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    1954 Corvette Motorama: The car that saved Corvette

    The car that saved Corvette

    'Lost' GM Motorama car may be the most historic and important in existence

    By: Alyn Edwards
    Updated: February 28, 2014
    Winnipeg Free Press Autos

    VANCOUVER - As General Motors was making history with America's first production sports car, building 300 Corvettes in 1953, the styling studio pulled No. 260 off the assembly line for a special project.

    The Corvette's original design had a fundamental problem: the new curved windshield was so low that the top of the frame blocked vision. In addition, the convertible top was cumbersome, had clip-in side curtains instead of roll up windows and was not weather tight.

    GM stylists would rework and improve the Corvette for display at the lavish GM Motorama shows to kick off at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Then GM would take it on a road trip to Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

    The Motorama shows attracted thousands to witness the latest dream machines in the form of prototypes and concept cars heralding the styles of the future.

    There were three Corvette-based futuristic sports cars displayed at the 1954 Motorama shows in the U.S.: the Corvair, the Nomad and a prototype Corvette painted cream yellow which was the first with a removable hard-top and roll-up windows, features that would be available on the 1956 Corvette.

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