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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Knowing 4 Histroric Corvette Concept Cars

As we all knew that Corvette is an American sports car produced by Chevrolet, one of the divisions of General Motors. This car has been made in 6 generations. The first model, a convertible, designed by Harley Earl, was shown to the public at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept car. Myron Scott is the one who sparked the name "Corvette" for this car. 
The first Corvette, a convertible concept, designed by Harley Earl and made its debut in January 1953 at the GM Motorama in New York. (Picture from: https://read.bi/2DfZ7j9)
Originally made in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, and now the Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The National Corvette Museum is a place where the entire history of this car is documented and regularly holds events every year as well.

Of the many concept cars made by this American automotive manufacturer, and there are 4 concept cars that are very influential in the development of Corvette car designs to this day. What is unique from the row of concept cars below is the name. The names of these concept cars are taken from the name of the fish that inspired those concept car designs. 
Stingray Racer (1959 Stingray Racer XP-87) posed with Mako Shark (1961 Mako Shark XP-755). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RpxkQ5)
Here are the four One-of-a-Kind historic Corvette concepts:

1. Stingray Racer - 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87
GM Design head in that time, Bill Mitchell wanted to build a Corvette racecar capable of beating Europe's best. With an AMA ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the project had to be privately financed and the design could not have any recognizable association with Chevrolet. With Mitchell's own time and money heavily invested into the project, he contracted Larry Shinoda to assist in the development of the revolutionary concept.

Pictures of Stingray Racer
1959 Stingray Racer XP-87. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Sw30EM)
1959 Stingray Racer XP-87. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2RpfjkT)
1959 Stingray Racer XP-87. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PrrAIr)

By combining the 1957 SS chassis with the new fiberglass body resulted in a sleek and muscular roadster. Mitchell's Stingray was completed in 1959 with the engineering help of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Accomplished SCCA driver Dick Thompson raced the Stingray and piloted it to two consecutive class championships. At the end of the 1960 season, Mitchell retired the Stingray from competition, detuned it, added a full windshield and passenger seat, drove it on the street and exhibited it as an experimental show car.

2. Mako Shark – 1961 Mako Shark XP-755
The Mako Shark was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of GM Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961 as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout and other detailing were partly inspired by the look of that very fast fish.

Pictures of Mako Shark
1961 Mako Shark XP-755. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2AC2HRL)
1961 Mako Shark XP-755. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EUbxP2)
1961 Mako Shark XP-755. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2yHWlyZ)

The 'Mako Shark' was very similar to the 1963 production Corvette it inspired, with some alterations. These included adding two more brake lights in the rear (six total), making the nose of the car longer and more pointed, creating a clear glass roof with a periscope-like rear-view mirror and remodeling the interior.

3. Manta Ray – 1969 Manta Ray
In 1969 development began on the Manta Ray and nicknamed Bill Mitchell's Extreme Shark, created through a transformation of the 1965 Mako Shark II (XP-830) primarily from the cockpit to the rear of this elaborate car.

Pictures of Manta Ray
1969 Manta Ray. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SvEZ0u)
1969 Manta Ray. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2yKW0vo)
1969 Manta Ray. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zjww7N)

Only the tapered 'boat tail' motif remained with the addition of a new and considerably longer rear end in place of the abrupt duck tail. During the winter of 1969-70, the Manta Ray underwent subtle additional changes. These were the last changes to a dream car that had since become reality.

4. AeroVette – 1973 Four Rotor XP-895 AeroVette
As we knew that the XP-882 that had been shown for the first time in New York in 1970, later served as the basis for the next Wankel motor prototypes which consisted 2 models, ie two-rotor called the 'XP-897' and four-rotor called the 'XP-895' under the aegis of company design chief Bill Mitchell at the time. For the the four-rotor (super Wankel) model is built of the first XP-882 chassis and powered by a pair of GM's experimental licensed two-rotor engines bolted into one is capable to spew of 420 horsepower.

Pictures of AeroVette
1973 Four Rotor XP-895 AeroVette. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SvEZ0u)
1973 Four Rotor XP-895 AeroVette. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SvEZ0u)
1973 Four Rotor XP-895 AeroVette. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SvEZ0u)

In 1976, the 1973 Corvette 4-Rotor concept was taken out of storage and renamed the Aerovette. The double rotary engine was replaced with a transversally mounted 400 CID V8 engine. Bill Mitchell, Vice President of Design, lobbied for the Aerovette as the next Corvette and GM chairman and CEO, Thomas Murphy actually approved the Aerovette for 1980 production.

In the end, management decided that they were selling every fiberglass bodied, front engine V8 'traditional' Corvette they could build, so why make a huge risky investment in a mid-engine car. The Aerovette project was cancelled.

That's the 4 historic Corvette concept cars that were once made by the famous American automotive manufacturer Chevrolet in the 1950s to 1970s. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CORVETTE BLOGGER]
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