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Ed Cole, Chevrolet's boss will have regretted it later to let go into production the Corvette with plastic body because of lower investment costs and the faster start of the production. Obviously one is not aware the enormous problems that one has to overcome it. This production method will be responsible to no small extent for the lack of sales success of the Corvette.

Unfortunately, one had connected the introduction of the Corvette with a preferred delivery to specific customers of GM or Chevrolet. Of their particular interests and skills one had hoped for a better advertisement for the new car. Since the quality left something to be desired, the mouth-to-mouth propaganda results in rather negative news.

Somewhere between 40 and 60 fiberglass parts said to have been built in the first Corvette. But at the time did not exist, the method of simple laminating layer upon layer, sometimes even without necessary final paintwork. Exactly this fact makes the problems obviously at the time because for the baking of the paint air rises from thermoset and generates bubbles.

Obviously needs to be repainted many times after the rectification, what will visible later on with repairs, because at the bonding of the glass fibers with the resin can obviously be exhausted not the whole air. The does that then during the process of burn-in, leaving bubbles at the not yet dry paint. In the technology not necessarily the devil takes the hindmost but very often the first.

The first cars are produced exclusively in factories in Flint. There are only 300 in the first year. So it will continue unchanged next year, unusually for USA. The production is being relocated to St. Louis. Although, more than ten times as many Corvettes are produced in 1954, there is also little change this time, because there are so many cars on heap. 09/13