Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The C1 Corvette.

Conceptually and dimensionally a copy of the Jaguar XK120.

The first Corvette is a dream car with a fiberglass body at the GM Motorama held in January 1953 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Styled by the Chevrolet design studio of Clare MacKichan, the C1 is conceptually (and even dimensionally) a copy of the Jaguar XK120.

It features a 150-hp in-line-six engine and a two-speed automatic transmission, plus a wraparound windshield cribbed from the 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia.

The face-lifted 1956 C1 gets a dramatic door cove cribbed from a Pininfarina-styled Ferrari.

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