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In the 1950s, no car maker came close to GM in strength, size, technology, and design. GM was so big, that it equaled two times the ExxonMobil Oil Company at the time. It was so big that in 1953, it released to the world an automotive revolution…the Chevrolet “E Concept”.

GM knew that in order to become the biggest name in automotive history, and surpass Ford Motor Co., they needed to build a sports car. It was simple, build it small, build it lightweight, and build it fast! The final result was the debut of the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. The name Corvette came from a special type of warship used by the Navy. It was sleek, powerful, and sporty…yet, one big concern… it was pricey! In 1953, the Chevy Corvette retailed for a whopping $2,500…that is the equivalent of over $50,000 today.

Yet, the Corvette wasn’t just another pretty face in the auto world; it had the equipment to back its name. The small-block V8 engine in the 1953 Corvette set out to prove numerous records and awards. It was later revised in 1955 and tuned for that same year to produce an amazing (back then) 550 horsepower.

Today, the Corvette still shares those special features and traits, with the release of the all new 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1. Many people look at the Corvette as a retirement car and only obtainable by the wealthy. Yet, what many people don’t realize is that not only did the Corvette write the Muscle Car rule book…it continuously rewrite it to this very day!