One of the many “celebrity” Corvettes making an appearance this weekend at the National Corvette Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration is GM’s Corvette Stingray Concept, better known as Sideswipe from this summer’s movie blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The Corvette Stingray Concept was heavily influenced by the original 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer which will be displayed this weekend at the Museum as well. The concept made its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show n February along with four other Chevy “Autobots” who appeared in the second installment of the Transformers movie.
“In honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Corvette Sting Ray concept racer, GM Design created an all new Sting Ray Vision that is a homage to the original 1959 concept and continues the long tradition of Corvette Concept Cars,” said Harlan Charles, Chevrolet Corvette Marketing Manager. “This futuristic Sting Ray vision of Americaâ€™s performance icon was featured as Sideswipe in Transformers 2,” he added.
The Corvette Concept will be unveiled tomorrow on “Corvette Boulevard” inside the National Corvette Museum’s new 47,000 square foot expansion area. The car will be displayed at the Museum until September 9th.
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Well, well. It seems that the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest look comes from Los Jalopnik himself Ray Wert who was able to get inside the concept and then take it for a spin. In the process we learn a little more about chances for a repeat performance as the new C7 Corvette in 2012.
This concept is powered by a hybrid power train with electric power for in-city driving or switch to the V8 for high performance driving situations. Even with the V8 power, the engine will deliver even higher fuel economy with its ability to deactivate cylinders. Of course all this is conceptual but it shows how the power train teams are looking to the future.
Although the Stingray Concept is relatively new to the scene, it was actually penned six years ago by Tom Peters who followed it up by designing the new Camaro. That explains some of the similarities found on both cars, most notably the front-end defining egg crate grilles. Peters spoke with Wert about the Stingray and the C7 Corvette:
Said Peters, “it’s not the C7…that’s not to say there aren’t elements here that can translate into what the C7′s about. There’s no parameters to this concept…our goal…I would tell my team, guys, go kick that car’s ass. Go beat that.”
While that sounds like a definitive NO! on the “Stingray as C7″ debate, we’re still way early in the game to say that Kirk Bennion’s exterior design team won’t want to incorporate some of the defining lines and shapes found on the popular Transformers Concept.
We do hope they incorporate some of the technology featured inside the Corvette Stingray Concept. While most of it is described as currently available, some of the conceptual features are straight out of a science fiction movie. The instrument gauges feature 3D graphics and ambient lighting. In addition to the stereo and Nav unit, the central display also features a graphical PDA complete with “friend” pictures and connect to a home internet link to send out some tweets.
Check out the Jalopnik’s full review of the Corvette Stingray Concept
As found over at the Bat-Blog, one of their readers bought a custom batmobile made from a 1958 Corvette. The car has 8,019 original miles as it was stored for 30 years. According to the buyer, “BATCAR” is listed as the type of vehicle on the Corvette’s title. Blasphemy or Cool?
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This is a short but sweet forty second walk around the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. The video appears to have been shot during production. For a brief instant I thought we’d finally get a look at the interior.
When the driver side door was opened, I was praying for that allusive interior shot. However, you can see the two-tone red/silver seats and it looks like the dash and steering wheel may be red as well.
Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.
Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.
Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.
The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”
Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.
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It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.
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Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers, shoot two cops who attempt to set them up, and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader, Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals.
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FART was a magazine published in Sweeden back in the sixties. While the title is funny to us here in the States, it actually means “Speed” when translated from Swedish. Issue 2 in 1963 showed off this New York registered Riverside Red split window Corvette coupe with two happy stewardesses. A Boeing jet from Pan Am provides the backdrop for this classic magazine cover shot.
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