The Corvette emblem has changed a lot through the decades. Many adjustments were made on the design, with some considered minimal and others deemed significant. Some factors on the emblem was changed much, while there are also other features that stayed the same after several decades. The car flag with the checkered pattern is a usual look on the Corvette emblem. There are also other elements present like the Chevy bowtie and the maple leaf. In 1953, the Corvette was shown to the world with a new emblem.
Robert Bartholomew was an interior designer who came up with the first Corvette emblem. The first design included flags that cross together. One was the flag of the United States of America, while the other was the checkered banner. Initially, the GM executives liked the look and approved it to be included in the first Corvette car.
Just before the Corvette was shown to the general public, the company heads thought that it might be risky to include the American flag on the emblem. There were laws that prohibited the use of the US banner on any design or emblem of any commercial product. They decided to scratch the American flag from the crossed flags and just feature the Chevy bowtie instead. At the last minute, the emblem was changed just before people saw the first Corvette. The classic emblem is still available in some models today and you will find that the US flag is no longer in sight on these.