first time at the 1953 GM Motorama held in January at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Six months later, the first production version would roll the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The Harley Earl designed exterior featured a round body, mesh stone guards over the head lights and a toothy grille. The vehicle embodied many racing characteristics such as the use of fiberglass for the body which was both lightweight and rigid. The two-seater had a soft top and side curtains. For 1953 Chevrolet offered a uniform color scheme of Polo White exterior with Red vinyl interior.
The cars were different in many ways to other production vehicles. They were not assembled on an assembly line; they were hand assembled by small groups of technicians.
They expected 10,000 Corvettes to be built and sold. However, only 3,640 vehicles were made but only about 600 of them were sold. The base price of the 1954 Corvette was $2,774.00, over $500 less than then the 1953 model.