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The new First Generation Corvette boasted a 160 hp extra-high compression Blue-Flame engine, teamed with the new Powerglide automatic transmission. No V8 for the Corvette, yet!
For 1955, you could order your Corvette with the “husky” Blue Flame 6 or the “chain lightning” of the new 195 hp V8.
The 1958 model boasted “America has no other cars that can equal Corvette’s footwork…”due to its compact 102 inch wheelbase, “outboard” rear springs, 16:1 steering ratio, and “supple but solid sports car suspension”.
By 1961, the “first gen” Corvette was getting near the end of its cycle. The new “ducktail” rear added plenty of flair though. Note the full color ad – early Corvette print ads seemed to be mostly black and white.
1962-Corvette-aIn 1962, the Corvette’s V8 283 was enlarged to a 327 and produced 250 hp. A fuel-injected version pumped out a whopping 360 hp, and was by far the fasted C1 Corvette. 1962 wrapped up this generation Corvette, and the second generation cars were on their way!
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