1969 Chevrolet Corvette Manta Ray news, pictures, and information
As more advanced big-block V-8s became available, it was fitted with a 427 and later an aluminum-block ZL1.
The Mako Shark II was redesigned for 1969 as this Manta Ray. Still wearing a paint design similar to the original Shark's, it grew a protective composite lip around its grille and a front spoiler below it, sported more production-realistic side pipes and lost its louvered rear window in favor of a tunneled design leading to a long, tapered, energy absorbing rear end with four round taillamps.
Among its more interesting features were twin rear-deck-mounted doors that popped up during hard braking to become reflective auxiliary brake lights. The Manta Ray was one of Mitchell's favorite for his own personal transportation.
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