Since its introduction in 1953, the Chevy Corvette has been the go-to sports vehicle in America

 Following World War II, American GIs returning from the European Theater

love with the compact, agile coupes and roadsters that were unmatched by anything 

 produced domestically.  Although there were other sportier American options, 

such as the Cord 812 Supercharged Sportsman, the Dutch Darrin-designed Kaiser Darrin,

none of them possessed what we would now consider a competitive advantage.

Harley J. Earl, the man behind the Art and Color Section of General Motors, saw that Americans 

were purchasing and competing in those lightweight, swift European vehicles.

According to author Karl Ludvigsen, "in the late fall of 1951, Earl started thinking 

seriously about a low-priced sporty car." The Chevy Corvette was going to be that fast vehicle.

The timing of a vehicle targeted at individuals with discretionary money couldn't have been better,

Thanks to a strong American economy. The fiberglass-bodied Chevy Corvette,