Which came first? The Corvette or Camaro?

The Chevrolet Corvette came first as it was first built in 1953, Camaro came in 1966.

The first Corvette came on June 30, 1953. It was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. Tony Kleiber, a worker on the assembly line, is given the privilege of driving the now-historic car off the line.

In January 1953, he introduced his latest “dream car,” the Corvette, as part of GM’s traveling Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The sleek Corvette, the first all-fiberglass-bodied American sports car, was an instant hit. It went into production the following June in Flint; 300 models were built that year.

The first Camaro was actually a pilot production car assembled before those intended to be sold to the public. It rolled off the line on May 21, 1966. This is the third most popular collector car in the United States, based on insurance status compiled by Hagerty. The Corvette is at the top of the list followed by the Mustang in second place.

It’s safe to say that Chevrolet is more than just one of the most storied automakers in the world. Its classic bow tie logo is as easy to recognize as any corporate logo out there. And for the past century (give or take a few years), it’s been woven into the fabric of American culture.

General Motors’s dominance may have ebbed and flowed in the market, but Chevrolet has remained its tent-pole brand. Check out 15 of the fastest Chevrolet cars ever built shared by Cheatsheet.com.