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Next-generation Corvette to feature split-window design

September 23, 2009 |  9:22 am


The retro styling trend continues for American car companies, and General Motors seems to be embracing the movement in full. The company has just revealed plans to resurrect the split-window design from the original 1963 Sting Ray and incorporate it into the next-generation Corvette, internally called the C7.

The controversial design feature lasted just one year. Though it was replaced with a more standard window in 1964, the split windows made an distinct impact among Corvette aficionados. For the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, the feature was revisited through the Corvette Stingray concept to promote the movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," in which it appeared. It was at that same show that GM executives first hinted that an element of the look would be put into production.

Putting any rumors to rest, the C7 will also retain the front-engine, rear-wheel drive setup despite lengthy testing of mid-engine models. There has been no official word on when the C7 will debut, but here's hoping it has a backup camera.

-- Alison Lakin

Lakin is a staff writer at

Photo: The Corvette Stingray concept. Credit: General Motors