A Little Bit of Multi-Nationalism!
Some nice "period" photos there GBt! Any Vette owner worth his salt will surely recognise 64 CUP! One of the first cars in the Uk to be displayed as per NCRS guidlines, and a fab car. Interesting history too. When I last heard it was being returned to it's orginal racing configuration. I think i recognise the '67 convertible in the second photo too!
The "painting the fish" story is part of Corvette lore, but I've never really known how true it was!
Apparently Chevy is due to built the 100 millionth Small Block soon. Amazing that the current 600hp ZR1 engine is still basically the same design from way back in the 50s! And in 505hp ZO6 form it still gets 30mpg (UK)!
Larry Shinoda repeated the painting-the-fish story himself in more than one published interview.
The 1968 Vette was said by some to have been copied style wise, from an Italian design.
Seems the general shape of the 68 Vette, in more ways than one, does resemble this Italian built beauty.
Some say that the designer of this Italian beauty went on to work for GM and was partially credited for the 68 Vette design, while others say that ? ?? Scaglione designed this particular Italian car.
For a brownie point and a Gold Star, which automobile might I be refering to?
BTW, Shinoda went to work for Ford>> and is credited for his work on the Boss 302 Mustang, isn't he?
Bob Cumberford did design the Intermeccanica Italia which looked a lot like the 1968 Corvette and had earlier worked for GM straight out of college but that was in the fifites on the first generation Corvettes. Scaglione had done the earlier Intermeccanica Apollo model. Scaglione had also designed the Arnolt Bristol which had those distinctive coves in the side and was said to have influenced the second generation 'Vettes. Also Alan Young was given the job of squaring up the rear end of the Corvette by Bill Mitchell, where the Mako had a more pointed tail, and Young claims to have been influenced by Ferrari and Porsche racers of the time when that so called Kamm tail was fashionable. Take your pick from that lot. And yes, Shinoda went to Ford before later setting up his own deign consultancy, I believe in LA.
You are most definetly a walking and talking automobile encyclopedia of information.
I did not know that SH Arnolt had Scaglione design the Arnolt Bristol for him.
Glad to know that as Stanley ( aka Wacky Arnolt ) ties into Ben Harris in many ways.
Those ties go deeper and also involve Senator Barry Goldwater and Ben at Sebring.
To the Jaguar 120 XK group, did you guys know that Goldwater had George Barris redesign and customize a Jag for him?
Just a little trivia !!
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