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The Chevrolet Corvette is one of America’s most beloved sports cars. As a vehicle that signifies American muscle, it has spanned seven generations, and has won a plethora of awards as a highly sought after collectible vehicle. Rare Corvettes are among the most valuable vehicles in the world, and it’s not hard to understand why: American collectors — and those internationally as well — are in love with this automobile that stands as an icon of American sports cars.

Corvette fans will probably know quite a bit about the car; whether its 0-60 times, its horsepower, or, if you’ve been shopping, available colors and options. But do you know it all? We’ve compiled a list of interesting facts about the Chevy Corvette American sports car.

Fact #1:  Prince Wrote A Song About It

Prince wrote, Little Red Corvette, after dozing off in a backup singer’s car following an all night recording session. According to Prince, the lyrics came to him in bits and pieces during little cat naps, but eventually, he finished the song without sleeping. This song became Prince’s first big hit. Capitalizing on the popularity of the song, Chevrolet put up billboards in 2001 with a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that simply said, “They don’t write songs about Volvos.”

Fact #2:  The Chevy Corvette Was 2014’s North American Car Of The Year

Chevrolet completely remade the Corvette Stingray in 2014 and the car was named the North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The new Corvette is noted to be more nimble and powerful than previous generations boasting a standard engine which goes from zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds! Not only that, but Chevrolet brags about keeping decent gas mileage at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway with a cylinder shut off system for highway speeds.

Fact #3: A Red 1967 Corvette L88 Is Among The Most Expensive Vehicles In The World

A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 sold for $3,850,000 in January 2014. There were only 20 of the 1967 Chevy Corvette L88s ever produced — and only one of them was red. This rare and, incredibly valuable, vehicle was among the most popular items at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale.

Fact #4: Corvette Racing Has Won Nearly 100 Races Worldwide

Corvette Racing has won 92 races worldwide, with 85 in North America and 7 internationally, since 1999. This includes 58 1-2 finishes, seven 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins, 10 ALMS manufacturers championships, 10 ALMS team championships, and nine ALMS drivers championships. Daytona 24 Hours, in 1999, was Corvette Racing’s first race. The team’s first GTS was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2000. Though physical races seem to have been more recent, Corvette has actually been involved in international road racing for more than 59 years. For example, in 1956, the Corvette won a Class B victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Fact #5: The 2014 Stingray Can Reach High Speeds In Reverse

The top speed, in reverse, for the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray is an amazing 53 miles per hour. That’s fast! We’re not exactly sure who would want to go that fast in reverse but it would be fun to try at least once.

Fact #6: The First Corvette Had Only Two Options

It seems as though Corvette comes with an endless array of options today. But in 1953, the original Corvette was far less complicated. With a base price of $3,498, it had just two options for car buyers to add on if they’d like: a heater ($91), and an AM radio ($145).

Fact #7: The Corvette Is Named After A Class Of Warships

The Chevrolet Corvette was originally code named Opel. Later, Chevrolet’s chief photographer, Myron Scott, is the one credited with coming up with the Corvette name. He was inspiration came from the small, fast class of corvette warships.

Fact #8: The Corvette Emblem Featured An American Flag (Which Was Illegal)

In its original plans, Chevrolet had planned to use an American flag in its iconic crossed flag emblem for the Corvette.  However, before the 1953 release, Chevrolet discovered that it was illegal to use it. According to National Flag Code, it is illegal to use the flag for advertising purposes, including use as vehicle emblems. Chevrolet was quick to change gears and decided to use the fleur-de-lys, a French symbol for peace and purity.

 

The Corvette is truly an iconic staple of American history.  Whether this car, or some other, each of us has our favorite and wants to protects its heritage and beauty.  Check out some of the simple ways you can maintain the beauty of your vehicle with a few simple tips or even with the simple addition of DentGoalie’s car door guards.  Nothing is worse than pulling into a parking lot with your stunning vehicle and experiencing the panic associated with leaving it unattended to receive dents and dings.

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