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AWESOME 1961 MAKO SHARK CORVETTE - CUSTOM PAINT JOB DOUBLE BUBBLE TOP

In 1962 the design work on the new 1963 Sting Ray was already done. GM wanted something to promote the new car and build some excitement. Larry Shinoda did a couple of sketches of the 63 with the back clip of the XP-700 (double-bubble roof) added. At first it was about as incongruous as a guy in a tuxedo wearing a pair of tennis shoes but they worked on it a little more until it met Bill Mitchell's approval. This was the original Shark, or XP-755 (front car, picture below).

The XP-755 was designed and the prototype was built in the beginning of 1961. Bill Mitchell was very excited about the double-bubble roof (above), the side pipes and the periscope rear view mirror. Some of the design team argued against the lexan roof but Mr. Mitchell insisted. It was quite advanced technically, with a vaporized aluminum coating on the inside to cut down on heat gain and the periscope rear view mirror built right into it. At the Coliseum in New York, at the 6th International Automobile Show, Chevrolet debuts the XP-755 Corvette Shark show car together with the Corvette Kelly show car.
 

AWESOME 1961 MAKO SHARK CORVETTE - CUSTOM PAINT JOB DOUBLE BUBBLE TOP






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