1969 Chevy Corvette Stingray Classic Car Pictures
The long lasting lineage of Chevrolet has amazed us, and continues to amaze us to this very day with six generations of fast cars. Some of these cars even entered the prestigious club of exotic / supercars. Throughout the years we have seen these cars literally “flying” by at incredible speed, stealing the very breath at the sight of that slick, shark-like body. Let us back up a few steps and take a look at one of the most amazing cars Chevrolet had to offer, the ’69 Corvette Stingray.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray built in 1969 is part of the third generation releases from Chevrolet also known as the C3.
The third generation Corvette was designed after the Mako Shark II concept car and was the first model to be introduced with the possibility of using removable T-top roof panels. This model had an enormous success despite the fact that in 1970 new EPA regulations emerged sided by the gas crisis within the same year.
The majority of engine and chassis components were similar to the C2 generation but the structure, the body, the interior, were all new and completely improved. The initial 327 cu in (5.36 L) engine was replaced with a new more powerful 350 cu in (5.7 L) engine but with no modification in power which remained at 300 base horse power. The improvement resided in the fuel system and weight. The engine combined with the 3 gears transmission allowed an astounding 6.9 seconds from 0 – 60 mph, taking in consideration that the car weighted 1404 Kg and an amazing top speed of 215km/h.
It became very popular after an Indi Pace Car version of it was created marking the first time that a Corvette was used as a pace car in the Indianapolis 500. After that event the demands for this model rocketed and Chevrolet sold every one of their 38,462 models created. Being a convertible gave the car the idea of luxury and muscle in the same time, providing the driver with enough force to zoom on the road and in the same time ensure stability because of the unique body that enabled the Stingray to cut the air as it accelerated in a similar way as a fighter plane would.
But it’s not all about the engineering and performance. The Stingray was definitely a car you would turn your head around for. The shark look, courtesy of the Mako Shark II design, the T-top, being convertible, tapped in leather all over, it gave the feeling of power. You were terrified and irrevocably drawn to it in the same time.
Seeing it sitting there on the huge 21” wheels just waiting for the Spark ignition to click and unleashing the full capacity of the 300 hp engine to leave only burned rubber and a blur as your speedometer indicates over 200km/h, that is the true value of this car. It has personality…
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