When the 1968 Corvette appeared, the end result was very close to the Mako Shark II concept, at least from the belt line down. The overall shape of the two was similar, but the production Corvette had softer contours.

Testing had found that the stylish extremes of the Mako II had undesirable consequences and so, for production, the nose was raised and the upper fender lines were dropped. The resulting issues of body lift and visibility were resolved and a front air dam kept the nose under control.

source : corvetteonline.com
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