“Mako Shark” was first published in 1961. The appearance of this experimental machine was inspired appeared two years earlier race car Chevrolet Sting Ray: many elements of the exterior clearly show the familial relationship between these machines, although this time the designers have decided to fully open all-wheel drive. But that was not the main thing.
It was said that all the same vice president of the center-style GM William Mitchell was not only a fanatical fan of racing, but also the habit of a fisherman. The idea to create a car-shark came to him after he caught near Florida mako shark. Shark, you see, has made a lasting impression on the designer, as all the exterior of the new machine in one way or another is reminiscent of marine predator. And especially – the color from almost white at the bottom of the color of the car goes into a dark blue, almost black “metallic” in the upper part of the body.
Unlike the prototype Sting Ray is decided as a platform to use is not experimental and conventional, standard chassis, which is constructed on the basis of production cars Chevrolet Corvette 1961 model year. His only slightly modified in view of the fact that the length of the hood of the “sharks” over the standard car has increased by 40 cm, and the front overhang was 112 cm instead of 81 cm.
Particular attention was paid to the ergonomics of the driver’s seat. There used experimental seats with good lateral support, decorated in wood steering wheel, the position of which for the first time on the machines of the brand can be adjusted in both the vertical and horizontal planes.
If desired, this double roadster and can be fitted easily removable roof made of aluminum and plastic.
Since then, no changes in the structures is not provided, except for the replacement of engines. First, there was a 7-liter aluminum ZL-1 engine with a carburetor Holley, and then it was replaced by “charged” 500-horsepower engine with a special automatic transmission THM 400.
Now Mako Shark belongs to the design center of General Motors and often takes part in various exhibitions, which are held in the United States are vast.
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