Designed by Henry Covington in the early 1960s, the Tiburon remains the only car designed, built, marketed and sold in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area. The original prototype was built by Convington and Glenn Gums in 1960. From 1961 through 1962, Frank and Patricia Cacciatore built the production versions of the Tiburon through their company, Caci-Craft. Production halted in May, 1962, upon the death of Covington at the age of 38, after six coupes were completed. Five convertibles were later produced by Glenn Gums through his company, Glenn Industries, from 1963 through 1965. Covington integrated the aerodynamic theories of Dr. Augustus Raspet from Missippi State University with his own theories on proportion and form to create the final design. Noted for its aerodynamcially-designed body - which extends fully underneath the car, right to the rear wheels - the car was designed to maximize speed and minimize aerodynamic drag and ground effects.