The Chevrolet Corvette, colloquially referred to as the "Vette", is a two-door, two-passenger sports car, manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet for more than 60 years of production and eight design generations. From 1953 to 2019, it was front-engine; since 2020, it has been mid-engine. The Corvette, with successive generations from C1 to C8, serves as Chevrolet's halo vehicle and is widely known for its performance and distinctive fiberglass or composite plastic body.
In 1953, when GM executives wanted to name the new Chevrolet sports car, Myron Scott, assistant director of the Public Relations Department, suggested Corvette after the small, nimble warship - and the name was approved. The first model, a convertible, was unveiled as a concept at the 1953 GM Motorama. Ten years later, the second generation coupe and convertible followed in 1963. Originally manufactured in Flint, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette has been produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since 1981.