Almost two years ago the world was introduced to the Rossi SixtySix, a C6 Corvette refitted with custom panels that borrow some of the best design features of the 1963-67 Sting Rays while updating the mid-year look for the 21 century. No longer just a dream, the Rossi SixtySix project is tooled up and well underway with the first car, a Pearl White Split Window Coupe making its public debut this Sunday at Detroit’s EyesOn Design benefit.
What we’ve always liked most about the Rossi SixtySix is the give and take with the classic Sting Ray design. While the split window is probably the cars more noticeable feature, we particularly appreciate the look of the contours over each of the four corners as well as the stinger hood and the feature line that runs down the Rossi’s spine. The front was reworked from its initial design and provides a modern look in contrast to the retro “bumpers” that will match the wheel color. Overall, this sports car has some serious curb appeal.
Changes to interior are minor but will include updates to the center console area as well as door accents, shift boots and other minor upgrades.
The Rossi SixtySix will be available in eight colors. We’ve been told by Rossi designer David Robison that those colors are: black, red, maroon (think Crystal Red), blue (like Jetstream or Nassau Blue), pearl white, a charcoal gray and yellow. All the panels are painted off the car, just like the GM plant in Bowling Green.
The Rossi SixtySix is built to order from a new Corvette C6 and the transformation from Corvette to SixtySix takes just five days. While the first cars will all be coupes, the design of a convertible model is well under way. No pricing has been announced, but we are hearing from the company that price which includes the C6 donor car should come in under $130,000.
Blue Fusion, a tier 1 surfacing supplier to Ford for the past 15 years is the company behind the Rossi SixtySix. Blue Fusion has previously supplied the surfacing for all the Ford’s SVT projects except the recently departed GT40. So yes Virginia, they do know their way about the auto industry.
If you’re in the Detroit area this weekend, you can see the Rossi SixtySix up close and personal at the 22nd Annual EyesOn Design benefit. The Rossi will be displayed during the day Sunday 20th of June (father’s day) from 10am to 4pm at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate at 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores Michigan. You can also catch it at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show from June 24 to 27th on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles Illinois.
We hear that GM’s Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn will be attending the EyesOn Design event. With his recent comments about the return of the Split Window for the C7 Corvette, the Rossi SixtySix will give GM’s head designer a real-world example of how it was done right.
You can find more information about the Rossi SixtySix at PureRossi.com