Motoramic

  • April 18: Bill Mitchell’s Corvette Stingray Racer concept first hit the track on this date in 1959

    GE Anderson at Motoramic7 hrs ago

    On April 18, 1959, the Corvette Stingray Racer debuted at Maryland's Marlboro Raceway. The experimental concept car took a fourth-place finish that day but went on to win an SCCA championship in 1960, thanks to its lightweight fiberglass body, de Dion rear suspension, and small-block V-8 engine that sent 315 hp to the rear wheels. Designed by Bill Mitchell, GM's vice president of styling (who eventually added a passenger seat and used the concept as his personal wheels), and Corvette designer Larry Shinoda, the car's inspiration was a Mako shark Mitchell had caught while deep-sea fishing.

    A visitor to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. captured the car in motion in the following video:

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  • April 17: Ford Mustangs sold like hotcakes on this date in 1964

    GE Anderson at Motoramic1 day ago

    "Get ready to meet the unexpected," the voice in the ad teased. But even the most optimistic Ford dealers could not have anticipated moving more than 22,000 Mustang coupes and convertibles on the car's first day in showrooms: April 17, 1964. Thanks to much manufactured hype, including appearances at the New York World's Fair and in TV commercials like the one below, Ford sold more than a quarter million Mustangs by year's end.

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