Shark Cast Used by William Mitchell as Inspiration for 1963 Corvette Styling

Summary

General Motors styling chief Bill Mitchell caught a mako shark while vacationing in the Bahamas in 1961. Mitchell used this cast of that shark as inspiration for the 1961 Mako Shark concept Corvette. The Mako Shark was a big hit with auto enthusiasts and car show audiences, and many of its design elements later appeared on the production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.

General Motors styling chief Bill Mitchell caught a mako shark while vacationing in the Bahamas in 1961. Mitchell used this cast of that shark as inspiration for the 1961 Mako Shark concept Corvette. The Mako Shark was a big hit with auto enthusiasts and car show audiences, and many of its design elements later appeared on the production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.

Artifact

Cast (Sculpture)

Date Made

1961

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

89.1.1734.63

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of William L. Mitchell.

Material

Fiberglass

Color

Blue

Dimensions

Height: 34 in

Width: 42 in

Depth: 30 in

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