A Salute to the design the set the style for America’s sports car, the Corvette.
It’s only been a week or so since the photos of a disguised C7 Corvette surfaced and already the critics are weighing in. One report commented that the profile and proportions look too much like the current C6. And therein lies the designer’s dilemma when it comes to designing a new Corvette. The new design has to “look like a Corvette,” but has to “look new.” This isn’t a new problem actually. But before we come down on the Corvette design team too harshly, we should all just breath… and be patient. Those disguised cars always look bad.
But, there is no doubt that the Corvette’s image will forever be locked into the design that goes all the way back to 1963-1964 when GM’s VP of Design, Bill Mitchell charged his designers with the challenge to, “Design a “narrow, slim, ”selfish” center section and coupe body, a prominently tapered tail, an “all of one piece” blending of the upper and lower portions of the body, prominent wheels with protective fenders, distinctively separate from the main body, yet gaffed organically to it.” The end result was the Mako Shark-II.
To truly appreciate the advanced thinking of the design, you have to look at cars from 1963-1964 when Mitchell was percolating his ideas. While the actual Mako Shark-II show cars no longer look “futuristic” today, the shark spirit lives on in every C4, C5, C6, and no doubt the C7 Corvette. I have covered all of the Mako Shark cars extensively in my VETTE Magazine Illustrated Corvette Series monthly column, so I thought it was time for a special Mako Shark tribute print to salute all four of the Mako Corvettes.
Judging from the general shape and proportion of the disguised C7 mule that was spotted out on the road, I’d say that the spirit of the Mako Shark lives on. And from my perspective, as it should! – Scott
The above 11×17 Parchment Paper print is available for just $24.95 + $6.95 S&H and is signed and numbered by the artist. You can order your with the secure PayPal button below, of by calling 1-800-858-6670, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 9PM Eastern Standard Time.
The above 11×17 Laser-Etched print is available for just $49.95 + $8.00 S&H. Each Laser-Etching is made to order and produced on brush-finished, metalized-mylar. You can order your with the secure PayPal button below, of by calling 1-800-858-6670, Monday through Saturday 10AM to 9PM Eastern Standard Time.
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