The Corvette debuted in 1953 and quickly became Americas favorite sports car. Although it started out as a sleek touring car, Chevrolet quickly figured out that Americans wanted more power, and more power they gave them. Corvette has developed over the years to become a world class sports car, both for the street and track. Corvette has undergone many changes over the years, each marked by a new designation and generation. The C1 generation lasted from 1953 to 1962 and laid the foundation for all Corvettes to come. The C2 generation was the shortest to date, lasting from 1963 to 1967. Generation C3 was Corvettes longest run, starting in 1968 and lasting until 1982. The C3 saw the advent of the Coke Bottle Curves and the emissions regulations of the 70's and early 80's. You may notice that there is no 1983 Corvette, and for a brief moment in time, there were no planned future Corvettes. For an amazing look into this story, due yourself a favor and read "All Corvettes are Red" by James Schefter. The C4 Corvette which was offered for sale in 1984 had a 13 year run until 1996 and was considered a new technology platform, many of its innovations can still be seen on Corvettes today. The C5 Corvette ran from 1997 to 2004, and truly put world class performance in the hands of everyday Americans. The 6th Corvette generation started in 2005 and continues today. The C6 is a natural evolution from the C5, increasing both in horsepower and torque, but it is its exposed headlights that garner much of the attention. The C6 generation has given Corvette enthusiasts the re-birth of the Z06 and ZR1, both of which are considered in just about every ultimate car shoot out conversation.