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SharkA Corvette showcar; also Corvette production models from 1968 through 1982.
Shinoda, LarryA Corvette styling engineer who designed the Chaparral II body and the Mako Shark. He later moved from Corvette to Ford in the late '60s, working on their performance cars. In the '80s, he designed some body kits for Corvette. He passed away in November, 1997.
Side Curtain
  A detachable window consisting of clear plastic. In Corvette's case, 1953-1955 models had this type of side window. Conventional roll-up glass windows arrived with the 1956 model.
Side PipesOptional 1965 through 1967, and 1969 side-mount exhausts. Silver Anniversary
Small BlockV-8 engines of 265, 283, 305 (1980 California only), 327 and 350 cubic-inch displacement.
SOHCSingle OverHead Cam - see DOHC for definition. In a SOHC, there is only one cam over the head (i.e., Vega, Pinto, many imports) and often has only two valves per cylinder - an exhaust and an intake. The advantages are only that of higher rev limits than a pushrod engine. Often it is referred to as an overhead cam (OHC).
Solid Axle Often a confused term thought to mean the 1953 to 1962 straight axle Corvettes. See Straight Axle. A solid axle is typically a solid spool between the axles for use in racing or a standard axle that is modified by welding the spider gears in a differential so the axles can not function independently. A solid axle is not for street use and can result in broken axles when used on the street.
Split Window1963 Corvette coupe.
SR-2A 1956 Corvette Special that was built for racing.
St. LouisSt. Louis, MO - The second home of Corvette from 1954 to 1981 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Corvette plant was located with the Chevrolet and Chevy truck assembly plants. St. Louis is located on the Mississippi River in the middle section of America, where the Corvette developed a real Baseball, Apple Pie, and America feel.
Sting Ray1963 through 1967 Corvette.
  1969 through 1976 Corvette.
SurvivorBloomington award for unrestored, mostly original Corvette.

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