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Corvette Sting Ray Evolution

1957 – Bill Mitchell, GM Head of Styling, took a tour of Italy.  He was especially impressed with the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (flying saucer) designed and built by Carrozzeria Touring and took lots of photos.

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Mitchell assigned Research Studio B “young guns” (including that Pete Brock of Cobra and Datsun fame) to pursue his ideas for a C2 Corvette which was to be called the Sting Ray.  (Mitchell was an avid fisherman)

1959 – Mitchell Sting Ray racer

Mitchell wanted to test public reaction to the design ideas for the Sting Ray. The Automobile Manufacturers Association in 1957 had suddenly banned American manufacturers from participating in racing thus Mitchel was able to purchase the Corvette SS test mule chassis and commissioned the construction of the Sting Ray racer.

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The Mitchell Sting Ray racer generated a lot of positive attention but was hampered on the track by the drum brakes inherited from the SS.

1963 – The new C2 Corvette Sting Ray split window coupe and convertible went into production with the Mitchell inspired body and a Duntov inspired chassis. 

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Footnotes:

Pete Brock’s book – Corvette Sting Ray - Genesis of the Corvette Sting Ray – recommended

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Models:

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante – Leo Models 1/24 diecast

Mitchell Sting Ray – Scale Craft Models (Landis and Sposaro) 1/25 resin

Corvette Sting Ray – Revell Promos 1/25

Personal attachment – In the mid-1970s I was fortunate enough to own and restore two C2s.

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Stellar looking cars. Seeing them together really shows lineage nicely. Mitchell, Jordan, Brock, much of that group had great sense of history and balance. Pulling a Disco into a production car nice trick. 
And don’t forget Clambake. 
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On 1/30/2022 at 9:40 AM, keyser said:

Stellar looking cars. Seeing them together really shows lineage nicely. Mitchell, Jordan, Brock, much of that group had great sense of history and balance. Pulling a Disco into a production car nice trick. 
And don’t forget Clambake. 
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Looks like Barris got ahold of that car too! He should have been a baker, considering all the gingerbread he makes.

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Nope. All Bill Mitchell. That was personal car for awhile. 
far better taste than George. 
Clear scoop was added. Nod to TR’s. Wasn’t on it save for movie. Long hood grilles were, made it to 63 in shorter version. 

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