General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant


The Corvette debuted in January 1953 at the Motorama car show in New York City. Among the people attending the show was Belgian-born automotive engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. He was impressed by the Corvette's exterior design but disappointed by what he saw under the hood. He wrote a critique to then-chief engineer Ed Cole, who was so impressed that he made sure Arkus-Duntov was hired to be chief engineer for the Corvette line. Arkus-Duntov, who also was a racer, used what he learned at the track to turn the Corvette into a showroom-ready race car able to go 170 mph (even though its speedometer tops out at 85 mph).

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line. By July 2, 1992, the number of Corvettes manufactured topped 1 million. More Corvettes have been made than any other single sports car in history.
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