Chevy Corvette. Welcome to America’s first real sports car: the Chevrolet Corvette. From the very beginning, Corvette was a special car. It was born during the plain vanilla Eisenhower years. And in a market full of drab, lookalike cars, it was a breath of fresh air. For the first time, a major Detroit automaker took a shot at building a car to rival the classic European two seater.