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1969 Chevrolet Corvette

History of the Corvette

It all started in September of 1951, when General Motors chief stylist Harley Earl took a ride to Watkins Glen sports car race. He was impressed with the Jaguars, Ferraris and Alfas, which made him decide to begin designing a new American sports car. Later on that year he assigns Bob McLean to draw a layout for a sports car for General Motors. 1952 arrives and the first plaster model two-seater convertible goes on display in General Motors' private viewing auditorium. At the end of April, Harley's crew completed a full-size plaster model of his sports car project. It was designed from the back to the front. In the middle of June, the Chevrolet's director of research and development, Maurice Olley, created a sketch for the new sports car frame, showing the locations of the radiator, wheels, and the body mount points. All it really was was a shortened Chevy Sedan frame. In July, Chevrolet's chief engineer Ed Cole, and Harry Barr started to work on a all new Chevrolet V-8 engine. During a test run, the prototype fiberglass-bodied Chevrolet full sized convertible accidentally rolled.

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