This blog is a running commentary about Modernism and Mid-Century Modern design and architecture, in conjunction with my website, ModusModern.com.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Allure of the Automobile Exhibit at the High Part 16, the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
This was one of my favorite cars in the show - the iconic Corvette Sting Ray concept car. This convertible boasts a 327-cubic-inch (5.4 L), fuel-injected V-8 of 375 hp (280 kW), and was built on a 1957 Corvette SS chassis (the SS was built as a Le Mans contender but the AMA banned manufacturer-sponsored racing so it was used as a test-bed only). Many of the features of the '59 influenced the '63 model. It was also a technical test bed for several features, including the four-speed manual tranny, the de Deon rear suspension and use of aluminum. This car is simply stunning!
Next up, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Comp./ 61 Short-wheelbase Berlinetta