The history of the Corvette may go back to the first-generation model that debuted in 1953, but that six-cylinder rounded roadster bore little in common to the Vettes that followed. No, the real progenitor to the Corvette we know today was the C2 – a model which, without coincidence to today's model – bore the name Sting Ray.

The second-gen Corvette arrived ten years after the first, ditching the straight-six engine (and the 4.3-liter V8 added later) for a 5.4-liter or available 6.5-liter V8, the Miracle Mile lozenge shape for harder edges and the exclusively convertible body-style for a choice of coupe or roadster. It set the tone for decades of Corvette to follow, each one evolving from the C2 to the C7 we know today.

The artisans at Xcar have taken a rather stunning red roadster for a spin down memory lane and take us along for the ride in the video below.

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