On June 30, Chevrolet celebrated 60 years of Corvette production after the very first of its iconic sports car model rolled off the Flint, Michigan, assembly line in 1953. The future classic was initially shown as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on January 17, 1953, but it was such a hit with the crowds in attendance that the automaker decided to go ahead with a limited run of 300 vehicles. Each of the 1953 models shared the same color scheme – Polo White over red convertible – and were priced at $3,498 each (in 2006, the third 1953 Corvette produced sold for a record $1,060,000 at auction).

“Over the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians, and astronauts,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their eras in terms of design, technology and performance.”

Few realize that the Chevrolet Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car (the Porsche 911 didn’t start production until 1963). And, with the all-new C7 in showrooms later this year, America’s sports car doesn’t show any signs of wanting to give up the coveted title. Be sure to check out the press release below for more interesting Corvette facts.

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By Michael Harley