First Corvair/Corvette

Folowing GM’s promotion of celebrating its 100th birthday, and our own 10th anniversary for our local car show, here’s a peek at designs that almost were. GM has coined the phrase: GMnext letting us know they’ve been around for 100 years and are planning to be here for the ‘next’ 100 years. Remember, we celebrate both events on 08-08-08 from 9 – 5 at Glendale Park.

Much debate goes on about what year the Corvette actually took to driveways. Although the ‘vette was completed in 1953, it actually never made it to showroom floors until the fall of ‘53. That’s the point of contention. In earlier years, most new models were introduced in the fall for the next model year. Following that pattern would make the release of the first Corvette a ‘54, however as it was the first, it is actually registered as a 1953 model and was only produced for the last quarter. The first full year of production was 1954.

What few know is that there was a ‘fastback’ model and a station wagon model. The fastback was called Corvair – the first with that nameplate that eventually morphed into its own badge and the Nomad, which was not popularized until the late ‘50s.

And now you know!

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