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The 1965 model was the third year of production for second-generation Corvettes, and it carried two significant advancements, according to Tom Jensen of Wheelbase Media, the introduction of four-wheel disc brakes and a new "big-block" engine that produced 425 horsepower from 396 cubic inches.

Sixty years of Chevy Corvettes

In response to the growing popularity of European sports cars, Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953 and forever altered the landscape of the American automobile industry. Chevrolet has introduced just six generations of Corvettes in the brand's 60-year history. The seventh generation (C7) 2014 Corvette is slated to be unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chevrolet unveiled its answer to increasingly popular European
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Chevrolet unveiled its answer to increasingly popular European sports cars with the first Corvette in 1953.

Still part of the first generation of Corvettes,
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Still part of the first generation of Corvettes, the 1960 year model was the last to feature a very pronounced grill.

The 1965 model was the third year of
(Credit: General Motors)

The 1965 model was the third year of production for second-generation Corvettes, and it carried two significant advancements, according to Tom Jensen of Wheelbase Media, the introduction of four-wheel disc brakes and a new "big-block" engine that produced 425 horsepower from 396 cubic inches.

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In 1968, Chevrolet introduced the third generation of
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In 1968, Chevrolet introduced the third generation of Corvettes and advertised them with the Stingray nameplate.

During the 1977 model year, Chevrolet built its
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During the 1977 model year, Chevrolet built its 500,000th Corvette.

Chevrolet sold more 1979 Corvettes, 53,807, than it
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Chevrolet sold more 1979 Corvettes, 53,807, than it did any other model year, according to a report in the New York Times.

Chevrolet unveiled the fourth generation of its classic
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Chevrolet unveiled the fourth generation of its classic sports car with the 1984 Corvette.

in 1990, Chevrolet introduced the ZR-1 model to
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in 1990, Chevrolet introduced the ZR-1 model to the fourth generation Corvette. The ZR-1 was powered by a high-tech double-overhead-cam aluminum V8 that produced 375 horsepower.

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Starting with the 1997 Corvette, Chevrolet began production
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Starting with the 1997 Corvette, Chevrolet began production of its fifth generation of the brand.

In 2010, Chevrolet added the Grand Sport line
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In 2010, Chevrolet added the Grand Sport line to the Corvette. This is the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

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