Here’s a rare 1963 General Motors film showcasing the design and development of the all-new Corvette Sting Ray—includes a look inside the GM Technical Center and a visit with Mr. Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov. Enjoy!
Thanks to the King Rose Archives, here’s an exceptionally clean, bright copy of a rare General Motors film, Biography of a Sports Car, originally produced back in 1963 to showcase the development of the brand new Corvette Sting Ray. At 19 minutes, this film-to-video is a little long for Internet attention spans, possibly, but the content makes it more than worth the time.
Indeed, there’s a ton of wonderful stuff here for your viewing pleasure, including:
+ The construction of a prototype fiberglass coupe body with internal steel birdcage.
+ Fabrication of the experimental four-wheel independent Sting Ray chassis and integration with the body assembly.
+ Priceless in-period views of the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan and the GM Proving Ground in nearby Milford, Michigan.
+ A final segment featuring the father of the Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov (note the distinctive accent) speaking with star Corvette road racers Dr. Dick Thompson and Dave MacDonald, and footage of the two drivers on the track with a Sting Ray convertible and coupe.
And much, much more, as they say. Here’s an excellent look inside the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. Please enjoy.