The C8 Corvette Stingray is a hot commodity now, but this rendering of an earlier Sting Ray ancestor still looks mighty hot itself 60 years later!
On its Instagram page this week, the GM Design team posted this drawing from 1961 of a C2 Corvette Sting Ray concept by legendary designer Bill Porter.
Even all these years later, his concept looks great with its double bubble roof, sharply pointed hood, and front and rear fender arches.
Porter, of course, went on to become design studio chief for Pontiac and helped design iconic cars for that company, including the 1968 GTO and 1970 Firebird, along with the Le Mans, Catalina, and Bonneville.
But before tackling those significant accomplishments for Pontiac, he jumped off from the Peter Brock and Larry Shinoda-designed 1959 Corvette Sting Ray concept car and added his own special touches to this Sting Ray concept in 1961 even as the real second-generation Sting Ray neared production in the fall of 1962.
According to GM Authority, Porter’s 1961 sketch looks to be an early precursor to the XP-755 Concept Car, otherwise known as the Mako Shark, and indeed his rendering looks nearly identical to the Mako Shark show car, first seen by the public in 1962 at the International Automobile Show in New York City. Larry Shinoda actually designed the Mako Shark, so GM Authority says “it’s possible that Porter completed this sketch using a design that had already been mostly fleshed out by Shinoda.”
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