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Old 06-15-2012, 02:30 PM   #61
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Dolphins are actually just gay sharks. Not that there's anything wrong with that.


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It's funny to think about how many animals cars have been named after. There's the conventional ones, like Mustang... Ram... Cougar... Viper. Then there's the less conventional ones, like Beetle (a bug, really?), Pinto (I know: a horse... but also a bean), Road Runner (cool car, odd bird), mongoose (ok, it's the 'Mangusta', but it's actually a kick-*** Italian-American-Argentinian sports car), Gremlin (it's an 'animal,' right? Don't they exist in eastern Europe or something?)...

Then I was wondering if there was ever a car named after the dolphin so I dug around and YES, there apparently was the Sipani Dolphin... which was also known as the Reliant Kitten... which was actually a Reliant Robin.

AND now back to our regularly-scheduled "Stingray/Sting Ray/Stin Gray" discussion....
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:56 PM   #62
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Bill Mitchell that designed the C2 and C3 called them all Sting Ray or Stingray until his retirement after the 76 model year.As a thing of respect Gm officially retired the name with him.The 68 did not receive emblems because of production delays with name change on side to one word.But I have read and spoke to many that new Bill and they all were Sting Rays to him.He had nothing to do with the 78 restyle that was Jerry Palmer team.A high level corvette team styling told me that GM will never use that name again.God Bless Bill Mitchell for designing the Shark body that he called STING RAY!A Masterpiece! Today many people think that Stingray was a opinion But people in the know are aware that 63-76 are the true Stingrays.I would never correct a person that called my 77-82 Stingray but I would never call it one.Shark is a term that has been thrown around in the last 15 or so years.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:24 PM   #63
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The car was designed in my hometown of Detroit and everyone knows the Detroit river is teaming with sharks and stingrays. So I'm sure they knew the difference.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:07 PM   #64
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The car was designed in my hometown of Detroit and everyone knows the Detroit river is teaming with sharks and stingrays. So I'm sure they knew the difference.
This is wrong, nothing could live in that water!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:16 PM   #65
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This is wrong, nothing could live in that water!
She's crystal clear on the Windsor side.....
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No confusion here,my Corvette clearly states it's a Stingray right on the front fenders!! [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:36 PM   #67
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You guys just can't resist taking the bait, hook, line and sinker. vetteguy75 must be laughing his *** off.
Nope...I really want to know.

I can see it being called a "Stingray" because it states it on the sides BUT why is it called a "Shark" too? Where does shark come from????
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:51 PM   #68
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http://corvettes.about.com/od/histor...te-Concept.htm




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Old 06-15-2012, 11:18 PM   #69
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Nope...I really want to know.

I can see it being called a "Stingray" because it states it on the sides BUT why is it called a "Shark" too? Where does shark come from????
Read up on the topic......I not taxing my memory only to get jumped on by some purist nitwit......

something about a Gulf/Mexico fishing trip and landing a shark by one of the GM execs.....

the thought hit him about restyling the vette to look like that....

I suppose the market/sales/addy types didn't pick up quick enough, as other groups/marques in the company had higher priority......

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I don't know why chevy stopped putting the stingray badge on the fenders. Maybe they vette flags just looked cleaner.

But really, what is the difference between a '76 and a '77? They're both stingrays to me. All the c3s are.
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If it has the badge, it's a Stingray!


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So ... when people ask me if my 68 is a Stingray, what should be the "OFFICIAL" response....

I will stand back and enjoy the fireworks.....
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