The first generation of Corvettes came to light in 1953 when the first Corvette was introduced, and ended with the 1962 Corvette. The C1 Corvettes have been nicknamed "Straight Axle" Corvettes since they contain a very simple and straightforward suspension system. The first three models had characteristic rocket tail lights, while the 1956 and 1957 models can be easily identified by the Cove. The 1953-1955 models definitely had a certain “rocket theme” to them. The 1956 and 1957 Corvettes are extremely beloved cars. This is partly due to their playful design with plenty of chrome. In 1958, quad headlight treatment was introduced and this style was used for all the following models of the first generation. The 1961 and 1962 year models introduced a rear that would later be used in the second generation Corvettes. We love restoring 1th generation stingrays.
The second generation Corvettes form an extremely important part of the Corvette Sting Ray history. This era was when the name Corvette Sting Ray was used for the first time and the early Sting Rays are among the most sought after cars on the planet. The C2 generation was very short, it began with the 1963 Corvette and ended with the 1967 Corvette. These cars are commonly referred to as the mid-year Corvettes in Corvette Sting Ray history.
The C2 generation was designed by Larry Shinoda and styled by Bill Mitchel. They were the first ones to use independent rear suspension, a fact that clearly distinguishes them from the old straight-axle corvettes of the C1 generation. The second generation is a truly great car and should always be given a high end restoration. They are as earlier mentioned some of the most sought after cars in the world.
This part of Corvette Sting Ray history lasted much longer than the previous generations, from 1968 to 1982. The chassis was the same as in the C2 Corvettes, but the body style was completely new. This new style can be seen in the cars of the C4, C5 and C6 generations as well. The cars created during the early part of this era is commonly referred to as the “chrome bumper Corvettes”. Chrome bumpers were used from 1968 to 1972 and give the cars a distinctive style. By the mid 70’s, emission laws and safety regulations had forced car manufacturers to focus on other things than style, drivability and performance. Unfortunately, the technical innovations were still quite crude and Corvette had to sacrifice performance to measure up to the new requirements. These cars do not have the same status as earlier versions. They are worth restoring but it might be a good idea to limit the budget and not go crazy.
The C4 generation featured a fresh chassis and an entirely new body style. The 1990 model was given a new interior and the dashboard layout was improved. The Corvettes also became safer for passengers with the introduction of a driver's side air bag. In 1991, the exterior was changed and the traditional concave rear bumper was replaced by a convex one. The C4 generation lasted from 1983 to 1996, and most people prefer the late models to the early ones. Most purist will not consider these car to be Sting Rays. They are just Corvettes. These corvette cars are nice but they have not really reached the point of becoming classic cars yet. It is usually not a good idea to spend a lot of money restoring one but now can be a good time to buy one to restore later. We almost never work with these cars and this site does not contain any information on them.
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