The 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer has always been one of our favorite concepts and what’s not to love about it! It was the first Corvette to wear the now iconic Stingray name, and the design of the car would lead to the production of the popular 1963-1967 Sting Rays.
And did we mention the car’s connection to a couple of high rollers? GM design chief Bill Mitchell campaigned the car independently in SCCA with the Flying Dentist Dr. Dick Thompson handling the driving duties, and the King of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Pressley who drove the car in the movie Clambake.
Ten years ago, a new Corvette Stingray concept was introduced to the public through the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The story goes that director Michael Bay was touring the GM Design Studio when he spotted the Stingray Concept and requested it for the Transformers sequel. The car made its public debut in 2009 at the Chicago Auto Show and eventually, two versions were created – the split-window coupe and a speedster version that would show up in the third Transformers movie.
At the time, many believed the Corvette Stingray Concepts would eventually become the basis of the C7 Corvette and while there are some similarities to the 7th generation production Corvettes, the two Stingray Concepts would eventually be relegated to the show circuit where they toured for several years.
It’s been 60 years since the completion of the original ’59 Corvette Stingray Racer and new renderings of the car updated for 2019 are now out thanks to designer Dejan Hristov of Skopje, Macedonia.
Accoding to Carscoops, the Corvette Stingray 60 Concept was inspired by the original 1959 XP-87 Stingray Racer Concept and the C2 Corvettes which followed it. Hristov says “At the same time, I tried to keep the DNA of all generations of Chevrolet Corvette.”
Like the 50th anniversary concept, the Corvette Stingray 60 Concept features both a Coupe and Speedster models and we can even see some of the interior layout visible in topless cars.
Check out the full set of Corvette Stingray 60 Concept renders in our gallery below:
We think the designs in the project are well done, and it’s a very modern take with “retro” flavor. But with the C8 in the news, this front-engine Corvette Stingray 60 is the concept that no one asked for. But still, anytime the ’59 Corvette Racer makes it back into the news is good news for the Corvette hobby.
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