OK, so I'm going to risk firebombing, or at least, some "stink-eye" from Le Chevrolistas...
I say that this model/prototype is simply GORGEOUS.
I myself never loved the '63 - ?? Sting Ray body style, (alright, already; enough of the abuse!)
The 1958 - 1962 were my favourites.
This ideation was at least as attractive as Jaguar's 2+2 E-type. Maybe even better-executed.
The MOST beautiful car ever made, possibly the most beautiful ANYTHING ever designed by the hand of man, is the Jaguar XKE. OK, the Chrysler Building too.
My two-cents and a certain Signor Ferrari.
Admittedly not the worst looking creation to be toyed with the Corvette was and is a true sportscar and a two seater if you want more seats buy a station wagon,can U imagine a MG B/Ford GT 40/Jag XK E/Shelby Cobra/many Ferrari,s/Lotus Elan these are cars that are just what they are sportscars and although JMO two chairs are quite enough it just takes away from the mystique to make them a people hauler rather than a thrill ride.Cheers R
They did a good job keeping the proportions right but the concept was a flaw to even consider.
What appeared to be a good idea at the time tuned into a short term success. The T Bird and the continued changes really ended up with mixed results and a name that is really confusing.
Is a T Bird a sports car, 4 seat personal luxury car. A mis size coupe? A sedan? At the rate it is going I would not be shocked to see it as suv or a truck with a bed with all Ford has done to the name.
GM made the right choice then to keep the Corvette focused on the sports car it is thought the good and lean times.
Let this be a reminder a Corvette is not a brand but a model and should never have the name applied to a SUV for short term gains.
Name equity takes years to gain. Iconic image takes decades to gain. But all can be lost in a few short years with poor short term decisions.
Sometimes you have to thank God for unanswered prayer.
History will prove most sports cars focused on more than jump seats in back have failed to live long. The 911 is one exception even the no one really sits back there more than a couple miles.
Oh like the rebadged F 150 is a Lincoln just never did it for me Nice truck but it needed its own badge denoting a high end truck not a car with a box but thats just me like you said about the Vette being a Model well said.R
Yeah, the back seat in my 75 Ferrari is only good for small children, small luggage, groceries or golf clubs. But I'm a bit claustrophobic and REALLY like the extra interior space. I'da bought one of these in a heartbeat. I think it looks better than its little brother.
I LOVE it!
Better than the original. The original door and window look comical by comparison. This shoulda been the C2's wheelbase from the git go (@98 inches, the C2's WB was shorter than the C1's 102!), with folding rear seats optional. I've always had a thing for the split windows.
Is it just me or does this rear 3/4 view look Jetsonesque? (The driver needs to lose that hat, though!)
A better way to go is the Chevy Nomad prototype, based the the 1953 Corvette. Purists who oppose a Corvette station wagon love the Chevy Nomad, which was in production for years. An after-market wagon modification was available for C3s, and is not rare. A C2 four-seat wagon would be just fine.