Chevrolet XP-755 Mako Shark Concept

From GM press: Legend has it that Bill Mitchell, Harley Earl’s successor as head of GM Styling, took the inspiration for this classic design from a Mako shark he caught while deep-sea fishing. The fish’s sleek, streamlined body was the perfect role model for the next generation of Corvettes.

Mitchell directed his team to replicate the shark’s form in every way possible, including the color. The resulting Mako Shark indeed looked like the real shark, with pointed nose, gills on the sides of the grill, a clear glass canopy, and a paint scheme that graduated from blue/gray at the top to silver/white along the rocker panels.

Powered by a 427 cubic inch aluminum block V-8 engine that delivered 425 horsepower, it was a progenitor of the classic 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.

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