The C2 has its roots into the "Q-Corvette" of 1957, an advanced prototype which never saw the light of day. This prototype was characterized by a shorter wheelbase by 20,32 centimeters over the regular C1 and featured a transaxle system with inboard rear drum brakes: this solution helped to balance the big V8 out front. On such a layout, stylist Bob McLean conceived a sleek and compact coupé, being only 116 cm in height. Giving that the "Q Corvette" had to be produced in steel, GM deemed the cost of re-tooling the entire production line was too high and this technological prototype never made it past the mock up stage. The final version of the C2 was designed by the team of stylists led by Bill Mitchell and his right-hand-man, Larry Shinoda at GM's Studio X. Work begun in the fall of 1959 by following precise indications: the new Corvette had to be better handling and despite being shorter it needed to have more interior space for its occupants. The final version was finally ready in the fall of 1962 and upon unveiling it for the first time, Zora Duntov announced that "I now have a Corvette I am proud to drive in Europe". Blinking an eye to European sportscar enthusiasts, the C2 'Vette was offering great performance-for-money dressed in one of the most beautiful bodyworks ever created in America. Featuring enclosed front headlamps, a shorter wheelbase, full independent rear suspension and four wheel disc brakes the famous Stingray was set to conquer the hearts of driving enthusiasts.