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Kentucky Corvettes History

Corvettes History & Heritage

GM began production of the esteemed Corvette at the Bowling Green assembly plant in 1981, and the facility has remained the exclusive home of the Corvette for over 30 years. Known around the world as America’s sports car, the Corvette exemplifies the definition of innovation.

The Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car with more than 1.6 million produced. When the first Corvette rolled off the line over 60 years ago, it was born an icon, and GM has continued this reputation for the car with six decades of refinement and innovation.

GM has demonstrated time and time again that its goal with each new generation of the Corvette is to raise the bar for performance cars; the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is no exception. To build the Stingray, the plant underwent a $131 million-upgrade, including $52 million for an all-new body shop. The site consists of 212 acres, and the plant has one million square feet – equivalent to 22 acres or 17 football fields. Man and machine work together in harmony to bring to life the perfect balance of technology, design and performance.

National Corvette Museum & Corvette Assembly Plant (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

Since 1953 the Corvette has been America's Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established as a not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette; preserving its past, present and future; and educating the public about Corvette.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world kindly and lovingly refer to the NCM as their home ... Their Mecca.

Experience first-hand the passion and the excitement of America's Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette. The GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, the only place in the world where Corvettes are made, is located across the street from the National Corvette Museum at I-65, exit 28. The facility is proud to offer public tours, providing guests the opportunity to watch the assembly process of the beloved Corvette and learn about state-of-the-art American automotive manufacturing. Consider touring the plant on a one-mile walking tour to witness the birth of new Corvettes and the thrilling drive off the end of the assembly line.


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