Where is the Chevy Corvette built?
The Chevrolet Corvette holds a special place in hearts of Chevy fans. For many people, the first time they knew they were going to be “car people” was the first time they saw a Corvette. Since it was first shown as a concept car in the early 1950s, each new generation reignites people’s fascination with the Corvette. As Don Wheaton gets ready to take delivery of the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1, we thought a little historical background about where the Corvette is built and its origins might be a fun trip down memory lane. Hopefully, this gets you ready to see the new model when it arrives.
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What does Corvette mean?
Before the GM Motorama in 1953, the term corvette referred to a type of small and nimble warship. Myron Scott is said to have named General Motors’ new concept car as an homage to the watercraft. When the first generation Corvette went into production, it was hardly the high-performance road-eating machine we think of today. In fact, the models of the car built from 1953 to 1962 more closely resembled small British roadsters popular at the time.
Home of the Corvette
Originally, the Chevy Corvette has had a couple of homes. First at assembly plants in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. However, for the past several years, the Corvette has been built at the GM Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The manufacturing of the Corvette is so ingrained at that facility, it is commonly thought of the car’s true home. In fact, every Corvette appearing at any dealership in the world started life at the Bowling Green plant.
It has always been out of this world
During the early days of space travel, NASA astronauts were commonly associated with Corvettes. A Chevy dealer in Florida was responsive for combining astronauts and Corvettes. Eventually, GM gave them two vehicles each year. One was typically a family vehicle and the other, naturally, was a Corvette.
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