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1957 Corvette SS Concept:
The Corvette SS began life as an experimental race car, and was unveiled to the public at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race on March 23, 1957. The SS was in training for Chevrolet’s debut at LeMans that year. The Sebring race was, in many ways, Chevrolet’s inauguration into modern racing. But the SS never finished the race, much to the dismay of the racing community.
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1957 CERV I Racer:
CERV stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. These vehicles are experimental cars used to test new technologies. The “CERV” designation dates back to the early days of the Corvette. Zora Arkus-Duntov designed a single-seat, open-wheel racer dubbed CERV I.
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1958 XP-700 Concept:
Designed and built in 1958 under the personal supervision of Bill Mitchell, the wild-looking XP-700 used many regular Corvette components, such as the frame, chassis parts and engine. The fiberglass body was extensively redesigned with a “grand prix” appearance.
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1959 Stingray Racer:
The Corvette Stingray Racer was adapted from the Corvette SS and designed by Bill Mitchell in 1959 to explore the limits of handling and performance of the future Chevrolet Corvettes. After it won an SCCA Championship in 1960, Bill Mitchell modified the Stingray, added a passenger seat, and exhibited it as an experimental show car.
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1961 Mako Shark Concept:
The basic lines of the 1961 experimental Mako Shark Corvette concept car were inspired by a mako shark caught off the coast of Florida by Williams L. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was at the time, Vice President of General Motors Styling Staff now known as General Design Center.
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1963 Mako Shark II Concept:
This concept car’s claim to fame was its influence on the redesigned Corvette of 1968. The Mako Shark II debuted in 1965 as a show car. Chevrolet actually created two of them – only one of which was fully functional. The non-running show car sported some interesting, futuristic details, such as square section side pipes and a squared-off steering wheel.
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1963 CERV II Racer:
CERV stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. These vehicles are experimental cars used to test new technologies. The “CERV” designation dates back to the early days of the Corvette. Zora Arkus-Duntov designed a single-seat, open-wheel racer dubbed CERV I. He also designed CERV II – the world’s first mid-engine car with full-time four-wheel drive.
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1967 Astro I Concept:
The Astro I appeared in 1967 as a radical-looking fastback coupe designed for the show circuit. The car’s height was under three feet, and hinged rear body/door section allowed access to the cockpit. A periscope rearview mirror on the roof provided a wide-angle view. Twin aircraft-style controls were used in place of a steering wheel.
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1968 Astro II Concept:
The Astro II (XP-880), revealed at the 1968 New York Auto Show, was less extreme in its styling than Astro I. Astro II was designed primarily to showcase its rear-mounted powertrain application. Unlike the Astro I, Astro II had doors to access the passenger compartment.
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1970 Manta Ray Concept:
The Manta Ray concept was a redesigned Mako Shark II sent on the 1970 show circuit. The Manta Ray featured many of the Mako II’s outward features, such as side exhaust and a lower-body (along the rocker panels) silver paint job.
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1972 Corvette 4 Rotor Concept:
Built in 1972, the Corvette 4-Rotor experimental car debuted at the Paris Auto Salon in 1973. The 4-Rotor was one of many ’Vette-inspired specialty cars that pushed the envelope of radical changes – changes that were never adopted for production partly because of cost/feasibility issues, and partly because they just didn’t fit within Corvette’s established character.
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1973 Aerovette Concept:
Back in the 70's, it became apparent to General Motors that their Corvette Stingray would have to be replaced after almost twenty years in production on the same chassis. GM is aware that Corvette drivers are a very demanding group, and did not want any next-generation designs that would alienate their existing customers. Chevrolet built a variety of concept cars to test owner reactions, showcasing advanced technology ideas.
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1978 Astro-Vette Concept:
Astro-Vette was an experimental Corvette built in 1978. The primary technological goal of Astro-Vette was to improve aerodynamics and minimize drag coefficient. The car featured a low, slanted windshield and long, sloping hood shaped much like the fourth generation Corvette. The flowing rear deck was reminiscent of the ’60s Stingray Racer.
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1986 Corvette Indy Concept:
Built in 1985, Corvette Indy was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 1986. Dubbed a research vehicle, the Corvette Indy showcased Chevrolet’s advanced technology. The “centerpiece” of the car was a mid-ship mounted twin-turbo intercooled 2.65-liter 32 valve DOHC Lotus-designed V8 Indy engine. The engine was nicknamed for its cousin, the Chevy Indy V8 racing engine.
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1987 Corvette Geneve Concept:
The Corvette Geneve was a show car built in conjunction with ASC, Inc. of Southgate, Mich. in 1987. The Geneve was an interior and exterior design exercise, built on a production Corvette chassis. The exterior was a cross between the fourth generation production Corvette and the Corvette Indy concept car.
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1990 CERV III:
CERV stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. The CERV III was a mid-engine, fully functional Corvette show car which debuted at the Detroit International Auto Show in 1990.
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1997 CERV IV:
CERV stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle. During the development process of the fifth-generation 1997 Corvette, a fourth CERV was created. Of the four, CERV IV was the only one designed with a front-mounted engine.
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2001 Corvette Tiger Shark:
2003 Corvette Italdesign Moray Concept:
The Moray project, which will be presented for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2003, embodies the homage that Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro wish to pay to the fifty-year era of the Chevrolet Corvette, the supreme symbol of the American sports car.
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