When we first saw the photos of the Rossi 66, we were blown away by how good this Corvette looks compared to some of the other retro rebody’s we’ve seen lately. The Rossie 66 borrows the best exterior design features from the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe and melds them to the chassis of the C6 Corvette. Currently the Rossie 66 exists as a design concept only but the company has the set a goal for producing a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 this fall.
According to the press release, the Rossie 66 will be built to order from a new C6 Corvette Coupe, including Z06 and ZR1 models, or from a customer’s own C6 coupe. A fully functioning convertible model is also in the works. In addition to the rebody, various stages of Sport and Competition packages will be made available including a GT2 class type package for on-track racing.
The company behind the Rossie 66 has received some criticism in this endeavor, not for the design, but for making the statement in their press release that the Rossie 66 incorporates “the most graceful lines of the 1966 C2 split window Corvette” because as Corvette aficionados know, the split-window design only appeared on 1963 Corvettes. In fact, this design concept has little that identifies it specifically with the ’66 Corvette. In addition to the Split-Window, we would also like to point out that the Rossie 66 incorporates the same style of front fender vents as the 1963 Corvette although these appear to be functional as opposed to the non-functional indentations on the original, and the hood design comes from the big blocks of 1967. We suggest dropping the 66 and calling this the Rossie Sting Ray.
Let’s hope the folks behind the Rossie 66 are able to take this concept to SEMA in Las Vegas. We think it would be one of the most talked-about cars at a shown known for outrageous concepts
Here is the press release announcing the Rossie 66:
We are pleased to introduce to the Corvette enthusiasts of the world, the new Rossi 66. Taking the most graceful lines of the 1966 C2 split window Corvette, we have crafted an entirely new body designed and engineered specifically for the current C6/Z06/ZR1 platform. We believe the result speaks for itself!
The Rossi 66 was entirely designed and engineered digitally and is the culmination of nearly 100 years of combined experience amongst three of the most experienced automotive designer, sculptor, and engineer in the business. Emphasis added: this is NOT a kit car!
The Rossi 66 will be built to order from a new C6, a C6/Z06/ZR1 or a customer supplied C6 donor chassis to be transformed in our own facilities. The initial offering is a three door coupe with a fully functioning convertible to be developed in the near future. Along with those two variants, there will also be various stages of Sport and Competition versions up to and including a GT2 class type for full on-track racing applications.
As we all know, the substantial capabilities of the C6 chassis and the vast respective tuning suppliers will allow infinite possibilities for a broad range of customer tastes. Partnership with these existing C6 tuners may be negotiated in the future. Also offered from Rossi will be custom designed one-piece/multi-piece light weight Rossi forged wheels, Rossi big brake kits, Rossi custom exhaust system, Rossi appointed interior trims and seating along with many other custom accessories designed specifically for this brand.
The parent corporation, Blue Fusion, has been a Tier One surfacing supplier for Ford Motor Company for over 15 years and is both ISO9001 and Ford Q1 certified (higher than ISO rating scale). Production tolerances will be of the highest in the automotive industry. This includes Class-A surfacing and the fit and finish will be competitive with the best of modern production releases.
Our debut target is to introduce a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 (investment capitol dependent). The design is near completion and tooling is set to begin next month in September. Investment opportunities are available so if this of interest to someone you know, please don’t hesitate to spread the news. The Rossi 66 is available for orders as of today!
For more information regarding either Blue Fusion or the Rossi 66 and it’s pricing, please contact David R. Robison (president) at 248-919-9833 or email at [email protected]