September 2015
Otto Cycle: Dr. Nicholaus Otto – 1876 Four Stroke engine

Otto demonstrated the first true 4-stroke cycle in 1876 after giving up active management of Otto & Langen and going back to an 1861 design of his own. Rather than relying on the atmospheric imbalance to provide the power stroke, he instead turned the initial explosion into the power stroke...
 
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2015
It was outfitted with a 6 cylinder “Blue-Flame” engine

1937, GM released a new inline six with slight improvements in both durability and performance. This generation of six-cylinder engine is commonly known as the “Blue Flame” engine. “Blue Flame” was an advertising term used by GM in the ’30s and ’40s to describe the efficiency of GM engines...
 
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Sep
2015
The 396 made its debut in 1965, Hello Big Block

Before the mighty LS6 became King of the Hill, you can trace the big-block ancestry to the Mark I big-block 409 engine that adorned early 1960s Impalas. This 409 big-block never gained the popularity of the later models, but that’s where it all started...
 
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August 2015
Corvette History The Beginning

From its most humble beginnings, when Chevrolet produced a mere 300 '1953 Polo White, fiberglass-bodied roadsters, the ' Vette has occupied a class of American car all by itself. At the the time of its birth, there was nothing even remotely like it built on U.S. soil....
 
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Aug
2015
1956 American Sports Car

As lovely as the '56 Corvette was (and still is) what really ignited the legend that year was that GM began racing it. The only engine offered in the '56 Corvette was the 265-cubic-inch V8, now rated at 210 horsepower and it...
 
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Aug
2015
1957  Fuel-Injected V-8 Corvette

In almost any form, the 1957 Corvette delivered uncompromising, and largely unmatched, performance. The Corvette had effectively become a street-legal sports car. As taken from an excerpt in the book CORVETTE: Sports Car Superstar: “the '57 Corvette delivered ...
 
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Aug
2015
1959 Corvette 9,670 units sold

To the credit of all involved, the 1959 Corvette was "cleaned up" considerably. For one, the chrome “suspenders” were removed from the design, providing Corvette with a more swept back look that was synonymous with speed. For another, it was decided that the faux hood louvers would be...
 
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