Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

'Stingray' was a fitting description.  For, in the hands of the unwary, the Corvette could inject a fierce sting!  Fibre-glass bodywork - avant-garde at the time - meant the Stingray was a lot lighter than you might think.  Add to that a big-bore engine, and high compression ratio - and the result was a power-train that required respect.

Inspiration for the Stingray's free-flowing form came from the Mako Shark 'dream car'.  Dream cars were just that - conceptual exercises, never intended to traverse highways, but rather to work buyers up into a fever-pitch of excitement!  Their hey-day was the 1950s - when science fiction was the source for some truly 'fantastic' designs!

Due to its hour-glass shape, the Stingray was dubbed the 'Coke bottle'.  Andy Warhol would have been proud!  As American as apple-pie, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray summed up a nation ... and its Sixties dreams!

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