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The exhibit runs through April 15 and includes examples from all seven generations of the iconic American sports car.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Examples of the 1954 and 1955 Corvettes are placed together with the newest seventh-generation Corvette StingrayThe World of Speed racing museum in Wilsonville has opened a new feature exhibit to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. First sold in 1953, the Corvette is one of the oldest continually produced vehicles in history.

The exhibit's oldest Corvette is a restored red 1954 model. Early Corvettes were delivered with a 6-cylinder "Blue Flame" engine and 2-speed automatic transmission, but by 1955, Chevrolet put its then-new small block V8 into the sports car and transformed what had been a sedate cruiser into a serious racing machine.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Examples of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth generation Corvettes are on display.The exhibit runs through April 15 and includes examples from all seven generations of Corvette design, including a rare 1963 Split Window coupe, so-called because of the solid bar that divided the rear window. The 1963 model was the first year for any kind of fixed-roof Corvette.

In addition to restored and original street models, several heavily modified Corvette drag racing cars are included in the exhibit. Admission to the exhibit is included with a general admission ticket to the museum.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - This rare fuel-injected Corvette from the 1950s is part of the display, as is the famous red and white model used in the movie "Animal House."World of Speed is an interactive motorsport museum at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville. It open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, with early opening at 9 am on Saturdays. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 63+, students, veterans, and active duty military (with ID). Kids 6-12 are $5, and younger kids are admitted free.

For more information, go to http://www.worldofspeed.org.

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