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Export Corvette Photo History
Historical photo examples of early model Corvettes produced and modified for use around the world. This site features Corvettes that were produced for VIP's, Kings, Ambassadors, a Prince and Export GM Show Cars. See the differences of the Export Corvettes vs the USA versions. Also as thirty plus years of collecting has rolled by,information on the export Corvair, Camaro, Chevrolet and Buick have been included. Also there is some Ford and Chrysler pictures included.
Date(s): 1953 - 1982. Album by James Hurt. Photos by Various Contributers. 25 - 48 of 459 Total. 75212 Visits.
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Styling exercise?
Photo dated Nov 1, 1955. Note rear side exhaust in fenders like the Bertil car. The Bertil was delivered to the Prince, in Sweden, on May 29, 1956.

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Paris Auto Show 1951, color shot
The LeSabre, two years before the 1953 Corvette arrived in Paris

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1951 LeSabre - Paris Auto Show
The GM display at the 1951 Paris Auto Show featured the LeSabre. This "one off" was a predeccessor to the early Corvette. Two years later (1953) the first Corvette is on display at the same Paris Auto Show.

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General Eisenhower -LeSabre-Paris
In 1952, General Eisenhower inspects the GM LeSabre while in France. Eisenhower became President of the United States in 1953

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Fit for a KING !
King Hussein of Jordon seated in the 1951 LeSabre. The King was a sports car collector. Vette Vues reported that King Hussein owned a 1967 Export Corvette, white with blue interior, L88 engine. The story goes that the car was crashed in the mountains of Jordan.

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King Hussein
King Hussein of Jordon, pictured in the 1951 LeSabre, also owner of an L88 1967 Corvette. It was good public relations to have famous persons driving Corvettes, all around the world !

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King Hussein of Jordon
One of many sports cars owned by the King.

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King Hussein of Jordon
Parade Car

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King Leopold III & The LaSabre
King Leopold looks over the LeSabre

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King Leopold III
The King and his group inspect the LeSabre while the LeSabre is on tour in Europe. VIP's and GM toys go together! Great for sales!

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First Export ? Maybe, Maybe not?
I am often asked "what was the first Corvette exported" Serveral early Corvettes claim to be the first, I do not know! This Corvette is one of the first 50 Corvettes produced. This Corvette was shipped to GM France and used as a display unit introducing the new Corvette to Europe in 1953

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1953 French Corvette
Reported to be the "First GM Export" Corvette. This is one of the first 50 Corvettes produced. It was exported to GM France for display at the 1953 Paris Auto Show.

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France Plate
Close up of the plate affixed to the 1953 Corvette  FRANCE

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1953 French Corvette
Note the FRANCE front plate displayed on the front of this Corvette. Compare the photo to the 1951 LeSabre photo. Similar display set up.

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1954 Corvette-GM- Chuck Jordon
This is not an export, I just added as this is a SILVER Corvette in 1954. Later owned by a GM employee. Note the headlamp cover/single bar! 1957 was the first year for Inca Silver regular production Corvettes.

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Buy yourself a copy of the Corvette Enthusiast Magazine, FEB 2010 edition. There is a complete story on this rare silver '54.

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Experimental Headlamp cover
Single bar covers headlamp on this 1954 Corvette

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1954 Corvette, serial #46
1954 Corvette shipped to Austria. This may be a Corvette that was shipped by a private owner vs General Motors. The Corvette does not have a GM homologation plant or kilo speedo. The Corvette does have some Euro modifications. The Corvette has been restored and is near perfect.

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1954 Export Corvette #46
Note the large opening in the trunk area for the wide Euro plate, also see the rear reflectors (4)

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1954 Export #46
Early Corvette in Europe with modifications. Car still in Europe, restored condition.

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1954 Export Corvette #46
Another recent photo from Rolf Gersch. Oldest known export still around. Still in Europe.

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1954 Export Corvette #46
Photo of the Corvette today. Notice the top.Rolf posted this on my Facebook page about this Corvette:  Rolf Gersch Hello I am looking for the Corvette from France over 40 Years but I dont found it. Up to now my 54 Corvette No. 46 is still the oldest Export Car. Rolf & Petra Gersch

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1954 One Off  Corvette-Swiss GM
GM ONE OFF production, 1954 aluminum bodied Corvette,prepared for Swiss GM by Ghia. Corvette Prototype Hardtop, built for the 1957 Geneva Switzerland Car Show. Special aluminum body, kilometer speedo, Borrani wire wheels. Designed by Giovanni, built by Ghia Aigle / GM Suisse, purchased from the family of the original owner. Six cylinder, manual transmission

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I have owned a 1978 Corvette Pace car (Export Version) since 1982. I'm looking for the bi-lingual(french) version of the owner's manual. Any help out there would be greatly appreciated. Has KM speedo, "use unleaded fuel" in french, mandatory rustproofing and Canadian "Maple Leaf" on on door sill. Tank sticker is illegible and can't determine dealership origin.
Lou Bartholomay, Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:38AM
Hi! Great site.
I own a Antwerp Corvette 64 cab. The funny with this corvette is that it always have had the 65 instrumentation with Km speedometer
etc. and the harness is also consistent with the 1965 and this since it were imported to Sweden 1975.
Mail me and I can send images / data.
Lars-Goran, Sweden
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Robert Atkins, Mon, 21 Nov 2011 5:50PM
Great job on your export website. I enjoyed reviewing some of the neat cars that were sold overseas.

Regards,  Dave Gray
Carlisle, Pa.
David Gray, Mon, 22 Aug 2011 4:20PM
Nice pictures and stories.Would anybody know where I can find details of my 1957 Chevrolet that starts his live on the Antwerp plant.Have the original tagplate on the firewall but couldn't find any details about it on the Chevrolet forums and sites in the USA.Need as much info as possible to get the car registrated and roadlegal in Holland because of new rules here since august this year.Thanks a lot
Peter, Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:22AM
Very nice!  I have the dates of the Prince Bertil Tech Center visit and Buick drive with Zora photos and the circumstances surrounding who  alsois in the photo and why if you are interested.
Ken Kayser | www.tachometerpress.com, Sun, 20 Dec 2009 1:22PM
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