|Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (C1) '54|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4|
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Engine||Chevrolet "Blue Flame" straight-6|
|Max Power||149 BHP|
|Performance Points||358 PP|
|0-60 Mph||11.5 seconds|
|Weight||1,309 kilograms (2,890 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||8.73 kg (19.2 lb) per horsepower|
Four colors are available for this car:
- Polo White
- Sportsman Red
- Pennant Blue
About the car Edit
The C1 Corvette was manufactured with European sports cars in mind. Back in the day, many GIs returning from the war brought home many European sports cars, which makes Harley Earl, a sports car-loving GM employee to persuade GM to make a reasonably-priced two-seat sports car (the then-available American two-seat sports car, the Nash-Healey, was expensive).
The first prototype was completed in 1951, and six months later, production began. It used many off-the-shelf Chevrolet passenger vehicle parts, including the 3.9L straight-six which received moderate treatment, receiving more aggressive cam, higher compression ratio and three side-draft twin-barrel carburetors. Transmission was Chevrolet's Powerglide two-speed auto. Performance was lackluster despite the increased output, but thanks to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Corvette was greatly improved thanks to a V8 engine and three-speed manual gearbox, which improved the car's performance.
The bodywork was made from GFRP, revolutionary at the time, but lacked proper finish and quality since Chevrolet hadn't had good experience in handling the material. It was re-engineered later on.
"This is where it all started; the American sportscar, the Corvette."
In early 1953, there were no cars built in the United States that you could call a "true" sports car. The American sports car market then was dominated by European sports cars that were imported after World War II.
The sports car that GM released under their Chevrolet brand to change all this was the Corvette.
This first Corvette was born in 1953. Combining FRP panels with a steel backbone frame, it was very futuristic and advanced in style, and set its presence as an American made sports car. A 149 HP, 3.8-liter inline 6 was mounted in the 167.2 inch-long, 69.8 inch-wide body. The Corvettes made in this year were almost all hand-made, and only 300 were produced.
After seeing that these initial 300 cars sold out instantly, GM moved its factory from Michigan to St. Louis in the following year of 1954, and prepared for mass production. In this year they produced 12 times the number of cars from the previous year, at 3,640 cars.
The specs of the 1954 model are basically the same as the first year's, but midway through the model year they changed the cam profile, and the engine output was raised to 152 HP. The transmission offered was a 3-speed MT, and an optional 2-speed AT was available. In addition to the previous white body color, black, red and blue were added, greatly increasing the variety of choices available for the 1954 Corvette.
The first generation Corvettes built from 1953 to 1962 are called C1. The American sports car that would go on to sell over a million cars, began with this C1.
This car can be purchased for 100,000 Credits. It is a simplified car.
As a Standard car, the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (C1) '54 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 71,876 Credits. It is a Level 0 car.
This car can be purchased for 100,000 Credits.
This car can only be obtained by winning the All-American Championship.
- Because of the car's price in GTPSP, it is possible to buy the car from the dealership and begin the game with no money.
- In Gran Turismo Sport, a photo of this car can be seen in Chevrolet's Museum in Brand Central. However, the car itself does not appear as a playable vehicle in said game.