Monday, 15 January 2018

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Few cars are graced with so strong a name as the 'Stingray' ... nor one so apt.  For - in the hands of the foolhardy - the Corvette could deliver a painful sting, indeed!  Fibre-glass bodywork - avant-garde at the time - meant the Stingray was supremely light.  Add to that a big-block engine, high compression ratio - and Rochester fuel injection, on the L76 model - and the ingredients were in place for robust all-round performance.

Inspiration for the Stingray's free-flowing form came from the Mako Shark 1 'dream car'.  Dream cars were exactly that - fantastical design concepts, never intended to take to the road.  Rather, their rôle was to work up buyers into a feeding-frenzy of excitement!  The hey-day of the dream cars had been the 1950s.  During that decade, science fiction inspired futuristic automotive design.  The Stingray was in that line.

The 1968 model was dubbed the 'Coke bottle'.  Andy Warhol would have been proud!  The name summed up the car and its heritage.  As American as apple-pie, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray encapsulated a nation ... and a magical moment in time!

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