The Chevrolet Corvette Route 66 poster. In 1953 the Chevrolet Corvette went into production in Flint, Michigan, and was basically a hand-built vehicle that bombed soon after its launch. It had many shortcomings, not least of them the fact that the fibreglass body leaked water in heavy rain, and that the doors would swing open while the car was being driven. This was less than ideal but Chevrolet stuck with it. The car was receiving good customer reviews when compared to European equivalents.