Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer

Soon after the Chevrolet Corvette SS concept racer made its race debut in 1957, 
the Automobile Manufacturer's Association had banned manufacturer-sponsored racing, 
and the SS had been relegated to test track duty.
There came the Corvette Stingray, a privately funded concept car based on the Corvette SS,
designed by Pete Brock, the youngest designer to work at GM at that time, 
Bill Mitchell, GM Vice President of styling, and automotive designer Larry Shinoda. 
The new car was exceptionally light, with a dry weight of 2,200 pounds, 
nearly 1,000 lb (450 kg) lighter than a 1960 production car. 
Its fuel-injected small-block 283-cubic-inch (4.6 L) V-8 engine 
produced 315 horsepower(235 kW) at 6,200 rpm. 
The car was arranged to race quite extensively and went on to win 
an SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship in 1960.
The Stingray body design strongly influenced the styling of the 
next generation Corvette, which saw production as a 1963 model.


(Photos from conceptcarz.com & adoniscars.blogspot.ca)

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