Corvette Generations

Corvette Generations

A video series narrated by Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, General Motors.

C1 Corvette: 1953 to 1962

Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, discusses everything important about the first generation of Corvette – from the 1953 Corvette show car at the GM Motorama to winning its class against foreign brands racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also goes into detail about the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov, the initial Blue Flame engine, and the first of Chevrolet’s small block V8 engines.

C2 Corvette: 1963 to 1967

Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles discusses the second generation of Corvette. The “Sting Ray” generation was championed by GM’s second vice president of design, Bill Mitchell, after observing the way stingrays swim so gracefully through the water. Though this was the shortest Corvette generation, fans will undoubtedly remember its defining features, such as the split-window on the 1963 Corvette and the introduction of the big block V-8 engine.

C3 Corvette: 1968 to 1982

Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles discusses the longest-running generation of Corvette: the third generation. Introduced in 1968, the C3 ran until 1982 and had some of the most variations of any generation. Chevrolet also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Corvette in 1978 with one of the most collectable Corvettes, the silver anniversary edition and the 1978 Indy Pace Car replica.

C4 Corvette: 1984 to 1996

Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles brings us into an era of performance innovation with the fourth generation Corvette. Beginning with the 1984 model, the fourth generation featured plenty of enhancements such as an impressive drag coefficient, anti-lock brakes, traction control and run-flat tires. Many fans will also remember the clamshell-design hood, giving plenty of access to the engine and suspension.

C5 Corvette: 1997 to 2004

1997 began the first model year of the fifth generation Corvette, and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles is back to detail all the improvements in the C5. The fifth generation had a larger amount of trunk space, moved the transmission to the rear and raised the rear for better aerodynamics. This Corvette also featured better technology like the head-up display and run-flat tires on all models, making it the best Corvette to date.

C6 Corvette: 2005 to 2013

2005 saw the introduction of the sixth generation Corvette and its coming of age as an international sports car. Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Manager, discusses the new leaner, meaner Corvette design. New exterior materials such as Carbon Fiber, introduction of hydro-formed aluminum chassis, re-introduction of the 630hp ZR1 and the 60th Anniversary 427ci LS6 Convertible highly this episode.

The NEW C7 Corvette: 2014 to ?

January 2013 saw the introduction of the totally new Corvette C7 “Stingray”.  In the 8 months since its introduction, numerous articles, reviews and discussions have been recorded about this “new” design and styling direction for the Corvette.  For more 2014 Corvette C7 videos and current media reviews visit YouTube!

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