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Old 12-07-2019, 01:54 PM
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I figured this Q was spawned by a recent movie release but was led astray by that assumption.

Its a 1959 Corvette chassis which was covertly bodied by Scagliatti for a Mr Laughlin who was a GT racer with big friends and a broken crankshaft. One thing led to another in pursuit of a roomy American V8 powered GT car. Only one of three chassis was completed over three years and fit/finish fell short of expectations. Chevy was interested enough to turn loose of the three partially assembly-lined Corvette chassis for the secret project but in the end it was just too controversial, having an Italian body. The project was scrapped and Carrol Shelby passed up the chance to buy one of them. So that is a stillborn concept car with an Italian body over an early Corvette. Freakish.

Show 'em the grille, BB. If I am having chicken dinner tonight, I think I have the germ for another good 'un.
Depending on who you believe the Scaglietti Corvettes were a design study put together by Carroll Shelby and Ed Cole of Chevrolet. I just listen to Shelby explain how he approached GM for engine before approaching Ford and how he contacted Scaglietti to produce the bodies. Again before Cobras. The year was 1959. GM didn't want to do it but Cole was interested and Shelby ended up with three complete chassis , two with automatics and duel carbs and one with FI and a four speed. Off to Italy they went and three different bodies were built. Enzo and GM found out about the project and all hell broke out. Scaglietti built bodies for Ferrari and Enzo wasn't happy. Gary Laughlin got interested from Shelby and ended up with one of the cars. Harley Earl thought they were beautiful but much to european for the American market. And then you have Gary Laughlin's version. that IDJ told. How ever they came about, they are certainly beautiful!! And IDJ, I didn't leave off the grill. This one didn't have one.

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Old 12-07-2019, 02:22 PM
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I figured I would botch the story somewhat, but thats what you're good at. I spewed what I remembered after locating a Hemmings article but my reading retention ain't the best.

I will attempt to find an interesting way to present a question about my newly found gem of obscurity. In typical IDJ fashion. A little later.

That was a neat one, BB.
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I figured I would botch the story somewhat, but thats what you're good at. I spewed what I remembered after locating a Hemmings article but my reading retention ain't the best.

I will attempt to find an interesting way to present a question about my newly found gem of obscurity. In typical IDJ fashion. A little later.

That was a neat one, BB.
No you didn't blotch it at all. After reachering it a little bit they apperantly the truth is whom ever is telling the story. what i wonder about is if ed Cole had permission to release those Vettes!

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Knowing you, a Pontiac prototype based off a Vette.
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Knowing you, a Pontiac prototype based off a Vette.
Your sentence might not take much shuffling to be an answer.

But your assumption has led you off course.
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!959 certainly a interesting year!!

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Quite! You could now buy a Corvair.



The pic is just a life sized drawing of a prototype with retractable hardtop from an interesting year at an interesting company but at least a couple versions were mocked up. Ultimately, and recently, the concept became a reality and a man whose name we all recognize is probably doing a jig or pumping his fist from the grave.

You guys keep making base hits and I will keep pitching cervballs and someone will slide home eventually.
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I'm going to say it's an early sketch of what became the Mustang concept car in the early-60's
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I'm going to say it's an early sketch of what became the Mustang concept car in the early-60's
Nope. Now that you mention it I can see a resemblance in the shape.

Getting colder, with this guess.
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I can't find a picture of it, but it seems to me there was a mid-engined Corvette prototype built around the late-50's
Closest thing I can find is CERV-2
I'm thinking some big name, possibly George Barris, bought it from GM in pieces years later
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I can't find a picture of it, but it seems to me there was a mid-engined Corvette prototype built around the late-50's
Closest thing I can find is CERV-2
I'm thinking some big name, possibly George Barris, bought it from GM in pieces years later
Ding, ding! That answer works for me.

It is the XP-719, a mid-engine Corvette concept with retractable roof. Here is the article my info and the GM pic came from:

The Mystery of the Little-Known 1959 XP-719 Corvette Rear-Engine Prototype

Here is a Chevy page that shows the CERV prototypes:

https://media.chevrolet.com/media/us...0718-cerv.html

Posting links so I don't tell a pack of lies.

Never did get my chicken dinner yesterday, think I will now. And I hope my question was not a repeat. Enjoy the articles. Wild stuff there.
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OK, who came up with the design for the '69 Pontiac Trans Am?
Two names you'll know
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OK, who came up with the design for the '69 Pontiac Trans Am?
Two names you'll know
Was it DeLorean and Wangers?
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Was it DeLorean and Wangers?
Nope.
Neither was working for GM at that time
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