Thursday, June 20, 2013
30 June, 1953
The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line and will be the industry’s first production vehicle with a fiberglass body. Fiberglass presents some new challenges to the collision repair industry, used to working with stamped steel bodies. It was also the first mass-produced American car with a wrap-around windshield thereby eliminating a troublesome blind spot at the corner of the windshield thereby increasing the driver’s line of vision, ostensibly making the car safer. The wrap-around design was the brainchild of legendary car designer Harley Earl. Interestingly, Harley’s father, J.W. Earl developed and patented a tilting windshield in 1911, another innovation for it’s time.