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Automotive history changed forever with the introduction of the Chevrolet Corvette, one of the most iconic American cars of all time. Originally dubbed “Project: Opal,” the first ’Vette rolled off the line in 1953, powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine that generated just 150hp. From there Chevy moved to an eight-cylinder engine in 1955, truly starting the performance that would help the line become known as “America’s Sports Car.” Through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s the Corvette entered the Stingray era, with the optional ZR-1 racing package emerging in 1967. Performance took a dip through the Emissions Era of the ’80s, though the Corvette’s C5 and C6 generation saw horsepower eventually get into the low 400s. Throughout most of the 2000s the Corvette has seen progressive improvements to performance through things like a new aluminum chassis, big leaps in its LS3 small block engine, and the return of model types like the ZR1 and the Grand Sport. Chevrolet also brought back the Stingray badge for base models for the first time since 1976. Most recently, Chevy rolled out the eight generation of the ’Vette in 2020 with a huge engineering change: the first mid-engine foundation in the car’s decades-long history, signifying no less than a reinvention of the Corvette.