May 31, 2013
LIMA ó General Motors decided to capitalize on how well foreign sports cars were reviewed by veterans returning to America after the war. The company went into major gear designing a car that they hoped would be successful. During the last half of 1953, 300 Corvettes were to large degree hand-built on a makeshift assembly line that was installed in an old truck plant in Flint, Mich., while a factory was being built for the full-scale production run in 1954. However, the Corvette received lackluster reviews, and managers at GM were seriously considering shelving the project. It was the introduction of Fordís competitor, the Ford Thunderbird that caused Chevy to nix the idea of shelving the Corvette. General Motors couldnít be seen as backing down from competition. Another factor that occurred was the introduction of a three speed manual transmission, and a four barrel carburetor into the Corvette, turning the Corvette into an outstanding performer.
Tom Sproul, of Lima, owns this 1960 Chevy Corvette. He actually owns two Corvettes, this 1960 and a 1959. He has owned this one for 35 years, and goes to approximately three to four car shows a year. He said that when he was a kid, around 14-years-old, a guy had a 1960 Corvette and he could hear it coming down the street. Sproul would stand on the curb hoping that guy would blow the horn; he wanted to hear the horn. Now, he owns his own 1960 Corvette and can hear the horn as much as he wants.