Video: Birth of a Sports Car — the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

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.


3 thoughts on “Video: Birth of a Sports Car — the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray

  1. Too bad G.M. wouldn’t let Pontiac and DeLorean build their own. Always stopped at every turn. It’s a wonder the division lasted as long as it did.

  2. Interesting clip. Interesting car. Having been around racecars being built the process is much the same. But all the bling and trim probably takes as long to manufacture than the body and chassis. With the Coupe they kind of spoilt it with the Powerglide. Though even then it is what people buy!
    The test track could make a good racetrack as well with I am sure several different versions.
    Did those cars have knock off wheels? Because when the cars came in they were hitting the knock offs a small way on, they seemingly had come loose.
    In the assembly the tyres were oh so skinny to what people fit now!

  3. The rear design of the XP700 & 61 Vette and later the 63 StingRay was a direct copy of the 1953 ‘Victress C2 Coupe’ of Merrill Powell…..a design way ahead of it’s time.

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