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CHEVROLET'S 1 MILLIONTH CORVETTE TO BE BUILT ON JULY 2

 CHEVROLET'S 1 MILLIONTH CORVETTE TO BE BUILT ON JULY 2
 WARREN, Mich., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevrolet's 1 millionth


Corvette will be built on Thursday, July 2, in Bowling Green, Ky., Chevrolet General Manager Jim C. Perkins announced today.
 The milestone car will roll off the assembly line some three weeks earlier than planned because a surge in Corvette sales and dealer orders has prompted the plant to work overtime to meet demand.
 The white convertible with red interior will duplicate the colors of the first Corvette, which was hand-built in Flint, Mich., on June 30, 1953.
 "The Corvette has become a global symbol of American innovation and technical excellence," Perkins said. "More Corvettes have been built than any single sports car in automotive history, and we estimate that more than half of them are still on the road.
 "But the Corvette's success far exceeds its numbers," said Perkins. "Although it has never achieved more than 2 percent of Chevrolet car sales in any of its 39 years on the market, it has cast a halo of excitement and pride over all Chevrolet products.
 "From the beginning, Corvette has been the opposite of basic transportation. It boasts an unparalleled bond with owners, hundreds of thousands of whom have participated in Corvette enthusiast and restorers clubs. For many, a vintage Corvette rivals the excitement of the current model."
 Perkins said Chevrolet plans to donate the 1 millionth Corvette to the National Corvette Museum, a privately funded building "to enshrine a great car and honor the great people who made it an American institution." Construction of the 80,000-square-foot museum in Bowling Green near the Corvette plant will begin this summer.
 He said Chevrolet plans a number of events this summer to celebrate the Corvette production milestone, including a dramatic Corvette exhibit at the General Motors World Headquarters in Detroit, which opens June 29.
 The Corvette was a "dream car" that became a reality less than six months after dazzling millions of visitors in General Motors Motorama of 1953, which opened in January at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
 After 300 white convertibles were hand-assembled in Flint, production moved in December 1953 to a Chevrolet assembly plant in St. Louis, where the bulk of Corvettes were built.
 The 250,000th Corvette -- a gold convertible -- was built in St. Louis in November 1969 and the 500th -- a white coupe -- rolled into history on March 15, 1977.
 Corvette finally got an assembly plant of its own in 1981 when on June 1 of that year production began at Bowling Green. The 750,000th -- a white coupe -- was built there on Oct. 26, 1983.
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