terça-feira, 24 de setembro de 2013

Corvette C1

One of the most beautiful classics ever. The photo was taken by Cristóvão Peças in Ericeira´s skate park.

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car created by Chevrolet in 1953. It is manufactured today by a unique plant in Bowling Green General Motors. It was the first all-American sports car built by an American company. The National Corvette Museum is a museum dedicated to the car , also located in Bowling Green , Kentucky .

There are six generations of Corvettes. Generations may be referred to the version C1 through C6, but the first generation is more commonly referred to as solid- axle ( drive shaft ) , because the Independent Rear Suspension ( STI ) not be available until 1963 . The first generation began in 1953 and ended in 1963.

The assembly was mounted in a body of fiber reinforced plastic pressed -glass, which resulted in a light car. Were it not for the new material, the first time used in automobile production and had the trade name of Fiberglass , the Corvette would be impossible as a matter of volume production . 
The drum brakes on all four wheels and suspension, independent front and solid axle rear came from other models of the brand.
Zora Arkus - Duntov, the chief engineer of the Corvette unit since 1955, concerned about the low numbers of sales and the performance of the model claimed changes in the model. 
Competitors like the Ferrari 410 and 375 S America had V12 engines with over 300 hp. About that same time, Ford launched the Thunderbird, with a 4.5-liter V8 . Then GM went to work with a V8 265 in ³ (4,339 cm ³), which provided 195 hp and reached 200 km per hour.

Also added more colors and three-speed automatic optional. After poor sales, GM launches in 1956 Corvette with significant lifestyle changes.

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