Here’s a rare 1963 General Motors film showcasing the design and engineering of the all-new Corvette Sting Ray, including a look inside the GM Technical Center and a visit with Mr. Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov.
EXPANDED AND UPDATED—Courtesy of 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 might be a little too long for the internet, but the material makes it more than worth the time.
Indeed, there’s a ton of awesome behind-the-scenes material here, including:
+ The construction of a prototype fiberglass coupe body with its internal steel birdcage.
+ Fabrication of the experimental Sting Ray chassis with four-wheel independent suspension and its 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 speaking with Corvette road racing aces Dr. Dick Thompson and Dave MacDonald, and footage of the two drivers on the track with a Sting Ray convertible and coupe. Among other things, here’s a rare opportunity to hear Dontov’s distinctive accent.
And much, much more, as we say. Here’s an excellent look inside the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. Video follows.