Thursday, May 25, 2017

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Concept

The XP-755 concept car, also known as the Mako Shark, was designed by Larry Shinoda in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. The streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark.

Mitchell had a mako shark mounted on the wall in his office, and ordered the paint to match the distinctive blue-gray upper surface gently blending into white underside of the fish. After numerous failed attempts, the team kidnapped the fish one night, painting it to match their efforts on the car, and returning it to the office. Mitchell never realized the difference.

The Mako Shark II was powered by a 427 Mark IV engine, which became available on production Corvette models. The paint scheme continued the Shark I tradition, with blue/gray on top and silver/white along the rocker panels. The original Mako Shark was then retroactively called the "Mako Shark I". In 1969 the Mako Shark II was returned to GM design studios and transformed into the Manta Ray.

XP-755 Mako Shark I with a double bubble top and side exhaust pipes.