The polio vaccine was released.
TV Guide began publication.
RCA started selling color televisions.
For those of us not around in 1953, it’s hard to imagine a time in which the vast majority of Americans showed virtually no interest in a performance automobile. But that’s the way it was. Families were growing, and two-seaters didn’t make much sense in an era where there was typically just one family car per household.
It took a few years and some competition success, but by 1956 the Corvette started to get noticed for what it was—a true high-performance car right off the production line. And most importantly, it was ours.
Dollar for dollar, what car has given more to performance enthusiasts than the 59-year-old Corvette?
Happy birthday, Corvette.
I’m going to have one of you someday. Maybe even two. Until then, keep on keepin’ on.