The Chevrolet Corvette C3 silhouette was modeled after the Mako Shark II concept, designed by Larry Shinoda and under the direction of Bill Mitchell. The Chevrolet Corvette C3 Stingray is a sports car produced by GM between 1968 and 1982. In its 14 years of commercial life, the price ranged from USD 4,663 for the base model in 1968 to USD 18,290 in 1982, mainly due to inflation, and featured the lowest horsepower V8 engine in Corvette history.
Between 1972 and 1973, North American laws forced GM to modify the Stingray for various factors, as the front changed twice: initially, in 1972, the use of steel bumpers was banned for pedestrian safety in the event of an accident. After this small change, new crash tests required all vehicles in the US market to "extend" the front bumper. However, at GM, this enlargement made the vehicle even more stylish, with a longer nose marking its sporty silhouette.
The 1973 oil crisis created a change in customer demand, favoring "Small-Block" engines over the huge "Big-Block" ones. This led to the Big-Block disappearing from the range of engines in 1974, and the "small blocks" became the only available option. Despite still being V8 engines, their power decreased until hitting rock bottom in 1975 with the L48 V8 engine producing 165 HP (167 CV; 123 kW), comparable in power to the engines of the 1953 C1.