As you know, Chevrolet is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, Dr. Jamie Meyer of GM Performance Parts was asked to come up with the top six most notable Chevys that defined optimal performance. As Corvette Blogger reports, only one Corvette made the list, but the Corvette chosen is probably one of the most iconic in the history of the model. Included in Corvette Blogger’s report is a video tour inside the GM Heritage Center where Dr. Meyer takes a detailed look at the six cars that embody Chevrolet performance best.

The Corvette that was chosen to be part of the top six is the 1963 Sting Ray Coupe. This split-window beauty really established the performance reputation Corvettes would be known for. The ‘63 Grand Sport Corvettes went on to race at Le Mans while production Corvettes were making themselves into street racing kings.

The other Chevrolets that made the list were the ‘57 Bel Air with the Corvette 283 CI engine, the ‘62 “Bubble Top” Bel Air with the 409 engine, the ‘69 Camaro SS, the ‘70 Chevelle SS with the LS6, and the soon to be released ‘12 Camaro ZL1 with a 570+HP LSA small block.

While all of these cars are truly noteworthy, Corvette Blogger points out that there are other Corvettes that really embodied Chevy performance, such as the ‘67 Corvette L71 and the ‘90 ZR-1.

While we would’ve liked to have seen more Corvettes on the list, with only six spots, Dr. Meyer picked a couple notable performance cars for everyone. Here’s to another 100 years and many more cars that embody Chevrolet performance.