America On Wheels Museum is pleased to announce its next exhibit: Celebrating 70 Years of Corvette, on display from April 29 through October 15, 2023, at the Allentown museum. Occurring during the Museum’s 15th year of operation, it’s a double celebration, showcasing automotive ingenuity and preserving automotive history.
In this exhibit are Corvettes produced from the very first production year, 1953 (C-1), through 2023 (C8), plus a very special 1963 Grand Sport.
America’s love affair with sports cars began at the end of World War II, when soldiers had a chance to drive them overseas. To fill that niche, Harley Earl took on the challenge of designing an all-new American sports car. Using fiberglass for its flexibility in shaping, and the 235.5 cubic inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine with Triple Carter “YH” side draft carburetors to give it 150 horsepower, Earl’s team’s concept Corvette was a huge success at its 1953 debut.
The first ‘Vette came off the assembly line on June 30, 1953.