High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Chevrolet Corvette C1 is the first generation of the sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors introduced late in the 1953 model year, and produced through 1962. It is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension until the 1963 Sting Ray. The Corvette was rushed into production for its debut model year to capitalize on the enthusiastic public reaction to the concept car, but expectations for the new model were largely unfulfilled. Reviews were mixed, and sales fell far short of expectations through the car's early years. The project was nearly canceled, but Chevrolet ultimately decided to continue production and Harley Earl and company eventually transformed the Corvette into a true world-class sports car.