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The Chevrolet Mako Shark II

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On: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 3:55PM | By: Peter C Sessler


The Chevrolet Mako Shark II

In the 1960s, the neatest car around was the Mako Shark II. The Mako Shark II, which debuted in April 1965, was a Chevrolet Concept car which was destined to become the latest model Corvette—which it finally did, in 1968.

Chevrolet created two Mako Shark IIs, one which was fully functional while the other was a non-running show car but which had some interesting details. These included square side pipes and a squared-off steering wheel. The functioning Mako Shark II didn't have these characteristics, but did have a retractable rear spoiler and a square section bumper that could be extended for added protection.

The Mako Shark II was powered by a 427 Mark IV engine, which became available on production Corvette models starting in 1966. The paint scheme continued in the Shark I tradition, with blue/gray color on top and silver/white on the bottom, along the rocker panels.

Every conceivable performance and luxury option was fitted into the running Mako Shark II. However, the chassis and running gear were standard Corvette. The Turbo Hydra-Matic three speed automatic transmission was also part of the running Mako Shark II.

There were lots of options that didn’t make it in the eventual 1969 Corvette. The entire front end tilted forward like an XK-E Jaguar, and the headlights consisted of three quartz-iodide beams which were covered with "eyelid" panels. The top surface of the hood had cooling vents, and round lids for fluid refills. The windshield wipers were hidden, while the window slats, rear bumper, and spoiler were all electrically controlled from the interior. And, interestingly, the seats were fixed, but the pedals could be adjusted. The seat frames utilized four-point seat belts, and the lights and windshield wiper controls were stalk-mounted. The dash also used neon digital readouts, and even the headrests were adjustable and used AM/FM speakers. Powering the myriad features of the car were seventeen electric motors.

In October, 1965, the car went on a six-month European tour—and the car proved to be successful in Europe as well.


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