June 1, 1981: Production of Corvettes begins
at a new plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The first Corvette
is a beige 1981 model.
June2, 1990: Ground-breaking begins on the
National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
June 4, 1957: The Automobile Manufacturer's
Association passes a resolution recommending that member companies (including
General Motors) not participate in auto racing.
June 11, 1996: General Motors holds a press
conference to announce and display the new Gen II engine for the 1997
Corvette. The engine will be known as RPO LS1, a 5.7 litre V-8.
June 14, 1993: Corvette program manager Russ
McLean and chief engineer Dave Hill meet with the General Motors Strategy
Board, including General Motors president Jack Smith, to get approval
for Concept Initiation of the 1997 Corvette program. The plan is approved.
June 17, 2000: The 24 Hours of Le Mans race
is run, in Paris, France. For the first time, Chevrolet's Corvette
Group officially enters two Corvette C5-R race cars. They place 3rd
and 4th in GTS class, 10th and 11th overall.
June 21, 1996: The last Corvette of the fourth-generation
"C4" body style (used since 1984) is produced. Over 300,000 cars were
produced since 1984. The car is bought by Mike Yager, owner of Mid-America
Design, for his museum in Illinois.
June 26, 1994: The first C5 (1997 model) alpha
test car rolls out of the assembly room. Build chief John Fehlberg has
the honor of being the first C5 driver.
June 29, 1993: Chevrolet general manager Jim
Perkins states that a fifth-generation Corvette will be produced for
the 1997 model year.
June 29, 1999: The last 1999 model Corvette
is built, a silver coupe.
June 30, 1953: The first production Corvette
rolls off the assembly line at Chevrolet Plant, Number 35, near Flint,
Michigan. Sticker price: just over US$3,000. Assembly line worker
Tony Kleiber has the honor of driving the first Corvette off the assembly
June, 1953: Chevrolet begins production of
the Corvette on a tiny assembly line in Flint, Michigan.
June, 1960: In Le Mans, France, the 24 Hours
of Le Mans race is held. Briggs Cunningham enters three white
Corvettes with 283 ci engines, driven by John Fitch and Bob Grossman,
Cunningham and Bill Kimberley, and Fred Windridge and Richard Thompson.
The Fitch/Grossman car reaches 151 mph, and finishes 8th overall, 5th
in GT class. Racing team Camoradi U.S.A. enters two factory prepared
Corvettes. One places 10th overall, 7th in GT class.
June, 1961: The Corvette Shark showcar makes
its first appearance, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
June, 1967: In Paris, France, the 24 Hours
of Le Mans race is held. California car dealer Dana Chevrolet
enters a 1967 Corvette coupe with 427 ci L-88 engine, driven by Dick
Guldstrand and Bob Bondurant. The lone Corvette is the heaviest
car in the race. Dick Guldstrand sets a new record speed of 171.5
mph on the Mulsanne straight, 22 mph faster than the GT class winning
Ferrari. In the 13th hour, the engine fails, ending the race for
June, 1971: A full-size fiberglass model of
a Wankel-engined Corvette prototype is completed, and shown to top management
of General Motors. General Motors President Ed Cole approves construction
of a complete running car.
June, 1978: The movie "Corvette Summer" premieres,
in Maumee, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio. Terry Michaelis, of T. Michaelis
Corvette Supplies, Inc. arranged to have the world premiere there, and
raffles off a 1978 Corvette Indy pace car replica. Plus, every
Corvette in the country was invited to the party. The Corvette
parade set a new mark in the Guiness Book of Records, at somewhere between
5000 and 7000 Corvettes.
June, 1978: The first Bloomington Gold Corvette
show is held. It was formerly called Corvette Corral.
June, 1985: Group Lotus in Norfolk, England,
proposes building a new engine for Chevrolet, who quickly approves the
project. The engine would become the LT5 for the ZR1 Corvette.
June, 1985: Chevrolet Chief Engineer Don Runkle
and Lotus' Tony Rudd discuss creating a new show car to show off their
engineering expertise. The project would become the CERV III.
June, 1994: General Motors' Strategy Board
meets again with the Corvette group, continuing their arguments defending
their request to proceed on schedule toward production building of the
new 1997 model Corvette. It is agreed that plant conversion would
begin in April 1996, with final current model production ending on June
June, 1995: Three Reeves Callaway SuperNatural
Corvettes enter the Le Mans race in Paris, France. One qualifies
for the pole position in the GT2 class, and finishes second in class,
10th overall. Another finishes third in class, and 11th overall.
June, 1999: At the Grand Prix of Sonoma at
the Sears Point Raceway in California, Chris Kneifel and Ron Fellows
drive a C5-R to second in class.