timeline for the last 50 years.
- 1953 - Corvette introduces
235-CID six cylinder engine. 300 first edition Polo White roadsters hit
- 1954 - Exterior color
- 1955 - 265-CID OHV V8 and
manual transmission introduced (195-horsepower)
- 1956 - New bodystyle with
roll up windows and optional removable hard top added. Horsepower
boosted to 225.
- 1957 - Fuel injection and
4-speed manual transmission become options.
- 1958 - Dual headlights
- 1960 - New tail introduced.
- 1962 - Small block engine
enlarged to 327-CID
- 1963 - The only year
featuring the split window vette. Sting Ray era begins.
- 1965 - Last year for Fuelie
option and first year of big block engine (396-CID and 425-horsepower)
- 1966 - Big block engine
enlarged to 427-CID
- 1967 - Big block
engineavailable with 3 Holley-Barrel carburetors, producing
435-horsepower. L88 Vette had 427BB and 550-horsepower.
- 1968 - Introduction of new
sexy "coca-cola" bottle shape.
- 1969 - Two ZL1 Sting Ray
Coupes were introduced.
- 1970 - Big block engine
reached its peak at 454-CID. ZR1 Vette appeared.
- 1971 - Horsepower ratings
dropped to 330.
- 1972 - Horsepower ratings
dropped again, LT1 produced only 225-horsepower.
- 1973 - Front chrome bumper
design eliminated to back end only.
- 1974 - Final year of big
block engine, rear chrome bumper also disappears.
- 1975 - Rear bumper now
becomes one piece design, final year of convertible models until 1986.
- 1978 - New fastback rear
window introduced. Two-tone 25th anniversary and Indianapolis Pace Car
- 1980 - Corvette undergoes
- 1981 - New Vette plant
begins production in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- 1982 - Crossfire injection
- 1983 - No 1983 models sold,
only 40 were built, only 1 remains alive.
- 1984 - First year of the
Corvette C4 350-CID, 5.7L, 205-horsepower.
- 1985 - Crossfire injection
changed to Tuned Port Injection.
- 1986 - First convertible
model since 1975 introduced. Yellow Indianapolis 500 replica Pace Car
- 1987 - Callaway Twin Turbo
offered as an option, producing 345-horsepower.
- 1988 - 35th anniversary
released with white on white and white wheels.
- 1990 - ZR1
350-CID,375-horsepower model introduced.
- 1991 - Redesigned plump rear
end and smoother nose. Final year for Callaway Twin Turbo.
- 1992 - 1,000,000
Corvette(Artic White with Red interior) rolls off assembly line.
- 1993 - Ruby red 40th
anniversary model introduced. Only 245 were sold.
- 1995 - Final year of
production for ZR1. 3rd time Corvette is named Indianapolis Pace Car.
- 1996 - Silver collectors
edition and blue grand sport with white stripes from front to rear
- 1997 - All new Corvette
design introduced, only the coupe was offered.
- 1998 - Newly redesigned
convertible comes into the market.
- 1999 - Hard top introduced.
- 2000 - New Millennium yellow
edition with new wheels introduced.