Without question, the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most important vehicles to ever come out of General Motors. No matter if you’re a racing enthusiast or a fan of luxury, the Corvette can cater to you, and that’s what makes it so polarizing. On the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited, staff editor Elana Scherr takes us to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to see the evolution of the Corvette’s design. The Peterson is celebrating the release of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by commemorating the other six ‘Vette models simultaneously. There’s even a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette that Scherr takes a ride in to get to the Peterson.
For measuring purposes, the very first Chevrolet C1 Corvette, which first appeared back in 1953, had a 3.9-liter Blue Flame inline-6 under the hood and was good for 155 horsepower. Today, the Chevrolet C7 Corvette is estimated to churn out 450-hp and 450 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The first Corvettes were only available in white with a red interior and a black cloth roof. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be offered in several different exterior colors and interior color combinations. That same black cloth roof continues to be the only option available on the C7 Corvette Convertible though.
We don’t want to tell you everything about the latest episode of Hot Rod Unlimited so we’re going to let Elana take it from here. Be sure to check out Hot Rod Unlimited as it appears every other Friday on the Motor Trend YouTube channel.