As the Chevrolet brand at the General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) gears up to present the first newly redesigned Corvette in nine years on the eve of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, here is a look back at the iconic sports car through the years.

Click through the slideshow to check out Corvette models of years' past -- from the fledgling C1, which entered production in the 1953 model year, to the most recent C6, which made its debut in the 2005 model year.

The Detroit auto show is set to open to members of the media Monday, while the public can view the newly redesigned Corvette and the latest model cars starting Thursday.

Chevy's announcement of the 2014 Corvette may be the most highly anticipated development of the 2013 Detroit auto show. 

The unveiling of the C7, dubbed by Chevy as "a complete reinvention of exterior design and precision engineering," is set for Sunday at 7 p.m. EST.