Every time we write about the Chevrolet Corvette, we cannot avoid the fact it is one of the most legendary sports cars ever produced. For almost 70 years, the Corvette has been America's favorite two-seater and competitor to the finest European performance cars.

These iconic, V8-powered sports cars have won races all over the world, appeared in movies, had songs written about it, and been a legitimate dream car for a generation of car enthusiasts. So, it is obvious how influential and essential the Corvette is. It is not just one of the most successful models in its class but also as a cultural icon and cherished nameplate in Chevrolet's vault.

That being said, it's hard to pick the best Corvettes from over 1.6 million models produced throughout its seven generations, simply since there are so many fantastic machines. However, we managed to pull ten best, which perfectly represents the evolution and Corvette heritage.

10 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2006

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The Z06 designation was used on several Corvette generations starting from 1963, but we feel that 2006 to 2012 Z06 is possibly the best one. The Z06 was a package that included a 7-liter, naturally-aspirated engine, 505 hp on tap, and numerous upgrades to the standard Corvette C6. The car was incredibly fast and a true driver's favorite. Even though it wasn’t the most powerful Corvette of the day, it is our choice for its perfect balance and performance.

9 Chevrolet Corvette 1984

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The C3 generation was in production for 14 years (1968-1982), and by the early '80s, Corvette was terribly passé car in every way. The solution was to introduce a new design, technology, engines, and components to win back the faithful customers and fight European and Japanese competitors. When the C4 Corvette finally debuted in late 1983, everybody was stunned by the remarkable achievement. It proved to be very reliable and influential, and Chevrolet used this basic architecture until recently.

8 Chevrolet Corvette 1953

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The original 1953 Corvette isn't the best Corvette ever made, but it was a groundbreaking model in so many ways. Not only was it the first sports car Chevrolet ever produced, but it was also the first car in the world to feature a body made entirely out of fiberglass. Although the 1953 Corvette had a six-cylinder engine, it was lightweight and provided 300 new owners with vivid performance.

7 Chevrolet Corvette L88 1967

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Corvettes in the late '60s were characterized by big-block power, insane performance for the standards of the day, and unmatched design. The 1967 Corvette L88 wasn’t just the top model with advertised 435 hp engine, but also the high watermark of the C2 generation. It is no wonder that this one is a favorite amongst the collectors.

6 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 1969

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The C3 generation was introduced in 1968, and while it was mechanically unchanged from the C2, it had its own recognition due to sexy, coke bottle design. But in 1969, a mythical Corvette was introduced – ZL1. It featured special all-aluminum 427 V8 with over 550 hp. It was scary, fast, and produced in only two examples.

5 Chevrolet Corvette 1957

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Only real Corvette enthusiasts know that in the late '50s, Corvette was almost discontinued by the Chevrolet due to slow sales. What was the solution? More power, of course! For 1956, Chevrolet installed the small-block V8 in its sports car, and for 1957 it gained the fuel injection option making it very fast and powerful as well as good looking.

4 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 2018

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The C7 Grand Sport hasn’t got the biggest engine or the quickest 0 to 60 mph time, but it is still a magnificent Corvette and future classic. It is an appearance package that includes a wider track, better-tuned suspension, and few visual upgrades. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it is enough to transform the already compelling C7 into an almost perfect modern sports car.

3 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1992

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Even though the base C4 was powerful enough for the times, engineers knew that his platform could handle much more power. They got a green light from the management, and this is how the ZR1 was born. It had a special, Lotus-tuned, twin-cam engine, a host of different parts and components, a beefed-up six-speed gearbox, and 405 hp, which made the early '90s ZR1 a real supercar killer.

related: How To Modify A Corvette The Proper Way

2 Chevrolet Corvette C8

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Although the 2020 Corvette C8 has just arrived and it still needs to prove itself, we can already say that this is one of the best and greatest Corvettes ever made. This car represents the real revolution and evolution of the original concept and delivers an unmatched combination of looks, performance, and affordability to the customers.

related: A Sneak Peek Inside The New 2022 C8 Corvette Z06

1 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 1963

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The second-generation Corvette debuted in 1963 and started a revolution in the sports car segment. It had a terrific new body with a split rear window, an independent rear suspension, and a lineup of powerful V8 engines. It was now a real world-class coupe/roadster which could take on Europe's finest. The C2 Corvette is also widely regarded as the most beautiful Corvette generation ever.

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