On this morning’s ride around Prescott, I reflected, as I often do, on a motorcycle’s strangely powerful allure.  My K1300S is more beautiful, more engaging and far better performing than virtually anything with four wheels.

Then I saw this ’59 Stingray Racer concept car on the Velocity channel.  Now I want to find a body kit to drop onto my underused ’92 Corvette.

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The Stingray Racer was designed by Pete Brock and Bill Mitchell in 1959 and became the basis for GM’s second generation (mid-year) Corvette Sting Rays introduced in 1963.  The mid-year corvettes are my–and many people’s–favorites.  The Stingray Racer, clearly the inspiration for the production cars, is much more elegant (the real-world cars, unfortunately, needed bumpers and a top).  In 1965, Fiberfab of Sunnyvale CA produced a handful of the bodies, called the Centurion, as the basis for kit cars.  GM understandably, squelched the project.

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59-Chevy_Corvette-Stingray-Rcr-DV-08_PBC-051959-Corvette-Sting-Ray-Racer-s01-1600If I made a full-sized plug, I wonder if my friends at Air-Tech would produce a fiberglass body.  I could sell them through Carpe Moto.  Government Motors might today appreciate a reference to a time when the company had some association with a desirable car.