Amidst all the bankruptcy talk and questions surrounding GM’s future, a white Corvette convertible rolled off the Bowling Green, Ken., assembly line on Thursday, May 28. Although this normally wouldn’t be cause for celebration, it was this time around: Chevrolet had just produced the 1.5 millionth Corvette.
Frankly, we’re surprised we hadn’t heard more about America’s sweetheart reaching yet another production milestone. Chevrolet all but celebrated the production of the 1 millionth Corvette, a white C4 convertible with a red interior, back in 1992.
After teasing the public with a slinky roadster concept at the 1952 Motorama, GM decided to place the fiberglass-bodied Corvette into production in 1953. Only 300 were built in the first year of production, but the addition of a V-8 in 1955 and further refinement of the car’s ride and handling led to it becoming a sports car in its own right.
By 1969, the 250,000th Corvette was built, and the St. Louis, Missouri, plant hit the 500,000 mark in 1977. The 750,000th Corvette creates some confusion–although it was built on October 26, 1983, the car was an all-new 1984 model.
Transitioning from a stylish, 150-hp cruiser to a 638-hp, Nurburgring-killer (in ZR-1 form), the Corvette has certainly come a long way over the past six generations. Here’s hoping the nameplate lives on to see another 1.5 million built…