What was the first V8-powered corvette?
The first Chevrolet Corvette powered by a V8 engine was the 1955 model year.
The original Corvette, which debuted in 1953, was powered by a six-cylinder engine,
but for the 1955 model year, Chevrolet introduced a new V8 option for the sports car.
This small-block V8 engine was a significant improvement over the six-cylinder, offering more power and
a higher top speed, and it quickly became the engine of choice for Corvette buyers.
The 1955 Corvette was also the first year for the availability of a manual transmission option,
making it one of the most powerful production cars ever made.