William L. Mitchell, creator of the classic Corvette Stingray and a former General Motors executive, has died at the age of 76.

Ranked as one of the top 10 auto designers of all time by Car and Driver magazine, Mitchell was a winter resident of North Palm Beach, Fla. He died in Michigan and was buried Friday in Bloomfield Hills.A vice president of design at GM for 19 years, Mitchell molded the appearance of hundreds of car models, including the 1963 Buick Riviera and the 1970 Camaro. His designs were transformed into more than 72.5 million automobiles, according to GM.

The Stingray was introduced in 1963, when the Corvette was about 10 years old, and quickly became the dream of sports-car lovers.