1961: The Mako Shark Corvette drops jaws.

The 1961 Mako Shark Corvette has an unusually inspiration.
The 1961 Mako Shark Corvette has an unusually inspiration.
The experimental 1961 Mako Shark Corvette took it’s design cues from a Mako Shark reeled in by the Vice President of General Motors Styling Staff.
The shark inspiration is amazingly evident in the grill and vents.
Interior of the 1961 concept Mako Shark Corvette
Under the hood of the 1961 concept Mako Shark Corvette
Wheel detail on the 1961 concept Mako Shark Corvette
The unique styling eventually influenced the 1968-1982 production Corvette.
Actually, one of the biggest changes from previous Corvette designs was the addition of two more taillights.
Great lengths were taken to match the paint on the Mako Corvette to the coloring of the Mako shark that inspired the design.
The unique styling eventually influenced the 1968-1982 production Corvette.
  • Based on shark caught in Florida
  • Fitted with experimental engines
  • 425 horsepower
Some time around 1961, a man named William L. Mitchell hooked and landed a Mako shark off the coast of Florida. Mitchell also just happened to be vice president of the General Motors Styling Staff. The adventure inspired the 1961 experimental “Mako Shark” Corvette show car.

The car’s vari-colored paint scheme is an iridescent blue that blends into a white side and lower body, like the natural coloring of the shark itself.

A number of experimental engines were tested in the Mako Shark Corvette, including a supercharged engine with four side-draft carburetors, a fuel-injected engine, and a V8 engine with two four-barrel carburetors and a production 1969 427-cubic-inch ZL-1 Chevrolet V8 that produced upwards of 425 horsepower.