New Corvette Stingray Makes Chicago Auto Show

Thursday February 19th, 2009 at 7:22 AM
Posted by: m35man

Corvette Stingray II concept

Chevrolet is bringing back all the old favorites. First, it was the Camaro and now it’s the Corvette Stingray, which they recently unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

When Chevrolet started their pitch to get both post-gen and young drivers interested in what they touted as the “Return of the Camaro” the marketers at GM decided to place the car in the first Transformers movie. It turned out to be a very smart move. As Bumblebee, the new Camaro was a big star in the highly successful film and definitely generated some major buzz.

(Photos after the jump)

That’s why we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the new Stingray Concept vehicle in the upcoming “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, along with the return of Bumblebee. GM design Chief Ed Welburn isn’t talking—he’s been predictably tight-lipped on that prospect, but has admitted that the Stingray Concept plays homage to the 1959 Stingray racer that is credited to former GM design head Bill Mitchell.

The new Chevy Stingray Concept is essentially a tribute to many previous-generation Corvettes, but also it has its own unique style—it’s borrowed some things from old Vettes, but still has some new features that will excite Corvette enthusiasts as well as bring new fans to the scene.

I had a 1976 Corvette Stingray, and although it was not expensive to refurbish, the car never failed to turn heads. One day a little kid saw me drive by in what I called “My own personal Batmobile” and yelled out, “That ride is sick.” At first I thought I was blowing smoke or that something was wrong with the car, until my niece told me that “sick” meant “cool”—and that was cool with me. Even during rocky times, people will buy a car that makes a statement. I see a solid sales future for the new Corvette Stingray. If I can make some money as a blogger and convince my fiancée—heck, I’ll get one myself!

The Stingray is only in the early stages of design at this point, but what’s been revealed so far is downright “sick”.

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  4. Wes says:

    Lovin the new stingray concept. I own the new camaro, and would not pass on buying the ray. I only wish, pontiac had done a modern smokey and the bandit style trans-am before GM stopped pontiac production.

  5. KRAZYGARY says:

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  7. AJ Petak says:

    this car looks nice. I wonder how much it will cost? Any ideas?

  8. angel velasquez says:

    what a jaw dropper i cant wait to get my hands on it, when is it going to go on sale

  9. m35man says:

    I think it’s a sage move for the Big 3 to be incorporating a retro style into the current generation of their new cars, just like they’re doing with this Stingray version. Some have said that it’s a tacky marketing ploy, but I strongly disagree. We’re seeing the same thing happening with the PT Cruiser, the new Ford Mustang, the new 2010 Camaro, Dodge Challenger, etc. Americans are nostalgic as a rule, and these cars offer the best of ALL worlds–the great old features many of us grew up with, added skillfully to many of the modern advancements of today’s high-tech, ultra-cool designs. The younger generation yearns to be a part of the past, I believe. But, they still want to take advantage of today’s technological advancements as well. My first car was a 1968 Mustang and I loved that car. To buy another one just like it would cost me a pretty penny, not to mention parts that aren’t easy to obtain anymore. But, now I can purchase the new Mustang with all its great bells and whistles. It’s a win-win for me and the Big 3, in my opinion. Hopefully, healthy sales of these vehicles will support my position. I believe they will!

  10. Derek says:

    Look at the last photo closely. I just noticed the reflection of the new generation stingray is the old generation stingray.

  11. m35man says:

    I can’t wait to see this car in the new Transformers movie. Amazing! Great post! You’re my favorite blogger on this site, M35. Your stuff is entertaining (sometimes funny) and always very well-written. Let’s see more!





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