Original example of an extraordinary performance car

1969 Chevrolet Corvette

One of Bill Mitchell’s most flamboyant and memorable designs was the Mako Shark II, a car he commissioned first as a show car and then as his personal transport. The Mako Shark II premiered at the New York Auto Show in April 1965, and by October of that same year, a functional running model powered by a Mark IV 427 cu. in. V8 was built and shipped to the Paris Auto Salon. During the remainder of 1965, the duo toured North America and Europe, giving the public a hint of how the next generation Corvette might appear and all the while creating a huge firestorm of publicity and speculation. The press correctly predicted that show-goers were seeing the next Corvette when they saw Mitchell’s Mako Shark II. As Randy Leffingwell so aptly said in Corvette – Americas Sports Car, “Bill Mitchell’s designers blended Mitchell’s Mako Shark design with Zora Duntov’s engineering accomplishments to produce a street car worthy of desire.” And thus, the third generation Corvette was introduced for the 1968 model year.

[heading style=”1″]L71 427 cu. in. 435 hp V8[/heading]

This remarkable Corvette has 435 hp tri-power V8 and four-speed close ratio manual transmission, along with a bevy of options such as power steering and brakes, tilt-telescope steering wheel, tinted glass, power windows, AM-FM Stereo radio, head restraints, F41 sport suspension, red stripe tires on standard Rally wheels, transistorized ignition and Posi-traction rear axle. In fact, it even has a factory hardtop.

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