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November Corvette History

Corvettes at NCM

  • November 1, 1997:  Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer, John Heinricy is re-assigned to Chief Engineer of GM's F-Body platform which builds the Firebird and Camaro.

  • November 2, 1990:  In a small shopping center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the National Corvette Museum Annex is opened.

  • November 2, 1999:  Chevrolet announces that it will enter a C5R Corvette race car at the 68th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 2000.

  • November 7, 1969:  The 250,000th Corvette ( a Riverside Gold convertible) rolls off the assembly line.

  • November 16, 1997:  Corvette Designer, Larry Shinoda, (famous for the 1963 split window Corvette) dies of kidney failure.

  • November 1960:  The CERV I (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle) is first shown in public at the Riverside International Raceway.  It is a mid-engine, open wheel, single seat prototype racing car.

  • November 1992:  The date of building 1997 Corvettes is planned to be September 3, 1996.

  • November 1992:  Dave Hill, an engineer in General Motors' Cadillac program, accepts a job offer to become Corvette Chief Engineer.

  • November 1992:  Mercury Marine, in Stillwater, OK, completes building all LT5 engines destined for Corvette ZR-1s for the year.

  • November 1996:  The 1997 Corvette is unveiled to the press.

Corvette history compiled by Ken Pollson.