Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1969 Chevrolet Manta Ray Corvette Concept

The Manta Ray was actually the 1965 Mako Shark II with a few upgrades, 
so it featured many of the Mako II’s outward features, such as side exhaust 
and a lower-body (along the rocker panels) silver paint job. 
The front end had a pointed chin spoiler and the headlights used 2 banks of 3 quartz-hallogen lights. 
The covers for the side pipes eventually showed up as an option on the ’69 Corvette. 
Most dramatic was the all-new roof line. 
A gunslit vertical window replaced the louvered fastback rear window. 
Hard braking caused flaps on the rear deck to rise, reflecting light from upward 
facing stop-lamps (a feature first shown on the original Shark).
The Manta Ray also packed the new, lightweight, all-aluminum 
ZL-1 427ci engine which produced 430 horsepower. 

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