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SLIDER: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray

This Slider was photographed on the same day, 4 October 1970, as our Snapshot 293 of Fittipaldi’s Lotus 72.  It was one of the pace cars for the race.

The Corvette 3 was produced from 1967 to 1982 for the 1968 to 1982 model years.  For the 1969 to 1976 model years, the car carried the Stingray name, after the 1963 to 1967 C2 cars had carried the name Sting Ray with two separate words.

The design of the C3 Stingray stemmed from the 1964 Mako Shark II mid-engined car designed by Larry Shinoda. Harry Haga’s Chevrolet styling studio adapted it for front-engined production on the existing Sting Ray chassis.  The C3’s disctinctive “sugar scoop” roof with vertical back window was derived from mid-engined concept models designed by the Duntov group – something naturally not seen on this convertible version.

The chassis was carried over from the C2 models, keeping the fully independent suspension and the four-wheel disc brake system.

The C3 was replaced by the C4 (without the Stingray name) in 1984.

Photo courtesy of Peter McFadyen. See his website:

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