Petersen Museum Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette | Edmunds

Petersen Museum Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette

Just the Facts:
  • Corvettes from 1953 to the present will be featured in a special exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum beginning February 27.
  • The Petersen Museum will host Corvette-related seminars and presentations on March 1, followed by a $125 dinner and panel discussion featuring Corvette dignitaries.
  • Saturday, March 2, has been designated Corvette Day at the museum, highlighted by a giant car show.

LOS ANGELES — A celebration of the Chevrolet Corvette's 60th anniversary kicks off with a series of events at the Petersen Automotive Museum beginning this month.

The museum's festivities begin on February 27 with the opening of an exhibit featuring 20 classic Corvettes representing various generations of the model, as well as concept cars and customs. The exhibit will run through the end of March.

On Friday, March 1, there will be seminars and presentations throughout the day. In the evening, the museum will host cocktails, dinner, a memorabilia auction and a panel discussion that will include legendary tuner Reeves Callaway, designer Kirk Bennion and other special guests who figured prominently in Corvette history. Only 350 tickets to the dinner will be available, at a cost of $125 each.

Saturday has been designated Corvette Day, and the museum hopes to fill its 500-space parking structure with models from all eras. Those who choose to show their cars will pay $60 for registration, which includes museum passes and souvenirs. Spectator admission is included with the standard museum entry fee, ranging from $3 for children over the age of 5 to $12 for adults. All Corvette Day proceeds will benefit the museum's education program.

And this is just the beginning. Since the first Corvette rolled off an assembly line in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953, the car has become an American icon, and aficionados will commemorate its anniversary accordingly. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will host its own two-day event at the end of June. Special 60th anniversary parts, accessories and apparel are available from virtually every vendor and Web site. Corvette clubs around the world are celebrating with their own events. And GM has been selling its special 60th anniversary trim package, available on all 2013 models, since mid-2012.

Edmunds says: The Corvette has been "America's Sports Car" for 60 years, and by now it has earned the accolades and special events commemorating its anniversary.

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