Corvette: Year by Year1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965
1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978
1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
C This, C That
Corvette Generations Explained
The first generation of Corvettes are affectionately known as "Straight Axle" Corvettes, in reference to their simple rear suspension arrangement. Although the chassis remained essentially the same, there were distinct body styles. The 1953 - '54 (left) had the rocket tail lights and the headlights set in the fender with a fashionable stone guard. The 1956 - '57 introduced the Cove as a styling element. The design was stepped up a notch with the quad headlight treatment in 1958 (above right). 1961 and 1962 were the transitional years, (right) in which the rear of the upcoming C2 convertible body was used.
1953 - 1962
1963 - 1967
Also known as the "mid year" Corvettes, the C2 is probably the most sought after Corvette. They were the first to use an independent rear suspension (see The Chassis) and featured one of the most admired body styles in the history of performance automobiles.
1968 - 1982
Although the C3 was a new body style, the chassis was inherited from the C2. The new body set the standard for Corvettes for many years to come. The subsequent generations of Corvette would have a strong resemblance to the C3, all the way to the C7 introduced in 2014.
1983 - 1996
When introduced in 1983 as a 1984 model, the C4 Corvette was an all new body style and chassis. The front was given a styling update and the rear bumper was changed from concave to a convex shape in 1991.
1997 - 2004
The C5 continued the styling theme introduced with the C3. It was the first Corvette that featured an all new body style, chassis and drivetrain.
2005 - 2013
The C6 was not a major change especially when compared to the C5; some of the Corvette faithful thought that C5.5 would have been a more accurate designation.
2014 - ?
The C7 was a major upgrade; the body, chassis and engine were all new for 2014.
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Topic: Corvette Generations
Thomas Moje says...
I just purchased my first Corvette as a 'happy retirement to me' present. It is a 1992 convertible in 'cherry' condition, less than 50,000 miles. As I am now researching to gather more information on the C-4 generation, this website is chock-full of information.
23rd June 2017 4:53am
Lots of good information here! I have a 75 coupe deluxe int/pwr st/4spd. I've owned it since 85. Is it possible Chevy fudged the hp rating of 165? I have oversized tires and still get chirp in 4th. Recently I've taken all the pollution off, added Holly 650 Avenger, high rise intake, Thumper cam kit, headers, serpentine belt & bigger radiator. New paint, adding a stinger hood, all new interior. Next week it goes on the dyno. I'm curious what the hp will be now.. If the hp was ... Read More
19th August 2016 9:48am
daffne woodard says...
hi I heard I can get a birth certificate for my corvette how can I get this?
18th October 2014 9:54am
The Corvette Story says...
Daffne: Not sure what you mean when you say \\\\\\\"birth certificate\\\\\\\". There is the build sheet which came with C2 (starting in 1967, maybe 1966) and C3 Corvettes which are also known as tank stickers since they were located on the gas tank. There is also the build sheet, which starts with 1981 Corvettes. They are available from the National Corvette Museum, see https://webservices.corvettemuseum.org/services/buildsheet.asp You may be thinking of the Shipping Data ... Read More
18th October 2014 10:09am
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3rd October 2014 5:10pm
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