Here's the story on this print:
Illustrated Corvette Series No. 29 - 1967 Corvette - "The Finished Sting Ray"
Sometimes unexpected efforts turn out the best. Such is the case with the 1967 Corvette. It is common for designers to be working on the next generation as soon as a new model comes out. As the 1963 Sting Ray was being shown, Bill Mitchell and his team of top designers were working on the Sting Ray's replacement.
The new Corvette was supposed to be released as a 1966 model. The Mako Shark had unexpected problems that had to be solved, in addition to internal directional struggles. Zora Arkus-Duntov wanted a mid-engine Corvette while Mitchell pushed his Mako Shark II design. Although the Mako Shark II was a smash hit on the show car circuit, the car suffered from front end lift and Duntov didn't like the reduced visibility the sexy, budging front fenders created. Mitchell won the layout battle and toned down the styling while Duntov's team made the Mako Shark II styling into a real car.
Performance hounds went ga-ga over the 1967 Corvette, especially the 427 / 435 horsepower version. Visually, the '67 model was clean as can be. Gone were the fake vents, scoops, and badges. Front fender vents featured five angled slots and the big-block had an aggressive looking hood scoop. Hub caps were replaced with five-slot, 6-inch, steel rally wheels with chrome beauty rings and caps.
The 427 /435 engine was premo! Carburation used three two-barrel carbs with a progressive, vacuum operated linkage that only used the center two-barrel carburetor for normal driving. If you put your boot into it, the remaining two carburetors cranked out amazing power. With the right rears and a four-speed, quarter-mile times in the 13s were standard, with a top speed of 140 mph! Every possible performance option was available. Chevy sold 22,940 cars, costing over $5,000 each.
Although more 1966 cars were sold, 27,720, the 1967 427/435 model is one of the most valued cars in Corvette history.
Printed on high quality tan-colored parchment paper using a Xante professional grade printer.
This print comes in one size:
11” x 17”
Print is shrink wrapped on 11.5" x 17.5" cardboard so that they stay flat and clean and shipped via USPS Priority Mail. All prints are signed by the artist. They make a wonderful gift for the car lover in your life!