America's sports car is turning 60.
Chevrolet's iconic Corvette sports car will turn 60-years-old this weekend. The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled out of General Motors' Flint, Michigan, production facility on June 30, 1953.
"During the past six decades, the Corvette has been woven into the fabric of American culture, as the sports car of choice for movie stars, musicians and astronauts," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. "The very best Corvettes represent the state-of-the-art for their eras in terms of design, technology and performance."
The Corvette was produced for just one year in Flint before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1954. Production remained in St. Louis until 1981, at which point the Corvette moved to its current home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Interestingly, that production shifted occurred mid-year, so the first batch of 1981 Corvettes was made in St. Louis while later 1981 model year cars were built in Kentucky.
Thanks to its six-decades of longevity, the Corvette is the world's longest-running, continuously produced passenger car. The Corvette is second on the list when all types of vehicles are considered, trailing Chevrolet's own Suburban utility vehicle.
Corvette will mark its 60th anniversary with an all-new C7 model, due out in dealer showrooms later this year.