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Archives / March 2008

  • March 22, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Ultimate List Of Online Color Tools

    As a web designer, we will always deal with colors. There are a lot of useful online color tools such as color wheel, color scheme, color palette, color picker, and etc. Let’s start looking at the list: Color Wheel 1. 4096 Color Wheel 2. Color Wheel from Colors On The Web 3. Color Wheel Color […]

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  • March 9, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    HTML Hexadecimal Color Codes

    Color Color Code Color Color Code Red #FF0000 White #FFFFFF Turquoise #00FFFF Light Grey #C0C0C0 Light Blue #0000FF Dark Grey #808080 Dark Blue #0000A0 Black #000000 Light Purple #FF0080 Orange #FF8040 Dark Purple #800080 Brown #804000 Yellow #FFFF00 Burgundy #800000 Pastel Green #00FF00 Forest Green #808000 Pink #FF00FF Grass Green #408080 Color Code Chart COLOR […]

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June 28, 1953: Workers assemble first Corvette in Flint, Michigan

Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production.

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette came off the production line in Flint. It was hand-assembled and featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The earliest Corvettes were designed to be opened from the inside and lacked exterior door handles. Other components included a clock, cigarette lighter and red warning light that activated when the parking brake was applied–a new feature at the time. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds, then considered a fairly average speed.

In 1954, the Corvette went into mass production at a Chevy plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales were lackluster in the beginning and GM considered discontinuing the line. However, rival company Ford had introduced the two-seater Thunderbird around the same time and GM did not want to be seen bowing to the competition. Another critical development in the Corvette’s survival came in 1955, when it was equipped with the more powerful V-8 engine. Its performance and appeal steadily improved after that and it went on to earn the nickname “America’s sports car” and become ingrained in pop culture through multiple references in movies, television and music.