It's still the epitome of the American motoring experience." Positraction rear axle, tinted glass, and a wide-ratio 4-speed manual transmission were now standard. [6] The optional convenience group, introduced the previous year, now included intermittent (delay) wipers, floor mats, and the passenger side vanity mirror was an upgraded illuminated unit. Executive editor Chris Davies was lucky enough to sample the C8 Corvette Convertible last month, and he was visibly impressed with the engine’s supercar-beating merit. The big-block Corvettes were the only muscle cars produced after 1970 worthy of the list. Created to oppose the expected, abolish empty traditions and explore the unknown. Production hit its peak in 1979 at 53,807, a record that stands to this day. Titled "Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story," the 10-minute production can be viewed on Chevrolet's Facebook and Instagram pages and its YouTube page. Corvette has always represented iconic American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability. The previously round dual exhaust outlets were made larger and rectangular in shape. The battery was relocated from the engine area to one of three compartments behind the seats to improve weight distribution. [6] A short model year resulted in a disproportionately low production volume of 17,316, down nearly 60%. Air conditioning became standard, as did the tilt-telescopic steering column, power windows, exterior sport mirrors, and the convenience group. Kyle Edward On the exterior, you have everything designed with a sleeker, lower profile than the past, and a sculpted, toned body design that is … Two sparkling new models, both positioning the way to a classic new concept in American sports car design, were introduced this year. The door handles were flush with the top of the doors with a separate release button. The steering wheel, color-keyed to the interior, continued on 1977 through 1979 models, limited to non-tilt wheel cars only. 8 Summary. It’s handsome styling immediately drew interest, but GM engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov (the “Father of the Corvette” for those in the know) had other plans. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is the American carmaker’s first production mid-engine supercar. The finished product is the result of more than 3,500 hours of work and is a striking, one-off creation that showcases the full range of the ARES Design capabilities. 1976 models featured steel floor panels shielding the catalytic converter exhaust. With January 1970 production, fender flares were designed into the body contours to reduce wheel-thrown debris damage. Chevrolet responded to the criticism of the previous year's steering wheel with an all new three-spoke leather-wrapped unit, which was well received. Ford Mustang and Corvette Stingray. [30]. The black exterior paint color returned (last offered in 1969). The LS5 454 cu in (7.4 L) big block was again available and came in at 270 hp (201 kW). The 2021 Corvette will reportedly offer a new graphics option called the Stingray R Package. 0-60 mph times were reduced by a second while keeping the engine compartment cooler. The package includes a Z06-style front splitter, Shark Gray exterior vents, "stinger" graphic and tonneau inserts on the hood, chrome wheels, Stingray … [9] All cars featured 8-inch-wide (200 mm) steel wheels (increased from 7 inches). GM's "Freedom" battery, a new sealed and maintenance-free unit, was now installed in all cars. All models featured a new cowl induction domed hood, which pulled air in through a rear hood intake into the engine compartment under full throttle, increasing power (but didn't show up in the horsepower ratings). No gas lid emblem was used. Still, the standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is a peach. The Chevrolet Corvette (C3) is a sports car that was produced from 1967 to 1982 by Chevrolet for the 1968 to 1982 model years. New were eggcrate grills with matching front fender side vents and larger squared front directional lamps. Get behind the wheel and experience the balance of design and performance that puts Corvette, and whoever is driving it, out in front. This was the last year for 8-track tape availability and new "cross-fire injection" emblems appeared on front fenders. The option cost $4,700 (the ZL1 was a $3,010 option that consisted of aluminum cylinder block and heads on top of the $1,032.15 L88 option). [33], 1979 saw the crossed-flag emblems on the nose and fuel door revert to those seen on the '77 model. Some enthusiasts aren't going to like this, but the Corvette is going to go hybrid in the 2023 model year. Chris Paukert Nov. 12, 2019 9:40 a.m. PT The Corvette America was a rare version of the C3 distinguished by its four doors. The Collector Edition had unlimited availability and 6,759 were produced out of a 1982 total production of 25,407. [49][50] Only five examples were made. The grille is designed for C7 Corvette models without dual front cameras (Base, Z51 and Grand Sport models). The very definitions of American muscle. Sport seats (from previous year pace-car); front & rear spoilers optional, glass t-tops optional; New interior comfort features; highest Corvette sales year to date. The new lightweight “high back” seats were made standard equipment. It set new sales records with 53,807 produced for the 1979 model year. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 is the American carmaker’s first production mid-engine supercar. The 2014 Corvette received more than twenty automotive industry awards in its inaugural year and earned another spot in 2015 on the coveted “10 Best” from Car and Driver magazine. "Stingray" script nameplates appeared on front fenders, now one word, in contrast to the “Sting Ray” name used previously. After literal decades of rumors about a mid-engine Corvette coming to production, it finally became a reality with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray. Significant horsepower drops due to reduced compression ratios to meet GM corporate edict requiring all engines to run low-octane unleaded gasoline; horsepower ratings based on both "gross" and "net" figures with the former based on engine hooked to dynometer while "net" ratings based on horsepower as installed in vehicle with accessories and emission controls installed. The finished product is the result of more than 3,500 hours of work and is a striking, one-off creation that showcases the full range of the ARES Design capabilities. And we'll attest to the fact that after 20 years, the Corvette is more than going strong. 6502 Indy-500 Pace car replica editions were produced featuring Black/silver two-tone paint, front and rear spoilers, mirror-tint roof panels and contoured sport seats. It included the solid-lifter small-block engine, heavy-duty four-speed transmission, power brakes, aluminum radiator, and a revised suspension with special springs, shocks, stabilizer bar, and spindle-strut shafts. California buyers were credited $50 as consolation but had to pay for the California emissions certification which was $250. It sold only 6,508 copies, amounting to 9% of the market, placing it number three;[17] it was beaten by the number one-selling Cutlass Supreme, with 11,571, but beat the Impala's 6,456 and the Mustang's 6,401. This time it was a single word as opposed to Sting Ray as used for the 1963 - 1967 C2 generation. Image source: Dan Carney. Like the Silver Anniversary model, the Pace Car Replica was actually an option package-RPO Z78. [6] Two 350 cu in (5.7 L) small block engines were available. After his retirement, Mitchell founded his own design consultancy firm, William L. Mitchell Design from 1977 to 1984, where he was a vocal critic of the new fourth-generation Corvette’s styling, referring to it as ‘bland’. New interior console and gauges, universal GM radios. ARES Design’s exquisite transformation brings the Sting Ray fully up to date with modern performance, road manners and interior. The new optional Turbo Hydramatic 3-speed automatic transmission (RPO M40) replaced the two-speed Powerglide. In '68 there were five transmissions, including four manual choices. A 1974 Stingray equipped with the L48 195 hp (145 kW) small-block was capable of 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds;[22] comparable to the 6.5 second time of the 1968 small-block rated at 300 hp (224 kW); proof the 1972-74 Corvette engines had ample power regardless of reduced horsepower and net (bhp) ratings. Two functional parts are all that remain of the past. The fuel tank capacity increased from 17 gal to 24 gal on all cars. It is the most powerful base engine ever offered in a Corvette. This model year was the first corvette to use a fiberglass rear leaf spring, now a Corvette trademark. L-82 engines were also now fitted with an aluminum intake manifold which saved 24 pounds compared to the cast iron unit of previous years. The carburetor and ignition timing were controlled by Chevrolet's new Computer Command Control system. The urethane nose was chosen over Chevy's other alternative, a more protruding version of the previous metal bumper. [43][44] Though generally believed to deliver at least 100 hp (75 kW) more, this has been proved as only rumors, proper testing of the engine revealed closer to 460 hp (343 kW) gross and net rating of only 376 hp (280 kW). Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray revealed. The L30, a 327 cu in (5.4 L) small-block V8 engine rated at 300 hp (224 kW) and a 3-speed manual transmission were standard, but only a few hundred 3-speed manual equipped cars were sold. [35] Rocker panels and rear window trim were painted black. Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, but the body and interior were new. [6], This article is about the third generation Chevrolet Corvette (C3). As in previous years, a folding top came standard with roadsters and a body color or vinyl covered hardtop was optional at additional cost. The L-82 was designed to come on strong at higher RPM[19] and ordered with nearly 20% of the cars at a cost of $299. Front fenders had functional engine cooling vents. For the first time, the engine is now behind the driver, and what an engine it is. The resulting lower half of the car was much like the Mako II, except for the softer contours. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of … One is a motoring icon of Steve McQueen -esque proportions, while the other is … The engine line-up and horsepower ratings were also carried over from the previous year as were the 3 and 4-speed manual transmissions. Its main distinction was black over silver metallic with a bright red pinstripe in between with a spoiler added to each end to alter appearance more dramatically. 1972 (Aug. 1971 prod) was the last model year for chrome bumpers at both front and rear, the vacuum actuated pop-up windshield wiper door, as well as the removable rear window common to all 1968-72 coupes. The radiator and shroud were revised for better low-speed cooling. [6] All cars ordered with a radio, like the C2 cars, continued to be fitted with chrome-plated ignition shielding covering the distributor to reduce interference. The Corvette Stingray III was a concept car designed in around 1992 by Chevrolet’s Advanced Concept Center based in California. To make room for the larger tank, a smaller (P195/80D15) space saver spare tire was utilized. The genesis of the Sting Ray was in 1963 with the second generation (C2) Corvette. For 1968, both the Corvette body and interior were completely redesigned. Interior upgrades include suede trim, heated/ventilated seats, and an upgraded audio system. On the inside, revised door panels provided additional shoulder room in the C3's tighter cabin and headrests became standard. For the first time, due to California emission considerations, a unique engine application was installed in cars delivered to that state and was mandatory. 2 Trims. For general Corvette information, see, The Corvette Black Book-2009 edition-p.56-84, Corvette 50th Anniversary by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, NCRS 1968-1982 Corvette Specifications Guide, Motor Trend magazine, May 1970, “Comparison: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 vs 1970 Porsche 911E”, Car and Driver magazine, December 1972, “1973 Chevrolet Corvette - Road Test”, Corvette 50th Anniversary by the Editors of Consumer Guide, NCRS 1968 to 1982 Corvette Specifications Guide, NCRS 1975-1977 Corvette Technical Information Manual and Judging Guide, Corvette 1968-1982 Source Book, Arthur A.C. Steffen, Corvette Restoration Guide 1968-1982 by Richard Prince, Hot Rod Magazine, Feb 09, “700 R4 Transmission - Overdrive Evolution”, Zora Arkus-Duntov "Father of the Corvette", "Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427 L71, 1969 MY", "Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 454, 1970 MY 19400 19437", "1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 454 V-8 Turbo-jet 460-hp 4-speed close", "That '70s 'Vette: Just Another Girly Car? Road & Track took a 1978 L82 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 6.6 seconds, 127 mph (204 km/h) flat out, and covered the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds at 95 mph. Motor Trend in May 1970, clocked an LT-1 covering the quarter mile in 14.36 seconds at 101.69 mph and remarked, “There is Corvette and there is Porsche. Ever since the first design drawings leaked out, the world has gone nuts over the 2014 Corvette looking more angular, outlandish, and (dare I say it) ugly than its predecessor. 75's featured revised inner bumper systems with molded front and rear simulated bumper guards. 5 mph front bumper system with urethane cover, pot-metal front grills (black with silver edges), chrome rear bumpers unchanged, new design front fender ducts, first year for radial tires (standard equipment), rubber body mounts, new hood with rear air induction & under-hood insulation, new front-end (round) emblem. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Atlantic and Pacific design packages will go on sale later this year alongside the full 2015 Stingray range. Before he retired, Bill Mitchell had suggested a Silver Anniversary model in his favorite color-silver, appropriately enough-and it appeared as the $399 B2Z option package. A special ZR1 package added racing suspension, brakes, stabilizer bars, and other high performance components to LT-1 cars. It was purchased by a Gulf Oil engineer who still owns and occasionally races it. All other engines and transmission choices remained unchanged from the previous year, though the L30 base engine was now the ZQ3 and the L79 motor was redesignated the L46. The Collector Edition had a "0" in the sixth digit of the VIN rather than the "8" found on standard Corvettes. Corvette didn’t give the Stingray title to the C1, C4, C5, and C6 models. Larry Shinoda would create the final design of the XP-87, and in turn, the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray. Cruise control was only available on cars with automatic transmissions. This is the second year of the Corvette’s eighth generation, which is why it’s called the C8 for short. The special, exclusive aluminum wheels were designed to look like the optional bolt-on wheels of the 1967 model. The base price increased four times during the model year raising the cost of the car by more than $1,200 to $14,345.24.[6]. [22]. New was the LT-1, a 350 cu in (5.7 L) small-block V8 engine delivering a factory rated 370 hp (276 kW). The 2020 Corvette Stingray is an amazing accomplishment for what it already is, but it points the way to what it may still become. [48] The C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has taken the automotive world by storm. The first two-tone paint option offered since 1961, it presented silver over a gray lower body with a separating pinstripe, plus aluminum wheels and dual "sport" outside mirrors as mandatory options, which added another $380 to the cost. Unbeknownst to some, the design work for Chevy’s mid-engine C8 Corvette started back in 2011, and GM engineers were flirting with the idea of a mid-engine Corvette since the early 60s. 7 Accessories. 2021 Corvette Stingray. In 1963 Corvette stepped out with a new and exhilarating look, the Corvette Stingray. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe | Source: Chevrolet. A Chevrolet advertisement headlined: "We gave it radials, a quieter ride, guard beams and a nose job. This motor was a 305 cu in (5.0 L) V8 engine rated at 180 hp (134 kW), fitted with new tubular 409 stainless steel exhaust manifolds that were far lighter than the cast iron pieces they replaced, and mated to an automatic transmission, also mandatory. L-82 emblems moved from the hood to the front fenders on cars ordered with the optional high performance engine. The increasingly popular choice of an automatic transmission was installed in most Corvettes for the first time, with nearly 54 percent so equipped. New fastback rear window, Silver Anniversary and. The regular Corvette Stingray coupe has a roof panel that releases with three latches, and the car is designed with a spot beneath its rear hatch to hold the removed roof, so it is pretty convenient. The hood was also restyled as well. The Concept Corvette Stingray was designed by Pete Brock, Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda. The Corvette Stingray was designed with three different listening modes: Centerpoint, Normal, and Driver. And if you ever have concerns or questions about how to bolster your C7 Corvette Stingray's performance, our team is happy to assist you. Build and Price the 2021 Corvette Stingray: choose trims, accessories & more to see pricing on a new Chevy Corvette Stingray. [14] The key activated anti-theft alarm system became standard. [17] Rare options: ZR1 special engine package (20), shoulder belts with convertibles (749), LT1 engine option (1,741). By 1982, mostly due to inflation, the base price had increased to $18,290. Available options now included power door locks, a power antenna, dual rear speakers and a CB radio. The new seven-inch wide steel wheels had F70x15 nylon bias-ply tires standard with either white or red stripe tires optional. The result is a new Corvette Stingray – a fantastic car that breaks new ground yet remains true to the fundamental elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.” “Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. Ares Design can hook you up… for a price.. The fixed-glass fastback benefited both aerodynamics and increased the usable luggage space behind the seats while improving rearward visibility in the bargain. Model year 1973 started Corvette's transformation from muscle to touring sports car. Since it was competition equipment, the ZR1 could not be ordered with power windows, power steering, air conditioning, a rear-window defogger, wheel covers, or a radio. One consequence of this modification was that an 8-track tape player was now available as an option. Hi-Performance Cars magazine in a L48, L82, and LS4 comparison test, September 1973, said: "Our choice for the all-around best performer must go to the base 350 L48 engine...The L48 delivers all the acceleration you'll ever need on the road in a steady, forceful manner...in addition it runs cool, idles smoothly, and can cruise all day at 100 mph (160 km/h). But when we made the rear bumper stronger, we made Corvette’s rear styling look different. [34] Heavy duty shock absorbers could now be ordered without the full Gymkhana suspension. He was responsible for the design of the Q-Corvette. Part two of Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette documentary will air next year on January 4 at 1 p.m. The interior will continuously provide simply two seats as well as a minimalist cabin. The Chevrolet Corvette (C3) is a sports car that was produced from 1967 to 1982 by Chevrolet for the 1968 to 1982 model years. Chrome air cleaner lids and cast magnesium valve covers dressed up all engines. Tailpipes were now turned down as the new bumper cover eliminated the tailpipe extensions. Powered by the Tonawanda-built next-gen 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray will offer customers the most horsepower and torque of any entry Corvette: SAE-certified to … Faced with increasing value and technology from the competition, GM had some serious challenges with the C7. This was the last year for the L88 engine and the only year for the ZL1 option, which offered an all-aluminum 427 cu in (7.0 L) big-block engine listed at 430 hp (321 kW). Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, but the body and interior were new. FREE Shipping on C7 Corvette Stingray and Z51 Parts & Accessories. The large-engine Corvettes are extraordinarily fast and marginally civilized.”. This was the final year for the fiber optics light monitoring system, the headlight washer system, and the M22 heavy duty 4-speed manual gearbox. The convenience group included dome light delay, headlight warning buzzer, underhood light, low fuel warning light, interior courtesy lights, and passenger side visor mirror. Nearly 15% of the cars were ordered with the new wheels at a cost of $299. The custom interior with leather seat trim was now standard, with cloth and leather a no-cost option. A redesigned center console permitted universal Delco radio options. Understanding the car’s iconic stature, the crew at Kindig-It Design knew that most of the work on Rick Cox’s 1963 Corvette coupe would be in the chassis and driveline Once the mid-engined format was abandoned, the Shinoda/Mitchell car was sent to Chevrolet Styling under David Holls, where Harry Haga's studio adapted it for production on the existing Stingray chassis. Chevy designed the new Corvette Stingray on an aluminum frame, which combines lightness and incredible rigidity. [6] The engine line-up included the L79, a 350 hp (261 kW) high performance version of the 327 cu in (5.4 L) small-block. For 1974, a new rear bumper system replaced the squared tail and chrome rear bumper blades introduced in 1967 with a trim, tapering urethane cover carrying an integral license plate holder and recesses for the trademark round taillights. The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the first mid-engine version in the model's history, and promises supercar performance at … Three popular features introduced on the '78 pace car replicas made it into this year's production: the new bucket seats, the front and rear spoiler package, and the glass roof panels. "[18] Indeed, redesigned body mounts and radial tires did improve Corvette's ride, and interior sound levels were reduced by 40%. Consider the 495-horsepower, 470 lb. The resulting lower half of the car was much like the Mako II, except for the softer contours. Pardon the hype, but the Corvette is as much part of modern culture as it is an exceptionally fine sports car. Accounting for 57% of the cars, coupes with their removable roof panels, began a trend of outselling roadsters. A standard steel rim spare was used. [6] The engine produced 200 hp (149 kW) and was mated to a new four-speed automatic transmission with torque converters bypass in the top three gears. The chassis was carried over from the second generation models, retaining the fully independent suspension (with minor revisions) and the four-wheel disc brake system. 6 Interior. Edit Location 60601 Switch Model View Saved Message Us. Weight comes in at a mere 3,300 pounds. According to Motor Trend in a late 1968 road test, the Corvette ZL1 was the fastest production car ever produced (up to that time). The C3 fourteen-year run shows an extreme contrast. All big block cars had domed hoods for additional engine clearance with twin simulated vents and “427” emblems on either side of the dome. Also available were several variants of the big-block 427 cu in (7.0 L) V8 engine, that taken together made up nearly half the cars. Centerpoint takes the two-channel stereo input and up-mixes it to create a fully immersive surround sound experience. Pace car interiors reflected Bill Mitchell's influence, with full silver leather or silver leather/gray cloth upholstery and gray carpeting. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Interior Design. Nose and fuel door crossed-flags emblems changed to a more squared design. The magazine ordered an L-48 4-speed for a 4,000-mile (6,400 km) road trip to Alaska. C&D summarized: "The Corvette was a big hit–we expected and thoroughly enjoyed that–but we were surprised at how well it withstood the ordeal...once we recovered from the trip we conceded that we'd developed new respect for a car we'd long regarded as something of a put on. The result is a new Corvette Stingray – a fantastic car that breaks new ground yet remains true to the fundamental elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.” “Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. The speedometer in all cars read to a maximum of 85 mph (137 km/h), mandated by a new and controversial federal law. The first-gen Corvette C1 entered production in 1953. But it was decided that each of Chevrolet's 6502 dealers should have one for showroom display. An unwelcome change was the "Vega GT" 4-spoke steering wheel, although its smaller diameter did provide extra room and eased entry/exit. Compared with his work on the Stingray, I think everyone can unanimously agree that he was quite astute with his verdict. Early in production, the engine paint color was changed from Chevy orange to Corporate blue. Larry Shinoda came in and finished the car up with Mitchell and that became the prototype for Stingray, which was developed into the production car for 1963.” Corvette Stingray Split Window First introduced in 1953, the Corvette was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car but it would take more than 10 years to become the classic car we know and love today, thanks to the Stingray model. [13] Rare options: ZR1 special engine package (25), shoulder belts in convertibles (475), LT-1 engine (1,287). [15] A new rear nameplate for the rear bumper cover was introduced, eliminating the individual "Corvette" letters used since 1968. This was the final year for the LT-1 engine, rated at 255 hp (190 kW), and the ZR1 racing package built around it. [38] The final model C3 Corvette's published performance numbers were 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds-the quarter-mile in 16.1 at 85 mph (137 km/h). Chevrolet featured this new wheel prominently on the front of their new Corvette sales brochure. A fiber-optic system appeared on the console that monitored exterior lights and there was no glove box. The C3 also adopted the "sugar scoop" roof treatment with vertical back window from the mid-engined concept models designed by the Duntov group. He rose to the ranks and became GM’s high-performance director by 1955, the same year the Corvette came with an optional 4.3-liter V8 engine. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe | Source: Chevrolet. [18] The chrome rear bumper was essentially carried over from the previous year. The final touch was the Indy 500 decal set included uninstalled with each limited-edition car. 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