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Call it arsenic you whitethorn – nan Chevrolet Corvette is nan top American capacity car of each time. But what really makes a sports car great? Well, it boils down to 3 things: design, unmatched performance, and progression.

The Vette metamorphosized from a country-club cruiser to a world capacity icon. But its illustrious history wasn’t a locomotion successful nan parkland – if anything, nan first statement of Vettes (300 units) birthed from ‘Project Opel’ wasn’t a deed pinch its clientele.

But let’s trim to nan chase. We each cognize nan Corvette comes retired victorious successful this story. What you mightiness not cognize is Chevy developed a mates of breathtaking conception cars that, unfortunately, ne'er made it to nan assembly line. The pursuing are funky Vette spin-offs that we love.

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Covair Concept

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After its debut successful 1953, Chevy didn’t clasp backmost connected its imagination of what nan Corvette could be. At nan 1954 Motorama Show held astatine nan Waldorf-Astoria successful New York, Chevy unveiled nan ‘54 Corvette Covair Concept. In hindsight, nan Corvair oozes nan elegance Chevrolet has dropped passim its history. Even though it wasn’t different from nan regular Corvette from nan front, its tasteful fastback and aerodynamic creation was a deed pinch nan property and nan public. But since nan regular Corvette performed poorly aft its debut, signaling debased sales, nan task was halted successful its tracks.

1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad

1954 Chevrolet Corvette NomadImage Credit: WikiCommons.

General Motors did a batch of variations of its past recently debuted 1953 Corvette, including a sporty fastback, convertible, and a stunning two-door wagon. Like astir ideas, these faded away, leaving nan saccharine two-door position wagon that later became nan Corvette Nomad. The family-friendly Nomad was presented alongside nan fastback-design Corvair, a mashup of Corvette and Bel Air. The Corvette Nomad didn’t get into accumulation but was nan inspiration down nan 1955 Bel Air-based Chevrolet Nomad.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette Impala a.k.a XP-101

Chevrolet Corvette Impala ConceptImage: Eckhart Rakasiwi/YouTube

The Chevrolet Corvette Impala, internally called nan ‘XP-101,’ was a show-stopper astatine nan 1956 Motorama. It was nan astir iconic showcase astatine nan car show and was presented successful metallic greenish and blue. It was GM’s litmus trial of really nan marketplace would return to a larger five-seat coupe. It featured a ample frontal grille (Italianate radiator) and a stainless tile sheet pinch Corvette badging astatine nan beforehand and rear. The five-seater, powered by a 256 CID V8, wasn’t going to beryllium thing nan nationalist wanted (a quicker Vette), and arsenic a result, Chevrolet buried nan conception but utilized nan Impala nameplate connected Bel-Air successful 1958.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS XP-64

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The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS XP-64 was developed for nan ‘57 Sebring 12 Hours. It was rated astatine 307 hp and ran a fuel-injected V8. Led by Zora Duntov, this racecar was a top-secret build by a prime number of Corvette engineers. Internally known arsenic XP-64, nan Corvette SS (Super Spyder) mule, during a trial believe hit Juan Manuel Fangio’s erstwhile year’s record, mounting 1 of nan fastest laps. During nan existent arena (1957 Sebring 12 Hours), nan race-ready SS XP-64 retired aft 23 laps owed to method faults pinch nan brakes and electricals.

1958 Chevrolet Corvette XP-700 

Chevrolet Corvette XP-700Image Credit: RETRO CAR/YouTube

The Chevrolet Corvette XP-700 was a spectacular conception car commissioned by past General Motors creation leader Bill Mitchelle. The XP-700 was based connected nan V8-powered 1958 Vette and featured respective regular Corvette components, including nan engine, chassis, and frame. Its frontal features greatly resembled nan Ferrari 250 GT, pinch a fiberglass exterior redesigned to person a expansive prix appearance. The Chevrolet Corvette XP-700 was Mitchelle’s individual car for a while but was later paraded by GM on pinch different conception cars aft a creation update. It is believed that its chassis was utilized to create nan iconic 1961 Mako Shark Concept.

1959 CERV I Prototype

CERV I PrototypeImage Credit: DtRockstar1/YouTube

The pursuit of a mid-engine Vette by Zora Arkus-Duntov officially started pinch nan 1959 Chevrolet Corvette CERV I. Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) were experimental cars developed by nan ‘father of Corvettes’ to trial his engineering theories. The CERV I weighed nether 350 lbs and was tin of 300 hp. It packed a lightweight fuel-injected all-aluminum type of nan Chevy 283 cubic-inch V8 mated to a Corvette 4-speed transmission.

1960 CERV II Prototype

CERV II PrototypeImage Credit: Chris Flint/YouTube

When nan eighth-gen Vette rolled retired successful 2019, it was praised by nan motoring world arsenic a revolutionary fete. But what you don’t cognize is nan thought down nan C8 (mid-engined Corvette) started arsenic early arsenic nan 1960s, and nan man down nan dream was Zora Arkus-Duntov. Code-named G.S.2/3 and first unveiled successful 1960 astatine nan US Grand Prix, it packed an all-aluminum 377 cubic-inch V8 that Arkus-Duntov hoped would make 500 hp. During testing astatine nan Milford Proving Grounds, nan CERV II topped speeds of 212 mph. Like astir of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s projects, it was dropped successful 1970 and relegated to a storage by General Motors.

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark Concept

Chevrolet Corvette XP-755 Shark Concept car 1961Image Credit: RETRO CAR/YouTube

There are various versions of this story, but according to nan legend, past GM’s creation boss, Bill Mitchelle, sewage nan inspiration for nan Corvette Mako Shark conception aft catching a shark during a sportfishing trip. He was fascinated by its biology and took nan inspiration to create nan iconic car. We are truthful gladsome he hadn’t caught a hammerhead – it would person been disastrous for nan adjacent procreation of Corvettes.

1964 Chevrolet Corvette XP-819

Chevrolet Corvette XP-819Image Credit: RETRO CAR/YouTube

For its entirety, Chevrolet had ever dreamed of a mid-engined Corvette, which first happened for nan 2020 exemplary twelvemonth Vette. Chevy had ever teased twelvemonth aft twelvemonth that nan adjacent Vette would beryllium a mid-engine – overmuch to nan public’s anticipation. During nan 60s, Chevy had considered a rear-engined Vette, and conscionable for illustration that, nan Corvette XP-819 was developed. GM engineers, spearheaded by Frank Winchell, felt, for illustration nan Porsche, an aluminum rear-mounted V8 would grip perfectly. Unfortunatley, nan Corvette XP-819 prototype collapsed during testing. It was kept successful retention for respective years until a classical title car prospector bought and restored it.

1967 Astro 1 Concept 

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The Chevrolet Astro 1 conception was rather crazy and, successful hindsight, a futuristic concept. It had an aerodynamic design, and nan driver had to assistance nan full rear conception to get in. It featured a Corvair flat-six motor down nan rear axle that was bully for 240 hp. According to GM, nan Astro I was developed to “investigate nan ocular imaginable of automobile aerodynamic characteristics.” That said, nan Astro I remained experimental and ne'er went into production.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette XP-882 

Chevrolet XP-882 Image Credit: RETRO CAR/YouTube

Even though Chevrolet had bigger food to spell aft internationally, nan Blue Oval was its main contender backmost home. As such, nan Chevrolet Corvette XP-882 by Zora Arkus-Duntov was astatine 1 constituent utilized to instrumentality Ford into reasoning its Detomaso Pantera had a Chevy competitor. Duntov was hell-bent connected making a mid-engined Corvette, and nan XP-882 prototype was his individual project. It packed a V8 motor originated from an Oldsmobile Toronado. The powerplant was mounted transversally correct down nan passenger. It was an costly task that was later canceled – but not earlier Chevy played Ford astatine nan 1970 New York Auto Show.

1972 XP-895 Corvette Prototype

1972 XP-895 Corvette PrototypeImage credit: Tonys Car Parts/YouTube

The XP-895 Corvette Prototype was up of its time. It was a precursor to nan C8 Corvette unveiled successful 2019. Two two-rotor Wankel engines from nan Chevy Vega were fused together, making it a four-rotor rated astatine 420 horsepower. The XP-895 was based connected nan XP-882’s chassis and was a prototype that almost ushered successful an early mid-engine Corvette. The XP-895 had a rounded assemblage compared to nan C3. Two units of this prototype were developed, 1 pinch an aluminum and nan different pinch a alloy body. The aluminum type later earned nan title ‘Reynolds Aluminum Corvette,’ acknowledgment to a business betwixt GM and Reynolds Aluminum. The aluminum prototype is presently connected show astatine nan GM Heritage Center.

1972 Corvette XP-897 GT Concept

Corvette XP-897 GT ConceptImage Credit: DtRockstar1/YouTube

The rotary motor mightiness beryllium celebrated pinch Mazda, but what you mightiness not cognize is that Corvette experimented pinch it. GM technologist Zora-Arkus Duntov was rather nan visionary and, by nan 1960s, was already reasoning of a mid-engined Vette. By now, you cognize this didn’t hap until 2020. Enter nan Corvette XP-897 GT Concept successful nan 1970s. This different build was, successful fact, inspired by nan Porsche 914/6 and was designed to entreaty to nan European market. GM bought nan 914/6, chopped it, and had nan wheelbase shortened. It packed a 1.1-liter (62 cubic inches) rotary motor bully for 180 hp. It was unveiled astatine nan Paris Motor Show successful 1973.

1974 Greenwood Corvette Sportwagon 

Classic Corvette Sportwagon Image Credit: Car News TV/YouTube

Wagons are a large portion of car civilization today, and astatine 1 point, nan Chevy Corvette came arsenic a sports wagon. Here’s nan truth. By nan precocious 60s, aggregate companies sold conversion kits to Corvette owners. And what you are seeing present was a creation by coachbuilder Greenwood Corvettes. It was called nan Greenwood Corvette Sportswagon. It mightiness look for illustration a mill build, but it really started life arsenic a C3. Greenwood originated parts from a Ford Pinto, and nan consequence was a translator from a sleek sports car pinch swooping lines into a two-door wagon. According to Greenwood, much than 2 twelve Corvettes were transformed into this version of a wagon utilizing nan kits.

1977 Chevrolet Aerovette 

1977 Chevrolet Aerovette Image Credit:RETRO CAR/YouTube

The Chevrolet Aerovette started life arsenic Experimental Project 882, codification sanction ‘XP-882.’With a hunch that nan four-rotor experimental Wankel motor sports car would beryllium a flop, GM engineers, spearheaded by Bill Mitchell, designed nan Chevrolet Aerovette pinch a 400 cubic-inch 6.6-liter V8 (mid-engined). The Aerovette featured gullwing doors, taking inspiration from Italian sports cars of nan era for illustration nan Lamborghini Countach. It was group to beryllium nan preceding C4 Corvette – which intelligibly didn’t hap aft Arkus-Duntov was replaced by Dave McLellan. The C4 took nan guidance we presently each know.

1977 Dunham Caballista Corvette 

1979 Corvette CaballistaImage Credit: GatewayClassicCars/YouTube

Well, nan Dunham Caballista Corvette was a Corvette mash-up nary 1 expected. It was nan emotion kid of a Cadillac and Corvette body. Coachbuilder Dunham discovered a marketplace for a stately designed coupe that was a luxury connection but besides packed a ton of power nether nan hood. The consequence was a Dunham Caballista Corvette. This different luxury sports car was built connected a 3rd Gen Corvette, pinch a frontal creation reminiscent of a Cadillac. Dunham built 50 Caballista Corvettes betwixt 1977 and 1982.

1978 Chevrolet Corvette America 

1978 Chevrolet Corvette America Image Credit: CONCEPT CAR/YouTube

The Chevrolet Corvette America was different couchbuilt project, this clip by CCC (California Custom Couch). Unlike nan XP-101, a five-seater, Corvette America was a four-seater that aimed to deed 2 birds pinch 1 chromatic – person abstraction and connection performance. This meant extending nan wheelbase (30 inches), a daunting and costly endeavor that progressive nan fusion of 2 Corvettes. As you’d expect, nan Chevrolet Corvette America didn’t travel cheap, and it costs astir $35,000 successful 1978 (inflation-adjusted to $107,000 today). It came pinch a V8 motor bully for 185 horsepower.

1978 Corvette Duntov Turbo 

1981 Corvette Duntov Turbo Image Credit: VV Productions/YouTube

Zora Arkus Duntov mightiness beryllium hailed arsenic nan begetter of Corvettes, but during his tenure, he knowledgeable a batch of guidance for his passionate imagination of nan mid-engine Corvette. And by nan clip he was leaving GM, he wasn’t fresh to springiness up connected his dream moreover though nan era was marred by substance system and emanation issues. That’s wherever ACI (American Custom Industries) comes into nan picture. Through them, his imagination could go a reality, and their business birthed nan Corvette Duntov Turbo. It featured a widebody kit, quadrate headlights (non-retractable), enhanced suspension, and precocious integer instrumentation. Under nan hood, it came pinch a turbocharged V8 engine. ACI only sold 32 retired of nan anticipated 201 units planned. The Corvette Duntov Turbo costs $37,000 (inflation-adjusted to $115,000 today).

1984 Bertone Ramarro 

1984 Bertone Ramarro Image credit: Carrozzieri Italiani/YouTube

The Bertone Ramarro was a futuristic return by Bertone connected nan Chevy Corvette C4. This Italian conception car was named aft a greenish peep and featured sliding doors. Bertone ever wanted to build a car for GM, and nan Ramarro was his look of his passion. The wedge-shaped, wide-stanced Corvette Concept featured a V8 C4 motor but was visually incomparable pinch nan C4 Corvette. It debuted successful 1984 astatine nan Los Angeles Auto Expo.

1986 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Concept 

1986 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Concept Image Credit: Tonys Car Parts/YouTube

The Corvette has ever been up of its time, and successful 1986, GM unveiled nan coolest Vette conception car astatine nan Detroit Auto Show– nan Chevrolet Corvette Indy Concept. It was themed astir being nan Vette of nan future, from its exterior aesthetics to its rumored output (about 600 horsepower). Underneath, it ran a twin-turbo 2.65-liter V8 featuring four-wheel steering, progressive suspension, an physics throttle system, outer navigation, traction control, and a integer instrumentality cluster.

1990 Chevrolet CERV-III 

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There’s nary uncertainty nan Chevrolet Corvette Indy Concept pleased nan nationalist astatine nan 1986 Detroit Auto Show. It is rumored that GM higher-ups were likewise impressed and put a greenish ray connected nan task that later evolved into nan CERV III (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle). The CERV III almost made it to GM’s accumulation line, and if history had taken a different turn, it would person been nan reply to Ford’s GT40. It featured a Lotus-engineered mid-engine twin-turbo 5.7-liter mini artifact V8 bully for 650 hp and 655 lb-ft of torque and could bolt from 0 to 60 mph successful 3.9 seconds.

2003 Italdesign Moray 

Corvette Italdesign Moray Image Credit: Arround nan world/YouTube

The Italdesign Moray was designer Fabrizio Giugiaro’s and his dad’s measurement of paying homage to a existent American icon – nan Chevrolet Corvette. Unveiled astatine nan 2003 General Motor Show, nan Moray commemorated Corvette’s 50th anniversary. The Italdesign Moray utilized nan C5’s chassis but didn’t stock immoderate visible parts pinch nan Vette. It packed a 6-liter LS V8 motor tuned to make 400 hp. It had a elemental yet aesthetically appealing creation pinch a transparent rooftop, cameras for rearview mirrors, and slim headlights. The Moray was not destined for accumulation but served arsenic a creation study.

The Eighth Generation Corvette C8

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The eighth procreation Vette, besides known arsenic nan C8 by Corvette purists, was nan first clip Zora Arkus-Duntov’s dream came to fruition. Finally, a mid-engined Vette rolled retired of GM’s assembly statement – for nan first time. It debuted successful 2019 for nan 2020 exemplary twelvemonth and was a displacement successful creation guidance for nan Corvette (mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive). Close to 35,000 models were delivered to U.S. driveways by 2022 and went down arsenic nan biggest yearly waste astatine nan clip for nan marque since 2015.