Beautiful, timeless design. With just 300 1953's, 3,640 1954's and 700 1955's the GM bean counters wanted to axe Corvette altogether. Luckily Ford's Thunderbird for 1955 sold over 16,000 units. Chevrolet had to continue production in '56 just to not look like a failure compared to Ford in the two seat sports car market. With a V8, clutch pedal, roll up windows and optional hardtop 1956 saw 3467 cars made so it was able to hang on with increasing production numbers as the years progressed although about every ten years or so it was threatened with being discontinued all the way up to the 90's.