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April 18: Bill Mitchell’s Corvette Stingray Racer concept first hit the track on this date in 1959

GE Anderson
April 18, 2014

On April 18, 1959, the Corvette Stingray Racer debuted at Maryland's Marlboro Raceway. The experimental concept car took a fourth-place finish that day but went on to win an SCCA championship in 1960, thanks to its lightweight fiberglass body, de Dion rear suspension, and small-block V-8 engine that sent 315 hp to the rear wheels. Designed by Bill Mitchell, GM's vice president of styling (who eventually added a passenger seat and used the concept as his personal wheels), and Corvette designer Larry Shinoda, the car's inspiration was a Mako shark Mitchell had caught while deep-sea fishing.

A visitor to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. captured the car in motion in the following video: