The Corvette Stingray III was a concept car designed in around 1992 by Chevrolet’s Advanced Concept Center based in California. GM vice-president of design Chuck Jordan staged a contest between three design studios to come up with their design for what would eventually become the C5 Corvette, which as it turns out, would look nothing like this.
Jordan's favorite was the design penned down by John Schinella, who led the team at Chevrolet's Advanced Concept Center. Featuring a stretched wheelbase and wider proportions, the Corvette Stingray III featured a "high output V6" and dual analog and digital dashboards. The car would be showcased at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; the car wowed the crowds but the critics were less pleased, mainly with the V6. It is said the engine was later replaced with a 5.7L LT1 V8.
GM considered putting the Stingray III into production, but for a car that had a projected cost of $300,000, even if it could do some 225 mph (362 km/h), meant that few could afford it and the plug was pulled on production. The car now sits in the GM Heritage Center.
The car was featured in the movie Demolition Man, albeit only very briefly. The initial release was never painted in a color similar to what was seen in the movie.
The Corvette Stingray III has come out in the following versions:
|Coll #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes||Photo|
|N/A||1993||Demolition Man||Dark Red||No Tampos||Red Plastic||Clear||Tan||Chrome PC5||11085||Malaysia|
|595||1997||1997 Hot Wheels||Purple||No Tampos||Purple Plastic||Clear||Grey||5SP||18364||Malaysia|
|595||1997||1997 Hot Wheels||Purple||No Tampos||Purple Plastic||Clear||Grey||7SP||18364||Malaysia|
|595||1997||Mainline||Blue||No Tampos||Black Plastic||tinted||White||3SP||18364||Malaysia|
|759||1998||Treasure Hunt #11||Silver||Black / Plastic||tinted||Red||3SP||18825||Malaysia|
|1999||Ocean Blasters 5-Pack||Red||black gold and white||black Plastic||tinted||White||3SP Gold||Malaysia||Thailand base also|
|2000||Sports Stars 5-Pack||Gold||Red Plastic||tinted||White||3SP||Malaysia|
|2000||San Diego Padres Promo||Blue||Padres logo and stripes on side.||Black / Plastic||Tinted||Orange||PC6||28462||Thailand||Handed out at one Padres game during 2000 season.|
|180||2001||Mainline||Silver||Green, Yellow, Blue, & Black Flames Graphics on Sides & Hood. Hot Wheels Logo on the Hood.||Black / Plastic||Smoke||White||LW||50052||Malaysia|
|189||2001||Mainline||Silver||Green, Yellow, Blue, & Black Flames Graphics on Sides & Hood. Hot Wheels Logo on the Hood.||Black / Plastic||Smoke||Yellow||LW||50052||Malaysia|
|187||2002||Mainline||White||White stars on blue,|
Hood and front fenders.
Black and red wisps and HW Logo on doors.
|White||Red / orange / black, "Hot Wheels"||Orange||Gray||3SP||B3814||Malaysia|