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10 cars that tell the story of America

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1963 Chevrolet Corvettes

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2. Chevrolet Corvette

When the Corvette debuted in 1953, reviews were lukewarm and sales were low, causing its company to consider pulling it altogether. The car was plucked from obscurity by a General Motors worker, Zora Arkus-Duntov, who supported it and prolonged its life enough to help it hit pop culture. In a letter to Chevrolet executives, Arkus-Duntov proposed aiming advertising for Chevrolet cars towards teenagers and essentially invented the practice of targeting the youth market.

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