Corvette celebrates 60 years as a performance icon

| 15 Jan 2013

The world’s longest-running continuously produced sports car – Chevrolet’s Corvette – turns 60 this month.

The anniversary will be marked at events around the world including at the Silverstone Classic, Goodwood Festival of Speed and, of course, Corvette Funfest.

Launched at the General Motors Motorama show in New York in 1953, the Corvette has been America’s best-selling sports car, taking 33% of the sector's sales in its home market.

The model range runs from the C1 that was produced from 1953-’62 to the latest incarnation, the C7, which was launched yesterday at the Detroit Motor Show.

All share features that include a composite body, front-engine layout and a small-block V8 engine (for 57 of the model’s 60 years).

The latest machine will herald the rebirth of the Stingray name when it goes on sale later this year.