With its distinctive style and its firm place in our national consciousness as the quintessential American sports car, the Corvette is one of the most recognizable cars on the road. But the Corvette has had a long and fascinating history which may be less well known. These are five cool Corvette facts you might not know about.
- Originally, the Corvette’s logo crossed a racing flag with an American flag. This was changed due to laws restricting the commercial use of the US flag, which brought us the logo we all know and love today.
- Although there’s nothing quite as iconic now as a sleek red Corvette, when the car first launched it was only available with white paint. The interior upholstery was red, though.
- Another quirk of the original 1953 Corvette is that it had no exterior door handles. This wasn’t really a problem, thanks to them all being convertibles, but they also had no heater or AM radio. Luckily, both of these were available as add-ons.
- The Corvette Stingray’s distinctive shape was first inspired by a real shark. Designer Bill Mitchell was out deep-sea fishing when he caught a mako shark and decided to use its shape as the basis for the new Corvette’s body lines.
- The Corvette has been in continuous production longer than any other passenger car has. It’s only fitting for America’s favorite sports car.
It’s easy to find cool Corvette facts because the Corvette is quite simply one of the coolest cars around. Visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, for a closer look at the mid-engine Corvette C8!