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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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
1968 - 1982
1983 - 1996
1997 - 2004
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 - 2019
2020 - ?
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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 truly 165, I'll know what I've gained.