Posted by: Mark Polk | 2013

General Motors Heritage Center Tour Part 3

Since GM revealed its new 7th generation Corvette at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, NAIAS, I wanted to highlight some Corvette history in part 3 of my GM Heritage Center post. Here goes: 

Rare GM Corvettes at heritage Center

Rare GM Corvettes at heritage Center

Here are all the rare Corvettes lined up in a row at the General Motors Heritage Center. Let’s take a closer look.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

53 Corvette Interior

The first Corvette ever built was called the EX 122 and was revealed at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in January of 1953. The first production Corvette was build on June 30th, 1953 in Flint Michigan. There were 300 built and they were only availble in Polo white with Sportsman red interior trim. The rest is history.

1963 Split Window Corvette Stingray

1963 Split Window Corvette Stingray

1963 Chevy Corvette

Without a doubt my favorite Corvette of all-time is the 1963 split window Stingray. I was glad to hear they brought the Stingray name back with the 7th generation Corvette. In my opinion this is one of the finest vehicle designs in the history of automobiles.

1963 Mako Shark Corvette Concept

1963 Mako Shark Corvette Concept

This 1961 experimental Corvette Mako Shark was inspired by a Mako Shark caught of the coast of Florida by the Vice President of GMs Styling Staff. The vari-colored blue and white paint scheme represents the natural coloring of the shark.

69 Manta Ray Concept

69 Manta Ray Concept

The 69 Manta Ray Concept. In a similar story the head of GM Design Staff, William Mitchell, who had a passion for deep sea fishing and a love of nature was inspired by the Manta Ray powerfully moving through the ocean, inspiring this Mako Shark II/Manta Ray StingrayStyling.

1959 Corvette Racing Concept

1959 Corvette Racing Concept

59 Corvette Stingray Racer Concept

59 Corvette Stingray Racer Concept

1959 Corvette Stingray Racer Concept. This car was designed with a thin shelled fiberglass body and tubular chassis to achieve the lighest weight possible for racing. It would go on to inspire the design for the highly collectible mid-60s style Corvettes.

1986 Corvette Indy Concept car

1986 Corvette Indy Concept car

Corvette Indy Concept Interior

1986 Corvette Indy Concept. Constructed in 1985 this inoperative show car was powered by a 2.6L V8 designed by Lotus Engineering. The Indy concept car was created to showcase Chevrolet’s advanced technology. It featured 4WD, 4-wheel steering, rear view camera and drive by wire system. It was expected to reach speeds of 180 mph. Two road worthy prototypes followed later.

To wrap up Part 3 here are some images of the 2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Reveal with GM President Mark reuss

2014 Corvette Reveal with GM President Mark reuss

2014 Corvette aluinum Frame

2014 Corvette Interior

2014 Corvette Interior

The 7th Generation Corvette Stingray

Check out Part 4 of my GM heritage Center post when we look at some GM muscle cars.

Mark Polk

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