The second generation Corvette "Sting Ray" referred to as mid-years was designed by Larry Shinoda with major inspiration from a previous concept design called the "Q Corvette" by Peter Brock and Chuck Pohlmann under the styling direction of Bill Mitchell.
The Corvette "Sting Ray" name originated on the C2 Generation (Mid Year 1963-67 years) Corvette's. The C2 had the most loved and shortest production runs. These years are the birthplace of the String Ray name. Uttering the word stirs emotions of the past. The Mid years were and still are loved for its sleek styling and improved performance over the C1. It was also used on one of the rarest and most famed, but also short lived split window Corvette in 1963. The split window was only available in 63 increasing the desirability! The Sting Ray featured hidden headlamps, non-functional hood vents, and an independent rear suspension. Duntov never liked the split rear window because it blocked rear vision, but Mitchell thought it to be a key part of the entire design. So much so he fought for it and in 63 he gave us the split window. But Duntov won for 1964 and the full rear window took over design cues! The obvious reason was the obstruction of visibility.
The Sting Ray nameplate was not used on 1968 models. Chevrolet still referred to the Corvette as a Sting Ray, and the 1969 (through 1976) models used the "StingRay" name as one word, without the space. The StingRay nameplate was dropped after 1976 ending 13 model years where the names, Sting Ray, and Stingray were synonymous with Corvette. So not all C3's are StingRays but all C2's are! So if you see a 1977 Corvette StingRay something is wrong!