelerate to 408 km/h. And all this happened 15 years before the release of the Bugatti Veyron.

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1990 Corvette C4 ZR-1

Corvette fans appreciate the C4 generation the least (this is what the prices on the secondary market say), but it was quite a progressive car for its time with a very unusual interior – just remember its aerospace seats and digital cockpit. The most striking variant of the C4 was considered to be the ZR-1 released in a circulation of 6,939 copies. For a long time, this car was the world record holder for the maximum average daily speed: the average for 24 hours and 6,793 km was 283.059 km/h.

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1999 Corvette C5R

It was the C5R that became one of the best cars in the world’s endurance races that everyone had to reckon with. Bright yellow cars roaring with powerful V8s still regularly win prizes. During its career, the C5R won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its segment three times, after which the C6R continued the winning march.

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2000 Avelate Corvette C5 Speedster

The design of the custom Speedster produced by Avelate resembles several Corvettes of former years. In general, the model turned out to be original and bright. The car was equipped with a motor and a drive supercharger, as well as six-piston Baer brakes, which helped to settle the fervor of more than 500 hp. In 2000, such a Corvette cost $100,000, but its price only increases from year to year.

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2001 Corvette Z06 C5

The Z06 appeared in many video games and became the most popular tuning object among the fifth-generation Corvette. However, even the standard Z06 was very hot: its 5.7-liter engine developed 405 hp and accelerated the lightweight C5 from 0-97 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

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2003 Corvette Moray

The Moray concept was created by Italdesign for the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. In technical terms, the car was close to the usual C5, but the engine here was of its own design (6 liters, 400 hp). The upper door «halves» could be removed, turning the concept into a kind of roadster. However, these are not all the" highlights" of the Moray. It had a fully digital dashboard and cameras instead of rear-view mirrors...

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2008 Corvette ZR1 C6

The ZR1 was called «the Blue Devil» for its signature color and uneasy character. After all, the 6.2-liter 650-hp turbo V8 put the speedometer arrow on the number 330. There is no sophisticated electronics at the driver's disposal, except adaptive shock absorbers. But this was not so important with such performance: a 0-100 km/h time of 3.4 seconds.

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2009 Corvette Stingray

Fans of the «Transformers» movies will recognize Sideswipe in the 2009 Stingray Concept. This is not its only value for us – it prepared the public for the debut of the new, absolutely radical Corvette of the 7th generation. The concept was equipped with a hybrid powertrain, but, they say, there was a regular V8 LS3 inside.

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2014 Corvette Z06 C7

As a result, we got not only a new Corvette, but also the best Z06 in history… It has a lot of auxiliary electronics but at the same time a huge power (659 hp) and quite an adequate price. Plus, this is the first Z06 that is available with a roadster body.

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2018 Corvette ZR1 C7

The king is dead – long live the king! The new ZR1 exceeded all expectations with a 766-hp engine and an original aerodynamic package: the rear wing alone generates 70% more downforce than the Z06’s spoiler. However, the car will go on sale only in the spring of next year and will cost around $120,000.

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