Article Contributed by Larry Johnson
Exhibition Corvettes were abundant at the show this year. Let’s face it; Corvettes make great eye-candy for any manufacturer who wants the traffic to stop at their booth. GM also brought a few interesting Corvettes and a classic on a trailer behind a new dually. If you had the time, you could watch the factory guys assemble (and disassemble) the powerplant for the ZR1. And yes, the E-rod Corvette was front and center. The yet to be released carbon fiber Z06 in Supersonic Blue was complete with factory applied race numbers. Jake was looking full of attitude in his newest rendition.
One of the most eye-catching Corvettes was a black ’63 coupe that had been redesigned with an F-40 flair. The twin turbo one of a kind will be at Barrett-Jackson this winter. Check out the way the door opens. The mid-engine design has an electronically activated rear hatch.
The Rossi Sixty Six is a rebody of a C6 into a ’63 split window with a big block ’67 style hood.
How about another black coupe with air-conditioning, lots of shiny accents under the hood and what looks like factory fuel-injection? Looking at the valve covers reveals what would appear to be a big block. Hmm, look that one up in your Corvette technical reference books and see how many were factory optioned with that combination.
You can make up your own story about how this Corvette came to be a training aid for the manufacturer of collision repair equipment.
Three years of design and construction before this custom Corvette was completed. Over the top metal flake paint and lots of subtle detail work on the body.
Troy, Michigan based Specter Werkes brought down their all new C6-based Corvette GTR which has a lot of custom bodywork and exposed carbon fiber. It was on display in the Mobil 1 booth.
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