The 1964 Chevrolet Corvette, specially crafted for General Motors’ legendary Styling Department Head, Bill Mitchell, is set to be auctioned at Kissimmee 2024. Known for his iconic designs like the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray and the 1963-65 Buick Riviera, Mitchell’s personal touch is evident in this unique Corvette.
This Corvette, once part of the esteemed Bob McDorman Collection, features a powerful 327/365 HP V-8 engine paired with a 3-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Its exterior, painted in Mitchell’s preferred Bright Blue Metallic, reflects the sea’s hues, a nod to his deep-sea fishing passion. The car’s design subtly incorporates Ferrari-inspired elements, such as wire knock-off wheels, chrome side vents, and an egg-crate-style grille, showcasing Mitchell’s admiration for Italian sports cars.
The interior of this styling car is equally impressive, draped in blue leather, including the console, instrument cover, and glovebox cover, further enhancing its sophisticated and tailored appearance. Unique features like brushed metal door cards, vent windows delete, air conditioning, power windows, and Soft Ray tinted glass add to its allure. The car also boasts an AM/FM radio and a special three-tail lamp configuration unique to this model.
Mitchell, who reigned over GM’s design studio from 1958-1977, utilized this Corvette as his personal vehicle until 1967. The car showcases his visionary approach to design, blending American muscle with Italian elegance. The vehicle also previewed features like flow-through ventilation (later known as “Astro-Ventilation”) and an early version of the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission, which wouldn’t be seen in production Corvettes until 1968.
This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Bill Mitchell Styling Car stands as a testament to Mitchell’s design philosophy and GM’s innovative spirit during the golden era of American automotive design. Its auction presents a rare opportunity for collectors to own a significant piece of automotive and design history.
Mecum Kissimmee is January 2-14 and is the largest auction of the year. With over 4,000 vehicles for sale, this is a can’t miss event. Visit Mecum.com to see all of the vehicles for sale, purchase tickets, and to consign your vehicle and register to bid.