How much do you know about classic corvettes? Are you a Vette connoisseur or a newbie?  We’ve put together some Corvette trivia questions. Why? Just for fun!  Find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and let us know how you did!

What was the first model year of the Corvette?

The first Chevrolet Corvette was introduced to the American public late in the 1953 model year.


What was the only year the Corvette wasn’t produced?

Despite plans to the contrary, no 1983 Corvettes were ever released. Before the decision was made to skip this model year, 43 were produced. 42 were crashed in crashed tests or crushed. A single 1983 Vette was saved and is on display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. According to some, there were actually 47 1983 produced, and a few more 83’s may actually still be in existence, but that debate has never been resolved.


Where was the original production plant for the Corvette?

The first 300 Corvettes were produced by hand in Flint, Michigan. After that, mass production began in St. Louis Missouri, where it remained until the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant opened 1981.

The first Corvettes were produced in Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953. Only 300 Corvettes were made for the 1953 model year – all Polo White with red interiors.

What year was the only one-year-only body design of the corvette?

1973. Corvettes from this year feature a rubber front bumper and a chrome rear bumper. All prior Vettes had featured front and rear chrome bumpers, and all future years would feature two rubber bumpers.4-1973

What were the original colors of the 1953 corvette?

All 300 1953 Corvettes featured Polo White, with a red interior, and a black convertible top.

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What was the inspiration for the Chevrolet Corvette’s name?

The Chevy Corvette was named after a small type of highly-maneuverable warship called a corvette. The name was suggested by Myron Scott, who also happened to be the creator of the All-American Soap Box Derby!

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In what year was the Corvette only available with automatic transmission?

For many, 1982 was a sad year in Corvette history. No manual transmission option was available for that model year, not even by special order!


What was the last year of C3 Corvettes to feature a convertible top?

1975 was the last year for a convertible option in a C3 Corvette. The option would later return in 1986.8-1975

Though designer Harley Earl was the creator of the Corvette, who became known as “The father of the corvette”?

Zora Arkus-Duntov, a GM engineer, earned this title following his many contributions to increasing the Corvette’s power and improving its performance.9-zora

1953 Covettes were hand-built, but production was moved to assembly lines for 1954 models, lowering the base price to the lowest the Corvette would ever see. What was it?

1954 and 1955 Corvettes sold at a base price of only $2,774.10-1954

What was the first year for a Corvette to serve as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car?

The first Corvette pace car was featured in 1978, the year of the corvette’s 25th anniversary. One replica was produced for each Chevrolet dealership, totaling 6502.11-Pace car

What was the first year for the option of glass T-tops on a Corvette?

Glass T-tops were first offered as an option in 1978. They are still an option today.12-1978 roof

What special small block performance package was released for the 1970 model year?

1970 saw the introduction of the LT-1 package. The high-performance LT-1 motor was complimented by transistorized ignition, a special big-block style hood, 2 ½ inch exhaust, a higher-revving tach, aluminum intake, Holley carburetor, and more extras. The 454 big block engine option was released this year as well, and also included special extra features.  The last years for the LT-1 and 454 options were 1972 and 1974, respectively.


In a 1966 Corvette, singer Jan Berry of Jan & Dean nearly lived out one of the duo’s most famous songs in a tragic way at what notorious location in California?

Two years after Jan & Dean created the hit song “Dead Man’s Curve,” Jan was in a devastating car accident, hitting a parked truck with his silver 1966 Corvette. The wreck didn’t occur on the actual stretch of road known as Dead Man’s Curve, as is often claimed; however, it did take place very close to that location. Jan survived, though he endured a long recovery.
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Nearly as long as there have been Corvettes, there have been Corvettes in the movies. However, what movie was ABOUT a Corvette?

Corvette Summer was released in 1978 and starred Mark Hamill. It told the story of a high school kid who built a radical Corvette in shop class and then spent the summer in Los Vegas searching for it after it was stolen.15-corvettesummer