Designed by famed GM designer Harley Earl, the first Chevrolet Corvette, appeared in 1953, equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine, labeled the "Blue Flame". Only after the insistence of Zora Arkus Duntov, "The Father of the Corvette" did the 1955 model receive a 265ci V8 engine. From this point-on, America's sportscar would never be powered by anything less than a V8.