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While the rest of the world is glued to their TV’s for Shark Week 2013, Zip wants to celebrate a different shark – the Shark Corvette!

The history of the Shark-era Corvettes might not be as suspenseful as what you’ll see on your televisions during Shark Week, but it is a story full of inspiration, intrigue and a deep-sea fishing trip.

It all started in 1958 when Bill Mitchell became head of GM styling. Mitchell set out to build a Corvette race car, giving us the Sting Ray. But his drive to define the Corvette of the future also led to additional prototypes: the Mako Shark, the Mako Shark II and the Manta Ray. Much of Mitchell’s inspiration came from the mako shark that he caught while fishing in the Bahamas.

While the Sting Ray was the only to make it to production, the Mako Shark concepts clearly provided inspiration for C2 and C3 Corvettes. Read Shark History on corvettemaster.com for the whole story, or visit corvettemuseum.org for The Sharks and Bill Mitchell.

63-82-shark-bite-suspensionDidn’t snag a shark-era Corvette for your personal collection? No worries. Zip has a full line of shark-inspired Corvette Parts and Accessories!

Zip’s 1963-1982 Corvette Shark Bite Coil Over Spring and Shock Packages allow for easy ride height changes without the need to disassemble the suspension on your C2 or C3. The packages also allow you to adjust the individual corner loads for a better, more balanced handling Corvette.

C6-corvette-shark-tooth-grillWant to give your newer Corvette its own shark vibe? Have some shark inspired fun with Zip’s 2005-2013 C6 Corvette Stainless Shark Tooth Grill. Manufactured by American Car Craft, this grill is made of polished 304 stainless steel and installs in minutes without altering your factory grill. No holes, no drilling and made in the USA!

 

Purchase online at Zip Corvette Parts

 

 

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