In 1984, the fourth generation of Corvette saw dramatic improvements. It was lighter, safer and more aerodynamic, and that's just for starters! The Corvette also featured lighter braking and suspension systems and an electronic LCD dashboard.

In 1986, GM relaunched the first "proper" convertible since 1975. Other coupe models simply had T-top, lift-off roof panels. New features were made available across the whole range including anti-lock braking and fuel injection. 

The top-end model is the ZR-1 and the early 90's models featured a V8, 5732cc LT-5 engines (created by Lotus Engineeriing in the UK) with 375 bhp and a six-speed gearbox. A fifth generation of Corvette was launched in 1997. 

There have been six generations of Corvette

C1 1953-1962

C2 1963-1967

C3 1968-1982

C4 1984-1996

C5 1997-2004

C6 2005-Present

Between 1963 and 1967 the Corvette was also known as the Sting Ray. Between 1969 and 1976 this was renamed the Sringray (as one word). The name was dropped after this.

Chevrolet Corvette Stringray ZR-1 (black )
1971 Corvette Stingray ZR-1

Public domain image of 1963 Chevettes
red '74 Corvetter stingray
Creative Commons image of a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Blue Corvette 454 Stingray 1970 

Public Domain Photos

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Orange Corvette Convertible 1971

Photo: 1971 Corvette Convertible

1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 convertible
1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible C1
1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Convertible
'61 Chevrolet Corvette C1
1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Red Chevrolet Corvette
Public Domain image of a Chevrolet Corvette C3
Chevy Corvette C3 Stingray in black
Chevette C3 Stingray
Red C2 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Chevy Corvette C2
1982 Corvette coupe
1982 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Coupe

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