|Chevrolet Corvette (C3)|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 2|
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Years Active||1967 - 1982|
The Chevrolet Corvette (C3) is a sports car produced by the American manufacturer, Chevrolet, a subsidiary of General Motors. The third generation of the Corvette brand, the C3 was produced in Missouri and Kentucky from the mid 1960s and enjoyed a 15-year period of success before being succeeded by the Chevrolet Corvette C4 in the early '80s.
Several models of the C3 were produced, including the Stingray (formerly Sting Ray), ZR1 and a specially built Limited Edition which acted as pace-car for the 1978 Indianapolis 500. Of these models, four have been included in the Gran Turismo series: the 1969 Stingray Convertible debuted in Gran Turismo 5 while the 1969 Stingray L46 350 first appeared in Gran Turismo 4. There also exists a 1969 427 Stingray and a 1982 Stingray, both exclusive to Gran Turismo 2.
A full model change in the fall of 1967 brought the new C3 Corvette Stingray as a 1968 model. It was very reminiscent of the "Mako Shark II" show model, which was displayed at the New York Auto Show in April of 1965.
This concept sought to show off the Corvette in a new light, specifically as a grand tourer. Chief designer Bill Mitchell's design ideas were extremely important factors in the achievement of this goal.
Working as Mitchell's right-hand man was a man named Larry Shinoda, a Japanese-American who had worked as a detail designer on the original Stingray. Taking many hints from Mitchell's concepts, Shinoda's image of the next generation GT car was materialized as the Mako Shark II
With a dynamic, curvaceous exterior, and an interior stuffed with the newest electronic gizmos, it was indeed the Corvette of the future. The essence of this idea was thoroughly incorporated into the street model that was to become the C3 Corvette.
In 1969, the standard engine's displacement was brought up from 327ci to 350ci, but maximum output remained unchanged at 296 HP. At the same time, the small-block option changed from the 327ci L79 to the 350ci L46, with maximum output again unchanged at 350 HP.
Though at the time talk was all about the power of the big block Corvette, the small block held the advantage in handling with its lower front-end weight. The epitome of this was the replacement of the top-grade L46 by the 365 HP LT1. Available around 1970, this was acclaimed as the best handling of all the C3 Corvette combinations.
Gran Turismo 2Edit
- Corvette 427 Stingray '69
- Corvette Stingray '82
Gran Turismo 4Edit
- Corvette Stingray L46 350 '69
Gran Turismo 5Edit
- Corvette Stingray L46 350 '69 [ST]
- Corvette Stingray Convertible '69 [PR]
Gran Turismo 6Edit
- Corvette Stingray L46 350 '69 [Simple]
- Corvette Stingray Convertible '69 [Detailed]