[VIDEO] Throwback Thursday: Corvette Designer Larry Shinoda Tells His Story


[VIDEO] Throwback Thursday: Corvette Designer Larry Shinoda Tells His Story

Want to learn more about one of the great designers in Corvette’s storied history? Turn back the years to this 1995 interview given by Larry Shinoda whose portfolio includes working on the Stingray Racer, 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, Monza GT and Mako Shark concepts, the Mustang Boss 302, and the Camaro Z28.

In this 33-minute uncut video, Larry tells his story about growing up and getting kicked out of school, getting hired at GM, and then moving on to Ford. Among his stories include his winning IndyCar design and how that worked in getting him hired at GM, how the four-door midyear Corvette never came to be, and how a spirited letter likely ensured that the 1969 Mustang would be called the Boss 302. The video ends with a montage of photos and a sampling of his famous designs.

If you are interested in Corvette and automotive history, give this video a watch as hearing the Corvette Hall of Fame designer in his own words is a real treat.

From MyClassicCarTV via YouTube:

Legendary car designer, Larry Shinoda, tells all in this never-before-seen, newly released, raw & uncut interview. Larry, a Japanese American, talks openly about his childhood, passions, struggles, racing, the Korean War, Art Center College of Design, automotive industry politics, designing for Ford & Packard, working for an Indy 500 race team, interviewing for GM and meeting Harley Earl, designing for Chevrolet & Pontiac, designing the 1963 Corvette with Bill Mitchell & working on the Mako Shark concept cars, designing the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 & the Ford Mustang Boss 302.

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  1. To this day one the best looking cars to ever be designed! The C2 has timeless styling that will only get better with age. And this was back when actual artists sketched those designs by hand! Not by some computer program that makes every car look alike. You could spot a Corvette, or Camaro, or a Mustang for that matter from a mile away! They all looked unique and different from one another. Larry Shinoda is a legend! And his designs will undoubtedly stand the test of time for decades to come.Thank you Mr. Shinoda for designing such a beautiful automobile for all of us to enjoy!

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