It’s finally here; it’s the season to drop the top, blast the summer playlist and hit one of Canada’s scenic roadways without a destination in mind or a care in the world.
The Corvette has become a summertime staple for lovers of fast cars, open roads and scenic, curvy drives.
The first Corvette model showcased at GM’s Motoroma exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto Show. Two years in the making, the Corvette was the brainchild of General Motors’ chief designer Harley J. Earl, who wanted to create an open sports car that would sell for the same amount as a standard sedan – just under $4000 at the time.. He brought in Robert F. McLean to develop the idea.
Before the auto show, however, the sleek car caught the eye of Ed Cole, Chevrolet’s recently appointed chief engineer, who is said to have literally jumped with enthusiasm at the sight of it. Before Cole could put the car into production, it needed a name. Myron Scott, is credited for the name “Corvette.” The rest, as they say, is history.
The first Corvette – which was white with a red interior – went into production on June 30th 1953, when 300 were produced. It didn’t take long for the car to catch the attention of the in-the-know set of car enthusiasts. We don’t have to tell you that it’s been one of the hottest automobile brands on the market ever since, especially among those with a need for power and speed.
Of course, speed and the Corvette brand are pretty much synonymous. The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the fastest sports cars available to the public. The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette can go from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 290 miles per hour [2017 Stingray]. All you need is a wide, open road like Saskatchewan’s Red Coat Trail and you’re golden.
Navigating your way through the country’s scenic, sleek and curvy roads this summer – whether this means British Columbia’s view-filled Pacific Rim Highway or the scenic and stomach-dropping Forks of the Credit in Ontario – is made all the better in a car like the conversation starting Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. With its own sleek, sexy curves, the Corvette Grand Sport offers the perfect combination of power and handling to get you closer to the roads like never before.
Meanwhile, the latest Corvette Stingray is impossible not to stare at. Available in both a coupe and a convertible, it combines race-proven technology with a high- tech, functional design. Perfect for summer cruising, the fully electronic drop-top can be lowered remotely by using the key fob – even when driving at speeds of up to 48 km/h.
A Hollywood favourite since the start, the Corvette has appeared in various films, including True Lies (1959 C1 Model), Viva Las Vegas (1963 Corvette Stingray), Fast Five (1963 Corvette Grand Sport), Corvette Summer (1973 C3 Corvette), to name a few.
To see more from Corvette, tune into Facebook live this Sunday morning (Sunday July 9th) from 10:15 am to 10:45 am for Chevrolet Presents: Corvette Facebook Live, an exclusive live presentation streamed from the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, located in Bowmanville Ontario. Hosted by well-known comedian Daryn Jones, with special guests from the Corvette racing and design team, the presentation will offer an insider’s look into Corvette.